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Rutger  [developer] Dec 13, 2018 @ 10:13am
Challenge #146: Quest For The Holy Grail
Challenge #146: Quest For The Holy Grail
Concept: AbbeyAdriaan
Story: Noctua Spell
Contributions from: BlackVision, Noctua Spell, FlameStalker, Liort, Pistax


Tagline : Reach the Ultimate Treasure! We will raffle 5 copies of Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis and 5 copies of Curious Expedition between all participants!

Want to win a copy of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis or a copy of The Curious Expedition? We'll be giving away 5 copies of each between all participants this week! Don't forget to submit either your Discord username or your Abbey Games forums username so we can contact you!

Story:
“A Holy Grail, was it?” Yvonne reconfirmed as they walked through some crowded streets in the Middle East. A somewhat shady looking hooded man tried to approach a bit too closely and Yvonne cracked her whip at him threateningly. He scurried off and Yvonne looked back at Maria on her left, who seemed to still be thinking about the daring clothing of the belly dancers in the square they just passed. She wondered how a certain Russian man would look at her if she were to try her hand at it.
Yvonne sighed exasperatedly and turned to Victor on her right. He raised an eyebrow at her.
“What?”
“How come you’re not off to la-la-wonderland?” Victor proudly raised his chin: “I am very happily married mon cher.”
“Of course you are.”
“But to your original question: Oui. We are indeed looking for a Holy Grail.”
“A grail. Not the?” Yvonne asked taken aback. Maria had finally determined that she was not going to change her fashion style and added her two cents to the discussion.(edited)
“There are quite some mentions of holy grails, Yvonne. Arthurian literature is likely the most prominent source, but the word grail itself is derived from French. Holy grails also come in all kinds of forms!”
Yvonne hummed in response.
“Correct me if I am wrong, oh, knowledgeable archaeologist, but those do not sound particularly Middle Eastern to me.” Maria shrugged and Victor thoughtfully adjusted his moustache.
“Pinkerton did send us here for a reason. In fact, he insisted that our party made an excellent combination of whip-wielding archaeological diplomatic explorers.” Victor remarked. Maria was pointing sceptically at Yvonne after the diplomatic comment as the aforementioned lady abruptly stopped walking after spotting a familiar outfit.
“What’s wrong, Yvonne?” Victor asked, concerned. Yvonne quickly started walking again and murmured:
“The Anti-Explorers are here. Old man Pinkerton is definitely on to something. We’ve done enough dawdling around. We can’t afford to be defeated by those losers. Let’s get off the main street and nab that Holy Grail.”


Rules:
  • Your team must consist of Yvonne, Maria and Victor
  • Yvonne must be captain
  • You must visit Hungarian Fort
  • You must visit the Holy Lands
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Scoring:
Your score is your renown:
  • BRONZE: 3000 renown (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 8000 renown (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 13000 (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: Three highest scores above 13000 (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, 20/12/18 (Or 12/20/18 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
Must be Build 516 or later

Story ideas:
Why doesn't Yvonne like snakes?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #145 - click here
Last edited by Rutger; Dec 13, 2018 @ 11:55am
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Blind Greedy Fool Dec 17, 2018 @ 8:22am 
Originally posted by bethany.hopkins:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1590988062

17153 renown for Yvonne, Victor, Maria (and Victor's dad). Thanks for another lovely challenge, and thanks so much to Abbey Games. How many developers would bring out a giant chunk of new content three years after release and not even charge for it ? You monks really are something special! I'm looking forward to Godhood in 2019 :)

How you manage to take so many treasures every single expedition? WOW
bethany.hopkins Dec 17, 2018 @ 10:33am 
Originally posted by Blind Greedy Fool:
How you manage to take so many treasures every single expedition? WOW

How detailed an answer would you like xD ? Mostly, it's a mixture of knowing all the requirements for the treasures I want in advance and getting lucky with a series of 70%-80% rolls. But if you want more specific advice lots of the expeditions on this route say they require Quick Thinker, and there's no-one on this crew who learns it by levelling. So, if you can find a way to get a few Quick Thinker perks on one of the crew, that will do you a lot of good :)
aimer Dec 17, 2018 @ 2:47pm 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1593940939
Score: 10759 renown (classic/adventure)
Discord username: ajmer

I'm terrible on any non-gold run, so this will have to do
Blind Greedy Fool Dec 17, 2018 @ 4:22pm 
Ty bethany

Problem: My game keep crashing loading the Holy Grail expedition, what to do?
Last edited by Blind Greedy Fool; Dec 17, 2018 @ 4:23pm
bethany.hopkins Dec 17, 2018 @ 4:50pm 
Originally posted by Blind Greedy Fool:
Ty bethany

Problem: My game keep crashing loading the Holy Grail expedition, what to do?

This topic seems to be about someone having a similar problem, maybe? If it is the same problem, the devs say in the topic that they're actively working on it :)
Seneque Dec 18, 2018 @ 3:33pm 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1594737274
Final renown: 8619

Not a terrible score, but after a few losses - I especially wasn't expecting the devious cats - I just bee-lined for the Holy Grail.
This new expedition will need some getting used to, though I really like what I've seen so far! Good thing the end of year holidays are around the corner. I'll have plenty of time to master it. Or at least not be completely bad at it.
Blind Greedy Fool Dec 18, 2018 @ 4:07pm 
Hope that ending defeated counts for the price :)
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1594772242

Dealing with enemies immune to most of the devius skills make this pretty hard for me, also zero treasures found, i think i will stick with Shangri La in the future
xploring Dec 18, 2018 @ 7:58pm 
Hi, long time no play, I got a new pc and lost all my progress with campfire stories and leaders, is there a way to get them back without starting from scratch? I kind of don't want to unlock everything again. Great to see another expedition again, thanks Abbey Games!

I am on gog.
Last edited by xploring; Dec 18, 2018 @ 8:08pm
SpookyCookie Dec 18, 2018 @ 8:03pm 
My first submission after a long break:
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1594876500
Got Victor's story on the starter and decided to go to Transylvania early, which didn't work very well.
lee.taeung Dec 19, 2018 @ 9:28am 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1595278710

Last one was very tough. Especially Cat and Belly dancers..

Whaleit Dec 19, 2018 @ 3:25pm 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1594063303

Discord name is Whaleit #6513

Tried a second run to improve my score but got destroyed in a single turn by a swarm of cats switching to devious at a bad time...

Protip: Don't group up around cats.
wyndflyght Dec 20, 2018 @ 3:56am 
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1595869626

19262 renown, with some luck in Hungary and Transylvania
Discord name is emeraldscar#2511
chris_junwei Dec 20, 2018 @ 8:41am 
Last edited by chris_junwei; Dec 20, 2018 @ 8:43am
Rutger  [developer] Dec 21, 2018 @ 6:20am 
Hey all! Hope you all enjoyed your little romp in the Middle East. Welcome to a whole bunch of new people, and welcome back to some returning explorers!

Results

Player
Renown
Medal
Captain
1st Crew Member:
2nd Crew Member:
Main Resource
Attitude
FraggleJock
23000
Platinum
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
wyndflyght
19262
Platinum
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
SigSig
17985
Platinum
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
bethany.hopkins
17163
Gold
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
wredniak2003
13944
Gold
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Flamestalker
13140
Gold
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
DHBTVS
13101
Gold
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Maniafig
12590
Silver
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Noctua_Spell
12319
Silver
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
whodinis
11604
Silver
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
aimer
10759
Silver
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Pistax
10654
Silver
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Chris_junwai
9764
Silver
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
SpookyCookie
8934
Silver
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Seneque
8619
Silver
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Welsh Dragon
8590
Silver
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
tyrantton
8126
Silver
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Black Balloon
7875
Bronze
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
lee.taeung
7506
Bronze
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
MysticJon
6736
Bronze
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Noahriffic
5572
Bronze
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Whaleit
4550
Bronze
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious
Tularius
3969
Bronze
Yvonne
Maria
Victor
Status
Devious
Blind Greedy Fool
3709
Bronze
Yvonne
Victor
Maria
Status
Devious

FraggleJock once again reaches the highest renown chasing that ultimate treasure, the Holy Grail. Honorable mention to bethany.hopkins who was just beaten for platinum by SigSig.

Attitudes and Resources
I could post a complete breakdown of these, but it's all pretty simple: everyone finished their runs Deviously with Status as their main resource. So mean!

Stories
bethany.hopkins wrote a lovely story inspired by this week's challenge!

Raffle
I have sent out keys/redemption pages to everyone who won the raffle through the Abbey Forums or Discord. Congratulations to the winners!

The next Community Challenge will be created by our lovely community (you know, you!) once again. I've heard some rumors about festivities and jolly captains, so should be fun! See you next time!
Last edited by Rutger; Dec 21, 2018 @ 6:26am
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