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MystieBlue
MystieBlue
Red-Nosed

Aug-6-2008 10:21

I have just lost my map for the cargo hold because I stumbled onto guard dogs 3 time...sigh Too bad I didn't side with the Tigers. I guess their influence extends to the ship's cargo hold. Are the Steepers asleep at the wheel?? Can't they find something to neutralize these dogs!! Darn it wait till I get back to Shangri La you useless Steepers grrrr.

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topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Aug-8-2008 08:00

Jesse, I feel for you, I really do, that's a horribly high failure rate in the pyramids. However ask anyone anywhere "why" and the answer always is "it's like, random man!!!" Of my 2 dets, both have been pirated 7 times... one has TD and been pirated 7 times in 100 trips without HN... the other one was pirated 7 times in 19 trips before getting HN. (Good thing I didn't choose the otherway round, right?!)

That being said, the game has changed a lot even in the short time I've been around, someone always cries for things to be changed and then when they are, someone else disagrees with the change.

Anyway... I personally feel that Tigers give the better deal unless you either don't bother with the pyramids at all, or already have all that you need from the pyramids and hence don't have to bother with them at all.

"Down with the rebels! Grrr"
;)

Aknas
Aknas
Con Artist

Aug-8-2008 08:25

I know a lot of us who sided with the Steepers has difficulty navigating inside the pyramids. What I don't understand is this: What is the use of the map? Why do we have to get the second part of the map if we can't actually use it inside the pyramids?

I will be very thankful if someone can explain that to me. :D

turtledove
turtledove
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods

Aug-8-2008 08:54

I totally agree with you Jessie on the time consuming efforts we put into those pyramid maps only to lose them and having to start all over again. I've given up on them for now although my useless, for now, skill points keep piling up.

As far as the Sleuthetania is concerned I'll sail her for the express purpose of building up my 2 contacts there. As for the maps, I'll just leave them in my Mission bio to be used in the distant future..lol

I just want to say that I still like my Host Neg skill. It does come in handy on those rare occasions when I encounter Pirates...grrrrr

miss snopes
miss snopes
Special Deliverance

Aug-8-2008 12:45

While I understand the "randomness" of success in the catacombs, I tend to think it a slightly different "random". I don't believe it's so much a trip specific random as it is random for each det. I may be wrong but things seem to come in shifts for my det. I either have a streak of good avh's or a streak of bad ones. I will have a day working regular cases where everyone clams immediately all day and others where everyone is trying to by my dinner. I never know when these things are going to start or when they will end thereafter but it is definately not a case by case thing-it's either all or none.


In the catacombs....which I loathe at the moment (yep, HN here)....I have had ZERO success. I must not have the patience Jesse has because I've been in 5 times and the ropes are too tight for me to try again anytime soon. On the flipside, Aknas (who also has HN) now has her own office in the catacombs to display all of the wonderful treasures she finds there. Currently, she has been successful 7 of 9 times and is the 2nd top book collector (Ben being the first).


I absolutely do believe this game is random in that noone is behind the wheel deciding who will or won't be able to do things but I do think the game randomly flags (for lack of a better term) dets to associate them with things in the game. These things could be as trivial as similar contacts (my det became associated with notes (pe) & waiters/waitresses & priest/missionary (we)) or something as big as success rate in the catacombs.

woody2
woody2
Old Shoe

Aug-8-2008 13:23

when I first went to the catacombs in cairo I was successful about 1 in 3 times then after 9 trips I went 5 straight where I was successful before I had another failure. I cant even get a chance to go on the ship, I havent got the right favs since I got my contacts. I would love a chance to meet the guard dogs and Im sure if I ever get a chance I wont be successful here as it does seem that the longer you try the less successful you are but Ill be back to try again.

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Aug-8-2008 13:45

Its weird, for me I cannot go in the catacombs because I'm absolutely TERRIBLE at it. However, on the ship in the Cargo Hold, I've been in 3 times and been sucessful each time. And I do have HN. So I do agree with you Miss Snopes, I do think its random based on each detective.

Huglover
Huglover
Old Shoe

Aug-8-2008 13:58

I only know how it is to walk the catacombs of Cairo, and since I have worked on a "MapWalker", a program that draws the map for me when I walk there (no, you don't have to fear, I will not do another attempt to push this kind of stuff to you), I did some studies of what kind of maps you could get in the Catacombs. And, I found that I could have maps where there was only one trap (where I would have been bound to find the treasure), and I had maps with 5 or 6 traps, where it was very difficult to find a treasure if you did not have Trap Detection.
This was what I got when I had those maps you get from favors. I don't know if the maps get different when you are searching for shoes.... ;-)

miss snopes
miss snopes
Special Deliverance

Aug-8-2008 14:17

I'm right there with you LJ, I am TERRIBLE in the catacombs too.

It's a waste of my time and skill points (not that I need the latter) to even enter them, not to mention my blood pressure after the 3rd time they string me up. I told the Professor just last week I would double my payment in skill points if he would just not hire me the next time I ask.

Aknas
Aknas
Con Artist

Aug-8-2008 14:29

When I first went inside the catacombs, I was going around in circles. I do not even know what an artifact looks like! I remember telling Miss Snopes that it's impossible for us (with HN) to get an artifact. I got discouraged. I was even surprised that no players with HN skill raised an issue. I wondered how they were able to do it.

However, for some strange ways, I got lucky and had opportunities to get artifacts and some books. Now I know it is possible.

So, players with HN skill, don't lose hope. Yes, it is possible!!! ;)



Sophie4
Sophie4
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods

Aug-8-2008 14:39

The shoes you get are only +1 in charm or tough above what you can get in AVHs. They don't really do anything for you, they're just "bling." Yes, I have mine but I didn't notice any change in my game. Like I said they're just decoration, definately NOT worth stressing over.

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