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---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.--- ---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'--- TRICK-OR-TREAT 2020 EVENT RESULTS !!!! ---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.--- ---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'--- Hello everyone! I am very pleased to be able to present you at last with the results of the Halloween 2020 Trick-or-Treating event: Ghostly's Ghastly Trick-or-Treatathon! This being my first outing in any official AoE capacity (I've run three past events, but not on the AoE team) it was very excellent to learn much about the way things officially happen in this role. The event got off to a late start, which I still very much regret, but I was encouraged by the number of people who asked me to put it on even after the actual date of Halloween had passed. The extra days allowed me to get the last few features ready, so thanks, everyone, for your patience, good cheer, and understanding. In the end, we had 158 participants, six of whom have qualified for top-of- the leaderboard prizes with their good scoring. Nearly everyone who entered the event took the time to earn quite a bit of bit-by-bit quest experience for themselves. Those who took full advantage of this ended up with around the same qxp as you might get from doing a lower-mid-sized domain quest, or around 15 Wednesday Market Quests. Worthwhile! Unfortunately, some people do manage to shoot themselves in the foot. We had 5 of the 158 participants disqualified for cheating. Those 5 characters belonged to two different players, who decided it would be a good idea to give their own alts "favorite" or "top-pick" sortings. Their qxp will be stripped from them, and they have been removed from the event. One of them actually lost leadeboard standings as a result! ... a shame. My favorite thing about this event is that you were able to choose, honestly or otherwise, who you felt deserved top ratings in this event yourselves, as players voting for players. So ... these results are the final opinions of your peers deciding who had the best costumes and candies! There was a rather significant advantage of sorts given to players who were able to begin the event immediately, and thus choose the most traffic-friendly booth locations. But ... such is life. Early bird gets the worm, and all that. In the end, it actually didn't mean you won, it just meant you got a lot of points from that aspect. The winners really did have to rely on the opinion points, which constituted by far the bulk of affairs. Alright ... let's get down to business. There was a *lot* to suss out here in terms of who performed well. A lot of it was just plain fun to see, and didn't really have anything to do with winners and losers. So, first lets start with categories in which people performed well, but that didn't really matter in terms of event prizes or anything. The reward here is just to get some recognition for stuff. Nice going! No prizes in these categories. Just ... fun stuff to see! ================================= TRICK-OR-TREATED AT OTHER BOOTHS ================================= The first category is the number of booths that each contestant was able to successfully find and <trickortreat>. The total number of available booths other than your own was 157. TOP PERFORMERS! (got 'em all!?) Bocephus: 157 Budwise: 157 Montagu: 157 RUNNERS UP: 1. Creed: 155 Hhark: 155 Nellnight: 155 2. Zelaya: 154 Chanele: 154 Madmanmat: 154 Pretty impressive! This ended up being kind of like a little mini player- generated quest. I love that. Some people really did hide their booths, but we'll look at some of those later. ================================= GOT TRICK-OR-TREATED ================================= Here, we look at the players who had the most people successfully find and <trickortreat> at their booth. Now, they did have to make sure they were on top of restocking the candy, so it did require at least a bit of upkeep on that issue. Even so, this list is mostly populated with our early event entry participants who were able to claim prime locations. TOP PERFORMERS! Silon: 145 (location: Market Square in Sparkle) Stowen: 145 (location: North of AG in Sparkle) RUNNERS UP: 1. Yaeru: 144 (location: Crossroad outside Sparkle) Quantum: 144 (location: Terel pier - Sparkle docks) Serae: 144 (location: South of Sparkle Church) 2. Scotia: 143 (location: South of Enchanter in Sparkle) 3. Bocephus: 142 (location: North of PO in Sparkle) Taro: 142 (location: South of Bank in Sparkle) Also ... some of you have been perhaps wanting to know who the people were who NEVER RESTOCKED THEIR BOOTHS?? They also managed to put their booths in fairly challenging locations. The following people only had 25 people trick-or-treat at their booths, which happens to have been the number of candies that a restock provided. Sylphia: (Tower of Realms, Floor Two) Courtney: (Faerie Graveyard, northernmost room) Argent: (Track deep in the mountains, west of Sparkle Orc Camp) Blix: (Deep in the Misty Moor north of Sparkle) Okotok: (Large field beside Diamond River northwest of Sparkle) Zar: (Sparkle Library, in the Writing Room) Camodri: (Sparkle Goblin Caves, Level 1 entrance) Candy: (Beside Gnimpsh at the Old Abandoned Campside) Kaiza: (End of narrow path beneath Dragon Order cliffs) Ivanovich: (Track deep in the mountains, west of Sparkle Orc Camp) Catra: (Sparkle Goblin Caves, Level 1 Leader's Chambers) ================================= TOP-PICK CANDY WINNERS: ================================= Okay ... let's move on to content-based categories ... We'll start with people who had the most votes for top-pick candy of the entire event, and get a look at what they actually were ... TOP PERFORMERS! Silon: 6 (whiskey-flavoured fudge with layers of poison) Bocephus: 6 (beer-flavoured mints encased in bacon) Golly ... alcohol for the win! RUNNERS UP: 1. Montagu: 5 (caramel-flavoured chocolates sprinkled with sea-salt) 2. Hannabeth: 4 (whiskey-flavoured rum-balls baked in mithril) Pann: 4 (chocolate-flavoured caramels sprinkled with sea-salt) Snowdrop: 4 (maple-flavoured cupcakes sprinkled with bacon) Cassius: 4 (rum-flavoured cotton-candy sprinkled with cinnamon) I have one word - yum. ================================= CANDY SORTED AS FAVORITES: ================================= Now let's see whose candy was most frequently sorted by players to be one of their favorites. TOP PERFORMER! Pann: 62 (chocolate-flavoured caramels sprinkled with sea-salt) RUNNERS UP: 1. Montagu: 55 (caramel-flavoured chocolates sprinkled with sea-salt) 2. Thoru: 51 (caramel-flavoured toffees covered with peanuts) 3. Crystal: 50 (vanilla-flavoured eclairs dipped in chocolate) 4. Bocephus: 47 (beer-flavoured mints encased in bacon) Taro: 47 (raspberry-flavoured taffies sprinkled with sea-salt) 5. America: 44 (chocolate-flavoured truffles with added lemon-dust) These are all just ... totally delicious ... all on the sweet side except for Bocephus and his bar-food. I wondered if people would vote more for things that actually sounded yummy, or for things that were hilariously terrible. Well ... let's look at the next category! ================================= MOST DISLIKED CANDIES!!! ================================= Okay ... this is a bit of schadenfreude, but it is just so dang interesting to see who had the *least* popular candies, and what they were! Hee hee ... No prizes here, of course, but ... well ... perhaps a few grins. These people had the most "dumb or boring" sorts for their candy: BOTTOM PERFORMER! Ash: 59 (toilet-flavoured fudge sprinkled with sprinkles) RUNNERS ... ER ... DOWN? 1. Vrabak: 57 (poop-flavoured wafers dipped in fish-sauce) 2. Raxton: 56 (cabbage-flavoured cashews with layers of bacon) 3. Shooday: 55 (rum-flavoured rum-balls and pizza-sauce) 4. Demure: 54 (poop-flavoured nougats with added blood) 5. Targun: 53 (lutefisk-flavoured suckers dipped in earwax) So, I had to recover myself from dying of laughter about eighteen times while researching this list. These choices were amazing, and worth every minute of preparation I invested in the event. WELL DONE! :-) :-) :-) I really want to give you guys prizes for these, but ... the prize is just the gift of who you are to your fellow players. Lovely, lovely things. ================================= TOP-PICK COSTUME WINNERS! ================================= Alright! Let's move on to the people who had the most people choose their costume for the top-pick of the entire event. TOP PERFORMERS! Sly: 5 (an alluring beholder with incubus eyes) Didrik: 5 (an offensive unicorn in a disturbing bathrobe) RUNNERS UP: 1. Taro: 4 (a tattered mummy with glowing eyes) Bocephus: 4 (a dwarf-sized balrog in a sexy brassiere) Aizorana: 4 (a teeny-weenie slug in a joyous hat) Zhabou: 4 (a pink goat in pants) Seems to be a mix of "sexy" content, amusing content, and genuinely cool costumes for halloween. I love the variety! ================================= COSTUMES SORTED AS FAVORITES: ================================= Now let's look at the number of times people had their costumes sorted into the "favorite" category by other contestants ... TOP PERFORMER: Skythus: 56 (a sexy sorceress with an excellent butt) RUNNERS UP: 1. Silon: 51 (a sexy clam in a bedazzled bathrobe) 2. Bocephus: 50 (a dwarf-sized balrog in a sexy brassiere) Thoru: 50 (an ogre-sized turkey with teeny-weenie feathers) 3. Zelaya: 46 (a sexy fish with a teeny-weenie codpiece) 4. Didrik: 43 (an offensive unicorn in a disturbing bathrobe) 5. Dardamein: 42 (a hobbit-sized yeti in a checkered bathrobe) America: 42 (a joyous penguin in a red hat) 6. Aquila: 40 (a holy demon in a white bathrobe) Apparently ... sexiness was a winning strategy! This stuff is almost entirely the "let's be goofy!" type of costume. Very fun. I agree with most of you that Skythus did a pretty funny one, and I have to say America's costume just makes me smile. ================================= MOST DISLIKED COSTUMES!!! ================================= Again ... just some giggles here, seeing whose costumes were just not at all popular. BOTTOM PERFORMER: Yaeru: 55 (a sexy vampire with sexy fangs) Err ... what was I just saying about sexy for the win? Hmmm ... RUNNERS DOWN: 1. Zedex: 46 (a smelly vampire in a sparkling brassiere) 2. Skycho: 44 (a holy devil with a short cloak) Bones: 44 (a black bear with huge legs) Pillion: 44 (an undead vampire with sharp fangs) Qizana: 44 (a succubus chipmunk with golden legs) 3. Dezmond: 41 (a zombie vampire in a bedazzled cape) Lorelei: 41 (a woman-sized sheep with a short tail) 4. Spider: 40 (a yellow dragon with huge wings) Yeah .............. just not very appealing here, I guess. Though, I have to say, Bones' one makes me laugh really hard. ================================= Okay ... now we get to prizes. The winners of these categories actually will receive prizes, which will be described in each category. Good stuff! These were hard to achieve, and well-earned. * rewards displayed thusly ... ================================= TOP POINT-EARNERS FOR COSTUMES: ================================= Winning the overall categories required that you have lots and lots of people find your style favorite-worthy, a few people give you top-picks, and a lot of the rest think you are at least okay. FIRST PLACE: ----------- Skythus: 232 (a sexy sorceress with an excellent butt) * Excellent general exp reward * glittering imbuement stone of choice * title: Ghostly's Cause-Doom Collaborator * item: pumpkin-bucket with costume till next Halloween! (can be worn freely in Sparkle domain only) SECOND PLACE: ------------ Bocephus: 231 (a dwarf-sized balrog in a sexy brassiere) * Good general exp reward * unblemished imbuement stone of choice THIRD PLACE: ----------- Didrik: 218 (an offensive unicorn in a disturbing bathrobe) * Medium general exp reward * ordinary imbuement stone of choice RUNNERS UP: (no prizes, sorry ...) 4. Thoru: 217 (an ogre-sized turkey with teeny-weenie feathers) 5. Silon: 213 (a sexy clam in a bedazzled bathrobe) 6. Taro: 204 (a tattered mummy with glowing eyes) Every one of these is silly, except for Taro, who definitely had the most traditionally appropriate costume for Halloween, and I really liked it! ================================= TOP POINT-EARNERS FOR CANDIES: ================================= FIRST PLACE: ----------- Pann: 259 (chocolate-flavoured caramels sprinkled with sea-salt) * Excellent general exp reward * glittering imbuement stone of choice * title: Ghostly's D-Lich-ous Dessert-Maker * item: pumpkin-bucket with candy till next Halloween! (munch candy for full health restore once per day) SECOND PLACE: ------------ Montagu: 256 (caramel-flavoured chocolates sprinkled with sea-salt) * Good general exp reward * unblemished imbuement stone of choice THIRD PLACE: ----------- Bocephus: 235 (beer-flavoured mints encased in bacon) * Medium general exp reward * ordinary imbuement stone of choice RUNNERS UP: (no prizes, sorry ...) 4. America: 213 (chocolate-flavoured truffles with added lemon-dust) 5. Thoru: 209 (caramel-flavoured toffees covered with peanuts) Cassius: 209 (rum-flavoured cotton-candy sprinkled with cinnamon) I was surprised to see that winners here were truly just delicious stuff. People didn't upvote the disgusting nonsense with candies like they did with costumes. Fascinating! Also ... the chocolate/caramel/sea-salt combo is the thing that took both #1 and #2 slots, just with different ordering. How amazing! ================================= TOP POINT-EARNERS FOR EVENT: ================================= I like to see clear winners, and here we have just that. FIRST PLACE: ----------- Bocephus: 765 (a dwarf-sized balrog in a sexy brassiere) (beer-flavoured mints encased in bacon) (location: North of PO in Sparkle) * Excellent quest exp reward * title: Ghostly's Best and Spookiest Friend Forever * item: pumpkin-bucket with candy and with costume till next Halloween! (munch candy for full health restore once per day) (costume can be worn freely only in Sparkle domain) SECOND PLACE: ------------ Montagu: 727 (an elf-sized jabberwock with excellent teeth) (caramel-flavoured chocolates sprinkled with sea-salt) (location: Out on the Orc Road far west of Sparkle) * Good quest exp reward THIRD PLACE: ----------- Silon: 690 (a sexy clam in a bedazzled bathrobe) (whiskey-flavoured fudge with layers of poison) (location: Market Square in Sparkle) * Medium quest exp reward HONORABLE MENTIONS: 4. America: 678 5. Thoru: 676 6. Seren: 668 7. Taro: 666 <-- most evil Cassius: 666 <-- scores!! 8. Creed: 662 9. Snowdrop: 654 Our top three were quite a bit ahead of the Honorable mentions, who all have a fairly tight pack beneath them. Bocephus had almost 40 points over any of the other contestants, and just really nailed the event in every way! ================================= GHOSTLY'S CHOICE!!!!!!! ================================= You thought it was over? Nonononononono ... Ghostly insisted that he got to pick his two favorites - one for costume and one for candy. And he also insisted that they get a prize. Fine, fine ... they get a little bit of quest exp for making Ghostly happy. GHOSTLY'S COSTUME PICK: ---------------------- Rotgut: a greasy pig in a golden wig Ghostly loves greasy pigs! And he loves cute rhymes. GHOSTLY'S CANDY PICK: -------------------- Sap: whiskey-flavoured sours encased in mithril Ghostly's favorite cocktail is a whiskey sour, and he always insists that they be served in mithril shot glasses. How did Sap know?!??! * Both win a good quest exp reward!!! (Ghostly said so) ---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.---.--- ---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'---'--- Well, there you have it, folks! Lots of silly fun, and many good memories for our Halloween time together. You made Ghostly happy, and I hope you all had a good time. Notes on prizes: * Imbuement Stones will be handed out manually by Gorboth. I'll be looking for you in the game, and feel free to <commune> me if you see me on. * Winners can <claim> all other prizes in the AoE office in the basement of the Tower of Realms. Congratulations to Skythus, Bocephus, Didrik, Pann, Montagu, Silon, Rotgut, and Sap on their award-worthy performance in the event! All the best, G.