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Challenge #69: Gathering Intelligence

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Challenge #69: Gathering Intelligence

Post by Blackvision » Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:52 pm

Challenge #69: Gathering Intelligence
Author: Blackvision
Ideas bounced off: Liort
Contributions from: Welsh Dragon, azuac, Manuel

With the upcoming new expansion The Emperor's Challenge, the Renowned Explorers will be working overtime to find out all they can about what is going on! (and their efforts may reveal something about the Expansion!)

The air was buzzing with intrigue as the Explorers gathered in the Grand Hall. The dignitary had arrived last night, but rumours were spreading fast. What was going on in Pinkerton's office? They'd sent Harry to try and listen-in on the conversation inside, and both Maria and Yvonne were arguing with Lady Vaduva about being let in as they
were important people, after all- but so far, there had been no success in finding out what was happening.

Then the doors opened, and a man dressed in outlandish silken robes, with a fine white beard strolled out alongside Pinkerton. They both acted as is oblivious of the Explorers, who did they best to get as close as they could to catch what was going on.

' excellent idea - the Society would be delighted to take part in this Challenge, Weng Tsu - and we would be delighted to meet the Orient's best and brightest!' Pinkerton grinned at the man. 'So
we-' he looked round at the explorers nearby inclusively, '-will begin by showing the Emperor what we can achieve!'

At those words, the Explorers promptly put on their best-faces and endeavoured to attract the attention of Weng Tsu. Even Rivaleux himself puffed up his chest and stepped forwards to introduce himself - but here, Weng Tsu spoke before he could. 'Ahh, and this is the man himself, then? No, no, Mr Ri-va-lu-xi, no introduction is necessary. Indeed, introductions are sadly, impossible - I must return to the Emperor.'

The man bowed formally from the waist towards Pinkerton, then walking backwards - and somehow managing not to bump into anyone, he reached the main doors and promptly left.

Everyone turned to Pinkerton (except Jan-Piet, who was chortling over Rivaleux being called Riva-Lucy), whose eyes were gleaming with excitement. 'Explorers! We have been challenged - go and prove your worth as Explorers - but there are several limitations - our guest has some experts who will judge how well we perform for the initial test. The first test is to gather intelligence - all the Scouts and Speakers among you must fulfil these two challenges!' As he spoke, he'd been moving to the board for challenges. He slapped up two pieces of paper: the first in a very precise, practiced hand on a very fine piece of paper - which Emilia proclaimed (largely to herself) that it must be made of bamboo.

It declared that the writer expected every explorer to prove their value by returning with as many treasures as possible.

The second was in a flowing, elegant, woman's script on scented paper, and indicated that she was interested in how The Renowned Explorers resolved conflict - did they seek to conquer their foes with physical strength or with grace and an open, friendly approach? If they could prove which was better, they would earn her approval.

'Now,' exclaimed Pinkerton. '- go and Explore!''

  • Collect as many treasures as you can - you earn 250 bonus points for each one.
  • Go either Friendly or Aggressive as your overall attitude - whichever Attitude has the most total entries at the end of the challenge gives an extra 1500 to that teams' entries.
  • Your crew must be made up entirely of Scouts and/or Speakers.
  • You must play on Adventure mode.

Your score is your renown + 250 for each treasure you collect and if you are on the biggest team of Explorers going either Aggressive or Friendly, you'll receive a bonus of 1500 points.
  • BRONZE: 8000 points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 14500 points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 20000 points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 24000 points (3MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
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.

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 CEST, 03/05/17) (Or 05/03/17 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
416+ (for GoG players) or 435+ (for Steam players)

Beta game testers are reminded to avoid potential leaking of information unwittingly and are advised to turn off the Beta content when taking part in the challenge. New characters or expeditions are still prohibited prior to the DLC release.

If currently playing in a beta version, you will probably want to change profile before altering your beta settings - and if you have a limited net usage, I'd recommend against switching back and forth too much as the game downloads data each time.

Story ideas: Who might these individual challenges come from - are there any experts we know about? What escapades will your crew get up to to prove themselves? And is it really better to be Aggressive or Friendly?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #68: Rule 24(b) - click here

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