Hello Mousehunt Heroes!
Shocking news this week, although the shocking bit is not really coming from Mousehunt. We knew some of it on beforehand, but maybe not all of us… Like about two weeks ago this developers news: Facebook is going to do away with all in-game discussion boards. And is not going to maintain the existing ones.
Since, at this point in that process our Faces have disappeared from all discussion boards on Facebook, we can no longer call this F…
And yes, the Discussion Boards are way harder to read without the profile pictures.
But anyhoo: The drumrolls for Halloween can be heard, very softly in the background of the disintegrating discussion boards….
* Sneak peak at Hitgrab’s workings
A party is being prepared! :) Halloween coming closer every day: Yes mousehunters, cheer and re-joy for what’s coming! The tricksy developers have given us a tiny sneak-peek into what they are preparing:
On the next day the devs let out another Sneak Peak, this time telling us what they are working on and that they are working hard! That’s no news, actually, the sneak peek bit is in the tail of the video, when they show us what Jacob thinks is the Cutest cheese ever!
Cute? Hmmm: a friend of mine wondered: will this cheese not get stuck between your teeth?
Watch the video: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=439654221253
Or take a look at the cheese only: http://on.fb.me/cZajo2
:) Say cheese!
* Feedback Friday
And that’s not all – sneak peek wise! The devs promised us a further sneak peek inside the Halloween’s stuff during FBF…
But the FBF started off with the appearance of Bryan, somebody we hadn’t seen in a long time! He apparently had to show off his new hat that was send to him from this summer’s London Mousehunt Meet:
Not unimportant during the chatter before the peeking began, was the compliment Dave made to dev Mike: “Mike is the “smartest guy around”. Researching how to upgrade & organize scoreboard-data. Tournaments are going to utilize scoreboards in specific ways, so this is important! And yes, it demands a lot of research.”
But on with the sneak peek, cause that’s what we were all there for: Dave & Franco showed us a picture of the area where the Halloween party will be held. Then they showed us the trick or treat buttons and revealed a little on how they will work. We saw the candy corn cheese, and again the cutest cheese of all. We saw the Pumpkin Patch statusbar and we were told about the three different areas where we will be hunting, amongst which the Cornfield Maze…
See a sneak bit of the Halloween area for yourself: http://on.fb.me/9voVPI
Wanna read a full FBF-review? And see or read some more spoilers for yourself? Go here: http://on.fb.me/bpxfO8
==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====
* Sludge & Dr. Mouser… huh? dr. Who?
The Radioactive Sludge event has come to an end after a long weekend, and Franco is very pleased with our results:
“Good news! The Digby Cleaning Crew has finished cleaning up the horrible mess caused in the laboratory, especially with the help of those hunters who stopped over to lend a hand! Hopefully the large cleaning bill Dr. Mouser received will serve as a reminder to double and maybe even triple check his work.”
Wait a tic, who is this Dr. Mouser? The community buzzed with questions about this strange man. Could there be something to come in the future from this madman? Is Dr. Mouser the cause of Larry and Ronza’s breakup? Up till date, no-one knows…
Source : http://tinyurl.com/dr-mouser
* How much sludge did you get?
Sludge was always hard to get somehow for me, and I wasn’t dissatisfied at all. I have been getting around 100 sludges. I have heard about huger and lesser amounts of lootdrops, it seems to have varied somewhat.
The stats guy Nathan, who had just a week earlier launched his new Log Summarizer & is building a new mh3-database, has whizzed (that’s the wizzkids verb yes? o.-) some results out of this new database for this weekend. He looked at with which trap setup did you get the most sludges or rb-pot drops. Which trap you used, but also which cheese you had on, made some difference indeed!
These numbers may come in handy if it ever happens again, and they are rather valid for the rb-potion drops throughout the year.
Just to be sure you don’t miss that new Log Summarizer, you can find it here:
* Off-FB Mousehunt Forums, coming when?
Looks like a whine, smells like whine……yep it’s a whine.
But we are all wanting a fix, don’t we? Somebody called Kyle, seems to know more then we do:
Kyle N.: “The forums are already there. and relatively stable.. only one thing. they do not want the entire FB crowd to mass exodus to the other forums. so they are using me and all the other people that happen across the link to be the beta testers for the forums.Currently… its about the same as FB no profile picture that is… beyond that… it is MASSIVELY better. It will be released publicly soon enough.”
Aaaaah! It isn’t even difficult to find these ooff-FB Forums.
Remember the new Moushuntegame-link? http://www.mousehuntgame.com/ These to be tested (beta-) Forums were there all along!
But two Taverns to keep track of? Yikes, that may be just too much. I do hope the devs make a choice pretty fast on when to migrate!
* MHCC-news: Recordbook & upping the requirements once more
The MHCC has started a group mouse record book (spreadsheet), so take a look at the spreadsheet and see if you have a mouse record: http://bit.ly/aujISD
For calling in a winning number, goto MHCC-record-catches-thread: http://on.fb.me/bsQg7V
MHCC has announced they are raising their requirements on the number of mice you need to have caught 100 of, to get into the club. It will get raised from 60 to 70: you have until December the 1st to get 60 silver crowns and get in. After that, it’s gonna be 70. Nicely announced on beforehand: They reckon many will need the time as Halloween-activities might keep us all busy ^^
==== Rumors, Opinions … and Stories ====
* Spellbook Base versus the Magma base for collecting Fire Salt?
There have been some hunters who have doubts about the newest base in the game actually being the best for all situations. And it would not be new to the game if that is a sort of puzzle, and that ‘newest’ isn’t guaranteed to be ‘the best’.
Now would the Magma base still be best for collecting Fire Salt in the Jungle, or do we think the brand new & shiny SpellBook Base will do better? The answer is for now: two bases shouldn’t make that big of a difference. Magma probably wins slightly, but not by much. And if it does win, it’s due to the high luck. Then again, if the two bases really are that close, the freshness from SBB should be a big factor for the difficult-to-craft havartis.
The Jungle is gonna be Dreadful, what can one SpellBook Base do about that? JoD is still JoD. Like Jason Tolpin phrases: “Either way, if I walk out of there with 20% catch rate, and fire salt… I gotta think ‘phew’.”
A bit of new to me in the discussion-thread was this fact: that the FS drop-rate has been 100% ever since the release of MH V3. Another nice new piece of info is about the attraction rate of the Havartis: the attraction rate of havartis is around 99% right now, it was 80% before. You have a much smaller chance of getting a Sylvan these days.
* Spellbook Base versus the Magma base for collecting Savoury Vegetables?
A very basic question in the boards on with what setup to get the most Veggies, gave a very basic answer: The answer for mh3 is: “2010/Magma is doing better than ZFM/Spell since the catch rates are already ridiculously high.”
When you dare dive into the spreadsheet mentioned in the thread, to sort out what setup you better use for other loot-drops, you might be busy for a while… Very worthwhile spreadsheet it is, though!
* Spreadsheet- lovers come, dive in!
And find some guiding answers to your own Loot-Questions!!! And can i point out that from Nathan’s spreadsheet it seems best to use the Spellbook for collecting FireSalt in the Jungle! o.o (Hope i got that right and did not go cross-eyed at some point seeing all them numbers?!)
# disclaimer #
Of course, at the same time, these numbers do not keep my personal catches in Jungle to go best with the MSB on! :p
# end of disclaimer #
Nathan’s spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/mhdata3b
(Please click on the specified area’s on the bottom, to find the data you are interested in!)
* 2000 Eclipses in a years hunting: possible or not?
Have you ever wondered how long you had to be in that Gauntlet climbing the stairs to get even only 1?! Well, somebody wanted to get the record and hold it for a while and seriously wondered whether getting 2000, or maybe even 200 Eclipses would be possible in a year’s time. He was thinking he would get to page 1 of the scoreboard and gain a lot of gold in the process.
He he.. it took some crunching, and comparing, looking like this: “Extrapolate [existing estimated catchrates for Eclipses] out to 2000 eclipse mice and you get 248,000 pieces of cheese required in t1. To put that into perspective, Jen R. currently only has about 65,000 mice, and it’s taken her 2 and a half years to get there.”
I personally know somebody who has caught 10 Eclipses. And it took him 4 months. While others barely have 1 (or very frustrating: none at all) in the same amount of time.
The answer is: It’s just not possible.
* The Gauntlet revisited… or when to start converting with sb+
Tired of the Gauntlet and trying? Well, you are not the only one! But from a desperate thread on the hopelessness of climbing them stairs, a new bit of strategic information came. Gregory Montiel said: You don’t need 1000 T2 cheese, but you need some SB+ ^^ Gregory gave us this link to a statistical analysis to go check out on what level to start using sb+ for converting the potions.
Andrew H. has truly outdone himself here, with a complex mathematical algorithm to “explain” the odds of catching an eclipse in the gauntlet, and the results are fascinating. Of course, the obvious conclusion? SB+ makes things faster- we didn’t need a math degree to figure THAT out.
However, there is a lot of interesting information in there about which tier one should start converting on. Conventional wisdom holds that starting on tier 6, where the gold return is higher than the cost of SB+, makes the most sense. But the graphics show that converting Tier 5 pots and above with SB+ will let you break even across the entire run, on average.
And on top of that, as this chart shows, that will provide a dramatically different chance of getting your eclipse mouse! So, you might consider starting converting the potions with sb+ on level 5!
# disclaimer # Please mind there is no 100% chance of catching the Eclipse! Please read MIbbler no.3 for some insights on the Gauntlet from dev Jacob himself! # end of disclaimer #
The extended analysis can be found here: http://mhanalysis.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/monte-carlo-analysis-of-kings-gauntlet/
* Last but not Least: the Gnawnian Rhapsody
And many amongst you have surely sung it along already :)But its to good to leave it out! Go see the lyrics rewritten by Malcolm R. for yourself and please do hum along and don’t sit still while you read em!
* Now since Pink hats don’t come alone…
Timing is all they say… :) Aurum S. must have waited a long long time to make this known: http://on.fb.me/d3tk0U
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