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sarcasticmuppet
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My old character got erased after I hadn't played for a while, but I'm starting over as if I didn't have schoolwork to do. I've applied to the Jatraqueros clan, but I haven't been accepted. My handle's sarmup, and I'm a level 6 seal clubber. [Smile]
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Funny you should mention it. I just started playing again a few weeks ago. I'm mathmavin, a level 9 saucerer. I'm in a clan one of my friends is in.
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A few of us are still playing. We're clan chapeaustand now, though.
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There is nobody home at Jatraqueros. The active members all left to join chapeaustand. I was the last one out. Left the archers with about 3 years worth of food. [Wink]
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I'm still playing, and chapeaustand has people who can let you have access to the clan stash - which was why I left Jatraqueros - nobody had the power.

C'mon over. Dana or Tecun or I can authorize your application.

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I'm still playing, but I'm in Ascension Denial phase, meaning I can't play in the guild treasury for a hundred more turns or so. I'm on my 3rd Ascension as a 6th level Disco Bandit
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Has anyone done hardcore yet?
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Interesting, it appears the debated cyclical nature of Hatrack has made a possible appearance in KoL, because I just started up again too, heh.
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I'm in a hardcore ascension right now. Level 8.
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Dana - in hardcore, you can't get any items except through adventuring, right? No mall, no clan stash, nobody can send you things, IIRC.

That's why I haven't done a hardcore yet, but am on my third softcore ascension. The thing is, I thought I could take 2 skills from my 2 previous ascensions, but only got one choice. [Dont Know]

Maybe I'll do hardcore next time.

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You can buy from the market and the Bugbear Bakery and that sort of thing, but you can't receive anything from other players (mall, clan stash, messages).

You get to choose one new skill to add to your permanent skills each time you ascend. So after two ascensions you have two permanent skills, but you only got to choose one each time.

Skills from a softcore ascension aren't available in hardcore, though, so this ascension I started with no skills. (I get them back if my next ascension is softcore, though, and the skill I pick this ascension will always be available.)

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So, no matter how many ascensions you have, you can only choose one to take into your next ascension?
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Yep. You chose one new one. But you keep the ones you chose at your previous ascensions too. (Except that skills from softcore ascensions aren't available during hardcore.)
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What I mean is: you go through an ascension and acquire a new skill. You go through a second ascension and acquire a second skill. On your next ascension, can you only take one of your acquired skills with you? On your tenth ascension, can you only pick one of your 10 acquired skills to use in your next ascension?

I had thought the skills would be cumulative - each time you ascend you would be able to bring along the skill you picked from each ascension. It would take a long time, but eventually, you could have every skill.

I guess not, though.

Edited to add: By that, I mean, you could use every skill during an ascension.

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I thought the same as you. You're saying yours aren't cumulative?
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I acquired two skills in my first two ascensions as a disco bandit and sauceror. I was only able to bring one skill into my third ascension as a pastamancer, so I chose the ability to make scrumption reagents. I had to leave advanced cocktailcrafting behind.

Maybe I'll try to do some hardcore ascensions to see how it works. If I do three, I should know. That will take awhile. [Roll Eyes]

Plus, I thought the first ascension was considered hardcore, and you should be able to bring your first acquired skill with you no matter what. [Dont Know]

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scrumptious reagents. sheesh.
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Look in your character sheet and see how many skills have a (P) beside them. You should have the two skills you acquired previously as long as you're not hardcore this run. The first ascension is considered softcore.

I've completed 6 hardcore ascensions already and plan on doing at least 14 more (6 oxygenarian). When ascension first rolled out I didn't want to do hardcore at all, but I'm finding that I like it a lot. There's just way too much planning in softcore ascensions.

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My eleven year old daughter has been asking to do this. Is it OK?

Her eleven year old friend plays it. She says, "He is the minister's son, you know, Mom."

I could not tell her about all the ministers' children I grew up with.

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Hmm. Except for the hole in the sky, where everything is a sexual innuendo, I can't think of a problem. And the innuendo is so straight faced, it might not be a problem there either. It's on the level of naming a constellation "The Trouser Snake" and explaining that "it's a group of stars that look like a snake wearing pants. Pants with one leg. In other words, it looks like a snake." Or the constellation "the family jewels" which "looks like a pair of gemstones."

There are a lot of jokes she might not get (mostly puns, actually.)

The whole game probably encourages a sarcastic attitude, though. You can decide whether that's a bad thing. [Big Grin]

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woah, it's been a while. Ascension? I'm so out of the loop. Anyway, I've applied to the clan, what is that, French?
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partly French: chapeau is hat
stand is still English. [Wink]

Oh, and my 12-year-old older daughter started playing when she was 11.

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RRR: how many of your acquired skills can you bring into a new ascension?
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Do you mean generic you or me in particular? In my current incarnation I have all of my hardcore permanent skills I've acquired from previous ascensions.

Oh! I just realized what is probably your problem. The database crash caused some permanent skills to lose their permanent marking, so they act like nonpermanent skills and after ascension disappear if they're not repermanented (*makes up words*). That happened with one of my multis. You need to kmail the player Xenophobe and tell him you lost that skill. I've heard he's pretty backed up on restoring skills, though. I kmailed him a while ago (several weeks at least) regarding my multi, and I still haven't heard back.

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Thanks. I kmailed Xenophobe and we'll see what happens.

I also had a bug happen a few days ago but couldn't report it because our electricity went out just when I was going to do it. [Dont Know] [Wall Bash] It was the weirdest thing - power went out all over our little town. By the time power was back on and I got home from work, I think the bug was fixed.

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Thanks, gals.
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Check your campground - there is an Crimbo advent calendar. It gives different items - so far my main and multi characters and my daughter's character all got different things.
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I got a candy cane. [Smile]
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Gingerbread Bugbear. [Cool]
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Do Adventures still cap out at 200?
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Yes, they do. You can use some up at the clan gym if you don't have time to adventure and don't want to waste them.

Pasta Resistance has the moons phases so you can see when you get the most effect. For example, tomorrow (Dec. 3, 2005) is a Mysticality day. So, you will get 15% more mysticality when you adventure or work out. Sometimes on the stat-boosting days, I use clan funds to give more boosts to the clan members. This can really help out when you are just starting a new ascension.

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There's a new opportunity to make - or lose - mounds of meat, too.

The casino's "money making game" is now a Player v. Player coin toss. I made over a million meat today that way. [Cool]

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I heard about it -- how is it PvP? Does someone make money each time you play?
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It's "winner take all" - "the house" (Jick) skims a little off the top. Might be one percent.
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BTW, It's Porktober 8th, which is Halloween in KOL. You can click on the "jill-o-lanterns" under the map on the main page to go trick-or-treating in the Seaside Town. Wearing different outfits gets you different treats.
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I love it that KOL observes both the Kingdom Calendar and the "real life" calendar.
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I was too lazy to go trick-or-treating. [Blushing]
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I have been adventuring in the Crimbo Town towy factory. I have a sock monkey now!
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I made about 300k worth of meat selling off stuff that I got from the Crimbo Town Factory.
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I've got lots of stuff from the factory ... now I'm wondering if the factory is going to stay or go away because it's seasonal.
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*bump*

Hey, I'm in the middle of my 1st ascension as a pastamancer. I have the pastamastery skill, but I can't make noodles. You used to be able to do this in your campground. Am I missing something? I wanna make chow mein. [Frown]

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Look at the top frame - there should be a text menu. One item is skills. That's where you do the noodles. You can also do other skills that are like buffs - Springy Fusilli, Manicotti Meditation, etc.
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I have three newbies getting ready to join: Dekappe, Minxaloo, and Coeffriction.

We're pretty dumb. Can we still join up with some friendly Hatrackers?

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All three have been accepted into the clan.
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[Big Grin]
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I just made a pretty stupid mistake on KoL today. I was on my first ever hardcore oxygenenarian ascension (and doing fairly well - 200 turns and level 6) and realized today that there was no way I'd be done in time for any special content on St. Patrick's Day. So I dropped the path because I figured it would be waste to spend even more time in oxy to just drop it 10 days from now. But I didn't even know if there would BE content on St. Patrick's Day, and after looking at the forum I'm really afraid there won't be. And as if that weren't stupid enough, I then overdrank and can't use my ~90 turns on the stat day for my main stat.
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RRR: if your character is drunk, you can still use the clan gym. I do that sometimes on stat days when I've saved up adventures but get tired of playing. I've got two characters and don't always have enough time to play all the adventures.

Also, sometimes on stat days I buy training for the clan. A drawback to that is that people in hardcore can't get it.

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I'm bringing this up because we have an application to the Chapeaustand clan. The character Sir Catis was created on Sept. 3. If this character belongs to you or a friend, please message me in the game and I'll process the application.
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Hmm. I want to be a pastamancer. But I am not Sir Catis.
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pooka: if your current character isn't a pastamancer (if you are already playing), you can choose that after ascending. If you aren't already playing, feel free to try it out. I enjoy it, but have to admit I'm nowhere near being a power player.
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