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Encyclopedia Zero
Encyclopedia Zero
Well-Connected

Oct-12-2009 07:04

It would seem that when you get your contacts have less to do with how much experience you have and more with how many favours you manage to complete in succession. If you stay in the same city and solve every case and every favour you will get your contacts much quicker. Often two real life days at most.

Anyway, just reflecting. ;)

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Encyclopedia Zero
Encyclopedia Zero
Well-Connected

Oct-16-2009 11:19

Well, my girlfriend just got both her contacts in Delhi in two days as well so I rest my case.

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

Oct-16-2009 17:35

Breit, if we go for the easier cases while contact hunting, it is possible to solve all the cases and gain a maximum number of favors per day. This would definitely increase the probability of getting a contact.

Adam, I did hear a rumor that some townies do gear toward and away from certain fractions. Once I tried to get a tailor (i forgot which city) as my contact and I was going at it for over a week. Then someone told me that it is because I was LCN-. I didn't really believe it, but began to increase my LCN standing to try it out anyway. In the end my agency didn't need the tailor and I went for the barber instead, so the 'experiment' never materialized. Anyone with similar story?

Jesse Hunter
Jesse Hunter
Huntsman

Oct-16-2009 19:13

The Faction-Townie Connection has been rumored since at least 2006. I've not seen any evidence presented in the forums, but then I'm not sure if methodical and valid investigative techniques have ever been applied to finding out.

Charlie Cain
Charlie Cain
Thespian

Oct-17-2009 01:32

well i wish i could get my second contact in london. i've been trying since i first moved to london in 2006. off and on of course i have random playing spurts. i rarely get to finish all my cases a day in fact im lucky if i get to actually play 3 and a favor for the day. i know its all about the more you play the quicker you get your contacts. but man this is starting to be my "white whale". anyways i tried the easy cases all day to get my contact there but to no avail. i think london hates me. i dont know why ive only made the streets safer haha. well i got to rest will try again tomorrow.

Encyclopedia Zero
Encyclopedia Zero
Well-Connected

Oct-17-2009 12:14

When I want to get a contact I usually take two days straight when I (to save time) solve only easy cases and the favours (incredibly hard). That gives me four favours a day for a total of eight. That normally gives me both contacts.

Sunniva
Sunniva
Nomad

Oct-17-2009 13:16

Okay, Okay. You were kissed by lady luck. I still have excruciating flashbacks of doggedly doing every last one of my cases for well over a week before getting a contact. Please, I'm getting bitter hearing about your good luck with contacts so frequently. But maybe that's just the DT's talking and the bitter taste is from the water someone made me drink.

luc pfeiffer
luc pfeiffer
Red-Nosed

Oct-18-2009 21:23

Oh i wouldn't worry about it too much. The detecting gods will catch up with him someday.... You're not alone in having to spend days or multiple trips to get a contact. For me, time getting it isn't as important as getting the right one. And if you get the first one you succeed at but it really isn't useful (more of a problem for charming people I admit), then you're stuck and you wish you could do the whole process all over again (Hint Hint Ben!!!). Good luck Sunniva and all the others! L

Encyclopedia Zero
Encyclopedia Zero
Well-Connected

Oct-21-2009 02:13

I just now got my second contact on my first trip ever on the Sleuthetania. Just above two days this time, but that's only because I failed a favour on the first day and another on the second (because I was sitting at a café and couldn't concentrate xD ). Sheer persistence again pays off. Babble on about luck all you like. ;)

Anais Nin
Anais Nin
Thespian

Oct-21-2009 07:29

You know, I'm not sure I like you now, Zero. What is that? Two places where you got two contacts in two days? :P I've lost track of how often I've been on the boat, and I only JUST got my first contact this last trip!

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I am jealous. ;)

Congratulations on your rapid gain of contacts!

Encyclopedia Zero
Encyclopedia Zero
Well-Connected

Oct-22-2009 01:45

Well I'm sorry you feel that way. The point wasn't to make anyone jealous. It was to present a theory that the speed in which you aquire your contacts wasn't experience based like has been speculated before. It started with myself testing out the idea that perhaps you got a contact at about 60 k xp (some have said that "the first contact seem to come at around 50 k") then a second at about 120 k (see Ben's statement about it being easier to get your second contact after 150 k). So basically I racked up the experience I needed to (if my theory was correct) go to a city and solve all my cases and favours (I solved easy ones for my cases in part to make sure I didn't fail any of them and missed a favour and in part to save time from such a boring, repetitive action, and it is quite hard to fail an incredibly hard case if you just concentrate and are economic with your questions). So I did and my contacts popped up like flowers in spring time. I thought "great, it worked" until I noticed my girlfriend following suit (easy x 3 + incredibly hard favour) even though she had less than half the xp I had and *still* got her contacts rapidly. So there. It's still just a theory although I'd add that for every city I visit and just rake in my contacts the probability that it's true increases. I should add that you need to succeed at *all* your cases and favours in a day (totaling four favours) to make it in two real life days. If you fail a favour or two it might take just a little bit longer. But unless you fail *alot* you should have them in three days. This is of course all from my own experience, and I think that those of you who have happened to take longer time are exceptions.

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