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Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 10:30 AM


Hi Y'all, Just getting started with this Sploofus thing and really can't live without it now--uh oh, this is why I never tried heroin, afraid I'd like it too much... question: If I initiate a showdown, and during the time before I get a response I initiate another showdown, does the same person get both showdowns? That seems like piling on, but I don't see how it could work otherwise.


Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 10:41 AM

Hi RJ - near as I can figure you can only initiate one showdown within a certain time frame, but as I rarely do it I'm not sure how long that is.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 10:47 AM

You get a token every Sunday; you can stage showdowns once in 24 hours.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 10:48 AM

And yes, you can pile on, and you want to when you can.


Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 11:52 AM, I did another showdown before the first one responded, and it turned out to be against a different person from the first one. Not sure how that works...

Which is fine for me...I just didn't want to showdown the same person more than once so close together. Showdown seems kind of aggressive anyway, and I didn't want to be offensive to anyone.

Thanks for the replies!

Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 1:42 PM

Rjenson, you don't have to worry about offending anyone. I think that most of us LIKE to be challenged. It's a way to possibly win some points without risking losing any. The risk is all held by the challenger. So, I agree with Smoke---when you can, go for it!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 2:24 PM

Rjen, it's just another part of the game, and no one should ever be offended. Most of us like a challenge or we wouldn't be here. Your challenge always goes to the person just above you in the rankings. Once you make the top 500 board you'll be able to scout your opponents and pick and choose.

Good luck!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 8th Aug '07 6:02 PM

One member double-challenged me once.....I look like such a pushover on my profile.
I got lucky when I responded and the poor guy lost a LOT of points.

I have done double-challenges as well, but let's not talk about the results of those'uns, shall we?


Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 12:02 PM

If you wish to "scout" your opponent before you make the top 500 list, you can click on the "Stage a new showdown" button. You will be told who the opponent is before you make the final decision to go through with the challenge or not. Either make a note of the opponent's name or double-click on the name to highlight it and then copy. Click on the name of any member at the bottom of the page (under "Now Playing"). In the browser address box, the name of the player you clicked on will be at the end of the address. Replace that name with the name of your opponent, and you will go to the opponent's profile page where you can check out his or her current level, percent of showdown wins, average speed, etc. to help you decide whether or not to challenge that person.
Rjenson, you may already know all this stuff, but I thought I'd post anyway because it may help someone else who is new and who hasn't learned all the "tricks" yet. Someone else explained the process to me when I was a newby, and I was grateful for the help.

Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 2:35 AM

Thanks to everyone for your kind replies.

My first showdown was unsuccessful, in that I did get the answer right but the person I challenged did too, only quicker.

My second challenge was a nail-biter, cause I missed the question completely. Fortunately, So did the other guy.

Thinking to make up my lost points, I've made some rash wagers lately on my QOTD answers. Lost about half my points and back down to 7.0 ----
Gained a little knowledge the hard way.


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 9:14 AM

Yup - those are tough lessons. I also learned the hard way about wagers (as I think most of us did!). Now I never wager unless I am at a .0 or .1 level. Losing the level status hurts a lot more than losing the points!!

Now when I am at a .7, 8 or 9 and I get a category i want to wager on...I SAVE it until I am at .0 again!!

Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 11:32 AM

oooooh! Thanks so much for that strategic idea...I always feel like I have to do the QOTD right NOW...thanks for the lesson, I learned this one the easy way!

Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 10:38 PM

Um...someone mentioned the Top 500 list...where do I find out more about what that entails?

Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 14th Aug '07 12:54 PM

Smoke said that once you get onto the Top 500 your could scout your opponent.
I answered with a way to scout the opponent even if you were not on that board. (At the time that I mentioned "Top 500," I was not aware that nonpaying members only see the top 100--so the term is not useful for everyone.) I was just referring to the list that comes up if you click on the word "Leaderboards" under the banner at the top of the page.
I see that you are a Gold member, though. Once you are #500 or better, your name will appear on that list highlighted in yellow. It is easy to see, then, who is directly above you on the list. You can click on his/her screen name and see that person's profile. I look to see which proficiency badges someone has, what their percentage of showdown victories is, what the speed is for answering questions, what level they are on, how active they are on the site (the graph near the bottom). Anyway, I look at all of that before I challenge to see if I have any chance of winning. (I still lose almost half the time anyway, though.)
Before I learned the trick of clicking on someone's name at the bottom of the page and replacing that name in the URL with the name of the person I was looking for, I was spending lots of time looking for the person on the members directory--which does not have a search engine. You have to go to a letter of the alphabet and then page forward again and again until you get to the page you're looking for. (I sure hope that Sploofus 2.0 provides the directory with a search engine.)
So--to make a long story even longer--the "Top 500" is just the All-Time Leaderboard.
Sorry to be so long-winded.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Tue, 14th Aug '07 1:58 PM

Thanks, Diane! I tried your suggestion on changing the name in the address bar to the profile you want, and it's a lot easier than going through the long alphabet of names.


Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 14th Aug '07 4:05 PM

You're most welcome! I was hoping the message would help somebody!

Papajensai  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 16th Aug '07 5:04 AM

Thanks to everyone for all your helpful responses.

Jeeze, what a bunch of nice people! Can't I just live here in Sploofusville?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 16th Aug '07 6:36 AM

When I want to see the profile of someone whose name isn't
immediately available - I go to my "Buddy" list( under Sploofus Space)
and plug in their name at the top.
When I've finished being nosey....just click on "Remove".

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