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Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 12th Oct '06 10:21 PM


Has anybody won more than one nugget yet? Do they get a second icon on their profile page?

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 12th Oct '06 10:25 PM

I think too many people complained about the new Word Round system. I haven't seen anyone find a nugget since the first night.

Berylm  (Level: 162.4 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 12th Oct '06 10:52 PM

I hope not - at least, I understood that the complaints were about the 'nanny' message (when you didn't answer all ten questions), the lack of the Enter button and the locking out if you dumped too many rounds too quickly - none of which should affect the ability to find or win the nuggets ... do they?

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Thu, 12th Oct '06 11:15 PM

I hope not, but given that we haven't seen any today, it doesn't look good.

Koota  (Level: 187.3 - Posts: 2114)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 10:09 AM

I have played one nugget round, but have not seen another one.

Fri, 13th Oct '06 3:18 PM

Nothing has changed with the Golden Nuggets I just changed the WordRounds program so that it is impossible to get one if you "go looking for them". They are not given out at random as some players might think...

And yes, a certain player HAS found two of them! All nuggets you find are displayed on your user profile.

I see that nobody has found a Blue Brain or a Green Grork yet (you might want to look around during WordPuzzles and on other pages...)

Something quite amazing happens when you get all three.

There is another easter egg as well that I will not describe. I will say, however, that it can only be found in trivia quizzes. It is the most elusive of the bunch. Be sure to click on any of these items if you find one... Incredible things will happen to your Sploofus Account - and it has nothing to do with points!

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 4:21 PM

You are so clever. I am so addicted now that it has become impossible. I suppose now I will become even more so. What the heck? I learn something every day and that is just another reason to get out of bed....learning should never stop.

Thanks Justin for all your hard work. I also appreciate all the hard work of the editors. For the most part, they have a thankless job and I admire them greatly. Keep up the good work .......Marsha

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 5:02 PM

Wow, this sounds pretty cool! I haven't been playing much lately. Looks like I'll have to pick up the pace. Thanks Sploofus!

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 6:00 PM

I've got to get off of here and get supper. Here, I almost went on an Easter Egg Hunt!

Berylm  (Level: 162.4 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 6:24 PM

Er - Justin, if (1) *looking* for a nugget means you *won't* find one (how on earth do you program for that, for heaven's sake?!!), (2) there are other nugget-type items out there to look for, and (3) you won't tell us where we need to watch out to find them, could you at least please reassure us that if we're playing the quizzes and games normally we won't miss one?!!

For instance, we don't need to scroll down the current leaderboard at the end of a Word Puzzle in case there's one at the bottom, or something similar with the end results of a quiz, do we? It will be displayed somewhere we can reasonably be expected to see during normal usage, ie at the top of a screen?

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 8:02 PM

I think Justin meant when he said "Looking For Them", he meant just clicking on a word round to look for one, and then clicking on another one just to look and not completing a round in between. Hope this makes sense.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 8:04 PM

It also may mean that they're programmed to just pop up in a word round and not be placed there ahead of time.

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 8:12 PM

All I know,...or think I know, Justin has alot of hamsters on his little wheel trying to drive everyone totally crazy.

Hat's off, Sir Sploof, amaze me.


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Fri, 13th Oct '06 11:15 PM


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 14th Oct '06 3:13 AM

My concern is how much "looking for a nugget" resembles trying to post a faster time to the nugget police. I applaud the wish to discourage single-minded nugget-rummaging, but it would be lovely if we had a better idea of how many rounds we can dump in the search for speed, before it begins to look like gold mining to the program? AND do the same rules apply in equal measure to WRs and WMs, since we now know there are other hidden treasures to discover?

My WR/WM game plan(and I'm sure many others') is to post a decent time in each word game and then spend what time I can trying to better them. Because of the differences inherent in the two games and depending on the clock, strategies differ. If I post a 22 second round, and then stumble in a subsequent round and find myself guessing hopelessly and way over time, I take the dump. This may happen several times in a row. I may open a round, spend 12 seconds scratching my head over the first clue, and pull the plug. The closer to the end of the hour, the quicker the dump. Occasionally, something very like panic sets in. It isn't always pretty.

Word Match probably gets dumped more than WR. It's vital to get the first one quickly, to get the rhythm going for the rest. Once I have a safe 30 on the board, I'm going to abandon a match where I've spent 8 1/2 seconds trying to match the first word and the second completely baffles me. No way can I spend 10 seconds on the first two and still beat my own 30. And once I know I've misclicked or gotten one wrong, there's no chance of going back and fixing it in good time. To me it is always and still about beating myself, doing it faster, not finding a nugget.

Since getting my knuckles rapped for circumventing the pop-up word nanny to dump rounds, I'm now paranoid about every round I want to abandon. Will it shut me out of the nugget rush? Will it mark me for a cheat and get me banned? Do I have to complete EVERY round to stay eligible? The first 10? What about carry-over from hour to hour? Will the six rounds I dumped trying to win a round at 4:58 hurt me in the 5:00 round? These are the things our hind-brains churn over while we're playing.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Sat, 14th Oct '06 1:05 PM

This has all been taken into account, and you are not penalized for dumping rounds during routine Platinum play. There were several players last night dumping tons of rounds and 2 of them got the nugget (although they were not able to hang on to it

The algorithm is very smart. It can differentiate ordinary round dumping from nugget questing. And that's all I have to say about that.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 14th Oct '06 2:11 PM

Thanks much for the clarification!


Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 14th Oct '06 8:17 PM

Just a thought about the 'easter egg' thing that you say is hidden within the trivia quizzes only.
Are there more than one?
If there is only one is it too much of a presumption that it would have to be found within a trivia quiz written by someone who is not a member anymore, because if it is one written by a current member then because they cannot do their own quiz that means that they can never find it and thus it becomes unfair.

Jeannarie  (Level: 135.1 - Posts: 106)
Sun, 15th Oct '06 10:50 AM

I play Sploofus on a Mac. Has anyone on a Mac gotten a nugget or diamond? Is the program designed to be run on either platform? Not that I would have one anyway, but I just wondered.

Fiaingael85  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 6:00 PM

I'm obviously missing something here about the nuggets. If they aren't given out randomly and you can't go looking for them, how DO you get them? Same question for the blue brain, etc--how do you "look around" for them in word match or word rounds?
As always, I'm confused!

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 9:10 PM

I cannot answer for the greater population, but I am on a Mac and have not seen hide nor hair of either a blue brain or a golden football. And I sure do keep looking. I never thought of it as being a Mac problem, tho. I just assumed that it was the same kind of luck that keeps me from winning raffle prizes.


Mindmonkey  (Level: 279.1 - Posts: 295)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 9:28 PM

I think that, in order to find a blue brain, we must look deep within ourselves...

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 189.8 - Posts: 686)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 9:41 PM

I haven't seen anything yet - gold or blue on my computer and I don't own a MAC. I think you have to play a lot to find them, or just lucky. It's like a treasure hunt.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.2 - Posts: 6097)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 10:03 PM

I don't have a mac, and I have been looking, but I haven't seen anything as of yet that resembles any of the things Justin mentioned, although I do see others are finding them. I don't think he mentioned a "blue diamond", but then it just showed up in the wordrounds and wordmatches. I'd be curious just to see where and how they do show up.


Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 17th Oct '06 11:10 PM

I finally got a "golden" opportunity on my first WR of the day. Had nine easy words, and a 1-in-3 guess.

You'll notice I'm still footballess, but I'm glad the opportunity finally presented itself to me.

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