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Sock 2

Okay, everyone! The beta test went well, and I didn't have any technical errors. However, read down a little bit, and I'm going to give you a few lessons today in what's up with the whole "Actions" thing. No new questions will be asked today, but I've let events "unfold" to let you see how things will work. People whose actions were illegal "did as much as they could." You'll see what I mean, if you're one of those people.

Anyway, sign-up happens NOW! The contest officially begins on May 8, and the last day to sign up is May 31, or you're cut off. Get in the door now, while you have the chance!

To sign up for Sock 2, send an e-mail to slimey@rpgamer.com indicating your interest. Unlike the first competition, ALL Sock 2-related e-mail will go to that account- so make sure you send THERE, or else I'll be sure to yell at you <3. As a starting leg-up, you get to choose a starting job, which you will gain a bonus level in from the start. Let me know of your choice at the time you send your sign-up e-mail! The available starting jobs are described below, and all possess different advantages and disadvantages. Choose wisely, though note that you are never limited to just one job! As you gain levels, indeed, you may spread your experience through more than one job, becoming good at many. You also begin with 10 points and 50 Gold.

You may change your choice between now and the start of the competition, but I need to have an initial estimate of who is where.

Note: If you are an RPGamer staff member or the family member of a staff member, you are more than welcome to compete! However, you may not win any "physical" prizes such as games. Cohost opportunities and the like will be available, though!

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Available Jobs
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Fighter Fighters are capable of equipping more powerful weapons as their job level increases, but gain no special techniques. Fighters can easily destroy monsters and thus can gain Experience quickly.
Level 1 Ability: *Equip Lv. 1 Fighter-Class Weapons*

Defender Defenders are capable of wielding more powerful armor as job level increases, but gain no special techniques. Defenders can absorb damage more easily from foes and other players with their armour, preventing point loss.
Level 1 Ability: *Equip Lv. 1 Defender-Class Armor*

White Mage White Mages specialize in gaining spells to cure status ailments and obtain bonus points. Spells have a small Experience cost, however, and may only be used once per day at maximum.
Level 1 Ability: *Poisona* (Relieves "Poison" status- Exp Cost: 2)

Black Mage Black Mages gain spells that inflict damage on enemies and other competitors using the elements. The spells of a black mage may easily destroy monsters, but they have an Experience cost, and may only be used once per day at maximum.
Level 1 Ability: *Fire* (Causes 10-15 points of Fire Damage to another competitor or to a monster's HP- Exp Cost: 2)

I'm looking forward to hearing from you with your choice! There are many other things to be revealed- like today's tidbit, featured below:

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SOCK TWO 101
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Actions and Turns

OK! We encountered a few minor issues with Sock players. I'm glad we've done some beta-ing so that we can work out some of the difficulties beforehand, though. Here are some of the things I encountered:


Important Notes:
  • Everyone starts out with 10 Points, 50 Gold, and no Experience.
Yeah. That means that mages are powerless until they scrape together some Experience, which will make things tougher in the start, for sure. The occasional question will be worth Experience, though; make SURE you get these right! You can actually see everybody's points, but you can't see anything else. You should keep track of your Exp and Gold, and check back with me from time to time to make sure we're on the same page. Good good?

  • Points are not the same as Experience!
Nay, "points" determine your rank and your health. If your points fall to zero, you lose half your gold and experience to the contestant who killed you. You can spend points on rare items, but that will leave you open to attack! Experience is for gaining levels. Once you've obtained enough experience, you'll level up and gain a rank in the job rank of your choice. Hopefully that clears things up.

  • No, you're not equipped with anything. You're NAKED!
Yep, buck naked. You can still attack monsters or each other (and many of you did) unequipped. Your base damage when doing so is 2, though that may increase as you gain levels. If you want something better, you're gonna have to pay up by going shopping!

  • If you want to attack something that's already defeated...
What happens? Well, this is SO much more technologically advanced than the old days. If an enemy is defeated before you get around to it, your attack gets automatically directed to the leftmost enemy on the battle screen, unless you give me explicit directions otherwise.

  • Actions
Each day, you can perform one action. Not everything takes up this action, though, so you can do multiple things every day, as long as you choose them correctly. I don't think I was totally clear here, so here's a mini-table:

Command Actions Taken Up
Attacking a Contestant 1
Attacking an Enemy 1
Casting a Spell 1
Using an Item 1
Unlimited Shopping 1
Equipping Items 0 (only once per day, though)
Discarding Items 0
Creating/Joining a Guild 0

The list is nonexhaustive, but you get the picture. If you ever do something illegal, I'll let you know, and you'll do "as much as you can" in the order that you tell me. If you're really not sure, just contact me by e-mail!

Sock 2 Beta


Battle Window
uh-oh!

Currently in Play:
  • Honeybunn-A
  • Honeybunn-B
  • Super Cat
  • Wereshrew


Action Window

Cloud_2049 attacks for maximum damage! 2 damage to Super Cat!

ERROR attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-B!

Thinkfreemind attacks! 2 damage to Li'l Ant!

UFJ attacks! 2 damage to Li'l Ant!

Lost Boricua attacks! 2 damage to Li'l Ant!

SuperKyle attacks! 2 damage to Li'l Ant!

Li'l Ant is defeated!
SuperKyle hereby gains 5 Exp and 5 Gold!

MrMSty attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-A!

Xlash attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-A!

Joshua attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-A!

~Sean~~ kick Boojum in the nuts repeatedly and without mercy until he cries like a little girl, and then some! Boojum takes 2 damage!

Leaper attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-A!

Ice^Tiger attacks! 2 damage to Super Cat!

Prism attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-A!

Jess attacks! 2 damage to Honeybunn-B!

MagRowan attacks! 2 damage to Super Cat!

Super Cat scratches with its front paw! Kharamain takes 5 damage points!

Honeybunn-A charges forward! Alael takes 3 damage points!

Honeybunn-B charges forward! Cloud_2049 takes 3 damage points!

One Wereshrew appears!



SHOPS
...Have no fear; buy some gear!



   Item Shop   
Item Effect Price
Eye Drops Cures Blindness. 25 Gold
Smelling Salts Cures Confusion. 25 Gold
Echo Herbs Cures Silence. 35 Gold


   Weapon Shop   
Weapon Equipped Effect Price
Everybody's Mace
No prereqs!
Power 10; Break% 3 100 Gold
Wood Sword
Fgt 1
Power 10; Break% 5 20 Gold
Wizard's Rod
Blk 2
Power 3; Break% 10
Magic Power + 10%
75 Gold
Mythril Sword
Fgt 3
Power 15; Break% 3
Obtained Points + 10%
60 Gold


   Armor Shop   
Armor Equipped Effect Price
Everybody's Guard
No prereqs!
Break% 10
Phys. Damage - 10%
75 Gold
Leather Vest
Def 1
Break% 5
Phys. Damage - 10%
20 Gold
Cleric's Robe
Wht 2
Break% 20
White Magic Spell Costs - 25%
75 Gold
Mythril Armor
Fgt 3
Break% 5
Obtained Points + 10%
100 Gold


Point Benchmarks
...Spend your points on rare items!



Benchmark Prize Choice
50 pts Fighter's Sword / Defender's Shield / Point Doubler
75 pts ??? / ??? / ???
100 pts ??? / ??? / ???


Yesterday's Answers

#-1:
a) "e" and "r"
The spell was called "Bersk" in Final Fantasy II and "Bserk" in FFIII, but in both, an "e" and "r" were both eliminated. Poor "er"s!

#0:
d) Breath of Fire IV
In Breath of Fire IV, you could (and would) go into the thousands of HP quite easily, which is quite contrastificated from the other Breath of Fire games. Strange, that, but that's the way it is.


Today's Questions
No new questions until May 8!


Thanks for participating in the Sock 2 beta! It'd be nice to get all the kinks worked out before the contest actually begins. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know. I appreciate it!




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Contestants
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1 Adam
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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2 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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3 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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4 BLG
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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5 BigWook
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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6 Bucket
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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8 DMJ
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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9 FirstAid
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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10 Genjuu
Blk Lv 1
Points 15
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11 IceNine
Blk Lv 1
Points 15
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12 JDX
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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13 Jess
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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14 Joshua
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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16 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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17 Leaper
Blk Lv 1
Points 15
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18 Leviathan
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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19 Lost Boricua
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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20 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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21 Macstorm
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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22 Maggie
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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23 MrMSty
Blk Lv 1
Points 15
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24 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 1
Points 15
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25 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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26 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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27 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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28 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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29 UFJ
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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30 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 1
Points 15
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31 Xlash
Fgt Lv 1
Points 15
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32 ZeroNumber
Def Lv 1
Points 15
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7 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 1
Points 12
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33 Bainick
Def Lv 1
Points 12
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34 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 1
Points 12
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35 Draconn
Fgt Lv 1
Points 12
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36 Ice^Tiger
Def Lv 1
Points 12
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37 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 1
Points 12
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38 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 1
Points 12
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39 Witecat
Def Lv 1
Points 12
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15 Kharamain
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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41 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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42 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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43 Aurelius
Wht Lv 1
Points 10
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44 Boojum
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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45 Carabbit
Wht Lv 1
Points 10
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46 Dracus
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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47 ERROR
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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48 Erunion
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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49 Fang
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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50 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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51 Heltje
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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52 Ish
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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53 Jeffrey
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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54 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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55 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 1
Points 10
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56 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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57 Ken
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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58 Laurie
Wht Lv 1
Points 10
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59 Mike
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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60 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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61 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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62 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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63 Prism
Wht Lv 1
Points 10
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64 Raytheon
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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65 Seiryu
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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66 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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67 Tasukete
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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68 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 1
Points 10
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69 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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70 Uncle Guido
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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71 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 1
Points 10
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72 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 10
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40 Alael
Def Lv 1
Points 7
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