Contributions from: Noctua_Spell
Pinkerton looked up as Victor entered. 'Ah, hello Victor. I expect you know why you're here?' Victor glanced down at the list of results from Rivaleux's Boot Camp that was at the top of Pinkerton's papers. His moustache twitched uneasily - his result was the last on that list.
Victor drew himself up, prepared to defend himself - he'd been suspicious that Tommy may not have been aware of his tactical methods while judging-
'You haven't had a very good public showing, obviously, and even Rivaleux had to say you were the lowest performer of the training - which is what makes you perfect for this trip!'
Victor hesitated with his remark - it didn't sound like this was leading to a reprimand. 'Oh?' He asked cautiously, unsure whether this was a gift horse- or more of a Trojan horse. It was sometimes hard to tell with Pinkerton.
Pinkerton's eyes met Victor's with a beaming smile. 'You see, there've been two issues plaguing the society in recent years: first, the newspapers are getting bored of the "lack of challenge and dramatic flair" in our expeditions (their words, not mine), and secondly, the various National Explorers' ceaseless complaints that we take all the good expeditions and leave nothing for them.' Pinkerton indicated an in-tray of envelopes in a variety of nationalities and a suspicious lack of newspaper articles.
'So you see, Victor, I need a way around this, which this "Boot Camp" business has resolved nicely: I'll give you a very public, membership-ban - oh, don't worry, it's not lasting long, and it'll be after you collect all you need for a proper expedition - then, while you're technically not a member of the Society, you go out and grab some really news-worthy pieces of Treasure to redeem yourself - and catch the attention of the newspapers.'
Victor blinked, somewhat startled. 'All that fuss about "performance" and "training" was to set this up? Ingenious! You had all of the other Explorers on edge there-' He cleared his throat, realising that this might not be putting him in the best light and that all this could still be a trap. 'Erm, not me, of course. I suspected it all along - you always know how to use both the carrot and the stick effectively, Sir.' He added hastily.
Pinkerton beamed. 'Thought you'd appreciate that! Just so we're clear: go out and show the world just how good an Explorer you are - and, in the process, get some really top-notch Treasures - nothing that might be termed "mediocre".
'If you do it while technically in disgrace - I'll organise something about giving you a little time-off to sort yourself out, etc - it'll also absolve the Society of all blame as you're just an individual making your own decisions - not to mention showing up the other societies as hopeless anyway, since it doesn't take the "prestige and pomp" (again, their words, not mine) of being an International Renowned Explorer for you to trounce them - and of course, more-than redeem you as a Renowned Explorer.'
'Well-played, Sir! Well-played!' Victor reprimanded himself - he'd forgotten how good Pinkerton was at his job. He'd have to be even more cautious around the old dog in future.
Pinkerton nodded and stood, waving Victor towards the door. 'Now, don't forget to look shame-faced and bashful on the way out - there's some reporters due to interview me about the recent training and its consequences - they'll be getting impatient outside!'
Victor nodded, composing himself for a moment and then letting out a fake sigh and purposefully tweaking his moustache and eyebrows down at the ends. 'I'll be the very image of disgraced.'
'Capital!' nodded Pinkerton, watching Victor leave and putting the in-tray out of sight of any reporters. Wouldn't do to give the wrong impression, after all.
- You must collect as many top rank treasures as you can (A and B rank on the guide - or those that have their own unique treasure pools) - each B rank treasure adds a bonus 500, and each A rank adds a bonus 1000.
- Every C rank treasure you collect reduces your final score by 1250.
- You must play with Victor as your Captain, the rest of the crew slots are free to chose whoever you wish.
- You must play on Adventure mode.
- For a Gold medal, you must not collect more than 2 C-rank Treasures.
- For Platinum, you must not collect a single C-rank Treasure.
Your score is your renown, with additions/subtractions as defined in the rules above, though if you collect more than 2 C-rank Treasures, the most you can achieve is a Silver Medal, and any C-rank treasures prevent you from achieving a Platinum medal.
- BRONZE: 7500 points (1MP*)
- SILVER: 10000 points (2MP*)
- GOLD: 21500 points (3MP*)
- PLATINUM: 25000 points (3MP+**)
Gold and Platinum medals may only be achieved without losing, though Silver and Bronze are still possible to get with just the Record sheet for that trip.
** The platinum medal is extraordinary and can only be achieved on Classic or Impossible difficulty without losing. It doesn't increase Medal Points further than a Gold medal, but we will track how many you have.
Chairman Pinkerton recommends not visiting a treasure-node on expedition maps unless familiar with which treasures you may receive there; and epic encounters will tend to yield high quality Treasures, but the fights are also tougher.
In other advice, he also recommends caution in using Victor's card - it can give great rewards if used well, but it's a big challenge!
How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, a story or both.
Write a story. Use the Challenge theme as an inspiration by looking at the constraints. Find other stories in the Fan Story directory or by looking at previous challenges.
Post your story in a new topic in these forums.
Also link to it to this thread with a comment: Include the first paragraph/few lines of your story in the post here to show readers what your story is about.
Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.* Also include a text version of your score with the submission to allow for error checking.
Submit by 12:00 noon CET, (15/03/17) (Or 03/15/17 for those using MM/DD/YY)
(click here for your local time equivalent)
NOTE: Only one score will be accepted - only one submission for each player please. If you wish to enter a new score, please edit your initial entry and make it clear which score you are submitting, and add the word "EditGreenlight" to the entry so we can see immediately when the result needs updating.
*If you forget to screenshot the Win screen, you can also enter with a screenshot of your Leaderboards: Go to Main Menu > Leaderboards > Local > click the entry that matches your submission game > screenshot those details.
The game build must be 416 or later (standard updated version on Steam and GoG)
Story ideas: What's caused the sudden rush of complaints by other smaller Exploration Societies (or, given the RE:IS way, what hasn't? How does Victor feel about having to do this? What fantastic treasures might make up for previous failures? What reception will the crew be greeted with the triumphant return? What will the other Explorers (or the press?) think about Pinkerton's ruse? Will anyone see through it?
For the previous challenge - Challenge #61: Rivaleux's Boot Camp - click here