Challenge #155: Off-Season Discomfort

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Challenge #155: Off-Season Discomfort
Concept: Liort (and Rick)
Story: Noctua Spell
Contributions from: Liort, Noctua Spell, Blackvision, Flamestalker, Pikminenco


Tagline : Help the explorers fill in for the speakers as they have lost their voices.

Story:
Hildegard sniffed as she pulled another hankie out of her top-hat to blow her nose.

Maria was sitting across staring blankly at the wall. Next to her was a handbag filled with handkerchiefs.

On the table stood a bin that had been placed there by Yvonne. She was sitting miserably in a chair bowed over the table with her head on her arms. Groaning as she suffered in not-exactly-silence.

Kwame meanwhile sat on the floor for no particular reason. He had gathered a bunch of napkins from the dining hall. Yvonne had tried to make a snark comment about his height earlier and had to resort to low by the floor gestures.

Charles sat across from her and was debating whether to try and ask someone for a napkin or use his pocket square. He grimaced at the second option and tried to speak up: “ugh…. H…..n…..ugh” He gave up having barely uttered a sound. His throat hurt too much to attempt to get out more than a few incoherent grunts.

Charles waved a hand at Hildegard who pretended not to notice after mentally counting the remaining hankies in the top-hat. She had to have enough for herself after all, she thought as she deposited another used hankie in the bin placed there for this very purpose.

All of them were suffering from sore throats, teary eyes, colds and who knew what else. Only one of their distinct circle had evaded this storm of suffering.

“ugh…..” A female voice tried to make herself heard from the door. Maria shifted her eyes from the wall to the door and saw Phailin looking just as miserable as the rest of them. Phailin made quite a rude gesture that shall not be further detailed.

Maria imitated a very terrified expression and gestured to one of the few chairs left on the table. Kwame shook his head and wondered why the gods had forsaken them. Charles meanwhile tried to steal a handkerchief out of Maria’s handbag and got smacked. He tried to yell at her: “…uuuuu…” and upon failure became enraged.

Yvonne took the slightest effort to lift her head from her arms to witness this but lacked the energy to become excited at it. Hildegard looked on and pulled a very sad rabbit out of the top-hat. Phailin wondered how the rabbit felt about being stuffed in with those hankies.

That was when one very energetic Yu swung by the room in which the select explorers had chosen to wallow in misery. “Hey, Pinkerton got himself stressing out over supposed sponsers who were thinking of backing out. Wanna go out and gather some publicity so he’ll stop scrapping research budgets?”

He got seven sad, miserable faces, including Mr. Snuffles, staring back at him and upon spotting the multitude of tissues quickly ran away. No way he was getting sick just when Pinkerton gave permission to launch a few expeditions!

Rules:
  • Your main resource must be status, or you will be penalised
  • You cannot use Speakers, they lost their voices
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Scoring:
Your Score is your Renown minus your Penalty (if you have any)

If Status is not your main resource, the difference between status and your main resource will be deducted from your score. (For example if your main resource is Gold with 10k and your Status is 8k, then you will receive a -2k penalty to your score)
  • BRONZE: 3000 (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 7000 (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 13000 (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 18000 (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, 24/04/2019 (Or 04/24/2019 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.

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: How did all the speakers get sick? Why are only the speakers effected? Are the other explorers afraid its contagious?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #154: Science Booth Closed - click here
 
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