Contributions from: Flamestalker, Blackvision, Pistax, Pikminenco, Liort, Noctua Spell, Welsh Dragon, Claufi and the Monks of Abbey Games
Anna, Harry, Victor, Yvonne and Rivaleux were standing on the porch of the society.
They were looking at Pinkerton clumsily placing a large banner above the society's main entrance.
When the banner was in place he carefully walked down the ladder, stretched his back and turned to the five explorers.
''I present to you the special theme this year to celebrate an important aspect to the society.'' Pinkerton said while presenting the banner.
The text on the banner was hard to read, even though the letters were huge.
It looked like an ancient, barbaric language.
It was just Pinkerton's terrible handwriting, which made reading it really difficult.
Also the fact that the sun was shining over the society made it everything but easier.
The explorers on the porch were putting their hands above their eyes to try and read the banner.
''Can somebody tell me again why we are looking at these ancient hieroglyphs and not at me?'' Rivaleux asked.
''Whatever it may say it is probably way more important than you.'' Yvonne said.
Pinkerton looked back at the banner. ''It's not that hard to read is it?''
''Let's put that to the test shall we.'' Rivaleux said.
He turned around, grabbed Hildegard who was walking by and lifted her onto his shoulder.
''Okay Hildegard, what does that banner say.''
Hildegard squinted her eyes. ''I.....don't know what it says.''
''Well if you can't read it then nobody can.'' Rivaleux concluded.
Pinkerton, now slightly annoyed, explained what it said to clear up the confusion.
''It says 'Entourage Appreciation Day', or EAD for short. They also need some recognition for all the things we accomplish.''
''Pff, we don't need a holiday regarding the entourages. What we do need is more Rivaleux Appreciation Day, even the abbreviation rolls right of the tongue.'' Rivaleux said.
Pinkerton put his right hand over his eyes. ''We already have four of those every year.''
''Or even better, we need something that everyone can enjoy, like Hildegard Appreciation Day!'' she said and a small amount of confetti was thrown from her sleeves.
''Hahaha, now this girl gets it. Let's go and eat some entourage cake.'' Rivaleux said.
''WHOOOOOOOOOOO entourage cake!'' Hildegard said excitedly.
The two walk off, leaving the rest with Pinkerton and the banner.
''They made a cake out of entourages?'' Harry asked surprised.
''Now that got morbid really fast.'' Victor said.
''But for how long do we have to 'appreciate' them?'' Anna asked.
''Only one expedition, that shouldn't be too hard.'' Pinkerton said.
''What!? An entire expedition?''Harry asked surprised. His hat fell on the ground, he scratched the back of his head and picked his hat from the ground.
''But...some of them are weird.'' Harry said with a worried look.
''That is not a..'' ''Like, really really weird'' Harry continued through Pinkertons remark.
''I am sure that if we judge ourselves a bit more we would also be pretty weird.'' Pinkerton said to Harry.
''Not me.'' Yvonne said. ''I am the pinnacle of perfection.'' she said while adjusting her fur collar.
''Yeah right.'' Anna said sarcastically .''But do these people really deserve their own holiday?'' Anna asked sceptically.
''I think they deserve it.''Victor said.
''I haven't thought about it until now but sometimes I have made entire strategies revolving around a trick one of them taught me.'' Victor states.
Harry wanted to open a discussion about EAD, but when he noticed the person who was walking to Victor from the street all he could do was smirk.
''Victor!'' the voice of an old man said.
Victor recognizes that voice anywhere, and he hated it. It was the voice of Minet the impressionist painter.
''I expect that we will be spending a lot of time together these few days'' Minet said.
Victor turned around and faced Minet. ''Actually I was going to help Harry with something. Isn't that right Harry?'' Victor said hoping his father would fall for it.
''No man, I...euhm... promised to help Anna with one of her experiments so we can push our little thing to next week.'' Harry said with a large smile on his face.
''You traitor.'' Victor said bolstering his fist.
Minet grabbed Victor by the arm and walked towards the society. ''We will start with painting'' he said. Victor was struggling trying to get of Minet's grip but it would not work
Anna had some more questions about EAD.
''So what is the course of action for this week?''
Pinkerton started to explain. ''Instead of them teaching you something and then leaving them behind you will bring the entourage with you on the expeditions. Here they will give you a request which you have to fulfil as a payment for their blessing.''
Yvonne commented. ''But I don't want to take Pinkerton with me on expeditions.''
''You know I'm still here.''
''Oh I am fully aware.'' Yvonne said.
''Fine then. Pinkerton, you are part of my entourage now. And while you tell me your request can I also ask you some things about this stupid holiday?'' Anna said while turning on her electrical device
''Euhm...I'm afraid not, I .....have to find Jasmine the Calligrapher. She needs to help me with my handwriting.'' He said and quickly ran away.
- Every explorer can be the captain or on the crew
- Each entourage you recruit has a request for you. If you meet the requirements of their request at the end of the game you will get additional points towards the challenge. You can find all the requests > Here <
- Add screenshots of your Entourages, explorer passports, inventory, research, etc. so we can verify which request you completed
- You must play on Adventure mode.
Your Score is your Renown + Bonus points
You score bonus points for every Request you complete for Specialist you've recruited.
The list of Requests can be found > Here <
You'll score twice as many Medal Points for the Hall of Fame this challenge
- BRONZE: 10000 Points (2MP*)
- SILVER: 22000 Points (4MP*)
- GOLD: 350000 Points (6MP*)
- PLATINUM: 50000 Points (6MP++**)
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.
The Chairman's Suggestions
Be sure to take a good look at all the request before you head out, knowing is half the battle after all. You can find all the requests > Here <
And dont forget to add screenshots of your Entourages, explorer passports, inventory, research, etc. so we can verify which request you completed
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, 26/09/2018 (Or 09/19/2018 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.
Dont forget the screenshots, otherwise we cant verify which requests you completed
Must be played on Build #501 or later
Story ideas: Did everyone have a good time at the celebration? Which specialists and requests were the most popular? Will Pinkerton's handwriting ever be readable again? How many years will Renowned Explorers continue to get new content?
For the previous challenge - Challenge #133: Overcoming the Teacher - click here