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Old 01-19-2018, 04:22 PM
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IMMA BUY THE SHINY GOBLET.

ALSO, MY REPUTATION PRECEDES ME, SO THE NICE SHOPKEEPER IS GOING TO GIVE ME A DISCOUNT.

*AHEM*

"My name is JBear, and this is my favourite trinket shop in the kingdom."

(Also, bah, I should have waited to Periscope. I didn't think you had it in you, Mogri.)
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Old 01-19-2018, 04:54 PM
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Also, I'm next to act, so I guess I should go ahead and Debunk now too, while I'm at it? I'm gonna do that.

So... esteemed colleagues... this is a little embarrassing. Look, I promise that my hard drinking days are behind me. It's only serious academics for me from here out! I'll be going to AlAnon in the new year (Alchemists Anonymous, 'natch), I promise. But... well, none of that was true a few days ago, and I may have made another typo. Just a small one. Look, it's so easy to confuse mandrakes and ferns! They're both... plants. Look, I'm an alchemist, not a botanist. No one is going to remember these couple of hiccups when I'm famous. ANYWAY.

*AHEM*

Analyzing Human Reaction to Liquefied FernsMandrake Root: A Healing Balm with Side Effects of Paralysis and Insanity

(I am debunking my own theory on Ferns, on the basis that they in fact have a negative red aspect. Then I'm going to use my instant publish to slide that alchemical down-right and publish it as the properties of Mandrake Root instead. Seal PM incoming.)
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:29 AM
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Ferns are poisonous? Yeah that sounds about right.



This isn't really any major impediment to anyone who published on that theory, mind you. And JBear puts that alchemical on the mandrake root and gets 3 total reputation for it.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:37 AM
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I knew you were a fraud all along!

You know who else is a fraud? Mogri. I have to wonder whether he's ever even seen a scorpion. Do you know what they keep in their tails? It isn't health juice, that's for damn sure.
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:50 AM
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Wait, now you're saying scorpions are ALSO poisonous?



That's a lot of poison and some pretty harsh reputation loss. You gonna go for the immediate publish, or let aturtledoesbite take their shot?
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:03 AM
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Sund, D. On the effects of scorpion extract. Proc. Natl. Acad. Alc., 178, 23, pp. 134-2801

Abstract

A number of ancient cultures (1,2,3) had a tradition of feeding dead scorpions to the dying as a last rite, holding that this would grant them wisdom in their final moments, and that the normally deleterious side effects of paralysis and toxicity would merely serve to ease the pain of passing. In modern times, this has come to be regarded as mere superstition (4), and recent scholarship (5,6) has even suggested that scorpion extract may have salubrious properties. Here, we present new evidence that this is in fact fallacious, and that the ancient viewpoints toward the scorpion may deserve reevaluation.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:17 AM
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Yeah, yeah, got your fancy-schmancy "citations" and "peer reviews" or whatever. What crock.

dtsund, you're a sham, and so is your work on toads!

"Look, Turtle, maybe you should lay off the drinks..."

Wait, hear me out! For you see, just as I am absolutely the wisest person in this room, toads are wise as well!

(EDIT: To save time, not publishing immediately)
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Old 01-20-2018, 09:56 AM
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Yep, the toad has properties of wisdom.



And another one bites the dust.

JBear, looks like you have another debunk queued up. What'll it be?
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:11 AM
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Obviously our esteemed colleague Mr. Sund, D has never been attacked by an angry crow! If he was on the ground doing real research with the rest of us instead of writing ridiculous 2700 page papers, he'd know that they secret a paralyzing agent from their talons!
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:29 AM
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They sure do.



aturtledoesbite, your publication. Try to keep it at least partly accurate, I don't think people could take another turn of mass debunks.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:36 PM
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Huh? Publish? Uh, yeah... lemme just think here a mome--

wait if that's

that means

and then

Aha! I've got it! Just give me like five seconds to print something off!

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Old 01-20-2018, 04:56 PM
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Since that's the last action of the round, this theory board also takes reputation changes from the last conference and the Top Alchemist Award into account. Long story short: I'm pretty sure JBear is winning this game.



Our final adventurer is the Shady Character, who is once again looking for potions of insanity, poison, and paralysis.

We also get our tier 3 artifacts in, listed here:
  • Altar of Gold: Costs 1 gold. Immediately pay 1 to 8 gold to gain that many points of reputation.
  • Crystal Cabinet: Costs 5 gold, awards 2 victory points per artifact you own (including itself).
  • Magic Mirror: Costs 4 gold, awards 1 victory point for every 5 reputation points you have at the end of the final round.



And one last look at the player board before it changes fairly drastically. How drastically, you ask?



For the final round, the Test on Students and Drink Potion spaces are not available (except via the Custodian). Instead, they have been replaced with Exhibit Potion. Fundamentally it works the same, but since the old value of info no longer matters since you'll have no way to capitalize on it, instead you can get reputation boosts here!

Before mixing your potion, you'll tell the audience what kind of potion you're gonna make. If you're right AND you're the first person to exhibit that kind of potion, you gain 1 reputation! (Neutral potions are not exciting enough for an audience.) If you screw up, you lose 1 reputation, but either way you still learn what you mixed.

Furthermore, if you mix both potion types of a single color during the exhibition, you have displayed mastery of that color, and get a cool 2 reputation for your trouble! Unlike the above boosts, you can score this regardless of what other players pulled it off.



Here's the board for the last turn. It's the last turn, did I mention this? Have fun!
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:00 PM
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Player summaries:

Mogri:
  • Ingredients: 2
  • Favors: 3
  • Gold: 6
  • Reputation: 5
  • Seals: 8
  • Grants: 1
  • Potions Discovered: speed, paralysis, wisdom, neutral

aturtledoesbite:
  • Ingredients: 2
  • Favors: 1
  • Gold: 3
  • Discount Card: Awards 1 victory point. Artifacts cost 1 gold less.
  • Printing Press: Awards 2 victory points. You do not pay 1 gold to the bank when you publish or endorse a theory.
  • Amulet of Rhetoric: Firmly establishes mastery of rap battles. Has no further ingame effect.
  • Reputation: 10
  • Seals: 8
  • Grants: 0
  • Potions Discovered: paralysis, wisdom, insanity

dtsund:
  • Ingredients: 5
  • Favors: 0
  • Gold: 4
  • Reputation: 6
  • Seals: 7
  • Grants: 1
  • Potions Discovered: health, poison, wisdom, insanity, neutral

JBear:
  • Ingredients: 2
  • Favors: 1
  • Gold: 0
  • Periscope: Awards 1 victory point. Immediately after a colleague sells or tests a potion, you may look at one of the ingredients. Choose randomly. Limit once per round.
  • Hypnotic Amulet: Awards 1 victory point.
  • Silver Chalice: Awards 6 victory points.
  • Reputation: 24
  • Seals: 7
  • Grants: 1
  • Potions Discovered: speed, wisdom, insanity, neutral
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:36 PM
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And as I recall, I post my turn order first. I'll take the empty slot.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:42 PM
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By my math, I should still have 1 gold left? I began turn 5 with 3 Gold, then transmuted with my Sage for +2, giving me 5. Then I purchased a 4-cost artifact with the assistance of a shopkeeper, costing me 3 and leaving me with 2. Finally, I published at a cost of 1, leaving me with 1.
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:13 PM
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Yeah, you're right. Updated my end accordingly. I dunno if you noticed, but there's a lot to track for even a single person in this game!
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Old 01-20-2018, 10:26 PM
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Yeah, no worries! I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't screwing anything up on my end.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:41 AM
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I'll take one ingredient.
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:41 AM
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I'm just really keen about going first, so I'm going to play 1 gold for the privilege.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:16 AM
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Seeing as how you're all in such a rush, I'll just take that bottom spot.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:57 AM
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That means that you get to post your actions first, too!
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:20 AM
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Yeah but I want to see my Favor card first

also my ingredients
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:28 PM
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Okay, you guys got your free stuff. Feel free to post now, although I have errands to perform out and about and so might not be able to get the board shown by the time everyone's posted actions.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:01 PM
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There's way too much that needs doing this turn. Can I get an assist?



Aw yeah, that's the stuff. I'll gather, buy, debunk, publish, exhibit, exhibit.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:37 PM
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Debunk, Publish, Publish.
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:13 PM
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Gonna Transmute, Buy, Debunk, then Publish.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:26 AM
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You know, I think I've been spending too much time behind my desk lately. What a beautiful morning! It's time to stretch my legs a bit and get out on the town!

I'll Sell a Potion, Buy an Artifact, and Debunk.

You crazy kids have fun in there!
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:09 AM
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This is your final attack. Do your best.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:15 AM
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I can't see how my sale would impact Mogri's gather or turtle's transmute, so I'll go ahead and declare my sale now:

I'm selling a genuine 100% potion of paralysis, and that comes with the JBear seal of quality, which is worth so much these days that I'm allowed to charge 5 gold for it. Now you're paralyzing with power!

There is the slight wrinkle that I've never actually made a potion of paralysis before, but I'm sure it will be fine. >_>

(I only have 2 possible ingredients to combine, so no need for a PM.)
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:26 PM
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I really wish I'd run the combinations before declaring actions. This is an awful set of ingredients.

I'll take the flower for style points, though.
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