

The Shady Character at the back...

Milady

Aug152005 22:26
... is criminally greedy!
Aside from bemoaning my now lightened purse, is there a formula relating experience/cases to the amount paid to remove bad bases?

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Nomad

Aug152005 22:40
According to Ben, it is not a linear formula, it is geometrical. The percentage Shady takes goes down as your experience goes up, still increasing in cost, but not taking as big of a percentage in relation to your experience.... if that made any sense...
It'll still cost me over 1/2 million to pay off Shady.

Luniar Arkain

Aug152005 22:40
I don't know of the formula, but I'm definately with you on his greediness. He recently "swiped" $55000 from me.

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Nomad

Aug152005 22:40
And no, I'm not looking for the thread. It's in subscriber services somewhere....

Milady

Aug152005 23:18
[On a side note, I'm again at the point where I've as many solved cases as daysold  not a good sign for my cases, I suspect]
I could probably find it out mathematically, if there are enough data points, BUT I don't want to find out the hard way! If anyone's willing to PM me their experience and the amount to pay Shady off, I'll try to calculate it out. The more data points the better!

Greyling

Aug162005 00:59
The increase in Shady's price for each case you complete equals 1/5 of the experince points you will gain from solving the case.
That means that if you solve an Easy case you get 20 exp. and Shady's price goes up $4. An Intermediate gives you 40 exp. and $8 is added to the amount Shady asks to clear your record, and so on all the way up to Almost Impossibles with an exp. of 5120 and $1024 added to your "bill"  Almosts also being the only cases where the increase to Shady's price is higher than what you earn from solving it ;)

Jojo
Old Shoe

Aug162005 01:18
That's why solving favors are important because they give much more money (if you sell the item) than what shady's price goes up by.

Milady

Aug162005 02:04
Does this count cases which are 'quit' as well as completed or failed cases?
From what you say, there's no set way to calculate the amount payable from a given experience IF you do not know the starting value (ie, you have no false accusations or have since cleared your record) However, it is helpful to know that for the future, it certainly is worth waiting until 2 cases before wiping the records.
Thank you for the information and explanation.

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Nomad

Aug162005 02:15
*went and dug....*
From Subscriber services This is what Ben had to say.
"Your experience determines the price for clearing your record. It is not, however a linear formula. When a detective has relatively lower experience, they will often have to pay a price higher than their experience level. At higher experience, the ratio actually drops. That is, the rate of increase of the price does not keep up with the rate of increase of experience. So, at a certain point, the price drops below the detective's experience.
The reasoning behind that drop is, the monetary rewards for cases is basically a linear function, while the experience rewards are geometric. Therefore, a detective completing higher level cases earns relatively more experience than money, when compared to a detective doing easier cases."

Milady

Aug162005 02:45
Thank you very much for looking  I'm guessing that Subscriber Services is a forum I can't see?

jstkdn
WellConnected

Aug162005 03:31
I can't remember I actually, I only visited there once.
One thing that always occured to me, that eventually I would kill my detective over lack of funds.
I am now over 1.5 million on Shady. I have about 3 million in my bank account. The bottom line is, one shady visit takes me months and months of playing to earn back....and during this time my experience would be going up.
I became absolutely obsessed with sleuth money, because of this.

