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Decmber Advent Special: Grand Challenge Submissions/Details/Discussion

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:13 pm
by Blackvision
Challenge: December Advent Special
Author: Blackvision

This challenge is a mystery - uncover the rules and details by completing the daily puzzles!

  • One crew member must be someone who didn't have their own Challenge during the month (3 points earned if your entry follows this rule)
  • 312 and 1/2 combined with the number of 19 is the Grand Challenge's renown requirement, only counting the renown from your main resource (3 Points earned if your entry follows this rule)
  • You are required to collect Campaign as your main resource in your Grand Challenge submission. (3 points earned if your entry follows this)
  • You are required to collect a Treasure which matches the first, but not the second part of the puzzle for Puzzle 22 - any [spoiler]Mask Treasure that can be worn - but not the Benin Mask[/spoiler] (3 Points earned if your entry follows this)
  • Additional Rule added for a bonus 5 points to complete - with your submission, include the name of who first set this challenge (in full)! (Note: This rule does not count towards medal requirements, just towards point requirements)
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
(Find out the hidden rules by completing the puzzles from the first 23 days)


Each rule followed successfully will earn you 3 points, and each individual puzzle you post the correct answer for awards 1 point, and may offer bonus points if offered for that puzzle.
  • BRONZE: 14 points and at least 1 hidden rule followed (4MP*)
  • SILVER: 18 points and at least 2 hidden rules followed (8MP*)
  • GOLD: 20 points and at least 3 hidden rules followed (12MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 25 points and a submission that follows all four hidden rules for the grand challenge (12MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules. Bear in mind that the rules described do apply for Easy/Normal submissions, but multiply those rewards by 4 for their proper values for this month.
** 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.

How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, helping with the individual puzzles, a story or any/all of these.

Play the game according to the challenge rules (As far as possible) and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.*
Submit by 12:00 noon CET, (03/01/17) (Or 01/03/17 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.

Game Version
For all users, build must be 403 or later.

For the main details of the Advent Challenge Special - click here. This also includes links to the results tables and discussions on each of the puzzles.

Puzzle Links and day of release:
(To reveal hidden solution, etc, highlight the text)
1. Thursday 1st December - Solved! Answer: Sheep Cryptic clue: Muffles
2. Friday 2nd December - Solved! Answer: Somewhere between Leadenham and Ruskington Cryptic clue: Ruskington
3. Saturday 3rd December - Solved! Answer: The Alchemist Cryptic Clue: Alchemy
4. Sunday 4th December - Solved! Answer: Perk/Perks Cryptic Clue: Luchador
5. Monday 5th December - Unsolved. Answer: (unknown) (Deadline passed)
6. Tuesday 6th December - Solved! Answer: Experimentation Cryptic Clue: Explosions
7. Wednesday 7th December - Solved! Answer: Thoth Cryptic Clue: Thoth
8. Thursday 8th December - Solved! Answer: Other Explorers Cryptic Clue: eXplorers
9. Friday 9th December - Solved! Answer: The Adventure Wheel Cryptic Clue: chAnce
10. Saturday 10th December Unsolved. Answer: (unknown) (Deadline passed)
11. Sunday 11th December - Unsolved. Answer: (unknown) (Deadline passed)
12. Monday 12th December - Answer: Unicorn Tapestry/Unicorn Cryptic Clue: cynocEphalus
13. Tuesday 13th December - Answer: The Emperor's Garb Cryptic Clue: Huantsán
14. Wednesday 14th December - Answer: Urcuchillay, or Urquchillay Cryptic Clue: Urcaguary
15. Thursday 15th December - Answer: Vikings Cryptic Clue: sigUrd
16. Friday 16th December - Unsolved. Answer: (unknown) (Deadline passed)
17. Saturday 17th December - Answer: The Dharmachakra Grand Challenge Clue: Unlocked
18. Sunday 18th December - 7 entries, 9 crew submitted, Grand Challenge Clue Unlocked
19. Monday 19th December - Answer: 24b Half of Grand Challenge Clue (half) Unlocked
20. Tuesday 20th December - Answer: Resources, specifically: Campaign, Gold and Research Grand Challenge Rule Unlocked
21. Wednesday 21st December - Answer: Mathematics Grand Challenge Clue (half) now Unlocked
22. Thursday 22nd December - Answer: Mask of Benin or Mask Charm Grand Challenge Clue Unlocked
23. Friday 23rd December - Answer: Renowned Explorers: International Society Membership Badge Grand Challenge Unlocked

27. 27th's Options for community to select (Used to Unlock Puzzle 17's Grand Challenge Clue)
28. 28th's Options for community to select (Used to Unlock Puzzle 18's Grand Challenge Clue)
29. 29th's Options for community to select (Used to Unlock Challenge 22's Grand Challenge Clue)
30. 30th's Options for community to select (Used to Unlock Challenge 21's Grand Challenge Clue)

Re: Decmber Advent Special: Grand Challenge Submissions/Details/Discussion

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:18 am
by Blackvision
Oh, and for anyone wanting to see all responses, worth checking the Steam forums too: ... 659/?ctp=2 and ... 076958735/

Worth checking them as the Steam community is a very active one and its likely that someone will get the right answer quite quickly for challenges there.

Re: Decmber Advent Special: Grand Challenge Submissions/Details/Discussion

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:54 pm
by Blackvision
The current scores are also visible on the Steam forums as of the 21st December.

Re: Decmber Advent Special: Grand Challenge Submissions/Details/Discussion

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:44 pm
by Blackvision
For the 27th, players have an option to select from - visit the link and add your vote there: 27th's Options for community to select (Deadline 13.00 noon 28th, needs 3+ majority or will carry over to the next day)

Re: Decmber Advent Special: Grand Challenge Submissions/Details/Discussion

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:43 pm
by Blackvision
Challenge rules and unlocks updated on 31/12/16.