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Challenge #58: A Problem Like Maria

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Challenge #58: A Problem Like Maria

Post by Manuel » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:40 am

Author: Welsh Dragon
Contributions from: BlackVision, Flamestalker, Liort

Chairman Pinkerton was relaxing in his office, enjoying a cup of tea that had just reached the perfect temperature... when there was a knock at the door.

"Chairman, can I have a word?"

For a moment, Pinkerton looked mournfully at his soon-to-be-not-ideal temperature tea, but then remembered his manners. "Yes, of course Lady Vaduva. Come in. Would you like some tea?"

"No thank you, maybe later." Lady Vaduva replied. "I assume you remember what day is coming up?"

"Um, well- yes...." Pinkerton paused. Had he forgotten something important? A birthday? Christmas? Easter? "it's er...Tuesday?"

"Yes. And Tuesday is St. Valentine's Day. Which means we have a problem..." Lady Vaduva waited for Pinkerton to catch up with her train of thought. When it became clear he needed a little nudge she added. "Maria."

"Oh." Pinkerton gulped down a mouthful of tea.

"Yes 'oh.'" She looked pointedly at the Chairman. "You know what happens. Every year someone tries to woo her and every year she turns them down."

"Well, Maria is a lady of refined tastes." Pinkerton said, trying to get out of this difficult conversation.

"She's broken the hearts of nearly every member of the Society, as well as many of our friends and colleagues in the wider exploring community!" Lady Vaduva sighed. "Remember last year?"

Pinkerton did, and started to look a little pale. Lady Vaduva began counting people off on her fingers. "She told Vigilante he smelled of Dog Food; James Cook made her a meal, and she told him it tasted like something that had just been dug up; Samson the Amazing invited her to one of his shows and ended up locking himself in his dressing room for a month; Hakim wrote a poem in her honour, which she compared to the work of a Vogon, whatever that is. Then there's the fearless Pachacuti, who hasn't been the same since she just looked at him..."

"Yes, well..." Pinkerton was now looking very pale indeed.

"And I don't even know what she said to Minet and Miles. I haven't been able to ask them, because they're both still nowhere to be found." Lady Vaduva took a calming breath. "I'm sure she doesn't do it on purpose, but something has to be done."

"Oh. Yes." Pinkerton tried to regain his composure. "What would you suggest?"

"Anything that gets her out of the Society Halls till after Valentines Day. Have her lead an expedition or something. Get her working with others as part of a team, instead of pitting them against each other for her affections. Again!"

"Yes. Yes, that's what we'll do. Find a common purpose. Good idea." Pinkerton looked much more cheerful now they had a definite plan of action. Lady Vaduva smiled and headed for the door.

"And don't forget about Tuesday." She added as she left the room. "You promised to take me somewhere nice..."

Pinkerton blushed.

  • Your Captain must be Maria.
  • Pick from any of the following pairs of explorers with something in common to accompany Maria.
    • Agatha and Kwame: (The wisdom that comes with experience.)
    • Harry and Molly: (Double trouble.)
    • Dolores and Pedrinho: (Love to be the center of attention.)
    • Charles and Yvonne: (Were made for each other. And why inflict them on anyone else?)
    • Emilia and Ivan: (A shared belief and love of science.)
    • Victor and Bia: (Forged in the fires of battle.)
    • Kiwi and Jan-Piet: (Lovers of adventure.)
    • Phillipe and Hatice: (The rugged surgeon and the rich businesswoman.)
    • Anna and Earl: (The odd couple.)
  • You must end Friendly (complete at least 3 expeditions with a Friendly mood)
  • Your score is your Renown
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
  • BRONZE: 2500 (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 7000 (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 9000 (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 12000 (3MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
** 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, 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.
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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.*
Submit by 12:00 noon CET, (15/02/17) (Or 02/15/17 for those using MM/DD/YY)
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*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
Should be Build #407 or higher

Story ideas:
How will Maria's expedition go? Who will she take? And will they find a common purpose, or just end up fighting with each other?

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