Renowned Explorers: International Society

Renowned Explorers: International Society

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Challenge #185: Riddle me this
Challenge #185: Riddle me this
Concept: Pistax
Story: Professor Finesser
Contributions from: Pistax, Noctua, Flamestalker, Professor Finesser


Tagline : That Djinn is back with even more riddles! Can you solve them all?

Story:
*BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*
Anna still couldn't get the ringing out of her ears, despite having recovered from the blast several minutes ago. She sat down on what was left of a lab bench and rested her head in the palm of her hand.


Anna was thumbing through the pages of the Secretum Secretorum, along with other arcane tomes and collections, trying to re-create a serum that would double the user's strength and constitution. "AHAHAHA!! I think I've finally pieced together what all these books have been hinting at. I just need to mix this solution with some ground up herb and essence of ghost lobster, stir it three times counterclockwise, then proceed to heat it to 125 degrees centigrade, and finally flip it upside down only to let it stand perfectly still for 200 seconds. Should not be too hard." Anna, as always, was extremely precise when it came to the execution of her cobbled-together formula. The color shifted through the rainbow, but as its violet deepened and was beginning to turn the purest of whites, the lab started shaking. As it turns out, Harry and Earl were experimenting with some new gunpowder elsewhere in the Society's halls.
"Oi Earl, you sure this massive barrel of yer new fancy gunpowder is safe to carry around without any special equipment?"
-"Yeah Harry, this *should* be fine. We just have to be careful not to bump the barrel even the slightest bit."
"Alright, well we just need to get through this hallway and then we have lots of free space."
Unfortunately for them, Emilia was returning from a relaxing walk in the society gardens, deeply engrossed in a fresh romance novel that was just getting interesting when she suddenly was laid out on her feet, watching as a steel-hooped barrel soared over her hat. Harry managed to grab them both and duck behind a solid stone railing before the barrel landed at the bottom of the tall staircase that eventually led to the gardens.
Anna's eyes widened as she realized weeks' worth of work was about to come to a horrifying end. She reached for the potion, grabbed it, and threw it as far away from herself and her papers as she could.


Anna, like Ivan, was no stranger to seemingly random and cruel twists of fate. She took off her now tattered gloves and calmly walked into her dressing room to become presentable once again. After all, her lab would need to be rebuilt, and no one could take care of that but herself. In her basic research prior to her latest experiment, she learned that the lands in the coastal Levant had rejuvenated rumors of genies, and it was from a genie that she planned to get her lab restored.


Anna was stepping off her airship and on to the desert sands when she took a moment to appreciate the beauty of the land she was in. The orange sands shifted perfectly with the wind, their orange-brown grains glittering as the sun hit them. The architecture of the land was humble, but the off-white hue of the houses and buildings was inviting. Anna lifted her eyes a degree to see the sharp, dark mountains that created wide, deep valleys in the landscape. Their looming shadows wanted to hide the last secrets of this ancient and Holy Land. Most infatuating of all the parts of her view was the sea, sparkling and free as it was. Anna could just make out the waves gingerly lapping the white sand shores. A large wave was coming in, and as it slowly, gradually, came to a crest, its foam sprang from the wave, only to disappear within seconds. Anna brought out a looking glass and held her frosted hand to her own goluboy blue eyes for a moment. She would find her lab here, in the wind and sand.


Rules:
  • Everyone can be Captain or on the Crew
  • You must travel to the Holyland expedition
  • You get bonus points for each Riddle you solved.
  • You must play on Adventure mode
The Riddles:
  • Dead Tree of the Past
  • Dancing Glass Crowns
  • Shape of the Sky
  • The Current Sea
  • Underlumber
  • Convincing Thorns
Each Riddle is an item. The items must be unequipped in your inventory for them to be eligible. Please state which item you guessed for each riddle. You dont have to solve all the riddles, each is scored individually. You may NOT edit your answers to the riddles, if you wish to enter a different run you must use the same answers to the riddles. The answer to each riddle will be revealed after the deadline


History Book is Dead Tree of the Past, as a book is made of paper, which is made of dead trees
Cork Hat is Dancing Glass Crowns, as corks are the "crowns" of a glass bottle, and they dance on their strings
Sheriff's Badge is Shape of the Sky, as it is a star
Corsair's Coin is The Current Sea, because Current Sea = currency, and it's a coin
Pickaxe is Underlumber, as it's an axe that chops the lumber underground
Incredible Rose is Convincing Thorns, as it gives Beguiler perks and has thorns


Scoring:
Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points.

You get Bonus Points for each Riddle you solved, you also get extra points if you were the first one to solve a Riddle. (the amount of points each riddle is worth will be revealed after the challenge is over)

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your inventory
  • BRONZE: 3000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 8000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 15000 Points and atleast one riddle solved (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 20000 Points and atleast two riddles solved (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.

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 CET, 01/07/2020 (Or 07/01/2020 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.

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your inventory

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas:
Will Anna find a Genie willing to restore her Lab? Will she change her mind and wish for something else? What kind of punishment does she have in store for Harry and Earl when she somes back?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #184: Back to Basic - click here
Last edited by Flamestalker; Jul 2 @ 6:50am
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Reupload because Steam was being annoying. The only change is that items you intend to use for the riddles must be unequipped unlike stated before, an exception is given to RagingTy as he had already entered before i spotted this mistake
Last edited by Flamestalker; Jun 19 @ 10:22am
DHBTVS Jun 19 @ 10:52pm 
Well good thing i caught this change before i did the last expedition so i could do it correct

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2135768878

14180 Base renown, with lots going wrong but wanted to get my riddle guesses in early for possible bonuses, though guessing ty already got em all...

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2135768851

My guesses-


Dead Tree of the Past- History book. books are made of dead trees, past=history?
Dancing Glass Crowns- no guess, this one stumped me
Shape of the Sky- Sheriff's badge is a star. ((though i suspect another item might fit better)
The Current Sea- Corsair's Coin. current sea= currency = coin
Underlumber- Boomerang. Wood from down under? i dunno best i could come up with
Convincing Thorns- Beguiling rose, literally the only one that didn't hurt my brain to find an answer



Well no idea on final score based on that. hopefully posting the answers and my reasoning doesn't ruin the challenge for others, i included spoiler hiding just in case, but nothing i can do about people cribbing answers.

I'll prolly go back for another run, keeping these answers of course, to ensure i get gold... since i don't like not knowing if i got gold or not
Last edited by DHBTVS; Jun 19 @ 10:53pm
Hi. I'm , um, wondering if there's a reason the items have to be unequipped? I read the rules carefully on the day it went up, then didn't check the thread to avoid being tempted to look at other people's answers. I really didn't expect that the rules would have changed meaningfully enough to invalidate my run by the time I went to add it to the thread!

So I have a run complete , that I began Friday morning, with the items equipped and the screenshots duly uploaded that was eligible under the rules as written when I last saw them, and now isn't eligible because the rules have changed while I wasn't looking. That's kinda frustrating, to feel like I was wasting my time, and I'm not exactly relishing the idea of redoing the whole thing because the six items we were supposed to collect are equipped instead of in my inventory......
Last edited by bethany.hopkins; Jun 21 @ 7:30am
Fine, just upload them and I'll count them. Its my fault anyway, should've proofread the rules better before uploading :steamfacepalm:
Last edited by Flamestalker; Jun 21 @ 11:53am
DHBTVS Jun 21 @ 2:20pm 
while we are nitpicking poor flame, "guloboy blue" eyes is like saying pink red :P guloboi is to blue what pink is to red. not that i speak fluent russian or anything ;) *runs and hides after his meaningless criticism from the wrath of flame*
Originally posted by DHBTVS:
while we are nitpicking poor flame, "guloboy blue" eyes is like saying pink red :P guloboi is to blue what pink is to red. not that i speak fluent russian or anything ;) *runs and hides after his meaningless criticism from the wrath of flame*
I didn't write the story so its not my fault, so feel free to nitpick :steammocking:
Originally posted by Flamestalker:
Fine, just upload them and I'll count them. Its my fault anyway, should've proofread the rules better before uploading :steamfacepalm:

Thank you !! That's really kind :) My score is very much a "captain and crew can be anyone score"....

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1258142052914310439/34364FA774F69DB7D5F74B3BEE06E73A30FB812E/


https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1258142052914307115/D62B80BA24C8693C1CCF62C641D691760296CA18/

27773 renown , and riddle guesses in spoilers
Convincing Thorns = Incredible Rose
The Current Sea = Corsair's Coin
Shape of the Sky= Sheriff's Badge
Dead Tree of the Past = History Book
Underlumber= Noooo idea, Fire Piston is lumber-related? You do put the piston under the lumber xD
Dancing Glass Crowns= Also noooo idea. Kings and Queens in a Poker Set have crowns and the cards move back and forth like dancing?


And all frustrations aside, this was a really cool, creative challenge. Everyone involved did a great job, and I'm super glad I could participate xD
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1266023477083270468/32979DB9BFBE2C852329C12EF0768F87DAC18842/

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1266023477083279125/1602746A69F8983D0E30BC343040CEB98FF93ACF/

My riddle answers go as follow:
Dead Tree of the Past : History book
Dancing Glass Crowns : Monocle
Shape of the Sky : Telescope
The Current Sea : Battery
Underlumber : Barometer
Convincing Thorns : Sheriff badge

27946 Renown + ??? Bonus point
Sandbag Jun 26 @ 12:20am 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2142338264

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2142338648

My answers:

Convincing Thorns : Incredible Rose
Underlumber : Pickaxe - With this *axe* you can *lumber* underground.
Dancing Glass Crowns : Cork hat - Ok hear me out. The corks are CROWNS of GLASS BOTTLES and they are DANCING because they dangle from the hat.

My ineligible guesses:
Dead Tree of the Past: Boomerang because it comes back from the past?
Shape of the Sky: Barometer tells you the "shape" of the sky?
Last edited by Sandbag; Jun 26 @ 12:21am
Welcome back Explorers, its time to finally reveal the answers to all those riddles

Here's a word from your Riddle Master, Pistax
History Book is Dead Tree of the Past, as a book is made of paper, which is made of dead trees
Cork Hat is Dancing Glass Crowns, as corks are the "crowns" of a glass bottle, and they dance on their strings
Sheriff's Badge is Shape of the Sky, as it is a star
Corsair's Coin is The Current Sea, because Current Sea = currency, and it's a coin
Pickaxe is Underlumber, as it's an axe that chops the lumber underground
Incredible Rose is Convincing Thorns, as it gives Beguiler perks and has thorns


Results
Player
Score
Medal
Captain
1st Crew Member:
2nd Crew Member:
Main Resource
Attitude
Correct Riddles
bethany.hopkins
35773
Platinum
Harry
Earl
Phailin
Gold
Friendly
Four
tyrantton
29946
Platinum
Dolores
Charles
Harry
Gold
Aggressive
One
DHBTVS
25180
Platinum
Harry
Jan-Piet
Hildegard
Gold
Aggressive
Four
Sandbag
24781
Platinum
Hojo
Kwame
Hatice
Status
Friendly
Three
RagingTy
18531
Gold
Maria
Min-Joeng
Kiwi
Status
Devious
One

I ultimately decided to keep the bonus points really simple, 2000 points per correct answer and 1000 if you were the first to get a Riddle correct.
I originally wanted to make it more elaborate, with the bonus points depending on how many people got it correctly, but ultimately decided against it.

DHBTVS got the most early correct answers, picking up 3 first bonuses, with Sandbag cleaned up the last 2 remaining ones at the end. DHBTVS and bethany.hopkins had the most correct answers overall.

Captain Averages
Captain
Amount:
Percentage:
Score Average:
Harry
2
40.00%
30476
Dolores
1
20.00%
29946
Hojo
1
20.00%
24781
Maria
1
20.00%
18531

A lot of top captains here, I guess you veterans just like to play them. :reexcited:

Resource Averages
Main Resource:
Amount:
Percentage:
Score Average:
Gold
3
60.00%
30299
Status
2
40.00%
21656
Total:
5

Only gold and status this time, no surprise with the captains that were played

Attitude Averages
Attitude:
Amount:
Percentage:
Score Average:
Friendly
2
40.00%
30277
Devious
1
20.00%
18531
Aggressive
2
40.00%
27563
Total:
5

Crew Averages
Crew Members
Amount:
Percentage:
Score Average:
Charles
1
10.00%
29946
Earl
1
10.00%
35773
Harry
1
10.00%
29946
Hatice
1
10.00%
24781
Hildegard
1
10.00%
25180
Jan-Piet
1
10.00%
25180
Kiwi
1
10.00%
18531
Kwame
1
10.00%
24781
Min-Joeng
1
10.00%
18531
Phailin
1
10.00%
35773
Total:
10

Well that's it for this one, I need to get busy with getting the next one ready. Hope to see you all there.
Last edited by Flamestalker; Jul 2 @ 9:08am
I think you swap the amount of correct riddles between bethany.hopkin and me. btw, nice creative challenge. Even though this one is a bane for me since I'm not much good about English, at least I've tried my best.
Originally posted by tyrantton:
I think you swap the amount of correct riddles between bethany.hopkin and me. btw, nice creative challenge. Even though this one is a bane for me since I'm not much good about English, at least I've tried my best.
I did, I had put them in entry order instead of the actual results order. Thanks for spotting it
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