Renowned Explorers: International Society

Renowned Explorers: International Society

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Zale Dec 20, 2017 @ 10:57am
Challenge #103: Sneaky Picking
Challenge #103: Sneaky Picking
Author: Zale
Contributions from: Liro, Flame, Pistax, Blackvision, Noctua, Finesser, Claufi.

SPECIAL NOTE
Each part is its own special challenge. You may participate in only a specific part, or submit a run for every part if you wish. This challenge will go on for 3 weeks.


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Story
The holidays were here, the snow was falling, the explorers gathered, in the society they celebrated. Hot cocoa they drank, made happily by Pedrinho. Though the plants were withering, Emilia stayed jolly, for they would grow back. The scientists took a break, and gathered with their friends (except for Earl, as he made presents for all). And according to some explorers, Charles's heart grew three sizes that day (but then immediately shrank back once it was over).

One explorer however, had something else in mind. While all would celebrate, she would enact her long overdue plan. Phailin was her name, and although she had fame, she had another goal in mind that she would finally achieve. “Finally, after all these setbacks, after having Earl’s machine blow up in my face, being beaten by those Scots, and most degrading of all, having to help Pinkerton set up a TEA PARTY!” Phailin’s face was blistering red just thinking about all these events, but she slowly regained her usual composure. Her day to act upon her true goal was upon her.

Pinkerton had recently asked for explorers to voluntarily collect some funds to celebrate the holidays, and so Phailin would act upon this. Sneaking around the society, she had already heard of some captains trying to assemble a crew. Generous explorers such as Kwame and Ivan were already on board, and a few more joined as well. “All I have to do is casually join one of them, and pocket some of the gold for myself. However, I should probably avoid my final destination until I’m ready”. With her plan finally ready, she went on to find one of the crews to join.



Rules
•Phailin must be a CREW MEMBER!
•You may not go to Anagogic
•Gold must be your main resource
•You must play on Adventure Mode
•Your score is your renown
For users playing without the Emperor's Challenge DLC, read the bellow following rules.
•Hildegard must be a CREW MEMBER
•You may not go to Transyalvania
•Gold must be your main resource
•You must play on Adventure Mode
•Your score is your renown

Scoring

•BRONZE: 3000 (1MP*)
•SILVER: 7000 (2MP*)
•GOLD: 13000 (3MP*)
•PLATINUM: 17000 (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.



--------------------------------PART 2-------------------------------------------------




Story
"Alright, this will suffice quite nicely." Phailin had just gotten back from her good hunting expedition. With her riches in tow, and Christmas just over, she made her way to meet with the scientists.

"Hello? May I come in please?" Asked Phailin from outside the workshop. "Sure, but watch your step." Said a voice that sounded like Phillepe. Phailin entered and saw that everyone was already using their gifts they got this year. Min-Jeong got some cultural books and tools used in tribes. Earl got a huge shipment of gunpowder and other explosive materials. In the corner however, could be seen Emilia. Although she got fertilizer and prevent scenic photos of plants, it was still winter and the lack of chance to act on her ambition was getting to her.

"So what are you here for Phailin?" Asked Anna. She gave Phailin a cold stare from across the room. "Well, I'm just here to provide all of you an....opportunity to help me by gathering research."

All of the scientists present, including Emilia, gave Phailin their ears as she spoke. "You see, for personal reasons I need some research on the Anagogic. And I'm able to compensate you for what you bring me. " There was some chatter among the scientists. Some like Anna and Agatha were hesitant at first, but they figured this would be a good opportunity to use some of the tools they got this holiday. Emilia in particular was up for it, since it meant she could travel to the diffrent seasonal zones and see the plants in bloom once again. Eventually, everyone agreed to help Phailin.



Rules
•You must take a crew of all scientists
•You must go to Anagogic
•Research must be your main resource
•For non-DLC users, go Transylvania
•You must play on Adventure Mode
•Your score is your renown

Scoring

•BRONZE: 2500 (1MP*)
•SILVER: 6500 (2MP*)
•GOLD: 11000 (3MP*)
•PLATINUM: 16000 (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.




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Story
Phailin took her time reviewing her and the scientists’ research. After analyzing the data, she was able to make a rough assessment of where it was hidden. “Alright, all I need is a crew. Anyone will work, I just need to get to my destination. Then, I’m out. After all my humiliation I can finally be done with this.” Phailin was more than ready to make way for the Anagogic. All she had to do was gather whoever would be willing to go on a simple expedition.

“I don’t like the look of this. Her actions have been unusual lately, I think she’s planning something” Hojo spoke. “I agree, her actions make no sense. First she pockets a share of funds from Hatice’s expedition, then she just sits around and studies while all the scientists are gone.” Said Bia. Victor then spoke up, “I heard she’s trying to find some people to go on an expedition with her. Perhaps one of us should go and see what exactly she’s doing”. The 3 nodded in agreement, and split up to try and find Phailin, and perhaps find anyone else brave enough to help them.



Rules
•Phailin must be the captain
•You must go to Anagogic
•There might be a special surprise if you stop Phailin's plans
•Status must be your main resource
•You must play on Adventure Mode
•Your score is your renown
For users playing without the Emperor's Challenge DLC, read the bellow following rules.
•Hildegard must be the captain
•You must go to Transyalvania
•Obtain the Cross of Lothair and a surprise surely awaits
•Status must be your main resource
•You must play on Adventure Mode
•Your Score is your renown

Scoring

FOR DLC USERS
•BRONZE: 5000 (1MP*)
•SILVER: 12000 (2MP*)
•GOLD: 21000 (3MP*)
•PLATINUM: 30000 (3MP+**)

FOR NON-DLC USERS
•BRONZE: 3000 (1MP*)
•SILVER: 7000 (2MP*)
•GOLD: 13000 (3MP*)
•PLATINUM: 17000 (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.

You may complete all 3 parts of the challenge in just a couple of days, or a couple weeks. Each part is a seperate challenge and you will be rewarded with medals in each part you participated in. You may also only do part 2 and skip part 1 and 3 if you wish and ect. If you submit a run for 1 part and later want to submit one for another part, use "EditGreenlight" and edit it into your original post.

Stories
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.

Highscores
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, 10/01/2018 (Or 01/10/2018 for those using MM/DD/YY)
(click here for your local time equivalent[www.timebie.com] )
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
Build must be #483 or later

Story Ideas
What is Phailin's end goal? What do crewmembers think of what she's doing? Will she get away with the Erewan Sculpture?

For the previous challenge - #102 Think like Pinkerton
Last edited by Zale; Jan 3 @ 12:53pm
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MrMuse Dec 21, 2017 @ 4:52pm 
part 1
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1238831080

Not a good run. Take this as a placeholder.
The crew worked reasonably well I just didn't get the right story cards for an early boost and I didn't use alt+f4 to get those I needed.

part 2
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1243118945
epic fail - will redo
Last edited by MrMuse; Dec 24, 2017 @ 11:41pm
adambomb76 Dec 21, 2017 @ 10:00pm 
***EDITGREENLIGHT***

Part 1 - lots of gold but only enough for silver

https://imgur.com/a/1BkYx

Away from home and playing on a laptop that doesn't have Phailin's cards unlocked, so I couldn't max out Molly's captain perk.

Part 2 - silver run. I don't know when the medal thresholds changed but I used to always be able to get gold, now I never can :(

https://imgur.com/a/3mJcI

Happy Holidays everyone!
Last edited by adambomb76; Dec 30, 2017 @ 4:16pm
Noctua Spell Dec 22, 2017 @ 1:18pm 
Part 1
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1251957453 This run went pretty badly, I went into Mali with about 4000 renown. Luckily, Mali gifted me the crystal which was fun. I couldn't gather many resources in early expeditions so I couldn't snowball. In addition, I just don't like Phailin as crewmember so no way I am trying this again xD
Renown = 10668 = Silver

Part 2
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1239862555 Renown = 16034, barely Platinum xD

Part 3
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1249122359 EditGreenlight , went Shangri-La this time and did much better, though the Ruby Lotus was hiding near the end ^-^
Renown = 21101 = Gold :D
Last edited by Noctua Spell; Dec 31, 2017 @ 8:18am
Zale Dec 22, 2017 @ 1:27pm 
^That's a very good way to format your submission.
dman11235 Dec 23, 2017 @ 11:22am 
Actually no stream today I ran out of time :( I might stream my run in this on Tuesday, or I might just do it on my own today. We'll see.
Last edited by dman11235; Dec 23, 2017 @ 11:33am
Welsh Dragon Dec 25, 2017 @ 10:58am 
Part 1

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1243760027

Renown: 11812
Medal: Silver

Stacking Rogue skills for Molly's Captain's Perk proved quite lucrative, though being so focused on one skill proved my downfall a few times as I just didn't have the skills to pass somethings. Still a fun and different run.

Onto part 2....

Part 2

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1247227645

Renown: 12002
Medal: Gold

Two Mad Scientists and a School Teacher walk onto a mysterious island....

This one proved a bit hairier than I expected. I didn't realise just how effective Earl's card could be in increasing the Renown from Gold, so I came pretty close to Gold being my primary resource... Was a fun team, especially with a double dose of Strike of Fear and Experimentation, combined with Lecturing to do a lot of AOE and basically control the battlefield. :reexcited:

Onto part 3, and hopefully a Platinum...!

Part 3


Well... no Platinum.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1260056052

Renown: 17500
Medal: Silver (though having finally completed Phailin's Story Card, finally found the Yeti in Shangri'la , nearly lost the whole thing to a repeating crash just before the final boss, and scored my send best score of all time, it feels like a Platinum to me! :reexcited:

All the Best,

Welsh Dragon.

"EditGreenlight
Last edited by Welsh Dragon; Jan 6 @ 9:49am
Scraps Dec 25, 2017 @ 12:39pm 
[deleted] - issue fixed (well, except BSOD)
Last edited by Scraps; Dec 27, 2017 @ 6:49am
Happybeam Dec 25, 2017 @ 11:52pm 


Part 1

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1258088464

The last time I did this I was off by 10 renown and I rage quit super hard for awhile xD Good thing it worked out this time!

Score: 13279

Part 2

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1244392916

It's crazy how op science stacking could be! I thought going to the Anagogic would be really crappy but the renown treasure bonus was surpsingly useful, probably netting 1500 renown all by itself... Anyway. got lucky and got that plat, hooray!

Score: 16608

Part 3

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1245543903

I never went so hard into this secret strategy with her! I played the game thinking I need to get 27k renown so I was disappointed the whole time but then I double checked, such hooray! xD

Score: 23680

*EditGreenlight* I finally finished all 3!
Last edited by Happybeam; Jan 5 @ 1:10am
BlackFire Dec 26, 2017 @ 1:37am 
Part 1
Solid run from a mediocre crew
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1244452032
13736

Part 2
Screw those treasure spawns
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1253605896
12229

Part 3
Failin' with Phailin
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1260100996
16856 but at least Phailin got slapped by Hojo
Last edited by BlackFire; Jan 6 @ 10:21am
Methellus Dec 26, 2017 @ 6:52am 
Part 1
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1244729637
10754 renown (Silver).
I honestly can't recall the last time the RNG decided to give me the one-finger salute this badly. Wheel spins, treasure spawns, node placements, travel costs, everything was just awful after the second expedition.

Part 2
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1250303907
12665 renown (Gold).
A very mediocre Aztec expedition because the Jade Skull didn't spawn and I forgot that Ming-Jeong has the 'Serious' trait...
Fortunately, Phillipe was generating tokens like crazy on the Lost Island, thanks in part to some lucky wheel spins.

Part 3
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1258787144
14600 renown (Silver).
Got into a negative snowball after botching Hungarian Fort and Highlands and I was seriously considering abandoning my run. Now I'm happy I didn't, because after almost 200 hours of playing I finally got my first photo-op in Shangri-La. I'll take my Silver medal, thank you very much.
Last edited by Methellus; Jan 5 @ 12:11pm
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