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Sock 2

The big battle continues!

Today's Tips:

  • After a couple of questions from some contestants, I've decided to allow a sort of action: Because I was so frustrated that FFXII didn't offer this gambit, I will. In your action, if you want to steal from an enemy or contestant, you can say "I want to use my sneak glove, but ONLY if they have not already been stolen from successfully." Sneak Gloves are public things anyway, so it's not like you wouldn't know in the heat of battle.
  • There are bound to be unfortunate things that happen during the course of this luck-based game. Please don't take it personally if something really terrible happens to you! You might have a piece of good luck next time.

OK, let's do this thing.


A strange door has materialized...

Battle Window              Points upon Revival: 75
insert battle theme...

Currently in Play:
  • Gorgant
  • Electabuzz (Summon)
  • Ifrit (Summon)
  • White Witch-A
  • Glalie (Summon)

Action Window

[Editorial note: Kolphyre's Double should have taken poison damage after his turn, and I forgot to add the line at the end. Thus, it suffered an extra 15 damage yesterday. Originally, I wasn't intending on explicitly detailing point bonuses due to Regen, but I will anyway, since so many people asked me what was up with Gorgant not getting any. Wow, that sounded bad.]

Demon Guard-B is overing Gorgant!

Shadowcat's Initiative allows it to act first!
Shadowcat throws a Shuriken! Tyraraven takes 47 damage!

Bainick attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 8 damage!
Shadowchancellor gains a level, reaching Level 8!
Xlash attacks! Demon Guard-B takes 18 damage!

Demon Guard-B is defeated!
All Order of Beorn members receive 25 Experience and 10 Gold!
Jess gains a level, reaching Level 9!
Prism gains a level, reaching Level 8!

~Sean~~ attacks! Ifrit takes 12 damage!
ERROR uses a Quick Mote! ERROR can take two additional actions this turn!
ERROR uses a Level-Up Star! ERROR gains exactly enough experience to reach the next level!
ERROR gains a level, reaching Level 14!
ERROR gains a level, reaching Level 15!
Electabuzz uses Thunderbolt! Shadowcat takes 83 damage!

Shadowcat is defeated!
All SIA members receive 32 Experience and 15 Gold!

Joshua attacks! White Witch-B takes 30 damage! Joshua obtains 11 Gold!
MrMSty uses a Level-Up Star! MrMSty gains exactly enough experience to reach the next level!
MrMSty gains a level, reaching Level 12!
DMJ attacks! Gorgant takes 19 damage!
DMJ's Fighter's Sword breaks into two pieces...
DMJ is poisoned. DMJ suffers 15 damage!
Sundoulos gains a level, reaching Level 9!
Jess casts Blizzard! Ifrit's NulFrost barrier negates the attack and disappears!
Mike uses a Level-Up Star! Mike gains exactly enough experience to reach the next level!
Mike gains a level, reaching Level 7!
Purelunatic attacks! Gorgant takes 17 damage!
FirstAid casts Cure! Seiryu gains 60 bonus points!
Prism attacks! Ifrit takes 13 damage!
Carabbit gains a level, reaching Level 8!
Ourobolus uses Healing Herbs! Ourobolus gains 27 bonus points!
Kolphyre attacks! Kolphyre's Double takes 41 damage!

Kolphyre's Double is defeated!
Kolphyre receives 298 Experience and 60 Gold!
Kolphyre gains a level, reaching Level 12!

The Dark Chevalier gains a level, reaching Level 7!
The Dark Chevalier attacks! Gorgant takes 8 damage!
Gaijin casts Blizzard! It's super-effective! Ifrit takes 19 damage!
Thinkfreemind attacks! Gorgant takes 17 damage!
Macstorm attacks the strange door! The weapon bangs against the door in vain, creating a hollow sound.
FoxKelfonne casts Blizzara! It's super-effective! Ifrit takes 55 damage! Glalie is healed to maximum!
Aurelius attacks! Gorgant takes 15 damage!
Glalie uses Ice Beam! It's super-effective! Ifrit takes 118 damage!
Slashlen attacks! White Witch-B takes 55 damage!

White Witch-B is defeated!
Slashlen receives 175 Experience and 105 Gold!
Slashlen gains a level, reaching Level 16!

Ken gains a level, reaching Level 10!
Ken casts Aero! Ifrit takes 23 damage!
Strawberry Eggs casts Aero! Gorgant takes 19 damage!
Koala Bob gains a level, reaching Level 8!
Witecat casts Thunder! Gorgant takes 20 damage!
Adam attacks! Gorgant takes 22 damage! Adam obtains 76 Gold!
Lost Boricua casts Aero! Gorgant takes 13 damage!
JuMeSyn attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Arpijy casts Fire! Ifrit is restored by 14 points!
Knighttrain casts Blizzara! Gorgant takes 45 damage! White Witch-A takes 22 damage!
Raaj attacks! Gorgant takes 26 damage! Raaj obtains 76 Gold!
BLG tries to cast Thunder on the mysterious door... but it has no effect and the Experience cost is returned to him!
LufiaLvr attacks! Gorgant takes 13 damage!
SuperKyle attacks! Gorgant takes 32 damage! Gorgant is poisoned!
Alexander gains a level, reaching Level 9!
Alexander uses a Warp Stone! Alexander's points are switched with Aurelius! (Aurelius, man... I am so, so sorry...)
BigWook uses a Warp Stone! BigWook's points are switched with Dracus!
Arros Raikou attacks! Gorgant takes 8 damage!
Ice^Tiger attacks! White Witch-A takes 9 damage!

Gorgant hammers down her gigantic axe! ~Sean~~'s Defender's Shield absorbs 6 damage! ~Sean~~ suffers 632 damage!

~Sean~~ is KO'd... (You'll be revived in tomorrow's column.)
Gorgant bellows brutishly! A sunderous tremor vibrates across the ground! Everybody feels the vibration travel up through their armor! But nobody was affected...

Gorgant is poisoned! Gorgant suffers 15 damage!
Gorgant is under Regen status! Gorgant is healed by 15 points!
Ifrit casts Enfire! Gorgant's weapon glows with a fiery red light!

White Witch-A casts Shell! Gorgant is protected by a radiant magic barrier!

Smiley Elf is revived with 75 points!
Patternscribe is revived with 75 points!
Protoman is revived with 75 points!
Otaku Nick is revived with 75 points!
Jwcooley is revived with 75 points!

Don't go it alone!

Guild of Magus

Creator: Sandy
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Order of Beorn

Creator: Sundoulos
Type: Invite Only
You will be notified in case you are given an invitation- you may not freely join.

Brotherhood of Lief

Creator: FirstAid
Type: Open
You are free to join this guild as long as your total level is 4 or less.

SOCK Intelligence Agency

Creator: Joshua
Type: Invite Only
The SIA has no open positions at this time.

The Healing Shield

Creator: Bainick
Type: Open
May freely join if the following is fulfilled:
You need to have begun the competition as Defender or Healer and have at least 2 levels combined of either to join!

The Hidden Hand

Creator: Raaj
Type: Semi-Open
The Hidden Hand intends to act as a highly coordinated and organized guild. Members must have AIM and be able to discuss SOCK nightly (on Tuesday to Friday) - preference will be given to those who are intending to become proficient in advanced or unusual classes, but others will be considered as well.

...New stock every week!

   Zaile's Items - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Antidote Cures Poison. 25 Points
Smelling Salts Cures Confusion. 25 Points
Echo Herbs Cures Silence. 35 Points
Flex Herb Cures Immobilize and Disable. 50 Points
Gold Needle Cures Stone or Paralysis 75 Points
Holy Water Cures Haunt or Curse. 75 Points
Vaccine Cures Virus. 75 Points
Remedy Cures all negative status. 150 Points
Energizer Increases Unarmed Attack Power by 2 permanently. 200 Points
Fighter's Star Increases Fighter Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Defender's Star Increases Defender Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
White Mage's Star Increases White Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Black Mage's Star Increases Black Mage Level by 1 permanently. 200 Points
Bolsterer Increases a Weapon's Power by 10% permanently. 250 Points
Rare Candy Levels up another piece of equipment when used. 250 Points

   Zaile's Weapons - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Weapon Equipped Effect Price
Wizard's Rod
Blk 1
Power 3; Break% 10
Magic Power + 10%
75 Points
Staff of Senselessness
Src 4
Power 15; Break% 10
50% chance of inflicting "Confuse" with attack
250 Points
Fgt 18 or Sck 9
Power 60; Break% 10
25% chance of instant KO
950 Points

   Zaile's Armor - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Armor Equipped Effect Price
Summoner's Cloak
Sum 5
Break% 10
Summon Sacrifice Costs - 25%
250 Points
Force Armor
Def 14
Break% 5
Halves all elemental damage.
300 Points
Chicken Suit
Drg 3
Break% 5
Triples obtained Points and Experience,
but causes Confuse status (cannot be prevented)
1000 Points

   Zaile's Accessories - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Fighter's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Fgt level. 750 Points
Defender's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Def level. 750 Points
White Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Wht level. 750 Points
Black Mage's Badge Unlocks abilities from three levels above current Blk level. 750 Points

   Zaile's Motes - Note: Prices are NOT in Gold!   
Item Effect Price
Might Mote Bestows "Might" status. 120 Points
Focus Mote Bestows "Focus" status. 120 Points
Immobilize Mote Causes "Immobilize" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Disable Mote Causes "Disable" status to one target with 75% probability. 120 Points
Protect Mote Bestows Protect status on one target. 100 Points
Ray Mote 35-70 Light-E dmg to one target. 80 Points
Umber Mote 60-110 Dark-E dmg to one target. 120 Points

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

Benchmark Prize Choice
50 pts Fighter's Sword (Fgt 2; Power 15; Break% 1)

Wizard's Rod (Blk 2; Power 3; Break% 10; MagPwr + 10%)

Point Doubler (Doubles day's Pts when used)
75 pts Defender's Shield (Def 2; Break% 5; Absorbs 20 Pts of Dmg completely)

Cleric's Robe (Wht 2; Break% 20; Wht Magic Exp. Costs - 25%)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used)
100 pts AGG (Accessory: Gain bonus Gold when you write in a Q&A letter)

APG (Accessory: Gain bonus Points when you write in a Q&A letter)

AEG (Accessory: Gain bonus Experience when you write in a Q&A letter)
125 pts Everybody's Mace (Weapon: No prerequisite job level; Power 10; Break% 3)

Everybody's Guard (Armor: No prerequisite job level; Break% 10; Phys. Dmg. - 10%)

Wait Mode (Item: Freezes Sock 2 in time for user's choice of between 1 and 3 days.)
150 pts Guild Permit (Allows user to create a guild.)

Level-Up Star (Grants target with exactly enough experience to reach the next level.)

Blue Mage's Medal (???)
200 pts Point Doubler (Doubles day's Points when used.)

Gold Doubler (Doubles day's Gold when used.)

Exp. Doubler (Doubles day's Exp. when used.)
250 pts Staff of Aid (Weapon: Prereq. Wht 5; Power 5; Break% 10; Doubles power of Cure spells.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Steal a random item from enemy or opponent with 75% prob.)

Warp Stone (Item: Change points with another player, chosen at random.)
300 pts Mind Break (Armor: Prereq. Def 7; Break% 15; Magic Damage - 50%)

Goldgrabber (Weapon: Prereq. Fgt 5/Mer 12/Thf 1; Power 20; Break% 2; Gain 10% of target's Gold with successful attack.)

Hawk's Eye (Accessory: If equipped, Obscure and Obscurega spells have no effect upon you.)
350 pts Everybody's Lance (Weapon: No prereqs; Power 25; Break% 3)

Everybody's Shield (Armor: No prereqs; Break% 5; Absorbs up to 50 pts of damage completely.)

Thief's Medal (???)
400 pts Deep Pocket (Accessory: Increases Item Capacity by 2.)

Sneak Glove (Item: Attempts to steal random item from target with 75% probability.)

Iron Boots (Accessory: Prevents wearer from getting knocked over.)
475 pts Exp. Tripler (Item: Triples day's Experience when used.)

Bullseye (Armor: Blu 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. that any monster attack will be directed at wearer.)

Magnetic Apron (Armor: Mer 5; Break% 5; 50% prob. of obtaining any items used against you.)
550 pts Gold Tripler (Item: Triples day's Gold when used.)

White Magic Staff (Weapon: Wht 8; Power 5; Break% 10; White Magic Exp Costs -50%)

Black Magic Staff (Weapon: Blk 8; Power 5; Break% 10; Black Magic Exp Costs -50%)
625 pts Point Tripler (Item: Triples day's Points when used.)

Thiefknife (Weapon: Thf 5; Power 20; Break% 5; 25% prob. of stealing with successful attack)

Quickening Armor (Armor: Def 15; Break% 20; Eva + 25%, Can make a bonus guess on one question each day.)

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Prize Points Required
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Q&A Guest Host Position 1500 Points
DS or PSP game of your choice 3000 Points

Yesterday's Answers

c) After months of dedicated playing, the game just ceased to function. It was incredibly sad. (75 Experience)
Most people got this, but it referred to a story that I started in the main Q&A column. Yeah, after renting Dragon Warrior III, it spazzed on me before I took on the last dungeon. Positively tragic for an 11-year-old.

c) The number of contestants that started playing Sock 2 from the very start (60 Points)
In the very first few minutes, I accidentally had "Cecil's starting HP" instead of Kain's for option d, and since Cecil had 200 (a multiple of 8), d was also correct. Those first few people who guessed d will be credited with the points as well.

Today's Questions
Today's Consolation Points: 15

Mukumukus can give you Muku Cookies in Super Mario RPG. The phrase "Mugu Mugu?" however, has more to do with what game?
(75 Points)

a) Paper Mario
b) Final Fantasy VI
c) Lufia 2: The Rise of the Sinistrals
d) Earthbound
e) Something else

In which of the following games is it definitely not advantageous to gain levels for as long as you possibly can?
(100 points)

a) Secret of Mana
b) Dragon Warrior III
c) Xenosaga: Episode I
d) Breath of Fire II
e) Phantasy Star IV

Submission Form

Honesty is important! Don't spoil the game. Keep in mind that masqueraders will be obvious, since two submissions under the same name will cause me to fire an e-mail to the true competitor based on my records, where I can verify their actions. Anybody caught cheating in this manner will be immediately removed from the competition!

Please fill out your nickname and your actions for the day! Place your answer choices in the respective boxes (don't worry about being precise with wording or anything), and write your action in the action box. You can equip or unequip stuff once per day without taking your action up, too. Examples of actions could be "I want to attack Li'l Ant!" or "I want to buy two Eye Dropses!" or "I want to buy a Wood Sword and Smelling Salts, and I want to equip the Wood Sword!"

Today's Guess(es) for the first question:
Today's Guess(es) for the second question:
Actions for today:

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1 Alexander MD
Fgt Lv 9
Points 1613

2 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 16
Points 1339

3 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 9
Points 1301

4 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 6
Points 1296

5 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 8
Points 1230

6 Mike
Fgt Lv 7
Points 1116

7 MrMSty
Blk Lv 12
Points 1108

8 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 10
Points 1060

9 FoxKelfonne
Blk Lv 10
Points 890

10 Ice^Tiger
Blk Lv 6
Points 887

11 Joshua
Wht Lv 10
Points 880

12 DMJ
Fgt Lv 8
Points 840

13 Kharamain
Blk Lv 11
Points 833

14 Shinuzzo
Def Lv 7
Points 818

15 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 8
Points 808

16 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 7
Points 781

17 Sandy
Blk Lv 11
Points 763

18 Ken
Blk Lv 10
Points 725

19 Lost Boricua
Blk Lv 11
Points 715

20 Heltje
Fgt Lv 4
Points 678

21 Seiryu
Def Lv 6
Points 676

22 Straadin
Def Lv 9
Points 651

23 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 6
Points 648

Blk Lv 15
Points 618

25 Carabbit
Wht Lv 8
Points 607

26 Cacticus
Wht Lv 8
Points 605

27 Leviathan
Fgt Lv 9
Points 601

28 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 6
Points 591

29 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 7
Points 589

30 Alael
Fgt Lv 10
Points 585

31 Goddess Atma
Fgt Lv 14
Points 570

32 Leaper
Blk Lv 11
Points 563

33 Jess
Wht Lv 9
Points 559

34 Gaijin
Blk Lv 8
Points 537

35 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 7
Points 533

36 Macstorm
Def Lv 5
Points 525

37 Timbit
Fgt Lv 8
Points 523

38 Witecat
Def Lv 6
Points 512

39 Maggie
Blk Lv 7
Points 496

40 Vyselocke
Def Lv 11
Points 483

41 Boojum
Blk Lv 10
Points 462

42 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 12
Points 437

43 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 6
Points 426

44 Raaj
Blk Lv 12
Points 419

45 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 9
Points 393

46 Fang
Def Lv 9
Points 388

47 FirstAid
Wht Lv 9
Points 370

48 Xlash
Fgt Lv 11
Points 365

49 BLG
Blk Lv 9
Points 318

50 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 7
Points 317

51 Jeffrey
Def Lv 4
Points 310

52 CW
Fgt Lv 10
Points 305

53 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 3
Points 299

54 Adam
Fgt Lv 8
Points 287

55 Sundoulos
Fgt Lv 9
Points 285

56 Tasukete
Blk Lv 9
Points 265

57 Shadow Chancellor
Wht Lv 8
Points 259

58 UFJ
Wht Lv 10
Points 258

59 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 7
Points 247

60 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 8
Points 221

61 Prism
Wht Lv 8
Points 193

62 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 11
Points 178

63 Genjuu
Blk Lv 9
Points 177

64 Bucket
Def Lv 3
Points 170

65 Flamethrower
Blk Lv 7
Points 154

66 Bainick
Def Lv 6
Points 144

67 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 10
Points 138

68 IceNine
Blk Lv 5
Points 115

69 Draconn
Fgt Lv 9
Points 85

70 Killa B
Fgt Lv 1
Points 85

71 BigWook
Wht Lv 11
Points 80

72 ProtoMan
xxx Lv 1
Points 75

73 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75

74 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75

75 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 75

76 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75

77 Smiley Elf
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75

78 Aurelius
Wht Lv 9
Points 49

79 Dracus
Fgt Lv 3
Points 44

80 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 40

81 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 40

82 Koala Bob
Blk Lv 8
Points 36

83 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 4
Points 28

84 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 7
Points 0

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