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Contacts after reactivating a retired detective


Jan-1-2012 16:33

Sorry for populating the board but I am really baffled by the game.

My previous contact was the Priest.

Then I falsely accused a suspect the third time, and I got retired.

My contact, along with some XP and skill pts and some money was lost.

Losing the contact was the only good side to retirement. I reactivated my detective and started keeping a note of which favors I did. My purpose was to have contact with a male townie that's also a PE provider. I did two banker, 2 bartender, 1 shoemaker(my target contact), 1 waitress.

Then I had this priest's favor and after solving the case he became my goddamn contact =)

I thought the contacts and the favor record along with the contacts were totally deleted!

Where did I go wrong? If this is a wrong assumption, then it would be stated in the Newbie FAQ, or help guide/contacts whatever.

I think I am gonna make another false accusation to lose my contact so that I get the shoemaker -or at least other PE contacts. (an experienced user said it was all a matter of chance but many other experienced users say they keep quitting favors in order to get the contacts that they want first.)

So can we state this as a game rule as follows:

- when reactivated, a retired detective will receive their previous contact as soon they do a favor for them?


Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jan-1-2012 17:30

It's all luck and chance! Just because you got the same contact again, doesn't mean that is is always that way.


Jan-1-2012 18:48

Ok. Thank you. Thanks Riza who explained this to me via PM, too.

So when do you receive a contact? When you get a certain amount of xp or have done a specific number of favors?

(sleuth tips says 2nd contact when xp>150,000, do you confirm that?

what would the required xp be for the first? )

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Jan-2-2012 02:29

Here's what I know about contacts.

You can get two contacts in each city. One will be a PE contact and one will be a WE contact. So, for example, on my detective page it lists my contacts:

Shoe Maker (New York)
Butcher (New York)
Podiatrist (London)
Bartender (London)
Tea Merchant (Shanghai)
Barber (Shanghai)
Fortune Teller (Delhi)
Barber (Delhi)
Banker (Cairo)
Waitress (Cairo)
First Mate (Sleuthetania)
Hairdresser (Sleuthetania)

There's no fixed point at which you receive a contact. It might be that you have to have more than 150,000 xp to receive your second, but I don't know if that's been proved or not. It definitely doesn't happen automatically when you hit a certain number of favours or a certain xp total. If you're in a city where you haven't got both your contacts yet, then there's a chance when you do a favour that you'll receive a contact as your reward. It's random. Keep doing favours in a city for long enough, and you'll get your contacts.

In your case, you've already got the priest as your WE contact. So you know that if you're doing a favour for the butcher, bartender, fortune teller etc etc that you won't get them as a contact. The question is, which of the banker, shoe maker, barber and tailor will be your PE contact?

It is possible to manipulate this, but it will potentially take a lot of time and patience. If you decide that, for example, you really really want the banker as your PE contact, and you get a favour for the barber, then you could quit that favour, to avoid the chance that it might give you the barber contact as your reward. You could keep doing this every time you get a favour for the barber, shoe maker or tailor. Eventually you'll get a favour for the banker - but of course, whether you then get the banker as your contact at the end of that favour is random, so you might have to keep repeating this process for a long time.

Hope all that makes sense! Feel free to keep asking questions if there are things you're not sure of :)


Jan-2-2012 02:53

Just to add that you don't need to have more than 150,000 XP to get your second contact. I've gotten both contacts in one city with less than 10,000 XP.

Getting past the 150,000 mark ONLY increases your chances of getting a contact sooner. That's it. Having less than that doesn't stop you from getting your contact. All in all, it's random. Just go with it, and be patient.


Jan-2-2012 12:04

Thanks everyone. I already read most of this from posts and some info came in via PM. Thanks R.H. again.

The reason I'm telling you this is I kind of feel guilty for keeping the place busy but I found it hard to believe that chance factor is involved in the game at this level.

If Game Developer/Designer/Coder/W'ever has a habit of evaluating user suggestions, please read on:

Because having a PE contact early on in the game is a huge advantage, (that's why I decided to make a f.a, you never know when you'll get it but the first contact seems to be the one easiest to get so that one better be PE) nd because some can get both below 10 000 xp while some have to wait much longer it seems a bit unfair, right =) (Synesence: I'm just jealous:) thanks for the info)

In that regard, if game coders are reading this I have a SuggestioN:

They can make sure each player gets their contacts under more or less the same circumstances. (just like you have to have acquired 30 pts to get a faction skill, you can do n number of x level favor case for instance or you can have a certain level of xp maybe? - If that is already the case, then we just don't know about it) So there. That's all.


Jan-6-2012 14:43


If this is all random I got the Priest the third time!

the odds was (1/10)^3= 1/1000


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