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Sock 2

Ah! Scary bosses! Whate'er will we do? Whate'er will YOU do... that's the true question here. I get to watch while you all get mercilessly crushed. Ahahahaha.

Okay. It's high time that I address an important issue that has been plaguing me for weeks past. I haven't done anything like this yet, but it's becoming apparent to me that I need to make a change to the way some things work, for fear that there are game-breaking issues, otherwise.

From the next column and forth, Cure spells will do the same amount of "healing" whether they are cast upon a contestant, a monster, or a summon. That is, the percentages that have been used up to this point will be scrapped. The reason for this is that I never intended the basic Cure spell to have the potential of healing hundreds of points at a time, especially when it can take a long time to whittle down the HP of an enemy or summon. Later on, when things could have 1500 or 2000 HP, a Cure spell could have the ability to heal upwards of 500 HP (or 1000 with a Staff of Aid!) for the measly cost of 10 Experience. This is, potentially, unfair.

I'm sorry if this is discouraging, but I hope that you understand my reasons for this. Note too that for some low-HP summons and enemies, this will actually allow a greater amount of healing in a single spell. As well, I'm going to reduce the Experience cost for Cure to 5, from 10, so take note!

Today's Tips:

  • Don't hate me! I'm just trying to ensure that I'm running a balanced game. Hopefully I don't have to step in like this too often- though once over the course of several months is, I hope, not too bad.

OK, let's see how this goes.



Battle Window              Points upon Revival: 100
insert battle theme...

Currently in Play:
  • Zaile
  • Souleater-A
  • Souleater-B
  • Souleater-C
  • Souleater-D
  • Electabuzz (Summon)
  • Mazell
  • Glalie (Summon)

Action Window



Raaj uses a Sneak Glove! Raaj steals an item from Mazell!
Weretiger Rei attacks! Gorgant takes 6 damage!
Carabbit attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Vyselocke attacks! Gorgant takes 25 damage! Vyselocke obtains 76 Gold!
FirstAid casts Cure! It's super-effective! Souleater-A takes 144 damage!
Sundoulos attacks! It's super-effective! Souleater-D takes 80 damage!
Joshua attacks! Gorgant takes 24 damage! Joshua obtains 76 Gold!
Adam attacks! Gorgant takes 22 damage! Adam obtains 76 Gold!
Kharamain casts Water while laughing mightily! Gorgant takes 27 damage!
Leviathan attacks! Gorgant takes 27 damage!
Shinuzzo uses a Sneak Glove! Shinuzzo steals an item from Zaile!
Thinkfreemind attacks! Glalie takes 13 damage!
Prism attacks! Gorgant takes 14 damage!
Prism's Everybody's Mace breaks upon impact...
Glalie uses Ice Beam! Gorgant takes 41 damage!
Genjuu uses a Level-Up Star! Genjuu gains exactly enough Experience to reach the next level!
Genjuu gains a level, reaching Level 10!
Leaper attacks! It's super-effective! Souleater-A takes 144 damage! Leaper gains 144 bonus points!

Souleater-A is defeated!
All Guild of Magus members receive 45 Experience and 23 Gold!

Draconn attacks! Souleater-D takes 20 damage! Draconn receives 20 Gold!
Flamethrower casts Fira! It's super-effective! Souleater-C takes 48 damage! Souleater-D takes 48 damage!
Jess attacks! Souleater-C takes 13 damage!
MrMSty casts Libra! Mazell's stats are revealed!

Mazell
HP 1200/1200

Takes 1.5x Normal Damage from Light-based moves
Takes no Lightning Damage
Takes no Wind Damage
Absorbs Dark Damage

Holds Metal King Sword.
Drops Metal King Sword and Key to Victory.

Experience: 5000
Gold: 500

Ourobolus tries to cast Fire on the door, but it has no effect, and the Exp is not used up.
Bainick attacks! Gorgant takes 13 damage!
Xlash attacks! Souleater-D takes 50 damage!

Souleater-D is defeated!
All Order of Beorn members receive 34 Experience and 17 Gold!

CW casts Fire! It's super-effective! Souleater-B takes 21 damage!
Alael attacks! Gorgant takes 56 damage!
JuMeSyn uses a Thunder Mote! Gorgant takes 10 damage!
Electabuzz uses Thunderbolt! Gorgant takes 43 damage!

Gorgant gives a terrible roar as she falls to her knees!
All SIA members receive 344 Experience and 95 Gold!
Goddess Atma gains a level, reaching Level 15!
Joshua gains a level, reaching Level 11!
Knighttrain gains a level, reaching Level 11!
MrMSty gains a level, reaching Level 13!
Vyselocke gains a level, reaching Level 12!

ERROR attacks! Electabuzz takes 13 damage! Electabuzz looks at ERROR in surprise and disappointment! Electabuzz goes wild!
Straadin attacks! Zaile takes 10 damage!
Arros Raikou attacks! Zaile takes 10 damage!
DMJ uses an Antidote! The poison is lifted from DMJ's body!
LufiaLvr tries to take the sock on the door! But, it appears to be just painted on...
BLG tries to use the Ray Mote on the door! But, it wouldn't have any effect...
Ken casts Aero! It's not very effective... Zaile takes 4 damage!
~Sean~~ attacks! Souleater-B takes 12 damage!
Witecat casts Blizzard! Zaile takes 6 damage!
SuperKyle attacks! It's not very effective... Zaile takes 20 damage! Zaile is poisoned!
Koala Bob attacks! It's super-effective! Souleater-B takes 78 damage!
Arpijy attacks! Souleater-B takes 15 damage!
UFJ casts Cura! It's super-effective! Souleater-B takes 144 damage!

Souleater-B is defeated!
All Guild of Magus members receive 45 Experience and 23 Gold!
FoxKelfonne gains a level, reaching Level 11!

Alexander attacks! It's not very effective... Zaile takes 12 damage!
Kolphyre attacks! Zaile takes 42 damage!
Strawberry Eggs casts Fire! It's super-effective! Souleater-C takes 19 damage!
Aurelius attacks! Souleater-C takes 13 damage!
Shadowchancellor casts Cure! It's super-effective! Souleater-C takes 72 damage!
Seiryu attacks! Zaile takes 16 damage!
Sandy casts Aero! It's not very effective... Zaile takes 3 damage!
Gaijin casts Fire! It's super-effective! Souleater-C takes 18 damage!

Souleater-C is defeated!
All Order of Beorn members receive 34 Experience and 17 Gold!
Strawberry Eggs gains a level, reaching Level 8!

Purelunatic attacks! Zaile takes 21 damage!
Belthasar2 attacks! Zaile takes 22 damage!
Slashlen attacks! Zaile takes 56 damage!
The Dark Chevalier attacks! It's not very effective... Zaile takes 5 damage!
The Dark Chevalier's Wizard's Rod snaps into two upon impact...
Boojum uses a Level-Up Star! Boojum gains exactly enough Experience to reach the next level!
Boojum gains a level, reaching Level 11!
Nightwolf attacks! Mazell takes 31 damage! Nightwolf receives 125 Gold!
Zaile grins from ear to ear and stares intently at Carabbit! Carabbit can no longer obtain a 200-point benchmark! (You must skip to the 250-point benchmark and continue from there...)
Zaile casts Focus! Mazell is under Focus status!

Zaile is poisoned! Zaile suffers 20 damage!

Mazell is surrounded by five balls of energy! He launches them at the scoreboard!
Adam suffers 110 damage! Adam is immobilized! (You may not answer questions until this wears off!)
Bucket suffers 134 damage! Bucket is confused!
JuMeSyn suffers 139 damage! JuMeSyn is immobilized! (You may not answer questions until this wears off!)
Cacticus suffers 120 damage! Cacticus is disabled! (You may not take actions until this wears off!)
Sandy suffers 120 damage! Sandy is disabled! (You may not take actions until this wears off!)

Mazell raises his hands to the sky and starts chanting! Storm clouds swirl around from above. A bolt of lightning streaks downward suddenly! Boojum suffers 126 damage!

Mazell casts Darkra! FoxKelfonne suffers 134 damage! Vyselocke suffers 144 damage! Leaper suffers 124 damage! Jeremy V's Defender's Shield absorbs 12 points of damage. Jeremy V suffers 140 damage!


Four Souleaters appear!

Otaku Nick is revived with 100 points!





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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.



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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.)

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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.)

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

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Yesterday's Answers

#89:
b) Ensure you always have a torch lit. (80 Gold)
No torch lit = game over. When you're down to the bottom of one torch, the music change is friggin' scary, too.

#90:
a) Meteor (100 points)
The breakdown is interesting! a) Meteor: 35 votes; b) Flare: 16 votes; d) Holy: 9 votes; e) Death: 3 votes; c) Quake: 0 votes. Poor Quake...


Today's Questions
Today's Consolation Points: 20


#91:
If Diamonds are one million times harder than human bones, then how many times harder are the hooves of a Ponyta than the bones of a Rhyhorn?
(90 Points)

a) 10
b) 100
c) 1000
d) 10000
e) They are both the same hardness.


#92:
An important hypothetical idea in Quantum Mechanics states that sometimes, it is impossible to observe a system without affecting it. Which of the following games contains a character whose name and form refers to this idea?
(100 points)

a) Xenosaga: Episode I
b) Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
c) Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2
d) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
e) .hack//G.U. Vol. 1



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Contestants
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1 Slashlen
Fgt Lv 16
Points 1642
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2 Arpijy
Fgt Lv 8
Points 1586
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3 LufiaLvr
Wht Lv 6
Points 1471
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4 Alexander MD
Fgt Lv 9
Points 1413
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5 Knighttrain
Blk Lv 11
Points 1376
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6 Mike
Fgt Lv 7
Points 1309
Frozen

7 Brian J. Blottie
Fgt Lv 11
Points 1060
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8 MrMSty
Blk Lv 13
Points 1013
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9 Kharamain
Blk Lv 11
Points 1008
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10 Ice^Tiger
Blk Lv 6
Points 987
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11 Heltje
Fgt Lv 4
Points 953
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12 Seiryu
Def Lv 6
Points 951
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13 FoxKelfonne
Blk Lv 11
Points 931
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14 DMJ
Fgt Lv 8
Points 915
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15 ERROR
Blk Lv 15
Points 893
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16 Arros Raikou
Fgt Lv 7
Points 881
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17 Purelunatic
Fgt Lv 6
Points 863
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18 CW
Fgt Lv 10
Points 844
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19 Leviathan
Fgt Lv 9
Points 838
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20 Jess
Wht Lv 9
Points 834
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21 Alael
Fgt Lv 10
Points 830
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22 Joshua
Wht Lv 11
Points 790
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23 Goddess Atma
Fgt Lv 15
Points 773
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24 Draconn
Fgt Lv 9
Points 764
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25 JuMeSyn
Wht Lv 8
Points 764
Immobilize

26 Leaper
Blk Lv 11
Points 758
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27 Ourobolus
Blk Lv 9
Points 743
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28 Sandy
Blk Lv 11
Points 718
Disable

29 Ken
Blk Lv 10
Points 650
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30 Gaijin
Blk Lv 8
Points 637
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31 Carabbit
Wht Lv 8
Points 632
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32 The Dark Chevalier
Blk Lv 7
Points 608
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33 Thinkfreemind
Fgt Lv 6
Points 606
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34 Raaj
Blk Lv 12
Points 594
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35 Maggie
Blk Lv 7
Points 579
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36 Sundoulos
Fgt Lv 9
Points 560
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37 Witecat
Def Lv 6
Points 555
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38 Weretiger Rei
Wht Lv 6
Points 546
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39 Shinuzzo
Def Lv 8
Points 543
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40 Lost Boricua
Blk Lv 11
Points 540
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41 Shadow Chancellor
Wht Lv 8
Points 534
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42 Boojum
Blk Lv 11
Points 511
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43 Cacticus
Wht Lv 8
Points 485
Disable

44 UFJ
Wht Lv 10
Points 433
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45 Kolphyre
Fgt Lv 12
Points 427
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46 Fang
Def Lv 9
Points 388
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47 Tasukete
Blk Lv 9
Points 365
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48 BigWook
Wht Lv 12
Points 355
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49 Nightwolf
Blk Lv 11
Points 353
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50 Timbit
Fgt Lv 8
Points 351
Burned

51 FirstAid
Wht Lv 9
Points 345
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52 SuperKyle
Fgt Lv 10
Points 338
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53 Flamethrower
Blk Lv 7
Points 329
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54 Adam
Fgt Lv 8
Points 327
Immobilize

55 Aurelius
Wht Lv 9
Points 324
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56 Jeffrey
Def Lv 4
Points 310
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57 Belthasar2
Fgt Lv 7
Points 310
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58 Cloud_2049
Wht Lv 3
Points 299
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59 Vyselocke
Def Lv 12
Points 286
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60 Macstorm
Def Lv 5
Points 275
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61 Bainick
Def Lv 6
Points 259
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62 Genjuu
Blk Lv 10
Points 252
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63 Waterfiend33
Fgt Lv 8
Points 221
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64 Strawberry Eggs
Blk Lv 8
Points 219
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65 BLG
Blk Lv 9
Points 213
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66 Koala Bob
Blk Lv 8
Points 212
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67 Prism
Wht Lv 8
Points 208
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68 ~Sean~~
Fgt Lv 7
Points 175
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69 Straadin
Def Lv 9
Points 158
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70 Xlash
Fgt Lv 11
Points 153
Might

71 IceNine
Blk Lv 5
Points 115
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72 Otaku Nick
Blk Lv 1
Points 100
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73 Killa B
Fgt Lv 1
Points 85
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74 ProtoMan
xxx Lv 1
Points 75
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75 Frammy
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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76 Jwcooley
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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77 Patternscribe
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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78 Smiley Elf
Fgt Lv 1
Points 75
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79 Dracus
Fgt Lv 3
Points 44
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80 Alukien
Fgt Lv 1
Points 40
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81 Ziphakiel Valkrist
Def Lv 1
Points 40
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82 Bucket
Def Lv 3
Points 36
Confuse

83 Tyraraven
Fgt Lv 4
Points 28
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84 Jeremy V.
Def Lv 7
Points 20
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