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Challenge #147: Jolly St. Ivan!


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Challenge #147: Jolly St. Ivan
Concept: DHBTVS
Story: Noctua Spell
Contributions from: Flamestalker, Noctua Spell, Blackvision, Pistax, DHBTVS, Liort, Zale, AbbeyRutger

Pinkerton sighed as he looked upon Ivan’s request written in neat handwriting.
“We don’t have any budget left this year. We can barely afford dinner, let alone a Christmas celebration. I am sorry Ivan, but I can’t grant this request.”

Ivan stayed quiet. He took his paper back and left Pinkerton’s office. He wandered through the hallways deep in thought. If there was no money for a celebration they could at least have presents for each other, but the mean and the greedy probably wouldn’t want to join. Ivan looked upon the fat happy Santa he drew on the paper. He would have to gather the presents himself if he wanted to ensure that everyone got at least one present.

Ivan startled as he heard a distinct male voice screech: “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS..... IS YUUUUU!” quickly followed by: “!@#$ %^& SHUT UP ALREADY!” A boom followed and Ivan walked around the corner to the science labs. Yu came running out of Anna’s lab and only saw Ivan when it was already too late. He ran right into Ivan and fell back on his behind while Ivan dropped his paper.

“Hehe, sorry! Didn’t see you big guy.” Yu then noticed the neat paper with Santa on it.
“You know what?” Yu held the paper next to Ivan and looked to and from. “You kinda look like a Santa! You just need a Christmas hat!”

Ivan strengthened his resolve and asked: “Would you help gathering Christmas presents for everyone?” Yu gave a big smile and a thumbs-up.
“We can be Santa’s together!” He shouted. “We should get more Santa’s! What about Dolores! She would love to wrestle some presents from anti-explorers! And oh oh! Jan-Piet could be the Santa to write lovely stories on the present cards! He always has awesome stories!”
Ivan smiled and nodded: “Can we... keep it a bit of surprise? ” He asked shyly.

Yu agreed and rambled on for a bit about Santas as they walked towards the dojo Dolores should be having a contest with Jan-Piet today. Fortunately for them, they already bumped into her in the corridor next to the library.

“Dolores!” Yu shouted upon spotting her already from the hallway. “Would you like to be a Santa with Ivan and me?”

“Why are you people making such a ruckus? And what’s this I hear about Santa!” Agatha walked out of the library together with Hojo. Ivan despaired, already thinking about how serious Agatha and Hojo normally were.
Yu looked guiltily at Ivan and explained: “Ivan came up with an idea to gather presents as a surprise for the others...”
“Oh.” Agatha said. “Pinkerton already shot down my idea of a traditional Christmas dinner. It’s nice to hear I was not the only one wanting to celebrate. What a nice idea Ivan. Hojo grab my coat will you? Let’s get presents!”
Ivan, Yu and Dolores stood frozen at that reaction. At that moment Jan-Piet also passed through the corridor.

“Hey Dolores, weren’t we going to fight? Why are you just standing there?”

“Plans changed Sailor Santa! All we want for Christmas..... is PRESENTS!” Yu shouted.

  • This challenge lasts 3 weeks, and you can enter 3 times with 3 diffirent captains.*
  • (Santa) Ivan has to be Captain of one of your runs, without an Ivan entry all your other runs are not considered valid.**
  • The Captains for you other 2 runs can be Agatha, Dolores, Hojo, Jan-Piet and Yu
  • Anyone (except your chosen captains) can be on your crew, but you can only use them once. For your other runs you'd need to bring a difrirent crew.
  • You can only visit an expedition once, no repeats. (This means that if you enter with 3 runs that you'd have visited every expedition once)***
  • You must play on Adventure mode.

    *You can enter with less than 3 runs if you want, as long as one of them is with Ivan
    **You may do other runs first if you want, as long as you have also entered a captain Ivan run by the end of the deadline
    ***You can select which expedition you start with by going to the Advanced Options (top right corner then on the next screen on the bottom right) on the character select screen.
Your score is the combined Renown of all your runs, medal points are trippled.
  • BRONZE: 8000 combined Renown (3MP*)
  • SILVER: 20000 combined Renown (6MP*)
  • GOLD: 32000 combined Renown (9MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 55000 combined Renown (9MP+**)
* 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.

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 CET, 09/01/2019 (Or 01/09/2019 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.

Remember, make sure you do a Captain Ivan run.

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: What do the explorers want/give as presents? How will the Renowned Explorers Headquarters celebrate the holidays? How do the different explorers celebrate?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #146: Quest for the Holy Grail - click here
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