Renowned Explorers: International Society

Renowned Explorers: International Society

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Flamestalker Nov 29, 2017 @ 9:55am
Challenge #100: A hundred challenges, A million resources
Challenge #100: A hundred challenges, A million resources
Author: Flamestalker
Story by: Noctua Spell
Contributions from: AbbeyManuel, Claufi, Liort, Noctua Spell, Professor Finesser, Pistax

Pinkerton clapped his hands loudly to get attention from all the explorers gathered in the hall.
“Good afternoon everyone. Today we have gathered to celebrate our society’s continued success!” He proclaimed proudly. Some of the more enthusiastic explorers cheered.

“Already back in my time, the Renowned Explorers International Society was successful, yet merely starting out. Recently, we not only expanded our efforts into Asia, but we also had four great new explorers with Asian roots join!” Phailin, Hojo and Yu straightened their backs proudly at being called out. Min-Jeong already had immaculate posture, but couldn’t keep a big smile off her face.

“I want to thank everyone for ruthlessly, diplomatically and cunningly gathering treasures, fame, funds and research for our society. We have never had more porcelain to decorate our halls with either, despite the fact that some have already been victim to out of control machines, way-ward running explorers and that dog I most certainly didn’t give you permission to bring back.” Pinkerton glared at the ones to blame.

Some explorers started looking very innocent. Earl quickly put away the remote control for his Boomcycle he had been fiddling with, resolving himself to not screw up anything during this celebration. He glanced at his partner in crime Yu, who was happily jumping up and down flapping his mechanical wings. So far, still safe... invention-wise.

“In order to celebrate our continued success we will provide supplies to literally everyone that wants to go on expedition. Let these expeditions be all about providing for our society. We already are all Renowned explorers! Therefore, let us forget about renown during these expeditions. Go out and gather Gold! Gather Status! Gather Research So that our society can progress further!”

Phailin could only stare in shock at Pinkerton. No Renown?! Anna gave her an enormous grin and twirled her taser in her hand. Harry and Philippe high-fived. Victor thoughtfully stroked his pointy beard and turned to Bia and Agatha to discuss strategy. Kwame, Hildegard, Maria, Pedrinho and Emilia were excitedly gesturing and talking already. Yvonne and Charles were thinking of who they would let tag along with them. Dolores tackled Ivan excitedly and Jan-Piet and Hatice looked on, wondering if they should rescue Ivan. Kiwi poked Molly and together they ran towards the storage for the tastiest supplies.

Pinkerton looked on nostalgically, remembering his rowdy days as an explorer. He subtly swept a tear away and looked on proudly at his merry band of explorers.

No matter what shenanigans they would come up with, he knew they always would make him and the society proud.

  • The community as a whole has to gather as many resources as possible!
  • Post either a screenshot of your win screen, or of the leaderboards entry for your game. You may even enter the screenshot if you lost.
  • Only one entry per player. You may replace your previous entry.
  • All crew compositions allowed, but there is a bonus if all captains are used
  • No DLC needed, basegame players are welcome as well.
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
  • Play on Classic Difficulty. Normal is allowed too, but only if you have never participated in a community challenge before.
  • Everyone in the community will receive the same medal, as per the scoring below.
This is a cooperative challenge in which the community has to work together to reach the following goals, you can check the progress made so far here on the Tracking Sheet[]
  • BRONZE: Gather 450k Gold, 500k Status and 150k Science (1MP*)
  • SILVER: Gather 950k Gold, 1000k Status and 320k Science (2MP*)
  • GOLD: Gather 1500k Gold, 1700k Status and 500k Science (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: Gather 1900k Gold, 2100k Status and 680k Science (3MP+**)
All goals were achieved, amazing work everyone :reimpressed:

The Chairman's Suggestions
Getting the most Resources as you can is most important for this challenge, renown can take a back seat this time around. Because of this finishing research trees isn't all that important this time, as the renown bonus at the end isn't as useful this time around. Mix it up and look for the research papers that can give you more tokens or improve their value.

The same idea goes for treasures, bonuses such as "1-3 gold on collect" and "3 collect for each level of Beguiler" are good examples of what kind of bonuses you should look for. You can use the Treasure Guide to get a good idea for which treasures you could go for before you depart.

Dont forget to make full use of your entourage either, buy plenty helpers to increase the value of the tokens your aiming for. For specialists try to make use of the bonuses they offer, if you recruit Mr. Jenkins for example try to make a character get to lvl 4 Diplomat to get extra campaign token on spins.

Also don't be afraid to specialise on one particular resource, the rest of the community can make up for the other resources your run had less of. To see what resource the community might still need the most of you can take a look at the Tracking Sheet[] and feel free to discuss your strategies here in the challenge thread

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, 06/12/17 (Or 12/06/17 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
Build must be 466 or higher

Story ideas:
How many resources will the explorers gather? How do the explorers feel about Renown not being important this time? Have you enjoyed our hundred challenges?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #99: Dog Rescue - click here
Last edited by Flamestalker; Dec 7, 2017 @ 8:04am
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Flamestalker Nov 29, 2017 @ 9:56am 
"Welcome Explorers, to our #100 community challenge. To celebrate this monumental occasion we're doing another cooperative challenge, gather as many resources as you can. Make me proud, and I'll immortalise your achievements at the end" Chairman Pinkerton

Welcome back Explorers
First of all, let me say that I'm humbled with all the support this challenge got, I had never expected this many people to join in. A 159 of you came together, and smashed all the obstacles in your way and went home with the Platinum! :reimpressed::reexcited::reimpressed::reexcited::reimpressed:

Some of you even went above and beyond what was asked of you, delivering art in both written and image form. So lets hear it for the artists and writers among us!

Noctua Spell
Challenge #100 - More to Explore
The Renowned Explorers International Society had simply become too successful. They had to constantly purchase new vaults because the old ones kept filling up with gold. The Explorers had discovered so much and uncovered so many truths that everything about nature and the universe had finally become known. The newspaper had even enlarged their pages while decreasing their font sizes to fit in all the amazing stories about the Society's Explorers on the front page.

They had done it all, and there was nothing left to.

Lord Reliant
Challenge #100 - Aussie Surprises
“Drat!” Victor Signac exclaimed, throwing down his playing cards onto the worn, brown table. Harry Walker maintained a smug expression.

“Well played, Victor. I thought I was going to lose this match for sure,” Harry offered. Victor’s eyes narrowed.

As Harry was about to reply with a suggestion, Molly Jones quickly turned into the chamber room where Victor and Harry were playing...

And finally, the results. Well, you're all winners! We all made it to Platinum together

Normally I'd put the results here in a neatly ordered table, but Steam was complaining it was too long! Can you imagine that, a list of 159 entries being too long! :reimpressed: :reenraged: :reimpressed:
So instead I'll just put the link the the updated sheet here, so click here if you want to see everyone's results and remember, you all got Platinum[]

Captain Averages
Resource Average:

Here are the captain averages. We managed to get 4 captain rotations, nice job everyone :reexcited:
Pedrinho was ultimately the one we had the least runs with, I guess in all the confusion of who had the least runs it was the Brazilian we forgot about.

For a long time we though Phillipe had the least entries, which is why suddenly several people jumped on him to try to boost that up and he ended up with almost the most entries.

Jan-Piet was ultimately the one to go home with the "Most Popular Captain" award. He was a good pick for this challenge indeed, as his ability to gain extra gold from Campaign can be quite useful for collecting as many resources as possible

However Hojo, Charles and Molly proved ultimately the best in gathering resources. Only these three scored higher than a 40k resources on average

Final thoughts
Again I want to stress how amazing it was to see this challenge turn into such a success! To see so many explorers, both new and old, join forces was a sight to see.

We'll be returning to the normal format again with challenge #101, but dont feel discouraged from joining again even if you aren't the best. The challenges are supposed to be fun and accessible to all, regardless of skill level.

We see them as a way to keep enjoying the game, to encourage players to come up with new interesting ways to play that you might not have thought of or tried on your own.

But with the succes this Cooperative Challenge has had, I'm sure that if the community stays strong we'll do another one of these in the future.

Keep exploring, always
Last edited by Flamestalker; Dec 6, 2017 @ 8:52am
AbbeyManuel  [developer] Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:05am 
Some words about this special challenge from the devs here.

Good luck everyone!
Last edited by AbbeyManuel; Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:05am
Yo Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:05am 
I'm back. Let's see if I can still play this :p
Realzameer Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:22pm 
Super excited, congrats for the 100th challenge!
Captain: Yvonne
Gold: 6592
Status: 17653
Research: 4977
Third and final (submitted) run, one heck of a Transylvania - it was amazing! Some classic 80-90% failures, but a 10% success so there's that! Would have tried Queen Raptor but from what I remember, that fight is a doozy.
Last edited by Realzameer; Dec 5, 2017 @ 8:52pm
King Felix Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:54pm 
I guess I should help at this too, I go with Anna as Captain (we need that bonus) and will concentrate myself on Science :reexcited:
Last edited by King Felix; Nov 29, 2017 @ 2:15pm
Flamestalker Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:57pm 
Be sure to enter your (intended) run into the Tracking Sheet[] too, it will help keep track of who is running which captain and how much progress is made so far :reexcited:
Last edited by Flamestalker; Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:58pm
Noctua Spell Nov 29, 2017 @ 1:36pm
Alright guys, first Ivan has been taken! let's get those captain rotations!
dropxofxpoison Nov 29, 2017 @ 3:31pm

Gold: 7314
Status: 14659
Research: 1725

Edit: I redid my run with the same captain but a different crew and acquired a better score.
I've already changed my results on the tracking sheet.
Last edited by dropxofxpoison; Dec 5, 2017 @ 2:41pm
LPAL Nov 29, 2017 @ 4:43pm

12410 gold
34794 status
3052 science

By far the best run I've ever had. :reimpressed:
I was lucky and got several early treasures that gave status tokens for levels in Quick Thinker and Beguiler every expedition. Boosting the encounter tokes I recieved from Yu's card also helped to bring in some gold for equipment.
This was the first time I was able to encounter the Yeti and make a successful visit to Baba Yaga. Good times!

I also failed a run by getting much too greedy in Hungary, but that is better forgotten.... :)
Last edited by LPAL; Nov 29, 2017 @ 4:48pm
Nidnam Nov 29, 2017 @ 7:10pm 
Captain Hojo

23,242 Gold
8,058 Status
2,400 Research

12,842 Renown
No Gibs, No Glory Nov 29, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Captain: Harry
Gold: 27550
Status: 11397
Research: 2446

First completed run since Emperor's Challenge came out, had a lot of fun, and I saw a lot of new stuff. Only big disappointment was Dolores losing the wrestling match to her father on an 87% chance. Originally, this was supposed to be for the last challenge, but I didn't make it in time.
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