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Challenge #194: Old School Adventuring


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Challenge #194: Old School Adventuring
Concept: Blackvision
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Professor Finesser, Flamestalker, Pistax, Noctua Spell

Tagline : Throw those single minded strategies out the window and embrace the arsenal of versatility.

Several explorers are gathered in a meeting room inside the society. They are discussing which way is the most effective way to handle expeditions. Anna, Dolores and Kwame have all prepared a small presentation on what they think is the most efficient way. Molly, Victor and Maria are on the other side of the table with a note block in front of them.

‘’Alright Anna, you’re up first.’’ Victor says. Anna stands up and walks outside of the room. The other explorers look at each other. Why did she leave? They hear the creaking of small wheels and see Anna pushing in a chalkboard completely covered with mathematical formulas and theories. Molly leans forward with a confused look on her face trying to make any sense of the formulas.’’
‘’Obviously if you look at this data you can see that knowledge always yields better rewards over the other option that you can encounter on expeditions. By analysing all the option that you have you can….’’ Anna continues to talk but the other explorers do not understand what she is talking about. Victor interrupts Anna in middle of her speech.
‘’But what if you encounter a situation that analytics and theories cannot deal?’’ Victor asks. Anna pauses for a moment and points to the bottom right corner of the chalkboard.
‘’Here you can see that there is indeed a way that those situations can be easily avoided, you simply….’’ She starts talking scientifically which the other explorers don’t understand. Victor slams hist fist on the table.
‘’This isn’t going to work. Sorry Anna but I disagree with your plan. Next one please!’’

Dolores pushes Anna aside and flips over the chalkboard. On the other side there is no text at all, a welcome change. The only thing visible is a large, crude drawing of Dolores holding a piece of paper, a scale and wearing a crown. Besides Dolores are two other people with, which seem to be Molly and Hildegard with a large upper body and big muscles. Molly notices and smiles with amusement.
‘’Are you also tired of having to think and do stuff on your expeditions? Well fear no more because Dolores the great is here! I will take up all the tasks and this whole expedition will be a breeze. There is nothing to lose, except maybe your jaw which will drop to the floor when you witness my amazing feats!’’ Dolores says enthusiastically.
‘’But you can’t possibly do everything!’’ Maria says. Dolores shakes her head.
‘’That’s where you’re wrong kiddo. I am versatile in the arts of athleticism, diplomacy, track and field and even science. I will handle everything, you guys just stay nearby and look good!’’ she says while stretching and showing how masculine she is. Maris sighs.
‘’I have several objections about your plan. I don’t think it can work.’’ Maria says.
‘’What do you mean? It involves me!’’ Dolores says.
‘’Yes the focus is too much on one person. Next please!’’ Maris says.

Kwame enters the room holding three flower garlands. He places one in front of Maria, victor and Molly. He urges them to put it on. Maria and Victor comply, but molly refuses. Kwame walks to Molly and places the garland on her head. Molly keeps her arms crossed. Afterwards Kwame walks to the centre of the room and stands in a harmonious position.
‘’The way of the word is a path that everyone can understand. While animals might not talk back they can certainly acknowledge the good intentions that you bring. Therefor as long as there is a peaceful reason every fiery situation can be defused.’’ He says. Molly scratches her head.
‘’But what if something or someone is literally out to kill you?’’ Molly asks. Kwame remains calm and stays in the same position.
‘’Other people or beings rarely want to harm you. They only do this out of need, therefor if you provide the substance they want
‘’That is not very beneficial for us thought.’’ Molly says.
‘’Such is the way of life.’’ Kwame says with a smile. Molly stands up and throws of the garland.
‘’That is not life, that’s a lot of bull! I,m sick of hearing you guys out. No more specialised tactics! Lets just move out with a well balanced, versatile team and be prepared for everything the proper way.’’

  • Your Crew must consist of a Scout, a Fighter, and a Speaker
  • If your Captain is a Scout, you must go to Transylvania and the Lost Island
  • If your Captain is a Fighter, you must go to Emerged Island and Shangri-La
  • If your Captain is a Speaker, you must go to Anagogic and the Holy Land
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Your Score is your Renown
  • BRONZE: 3000 Renown (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 7000 Renown (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 13000 Renown (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 17000 Renown (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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Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: What other explorers would have similar one-minded tactics? What calculations were on Anna’s chalkboard? Is Dolores secretly and amazing artist or did somebody else draw Buff Molly and Swoldegard?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #193: Undercover Excavation - click here