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Challenge #160: Science vs Magic


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Challenge #160: Science vs Magic
Concept: Blackvision
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Blackvision, Flamestalker, Pistax, Pikminenco, Noctua Spell

Tagline : Can Science provide the answers to everything, or are there unexplainable magical properties to this world too?

A series of parasols, several tablecloths and a bunch of handkerchiefs all held up by several sticks and tape take up the centre of the society’s courtyard. Under the makeshift blanket fort is a table with an Ouija board on it. Hatice, Dolores and Maria all hold an indicator of wood together on the board.

‘’Oh great and humble spirits!’’ Hatice says. ‘’What dangers will appear on our next expedition?’’
They start moving the indicator along the board. Slowly they stop on a series of letters.
‘’Dingos!? Are dingos our next great enemies?’’ Maria says as she removes her hands from the indicator. Dolores cracks her knuckles.
‘’If that is the great danger we will we face we have nothing to worry about.’’ She says and laughs. Hatice, who by now is the only one to still hold on to the indicator, sighs.
‘’All of us are supposed to hold the indicator at all times until we give a proper goodbye. Otherwise the spirits might get angry.’’ Outside are sounds of metal clashing together.
‘’I,m sorry. It’s just that I can barely focus with all that sound outside.’’ The three of them poke their heads outside the blanket fort. Right next to them they see Anna working on a device.
‘’Uhm excuse me. Can you keep it down?’’
Anna looks up at the three of them. She sees the blanket fort and can barely contain her laughter.
‘’What is this? What secret club have you decided to start now?’’ she asks while almost laughing.
‘’This is no secret club of secrecy. We are trying to communicate with spirits to prepare for our next expedition.’’ Maria says. Anna nods with a smile on her face and tries to take a peek, but Dolores keeps the curtains shut.
‘’Alright I will ‘try’ to refrain from being loud. But I have to get back to work, good luck with your…demon summoning or whatever.’’ Anna says and grabs her tools again. The other three reassemble around the table and grab the indicator.

‘’Now where were we? Ah right the questions. Does anyone have any?’’ Hatice asks
‘’Yes, I have a question that I’m dying to know the answer of.’’ Dolores says and clears her throat. ‘’Oh spirits of this land, what will we have for dinner tomorrow.’’ she says. A laugh is heard from outside the tent. Maria rolls her eyes and the three start to move the indicator.
‘’S…..N…..F……4…..0…..4’’ the three of them look troubled. ’’What does that mean? Dolores asks with anticipation.
‘’I am not sure. Let me grab the manual. Let’s see….. SNF404. Summoning not found. The manual says ‘In case of this error, sacrifice the second goat from the package.’’ Maria says.

Anna drops her tools on the ground. ‘’Okay that’s enough.’’ She opens the curtains of the fort. ’’Your stupid superstitious way of asking for advice does not work.’’
The other three explorers quickly get up and push Anna out of the blanket fort. ‘’Don’t say that! You will anger the spirits!’’
‘’Those ‘spirits’ are just your own imagination. If you want to prepare for expeditions you have to rely on yourself.’’ Anna says.
‘’Like building a device that predicts the weather so you can make better assumptions when navigating the blimp. Which is what I am building right here. I decided to build it in the courtyard so I can immediately test it.’’ Anna says and steps aside to show it to the others.
Hatice and Dolores approach the machine. They notice an small sign depicting a grey cloud with drops of rain. Above the sign is the text ‘current’. Dolores holds up one of her hands.
‘’Your fancy heap of metal says it is supposed to be raining, but I don’t feel any rain right now.’’
Anna looks at the sign.
‘’I mean of course it displays rain, that is the default state. It is not even turned on right now.’’
‘’You just say that to safe yourself. I bet your fancy machine doesn’t even work.’’ Hatice says. Anna starts to get angry. ‘’Of course it works. Better than some pieces of wood and voodoo magic!’’
‘’Your stuff is just as unreliable as our methods!’’ Hatice says.
‘’No you got it wrong, yours is way worse!’’ Anna says. Dolores steps up to Anna.
‘’Prove it!’’ she says.
‘’That is not…… ugh FINE!’’ Anna yells. ‘’I will use all of those ‘lucky charms’ and ‘blessed artifacts’ and prove that I will achieve nothing!’’

  • Your captain has to be either a Scientist, or a Superstitious* Explorer
  • A Scientist captain cannot bring Superstitious Explorers on their crew
  • A Superstitious* captain cannot bring Scientists on their crew
  • Hildegard couldn't choose a side and is unavailable, she loves both too much
  • If your captain is a Scientist, collect "Magical" treasures to prove magic doesn't exist
  • If your captain is Superstitious, collect "Science"*** treasures to prove science cant explain everything and is just as unreliable as magic
  • You must play on Adventure mode.

* Superstitious is a hidden personality trait some explorers have, they are: Hatice, Ivan, Dolores and Maria

** The following are considered "Science" treasures: Origin of Species, Ammonite Fossil, Stegoceras Skull, Baryonyx Claw, Water of Life, Olorun, Alchemist Flask, Hungarian mix, Philosopher's Stone, Canopic Jars, Lapis Lazuli Ibis, Thoth Statue, St. Andrew's Bones, King Crab, Emerged Snail, Zombie Bolt, Java Man Skull, Yeti Photos, Stego Skeleton, Brachiosaurus Skeleton, Living Crystal, Archeopteryx Fossil, Fighting Dinos Fossil, Oscillator

*** The following are considered "Magical" treasures: Green Runestone, Skull of Cernunnos, Will-o'-the-wisp, Water of Life, Philosopher's Stone, Secretum Secretorum, Mask of Madness, Columba Staff, Woolly Feather, Emerald Skull, Spirit Scepter, Voodoo Doll, Shrunken Head, Barked Face, Baba Yaga's Broom, Zombie Bolt, Witch Mask, Dharmachakra, Devious Charm, Living Crystal, Medal of Secrecy, Dead Sea Scrolls, Jinn Lamp

Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points

You get 500 Bonus Points for each "Magical" or "Science" treasure you collect during your run, which list counts for you is depended on your captain, see above for more details
  • BRONZE: 4000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 9000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 16000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 22000 Points (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.

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, 03/07/2019 (Or 07/03/2019 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: Why are they contacting spirits in the courtyard? Does Anna's machine actually work? Will Dolores' question be answered?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #159: Fishing with Earl - click here


New member
Superstitious captain
8300 renown+7*500=11800 Points
-Origin of species
-alchemist flask
-canopic jars
-emerged snail
-brachinosaurus skeleton
-living crystal
-origin of species

This is my first challenge run, this felt good :D