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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Donkey Kong 3
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:53:44 AM »
Ya know I really thought this post would do better back in the days.

DK3 is awful by the way, why is DK in a greenhouse in the first place? A stilted greenhouse gas analogy?

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:03:53 PM »
Mine are going for 199 right now.  Do I jump, or bank on someone else having better prices later in the week...?

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I don't finish a lot of games, but SteamWorld Heist really grabbed me and I just finished off the final boss. Of course, after priding myself on getting all the stars on every mission, one of my characters died when the boss had only 4 HP remaining and cost me one, so I know I'll end up going back and fixing that.

Yeah this is a good game, writing's decent too. Did you use all of the characters Insano? I kinda found myself sticking to a rotation of maybe the first 6 or so, there were 2 or 3 I almost never used because they arrived either underleveled or just seemed weaker.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:48:40 AM »
The entrepreNooks are buying for 343 at my island today. Not the highest, but decent if someone needs to sell today. Also have Redd hanging out.

Hit me up on Discord if you want to visit?

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Apologies for the double post, but RFN has announced their next RetroActive episode will pick one of the Switch Online games too. Once again proving the prescient power of the Forum.

Do we stuff their inbox with Eliminator Boat Duel suggestions, or something else?

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: May 15, 2020, 10:44:35 AM »
Tempted to buy some just to sell with you. Is this your afternoon or morning price?

Afternoon. Gates closed now, sorry.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Animal Crossing Turnip Prices
« on: May 15, 2020, 09:37:13 AM »
My turnip price right now is 516, seems pretty high no? Also have Saharah around if anyone wants to buy from her?

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: May 15, 2020, 09:16:01 AM »
Yeah, I would put it on par with something like Luigi's Mansion. A good secondary title that will get its fans excited, but not a "universal" big game.

I agree that Paper Mario isn't a mainstream tentpole release, and definitely aims more at the gaming in-crowd. But I don't think Luigi's Mansion is a useful comparison.
Luigi's Mansion 3 moved 6.33 million units in just 5 months. It has outsold Mario Maker 2, and just barely cedes a spot in the Switch top 10 sellers list to NSMBUdx. Luigi's Mansion is arguably a growing franchise, with part 1 moving 2.19 million on GameCube, and the sequel did 5.45m units on 3DS (it's the 11th best seller on both 3DS and Switch).

Paper Mario has never done such numbers, the series at its peak (TTYD, Super Paper Mario) moved 2.3 million units per installment, and has since trended downwards (1.9m for Sticker Star, and Color Splash seems to have been a flop).
Maybe Yoshi games are a better comparison, although they tend to top out lower sales-wise (1-1.5m). But they release on a similarly infrequent schedule, and usually leverage their artystyle heavily too. In terms of sales per installment Kirby would be closer (1 - 2.5m ballpark), but those release nearly every year, so as a whole the series is a lot more profitable I'd wager.

I realise it's not all about sales; Yoshi and Kirby have a place in the market as entry points for young players, and they're valuable assets when added to Mario Kart/Mario Galaxy/Smash Bros./etc.
Meanwhile Paper Mario aims older with its humour. If the writing is on point again, and the fan base doesn't scorch this one in every comment section available like they often do, I think this one could be the most successful Paper Mario yet. There's a lot of brand new Switches in people's hands, so Paper Mario could capture their attention. Plus, with Mario + Luigi gone, this could be the de facto Mario RPG series going forward.

Wonder if this is why Intelligent Systems didn't work on Fire Emblem Three Houses? I also believe this decreases chances of Paper Mario Color Splash getting ported to Switch, which is interesting.

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Jumped on this bandwagon too, liking it so far. My villagers are fun, on my island there's 2 monkeys (Al who looks kinda sickly and Flip who's a jock), a sheep called Frita, the squid Marina who keeps getting sick, and Bianca who wants to be a superstar.
They're all pretty fun, but right now my interactions with them are still fairly limited to chatting, giving/receiving  gifts, and sometimes they lose something or get sick. Hope there's more varied interaction coming. Two of them were singing together once, very cute.

Just put the entire island into massive debt by poor infrastructure planning. I've selected a 228k bridge, so that'll be my project for the month lol.

Haven't found a turnip yet, where do they grow? The raccoontrepreneurs want to buy them, but they don't seem to sell them?

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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: May 06, 2020, 03:48:52 PM »
Have you played the Wii U version or plan to play it? Would be interesting to see how you think it compares.

Haven't played it (yet), but might give it a shot. From what I can tell, the 3DS/Wii U versions include some loot-esque stuff, semi-permanent item upgrades which are more temporaneous in the Wii version, and the colours seem a bit more washed out too.
That said, if the levels are largely similar, I don't really care enough to go through the same game twice. Getting the impression the Wii version is probably the better one; at least, Yuji Naka appears to think so.


Just to follow up on this 6 months down the line, I popped in the Wii U version of Rodea The Sky Soldier today to cull another one from the pile. There's some differences, particularly in the flight and camera controls. Rodea on Wii U gives you more camera control options, but curiously they're all worse options. No instant snap-behind-character button which has been a staple of 3D games since uh, Ocarina of Time, and if you hate an inverted Y-axis the options menu will not be your friend either.

The upgrading of stats seems mostly tacked on to encourage collecting more doodads. Annoyingly, you now have a flight meter too, so you can no longer soar forever as long as there's an object in sight. Not sure why that was added. What is a clever addition is the ability to launch yourself pretty high. That's useful and should've been in the original. Cut-scenes seem identical, and the environments are a bit less bright. Framerate is a bit worse too, though not disastrously so.

So yeah, very few worthwhile new features, and a much more annoying camera make this one an easy skip. The Wii version is better, but still just okay.

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General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: May 05, 2020, 10:51:56 AM »
Recently, when Switch Lites became widely available again, I bought one of those. Device looks great and sleek, and it's pretty exciting to finally be part of the current generation. I love the pop-ups whenever someone from your friends list starts playing something.
The game I bought with it is Animal Crossing, and dumped a bunch of MyNintendo coins into one of the Picross S releases, as well. Both are fun so far, it's my first real Animal Crossing experience, and so far I don't regret jumping on this hype train.

Not loving the ergonomics on the Lite though, especially when you use the D-pad a lot it quickly cramps up my thumb and wrist. Think I'll try to find a grip of some sort before trying more intense games on it. Also still not a fan of the paid online, but I'm sure I'll begrudgingly shell out for it at some point.  >:( Need to figure out which of the NES/SNES games have online multiplayer first.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: What will Nintendo release in 2020?
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:02:08 AM »
Now, not sure when the image was made as a couple things are missing like Good Job!, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Clubhouse Games. Also, the picture doesn't account for DLC but I don't generally think of DLC as the same as releasing a new game.

If we want to be pedantic, Nintendo did technically release two separate timed demo builds of ARMS and Splatoon 2 this year, too.
And for what it's worth, at larger scale projects, DLC and even major patches go through most of the same hurdles (testing, QA, certification, localisation, rating boards) you associate with full releases. (Less pre-production, production, internal greenlighting, etc. though.) Picture is likely older though indeed, given the placeholder art for Xenoblade 1 Remaster.

I haven't included strongly rumoured titles in the OP, just went with what has been announced/confirmed, which explains the lack of Mario remakes there. Also, is Square publishing Bravely Default II themselves this time, or will Nintendo do the Western releases again?

But yes, it seems almost inevitable COVID-19 hit Nintendo hard. If MicroSoft is already worried about missing dates for their software, I can't imagine Nintendo of all companies will be better at Work From Home setups. Plus, with Animal Crossing's meteoric impact it could very well be they're moving further resources into future support of that title. For all intents and purposes they've basically got an MMO on their hands now.

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Official Sales Thread
« on: May 02, 2020, 11:39:45 AM »
Three weeks straight of Animal Crossing moving 283k-292k units. Could it be Nintendo is shipping 300k copies every week and they sell out in many places? The past 2 weeks sales on AC have dropped only 1-2% week-over-week. Wonder if it's just very steady demand (people jumping on when their friends do), or if this is the current supply limit.

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General Gaming / Re: Meanwhile, Over At The Other Developers...
« on: May 02, 2020, 10:54:39 AM »
You know the situation is bad when Sony would rather say they were hacked AGAIN (this is, what..the 3rd time now) rather than admit that they have no control over Naughty Dog. Because really, unless Sony wants to claim that someone literally broke into Naughty Dog's offices & stole a dev kit (which SOMEONE would have noticed), that's the only other way this could have gotten out.

Not defending Sony here, but I'm not sure if a hack or theft is the most obvious conclusion to draw here? Various builds of games pass through many (internal & external) offices before ever reaching market. Warner Bros. managed to hold a focus group and somehow still have someone leak video from their upcoming Harry Potter game. Information is difficult to control (luckily so, imo).
[EDIT: Spoke to soon perhaps? Schreier reports a hack may have been the case after all.]

I agree someone within Sony (a massive corporation) or Naughty Dog would be obvious candidates, especially if speculation about a disgruntled employee is correct. Naughty Dog has repeatedly relied on crunch development (not just on Last of Us 2, but also on Uncharted). That's bound to burn people out, especially if no compensation is offered.

This is the same company which allegedly tried to covered up internal sexual abuse by having Sony HR step in and offer the victim $20,000 of shush money. The following is speculative, but if HR is clearly not on the side of the employees, what avenue do employees have to resolve conflicts?

Honestly, we're doing Sony a favour by turning this into a witch hunt for the suspected leaker. That distracts from what seems to be the underlying problem, a terrible work culture. For the workers, you can bet this leak will result in a long internal investigation. That could exacerbate internal distrust, and purposefully isolates people a bit from each other. Sony/ND can spin this in such a way that the search for the leaker becomes their lightning rod for a while, and wave that as an excuse to not treat their employees better.
Fans may even take corporate's side on this because they don't want their precious game spoiled.

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Stale Jokes / Re: Predict the next character for Dr. Mario World.
« on: April 24, 2020, 02:22:16 PM »
Perhaps they hold a Doctorate in Philosophy and the head mirror is merely en route to the nearest medical clinic, because Dr. Pink Gold Goomba Tower are responsibly supporting their community's essential care workers!

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Are there any tangible benefits for coupling an NNID (3DS/Wii U) to a Nintendo Account (Switch)? Could people unlink them, or are they permanently tied?

What's this about hijacking text messages? What does that have to do with the Nintendo Network? I don't understand.

It has to do with 2 factor authentication/multi-factor authentication (2FA/MFA).
2FA/MFA are methods to increase security on accounts. It requires new logins to not only provide the correct username + password combination, but also sends a temporary code to a mobile phone. Those temporary codes are time-sensitive and need to be entered within a certain timeframe (30 seconds for example).

Where the SMS/text message hijacking comes into place is at this step.
SMS/text messages can be spoofed (faked). If someone has access to your Account, they can perhaps figure out your phone number. (Maybe it's in the NNID account info they've got access to, or maybe they just try to use your password across many services to see if an account re-uses that password.)
From there, using spoofing, they could still intercept the 2FA/MFA temporary code, and use that to compromise your Switch Account.

It's more hoops to jump through, yes, but this is why services are pushing clients away from SMS/text-based 2FA, and towards using an app like Authy/Google Authenticator/Microsoft Authenticator. Those should encrypt the temporary code, making it more difficult for outsiders to crack the unique code within the 30 second timeframe.

TL;DR: texting/SMS is thought of as a less secure method of communication than using end-to-end encrypted methods. Thus, 2FA login codes are phasing out SMS and favouring encrypted Apps.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Invite to Mafia Championship Season 7
« on: April 23, 2020, 02:15:03 PM »
Don't really know that website, but I think it's cool they reached out. They at least did their homework by approaching regular players. I guess I see Khush' point about how this is kinda like astroturfing an advertisement, but is that website selling anything besides maybe advertisements? (I haven't looked).

BShy is a good candidate: she's very active usually, and can play both analytically & calculated, as well as bring that trademark NWR chaos. I'm a Saurus and I endorse this candidate.

I never got any of these PMs. I guess I suck too much.

Also in the losers club!

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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Best of the 3DS eShop: 2013 Releases (Part 2)
« on: April 18, 2020, 04:51:22 PM »
Some choice names here again. Fishdom H20 is my favourite I think. Haven't played it of course, c'mon now.

SteamWorld Dig is good, but I didn't love it as much as most people seem to. Early on the grind is rather repetitive, and you can fairly easily dig yourself into inescapable holes. I suppose that's indicative of a good risk-reward balance, but yeah.
It does environmental storytelling very well, and ends on a real high note, so I would still recommend it.

The Picross games are an obvious recommendation, but suggesting them is also kinda like pushing black tar heroin on a friend. Very addictive puzzle franchise, approach with caution.

Lastly, while I've not played it myself, I'd like to highlight Shining Force: The Sword of Hayja. This is a 1993/1994 Sega Game Gear title, also known as Shining Force Gaiden II (not to be confused with Shining Force II on Genesis).
It's a 10-15 hour long strategy RPG. Picture what Fire Emblem could look like on Game Boy Color and you're not far off. Soundtrack doesn't sound far off from what Pokémon Gold/Silver would do 6 years later either.

This game is still only available on Game Gear and 3DS; and Europe/Australia/NZ never even got the original Game Gear version, making it somewhat rare. Shining Force Gaiden I is available on the Japanese 3DS virtual console, but untranslated unfortunately.
Both of these games were remade on Sega CD, and released as Shining Force CD. That version compiles Shining Force Gaiden I & II into one package with added scenarios... However, that game is rarer still.
Shining Force CD remains exclusive to the at this point highly unreliable Sega CD platform, requires a RAM cart (hard to find) because the Sega CD can't store all the savefiles, oh... and copies of it start around 200$ used on eBay.




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Nintendo Gaming / Re: Forum Retrospective Playthrough Planning Thread.
« on: April 16, 2020, 03:50:42 PM »
First post is missing the last Retrospective on Metroid Other M.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 13, 2020, 01:42:57 PM »
At the same time why was Italy hit so hard by the virus?  Is there something that was done incorrectly that caused the situation to spiral out of control that other countries avoided?  Is this all just bad luck?  Climate-wise Italy is much warmer than New York so there is no obvious common factor there.  Italy is a large peninsula with an obvious choke point from the rest of Europe.  New York City is also at the south end of a peninsula and has an obvious choke point from the rest of New York state.  Would any of that matter?  Does the geography "trap" the population in the infected area?  You would think Italy would be too large for that to matter.

If there is some sort of causation here then we can learn from it both in containing this outbreak and in dealing with future pandemics.

I'm not an expert at all, so take this as pure opinion: but I think there's a case to be made for Italy and the U.S. to be regarded as outliers, and think they make a poor base of comparison for each other. (Inversely, it'd also be a bad idea to compare with countries like South Korea which seems to be handling COVID a lot more effectively.)

In addition to geography not really inhibiting air/shipping traffic, another factor to consider is age, too. Italy has one of the oldest populations on Earth. That's much less the case for the United States.
I think it's fair to say at this point that COVID is disproportionally dangerous/deadly to the elderly. Couple this with 23% of Italian 30-49 year olds sharing residences with their parents, and you could speculate the virus might've just reached the elderly population earlier through younger people picking the virus up unknowingly at work/social gatherings? More vectors of access, basically.

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Whew, way too close for comfort! No way we would've won without Pokepal and BShy outing themselves, or GK taking out TheFleece. Our searches kept turning up more Townies, and our worst-case scenario very nearly occurred - if GK had taken the Energy Tank or Insano's PowerBomb it would've been over. Tremendous amount of luck involved.

Question for the Mafia: when you searched me, why did you not take me out instantly?

My initial plan was to just have fun and talk like a robot. This immediately backfired, and I was almost voted out due to my annoying font colour. Thanks to eJamer we could scramble a tie, and I figured to make lemonade from these lemons.
Sent in a risky play to call Pokepal's bluff. It seemed too obvious to re-use his revealing-my-role strategy 3 times in a row. Turns out he wasn't lying, but I nabbed the Metroid right under GK's nose.

Day 4 I began playing more seriously. Mop It Up discovered a discrepancy in what TheFleece was telling me vs. what he told BShy. Meanwhile, I started a bandwagon on Insanolord, and when he got seemingly no support from fellow mafioso... I reached out. It worked, he told me his role!
Soon after, Lucario hit me up, I was suspicious, but when he told me his role I did the same. I regretted this immediately, when he threw me in a group conversation with MASB, casually outing me.
I was convinced MASB would be the Goon Detective, pretending to be the Townie. Turns out they had Insanolord on board already though, which convinced me to stay. We all shared screenshots to prove our identities, which I realise set a very annoying precedent. Sorry about that everyone.
(For what it's worth, I was still convinced MASB's screenshot was faked, and Khush confirmed he would give people fake ones.) But for all intents and purposes Lucario was basically Nick Fury, assembling his Avengers.

Only problems: we had spent the entire day throwing votes at each other. Time was running out, we had no clue who was who, and in fact suspected Mop It Up was the Godfather despite her search coming up Townie.  After scrambling a tie, Mop & Insano suggested to hit Stevey instead. Genius move on their part. Dark Samus did us a real solid by taking out TheFleece, because it confirmed Fleece was playing me, cleared Mop It Up's identity, and ensured future Detective results were reliable.

I knew if there was ties going on over the past few days I could essentually have two kills a night. One from a random tie breaker kill and then one from my hit.

My hope was ties would keep the Mafia in the dark longer on who would be going out, so they'd have to consider more targets. Didn't consider how it would benefit (Dark) Samus.

And like RAB said. Why would the mafia choose to investigate vs. Not making a hit? The only reason I can see is to feign inactivity, but since there was an alternative to not making a hit, it did not come across as inactivity. Definitely a bad move there.

My assumption was they had scouted twice, and would try to start a Townie Alliance on Day 2 or 3. Position one Goon as the Detective, say you spent the first days investigating Thatguy/Pokepal/BShy and dole out your other info on Day 4-5. That's why I didn't believe MASB was our detective - his previous searches had been  already dead people like eJamer and BShy. Easy to make claims about dead roles.

Shoutouts:
@Lucario for swinging things around for the Townies. Feels right for him and MASB to go all the way.
@GK for playing a convincing Townie! We mostly skipped you because RABicle pointed out you voted on Mr. Bungle; would've been a bad move for Mafia. We didn't really consider you could've been Samus. Serves us right for underestimating a new player. Hope you'll join again?
@Luigi Dude, sorry we never reached out as Townies. Hope the game was still fun for you and you didn't feel too abandoned. Judging from another thread you had more pressing matters at hand, hope those work out for you.
@Khush, brilliant game, well handled, and I like how you made the Federation the bad guys. Kind of a bummer the Samus roles didn't grab that many power ups maybe? I also think my role was maybe a bit too powerful; maybe it'd work better if you could only save up Vote Changes on Days you're not altering votes?

Thanks for playing everyone, this was a great distraction given the current circumstances.

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Not to turn this into an interview, but if you're willing to share, I'm curious whether you experience(d) gender dysphoria and if so, how it manifests?
Is it mostly a mental distress caused by a disconnect from your physical self? Or does it manifest as physical pain? Is it constant, or does it occur periodically? Does it lessen the more you transition to your real self?

I had to deal with harrassers running after me with knives, calling me slurs and following me around.   I had to get pepper spray and have it on my key chain.

This sounds terrifying and makes me livid.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 5.
« on: April 04, 2020, 09:08:52 AM »
Yeah, that has me worried one of them could be an inactive like Stratos, that would be lame.

Asbent_Anomaly protocol reports lack of exploration of valid concern. Uncovered Mafia members thus far > ActivityStatus_LayLow.
Results/PreviousCycle may trigger Organic Behaviour Protocol: "Freeze Fight Flight".

Running analysis...
If=Freeze; PlayerID_Stratos only player continuing previous behaviour pattern.
If=Fight; Disappearance Votes=Nickmitch noteworthy. New outreach from FactionID_Mafia?
If=Flight; self-vote PlayerID_Luigi Dude suspicious lightning rod?

Running V0TE.exe...
Vote Stratos.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 5.
« on: April 03, 2020, 03:53:46 AM »
Eventful cycle registered as shift in pattern.

R1SK ANALYSIS: FactionID_Townie risk of overconfidence.
EVIDENCE_data: 0 mentions of Routine/Mafia_Kill=0
Activity_log: Godfather Night status=1, Kill Order available.

Testing Hypotheses/"Routine/Mafia_Kill=0"...
H0: Mafia_sessionTimeOut | REJECTED
H1: Deleter_status=Occupied | PLAUSIBLE, recurred Day 3
H2: Mafia_Reconnaisance | LIKELY

Subroutine/V0TE.exe... pending evidence.

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NWR Mafia Games / Re: Mafia LXXXV: Metroid Dread. Day 4.
« on: March 31, 2020, 04:40:35 PM »
VotingBehaviour_Report when =consistent: PlayerID_Nickmitch second vote for PlayerID_Lucario in succession. Similar vote previously issued by PlayerID_BeautifulShy & PlayerID_MopItUp

Theory_Lucario=DarkSamus posited. Veracity: unproven.
Likelihood: IF=TRUE, player behaviour appears unexpected.
Analysis: PlayerID_Lucario voted just once, absent for 2 days. DarkSamus attempted first kill on Night 2. If DarkSamus=Lucario, systems flag absence on Day 2 Pokepal bandwagon curious.
Kill order may have been sent in early, unable to change post bandwagon (SEE: testimonial_BeautifulShy.txt)? IF:Scenario_EarlyKill THEN:C0nflict_Player!Absence.

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Testing [Federation_Intel] Hypotheses...
H0: Federation knows no identities. REJECTED.
H1: Federation knows 1 living identity. CONFIRMED.
H2: Federation knows 2 living identities. LIKELY.
H3: Federation knows identities of either regular townies, or Omega Pirate + Townie. SPECULATIVE.
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Strategy: ProvokeResponse. Isolating bandwagoneers.
PlayerID_Insanolord 2 votes, both bandwagon, 1 regular comment.
Running V0TE.exe...
Vote NWR_Insanolord

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