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I would ask help to all community for update HC rules, because the actual page contains outdated or obsolete rules. Post all things that you think should be added or deleted from the actual page...

 

 

Actual rules:

 

What is this?

This is a CONTEST! First 4 of each group will get a prize consisting in a stats, skill and credits boost and a head trophy medal!

What are trophy heads?
Every second month this contest starts and each player starts receiving Trophy Heads every day. You can see how many trophy heads a player has in his detail panel when you click its name. If the player has trophy heades you will see a dark dragon head with a number next to it, if that player has no heads you wont see anything there.

 

How you get heads?
Every time you win against a player you get a head from him. If you are VICTORIOUS (read rules when a fight makes you victorious or just winner) you get ALL the enemy heads. While in sanctuary you can attack other players holding heads. If you have no creatures to defend yourself anybody who attacks you will get all your heads.

 

How is the top calculated?
The top is calculated based on your heads score and the heads score is calculated based on your total trophy heads and your online time you spent while having those heads. The score increases from time to time (one score count at about 15-60min, random) with an amount proportional to your head count and only if you are online and in a location where you can fight. In stage two of the contest you have to stay online and hold the heads in a predefined location annoucned on the newslog when stage 2 begins.

 

What is stage II of the contest?
When one player in each group reaches a certain amount of heads, stage II of the contest comes in. During this stage players can get score only in repdefined locations on the map, making it a constant war for anyone trying to hold the heads. This stage is the final stage before the winners are decided and lasts just 24 hours. Because of the penalty a high count of heads gives and the large amount of heads collected in one big ball, during this stage any player has a chance to rapidly increase its score and get on top positions. This is the final decisive round of the contest, but no one sais that you have to fight it to win the contest, any strategy is allowed including running away with the heads to prevent others to get very high score, its up to you.

 

What other thing must i know?
Each head brings a temporary penalty to the holder making it more dificult to keep them a longer time and increase score. The players with most heads hide in remote location, go hunt them and take their trophyies, dont let them keep the heads too long and gather a high score, they wont come to you , you must hunt them! Also know that you wont get score while in sanctuary areas or inside areas where you can't be attacked. Players that won such a contest once wont be able to win it again, they will apear gray and striked out in the list, and they will not get heads when winning fights against other players holding heads. If for some reason a player will be able to play and win the contest again and make for a medal that time too, he will get a gold heads medal.

 

MRAlyon

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Good idea, MRAlyon.

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Very minor copy-editing, mostly adding apostrophes, and updated to reflect VorniC's correction and information from Anns. 1384 and 2375—
 
[spoiler]What is this?

This is a CONTEST! First 4 of each group will get a prize consisting of a stats, skill and credits boost and a head trophy medal! First place gets a gold heads medal.

What are trophy heads?
Every fourth month this contest starts and each player of mindpower 4 or 5 starts receiving Trophy Heads. You can see how many trophy heads a player has in their detail panel when you click their name. If the player has trophy heads you will see a dark dragon head with a number next to it; if that player has no heads, you won't see anything there.
 
How you get heads?
Every time you win against a player you get a head from him. If you are VICTORIOUS (read rules when a fight makes you victorious or just winner) you get ALL the enemy heads. While in sanctuary you can attack other players holding heads. If you have no creatures to defend yourself, anybody who attacks you will get all your heads.
 
How is the top calculated?
The top is calculated based on your heads score and the heads score is calculated based on your total trophy heads and your online time you spent while having those heads. The score increases from time to time (one score count at about 15-60min, random) with an amount proportional to your head count and only if you are online and in a location where you can fight. Heads get increased only for online players. Players that are not online will lose 5% of score on each count and 50% of their current heads. In stage two of the contest you have to stay online and hold the heads in a predefined location announced on the newslog when the second stage begins.
 
What is stage II of the contest?
When one player in each group reaches a certain amount of heads, stage II of the contest comes in. During this stage players can get score only in predefined locations on the map, making it a constant war for anyone trying to hold the heads. This stage is the final stage before the winners are decided and lasts just 24 hours. Because of the penalty a high count of heads gives and the large amount of heads collected in one big ball, during this stage any player has a chance to rapidly increase their score and get in top positions. This is the final decisive round of the contest, but no one says that you have to fight it to win the contest, any strategy is allowed including running away with the heads to prevent others from getting a very high score, it's up to you.
 
What other thing must I know?
Each head brings a temporary penalty to the holder making it more difficult to keep them a longer time and increase score. The players with most heads hide in remote locations, go hunt them and take their trophies, don't let them keep the heads too long and gather a high score, they won't come to you, you must hunt them! Also know that you won't get score while in sanctuary areas or inside areas where you can't be attacked. Players that won such a contest once won't be able to win it again, they will appear gray and struck through in the list, and they will not get heads when winning fights against other players holding heads. If for some reason a player will be able to play and win the contest again and make for a medal that time too, they will get a gold heads medal.
[/spoiler]
I'd add somewhere: To place in the contest, you must have at least 2000 points at the end of Stage II, no matter your ranking relative to the other players.

 

Still wondering:

- Did Ann. 1865 invalidate the underlined portion above?

- "The more heads you have the more dificult is to hold them because of the temporary skill handicap they give during a fight." —from the normal HC announcement.

My heads contest was a year ago; did any recent participants happen to notice anything that might fit this description, either on their profile page or during fights?

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The underlined portion was an exception. It has only happened once and it requires wookeh's intervention. So it is still valid. A player that won cannot win it again without "divine" intervention to reset the pesky flag (or whatever there is there that prevents us from taking heads).
 
"The more heads you have the more dificult is to hold them because of the temporary skill handicap they give during a fight." - this is not shown in the profile page. It is calculated by the system during fights and yeah, based on the amount of heads you have. It is VERY MUCH in place and quite a big annoyance.
 
Now, here's what I propose as rules:[spoiler]What is this?
This is a CONTEST! The first 4 of each MP group competing will get a prize consisting of a stats, skill and credits boost and a heads trophy medal!

What are trophy heads?
Every second month this contest starts and each player starts receiving Trophy Heads every day. You can see how many Trophy Heads a player has in the detail panel next to the chat when you click their name. If the player has Trophy Heads you will see a dark dragon head with a number next to it indicating how many they hold, if that player has no heads then you wont see anything there.

How you get heads?
Every time you win against a player who has heads you will get one from them. If you are VICTORIOUS (read rules about when a fight makes you victorious or just the winner) you get ALL of the enemy's heads. While in a sanctuary you can attack other players holding heads so long as they have 7 or more heads. If you have no creatures to defend yourself anybody who attacks you will get all of your heads.

How is the top calculated?
The top is calculated based on your heads score, and the heads score is calculated based on your total trophy heads and your online time you spent whilst you have those heads. The score increases from time to time (one score count at about 15-60min, random) with an amount proportional to your head count, and only if you are online and in a location where you can fight. In stage two of the contest you have to stay online and hold the heads in a predefined location announced on the newslog when stage 2 begins.

What is stage II of the contest?
When one player in each group reaches a certain amount of heads, stage II of the contest begins. During this stage players can only score in predefined locations on the map, making it a constant war for anyone trying to hold the heads. This stage is the final stage before the winners are decided and lasts just 24 hours. Because of the penalty a high count of heads gives and the large amount of heads collected in one big ball, during this stage any player has a chance to rapidly increase their score and get to one of the top positions. This is the final decisive round of the contest, but no one says that you have to fight it to win the contest, any strategy is allowed including running away with the heads to prevent others to get a very high score, it's up to you.

What other things must I know?
Each head brings a temporary penalty to the holder making it more difficult to keep them for a long time and increase their score. The players with the most heads hide in remote locations, go hunt them and take their trophies, don't let them keep the heads too long and gather a high score, they wont come to you, you must hunt them! Also know that you wont get a score while in sanctuary areas or inside areas where you can't be attacked. If you log off or go idle you will gradually lose any heads that you have accumulated until you log back in again. Players that have placed in this contest once wont be able to win it again, they will appear grey and striked out in the list, and they will not get heads when winning fights against other players holding heads. If for some reason a player will be able to play and win the contest again and get a medal that time too, he will get a gold heads medal.
There are several restricted places that you are not allowed to use for hiding: all locations opened by Story Mode or by spending Wishpoint in the Wishshop. If you are found hiding in those places you'll be teleported away. If you continue to hide in such a place although you have been warned not to, you might get disqualified.[/spoiler]

 

 

certain amount of heads - this should be turned into the amount needed for mp4 and mp5 to trigger stage 2 (I can't currently remember the amount and I am lazy to check)

There are several restricted places that you are not allowed to use for hiding: all locations opened by Story Mode or by spending Wishpoint in the Wishshop. If you are found hiding in those places you'll be teleported away. If you continue to hide in such a place although you have been warned not to, you might get disqualified.

-- I propose the following restricted place:

Angiens-Shrine
Sages-Keep-Interior
The-Path-Keeper
Path-Keeper-Second-Level
Champions-Dome
Winds-Gate
Fenths-Wielder
Passage-of-War
Oak-Tower-1st-Floor
Oak-Tower-2nd-Floor
The-Laboratory
Fort-Inner-Yard
Kelle'tha-Cannon-Interior
Round-Table
Cannon-Control-Room

 

Add/remove more if you like.

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The information in Ann. 1200 seems to still be accurate regarding stage II and rewards.

 

Not sure if you're suggesting doing so, but stating all rules of the contest--rewards, stage II requirement, and all prohibited locations on the contest page feels spoilery and generally un-MDish to me, although it seems fitting enough to have an official list of off-limits spots should challenges occur, as they're wont to do. Part of the fun of the heads contest, from what I've remembered and heard recently, comes in trying to guess when Stage II will come and what the rewards will be.

 

Maybe something like:

"If you're not sure if a location is off-limits, ask someone older than you whether it is, and in the meantime, don't go there. A good rule of thumb is that if you could walk somewhere on your own when you were Mindpower 3, it's probably fine to be there. For other places, ask, and people will assume good faith."

 

That said..

 

Locations, -/+:

- Sage's Keep Interior is readily accessible enough that HC competitors shouldn't have a problem entering it. It's also a sanctuary.

- Fort Inneryard is now open to the public, not sure if it's a sanctuary.

+ Storm Docks and Storm Ferry (they're right there on the map, not much of a spoiler there)

+ normally inaccessible Necrovion locations (sevenish that I can think of)

+ Marind's balcony (ghosts need their privacy)

+ The Sunny Bedroom

+ the Dominion.

 

It would be interesting to see the stats rewards scaled as either a percentage of winners' current stats or based on their score or some combination thereof...but that's for a different topic.

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It is indeed spoilerish but on the other hand we do need to have a reference of what is allowed and what not. Besides, HC rules page is available ONLY during HC. And I feel that participants should know the rules even if "HC is unfair".

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Adding something to say about what happens when BHC is running at the same time? As in those that register for it can take the heads off the normal HC peoples?

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There isn't. Only mp3s that were interested were the alts created specially for this. All new mp3s would flee like headless chickens when HC started.

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