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Mibbler – 38

I so very much prefer mud-fights over magma-fights! *.*
But after this thought the mud-fights began for real on the forum, and i suddenly tended to lean towards the magma-fights once more. You know what: i will just avoid both and only get into waterfights from now on!

*Lightbulb moment*

Then again we may just need a mud-base in Mousehunt, maybe it will end all dirty fighting… plus it will catch the rodents pretty nicely too! Shall we notify Jacob of this?

One more thing before the Mibbler’s summary of talk in the past week in Mousehunt: Did you mistake the Mystery Monday Mouse for an SB+ event? Or did you share this experience: “… the point of the game is to hunt mice and have fun and [the Mystery Monday Mouse] was a nice change of pace…”

How will you use your +5 luck bonus?

This weekend is the first ever +5 Bonus Luck Weekend. Besides making us happy, i suppose this weekend will be the ultimate experiment for the bunch that is endlessly debating and researching whether Luck boosts Loot or not! I expect some results after the weekend you statisticians! Rrrawr!

˜”*°°*”˜ AN/AM 3rd Birthday Party!! ˜”*°°*”˜

Happy Birthday to you AN/AM! It is  great you are still out there and Rocking! Yay for Paying-it-Forward & the Mousehunt-Community helping hunters out! To celebrate AN/AM is organising many different competitions to celebrate, check out the Party Schedule & Join in if you can!

Don’t forget: AN/AM can still use donations for to realise their Trap-help-programmes very much!

Sphynx Wrath Vs Sandstorm MonstroBot

Huh? Why “versus”? Well, some of us will want to make a choice. And some of us just want to know which one to get first. Not that we have much choice in that, but still nice brooding about it… And yeah, sure: If you live in the Fiery Warpat, the MonstroBot definitely gotta be your style!
source:  Sphynx Wrath Vs Sandstorm MonstroBot 

Now this evaluation, and/or the reasoning inside it, may be the reason for the Sphinx Crsytal prices going up! So do be carefull an dont spread the word, or them Crystal prices will even rise above those of the Sandstrom Monstrobot!

GUIDE to Getting “THE” Three Traps Quickly

After all those three traps “make all your other traps look like they were made by Larry”…! – SDHoost.

But how to get them? o.o Oh! That’s how! … Nah, just kiddin.
The best part in this supposedly Guide, is the talk about the traps available in Muriday Market in relation to the Warpath-traps:  [GUIDE]Making The Most Out of Warmonger Trap Loot & Getting The Three Traps Quickly

ps: As soon as the thread starts talking ‘Polynomial’ you’d better go back to Camp and sound your Horn! ^^


Does using the Monger Charm impact your changes of getting Trap Loot when catching a Warmonger mouse in the Fiery Warpath? Despite a busy real life ^^ Chad M. once more created a new fabulous form and spreadsheet for us to collect data regarding the Monger Charm:

Here is the form to submit Monger Charm Loot Data
Here is the published spreadsheet for the Monger Charm
Here is the thread for the Monger Charm

Of course we also are still wanting to collect more data for the Warmonger Traploot spreadsheet with or without charm. The more data the less biased, so please join in the collecting, whatever your results!

Unusual cheeses in Fiery Warpath?

Names that pop up in response to the question whether unusual cheeses can be used, are: Gilded!, Gingerbread – yes, and Ghoulgonzola?
Special remark by Geoff O. about wave 4 & special cheeses: “Since streaks are not a consideration for Wave 4, I always use crap cheese like this, though a Monger pillaged (or is it plundered) about 100 mozzarell’ once. Doesn’t happen with gingerbread.”
source: Has anyone tried unusual cheese in Fiery Warpath?

Somewhere else on the Forums there’s a serious discussion going on about the attraction rate of a new special Fiery Warpath cheese and the costs to make it a valiant alternative to gouda & sb+ (and not disturb the on-going donations)… throw in your 2-cents if you like:
Poll: Add Feta Cheese to the Muridae Market for the warpath >>

*Drools at the thought alone!*

Serious talk on the future of MouseHunt …

It may have had to do with the Moon Eclipse the other day, as many go a bit nuts under the influence of that type of occurence. (The end of the world has been foretold on less inducements.) But this was the sincere worry:
“3 of the most powerful traps just came out recently. They completely outranked all previous traps of the same type. (…) Bases should be capped with Magma being the strongest. Where will we go from here! @.@ Is this the End?”

There’s a good chance the devs will have a plan: new areas, new trap types, and possibly a trip to the Moon. I prefer to look at it like that, cause the other option is just too depressing.
source: Serious-talk-on-the-future-of-MouseHunt.

Shortlist of interesting links:

Last but not Least

A little reminder that Cheese & Whine is also about Cheese: wOot!!! 3 Balacks on 1 page!!!

Don’t forget to go get your +5-Luck Cookie here >>

Happy Hunting Heroes!


Mibbler – 35

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

Welcome to you all in the quiet, peacefull times of no-events and a somewhat confumbled return to our Mousehunt-chores. I am so happy there was for once not much news in the Kingdom. At least not much that i could keep up with: I might have had a black out, cause i couldn’t see what everyone is writing anymore. These eye-problems of mine, amongst others, have been the reason i was able to spend much time on Mousing & Mibbling these past 6 months. Changes are to come to this, more about that at the very end of this Mibbler so just read on and you will get to that. Take your time reading, no hurries mate!

First things first: some mouse-things did happen in the mean time…

Short recap:Hope Mouse

– Ronza has left Gnawnia and the Hope Mouse came into Action! (official news Post)
– Charm pack 1 is released Charm Pack #1 Released (official news post)

Almost everybody seems back to what they still had to do or finish, whether it be restocking gold, or finding the next bet, the next crown or finally catching their (next) missing mouse. A few mousehunters have been explicitly hunting Hope mice… and the Hope is badly needed with the weather circumstances in Queensland this last month! 
Probably besides that badly needed for a lot of mousers out there anywayz. But they are limited and will go ‘lay low’ soon! How soon? No exact clue.

Oh and ehm, anybody waiting for a Chinese New year event or at least some happy wishes in Mousehunt? Remember the devs do use an outer-space-calender!

King’s Luck Charms on “first” mouse-catch

When a hunter has caught a mouse for the first time and publishes it, you can claim luck charms from their profile-page post. It reads like this: “xxx caught a Bottled Mouse for the first time! To celebrate xxx’s hard work the King is giving out Luck Charms!”
Hmmm, nice way to get more luck charms! At times i am getting this as a result: “Sorry, you may only claim 10 gifts per day.”  So it seems there is a connection between these charms and the gifts.

New on FB This week: FB-connect problems

“The FB Connect site is acting up a bit! Please stick to MouseHunt on Facebook while this is sorted out. Thanks! – MouseHunt” Indeed my friends page and -functionality is still a bit on the slow-side...

Which reminds me: never forget to check in on the Current Known Issues (Last updated 2nd Feb 6.30pm GMT)

Jacob Johnson’s IceWing painting video

From -The Artist Formerly Known as Mousstachio- comes a mouse-painting video. It was painted live during a very special Feedback Friday by Jacob Johnson who took everyone’s suggestions as they continually flowed in and created a mouse truly designed by the community.

Icewing Painting Video [HQ]

Feedback Friday – 3 of those!

Of course we all wonder if the armed Charm will show on our hunter’s profile pages someday? Turns out, it was an oversight. Next we got a little insight on the intricate workings of luck: “Luck is not linear it’s exponential meaning the more you have the more effective it is.” News about the Baron area? They’re pushing hard to complete it by early February but they don’t want to rush it…..

Read all this and more in the reviews of the 21st:
– Jeremiah’s: Feedback Friday Review by MHCC 21st Jan
– and The-always one click away-Review: FBF Review 21 Jan 2011

The second FBF (28th jan.) is full of dry Doughnuts crumbs, but the Juicy stuff is about charms (they will never be smashable!) and about Luck in the Gauntlet (which comes down to 10 luck x 0.000001 lootdrop = … still an infinitesimal bit of higher lootdrops).
Besides that we still wondered  whether we will sometime be able to see images of charms on our traps? The answer is: The devs tried a bunch of different designs but nothing was cool enough. Feel free to submit your ideas!
– MHCC – ultimate surprise writer! :D Jessica is back! – review: *** Feedback Friday Review by MHCC 28th Jan. ***
– Review delivered by Tofu in T(he)TT no.69

Feedback Friday on 4th of february announces that the Lunar New Year and Valentine Day festivities will not be a big event. It is due shortly: New Year will last about 2 weeks and over lap with Valentines day’s. And yes, they are keeping us on our toes re Baron-area… *looking good!* There is some explanation to the extension version numbers of the game, and a lot of talk about Franco’s shop indeed. (Salt people salt!)
– Go read the Feedback Friday Review by MHCC 4th Feb

== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ==

Helpful places on both Charms & Orbs

You are getting these links from me, to check if you know-it-all:
Orb List
– Charms recipes in first post & Orb droppers in spreadsheet: Orbs Loot list
– Compiled info on orbs/charms (includes a faq & on the Old Forums): Compiled List of Orb Drops, Charms, and other Update Info!
– Note: You can use the “Send Supplies” option to give orbs to friends.

Charm recipe chart – nice graphics! – from the MHA, made by Ninz A.
– A rather complete source that started during the race on the new forums (and sorta missed the “Firsts” on the old forum) is: Collection of Charm recepy’s (so far)
– And now that they are around & tried for a bit, there is the Charm page on The Guide to Mousehunt. Recipes, stats and effects of all charms are included.

It sure was a Race: finding the recipe’s…

For first hunters deciphering pack 1 charm recipe’s i have these names:

Elizabeth K. was first for the Antiskele Charm Recipe! (source: The Antiskele Charm Recipe!)
James H. first for Prospector’s charm (source: Prospector’s Charm Recipe)
Ben L. appeared to be first for: rotten charm
Lewis H. appeared to be first for – Anchor Charm (both in: Recipe testing thread)
Robert S. appeared to be first for the Dragonbane (source: Dragonbane Baby!!!!)
Draobyek appeared to be first for the scientist charm (source: Scientist Charm)
Huge congrats to you all on fastness & inventiveness! :)

What to use the Ultimate Luck Charm (ULC) for?

Some hunters wonder about this, and Ahmed put out a poll which makes it possible to see some big-numbers-outcome: most answers go to T7 & “other” ( which may or may not mean something that is yet to come…).
source: what are you going to use the ultimate luck charms for?

We long to know if the Ultimate Luck Charm gives any significant increase in the chance for a Zugzwang’s Left sock from the Chessmaster. But don’t count on it, cause 20 luck times a insignificant small chance is still an insignificant small chance… no, the ULC won’t help in the cases of extremely rare drops like the left sock.
source: ULC for Sock?

UPDATED!!! The Petition for the Tweak of Tiki’s Stats in Tribal Isles…

Runic BaseDo you remember the petition for the Tiki tweak? This is the updated version… and after looking at the votes, who are fairly distributed but slightly in favor of tweaking, the petition now takes  a new turn: The active hunters in this thread have decided to back up their idea with numbers and stats , they have send an email directly to the devs & support.

Numbers & stats lead to this conclusion for now: “Regardless of what the devs are saying, it’s clear that the runic base is certainly not making the mice drop runes double the time compared to other bases. In fact, for ALL of the cases examined, it is dropping runes less frequently per catch.”

Like Dave D. says:  “There’s nothing to say that They™ are not investigating the Runic Issue behind the scenes. Sure it would be nice if they told us they were looking into it”

source: Some Runic base data
source:: UPDATED!!! The Petition for the Tweak of Tiki’s Stats in Tribal Isles…

Now that we are back to hunting Mysterious boxes, we want to know…

Mysterious BoxWe are again seriously wondering (yes we did this before) whether anything else then runes is in these boxes. 

While we all know that Runes are (by far) the most common, we don’t know the exact answers to these questions. Chad M’s initiative wants to investigate: “What percentage of the boxes contain Runes? What percentage of the boxes contain Rumble cheese? What percentage of the boxes contain Fire Salt?”

Here is the spreadsheet of current data with the probability of getting Runes vs. Rumble, etc…

Over time, and with a high enough sample size (more and more new submissions), the spreadsheet will become more accurate… so here is the form to submit your data

source: Contents of Mysterious Boxes (dropped by Acolyte) – *Data Collection Thread*

Gnawnia News Network: Live from the Elub Shores

…where hunters can relax after a hectic day battling dragons….

Rumors are spreading that a small group of Divas and Dominators are discussing a new Battle of the Sexes.. The GNN reporter has personally seen Elizabeth Kitterman entering a small hunting cab…in with several male hunters…stay tuned!! – source: ~*~*~The Ultimate BotS~*~*~

[Kitterman here:] “Guilty! There is talk of it! And it’ll def. be dragons as that’s all we know. But rest assured it won’t be happening in the coming months, more like 6 or more months from today. Could be August, Could be November so please do not change your current plans just yet.”

The Divas have responded to this great prospect with catching the very First KnownSilver crown Silver Crown for Dragons!!
On january 30th in the early morning hours (3:40 am in gmt that is), Maz B. reported this: “Dracano, I caught my 100th Dragon Mouse and earned a Silver King’s Crown! 
I can view my trophy crowns on my hunter profile.” Congrats Maz!

This reporter has as of yet not heard a worthy response from the Dominators side, although, yes, hmmm: a rumor has it that famous hunter Curt S. is quietly leaving the scene of the upcoming battle. He left this message: “Geoff I am skipping this round of Doms/Divas battle, the addition of the Dragonbane charms really messes things up.” – post 230 in: Dragon Dominators !!
We are sorry to see Curt go, but he has a point! (I think.)

How many Boss mice have you got?

Is this the next thing after Crowns and after the 90% Club? (Nonono i am not going to explain the latter!) Is it finally officially coming, this adaption to the idea of a “boss’ in the game? (see the sneak peek taken when the game was glitchy!)

We can always apply a wink & mountains of Salt-miner’s Salt to this! I thought the King was Boss! Grrr. For anyone not playing some other (video-)games the concept of a boss mouse may be weird: a reference.
But whatever: just count how many you have got! Without my 106 Mojo’s (they don’t count for some reason) i have 73 at the mo. ^^

There are 8 of the Bosses inside Mousehunt that count for this count, go see which ones: >> How many Boss Mice have you got?

And while you at it (but not yet with impressive numbers perhaps?), you can dive into this Bronze Bosses Challenge (on the old forum): >>  The Boss Mice Bronze Challenge

Furoma’s Log Summarizer back up!

After some time having a well deserved break, and after some time – and still – working on an overhaul, Furoma (formerly known as Pooflinger) is getting back with us, step by step. Submissions to the database are also working properly, so do help by posting your results here: 

No Duke-Duchess Rank Collecting Stats?!

Just repeating for the good cause: 
Mousehunt Horn Tracker said: “Still no Duke or Duchess sounding the horn with horn tracker installed. Really wonder who’ll be first.”

source: MouseHunt Horn Tracker

* Quick & Usefull Tips:

– First news is: the old forums won’t die! One piece of proof, although now a week out of order and thus ‘old’, may be/have been this one: THE OLDIES THREAD! (People who have been here for years, are bored and now lurk).
Like Chua Zhihong says: “It’s like they live in a different world there, completely unaware of this [new] forum…”
Tactical Trap Comparison by The Guide: The Tactical section is done!
– The loot glitchpaws drop in specific locations remains the same every time they come. It’s listed in the wiki at http://mhwiki.hitgrab.com/wiki/index.php/Glitchpaw
– 500 Sensei’s caught! Yannick V. is the first to report a Sensei Gold Crown! Congratulations Yannick! source: First Dojo Sensei Gold crown!
– And to get that Big Bad Burroughs What am I possibly doing wrong? Trevor H. has the answer: “What You are doing wrong is coming to the conclusion that you are doing something wrong.”
Never Ever sell your traps! (Not even whenR. is around!) See for yourselfs on the first post: What’s the dumbest mistake that you have made in mousehunt?
– Suggestion you may want to support: Order trap selector by most recently used
– No need to set up an account before expressing your support for the above suggestion: just click on the FB connect button on top of the forums and it automatically makes a profile for you using your FB settings and names and pics and such.
Don’t wanna see them at times awefull signatures on the new Forum? Go to your settings-page: http://www.mousehuntgame.com/canvas/forum//usercp.php and click on the left hand side on ‘general settings’, scroll down to ‘show signatures’ and un-check! 
Phew, that makes for a readable nice difference! Should be disabled by default, if you ask me.
iPhone App: The issue behind the constant “session expired” error has been found. Hopefully all of you suffering from “session expired” errors will be able to join everyone on the hunt with your iPhones. The release is available now on the app store! source: iPhone App – Issue found for constant “session expired” error

– Just so you remember to spread the guides around: Guides for New Players

– And pssst: This Just In! (Thanks to Taraka P.)
“I caught a Nugget Mouse! But i never knew we could get Onyx Stones outside of Furoma! >> “I checked my trap and found that I had caught a mouse! I caught a 2 oz. Nugget Mouse worth 6,875 points and 550 gold. The mouse also dropped the following loot:1 Onyx Stone”

==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

Chinese New year! happy Year of the Rabbit to all!

In FBF it has become clear it is not going to be as big as an “Event’. Still we are rather curious, and looking forward to it! Personally, i am very much looking forward to the Year of the Rabbit! * sighs *
Earlier i said something about the dev’s calender in this Mibbler. Next to that we must consider this one the dev’s side, as you realise they work with codes, yes? Ah, well, Captain Barbossa would say about that: “the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” So Patience, Patience!

In the mean time we can enjoy this spectacular ideas and suggestion on the forum for a Lion Dance Trap – It really looks amazing! Go see the Lion Dance Trap >>
*** Disclaimer: Remember this is made up, and suggested by a fellow mousehunter for the devs to pick up, it is not anything we expect to be released soon in the game! ***

The original thread for further details: Improved Lion Dance Trap and a new Red Envelope Base

* I am Silth hunting, so what!

Whenever i feel like! Doh. I don’t get all this “hold onto your cheese” stuff. But another courageous hunter was kept from Silth hunting on grounds of a map-rumor. Luckily a person of some authority has sprinkled some salt on that rumor as well. I quote:

“The Silth has been “supposed to drop a map piece” for almost a year now (seeing as it’s been meant for a map piece since its release in March of 2010). Waiting to get the Silth on the hope of a map piece is like waiting to buy a trap in the hope that Ronza is coming.” – SdH

Thread: 710 Wicked Gnarly Silth Lagoon Run

Share your Zug’s Tower-Limited-SB+ Strategies!

Yes another ZT thread, but we all want to find out WHEN to use that sb+ if we are going to use limited sb+ in a run. Start straight with it to get the pawns out of the way and keep a high amp as possible for the tougher pieces? Or get through it on gouda & wait with the sb+ for the Rooks & Queen?
Read all and intricate thoughts on this: sorry for yet another ZT thread, but…

Of course the other burning question about sb+ in the Tower is: How much sb+ does one use in a Towerrun? And the answer is: “It’s all dependent on your own tolerance of failure.” – SdH
Still, if you want to gain some more feedback on this you may want to look into this exchange of thoughts & experiences:
source: How much SB in Zugzwang’s Tower run?

To Rewers Riposte in Zug’s Tower – or not to

Chua Zhihang: “I’m fairly sure the Rewer’s Riposte is better in the tower at catching mice as well. Whether it’s better for completing runs is another matter though. (…) Some of us have been using RR/magma recently in the tower, and it’s crazy good at high amps against knights and bishops. TOO good, such that when we are having trouble attracting rooks, they catch almost all the knights/bishops that come up.
That’s why OAT/BPT are definitely still the best for completing runs in tower, but RR/Mag may actually be better than them at high amps. I’m thinking ZFM may actually be better at doing a run, since it misses more of the stray knights and bishops.”

source: is Rewers Riposte beter than the ZFM?

Zug’s Tower planning

Yes. There is this thing with the Tower: when in your busy week is the time right & ripe to go in on a Towerrun? And how long do these runs usually, or roughly, run for? And how active or passive can we run in the Tower?
One answer is: “I’ve finished tower runs in a day, but often they take 2 and sometimes 3. Depends too much on your luck and traps available.” And i would add: depends on the cheese too.
Some of hunter’s observations on Tower-planning are shared in this thread: Zugzwangs Tower – Planning Help.

That @#$%&%$#@ Gauntlet!

Where are the potions? I noticed many hunters crying out for the T4 potions in pain. Personally i have been avoiding the Gauntlet much after getting to the top once. But for those braving that experience there is some advice available these days. One of which is: be aware the potion drops drop significantly after level 2!
source: Where are the Gauntlet Tier 4 potions??

Another advice consists of a list by George O. to get you through the tiers, better still: on which aspect to prioritize in your setup, on which tiers!
source: CLT or CoT; HB or DDA; Acro or Arby @ KG

And please take it from the statisticians that there is: “ … absolutely no correlation” for Luck & drop rates of potions in the Gauntlet. Or there is, but it is infinitesimal small small small. Like Michael M states: “The devs have said that luck affects drop rate, in general, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the gauntlet is its own beast and the drop rate is the drop rate, regardless of how lucky or powerful the setup is. I think its just supposed to be difficult, an endurance test of your horn sounding.”
To be complete on this: the latest FBF says Luck kinda works, but more so on mice that normally drop stuff. For rare drops, its a very small difference – so small you are bound not to notice it individually.
source: Tier I Drop Rates vs. Luck

Still many many hunters, and ever new ones each day, wonder about how many potions they need on the first level to make it on top? The shortest answer is: nothing is guaranteed in mousehunt, and especially not in the Gauntlet!
The long answer is here, and i would advise anyone to especially look on the last info-graphic: https://mhanalysis.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/monte-carlo-analysis-of-kings-gauntlet/.

One plain straight forward observation to add: IM or ABT for eclipse mouse?
Kitteh says:”ABT. Wouldn’t want to risk restarting the Gauntlet would you?”
source: IM or ABT for eclipse mouse?

Highly unpredictable but going in one direction: sb+ prices

Hans C. wondered: ”Sb+ prices: Do you think it will go down because of orbs?”
goldWe don’t think so. Chad M. summarized: “SB+ prices will, barring fluctuations here and there, gradually rise, rise, rise, rise, rise……
It was “stable” around 800 for the first quarter of 2009… Then “stable” around 1500 for the first quarter of 2010… Now “stable” around 4500 for the first quarter of 2011…”

Join any price speculations in here: Sb+ prices
For following Superbrie trends visually >>

Have you been in cryopreservation state lately?

Please do wake up and help this hunter out, he needs advice for catching the Demetastabilization Mouse!

source: Need advice for the Demetastabilization Mouse

Do the Mousehunt Quiz & don’t Cheat!

It’s 18 mousehunt related questions! Just 4 minutes! It is NOT a piece of cake! 
(I failed…) But you can do it!

Go to the The Mousehunt Quiz >>

source: How well do you know MOUSEHUNT??.

* Last but not Least: A Break for the Mibbler

Even though the cookies (at the bottom of the page) have always said explicitly: “No editor No Mibbler”, i am announcing a break due to Real Life Interference. Part of the interference is serious and has to do with health-issues and research coming up. Part has to do with me getting slowly ‘better’:  i am absolutely sure the Mibbler has played its positive part in that! I can recommend to anyone to take up the writing!

[Update on april 8th: my eyes still need a lot af adjusting & time and thus the break has to be continued for a bit. We are keeping track of developments in Mousehunt in the meantime and are very sorry to hear War is upon Gnawnia! :/
In the meantime i am slowly repairing the links in here (linking to the integrated-forums)… Goodluck & don’t forget to sound your Horn!!!]

As i shared this news with some friends-mousers, there has already sparked an idea of finding another format for sharing the news and sharing the interesting tidbits & “knowledgable facts”. So… while there is gonna be a break, we might come back with a vengence! Either it be a (less regular) Mibbler again or it may reappear in some other form.

Anybody interested in hearing about a re-appearance or a re-start in any form, can subscribe to the Mibbler’s fanpage >>.

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Mibbler – 34

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

Welcome to this late late Mibbler in times of great happenings. Life surprisingly doesn’t shape itself neat & easy around Mousehunt-releases each and every time. And apparantly especially not this time :p (dear Dev’s couldn’t you have waited another week?). So, due to Real Life Interference, this Mibbler is “late”, but as She will leave on the dev’s wednesday: there is still time to make choices and perhaps make that last purchase!

Ralph M. sure was inspired by a master when he wrote clear & elegantly about what Ronza means to many of us hunters, and about our -most of the times complicated- relation to her:

“Ronza, You have a way of bringing out the passion from everyone. When I first heard your name with the far distant sound of a dying kitten in the background, I hated you and your party hat ways. I took an oath never to recommend a limited edition trap to my fellow hunters in the forums. What good is it to know that the trap I am suppose to use I can never get?

Yet I must confess you won me over like a high maintenance girl friend. Yes you are often distant and it is expensive to be with you, and yet I think of you every day as I am not content unless I am using one of your LE traps and LE base as well.
I like to think that our relationship is improving, you have learned to give me warning of your coming, so I have time to prepare for your wares.

How do I love thee, let me count the ways: …”
To be continued in: Ronza my Rosalind, I leave you this note on the trees of Whisker Woods

There are a lot of hunters impatient to move on, and the release of a new Charm pack after She leaves, has already been announced. But first more about THE Return in Mousehunt history. Or to simply  see whether you had missed out on some details, here is the last weeks News Harvest:

The Awaiting…

Maybe, just maybe you have all forgotten how it felt before her coming, after that long long wait, only a few days ago… let me remind you by telling a bit about the days past… before she came:

“From the Great Winter Hunt and the Festive Comet it was apparent some one special was expected to return. The tickets to Ronza and her charms was a sight to behold. (…) There are signs every where of the joyous occasion. To celebrate sb+ vendors are giving big discounts, and the skin market has 50% off sales all around. It won’t be much longer till the lovely maiden fair and her new lover come. The charms of Mustachio are known far and wide and surely his love will cause Ronza to be even more generous with her goods.” – Aleksandr Gifford (post 26 in: Ronza Navigational Update)

We did not know then, what we know now of Moustachio and why he is called the Charmer… So when we spied Jacob’s new profile picture we thought we had found THE clue: we guessed wildly after the secret identity of the Charmer and frolicly claimed our Jacob must be truly Ronza’s Lover! We so did spy Jacob having the best of Moustaches!

Our most favorite artist himself said: “Pffft, I have no idea what you’re talking about… *runs off to change his picture* ” … Jacob surely seems to go by the famous words: “one man in his time plays many parts.”

Thread: MUSTACHIO Pic released!

Ronza has finally returned!

She returned from her year-long search for Moustachio! She’s brought rare and unique items that only she has available. Read almost all about what she brought in the News post. 

Surprise: Moustachio turns out to be a wise researcher and retired trapsmith! And not a Lover :p

Ronza leaves this wednesday (source: News post about her leaving) Warning: Once Ronza leaves, you will no longer be able to exchange your voucher from the 2010 Great Winter Hunt for her crate of Ultimate Luck Charms. Moustachio’s newly build shop in the Mountains looks like a permanent one and it certainly feels like he will stay. The dev’s wouldn’t call it his “return” for nothing now would they? Ah! *big sigh* The dev’s have confirmed in the latest FBF that his shop is to stay!

All good new things come in 3: First there is Ronza & her new traps and brand new region-specific bases, second there is Moustachio & his charms – a new addition to the game, and third there is a new trap for sale in the Prize shop & by means of donation: the Shrink Ray Trap.

The Rockstar officially is not new in the game but very nice to have him visit along with our grand celebrity. You can hunt them at the Airship using Rockforth cheese (loot dropped by other mice in there).

Glitchpaws released

These Glitchpaw mice may have had something to do with the short-ish server maintenance downtime on friday. We were all worriedly-excited that something would happen or change to the Ronza-related items and releases, but the downtime was due to some server problems that needed fixing.
After fixing we were shortly left with a marketplace that was and smelled “ slightly singed!” The Market Place & Supply Transfers were “unavailable for a short time while Dave does some stuff” – Michele in : Market Place & Supply Transfers)

FBF 14th january

This weeks mailbag was announced to be a “lite” version – with short questions… so in that spirit one of the questions was: “will FBF ever be hosted from a kiddie pool full of jelly beans?” (in: **Official FeedBack Friday Mailbag – 14th January**) Surprisedly this lite one was never answered, but many more serious ones were!
Many of us sure were curious about whether the dev’s would consider making a statement about the Riposte Trap’s name: naming it after the one player that has been no.1 on the scoreboard for a long long time (about 2,5 years) was a tat controversial and aroused a lot of noise and protest especially by long-time players. 
The riot (i think we should call it this) had taken the dev’s by surprise (not us, oh no! – more about this later…) and has “definitely influenced the way they will include Player Lore in the future.”

One of the surprise announcements in FBF was the announcement that a new Charm pack will be released shortly after Ronza leaves. Plus they actually showed some Charm Spoilers: several charms still yet to come. The pictures are included in the FBF reviews:

Jeremiah’s: Feedback Friday Review by MHCC 14th Jan
and David’s: 14 January FBF REVIEW

Now what? o.o The Dev’s are spying on us!

For once and for all the world of spying is turned upside down: The devs have found a way to actually sneak peek on us instead of the other way around! Mike has made a very interesting tool: Real-time display of in-game activity. Then Joel hi-jacked the boardroom television to display the results in a slide show. “Who knew MouseHunting was a spectator sport?!”

Go see the video: FB page for HitGrab Inc.

New Baron area coming: our nerves tickled by JJ

Jacob Johnson couldnt withhold this: “Would it be mean to say that I’m really excited about how the Baron area in MouseHunt is starting to look?” (on his wall).

==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====

Guides on Ronza’s shopping goodies

Of course, all reflections on the good and bad of the new traps for sale, are just a hunter’s quick ‘n dirty analysis. Nobody has had a solid chance to try out the equipment in a variety of combinations to validate the hunches. Still most of us, especially the ones that can for sure not buy or afford it all, need some guidance for the choices we have to make. You may have sought out the guidance for yourself already, as we all are in a hurry with Ronza usually, but still … here they are:

1) The Guide to Mousehunt: “The Ronza page is UP!”
And: “… in light of all of the questions, clearly the physical comparison and tactical comparison need to be written pronto. [The Hydro comparison is already done -editor] For now, the short answers: PTT is *not* better than any of the other Ronza traps. Partybot, CCT, Chillbot, etc. The Riposte *is* better than Zugzwang’s First Move”

2) The Budget advice on the new forums: Ronza’s Shop Budget Guide

3) No this third one is not a Guide, but it is a good addition to any guide because of the reflections in the discussion. It starts with a simple question, but turns into an almost philosophical exchange on Ronza traps and nobody knowing yet how they will perform! Plus it mentions the general experience they actually always turn out to do well: ArcBlast vs Acronym

Whatever happens, in my humble opinion you should make your own choices, and not just rely on the guides. But they are very usefull as reference, indeed.

We continue with traps for now, and talk about bases and charms and other new stuff later.

Short Advice summary on Traps

New this Ronza-visit is the fact that “…the King now allows hunters to purchase traps before they meet the point requirement, however, you WILL NOT be able to arm the trap until you have reached the required points.”

All advisers seem to agree on one thing: The tactical Riposte Trap is the best buy Ronza brought this time. (one example source: Rewer’s Riposte OWNS Tactical)

The most expensive buy is the Acroblast or Arby, and it is generally believed that it will be slightly better then the Acronym (although not against Liches). But man is it expensive! (one example source out of many: Acroblast vs. Acronym)

The Pneumatic Tube Trap is believed to be almost as good as the Rhinobot and a good option for when you come to Derr.

The Shrink Ray Trap makes a great trap for a beginning MouseHunter, and caused some questions re being LE or not, but just to be sure: it is not!  Plus it caused hunters to ask for it to be “giveable” (source: The New Shrink Ray Trap…. make it givable)

Chris H. just likes: “ (…) that they named the new Shrink Trap after my Uncle Ray…” (post 31 in: Ronza Returns with Moustachio the Charmer )

The Trap that must not be Named

So what to write about this? Nothing? (As it better not be named…) Yes, I can do that. If you still wonder what i am talking about at all: this is about the Rewers Riposte trap ‘controversy’.

The trap  is named after a prominent player who held the top position on the points scoreboard of the Facebook version of the game for over two years. The huntress has gracefully thanked everybody who congratulated her. This huntress can now be considered to be the first member of the Mousehunt Hall of Fame.
And man did any thread ever trying to establish a hall of fame go down in a nasty way.

So to summarize: with this naming the dev’s sorta opened up a barrel of trouble. The dev’s picked it while about half the mousehunt Forum-regulars could have told you it would get them a riot on their hands.
Pretty soon we spied that many of the page 1 Scoreboard hunters actually had debaited their traps, some even had travelled back to Gnawnia putting on their Marionette: this sure looked like a strike of sorts! (source: #1 and #2 Baitless and in the Town of Gnawia – What’s going on ?)

But be not alarmed any longer: we will not suddenly make it into the top 100! On Friday, even  before FBF had been on, all hunters on page1 were hunting again! Despite the fierce protests. the outcome of the poll in one of them is with 310+ votes rather in favor of “stop the whine!”, against 120 for renaming (and 80 saying i don’t care). source: Poll & protest: Should the Rewer’s Riposte be renamed?
The fact is that the majority of the hunters won’t know anything about what happened or what may be the reason for the upheavel. Or like Jane B. said: “The Jennifer thing is beyond explanation…”

Dave answered to the uproar quickly, way before FBF: “Hey everyone. We meant no ill will with this trap. (…) She [Rewers] no doubt helped shape MouseHunt when there were only a handful of players and the game would be quite different, or possibly no longer around if she stopped playing in those first few months. Her moral support and enthusiasm during those first few months meant a lot to us and kept the whole team working hard. (…) This limited-time trap was meant as a small tribute to a hunter who kept us motivated to keep building the game, and ultimately allowed thousands of people to enjoy MouseHunt.” (post 43 in: Let’s all give a big hand to the Devs for the Rewers Riptide)

Personally i absolutely buy this! Probably the dev’s simply underestimated that “ All the world’s a Stage”. (Go read up on your Shakespeare dev’s!) I agree with Kathryn Ch.: “I’d rather prefer to believe that they are staggeringly naive than that they deliberately did something they knew would be a slap in the face to many of their loyalest players. :/ ”  (post 110 in: Poll & protest)

Fan-Art & tiny remarks on in-game art-aspects

As a result of this all, we now have a wonderfull new trap-idea the devs can resort to in future: The Sparring Chamber. If you like the idea, vote for it here: The Sparring Chamber – Trap idea & art

And ehm, you know i am a fan of Mousehunt’s artwork yes? But personally I think the looks of this Riposte trap are worse than it being named after someone. It’s not the drawing that lacks, it is more or less the trap-concept that does nothing for me. And i am not alone: 
“I wouldnt say the art is bad… but by far my least favorite so far. Looks like it was a rushed last minute project without any direction at to what it should represent.” (Erik W in: Rewers Riposte trap needs new artwork!)

And now that i am complaining about the Art & Looks of this Ronza-item: Why is there no Ronza header? This is really weird: to be hunting on the airship and have it look like you are walking around in the streets of Gnawnia city :p
(source: Really?!!??! No Ronza Background?? Really??!!??)

New bases, some are region specific!

First thing was the confusion the dev’s created by naming a new base the Tiki: how to distinguish between the two Tiki bases. Most of us have found a new nickname for either one of em, but some confusion is bound to stay around for some time… (source: what do we call the tiki now we have the tiki?)

New aspect, besides specific region-effects for some of the bases, is also that the Tiki base will not be LE, as Ronza plans to frequently sell them when she visits, and the King has agreed to allow the blueprints to be exchanged in the marketplace both during and after Ronza’s visit.

Opinions differ somewhat on what bases to buy, and on what to buy first: “If you have the gold, just buy it. If I were asked to rank the importance: Runic Base – Tiki Base – Seasonal Base – Bacon Base. In that order.” – Evan L. (post 9 in: Are Any of the new Bases Worth It)

Others do state that you can easily skip some of these bases: “MSB is better than Seasonal in the Garden, in all 4 seasons. MSB is better than Tiki, at the tribes. Bacon is well… ~_~ bacon.” – Trevor H. (post 26 in: A little dissapointed with Ronza’s visit.)

I think it can safely be decided depending on your situation rank- and area-wise.

ps: The Tiki estimates have even given rise to a petition for tweaking: The Petition for the Tweak of Tiki’s Stats in Tribal Isles…

Moustachio’s Charms

Moustachio’s shop is a permanent addition: the dev’s answered the question in the FBF: the charm shop is to stay. Now these charms may make a revolution: “Different level charm conduits. Crafting your own charms. The options are endless. This could be in my mind, the most exciting addition since unstable curds.” (David S in: Personally, I think charms are a very exciting addition to the game…)

Last Saturday The Guide to Mousehunt announced its new Charms Page!
The Guide says: “It will likely be a couple of months before we really know which charms are worth it and which ones are not. (…) All in all, you can expect these charms to be craftable and purchased from charm shoppes. Currently there’s very little information…” Still THE Guide has done a good job collecting all we know right now!

“Charm data is now available in the data viewer: http://www.hitotext.com/mh/viewdata.php I did a lot of testing, but please let me know if you find any bugs. Enjoy! =)” – MouseHunt Horn Tracker

ps: Did you know you can see your charms in your Inventory as a tab under Traps?!

To Ronza Voucher Or to Not Ronza Voucher?

So Im guessing everyone’s trading their Ronza voucher for the crate of charms, no? It looks like the charms are not LE which means you’ll be able to get them later, but who knows how or when? The question here is: do you suffer from OCD or not. (source: Ronza Voucher)

Now if you have traded your Voucher for the crate of Ultimate Luck Charms, what are you gonna use yours on? Any ideas? Go look up some ideas in: Ultimate Luck Charms

New in King’s Crowns: Favorites

Do you have certain King’s crowns you would like people to see at the top of the page? Well, now you can choose 8 of your crowns as your favorites! Check out your MH profile and click on the crowns you want to add to the top as your favorites. (Click the favorite again to ‘disarm’ it if you are having second thoughts ^^)

Rockstar mouse

And how to get him? The Rockforth attraction rate, and the Rockforth droprate seem to have gotten a little better compared to the first day, but many do not choose to hunt him:
“I’m really disappointed with the attraction rate of Rockstars this time round. At the moment I have only managed to collect 33 Rockforth cheese and looking on the forums its highly likely that would net me no more than 1 Rockstar if that. I think I’ll just collect the cheese for now but I might not even arm it. Maybe next year it’ll be better.” – Carol R.

It looks like arming a little attraction charm performs miracles for my Rockstar chase ^^ Maybe, just maybe, with the new charms added in the mix, figuring out the best set-up has become way more complicated then we are used to!

ps: The Rockforth maxes out at 99 pieces in your Inventory.

Sadly but inevitably the FGR is Closing

Sadly but as all things come to an end one day, the Friday Gold Rush (FGR), one of the great Paying-it-Forward Funds of old, is saying Goodbye:
“We have thought long and hard about how to continue with the FGR, but have come to the decision, that we are going to close the fund. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being the disappearance of [the FB-] discussion boards. Thank you for all of your support, we have all enjoyed running the fund, and meeting all the people we have, and now call friends. 
Happy hunting. – The FGR Team”

Thank you Nicky B. & Claire D. for keeping this up & going as long as you did and for the tremendous help you organized for lower ranks, thank you for keeping up the spirit of Paying-it-Forward!.

Major Ronza Giveaways and other forms of help!

Different Giveaways and other forms of help has arisen out of the community solidly by last weekend & for those that may still have Ronza-needs: please do make good use of them! Also i saw many a group-pm come by offering help, and through FB-MH-related chatgroups (new style) hunters were helping out many others one on one.

One example of a Giveaway is the 100 Million Gold Ronza Giveaway! Although at time or printing the Giveaway “is currently closed to catch up with existing entries”, and it says to check back later. This is a huge organizational job! I want to applaud the organizers of this particular Giveaway!

The above mentioned FGR is giving away all last gold reserves to members in need. The AN/AM has a Ronza-help program running for under-Legendary-ranks. And there is the Ronza Appreciation Fund working out all requests in spreadsheets and working hard to be able to pay-out soon!

The Paying -it-Forward-spirit of the Community is alive! Long live the Community!

Quick Thread-Tips for the New Forum:

– Geoff O. has been working really hard & quick to get this for you: Mousehunt Reference Spreadsheet with CRE (latest version always on top)
– Nathan Yang: “I’ve updated some results in the “Mainland” tab of the MHv3 spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/mhdata3b
Strongest traps of each type – Quick Reference
– No clue on what “Exponential” really means? Or polynomial? Maybe this thread helps: If luck is exponential…
Top Hunter of Each Breed
– Mousehunt Profile Badges & Do spy the related items as there is a golden one as well ^^ – MouseHunt Profile Badge
– Would you like to have a lounge specifically for Veterans? Just like the Newcomers Lounge? Vote here: Veteran’s Lounge
The Common Sense Of Mouse Hunting : An Obituary
– Just in case you had missed these clues about socks and the Chess Master being, or having been Zugzwang ^^, just like i missed these clues: Zugzwang who?
The Lady’s Coming (A Moushunt Fanfiction)
– Very usefull information in this thread on what to do when spam happens: Why is this forum suddenly overrun with spam threads?

==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

Serious Flooding in Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the Philippines

And related to the floodings, call for the return of the Hope mouse can be heard. The dev’s thought it would not be a good timing for the Hope mouse to come together with Ronza, so they held off for now. All the flooding in the world going on right now, made for devastating news these last 2 weeks. Personally it was more easy for me to feel close to the Australian floodings and keep well informed about those, as i know people there. But please let’s not do any comparing between these places and just admit this is disastrous for all these regions/countries!

I hope the dev’s will find a gracious way to introduce the mouse for rising some awareness and feelings of connectedness. But if they do not, i have seen enough controversy in the game fro now: to me it will be ok to avoid any more.

source on new Forum: Return of Hope mouse – support for flood disaster in QLD, Australia
source on FB forum: Hey Devs, can you release more Hope Mouse for QLD, Australia?
source: Queensland floods.

Sensei or Walter hunting?

Is there Ever a good time for that? I have been forever staring at my OMG, 170 pcs now, and wondered if there a) ever is a good reason to go Sensei hunting, and b) ever a good time to do so?
Some have tried to answer these questions in this thread: Dojo Sensei?

Dreaming of a LE-rental Shop run by Larry

Imagine going to Larry’s Rental Shop and being able to (depending on your rank and/or points) rent one of the many LE traps that have come and gone since the beginning. A too good an idea to not be mentioned, even though it stems from before Ronza sailed in…

source: Larry’s Rental Shop.

If you could no longer be a Mousehunter…

Which of these jobs would you take? Being a Digby Scientist is popular… but as more hunters fill in their choice the outcome gets more and more evenly distributed. Now what would you pick?

Go here to see the possibilities, or to enlighten us on your choice of ‘other’: If you could no longer be a mousehunter, which of these jobs would you take?

Last but not Least:

There is a Ronza restaurant in San Juan. Let’s all go out and have dinner with Ronza!

= = = = = Cookies & Credentials  = = = = =

Thanks to Rachel G., Jane B., Julio R., Michael S. and Jessica C.
Huge thanks again and Heart-felt-goodbeys to Nicky B & Claire D.!

Todays cookies … it was hard to find some water-related cookies … “The very winds were lovesick,” Shakespeare wrote… but we did find some that combine these two elements! These are for you all to get good Hope in case of water, and to feel the Love of the community in times of Ronza-related-loud-riots!
* hands over the Rose-Water-Cookies *

# Anybody who has news or wants to write a (fluffy) piece, or maybe even a whole edition of the Mibbler, can send the copy, 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 – in case of no fluff we might accidentally still post a Mibbler with strong warnings of putting on your sunglasses first before reading.
# No crew, no Mibbler. Which is really really sad. Luckily there’s always the possibility of posting your news or news-related question in the comments.

Mibbler – 33

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

Welcome to the New Year that started off rocking with some nice and quiet New Year’s mice catches. Plus as it always does with New Years, for whatever reason, i have gotten a cold. (And i know for a fact i am not alone!) So while sneezing and sniffing and the slush is replacing my brain, here i am trying to report for ye!

Although one event is over – the 3rd event in a row actually… i am still dizzy and recovering! – new ones have been announced. So much so that some believe by the time it is fully spring, we will have ended up with 6 events in a row: wow cant believe so many events in a row! 6 in a row over 6 months! Plus *insert red watery eyes here* :? how come while one event is not even over yet, there is speculations about how the next one will be named: February’s valentines *** Chinese new year event needs an update from last yr!

Nervousness abound i would say. Personally i like the quiet right now and the chance to get back to some delayed projects of my own, with dear cheeses or rare mice..

The coming of HER, as earlier announced, has released the ever-aging-debate-of-old over LE- versus non-LE goodies in the game. “Bring back the …” is the cry versus: “Don’t you ever do so”. The term Fairness is used more then often in these discussion. I am so tired of this ‘debate’ i just couldnt include these issues explicitly into this Mibbler.

The 2010 Great Winter Hunt has ended

So everybody has been warned extensively this time to buy all and craft everything before the end of the Festivities… (one source: Official Newspost 48) Still many a hunter and huntress was slowly but steadily going crazy on that Comet in those last days of its presence, gathering Crowns… The devs wondered aloud: “How many new King’s Crowns did you get at the Festive Comet?” (Mousehunt fanpage on jan.2nd).

On thursday the 6th januari, roundabout 19:30pm gmt, the Comet finally had totally melted, and the Festive Comet turned into a “Vacant Lot”. But, there’s a little something-something that’s happening very soon (some of you might already know!):
“The telescope at the Burrough’s Laboratory has been unsually busy with hunters searching the distant skies for Ronza’s airship. One hunter spotted a faint outline, but after cleaning the lens on the telescope the blurry spec in the sky mysteriously disappeared. Keep your eyes on the sky and hope for a tailwind!”
source: Oficial Newspost 49

Tailwind means she is coming fast yes? Are we hoping for a tailwind? Are we?

Slow Slow quick quick Slow …

The dissappearance of the Comet was followed by a message above the ticker:  “We’re looking into a problem causing the horn to hang and some loading messages to remain on screen. Thanks for your patience.”

Earlier this week, still holiday-times at HG-HQ, Dave let it be known on the forum that the devs were working on the loading times of things: “We made a few changes to the FB Connect version that should significantly speed up load time on the inventory page, trap selector, etc.”

source: Dave in post 10 in: MH Loading Slow?

HitGrab’s NY resolutions

Well of course no one knows for sure what these will be, but we got some idea of a the intentions they may be containing by the postings the two Kings of HitGrab made in the last week(s) of 2010:
“‎2010 has been good with much wisdom gained, I expect 2011 will be a year built on that wisdom! Here is wishing everyone I know an amazing adventure in 2011. – Bryan Freeman

Joel Augé is more explicit about “the 4 Biggest lessons learned @ HitGrab in 2010” and thereby on which ‘developers-wisdom’ they are taking into 2011. And i tell you Joel is very frank! You can absolutely see from this that Developers are people too!
source: Joelauge.com

One Secret FBF of sorts…

On the last day of the year – and that is already a week ago! – Dave did come online for an unofficial meet with some mousehunters! What a surprise! Liu A.H. was there and he says: “It wasn’t really a feedback Friday, it was more of a free-willy, chill on the block chat-Friday”. But he still made us a review:
 The Review Feedback friday for Dec 31. ~~~Ronza~~~Trap components~~~Lots more!

One FBF still to come …

Oh dang: while writing the Mibbler the FBF was on! But don’t worry: i listened to it while editing.

The mailbag for 7th jan. holds an interesting poll-question, which was repeated on FBF: “Do you find areas that have you catch the same types of mice for extended periods of time more monotonous/boring than areas with a larger variety of mice?”
Find the poll & its outcome here: **Official FeedBack Friday Mailbag – 7th January**

There are two reviews  for today’s FBF:
One by Jeremiah M.: Feedback Friday Review by MHCC 7th Jan
And one written by David J.T.: Review for 7/1/2011 FBF

==== Forum Features ====

Great Winter Hunt Last Poll: Results

And yes it was the best Event! Lots of opinions have been given, but undeniably this is the outcome in the end:

Do take your last opportunity to let your opinion be known to the devs!
Feedback #5 on The Great Winter Hunt 2010.

The Comet Theory of Relativity

Now some hunters were gathering as much loot as they could by building more and more Tobbogan’s. I heard of having 20 in an Inventory! source: Explosive Toboggan Ride No. 20
Others were asking for reasons and wondering why to stay on the Comet any longer… they had all the mice available there, so why bother? source: Someone give me a reason to catch the new years mouse

But most of us wanted some Bubbleh with the New year’s coming! Now where was the Bubbleh? And did anyone actually caught some? Oh yes they did, but you have to scroll down t post 6 (including proff!) to find that one catch amongst many searching hunters: Anybody caught a New Year’s Mouse with King’s Reserve Bubbleh????

And yes, there is a hunter called Eric W., who actually got a Silver Crown for Squeakers! source: Squeaker Claws Silver Crown

First official Comparison of Hydro Traps

The Guide to Mousehunt starts the comparison with a nice statement that may or may not determine you will have to read the rest of it:
“To begin, let’s make a blanket statement here: if you have a limited edition hydro trap, you will never need any of the ordinary hydro traps. (…) ultimately someone who got one of the toboggans or the Kraken is set, and you can safely skip this page!
However, that’s not much of a comparison, is it. Let’s dig a little deeper, then!”
Read the whole of the Comparison: http://guidetomousehunt.wordpress.com/appendices/setups/hydro/

As soon as there will be more stats available, the Mibbler will keep a close eye on updating you mousehunters on how the new Tobbogan traps are doing.

The Guide has been updateing more then just the Hydro traps page: “I’ve just learned that the best way to get a Hydra is to use regular gnarled, NOT Wicked Gnarly as I’d been writing previously. Consequently, the entire Curious Chemist bit is now in the Rare mice page.” – The Guide to Mousehunt Fanpage

New Catch Rate Model in the making

Remember the discussion these past weeks on the Theory of how MH actually Works?! From it sprang a new catch rate model and thus the need to test it out. To do this the stat guys need to compile actual catch rate data to compare the current model with the new model. If you want to help them out and help build a new Model, do inform yourself of the possibilities in this Forum-thread: Help test a new Catch Rate Model

Geoff O. already used the new model to make a new CRE spreadsheet. I can’t tell you how awesome it is myself, as the file doesnt seem compatible with the software on my Mac, but from the reactions it looks good:
source: NEW & IMPROVED!!! Mousehunt Spreadsheet (v. 5.0) now with CRE based on the new model!

The mousehunt theory thread also still continues to spawn slight adjustments to the formulas and has now outgrown my range of comprehension for the most part :p … If you are interested then do check out post 234!
Follow the hard theorizing-work over here: Theory on the way MH works.

Streaking! Oh no! This is just Randomness!

Part of the above mentioned debate on How MH Works is about streaks and whether they do exist or not. The most understandable the sides absolutely seem to agree upon is this: “Even a coin flip is streaky.” (post 245 in the Theory thread). Warning: we may seriously get entangled in a language-game with this discussion!

But one mousehunter did an in-depth number-study:
“Clearly, the real data has the SAME streakiness as a totally random process. Any perceived unusual streaks are just your brain searching for order where it doesn’t exist.  Mousehunt works just like the experts said, each hunt is independent from the previous one.  The best way to break a streak is to just keep hunting with the optimal setup in the region you are at.”
Straight to the technical article: http://mhanalysis.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/catches-arent-streaky-they-are-random/

On that very last bit: i think we may be entitled to disagree. As clearly no psychological factors were taking into account in this advice!
Plus despite some evidence, we may still agree to disagree on the existence of streakiness in mousehunt… as Robert X. does when he responds: “Andrew, although your analysis is good, I suggest you try this again with Crunchy. From my experience it is apparent that there is a strong tendency to streak.”

For the full discussion: Catches aren’t ‘streaky’, they are random and independent.

Prize Mouse FTC’s continued untill the 6th!

Many a thread was born about the unwanted cheese-eaters (“Can some please tell the Devs that these mice are a nuisance”). Personally i know a huntress that missed 12 Treasurers on the Festive Comet. Mousehunters all over the place wondered whether any were caught besides the ftc’s? (Yes there were.)
And what kinda trap would be needed for that as the strongest setups kept missing them. From an official source: The Prize mice are in league with the Jungle mice!

Turns out the crazy amount of misses/ftc’s were not what was supposed to happen! We were told in the end that there was a bug involved: “It was an odd scenario with high prize power and few catches causing the increased attraction.” 

And it has been “fixed” …

source: posts 74 & 77 in: Treasurer FTCs

Quick Thread-Tips for the New Forum:

– Do take notice of the warning Michele gives us here, possibly connected to the renewal of your FB-page: SECURITY – Please keep your accounts safe!

– Worried about the End to this Game? We tell you there is none. But: What do you do after 257/257? (Be sure to read down to post 13 at the very least!)

DDA or HB for Shelder? I know catching the Shelder is an old topic that only has one answer: patience! But we like to read opinions on what setup is better for catching the Shelder, don’t we? DDA or HB for Shelder?

– Of course it is quite hilarryous that Larry still doesn’t know anything about JOD

– Back from wherever it was: You know you’ve played too much mousehunt when… Gregory C. aka Grimace has an answer: ”When you take a photo of Creamy Havarti in the supermarket!
[Editors note: “Phew: I never did that.”]

– Showing that mousehunt life (on the forums) was back to normal (if that existst at all! o.o) this last week:
1) how to get the Lagoon map – fairy mouse
2) and struggling to get furoma map piece
3) and: Help for Hero! – Some may have long forgotten what it was like to be Hero… and it probably wasn’t even the same in those days…
4) I could have added some more familiar topics here, including the question of when to leave Zugzwang’s Tower. But i won’t.

==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

Ronza Opinions: a many-colored Magic-ball

A set of Completely Random Opinions from the discussion boards:

1: Somebody goes out on a limb stating: “I almost think it’s time for Ronza to retire…
LE traps seem to cause nothing but controversy (…) and there are other ways to gain elite traps now. (…) i feel with the way the game is heading, that elite over LE is a good way to go.
– Nathan R.J., post 67 in Ronza Returns January 2011

2: One Poll on the boards proves that we expect one crazy expensive Ronza shop this time round!
source: RONZA: How much gold would you consider a safe amount…

3: “She would sell useful perishables this time. If it happens, and you can purchase unlimited of it, then virtually you will need as much gold as you can get.” – Evan L.

4: “The most evilbusinessWOMAN of all time!” – Huh? Now look at her!?
source: Inflation everywhere….

5: Predictions like she will bring no-Traps at all! : “I know everybody has been going on and on about what trap/base ronza should bring, but i predict that ronza’s not gonna bring any of that sort. (…) I predict that Ronza’s gonna bring just the new trap component…..which probably adds either a) an extra new stat or b) extra luck/power to any of our traps.and also bring a couple of different types of limited edition charms..besides those you can claim using the voucher.”
– Zhuang Q. in: My prediction for Ronza

6: “My prediction is that an airship will dock somewhere on the map, and people will lose their collective minds.” 
- Michael M. in: My prediction for Ronza

7: Oh and yes, we do have some Actual Ronza Answers for you: Actual Ronza Answers, Sort of

8: And please don’t forget to check on The “Anti Panic Ronza Guide” before you decide to post a Ronza-thread of your own ^^

How much Cheddar have you aquired?

“Over the time I have been playing this game, I have never bought cheddar cheese. Despite the fact that I neither buy it or use it, I have a special knack for aquiring it over the course of my hunts. I was just wondering, assuming that others have the same use of cheddar as I do, how much cheddar you have accrued over your time here in mousehunt.” – Jeff S.

Well, the Mibbler has way over 5000. Maybe we should consider selling it.

source: How much Cheddar have you aquired?.

More Lost Journal Pages!

Plankrun is not the only one who kept a journal. One manga-oriented mousehunter has made his hunting & catches-notes public on this site: http://pagesofthelostjournal.blogspot.com/

source on the Forum: The Lost Journal Page

Gelato Mouse FanArt

During one Feed-Back Friday, Franco supossedly joked about a Gelatinous Cube mouse. Some mousehunter ‘Jumpman’ thought it would be funny to paint one, and it is looking Gorgeous!

The Gelato mouse: http://itsjustin.deviantart.com/art/Gelatinous-Cube-Mouse-191582301
source: Gelatinous cube mouse! *image included*

Last but not Least: Underpants Bot

Sterling W. has a suggestion for an Underpants Bot:
“So I have a cold and the sinus meds may be the reason for this thought. I want to be able to smash a deathbot and have him wear a pair of lucky underwear on his head.”

Although personally, under the current circumstances, i would clothe him with a nice warm scarf as well! * reporter sniffs & goes back to her Chamomilletea*

source: underpants bot

= = = = = Cookies & Credentials  = = = = =

Many thanks to the chamomille tea!

Todays cookies are Underpants Cookies! Do those even exist? :) Well, officially those are for having successfully come through potty-training, but please, do have some!

# Anybody who has news or wants to write a (fluffy) piece, or maybe even a whole edition of the Mibbler, can send the copy, 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 – in case of no fluff we might accidentally still post a Mibbler with strong warnings of putting on your sunglasses first before reading.

# No crew, no Mibbler. Which is really really sad. Luckily there’s always the possibility of posting your news or news-related question in the comments.

Mibbler – 32

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

I am slowly awakening from the knock-out this Christmas season was to me. And from the big stretch of the Great Winter Hunt of course! Technically it is not over yet: still going strong till the 6th of January. But here is a huntress wandering around the Kingdom once more… are you gonna join me?

Looking back at the Grand Finale

“Hey MouseHunters! Tomorrow is the release of the Slay Ride Mouse and Squeaker Claws! Are you ready to hunt for the 2010 Winter Star?” (News of 22th dec. on the Hitgrab newspage)

“THE FINAL HUNT BEGINS! … ” (News of 23th dec on Mousehunt fanpage)

And were we ready! Yes we were. We hunted and hunted until we could fulfill our heart’s wishes!  Oh yeah!

We did all catch the Final loot (ok. almost all of us – more on that later). And we did go buy ourselfs a Tobbogan trap! We did thaw the Frozen Fromage and it changed into Nutmeg cheese! We used that to catch the Squaker Claws and get your Winter Star: to our great relief the Christmas Spirit was restored in time and all was alight & bright… *sighs happily*… and you were warned hunters to go wear them Sunglasses!

And we hunters were like happy puppys, oh yes we were, like we should be for Christmas.

If you have missed it somehow, you can find all News about this Final release & The Great Winter Hunt Finale in the developer’s Newspost.


Now where did 2010 go? How could it pass by so quickly?

Special After-Release Edit on the 31st of dec:

In the wee hours on the 30th december, this news came to us:

“Hold onto your toboggans, hunters! The New Years Mouse has joined the celebration at the Festive Comet! The New Years Mouse is busy setting up fireworks displays and hoarding bottles of the King’s Reserve Bubbleh, but if you’re lucky you might catch one in between their celebration setup duties. If you’re really lucky (like, really, really lucky) you may even find one of those bottles of bubbleh to keep for yourself!”

source: Official Newspost

ps: The New Year’s mouse artwork has a new number on the Launching Rocket!

Announcements… hold on to your chairs Mousehunters!

But… THE most exciting news came when the first Squeaker catches appeared: Squeaker Claws drops Ronza Voucher’s!
And the Voucher’s revealed this promise of her return: “Ronza’s Traveling Shoppe will be returning to Gnawnia sometime during January, 2011 and will feature new exciting items discovered by Mustachio the Charmer. Keep watching the skies.”

First thing you all want to know re- planning your New year’s eve and -day: Ronza is not coming on the 1st of January! (from FBF 24th dec.)

Find the Voucher in your Inventory: http://apps.facebook.com/mousehunt/inventory.php?tab=4

Sweet Apron Bake Friday… accidentally holds some info

This FBF was mostly for those with a Sweet Sweet Tooth! But in between sugar and oatmeal some little game-tidbits passed by while casually chatting with Franco. Yes: Dave was the main cooking engineer! (Picture this!)

One interesting bit was about Tournaments and its long awaited come-back! Officially this is no news, as it is a repeat of earlier statements: Building the Tournaments feature took one HitGrab coder about a year in MHv.2. Just a random fact to get some of our expectations into perspective. This time they wanna build it in a way that it can handle future growth and not become unstable again – so some extra effort is going into this!
It is The thing on HitGrab’s agenda after New year’s, just don’t expect any quick and easy solutions… they want it to be right & strong before calling “ready”!

Interested in the Looks of the Dave & Franco-Yule Log?… “Here’s the decorated festive Yule Log we made with the help of the MouseHunt community! Happy holiday hunters!

Direct link to the 24th dec. FBF review /
on the forum: Feed-bake Friday Review

Full baking videos: FeedbakeFriday Video 1 & FeedbakeFriday Video 2

ps: Mousehuntress Emily Y. has been very diligently following Chef Cook Dave’s guidance and baked a terrific Yule Log herselves! My Feed-Bake Friday Yule Log


==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====


Many Thank you’s to the Devs! We have a Winner!

It’s been interesting to see the panic of about a week ago evaporate. I bet many of you recognize this: “Didnt think i would be able to make 1 trap a while back, this is my 5th one i have made lol” – Steve W.

“Devs, I really have to hand it to you. This event was a friggin BLAST. There was some frustration, sure, but that’s part of the game… Every time that darn Stealth didn’t show up in my trap, I was cussing and swearing just a tiny bit more… until he DID come, and then the elation set in.” – Matt S.  in: Final thoughts, a HUGE thanks to the Devs for a great event, and final gift tallies!

And? Did you Win this Great Winter Hunt?
If so, please report in here: The ‘I won the Great Winter Hunt 2010’ thread.

Still missing out on a piece of Loot?

Although the ranking in Jacob’s Feedback thread has gone up noticably this last round compared to last week’s, there are some hunters absolutely not yet done with the Great Winter Hunt at all! And this may influence their feelings about it. The still most wanted Loot piece seems indeed to be the Sled, although the Ski Sign is second in the hard to get Loot-department.

Especially for a lot of “lower” ranked hunters it is the Gladiator they are stuck upon. Big question for them is: can you get the gladiator and its loot with SAMT or even FF-NVMRC? (Yes you can, but you will have to get very lucky and be prepared to spend some time on it…) 
source: Swiss Army Mouse Trap -> Gladiator?

There never are guarantees in life, nor are there in Mousehunt. And one of the MH-statisticians has figured out why:
“That the devs believe [we can all easily get 4 sets of loot before the 6th of jan.], is proof – if ever it were needed, that they labour under the misapprehension that setting a mouse population at 1% means that people will catch 1 per 100 hunts. Unfortunately, even over 400 hunts with seagou, thousands of hunters won’t get a single one, let alone 4. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying this event, and actually think it’s a positive thing that thousands of hunters (perhaps me included) will be left lootless.” – Andrew R.W in post 59 in  The FBF-December-17th-review

Although many of us got the 4 sets of loot effortlessly over Christmas, right now the droprate seems to have lowered. Patience my dear hunters, and keep on it! You still got till the 6th, so there is Hope! We send out big hugs to them thousands out there!

And if you need to whine, come to this Poll that is doubly acting like a Whine thread, and be sure to find some comfort here!
Poll: Missing any loot? Whine here!

Our Favorite Festive Mouse is…

When we leave aside the pub-crawl that broke out in the Tavern these days about sovereign rulers and stuff, we can concentrate on our favorite Mouse instead!
Squeaker Claws is no 1, and Slay Ride and Snow Fort (My favorite!) share a second place.
If you wanna change this outcome you need to vote yourselves!

Poll: What’s your favorite? The 12 Festive Mice~!

The new trap’s Qualities – Early opinions

Sean says in his Guide to mousehunt: “For the lower ranks it’s obvious what this Tobbogan will be worth! (Man do you remember the trials for getting onto the Ship! Now at least they have a hydro trap already to go after that Hydra!). In light of the release of the Double Diamond Adventure, a trap comparison for Hydro Traps is on the way. Stay tuned” – The Guide to Mousehunt

Others are trying the Double Diamond in Winter Garden or Elub…  Andrew H. (he wrote them very complicated but useful stuff on the Trap-stats) estimates: “Double Diamond Adventure is ever so slightly better than Kraken Chaos and should be used by everyone with a LGS for catching all Hydro mice except for Silth. (Silth should use Heat Bath > DDA > Kraken > ASG > ETR.)”

source: DDA Predicted Catch Rate

There is some evidence the Trap can do alright, check out this camppage!
Of course the final verdict is still out on this, it is way too early to tell: our hunters are gathering the huge-number- stats!

Do you not wanna say goodbye to the Comet?

It seems when we try to leave the Comet we get homesick, possibly triggered by the Festive catches on another hunter’s page. So we make up all sorts of excuses to hang in there longer and some more: We need another crown or we need all the loot again as we have just smashed the trap and we want to keep them smashed parts in our inventory…. and what else can we come up with to linger?

Check out whether you still have something to collect: The FC 2010 COLLECTOR Thread. How far are you going?

To DDA or not to DDA?

This “to … or not to…” seems to be a favorite quotation for Mousehunters. In case of the DDA & the coming of Ronza the advise will be this: “Its a more clever option to start getting gold and wait and craft the DDA after Ronze leaves , the platinum bars don’t run away”

On the side Gabriele wonders whether “…the Ronza catalogue will cost more than 6M?” More on the possibly enormous amounts of gold needed further on in this Mibbler.

As a longtime hunter i know what the weather forecast for the coming weeks will be ^^ In short: We will have many more questions along both of these lines soon & indeed, these are already starting to fill the boards.

Thread: crafting DDA before or after ronza?
Thread: To DDA or not to DDA

Where do you go after the Event? Post-Event Plans

MHDevonT wonders: “Now that people are finishing their Festive Comet goals and skipping away, pockets full to bursting with valuable loot, cheese and crafting items, y’gotta wonder where they’ll head!?”

Of course beside using all the Festive Loot there is the concern of Ronza’s announced visit and mostly so the possible needed gold-amounts: “I have a feeling that given that the Mousehunt economy is currently absolutely flooded with gold Ronza is going to be VERY VERY expensive.” – Hesse

Many hunters are in this state of affairs: “this event really made a ran for my money but it was fun and challenging tho… but really. i hope Ronza won’t be so expensive this time around (pls pls pls pls!)” – Remmi

Thread: Post Event Plans!

Diva’s committed to start the new Year in style!

The Divas are going to feast in Dracano! If you want to start the New year as stylish, go choose your location and your mouse and bite of that first chunk of 2011:
“New Year’s Dragon Slaying Party! (14:00 GMT Start Time) – Let’s start the New Year off right with a diva dragon-slaying party. This is not a comp, just companionship to share the hunting expedition. Anyone is invited divas, divas-to-be, diva wannabees. All are welcome!!”

Now that we are talking Dragon hunting: Out of a discussion on game-mechanics between some real fanatic number crunchers, came this realisation: “[I am] Seeing BIG problems with Standard Model CRE vs. real data across base types for Dragon.” – Andrew H.

We are looking forward to his in-depth article on the subject!

Gold… where are them mines?!

Newbie or Old Fart, we are all worried about how much gold we may need. As neatly phrased by David L.:

“If 12 million isn’t enough, many players will be pissed off. Each time Ronza comes, it costs more money, but last time 3 million would’ve gotten everything and still probably had some gold left over. I would guess no more than 5 million this time around, and quite honestly that is just because I’m paranoid. A few million should do well, but we really can’t know.”

Now that’s a massive amount of gold. Be relieved when i tell you you don’t need to buy all of Ronza’s stuff! Be picky! Make your choices! Don’t make em too quick, when Ronza is here: hang out on the forum to find out about what experienced hunters think is a good buy before you choose!

A neat and very scientifically stated analysis for Gold Hunting (there are the Mines!) has been done in this thread: Analysis on WHERE TO HUNT GOLD. Derr/Cats/FG?

For lower ranks there is a good Gold-thread on the old forum: How to gain gold for Journeymen to Grandmasters

Are you off to the Cats? But which cheese is better at Cats? Ancient or RB? Goldwise? 1) AR with Acro and Ancient. 2) FG with Acro and Ancient. 3) Cats with Acro and Rb. (This databank really helps to decide!)

To end this with an always good, effective plus lovingly simple recommendation is: Go use the cheese that you still have!

Quick Thread-Tips for the New Forum:

– MH Paying it Forward (MH PIF) is a group dedicated in keeping the “paying it forward” mentality alive and thriving in the Mousehunt community: ‘MouseHunt Paying It Forward’ Revival Fund (MH-PIF)
– Anybody interested in some in depth mechanics discussions (including misunderstandings and setting them right) can go here: Theory on the way MH works.
Ask Larry! Newcomer Edition
– Iphone app v 1.01 is out: MobileHorn version 1.01 out!
– There seems to be a display issue with the header on some pages, this will be looked into after the holidays.  Current Known Issues (Last updated 24th Dec 7pm GMT)
– And for all you Sound-of-Music and/or Musical lovers: MouseHunt Holiday Movie – ‘The Sound Of Mousic’


==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

Prize Mice misses

Now missing those is not news, but getting a new picture accompanying the miss is! And yes, the still-running-wild Prize mice are also accidentally being caught – contrary to many hunter’s believe! One recent example: snooty

source: new picture for snooty miss?

Heating up for the Ronza Visit:

Ok. Because of Ronza, the Forums are not just filled with Gold & what to do threads. There are also some cozy places to let your fantasy reign free. From post 20 and on there’s some pretty speculative thinking & wishing going on in this thread: Ronza Returns January 2011

Not that there was never anything wrong with fantasy. (Remember Jules Verne?!) Still it would be good to check out your bearings and keep your feet on the ground every now and again. The “Anti-Ronza-Panic Guide” – is really good for that!

Apart from fantasy there is such a thing as a genuine Need … Check out what hunters want most, or Let your own wish for trap types be heard – in this Poll: Ronza offerings: What power type trap do you MOST need?

How will these Charms work?

Will it be a consumable item that is used per horn? Will it go under Special tab, and will you be able to click on a “Use” button? Or do we need a Spellbook for those? And what about this: “Maybe you have to use it to “charm” her into selling you things?” – Christopher A. aka Smeghead, in: Speculation on Ronza’s Trap Charm

What will YOU do with the Ronza Vouchers? Keep it for collectors purposes? Or Spend it?
This thread is calling all Collectors and Hunters alike to cat their votes: Ronza Vouchers

May i remind you all of the DHU-Records?

Just in case anything gets hard in your personal Mousehunt-life. Retreat to the ever lasting caress of the DHU-records! See who’s even having a much harder time. Or just plainly start to compete!
Me? I am going to beat the most BBB’s before getting a MonolithBase! I so am!

go straight to the recordbook >>
source: The DHU Scoreboard: Face the facts, my friend…


Call for help: we are looking for a love-letter

We here at the paper’s offices are frantically searching for a copy of the Goat/Badger love letter… If you have any idea or accidentally have a copy lying around, please let us know! Badger is in bad need of a reread!

Any tips or clues can be send to the editor of the Mibbler!

Last but not Least:  Newly invented Aro-Mahjuc Chocolate Trap!

If you had all your sb+ gift boxes stolen from under you during the Festivities last week, you too would be grandly motivated to invent a new trap and catch the bugger who stole all them boxes. One hunter has been on it untill the wee hours! Yay! to Chen S. as the new Contraption seems to very very Effective:

2:31 am – Chen’s Home
I sounded the Hunter’s Horn and was successful in the hunt! I caught a 100 lbs. Judy Mouse worth 0 points and 0 gold.
The mouse also dropped the following loot: All Of Chen’s SB Boxes.

We asked Chen how he managed to catch the thief, and he answered by very factually giving us all new trap specifics:

Aromatic Chocolate Rod Of Never Yielding Mystery (ACRONYM)
This highly unstable trap setup is held in a constant state of metamorphosis by the unpredictable power of the Chocolate Chip. This trap almost appears alive, spraying chocolate fudge into whatever base to which it is attached. This trap’s methods of capture are infinitely random. It can use its sticky chocolate fudge to snare mice, expel a thick and dark chocolate vapour that hypnotises mice, or feed the mice so well it becomes too heavy to move. Scientists of Digby warn hunters that the power of the Chocolate Chip is incredibly dangerous and fear that using this trap could lead to the end of the world.
Trap Power: 10000
Power Bonus: 10%
Attraction Bonus: 50%
Cheese Effect: Very Fresh
Power Type: Judy-cial

source: pg 73/74 of Have something to brag about? Post here!


The Mibbler wishes all Mousehunters a very Happy and Healthy New Year!


= = = = = Cookies & Credentials  = = = = =

Thanks to Erik D.B, Marie-Pierre G. and Chen S. himself of course! ^^

Todays cookies … are strictly no cookies but rather the bait that comes with the new trap: Chocolate Missiles
Although the best bait to use with the new Aromatic Chocolate Rod Of Never Yielding Mystery is, well, is it actually a cake: this chocolate-cake-plus-contraption

# Anybody who has news or wants to write a (fluffy) piece, or maybe even a whole edition of the Mibbler, can send the copy, 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 – in case of no fluff we might accidentally still post a Mibbler with strong warnings of putting on your sunglasses first before reading.

# No crew, no Mibbler. Which is really really sad. Luckily there’s always the possibility of posting your news or news-related question in the comments.

Mibbler – 30

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

This morning i found a new light on my Mousehunt festive lights: a red one! After we had gotten a second green one, i had figured it would go round from green to purple-ish … hmmm … now what will it go to next? It’s beginning to look very festive over at the Comet with all the bulbs starting to light up…

And do we by now already notice any of the restoration of the Spirit of Christmas? Any more Elfs around? Any more wintery outlooks, snuggle and cozy fireplaces lit? any more thoughts on peace and love and understanding? any more realizations that family is indeed a special and to be cherished thing in your life?
Or do we need more of that special light for that? More of the naughty mice be caught before all this will emanate in our awareness?

Friday has come and went and I do feel like it is all a bit quiet… as in ‘before the Storm’…  there is not much new(s). Well, ok: There still are tiny bits of noteworthy things around.

Of course: More Naughty Mice releases…

The Present Mouse is replacing everyone’s presents with coal!! These mice are nothing but pure evil!! Sound your horn and help end their rampage now! (Did you get coal? I did! uh oh.)

The Xmas Tree Mouse is snapping the branches of all trees in the Festive Comet! There are sad, broken twigs all over the place! (And yes finally: The Christmas Tree Mouse drops Gingerbread Base Blueprints! >> Christmas tree drops gbb bp)

The Ornament Mouse is rolling a bunch of ornaments underneath Hunters’ feet! Where is it getting so many ornaments from?!

The Nutcracker Mouse has formed a military platoon and is marching down the Festive Comet!! Catch this mouse and help save the holidays!

All from: MouseHunt FB Fanpage

New Collectibles under the Uncollected tab and more!

Brand brand new are: – Winter Star Sunglasses;  – Larry’s Mustache cookies; – Sylvan Plushie. This last plushie in a long line of Plushies, was an original idea from moushuntress Kavitah S. also known as Kitteh. Hurray Kitteh!

Plus: In case you have not noticed, you can enter the amount of festive gifts you want to send to one person, instead of the previous system where you could only send gifts one by one. Yay!

Slightly Smaller GiftNews for °U N W R A P P A H O L I C S°:
The come-back of the Slightly Smaller Gift! For those who were not around in 2009 it can be important to view a list of what the smaller gifts may contain (after unwrapping and some more unwrapping, ever getting slightly smaller, there will be something in there! Absolutely 100% sure about that!)

This week/s FBF:

Although there was a very well organized mailbag, the Devs were not that focused on FBF as they were preparing to have the office’s Christmas party this same Friday starting at 11am Dev’s local time. So big Hurray for Franco and Jacob still coming online to talk to us!
They admitted to having missed Dave and all his “being on the Ball” – especially on the Great Winter Hunt of course – but they were rather proud of having the FBF’s scheduled ahead and ‘on time’…. And no, they didn’t need any more coffee ^^

Main points:
– There are no plans for additional tweaking of “Elf madness”
– The old forums will be left up, until Facebook removes it.
– There was something about a “Hidden New Scoreboard”… but as it’s still hidden atm, we can’t show you yet, sorry.
– Oops, another slip of the…: There will be a new LE Trap released soon, it is being finalized between Jacob and Dave. They have not decided yet which type it will be.
– Release of Baron-area planned for January-ish…

The original bunch of Devs had never dreamed of giving the game a Lift-off to last as long as it does, let alone getting it on a Phone?! (Shht devs: me playing a Tourney for a 168-hours -including the days i had to attend that family-reunion- was a big clue, wasn’t it?!)

As Jacob Johnson wrote after last week extended FBF-live-painting: “Painting in front of 500 people live is exhilarating but exhausting.” After this drawing party, indeed enjoyed by a steady 500 onlookers at all times!, it was gonna be rather obvious there would be a call for =Yes we want that Mouse in the game!=
This FBF’s definite answer: “The mouse created by Jacob on last week’s FBF is now called the IceWing and she will become part of the game.”

source: Brief FBF review, by lack of review instantly done & put up by sweet Baroness ‘Jorga’
Mailbag Q’s: **Official FeedBack Friday Mailbag – 10th December**

ps: Don’t forget to *poke* Franco…


==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====

Who has the most FF?

Frozen FromageHowever much i would privately like to Redubb this into “The Splintered Wood Festive Event” (thank you Francesco B.), the no. Uno of what kept hunters really busy these last 8 days was the Frozen Fromage. Somebody has gotten already 13 of these by now! >> Bragging rights!

most recent source: Who’s got the most frozen fromage?
one of the other’s: Who has the most cubes of frozen fromage?

I would say please be careful hunters! As much as “The frozen fromage has been intriguing, I just hope it doesn’t turn out like the eggnog.” – Jorga (post 95 in the Feedback to the Great Winter Hunt #2).

For the less lucky ones amongst us we have a Glass of Whine at the ready. Whine-threads usually do not get that long… but this one has, as there are still multiple hunters with no FroFro! :o
Especially Debra is really really sad: “I feel like the only kid at a Christmas party who didn’t get a gift…all my friends have one, most have one for each mouse!”
source: Whining for frozen fromage

MhHitM: The Brag thread is full of FF-catches! Join in if you can!
And ehm: you know where to find the Whine, don’t you?!

Just wondering -again- how mad…

Fo sure this was the second most popular discussions this week: Elf Madness. There were many but varied and mixed opinions on that one. “There’s enough Elfs to make me mad” – some would say. Others would just keep quiet as to carefully not jinx their fortunes…

Jacob said: “In lieu of last weeks “elf madness” the devs looked into the problem of our non-frenzied furry friends. Working together with the scientists of Digby we believe we have come up with a solution, all today and next thursday, we will be sending subsonic waves through the festive comet. Resonating with the gift boxes, this should stir the Elf mice from their hiding places. 
We have also looked into enhancing the effectiveness of SB+ for luring these little guys. So be sure to arm this most devious bait and more elves will surely be at your beckon call!”

BBB from Digby as well.And Jacob didn’t message us in one thread: he must have ran all around the boards (as we were likewise all over the place in our worries!) and tried to comfort and reassure us.

*biting my tongue from extensive hunting*

You know: these Elfs are as fast as the 6 White Boomers! o.-
It’s either that or the BBB has been eating em :p

source: Dec 9th: Elf Madness
source, page 2: Elf madness!!!
source: How mad is elf madness today?

New Collectables unveiled # Spoiler Alert! #

Barb has found this the description of Larry’s Mustache Cookie in Larry’s Lexicon: “Soft and chewy, these delightful cookies prepared by our own Royal Knight Larry emit a very… strong… odor while baking.”

Somebody else found the Winter Star… if you want the spoilers, go look em up in here: Larry’s Mustache Coookie Found In Larry’s Loot Lexicon

Devs seek advice: RB pots tradable in the marketplace?

This week, Franco was looking for advice on what you think would be good additions to be able to sell in the market place:Coins

“Currently one idea we have been toying around with is the ability to sell specific potions. [Like for instance] radioactive blue potions (…)
Another Idea we just started toying with is allowing specific ranked players to sell and buy specific items. Example if you are lord or lady, we may open it up so you can sell each other ancient potions, rare cheeses, etc and this would prevent new people from getting their hands on it way to early.”

In general, most of us think that trading items should be very limited to keep the balance of the game. On the FBF of dec 10th, Franco said that the discussion on the Forum was pretty helpful and along lines of his expectations. And yes, they will still go on and try to have some more items in the market place… The biggest hesitation is about potions an items you have to work hard for inside the game.

If you have a constructive opinion or idea, please post it for Franco: Looking to add more items to the market place.

Your Opinion: The Winter Hunt – Poll #2

“Hey everyone. This is the second feedback thread for The Great Winter Hunt 2010. Please rate how you feel how you feel it’s going and make sure to leave a comment even if it is short. We want to know what you like, what you dislike, what would you think would be cool, etc.” – Jacob.

Although there is admittance of boredom and some longing for clues on what this all will buildup to… to what can we look forward Devs?… a huge part of the general opinion goes like this: “I have 45 CM-cheese now from the boxes! That is a huge gift, considering how long and how much cheese it would take to accumulate that much CM-cheese in regular hunting. And that’s just the CM, never mind all the other loot.” – Mark P.

Go give your Feedback: Feedback #2 on The Great Winter Hunt 2010

The Missing Trap Check Mystery: Help!

Moderator Ashley is now sampling exmaples of the missing trap checks and seeking our help:

“Andrew and the other coders are trying their hardest to track down the bug that causes missing trap checks since they have confirmed that, although it is a massive contributing factor, server load is not the main cause of missing trap checks. You may miss a trap check for two reasons:
1) The server loaTrap Checkd is too much – this results in the trap check not being displayed, though it does occur;
2) An unknown glitch that we cannot find – no trap check occurs.

Though #1 is more common, #2 is becoming increasingly noticed.”

The “first check after logging in” hypothesis seems to be true, except that some people are experiencing this error after less than an hour of inactivity. To try and see if our hypothesis is wrong, or if the code that handles a user being offline is broken due to the change in times, Ashley has by now started a new report thread.
Please report your missing trap checks here following the template in the first post of one of these threads:

reNEWed effort on reporting missing trapchecks: Error Testing: Community Support Requested
source for the quotes: Official “Missed trap Checks” Bug Report Thread

Quick Thread-Tips for the New Forum:

– Somebody caught 7 Toy mice in a Row! :o … So here comes a well-known thread of old on the new Forum: ~~The Un-Official Most Mice in A Row Thread: Version 3.1~~

– Renewed apply for 1000-Mice-Crown: Crown for 1000 mice of a Breed

Check your Winter Hunt mice: So………. did anyone else actually try to mark a check on their Winter Hunt calendar..?

– The MouseHunt IPhone App is now available on ITunes! The first release is not without problems, as Franco was the first to admit, he immediately announced that a “better version will be out soon”. And on wednesday came this news: “An update has been submit to apple which will include the following…”read all for yourself in:
update source: MobileHorn v1.01 Update


==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

Best Comet set-up for Grandmaster (and below)

Is it GBH, or FF? Or maybe DDB? And with wich base?
Interesting exchange of thought here: Which setup is better for Festive Comet? (grandmaster)

Flashing too fast? Plea to Increase bulb flash time

Julio thinks it’s really cool that the corresponding bulb flashes when one of the xmas mice are caught, but he didn’t even notice it until he read about it in a newsletter [editor: *coughs*]: “and even now I usually don’t see it. I think the flash time is too quick – the amount of time the bulb goes dark is too brief.”

Do you agree? Go and agree on this Suggestion to the devs: Increase bulb flash time

Who wouldn’t wanna own a Dream Catcher Trap?

DreamcatcherIf you’re interested to hear what it can be used for, or if you are a fan of the Fan-fiction “Let the Hunt Begin!“, go read all about the Dream Catcher in this Idea & Suggestion for a new Realm:

Complete new Hunting Area: The Spirit Realm

The moment that everyone is anxiously awaiting

“Would she-who-must-not-be-named return to us with ever precious Christmas or New Year’s gifts? Or would she be detained by the so called Moustachio the Charmer? If so, he would turn into Public Enemy No 1.” – Guyanguan in: The moment that everyone is anxiously awaiting.

Some hunters are hoping, caused by an in-game description, that a “Not-Original?” Rhinobot will be released … which also gets the hopes of her return up. I say nothing! I am going to say “I said so” when it happens! Whatever happens. But to be quite honest: Keep on dreaming…!

It all got completely clear at some point this week: The reason Ronza has not been spotted anywhere in the land of Gnawnia… She is in the UK!! Karen pictured her passing through London this week!!

We hope she is enjoying her holidays :D

source: News on Ronza’s whereabouts

Its the season…

…of Sentimentality. Old old hunters come share over here: Remember when?

…of Snowy Crowns… or aiming purposefully at 100 Snowmouses, Abominable ones that is. Thien H. T. has done it: “I caught my 100th Abominable Snow Mouse and earned a Silver King’s Crown!”
source: 100th Abominable Snow Mouse

… of the Six White Boomers: Merry Christmas Mates! (Early yes but I hear you guys & gals Down Under are always Early, living in the Future and all!)

To try get us all back to Rrrreality here is…  “Ooh a *slap*fest!!” Even Larry *pulls down metal visor* & joined in! Quick! Somebody slap me!


Last but not Least:
Sharon’s amazing Mouse-Sudoku!

Click on Sharon’s Sudoku >> to get a Full version!

You have to complete the puzzle and send the answers to me via PM only.
The answers should be sent in the format: A= ; B=; C=; D=; E=; F=; G=; H=; I=.
Where behind each = is the name of the mouse which corresponds to that letter on the Sudoku board.

The first 10 correct solutions (send to my pm-box) win 15 sb+ each.

(I am very sorry that the November PTB-competitors are for good reasons excluded from this puzzle-contest: Sorry!)


= = = = = Cookies & Credentials  = = = = =

Very Special Thanks to Robodok.

Todays cookies … are plain old Puzzled Cookies.

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Mibbler – 29

Hello Mousehunt Heroes…

Last monday – yes now almost a week ago – we all gathered together to witness the Great Winter Star Ceremony …

But just as the Winter Star was being raised, a booming of steel drums drowned out the cheers! Our veteran hunter’s supply of spoiled eggnog from last year’s Winter Hunt burst open, disgorging an indescribable odor…  Well you all know what happened, you were there!

Oh dear: look at the ravage the mice have left for us when they banged in on the Great Winter Star ceremony and …

…and the Game went ‘down’ some more. This time with a perfect explanation:

“It would appear the mice are more foul and devious than we had previously anticipated. (…)
While the air is still dangerous to breathe we have closed off the area and MH will unfortunately be inaccessible during this time. Hopefully we can restore the air to a safe state soon!”

Dev Jacob in: DEV NOTICE: Biohazard Warning in effect!

Now, we were all expecting a Ceremony and an exciting Afterparty, while what we got was sort of a Slow build-up! The mice that are being released these weeks are no new mice as of yet, no excitement there. Lovely amount of Elves bringing Festive Gifts, nothing to complain about there! But a slow party this is, yes.

Less is more, so: Slow is very possibly better… we will see ^^

Something serious happened to the Tree!

When we got back in we found the Tree and all had been ravaged:

When this happens at home, we would be impressed. How come no hunters are worried?! Do we all trust so much that something good for us will come from this?! We are even joking & jolly about it:

“Pow bang pop!! / Our eggnogs have finally blown their top / Freezing on the ice / The tree was stolen by mice”
– Melissa McG.

Boss mice behind Coup & Slow Build-up!

Not all hope is lost! “A few of the bravest Mousehunters were so formidable they managed to tough out the eggnog stench … [and] they learnt that there are 12 mouse types working for 1 mysterious boss! All we know of this festi-villain is that he leaves eggnoggey footprints in the snow…
Now it is up to you, brave hunter, to enter the Great Festive Hunt of 2010, capture the 12 mice of winter, defeat their noggy master and restore our holiday!”

Take a close look at this calender to plan your festive Comet hunting strategies:

And don’t forget: As you catch these mice, lights in your holiday strand will turn on as you recover the ~ spirit ~ of the Winter Hunt.

Did you notice with the Toy and Candycane mouse that the light bulb flashes when you catch more of that particular mouse?

To be very clear on how you’d better plan your december-holidays around Mousehunt dev Andrew added this: “The boss mice is intended to arrive around the 23rd – we don’t want to hog people Christmas time with their families.”

source: Festive Disaster! – The Festive Comet is invaded!

ps: A cute & handy little calender has shown up in the Comet’s HUD. In the game it brings you very easy acces to the big calender (in pop-up)! Handy indeed!

Winter Hunt Forum section… partly out of hand

A new section has been made in the Forum especially for this Great Winter Hunt: “Looking to meet and greet fellow festive hunters? In the giving mood and looking for new friends to share gifts with? Discuss everything festive here!”

As soon as the new Great Winter Hunt Forum section was put into place, it was swamped with trading-boxes-threads. The section of the forum for the Winter Hunt was filled with 1000s of trading threads and it was hard to get to the other discussions. What was happening in the Kingdom? Have we become the Kingdom of Trade? Is MH a marketplace-game?

source: New Forum: Great Winter Hunt >>

Official Feedback-on-the-Winter-Hunt poll

Besides a lot of trading posts, the Feedback-on-the-Winter-Hunt poll is in that new section! Dev Jacob made this Poll and wants our opinion, and he wants it again in the coming weeks, while the Great Winter Hunt progresses:

“I would love to get your feedback on how you are liking the start of The Great Winter Hunt 2010!… So vote for this week and then give me an update next week when I post the next poll!

Go (still to) vote here: Feedback on the start of The Great Winter Hunt 2010 event

And keep an eye open for the new next-week’s Polls & Feedback-threads!

Gift Boxes no longer Giftable/Tradeable

Some of the feedback expressed doubts whether it was a good idea to let hunters buy their way through areas in the game (1000 boxes for 1 hunter?! Ridiculous!). And there was a big problem with scamming (and nothing to be done about it) while the trading became such a huge affair.
So since sometime last tuesday, the Gift Boxes are no longer available to trade. A message from the King of Gnawnia appeared:

“Attention all hunters! Due to the intense demand and throughput of gifts the workers in the post office are fed up, to prevent a strike the King has decreed that all Winter Gift boxes dropped by elf mice are no longer tradable. All other gifts are fine.”

source: A message from the King of Gnawnia

As the Trading was very, very, very popular (meaning: done/used by many many hunters), it only was to be expected that there is much protest about this measure taken and the abruptness off it. A lot of pleas for making the Gift Boxes available through the Marketplace have arosen, mainly in short repeated threads and also in the above announcement thread.

Just to manage expectations: We do not expect the Gift Boxes to become tradable in any way again.

On the bright side: There are new promising uncollected Collectibles showing up in the Items-tab on your Profile! ;)

Basic Advice on Trading & not getting scammed

In the midst of the turbulence that turned Mousehunt into a Boxes-marketplace-of-sorts, a much needed Guide to how not to get scammed was posted on the Forums. And it got stickied so that it is now easily to be found at the top of that Forum section:

sticky source: How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Mousehunt Heroes pay attention: One of the tips that is missing from the Guide’s list is this one: Only trade with your trusted close mousehuntfriends!
Inside our group MhHitM you can arrange for exchange of gifts and goodies:  Trading Festive Comet Gifts 2010

Jacob Paints Live in FBF!

Jacob announced last week that in this week’s Feedback Friday he will be attempting to do a live painting: “I’ve never done anything like that, so we’ll see how bad it goes, don’t miss it!”

As we speak i am still watching his drawing-process and it is amazing to follow his creaton of a mouse!

Before all the drawing a Feedback session was on:

The FBF review: “Art Feedback Friday” Review by MHCC 3rd Dec


==== Forum Features: What’s keeping hunters busy? ====

Guides on the Great Winter Hunt

Many a helpfull thread has been written and put together since the Burst of the EggNog:

1) THE Guide: “ The event is upon us, and the Guide to Mousehunt is prepared with a dedicated page to the event! The page will be updated as the event continues. Enjoy!

2) A FAQ-Thread on the new forum, also promising to be updated while the Hunt develops: FAQ on Great Winter Hunt of 2010

3) Mentioned last week:
The Unofficial Guide to The Great Winter Hunt 2010!

4) And on the old forums a 15-points FAQ has appeared:
Great Winter Hunt 2010 FAQ

In the mean time * drumrolls * Claws & EggNoggy Footprints…!

We are awaiting the Boss mice… On that i have found not much news, maybe only this: The barrels of Twelve Liters of Egg Nog have a new and promising description: “Oh dear. Well, the good news is that the eggnog is open. The bad news is that it seems to have opened on its own… almost as if something clawed it’s way out from the inside.”

Sadly the image of the Barrel is not yet updated. I would love to see how bad that clawed opening looks! How tough will that one or more Boss Mice coming from them Barrels be?! O.o

Two Tickets… huh? Larry on a Horse?

Nobody can have missed out on the fun of last tuesday’s new Festive Gift Shoppe items. “On another note, the King wonders if anyone has two tickets to that thing you love?”

“What’s in your hand?”
Back at me.
“It’s an oyster to that thing you love.”
Look again.
Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady.

“I’m on a horse.”

Are you as clueless as i was? (Being mainland-European I had no clue whatsoever!) Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE

Afterwards, it wasn’t a lady who screamed enthusiastically: “It is now the best.event.ever”! (It was Justin D.) And did we notice that the male hunters around the Kingdom seemed to rather like this! LOL And this is all about a Collectible changing into another Collectible you see, that’s how mad we hunters are! :)

== Explosiun! ==

Hunters (hardcore collectors mainly) worry about: Frozen Fromage

Many a hunter has gone longingly mad for this rare item:

“This small morsel of frozen bait has been magically frozen and is unable to be thawed. The King has assigned the top scientists of Digby to investigate a way to thaw the bait. – Class: Convertible”

If you were lucky enough to get one morsel dropped (about an estimated 2% droprate there!), it is on your special tab. When you “Try to Thaw” one, it says that “It seems no amount of heat will melt the magical ice.”

Worries went through the Roof and the Collector’s Mind of many a hunter has grown more and more eager with every passing hour and no Frozen Fromage yet. Luckily dev Jacob has said:”The drop rate is extremely low on the early event mice, no worries, the later mice will have a much higher drop rate. Also as I have stated, the cheese will not be required, it’s just added fun.”

Well Jacob, you don’t know your average hunter very well. This is what’s happening to us:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=jccONkeGkZw

Two of many a discussion thread on this pain: Frozen Fromage = New Boss CheeseFRozen FRomage

One of the places Jacob has sought to ‘comfort’ us: The Feedback Thread post xxx

And if you are the more Analytical kind of Mousehunter, you can go & give your opinion in a Poll: Do you prefer rare loot or common loot? Paul H. has “noticed that we’ve been recently getting quite a few loot drops with a very low frequency of drops. This is currently the case with Frozen Fromage.”
But what do we actually think about that? And what do we prefer?

Go vote in the Poll: Loot frequency

In MhHitM we are making good use of the Whine-thread, singing hunting chants together to get that much wanted lootdrop.
So if you are still in pain & longing for the Frozen Fromage, like many of us, do find some comfort and support: Frustrated? Have some Whine!

Hunters (mainly lower ranks) worry about: Obtaining GB planks…

Another topic concerning the community at the moment is the difficulty obtaining Gingerbread Planks. That is, this is not difficult for everyone. But it is difficult for two groups of hunters: for lower rank hunters, as gold is a main issue of concern for them.

And it is difficult for hunters with little mousehunt-friends: At the moment the only way to get hold of these are to have them sent to you by a friend. Some people feel that this approach is the most suitable and should remain as it is, however others believe that the system should be altered so that hunters are able to buy their own Gingerbread Planks.

source: Devs,….Please let hunters buy their own Planks.

Hunters (all and everyone) worried about: Elf Madness …???

And according to the Event-calender  the Thursday Elf Madness had started. Hunters wondered whether it had started for a long time. Still awaiting more Elfs to show up. Even starting to wonder maybe Madness was defined as 105% Elfs? Or whether the % had been turned the wrong way: down instead of up?

“So what they are really saying is that the “Elf Madness” is that there has been an increase (ha ha ha) of Elf’s but that they are really just watching us go mad trying to catch Elf’s.” (Carol R)

Finally dev Andrew brought us some revealing statements: “Hi guys, a few things to keep in mind with Elf Madness:
1) The elf starting population is definitely increased. But when the event started, there weren’t any other Winter Mice available to be caught – now that two of those have been released, your chance of catching an elf is not as high as it was at the start of the event.
2) There are more Elves looking for standard bait, but elves really like Gingerbread cheese and Superbrie.
3) Luck is fickle.”

Let’s go with no.3. Otherwise i can’t make cheese out of this (Yes: bad translation of a Dutch expression).

Dev Andrew. post  34 in Thread: Dear Devs – Is Elf Madness ON?

Quick Thread-Tips for the New Forum

– Threads and discussions of old back on the New Forum: The Official Wiki Suggestion Thread

Go ahead and Ask Larry! – He has come back to answer questions! And he did post the recipe to his famous sandwich!

– Everyday for the rest of this month, Shawn is going to make a chart showing the trend of the price of Super|Brie+: Super|Brie+ Trend
Be a trendwatcher & go to the spreadsheet directly >>

– And once more: How to Avoid Getting Scammed


==== Rumors… Opinions & Stories ====

CCB giveaway(s)

A big Thanks goes out to Nadine for hosting the CandyCane Base giveaway! Initiate rank player take a look here: http://tinyurl.com/2vk5bex

Nadine has been busy lately, as the Trebuchet Giveaway is also still up & running: DraGGun’s Kwakkel Trebuchet Trap Giveaway and more…...

The AN/AM has a CandyCane Base help programme, all members have been notified through pm.

Plus the AN/AM has been busy with a Festival of Lights Giveaway. Go join in if you like the idea of gold or sb+ prices:  AN/AM Festival of Lights Giveaway – Posting Closes Dec 7th @ 11PM GMT

And please direct all lower rank players you encounter to these Giveaways!
Now all we need is a Gingerbread planks program for lower ranks…

Ronza speculations, a Summary

Last weeks FBF led to some Ronza speculations. For those who have never seen Ronza before in their Mousehunt-career, they are fearing and looking forward to meet her at the same time. And many are wondering whether she will ever come back again. I won’t mention any of the threads about this, only a summary of last week’s speculations after the FBF-mentioning her:

“Moustachio the Charmer = Santa Claus? Distant land = North Pole? But but…”

“She’s in a far off land? She’s away for a long time.”

“The name sounds like a loverboy. So Ronza may come in Valentines day? Bring some kind of Charmer Trap? About that Santa: I think he’s not much of a moustache guy, more like a bearded guy (tho he has a moustache).”

“Moustachio the Charmer” – This [can be] a big clue she will be coming for Valentine’s Day. Not Christmas. – Eric S.

No more for now. But i reckon the devs will announce her coming on beforehand though, and not spring her presence on us. (Like they promised to do in future cases, roundabout a year ago.)

Elf mice coming in waves?

Chad M: “Anybody else notice that the elf mice seem to come in waves?”

George O: “As no one else is seeing the same pattern, I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is a typical case of confirmation bias.”

Pssst: Confirmation bias later in the discussion being explained as: “For every person who is experiencing streakiness, there are two others who are not and not talking about it on the forums or with their friends.” Chua Z.

And yes, that thread attracted more hunters reporting in with patterns, confirming the waves or streakiness. Reason tells us: “It is all easily explained by simple variance. End of story. We humans want and tend to see patterns where there aren’t any: Humans have hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary programming to detect patterns.”

* editor shrugs & spies another wave *

source: Elf mice in waves…?

Decent Dress

Now we all want to wear a decent dress coming Christmas: “You wear your Decent Dress and feel a warm sense of confidence!”

So please hunt Elfs, get some goodies inside them boxes, buy yourself a pair of SuperBriefs and join the Club: The Super Brief Club!

Last but not Least: The BountyHunt Mice Generator!

The Tavern Times had this first announced on their fanpage, but it is to good to let it slip: “Are you organizing or participating a spelling based bounty hunt? Use this tool by Amanda Ng. to help you out!”

Mousehunt BountyHunt Mice Generator

I tried to spell :Love: with it and it looks great!  ^^


= = = = = Cookies & Credentials  = = = = =

Thanks to Martin K, my MH-chatgroup, Animal & Carol in particular & the Girlies.

Todays cookies … are Eggnog cookies of course :)

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