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Mibbler – 13

Here’s the Mibbler with some fun and some serious discussions from the Mousehunt-World. Your reporter has the Cough – it’s the season for it – but is otherwise very happy about her Fall-Key-Shard :)
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* FeedBack Friday…

Somehow the following became a theme very soon into this FBF… I cant phrase it any better so i just quote Michelle: “Little bit broken” is now an offical tech term.”
As an example of whats coming next, the devs showed us pre-images of the in game notifications of corkboard posts…There was an explanation given on the workings of the Pinchers: “Usin a Pincher dramatically lowers your ability to catch a wrong-side Pawn. Be carefull with what base you combine these Pinchers with, in order to not catch the incorrect Pawns. The higher power traps have a rather less ‘dramatically’ effect.” ^^
Fanco mentioned a release of a Backdoor, but Dave skillfully talked way over this clue’s head. Later on in FBF it turns out the Backdoor was part Zugzwang’s when in the planning it was still to be a Hero’s area. The Backdoor would have been for Lord’s and Lady’s.
And oh dear: Dave has absolutely no idea when the Tourney’s will be back realistically. Plan is to start on the coding for that in a months time, but HitGrab is now looking to hire some guys to actually build it.And then the usual FBF chaos ran. I will leave the reporting to othes on the Forum.

Additional info on FBF from Mildred Ann Koh:

In FBF they showed us the Balack Cove “timer” – it will have 3 states, low tide, medium tide and high tide. At Low tide, there will be no Riptide mice, Medium tide, there’ll be some and at high tide, lots. If you catch a Riptide, you’ll be booted form the Cove I believe.

The other thing was, they are planning a new mouse in the FG and catching that mouse will let you in (?? not sure about this part – maybe it transports you over? I think they aren’t sure yet themselves).

OAT and Blackpass:
OAT and Blackpass only slightly increases you chance of encountering the side you’re after (OAT for Tech, Blackpass for Mystic) while the pinchers actually dramatically increase you chance of encountering the mouse (not just about catching it – it actually attracts the side you want). OAT and Blackpass, not so.

Question: Why is Fall so hard?
Answer: Fall and Winter are meant to be difficult while Spring and Summer are easier. It’s so you have to plan the most efficient way to get your amp up – you might want to hunt elsewhere during Fall and come back in Spring for example.

Find the FBF summary here: ship be: http://bit.ly/aYphqj A Nooby FBF Review

Link to FBF recorded: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/9471741

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==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====
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* Source: Gouda + Fall = Amplifier Loss

Ok., this thread and this title should probably have been in the Whine section. But nodbody complained, they all rather cheered in with an opinion. At first the sentiment was: So much for everything being possible without SB+…Then later others spoke out: “Really? My amplifier is going up fine with brie!“ Or: “CoT/Target/ Gouda… mines going up.” Or this one: “Hm. Somehow I got this 63% in fall…. Must have stolen it from someone.”

Huge debates, but the final verdict is defenitely still not out on this.

Source: http://bit.ly/d3mcJj
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* New quote on so-called smart lootdrops in Tower

HA! We knew it. It so very much depends on who was listening to FBF and rephrased what was said there, and whether he or she included the non-verbal communication with it. Anyways, to correct and nuance last weeks remark on smart loot drops, i found this interesting ‘report’ on what the devs may have said:“…BUT the devs said in the last [weeks] fbf that it will check your trap inventory the next time you catch a king if you have the spellbook base and then it will lower your odds of getting a new page. But unfortunetly we are not guaranteed :( “

source: page 4 of http://bit.ly/9il38X Spellbook Base
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* Not-a-free-market is ballooning the price of SB+, or isnt it?

As a follow-up on all excitement about the sb+ and Gouda balance there is a discussion about sb+ prices and the workings of the marketplace. Statement: “It’s certainly not a free market… the buyer has essentially been removed from the equation, and no ‘haggling’ is possible, it’s why we don’t see decreases in prices.”
The opposite side is arguing: “SB+ prices are, and always have been, at a level just above an expected return made by hunting with it in the most lucrative location.”

Source: http://bit.ly/bKcgBA
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* More on the difference between Gouda and sb+ in the Zugzwang area’s

Nils Mason estimates that in the Seasonal Garden, based on say, 80 hunts a day, it takes on average two days to charge the amplifier with Gouda and 1 day to charge it with SB. Thereafter hunters will spend about a day in the Tower, whether using Gouda or SB. So as a very rough outline, for every two Tower runs one makes with Gouda, one could do 3 with SB. That is not such a big gap really.
Now, what you have to take into account to make the comparison, is what the impact of such discrepancy will mean in terms of points. But well, not everybody plays for points. Or for getting things ‘first’.
Opinions differ, what we can say is that the Debate flared up again and that arguments were well-argued, while other debaters clearly had been having a Too Hot Bath ^^

source: http://bit.ly/9TS96P
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* Quote from that same interesting and long thread:

“Why people are so afraid to buy SB+ on the market? Do you really need to stockpile millions of gold that much? SB+ is the most obvious gold sink of mousehunt.“- Rotui V.
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* A different opinion on the new areas: “I just wanted to say…”

“Thank you. For the first time in this game’s history, the devs released an area in which it behooved players to use multiple traps and multiple bases to catch all of the mice (I’m talking about ZZT here, not how SG forces you to change, though I will say it is rather lovely having some variety after ZZT runs). This is the first update where it didn’t matter when I just so happened to join the game, where it didn’t matter what Ronza visits I happened to be ready for.
This is the first update where you don’t just “win” by buying superbrie (You can still use it to your advantage, but you need to know when and how; even smart superbrie users get to laugh at the silly ones who blindly use it in every hunt in the tower).
This is the first update that made even weaker traps useful! Gosh, sometimes I wonder if you actually thought all this up or just made the Tower and realized that it had all these strategic benefits :P For once I can laugh at all the people with EMS (Endless Magma Syndrome), knowing that my 3 different bases outdoes their base that they’ve used for the last 20,000 hunts in every bloody region.
In short, this update is the first one that isn’t an insult to my intelligence. I’ll be grinning the day you give me a use for Clock, BG, OoI, OoS, and NVMRC in the same area.”

Source: copied from Trevor H. post on page 2 of the mailbag-thread for 11th sept.
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* The need to fine-tune when and how to hunt with sb+ (and when not)

The need is obvious. Even when one is only an apprentice one has to think when and where to spend the big Cheeses. But for the new areas we have not agreed at all yet on what the fine-tuning could be.

Here’s Chan Y. M.’s suggestion for finetuning: do use SB+ in Zugzwang’s Tower on pawns instead of on the more powerfull mice. He says: “I want to preserve as much of the amplifier as possible, and use that to catch all other pieces easily. Once I used Gouda, and failed to attract twice, and I realised I have difficulty catching knights and bishops, and in the end I wasted more super brie to catch pawns to further lower my amplifier. That not only wastes super brie, it also wastes my time as well. I could have use that extra time to hunt in seasonal garden to rebuild my amplifier.”

source: http://bit.ly/avTzMq
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* An item with a price tag of 25,000,000!!!

One of Z’s socks is on the market @ 25 million… wonder who wants to buy that? :D
Now picture the surprise for this reporter when she checked next morning: the sock was no longer there…

source: http://bit.ly/d1Y9Gq
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==== Rumours, Opinions … and Stories ====
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* Transportation Glitches?

Oops: Transportation problems also happen with the non-collective transporatation mechanism in Tower. There are a few ‘issues’ currently with the tower: This is one, the other is wiping out journals, especially after being Checkmated. Another is where it is catching mice from Seasonal in between Tower mice. So if it happens to you: your not alone!

Source: http://bit.ly/ceJhY0
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* Big SnowB Rumour almost fatal to reporter

So, there’s this thread about a person having started Mousehunt in february 2009, being known to have whined about having missed the SnowBot, but now suddenly her profile is showing the SnowBot. Yikes. This is almost too personal for this reporter to report on. Something’s wrong here, so much is clear. What exactly has gone wrong, is a big mystery though.

Imagine, all your Mousehunters life the Huge A. Snowmouse has been your favorite… forever have you longed to be able to go to the Mountains and catch it. But didnt. Forever have you returned to the Mountain to get it, and then get some more. No matter what rank or what else happened in the Kingdom. Then one day you find out about a Snowman Trap, the Snow Barrage to be exactly. Red cheeks go flaring: Ooo me wantsit! Ohno! Nope, its LE! And it never comes back, aaaah! The wantsit meters go through the roof!

Now somebody has it. Just recently. Oooo Can i haz it too!? * insert puppy eyes going wild *

Reporter sincerely apologizes for having become infected with the Pizza- & greedy-virus thats running rampant among many mousehunters. Untill now she has stayed way ahead of it by drinking orange juice in huge quantities. Ehm, make that: enormous quantities. But sadly she has been infected now, possibly due to extended exposure to the Forums. She is now in bed, fighting the fever.

source: The person whom cannot be named is coming… & SnoB after release??

ps. This just in = latest news to this SnowB-issue: Due to exposure, the huntress has by now lost her SnowB. Mod Michelle said: “It was a glitch and it has been removed :)”

ps2: When this Mibbler rolled of the press something happened to the thread that made it dissappear. All thats left is this one: http://bit.ly/9fzTBp
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* Last but not Least:
Personal Real Life Cheese Consumption Graph

Check out our Real Life cheese consumption here: http://i56.tinypic.com/2u6dwjl.jpg

There is more where that comic came from, like this one about What type of Mousehunter you might be: http://a.imageshack.us/img64/7639/mhchart2.jpg

source: http://bit.ly/bcCROM Mousehunt Chart/Graph Humor
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= = = = = Cookies & Credentials = = = = =
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Thanks to Shah R. for a link to that “Regarding the Recent Events Effects on SB+ and Consequences”-thread, which was The Main & Occupying Forum Item for awhile there. ;)

The cookies will be cheesy cookies this time… But for a decent Price ofcourse!
http://thematzats.blogspot.com/2008/11/cheddar-cheese-cookies.html
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