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Challenge #187: Entourage got Talent


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Challenge #187: Entourage got Talent
Concept: Liort
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions: Flamestalker, Pistax, Noctua Spell

Tagline : Streamline the entourage recruitment process by only picking them from other rows

The sounds of cheers and applause fill the conference room which has temporarily been repurposed as a stage. Many people including helpers, entourages and explorers sit in the audience excitingly waiting for the spectacle they will soon behold. On the first row is an elevated table with three seats for the judges.
‘’Welcome and thank you for coming everyone! You will be a great audience I can already hear it!’’ Maria says from the stage. Many cheers are heard from the audience. Maria laughs and accepts all the applause.

‘’Welcome back to ‘Entourage Got Talent’ were we decide which entourage can go on a journey of epic proportions with the main cast of explorers. They will have to show their best capabilities if they want to have a chance.’’ Maria says.
‘’But before we start and make people question their life decisions, lets first meet the people that will be doing the judging. First up we have Charles, the high society pretend to be!’’
‘’It is a pleasure being here of course.’’ He says.
‘’Next up we have Yvonne, la dame dínfliger la misère!’’
‘’I am looking forward to crush some self-esteem.’’ She says.
‘’And finally we have Harry, the orph..... eehm…give a warm welcome to Harry everyone!’’
‘’Hi there, I don’t know why I’m here.’’ He says.
‘’Now Charles, why are we using this method of picking the next entourage and not the previous method we have used for several years?’’ Maria asks.
‘’Oh it is quite simple. With the increasing care we must take for each expedition we simply do not have time to think of everything as we start the planning. Therefor if they show us what they are capable of beforehand it will be easier for us to pick the most useful person for the job.’’ Charles says.
‘’Great explanation as always Charles.’’ Maria says.

‘’Let’s welcome the first contestant to the stage. We will start with Bobo. He is going to do some stand-up comedy to show us his beguiling skills. Let’s hear it for him!’’ Maria announces. The audience starts to cheer as Bobo runs to the centre of the stage. As the cheering fades away, Bobo clears his throat.
‘’My family is like my luck. It’s not here right now!’’ he says and puts up a funny face. A few chuckles can be heard coming from the audience. Charles and Yvonne are not impressed. Harry on the other hand repeatedly slams his fist on the table and laughs continuously.
‘’Where’s my misfortune?’’ Bobo says as his catchphrase and leaves the stage.
‘’That was certainly an in interesting performance.’’

‘’Next up we have Heinrich. He is going to show us what knowledge about the world can mean on an expedition, and live on stage too! Give him a warm welcome!’’ Maria says and start clapping. From behind the curtains Heinrich is pushed onto the stage. He looks back confused and walks to the centre of the stage.’’
‘’What is it that I must do precisely?’’
‘’You have to show us what use you have as an entourage.’’ Yvonne says. Heinrich looks surprised.
‘’Here on stage? Not every talent can be shown just in any circumstance. Sure, for my college the clown this is possible, but many others need careful preparations to do their craft. It would be unwise to compare every profession in only one setting. I suggest that you scrap this entire unnecessary talent showcase and….’’
‘’Lame! He is using logic!’’ Harry yells. The entire audience starts booing at Heinrich. Some even throw things at him.
‘’Why are you booing, you know I’m right!’’ Heinrich says. Two security guards come up the stage to remove Heinrich. While initially resisting he is taken of the stage by force. Maria looks to the ground and shakes her head.
‘’I knew this was a bad idea.’’ She says to herself. After regaining her composure she returns to the stage.

‘’Let’s continue to our last contestant of today, Pepe the destroyer!’’ Maria says. Pepe walks on stage confidently, holding three planks of wood under his arm. He places two of the planks vertically on the stage and lays the last one on top of the other two.
‘’So what talent do you posses?’’ Harry asks.
Without saying a word he breaks the horizontal plank by punching straight through it. The jury is impressed. He then breaks the second one by slamming it on his knee and smashes the last one by holding it in his hands and headbutting through it. The crowd is overwhelmed by this display of talent and starts to cheer and clap.
‘’It seems we have a clear winner.’’ Charles says.
‘’Indeed, you have won this this round so grab your stuff and join us on the ship!’’ Yvonne says.

  • Anyone can be Captain or on the Crew
  • You cannot recruit multiple specialists in the same row in each Entourage Hall*
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
* For example in Stockholm you wouldn't be able to recruit both Bobo and Jenkins, you would have to choose one of them as they both appear in the second row. You can recruit a specialist from each row in each Entourage Hall, for example a valid lineup from Stockholm would be Jenkins (2nd row), Gudmund (1st row) and Heinrich (3rd row)

Your Score is your Renown - Penalties

You get a -5000 penalty for each Specialist that breaks the recuitment rule

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your entourage to verify your specialists
  • BRONZE: 3000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 7000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 12000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 17000 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, 29/07/2020 (Or 07/29/2020 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.

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your entourage to verify your specialists

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: Who’s idea was it to change the recruitment process? Did the judges had to do auditions as well? What acts would other entourages have showed to win over the judges?

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