Originally started as 'the Archives', Mibbler-Mousehunt News now gets published here.

Mibbler – 11

I was still trying to wake up from a nasty afternoon sleep that had me completely taken over. To come back to the mousehunt page to find it was not there. The tiny mouse was telling us an update was taking place… When the game came back up, i was still dabbing my eyes as somebody was really quick and bright :) and posted this:

“After this last update, be sure and click on “Mice” and see the changes and new question marks!” – Judy B.
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* Today’s game update: Of Crowns and Meeces

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# King’s Crowns

These trophy crowns will be awarded to hunters upon catching a breed of mouse 10, 100 and 500 times. You can view the crowns you have collected both on the Mice page, and on your profile in a designated tab.
Rather nice detail: when somebody gains a crown, it shows up with a message like this in your journal and profile page: “I caught my 100th Chameleon Mouse and earned a Silver Kings Crown!”Amost instantly the first thread asking: “So how many crowns do you have?” appeared in the forums.

# Mice page changes

There are now indicators on the Mice page to tell you how many mice from a specific group or region you have caught. The green ‘check’-mark is for when you have caught all mice in a group. There are different colours for having caught like 10 or 100 of all mice in the same group.
Some hunters have noted glitches with these coloured checkmarks in this first release. Checkmarks also seem to be off for the mice when arranged regionally. All of which will no doubt be fixed ‘soon’ ;)
Also new: Power type effectiveness has been added to the mouse popups to let hunters see what power type is best against a particular mouse.

# Bubbles

Pay attention: the new Bubbles are non-consumable! O.o Keep the high-heeled glasses in the cabinet please! High risk of breaking your marbles * cough * … ehm, your Crystal!
As we indeed noticed earlier this week: Zugzwang’s Tower has been spotted in Rodentia! Unfortunately, Zugzwang’s pet octopus, Bubbles, is quite protective of its master, and is preventing any ship from approaching the tower. In a future update, hunters will have to find a way to coerce the aquatic beast into letting them sail toward the tower. Although no hunter has been able to land yet, some details have been collected from ship wreckage floating past the S.S. Huntington II…

# 35 New Mice

What little details are now known about the tower and island have been added to the mouse page: Two new breeds of mice have appeared there: the Seasonal Soldiers (new mice 23) and the Wizard’s Pieces (new mice 12). Both new breeds of mice seem weak to tactical weapons.

From the ever-changing vistas of Zugzwang’s garden come the Seasonal Soldiers, a group of mice who have been infused with the magic of the four seasons. If you want to draw these ‘seasoned’ veterans in, use normal cheeses, such as swiss, brie, gouda or SUPER|brie+ and a tactical trap, but know this: The Hunter seeking true mastery of the Seasonal Soldiers must find the special weaknesses that are unique to each season.

Fighting a perpetual battle within the enchanted halls of Zugzwang’s tower are the Wizard’s Pieces, warrior mice who follow a complicated and rigid set of rules in order to achieve victory. On one side is the Technic army, brimming with metalworks and gadgets, and on the other, the Mystic army, who use spells and charms to gain the upper hand. You’ll have to defeat the entire chess set to reach the king, so plan your moves carefully!

Due to these descriptions, there’s already a fair bit of thinking aloud and some speculation on the possible but hidden Zug-mices special weaknesses, going on in this thread: source: http://bit.ly/bYzCex

# Other small changes and additions in today’s update…

There is now a small chance to receive scrap metal when capturing a Steel Mouse using the Digby Drillbot or the Chrome Drillbot.

The full Newspost from the Developers, including a small list of what they are working on next is here: http://apps.facebook.com/mousehunt/newspost.php?news_post_id=24
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= This just in =

“Mouse totals are wrong since the King’s Crowns… Well, it could be that 141 is actually the correct total, and the old figure of 90 was wrong. Devs?

<a few minutes later>

From Michele, our mod & mousehunt support worker:

If you have caught an event mice in a region, your regional total may state that you caught more mice than are currently available in the region (example: 55 out of 33). We’re working on removing event mice from these totals.

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==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====
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* MHCC included in the Wiki

MHCC reached 750 members, and therefore now has her own Mousehunt Wiki page. MHCC might have something to do with the new Crowns-update, they are shy to boast but very happy with the latest update. The MHCC-page: http://mhwiki.hitgrab.com/wiki/index.php/MouseHunt_Century_Club
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* Simple tale about Luck and its Whims…

Somebody posted THE statistical question that’s on every hunters mind – while most have no idea it is a statistical question at all! It goes like this: Say the Silth’s catch rate is 10%, which is 1 catch per 10 attractions. Say I’ve missed 10 silths… does my chance of catching a silth on the next attraction increase, or is it the same as if I’d never attracted a single one?
Can you picture the tension building after so many misses? The hunter starts thinking: it cant be far off now, anytime soon its bound to be! And it is not. This hunter and me too, we are suffering from a Gambler’s Fallacy:

All hunts in Mousehunt are independent. So every time you attract a Silth you will always have 10% chance to catch it or not, regardless of how many prior attractions you’ve had. Please dont bet on your luck turning up just because it has previously been bad. Be guided by this easy peasy rule instead: “Statistics becomes confusing when you start thinking about events in the PAST and events in the FUTURE.”

Despite all statistics and coins flipped in theory… even for statisticians it boils down to this pretty Zen-statement one of them made in the thread: “You get what you get.”
source: http://bit.ly/aqLLPn
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* Who has the best average MH-Career?!

Find out the number of days you’ve been playing with this: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html Then find your average horns per day and mice per day, and see how well you’ve done. Can you match the first Topic-poster’s 29 horn calls per day on average & 41 mice per day on average?

source and list of accomplished mousehunt carreers: http://bit.ly/9FiS7l

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==== Rumours, Opinions … and Stories ====
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* Crafting an airship? With what?

Hunters were wondering all weekend how we will do it: get to that floating Zugzwang’s Tower, an island in the sky? But it is pretty clear that because we cannot go by sea, we will need to set sail on an airship. What crafting materials will we need? And will we need parachutes? http://ifightrobots.com/images/catplane.jpg
Or will we be teleported? As simple as that? Can any of us swim?
And ofcourse: Can we eat the Octopus please? @.o

source: http://bit.ly/cYJ2KZ
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* Last but not Least:

A smart and football-wise hunter on the Forum was very quick in pointing out a possible remarkable resemblance between Bubbles and Paul the Octopus…

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= = = = = Cookies & Credentials = = = = =
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Thanks to Jane B. for sending in the ‘Statisticians on Luck’ thread!

From friday on i will be on holidays. With a one-woman-crew this means there will be no Mibbler for a time-period of about 2,5 a 3 weeks.

Now be carefull with these Octo-Cookies, dont let them grab you! http://bit.ly/9YOEYk

# 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.

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