Ha! I thought the news was done for the weekend. In hindsight: how could i think that when there was still a FeedBack-Friday coming up? Plus there were some weird malfunctioning bits and bytes as well… On behalf of keeping the news fresh as long as it is still fresh, here it comes:
* Nice & last minute Surprise: It’s Cove’s Weekend…
Once upon a time, in a Galaxy far far away…. Nah. It was sometime on saturday, and actually not long before this Mibbler was published, that the ticker announced this: “The Riptide Mice of Balack’s Cove seem strangely calm… Hunters will not be washed out of Balack’s Cove by the tides this weekend.”
Hunters around the Kingdom are a bit worried about this ticker message, as they have experienced a weird unstableness in the hours before, and even right on to the moment the announcement was published. The devs could have foolishly posted on the ticker before being sure they had disabled the flushes, yes? Could they? Noooo.
Michele entered the main thread in the News section about this, asking if and keeping close tabs on whether anyone’s been washed out since the ticker announcement went up… So if you wanna try the Cove’s weekend, and still keep a close watch on what happens, keep an eye on this thread and whatever is reported in it: http://bit.ly/9ImqCP
* “Mike accidentally all the webservers”
Just before this weeks FBF on friday, many of us had problems logging in or coming back to Mousehunt. The ‘White page of Death’ appeared instead. Apparently some have seen the above announcement. Which is a bit cryptic to non-geeks and mousehunters who are new to the game.
In Mousehunt we had an earlier incident where Franco deleted the database. It was also admitted in the same style and phrase: “Franco accidentally the database”. The geek-side of things is this: “I accidentaly the [noun]” is a meme originating in 2008. It started when someone said on a well know webbased bulletin board “I accidentally the whole rar file”. It implied that the person did something bad to it.
So Mike blew up all the web servers. Or something like that… However, the game was back on its feet before the actual start of FBF, so phew – thanks for that! and no sweating!
source: sorry, the thread has been erased (as it was probably no proper ‘News’)
* MouseHunt Analytics Urgent Information!
Did you experience some hickups while using mousehunt and visiting Furoma.com? I did, on friday especially… And so i was eager to read this on saturday:
“MouseHunt Analytics was hacked, there was a script that redirected hunters to a site that tells you that you have viruses. This site offers to to “fix” the problems for you, but if you let it, then it downloads viruses to your machine.
Mousehunt Analytics believes the site is now clear of the redirect script. If you do have any further problems please let them know. And they apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Phew, all’s clear! So no further risk or anything. And they were really quick in fixing it too! Hurray for the guys on Mousehunt Analytics and Furoma.com
==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====
* FBF – so many reviews this week!
Turns out rather more then one hunter was ready to jump the Forums with his or her version of FeedBack Friday. For details and versions and in depth comparisons:
I did watch the FBF myself as well, and here are the highlights for who only want highlights…:
There was only about half an hour FBF this friday and the devs sure had thought about how to pull it all off in half an hour. Most of it was with the chat turned ‘off’ for to better focus on answering the mailbag questions, and for us hunters to actually listen to the answers. I and many more, liked it: please do keep the chat ‘off’ during mail bag next time again please!
The first part was with chat as this involved feedback from us, while the Devs tell us and question us about their ideas on changing the timed environments: they are looking for another trigger to move hunters in or out. It has to change as with the increase of hunters there’s more and more transportation problems arising. One idea is to have to catch a certain mouse that transports you in, and the same for being transported out. Plus there may be an item that can protect you from that dynamic if you dont wanna move. Mind you this is all ideas! They are still thinking it up and not sure yet on how to actually go build it.
And ‘Its all just Ideas’ is the main thing i got from this FBF. Whether its mice-specific scoreboards, cork-notifications or even the Stale-shop: All just ideas. Dont cling on to it as if it’s been promised to us! If an idea appears to be popular it might go up the ranks of ideas… And indeed, the devs have noticed the popularity of Tournaments and are taking this popularity serious. But the Tournaments as we knew them will take 2 up to 3 months of estimated building time. Work on Tourneys should begin sometime around October.
The devs are very busy catching up with a lot of the work still related to the release of mh3. For this reason they can also not yet do more weekend events for us. Stuff that is going to be worked on this month will include: King’s Crowns (or badges in other words) that will mark hunting feats, and a Trap Effectiveness Bar which will show how well your trap should work in certain areas.
Dave doesnt want to commit to a date for the release of the new upcoming area. But he thinks the well-known Question Marks on the mousepage will start to appear ‘SOON”!
Franco on the other hand, does squeek this bit in, in the last minute of FBF: the release of the new area, plus the opening of the Dragon’s Chests, is expected by the end of this month.
==== Rumours, Opinions … and Stories ====
* More on the supposedly ”Evening out” of the Students… or the Lich’s for that matter
A remark in the last Mibbler on the ‘evening out’ of Students did evoke some reactions. And for sure many amongst you will still see uneven numbers in their inventory, even after having hunted in Dojo for a long time.
Here’s a general observation about random statistics. *IF* the Devs have and use a true random number generator, then the typical observed variation will go as the square root of the number of catches. At 100 catches, that’s 10% variation, which people are definitely going to notice. At 400 catches, that’s 5% variation, which is still pretty noticable. At 2500 catches, it’s 2%, and at 10,000 catches it’s 1%.
This is why PooFlinger (Furoma.com) is so important: none of us are ever likely to reach even 2500 catches, let alone 10k.
Through the reactions on the earlier Mibbler, i realised it will be interesting to know how many catches PooFlinger has recorded for each student and whether they have evened out. And hey, being a reporter i could go ask, coudnt i? So: – to be continued –
* Somebody has a new favorite mouse! :)
On friday 6th of august Jacob Johnson wrote: I have a new favorite mouse, and I am painting him right now! What? More cute then the Pebble? Or the Nugget? Or the Longtail himself??? Wow.
* Last but not Least, a Zug-story written by our own Judy Rapp:
Zugswang smiled – a quiet, gentle smile. People had thought he was crazy to choose such a small, obscure island as this one, when he could have had an estate in Gnawnia as his gift from a grateful King. They hadn’t remembered that he was a master chess player, not that he played the simple one-board game very often any more when he preferred the more challenging hexachess version with interlocking boards and intriguing Time Pieces. They hadn’t remembered that he had inherited the family affinity to metal and fire, and they might not even have known that he had inherited some rather esoteric magics from his half-fae mother.
No, he was not crazy. This Island suited him very well indeed. Born over a ‘hot spot’ the mountainous Island was metal-rich from the magma which seethed deeply below its crust. His smile widened a fraction and he raised his index finger. almost effortlessly, the ground melted from the centre as molten metal rose from the plume, shaping itself as it rose and cooled, steaming in the salt air. The sections rose and slotted themselves together as if they were hexachess themselves, twisting and interlocking until a tower had arisen from the earth. With a small chuckle and a thought, he decorated the top with his favourite Time piece, the one which less experienced players tended to overlook as insignificant – until they suddenly realised their defeat.
Satisfied, he took the heat from the plume which had fed his tower, making it shrink and fall away form the Island, loosing the anchor which had caused it to remain in one place. Manipulating the ocean temperature, he caused a current to take him North. He would return… but not yet.
= = = = = Cookies & Credentials = = = = =
Huge thanks to Loretta Johnson for enlightening us on the Random generator’s effects!
Oops, last time i forgot the Cookies! O.o
Today my hubbie has baked the Ultimate Chocolate Cake :) It’s a bit too much for just the two of us, so please dear mousers, help yourselfs to a piece!
# Anybody who has news or wants to write a (fluffy) piece but not a whole Mibbler, can send the copy or the idea, or even just the interesting thread-adress… to my pm-box :)
# No News, no Mibbler, as there is a a very strong-headed non-fluff person on the board of advisors. # No Fluff, well – we have to warn you here – but in case of no fluff we might accidentally still post a Mibbler with strong warnings of putting on your sunglasses first before reading.
# If no crew: no Mibbler. Which is really really sad. Luckily there’s always the possibility of posting your news or newsrelated question in the last Mibbler’s thread.