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Challenge #180: Evasive Exploring


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Challenge #180: Evasive Exploring
Concept: Blackvision
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Noctua Spell, Pistax, Blackvision Flamestalker

Tagline : Keep your operation small and avoid busy places, atleast for now

Ivan and Jan-Piet are loading goods into a small airship. Pinkerton is overseeing them and looking at a clipboard in his hands. It was once again time for a diplomatic mission and Pinkerton was going to lead. Victor and Phillipe decide to see if all the preparations are going well.
‘’Good morning Pinkerton, where does the diplomatic mission take you this time?’’ Victor asks.
‘’The Anagogic Archipelago. We hope to acquire some useful information and relations in the area so exploring there will be easier. We have been preparing this for quite a while now. Some lobbyists and I have read up on customs on several islands to make conversation and negotiations easier. We have a barterer to make sure that our food supply will be sufficient and a few journalist to document the journey and findings.’’ Pinkerton says.
‘’And who will be controlling the airship while you and your small crew focus on the on-board preparations?’’ Victor asks.
‘’I thought of that. I asked Ilmiz to come along. With her at the helm we can be assured that we will arrive safe and sound.’’ Pinkerton answers. Phillipe looks around.
‘’So where is she now?’’ he asks. Pinkerton points towards the ship.
‘’She is telling Ivan and Jan-Piet where to put the boxes. Once everything is ready she will rendezvous here with me so we can take off.’’ He says.
‘’Seems like an awful lot of preparations for a mission you have carried out many times before.’’ Victor mentions. Pinkerton nods.
‘’It is true that this is not my first rodeo, but you can never be to certain. Many unforeseen events can happen that could leave the entire trip in ruin. Believe me, it has happened to many times.’’ He says. Phillipe smiles meanly.
‘’Oh really? The master diplomat Agustus Pinkerton has failed on multiple diplomatic missions. But how it that possible?’’ he says teasingly. Pinkerton lets out a small laugh.
‘’I never specified how many times, even once is already to much.’’ He says. Ilmiz walks out of the ship with the helpers following her. She taps Pinkerton on the shoulder.
‘’Everything is set boss. We can move out as soon as you say the word.’’ She says. Pinkerton nods.
‘’Alright, then there is no time to lose!’’ he says.
‘’Hold up Pinkerton. Did you forget about the medical check-up? You were the one that made it mandatory for every overseas expedition and your mission is no different.’’ Phillipe says raising his medical supply kit.
‘’Oh how silly of me. I suppose it cant hurt to do a small check.’’ He says. Phillipe feels Pinkerton’s forehead. He looks worried.
‘’Your temperature seems to be a bit higher than normal. Are you sure you are feeling alright?’’ Phillipe asks.
‘’A light fever and a small cough are not going to keep me down. The importance of this mission is simply to great.’’ He says. Phillipe runs some more test on the other crewmembers.
‘’If it is something other than I minor flu you could put your entire crew at risk. Even worse, how about the people you will meet in the Anagogic?’’ Victor mentions.
‘’You better not take risks Pinkerton, such a condition can be dangerous at your age.’’ Phillipe says. Pinkerton’s face glows red.
‘’I am not that old! I have never been healthier. I am perfectly fine.’’ He says angrily. Ivan places his hand Pinkerton’s shoulder.
‘’You should be careful with your health. Its better if you stay.’’ Ivan says. Pinkerton throws off Ivan’s hand.
‘’Oh fine. But because you have all been in contact with me you might have it to, so I expect you to be good explorers and not go to places that have large gatherings of people. NO excuses! If you need me for anything well that is to bad. I am going home and waiting this ‘sickness’ out.’’ He says and walks away.

  • Anyone can be Captain or on the Crew
  • Keep your Entourage small, you'll face penalties after the first 3 helpers/specialists
  • You cannot visit densely populated expedition locations*
  • Avoid encounters in expedition 5
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
The following four expeditions are considered too densely populated to visit: Mali, Andes, Anagogic and the Holy Land

Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points and Penalties

You will get a Penalty of -1000 points for every Helper or Specialist after the third, if you have less than 3 people among your entourage you'll get +500 Points for each one you're below it. (screenshot of entourage required)

You get a free bonus of 5000 Points, but you will recieve a Penalty of -500 points for each Encounter token you got in the 5th expedition. (screenshot of 5th expedition results required)
  • BRONZE: 2500 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 5000 Points and less than 8 entourage members (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 10000 Points and less than 5 entourage members (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 15000 Points and less than 3 entourage members (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.

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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.
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Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
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Submit by 17:00 noon CET, 22/04/2020 (Or 04/22/2020 for those using MM/DD/YY)
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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 the screenshots of your entourage and expedition 5

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: How does Pinkerton’s crew think about his situation? How could they still go given the situation? What is in the crates that got carried into the airship?

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