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K.K. Victoria
 Wednesday, February 24 2010 @ 10:12 PM UTC  
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I really do like the idea of making strange quirks about the beasties, it'll definitely mix things up. Though, I would like to have some indicator on what it was that pushed it over, you know? I'd rather not be left in the dark wondering, "Shit guys, was it that there are three of us, it's Tuesday, the moons a waxing gibbus, and we're all working from IP addresses in countries more than ten thousand km from one another?"


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Ashtu
 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 12:57 AM UTC  
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Ooh, ooh. What if every Titan has an Achilles heel?


....only Rookies can kill it?

(Ashtu runs for cover)


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Anonymous: Jayson
 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 02:04 AM UTC  


What if multiple titans could rise out of the water, go to the same outpost, then duke it out to decide who gets the right to crush it.


 
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Anonymous: Jayson
 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 02:06 AM UTC  


or maybe they could change the land under it as it moves to its destination. Finally there would be a use for air and earth terrain.


 
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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 02:21 AM UTC  
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(Can't believe he just heard about the titans.)

Oh yes yes yes yes yes! That would change the outlook that many people have on invasions. (Like people saying FOOK PITTSBURGH!) It would bring many people together and help establish unity and peace among the-

*SMACK*

Thank you. And it would be really really cool too.

waaaaaait a second...a titan wouldn't be considered a...mutant would it? : (


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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 04:38 AM UTC  
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waaaaaait a second...a titan wouldn't be considered a...mutant would it? : (



No adding Titans to the Chimental...please. ^_^

But yeah, I like the idea of required targeting for the Titans...maybe even make it so you don't fight the Titan itself? You fight the Left Arm of the Titan, and the Right Arm, and each leg, and the Outpost-Probing Tentacles, etc. Kind of like targeted fighting but each one is a many-hundreds-of-thousands HP monster in and of itself? Then once all the pieces are defeated, Then you can go in for the kill?

Would help keep it from being one-shot-Improbabombed...


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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 05:08 AM UTC  
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No adding Titans to the Chimental...please. ^_^



I was just asking because I would not be fond of the idea of attacking a fellow mutant monster.

But now that you mention it... Twisted Evil


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Binjali
 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 07:38 AM UTC  
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I'm thrilled by this cool solution to the problem! Thanks for listening, CMJ!

I especially like the suggestions that have been made to make the thing harder to take out solo. My favorite is the requirements, especially the weirder the better or if new ones are added occasionally since there are smart people around these parts who will make algorithms to figure out the most efficient ways to kill Titans or whatever those smart people do, and it's good to keep 'em on their toes.

Maybe instead of telling us directly what killed it, its weakness could be indicated by the Titan description and we'll have to keep track of data and guess and discuss. Gives it a bit of a logic puzzle feel- "Okay it had tentacles and a beak and three eyes and it got taken out by twenty people at level five, ten, and fifteen. With the other information we have, that means that a Titan with a beak will be weak to multiples of five!"

This will only work if we have access to all the stats related to the Titans, mind, as far as the people who have fought the thing and when and where and with what and how long and that data has to be available at least a little while after the Titan is defeated. So that might be too big of a drain considering that I've heard the Hall of Fame is a terrific stress on resources and this would be possibly the same amount of information and would have about the same amount of people accessing it.

I also like the targeting idea (a reason for me to actually use the targeting system? Great!) or otherwise dividing up the Titan hitpoints. I would like medals or some other form of keeping track (that lifetime Titan damage meter sounds nice) because I take pride in my meager accomplishments, yes I do, and I know I'm not the only one.

Also, when the Titan gets killed, what happens to all that meat? There's no way it won't get used. So either there will have to be multi-player carcass cleaning (with a randomized amount and types of meat each time you choose to put your stam into it, since it's chance what you'll be able to grab before your fellow contestant pushes you out of the way), OR! Whatever Outpost is closest when the Titan falls gets a Hot Titan Meat Stand run by enterprising [enter race here]s for a real time day or two until the meat starts to go bad (well, except in Squat Hole maybe, in which case the meat can just conveniently run out...) If done correctly it shouldn't screw too much with the game balance, right? Make it just enough less expensive than the local restaurant to be competitive with a set or random (since who knows which bit of the Titan they're cutting from today) stam bonus...?


 
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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 02:51 PM UTC  
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Lovely idea. How would EXP work? Letting whoever struck the final blow get 20,000 is hardly going to work. No EXP at all? Or split it according to how much damage was done?

Like the idea of seperate body parts, still not going to solve the gargle blaster problem though.

Now I've got a lovely image in my mind of some rookie in frilly underwear getting stuck into a titan's big toe with a spork.


 
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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 05:07 PM UTC  
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Hmmmm.. perhaps a combination of multiple targets, and a Drive-fight-like outcome that takes a player out of the combat once they have killed one part. (Rookie Toejamb ruptures the Titan's hangnail causing an eruption of gooey pus, Looks like he's down for the count, but the titan is definitely limping!)


 
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 Thursday, February 25 2010 @ 05:59 PM UTC  
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Hmmmm.. perhaps a combination of multiple targets, and a Drive-fight-like outcome that takes a player out of the combat once they have killed one part. (Rookie Toejamb ruptures the Titan's hangnail causing an eruption of gooey pus, Looks like he's down for the count, but the titan is definitely limping!)



In a similar vain, to address the "Failure is the Only Option" thing when attacking the titan early on:

Maybe there can be a limited number of turns before you're forcibly ejected from battle, something along the lines of:

"The titan seems to finally be fed up with your feeble efforts at bringing it down. Obviously irritated, the creature casually swats you away."

Maybe sending the player 1 square in a random direction with a bit of experience.


 
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 Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 06:37 AM UTC  
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Added functionality to drop a player outside the Outpost from the FailBoat if the Outpost is breached.


 
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 Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 06:45 AM UTC  
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Did I say thank you? This has been a pain ever since the invasions began. I actually dreaded the new day, knowing that I'd just be thrown into the horde again, to land on the boat within minutes.


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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 08:40 PM UTC  
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They're Heeeeeere...


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 08:56 PM UTC  
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They're Heeeeeere...



Aye... Not half. Well, are they actually 'hereeeeee' or are they just making rumbling noises in the jungle?


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 09:05 PM UTC  
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They're Heeeeeere...



Aye... Not half. Well, are they actually 'hereeeeee' or are they just making rumbling noises in the jungle?



True, could just be the Hall pipes backed up again...


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 09:19 PM UTC  
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They're Heeeeeere...



Aye... Not half. Well, are they actually 'hereeeeee' or are they just making rumbling noises in the jungle?



True, could just be the Hall pipes backed up again...



No they're here, and like I said, they've got infeasibly large testicles.


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 10:15 PM UTC  
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They may be here, but I couldn't fight it. Both myself and at least one other player got stuck on an empty page after attempting to Battle the Titan currently headed for Squat Hole.

Shame, too - I'm having a lovely joker day Evil


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 10:39 PM UTC  
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The Watcher stirs her tea, and sets the spoon down on her desk. The display in front of her, generated by LED's mounted on a spinning rod, begins to blur a little. She frowns. It's a sensitive device, but the seas are usually pretty calm around here.
Suddenly her stomach falls, and an odd feeling comes over her - like she's going up in a lift. A rather fast lift. She grips her armrests and closes her eyes, thinking that maybe the KittyMorph herbal tea was a tad strong. She opens her eyes again when her tin cup slides off the desk and bounces on the floor.
"What the bloody hell?" she mutters, standing up and making her way unsteadily towards the upper decks.

When she reaches the top deck, it's obvious that something is very, very wrong. Her captive Contestants are spread out, leaning out over the railings and shouting. She pushes past one of them towards the rear of the ship and takes a look over the side for herself.
Some few hundred feet down, she sees a vast expanse of slimy green hide. The propellers turn uselessly but optimistically in the air, reminding her of a woodlouse that's fallen onto its back. The water is a good two hundred feet below where the hide starts.
She frowns.
"I say again, what the bloody hell."
She makes her way to the ship's fore, and looks over the side.
The FailBoat, it seems, is sat on a head. A rather large, bald, reptilian head. A rather large, bald, reptilian head that is rather larger than the FailBoat itself. Its immense, stupid eyes - each as big as a Transit van - are locked upon the Island. It's swimming, or maybe even simply walking, to shore.
"Right. Right." She snarls. "This is just bloodytypical."
Some of the more sensible Contestants step back, giving her room to do... whatever she's going to do.
The Watcher takes a firm grip on a handrail and yanks off a section about the length of her arm. "No bloody overblown Loch Ness Monster bloody turtle thing is going to wear my sodding Retraining Vessel as a HAT!" She brings her arm back and then - with a SNAP as she breaks the sound barrier - hurls the length of steel railing down towards the Titan's head.
There's a flicker of orange as the railing briefly heats up in the immense air friction. There's an ear-splitting sound that can only be described as a DONG. The railing richochettes up into the air, becomes a speck, disappears. A few moments pass while the Titan's nervous system bimbles about the slow business of relaying the news that it's been spanged. Forward momentum gradually dissipates as the Titan goes crosseyed. There's a low, bass-heavy groan, and the Titan begins to keel over.
Feet leave the deck as Titan, FailBoat and Contestants fall. It's a long, long way down, and the FailBoat lands with thousands of gallons of cold seawater cascading into the air - and hammering down on the deck.
The Watcher, laughing, takes off her glasses. "It's like a log flume, only bigger! How ace is that!" She hikes up a corner of her now sopping wet red turtleneck, considers wiping her glasses on it, and decides it's a lost cause. She puts them back on. "Right, you lot, go back about your business. Oh, and you -" she collars the closest whimpering contestant - "you might want to let the mainlanders know to keep an eye out for these things. There's probably more than one. Oh, I'll deny it in the official memos, of course, but you know I have to keep up appearances and-" The railing bounces off her head with a slightly quieter DONG. She stands motionless and crosseyed for a moment.
She blinks twice and shakes her head, seawater from her ponytail flicking over nearby contestants. "So `ithat's`i the sort of day this is going to be, is it?"

She might be right.


 
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 Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 10:39 PM UTC  
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Adder helped stomp one of their faces in without getting stuck in a loop.

Rassa frassin' Tyr and his ridiculous DK count and maxed clan buffs getting the kill


 
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