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Re: FQ -- those darn unicorns (possible spoilers)
Posted By: lelo14, on host
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 15:41:28
In Reply To: Re: Fantasy Quest -- working on low score (possible spoilers) posted by dcarter51 on Monday, November 7, 2011, at 07:52:06:

> > > > I solved Fantasy Quest and now I'm working on getting low score. (You know me.) Can anyone tell me what is the deal with the Unicorns?
> > > >
> > > > After I give them what they want they are helpful. Sometimes they are helpful at least twice; sometimes they are helpful only once. Why are they so finiky?
> > > >
> > > > My ideas so far are:
> > > > 1) If you make too many moves(clicks) after you give them what they want, then (due to the passage of time) they forget you are their friend. If that is the case, does anyone know how many clicks causes them to become unhelpful again?
> > > >
> > > > 2) If you walk past them too many times, they get their feelings hurt. If that is the case, how many times can I walk past before they become unhelpful again?
> > > >
> > > > 3) If you have an item the don't like, they won't be helpful. If that's the case, then I guess I should figure it out for myself. So just tell me if this is the problem and I'll work on it.
> > > >
> > > > 4) Some other tricky thing the programer put in to drive us mad. In that case, any hints?
> > > >
> > > > 5) It was a bug but now it's a feature. Okay, sorry to suggest it, I'm sure it's not true.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks, lelo
> > > >
> > > > P.S. It's an awsome game. A little silly but I think that wikipedia is giving it a bad wrap.
> > >
> > > Here's what I have found. They only want one thing. It doesn't matter how many times you give it to them they will always take it. You should not give them "the item" until you are ready for a [favor] because your next step will be [using the favor].
> >
> > Yes, I wait to give them "the item" until I'm ready for their 1st favor. However, you need that favor at least twice and sometimes they will give me the second favor the next time I need it without any more bribes. But sometimes they refuse and I have to go get another bribe.
> >
> > Why is it that sometimes one bribe gets you two favors and other times it only gets you one favor?
> That's a good question. I've never been able to [get them to be helpful] without a bribe. You only need to do it twice.

Yes, Thanks for replying.
I changed some of your wording to minimize spoilers.

For anyone working on this same problem or who might be able to help us here is a summary of where I'm at:

You do need to use the unicorn's favor at least twice and you have to bribe them at least once.

There is an order of steps so that you can win by both
only using the favor only twice and
only giving the bribe only once.

However, there are other winning step orders for which
you have to give the bribe twice or more.

I think you understood all that but I wanted to be clear.

See previous post for my ideas as to what causes them to need a second bribe.

Currently, I give the bribe right before the first use of the favor,
and I do not visit them between using the first and second favor,
and I try to minimize the steps it takes between the frist use of the favor and the second use of the favor.
This however, is not yet giving me low score.

I'm still working on it. Any additional help would be appriciated but maybe the only person who knows is the programer (Sam right?).

Sorry about all the "secret code words". I'm trying to do as little spoiling as possible.

Thanks everyone.

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