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smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 11:00 PM

HEY NSINUOSBLUFYXN

How can you have 38 million points and only be level 11?

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 11:10 PM

Hey Smaug.. don't know about Nsinuosblufyxn but, I've been here since Oct.06.. have 26M pts and am only at level 20.. I answer incorrectly on a lot of TQOD's except for Movies & Television and Vocabulary.. those are the ones I wager on (vocab - that is when they rarely come around).. plus I used to be a lot more active than I am now with WR/WM and WP's so, wracking up the points isn't as hard for me as TQOD's..

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 11:22 PM

Jeez, I still don't get the huge disparity. I've taken more quizzes than you. You do 33 percent on the showdowns so that is a negative in points, right?

I didn't think WRs and WPs gave many points...26 million, yow...

embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 11:26 PM

Lost showdowns are only negative points if you initiate the showdown. If someone else does, nothing bad can happen


chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 11:35 PM

Smaug, i did a WM today, got 60% right. the hour was up so i ranked #39 and was awarded 525 points. so it's possible to get mediocre scores in WR/WM play and still average over 1000 points every hour that you play. then playing every word puzzle gives the potential of at least 10,000 daily. it really adds up faster than one might realize.



lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 12:45 AM

Most of my points come from wagering on vocab questions... I used to play WR/WM quite a few times a day and never missed a WP so would earn 15,000 - 20,000 pts a day (my family started to forget what I look like so I haven't played regularly for some time now). I have 5 wager tokens burning a hole in my pocket.. and no vocab questions in sight! ugh!! Hey Justin.. can you do something about that? Give my 5 tokens for my birthday and then chinz out on the vocab questions lol

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 12:58 AM

I can - just to make you ask questions.

Bunny

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:13 AM

I now have 3 potpourri in a row sitting there. Sheesh.

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:30 AM

Don't sound so jealous. It really is no mystery. Besides there are other players who are moving faster than I did.

Smaug, really...you should drink & read. I'm not sure where you got 33% from, but it wasn't on my profile. My true showdown victories are 69%. They don't match what sploofus lists b/c I was gypped out of a win by a glitch & a player who decided to answer the showdown question even after she (probably) knew it had been expired for more than 12 hours & answered it faster than me.

Besides, if you check my profile you can see where I list my ratio of showdowns by challenger, 15:20 & defender, 3:6. The losses as a challenger may have only subtracted a minimal to moderate # of pts (compared to my current score) if I lost them earlier on in my challenges as it goes by a 10% standard.

Within 3-6 weeks of joining I was exploring the whole site to check out every game that was offered. I've done a plethora of WM's, WR's & WP's. After the first time I did a WR, I was so disgusted by the mere thought of having to come across another turd bug my playing any WR/WM ceased for 2 weeks.

WP's: I'm not in the habit of "pulling out" of WP's b/c it's taking me too long. [Smaug I hate to say it but your rate of pulling out is alarming. I hope this is the only place that it's a regular habit for you.] When I don't feel like doing them or I'm aggravated or pressed for time, I just try to pick the letters quickly w/out choosing too many incorrect letters. I can't do every WP but I do try. Many nights I fall asleep in bed with the laptop on top of me & wake up later with the WP still staring me in the face. (Usually I wake up b/c I like to sleep on my stomach & I'm on my back and can't readily turn over.) I don't remember ever having to log back in to finish it but I don't think I've ever dozed off for that long.

Fairly soon after joining, I had gotten myself a gold membership which facilitates wagers; also helps WPs/WRs/WMs.

So don't cry Smaug, I believe that you can do it!

Bunny
PS: I have a trivia potpourri, geography, & sports soup.




smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 1:51 AM


*YOU* really shouldn't drink and read....if you look up above the 33 percent comment was directed at Lisa.

I didn't notice, you actually joined after me, so that explains the level. But the 38 mil is amazing to me. I guess it shouldn't be, I ignored most of the games for a long time.

You are right, I quit the WPs if I don't get the first few pretty efficiently. Is that captured as a stat or are you just going anecdotally?

I guess I swing for the fences, that is why it seems nuts to tink tink along with the WRs and WMs, a thousand points here and a thousand points there, and then win a million on a wager, or a half million on a showdown.


It's funny, as a primary interest, I started out taking quizzes, then I moved to writing them, then I moved to WRs, WMs, the to the WPs, then to the showdowns and wagers.

I'd be leading level 11 if you'd move outta there, that is why I asked

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 2:34 AM

Since you started the thread I was mainly reading your posts & kind of passing over the others, so I f#@*ed that one up (DAMNED BRAIN FARTS!) - but it was meant jokingly.

You tend to announce, somewhere in chat, when you don't complete your WP's so I'm just going by reading your posts.

Think about all those people that play 10 or more WMs/WRs a day, that's more than 10,000 pts for minimal scores. 1,000 here & there adds up! If you only got 1,000 pts from them every day for a yr that w/d be 365,000 pts. The more you increase your pts in between wagers or showdowns the more you can potentially gain or lose.

How did you determine that I'm the leading player on level 11? Did you look @ everyone's profile that's above you on the leaderboards?
Well, I can't say that I regret being in your way.



smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 2:40 AM

To determine who is leading level eleven, go to the leaderboards link at the top of the page, then click on "Leaders by Level." Smaug is in second place to you.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 2:50 AM

what he said.

I'll bet I bail on more WPs than I complete. Basically, I'd say if it isn't one you have a shot at a 0 to 3 move on the first two puzzles, I quit. Those puzzles with 10 or 12 words where you have to make 12 moves before you even have any idea what they are talking about....those just frustrate me.

As to the WR/WMs....10 a day would mean I'd have to pop in here every hour for ten hours? No way.

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 3:17 AM

Wow, thanks guys! ~ I guess I never really noticed that link before; Just playing on Sploofus 'cause I like it so much.
I see my friend at #5, I'll send him a pm. His account is a bit older than mine but I'm still trying to catch up to his level. Once I was within .2 levels & then lost it.

See ya' around the board,
Bunny




erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 7:42 AM

Wow, until now I had no idea just how poorly I was doing. Level 24 and only 5 mill pts and some change. I have 50 showdown tokens that I am too chicken to use. Too bad I can't sell them to Smaug or someone with more courage (and brain power, evidently).

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 8:50 AM

If Smaug is first on the WP bailouts then I must be second. My completion/bailout raio is about 1 to 1. I bailed on the Smog puzzle because of too many moves on the first one.

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:01 AM

Looking at Leaderboards is interesting. On the highest level, 92, there is someone with only 29 million points.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:16 AM

Well, Showdowns can come back to bite you. I've had runs of seven wins in a row and five wins in a row, and 12-1 one stretch. I'm 16-4 my last 20. But to watch that 500,000 come of is painful when you lose!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:18 AM

You short-attention-span types crack me up. You define the difference between players and puzzlers. I don't say this to be critical in any way, just observing, is all. When I do WPs, it's me against the puzzle, and I never give up; the goal is to figure the whole thing out, not to win. That's gravy.

Should never say never. I think I may have quit one of the more experimental "this to that" puzzles way back, but c'mon, I had a migraine; there have been many times I've hung on for 3000 points and used up the alphabet multiple times.

Do you guys quit sudokus and crosswords if you get stumped? When (if) you struggle with a puzzle, do you ever think maybe everyone is struggling, and you still might be winning?

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:22 AM


I don't have a short attention span I jus -- hey! look! a blue car!

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:26 AM

Good observation, Smoke. Most of the time I'm a puzzler. I look forward to Friday and Saturday crossword puzzles because they sometimes take an hour to do. Monday crosswords I can usually do in less than ten minutes. On Sploofus, I'm a puzzler except occasionally on WRs. Sometimes I'll do a WR or WM even though I know I'm making a slow time just to see if I can get 100%. But most of the time I'm going for speed and to compete against others.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:42 AM

Gee, that was fun. 74 moves. 40 behind Tallactor. I shoulda quit.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:44 AM

I'm proud of you.

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:44 AM

This thread started me thinking about how many points I have earned from WRs and WMs in one day. Back at the beginning of December I earned almost 100,000 in one day on WRs and WMs. I was on the computer all day and would spend about ten minutes before the hour and ten minutes after the hour doing WRs and WMs, then do other computer business the rest of the time. Anyone else have a similar statistic?

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:50 AM

Yup. I can make a couple million a month at WR/M if I make the effort. Have to let it run my life, though, and that gets old pretty quick for me.

Above a certain level, a couple million's not such a big deal, but done at lower levels and used to max advantage in wagers and showdowns, it's a big boost up the boards.

siouxsie
Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:54 AM

Yeah, since I've been in the top 100, the only way for me to advance is to make big wagers on my TQOTDs when I get a token. Otherwise, even if I do WRs and WMs fairly fanatically, I just slide down the rankings until I win another wager. Smoke, were you the one who swore off WRs for a month a while back?

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 9:58 AM

Siouxsie, in October I set a goal of getting 1 mil. points on WR/WM with a gold membership (10 tries per round). I did it, but it took some effort. Fortunately, I was limited to the 10 tries per hour, so I wasn't on it non-stop.

Smokie, you're right about the points at lower level point. I used WM/WR to build up points, along with showdowns, to help build the base for wagers. I like to set one goal for the month - say being in the top 10 or top 50 or whatever of a category.

BTW, Bunny, Initially I thought your nick had to do with a sinus problem, still can't figure that one out.


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 10:09 AM

I quit for a month after setting the all-time bar at 4.34 mil last December. It stood for several months until Slicko came along and smithereened it. DAMN that Slicko!

I realized the true meaning of anticlimactic at midnight on New Years that I was greeting the new year sitting at a computer, and when it was all over there was nobody awake with me, no ticker tape, no confetti, no parade. Not even anyone on Shout to congrat me. I traded the month of December for first place and four million points,(immortalized by a printout of the leaderboard magnetted to the side of the fridge), and to this day I haved no memory of my in-laws even being at my house for three days last Christmas.

I deliberately avoid being competitive now.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 10:12 AM

And my in-laws didn't come back this year.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 10:29 AM

That would be a good Sploofus ad campaign -- "You'll forget your in-laws"

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 10:34 AM

"Why pay lawyers? Who needs a divorce? You won't even know you're married!"

nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 3:17 PM

Yes Smaug you should've pulled out of that one too. In fact I think that you should quit most of the WP's you try; Just give up!

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 3:22 PM


Once you have twins pulling out seems a wise strategy.



nsinuosblufyxn
Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 27th Dec '07 3:23 PM

So that's how you developed your WP technique.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 28th Dec '07 3:48 AM

Hey John,
If you want to see disparity, check me out in Level 18. I'm kinda' in first place with points.

Bill


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