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#1 Re: Main Forum » A Robber's Diary: Some Maps, Some Thoughts, and A Few Good Scores » 2014-07-20 19:36:22

eppfel wrote:
Anthony Hugh Miller

I got just as far as you and i was as confused. I would love to see a solution as well.

First off, I'm absolutely honored to even be on this list. There are many people who are much better than I at house designs and I never expected Anthony Hugh Miller to last as long as he did.  He was put to an end by Blip, who beat it with a tool-less run.

Here's the actual map:

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The button at the beginning of the map was rigged to where you actually had to hit it twice to deactivate the electronics later in the house.  Otherwise, the cat would fry you.  It was inspired by a youtube video I watch by Aavak about a button which you had to press before shifting the view, otherwise the house was unsolvable.  I was playing around on the Wiki and saw a double button, so I thought I'd put the two ideas together.

In the case you used wire cutters and water to get past that part of the house, the powered doors later on in the map actually relied on you pressing that button twice at the start.  So, I was protected from brute force... but it was a straight shot (although an intimidating straight shot) if you pressed that button twice.  I also set the toggle button on the last leap of faith backwards to where you had to trigger the button before getting the dog.  If you didn't, then the dog would fry you instead of completing the leap of faith.  The combo lock killed about 3 people, with only Blip making it through. 

Many people drugged the second dog (behind the powered door) needed for the leap of faith which gave me a lot of kills. The first dog scared many people into the cat trap on the right.  I can't tell you how many people that cat killed after the leap of faith.... hundreds.

#2 Re: Main Forum » Sale? » 2014-06-12 17:45:58

Maybe I'm wrong about this... but I read a lot before I bought castle doctrine.  I know that doesn't make me an expert on this game or Jason Rohrer.  But, Jason seems almost more like an artist than a true game designer with his mentality.  Video games just happens to be his medium.  It seems like, when he created this game, he never was in it for the longevity and replay value.  He wanted to create an experience with the perma-death and risk vs. reward aspect of the game.  I mean absolutely no ill-will with this statement... but it doesn't surprise me to see that Jason isn't making an effort to increase sales.  The way I see things, this piece of art is finished, and it's time to move to the next project.

He set out to create an experience, and I'd say it was a pretty useful exercise. Between the arguments about fair vs. not fair with clocks, trying to define what cheating was, and the all-out paranoia with dual accounts... it was pretty amazing what this game was able to invoke in people.  Once again, absolutely no finger-point or blame here, just making an observation.

As much as I hate to admit it, it seems like this game is slowly on it's way out.  There just aren't that many people that play it anymore.  I wasn't expecting to spend 15$ on a game I'd only be able to play for a few months... but I'd be lying if I said I didn't get my money's worth of enjoyment out of the game.

That's just my perspective on things, as ignorant as it may be.

#3 Main Forum » I caught a cheater for real - Charles C. Baugh » 2014-06-04 21:23:18

Killer Mosquito
Replies: 1

I know there's been a lot of accusations going on.... but I'm dead serious about this one.  The only explanation is cheating.  Despite my best efforts... he took the PERFECT NUMBER OF STEPS to get to my vault.  I'll be emailing Jason about this shortly, but I thought I would post this on the forum so you can keep an eye out.  Maybe rob him before he cheats you out of a good house.  I've posted my entrance below. 


lol... just kidding.  Been too busy to get a decent house started.  I've been going on some santa runs with 10 doorstops.

#4 Re: Main Forum » Christopher N. Cantrell's house » 2014-06-03 15:29:01

Just tried to find you... you're not on my list

#5 Re: Main Forum » Mr. Coats is Dead... Oops. » 2014-05-30 17:18:11

I think this is Blip's strategy.  Epic robberies, then dies in self test so you can't get any meaningful revenge. 

I'm on to you Blip...

#6 Re: Main Forum » Interesting little toy/tool » 2014-05-29 20:40:50

Wow...  this is fantastic.

Unpowered doors are a bit confusing... they look the same powered and unpowered.  You can only tell which is which by the line of sight behind the door.  Also, I had a chihuahua (I still can't spell that word at first try....).  I couldn't see it on the page.

Other than that... this is golden.

EDIT:  I experienced no lag.

#7 Re: Main Forum » Who all is still active » 2014-05-22 21:53:55

Active... but not much of a robber.  50 of each item and I'd find a way to drown in someones house despite the fact that water doesn't exist in this game.  I'm just that bad of a robber.  Seriously.  Chihuahua's kill me.  Cats kill me.  I'm surprised a wall hasn't fallen on me.  I'm probably the worst robber that plays this game.

#8 Re: Main Forum » to the scouts who made it to the south wall of Caldwell's » 2014-05-10 20:41:19

tigerbalm immunity wrote:

who'll it be? blip or vault keeper? or a third, as yet, unmasked villain?

won't be long now smile

Had I seen this quick enough...  I was totally going to nominate a self-test to take you out smile

#9 Re: Main Forum » to the scouts who made it to the south wall of Caldwell's » 2014-05-09 17:57:30

I died quite a few times in your house.  I remember that dance looking MUCH different a while back... but the same principle.  I believe it was your house which was the inspiration for my current house. 

..... For the record, I never reached the south wall.

#10 Re: Main Forum » Getting paranoid... » 2014-05-03 19:35:21

Having a well protected wife deters brute force attacks as well (for a bit at least).  If you have a 20k house with no family, then robbers are much more willing to invest a lot of tools since they know they will get the entire payout if they find your vault.

#11 Re: Main Forum » So I got an alt account... » 2014-05-03 13:03:23

Lord0fHam wrote:

I've got a dual account, and until i retardedly died yesterday with it, both my accounts were on the first page. It's pretty fun to design two houses at once, both totally different.

Man... I bet self tests are scary as hell with two houses strong enough to make the first page...

#12 Re: Main Forum » Living a lie. » 2014-05-03 12:59:41

williad2 wrote:

42dustman - Two words "Paradoxical circuit".  Yea I have to put on the dunce cap and sit in a corner when that topic is brought up.

I've actually recently dabbled in paradoxical circuits.  They are awesome when you use them properly.  However, my first two tries using them resulted in a VERY easy robbery for someone.  I didn't use them properly.  I try to find something new to use in each new house that I build.  When you look at my old house ( … hp?id=2832), it's complicated.  But I feel like looking at the floor plan for a few minutes will give you the solution.  I've looked at some of iceman's and blips floorplans..... 15 minutes later and I still can't figure out how I would get through the thing.

That's one thing I would suggest though - with each new house, try a new trap.  A new 2k house is the closest you can come to a sandbox practice area.  I've built 3 houses with clocks... I still have no clue how they work, nor did I ever properly use them.  I finally got the paradox circuit after building one in a new 2k house and playing around by randomly removing wires to see what ended up getting powered and what did not.  My issue for awhile was that in each new life, I just kept building the same house.  Granted, it was an effective house... but I never learned anything.

#13 Re: Main Forum » Living a lie. » 2014-05-02 19:14:15

There have been quite a few people post designs here that absolutely blow my mind.  Jason Rohrer himself even struggled to grasp the concept of clocks once it was discovered. 

I know that Iceman and Blip have had some pretty nice designs.  Just looking at the entrance of MMaster's house scares me (David Michael Scott). Cyclene's also has quite the devious house.

#14 Re: Main Forum » Marketing Suggestion - Viral Song Parody » 2014-04-28 18:12:18

Just a random comment.  I'm actually located in Alabama... South of where all of this went down.  I did not go to a single party in college where the Huntsville Bed Rapist song wasn't blasted at least once.

Shockingly good song.

#15 Re: Main Forum » Has this game died? » 2014-04-25 19:39:28

One thing I'll say... the frequency of action is kind of like a bell curve.  If you build a 2k house, don't expect to get a LOT of action in it until you get about 4-5k.  Then the robberies start to pick up.  Once you reach 11-15k, people get a bit more cautious in your house.  Paintings instigate some of the more skilled robbers.  I like building death traps.  In that sense, I like constructing the perfect house and seeing how it does.  It's only half the game... but I like it a lot.  I'm a terrible robber.  Once I lose a house, I start doing suicide runs to get money in the community.  I recently made a run in most houses with 10 doorstops (because of course I chose doorstops... that way when I see pitbulls, I'm like "Man, I'm glad I brought all of these doorstops...")

There's still a pretty good player base, although it's true that it's not as large as it once was.  It's a great game.  It's hard to build a 2k house that works... and you have to keep a close eye on it.  All of a sudden, someone will come with a $600 bounty and 2k worth of tools and your house is worth more that your security systems can protect.  It's tough... but it's fun in my opinion.  I just got another friend playing it.  He bought it yesterday.  It's a game worth playing... just not a lot of people know about it.

#16 Re: Main Forum » Ideas to attract new players. » 2014-04-24 17:49:25

I just convinced one of my friends to get the game.  He's pretty excited about it.  I showed him the wiki and the Sticky topic at the top of the forums for newbies.

#17 Re: Main Forum » This is where we celebrate a selftest » 2014-04-24 15:27:14

Speaking of...... just died in my own magic dance.  I know that's not what the topic is about... but I'm sad about it.  I really liked my house....

#18 Re: Main Forum » This is where we celebrate a selftest » 2014-04-23 22:58:38

Speaking of self tests... I've started dabbling with Magic Dances.

Do you every get used to those things?   I feel like I'm going to crap my pants every self test.  Haven't died to it yet though!

#19 Main Forum » Feedback Please » 2014-04-15 17:41:16

Killer Mosquito
Replies: 2

Hello all smile

Could I please get some feedback on this house?  Do you think it's a decent house?  What do you think could have improved it, or would you have gone with a different design altogether?

Map Feedback

#20 Re: Main Forum » The Painting Directory » 2014-04-15 17:31:53

Truth.  And the failsafe was weak at that too.  Most of the houses in the top 5 pages could have sawed through it with the left overs of 2k robbers.  I want to post it and get feedback... but I can't figure out how to get an image up here.

#21 Re: Main Forum » The Painting Directory » 2014-04-15 17:22:28

Haha!  Good man.  The Robin Hood of Castle Doctrine.

Seriously though..... it's quite impressive that there aren't any scouting runs by you before the perfect solution to my house.  Quite the robber you are, sir smile

I freaking love this game.  I can't wait to start robbing again.  I've been turtling just to see how long it took for someone to figure it out.  You delivered me.  I'm really lacking in house building skills.  I'm as knowledgeable (and about as creative) as the wiki is at the moment.  I'm ready to get my hands dirty in some robbing.  Watching the videos of Iceman getting robbed was quite the inspiration.

#22 Re: Main Forum » The Painting Directory » 2014-04-15 17:13:43

Miller here!  I planned on changing it every time I saw someone solve it.  I liked this house at first... but I really didn't like it once I started getting a lot of money.  I just wanted to ride it out and see how long it took someone to solve it.  I wanted to see a lot of robbery tapes so I could get ideas of what worked and what didn't.  When I looked at houses by you, iceman, and various other people... my house was a joke compared to them.  The only thing I had going for me was the double button at the beginning which was the gimmick that half my house relied on. But, I just wanted to see who would solve it.  Enjoy your paintings!

#23 Re: Main Forum » New real money bounty of $150 on triple accounter Robert Dale Bishop » 2014-04-11 21:08:09

I'll take the 150$ for wrecking him..... then use the money to buy 9 more accounts!!!! lolz...

I realize I'm kind of a troll here... but the thought was too funny not to publicize.

#24 Re: Main Forum » The Painting Directory » 2014-04-11 18:26:35

Man... people are clever.  Much cleverer than I.  I wish I thought of half the crap I see people talk about on these forums. 

If it's a true suicide scout, that's a bummer.  I'd really love to see the tapes.  I recently made a change that I hope doesn't end up being a weakness sad  I'd like to see how it's handled.

#25 Re: Main Forum » The Painting Directory » 2014-04-11 17:48:40

Forgive my ignorance... but what is "disconnect scouting?"

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