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What is SpyParty?

SpyParty is a spy game about human behavior, performance, perception, and deception. While most espionage games have you spend your time shooting stuff, blowing stuff up, and driving fast, SpyParty has you hide in plain sight, deceive your opponent, and detect subtle behavioral tells to achieve your objectives.



SCL6: Week 4 Power Rankings

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Some big shake ups in Master’s Circuit in particular this week; Oak is finally settled into a real division with no more shuffling; Some big surprises down the stretch. Week 4’s brought a lot of drama to the power rankings, and we’re here to cover all of it. Once again, shoutouts to Silverthorn for helping out with creating these.

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SCL6: Week 3 Power Rankings

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Things seem to have calmed down in the wake of Week 2 for the most part, but that doesn’t mean Week 3 doesn’t have its share of surprises in store for us. Unfortunately, there are a good few matches that weren’t played before writing these rankings, so it’ll be a bit more stagnant than previous weeks in some divisions. As usual, big thanks to Silverthorn for all the help putting this together.

Reminder: The name in brackets is who the community poll (on average) put in the relevant ranking.

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More Still Image Tsumego Puzzles

Almost exactly a year ago, abearRAWR graced us with a set of still image tsumego puzzles. Now, 373 days later, he’s given us a half dozen more.

You should be able to spot the spy in each of these images, though the giveaway may be extremely subtle and/or involve detailed game knowledge. Good luck! Oh, and click here for a brief explanation of the term “tsumego.”

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SCL6: Week 2 Power Rankings

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Chaos. That is how I would describe Week 2 of SCL6. Particularly in the Masters Circuit: upsets, unexpected results, and everything in between have been the hallmark of this week. This week now includes a community poll alongside my own rankings (you’ll find that in the brackets to the right of my own ranking), so let’s get into it. Once again, thanks to Silverthorn for helping put this together.

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SCL6: Week 1 Power Rankings

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Welcome to the SCL Weekly Power Rankings! The title is self-explanatory, so I’ll skip to the stuff that’s not:

  1. These are weekly power rankings. This means that they’re going to be heavily recency biased.
  2. Speaking of biased, everything here is just the author’s opinion. So far, the author is not known to be always right. I’m holding out hope though.
  3. These power rankings will have a base-state that’s modeled off of the community predictions pre-SCL, on average. This is so that the first week (this one!) isn’t completely dominated by the results of one match, as recency-biased as I promised this to be.

Thanks to Silverthorn for helping put this together. With that, let’s get into the divisions!

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Winter Cup 2020 – Full Results

The second Winter Cup is complete. Months ago, actually, but for posterity: the champion was Pofke, who defeated Ryooo in a dramatic match that ended with the same score as last year’s Winter Cup final: 10-8. Here’s how the tournament unfolded after the Group Stages:
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SCL 6 Hype Video


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A Message from Caley

I will not be competing in SCL Season 6, and will in fact be taking an extended hiatus from SpyParty competitive play which will last for the foreseeable future. I will continue to administer the league, though, and I will continue to play SpyParty casually and be an active member of this wonderful community. The hiatus only extends to actual competitive play.

The reason is a simple one of time. Playing SpyParty competitively requires an enormous sum of time and effort from me, and while I could feasibly continue to keep that up, it always takes away greatly from other projects I could be working on, especially other projects for SpyParty.
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Breaking Rhythm

As a SpyParty player learns the game, they develop their own distinct style and approach. In the course of doing so many players begin, consciously or unconsciously, taking the same basic approach to each game, hitting the same notes in the same places. I’ve started referring to this as the “rhythm” of SpyParty, because I see it time and again, in the majority of my opponents’ games and my own games as well. While this rhythm serves as a strong foundation for play, the best players learn to break it to their own advantage.
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The Dialect Dialectic

Like many other players, there’s a piece of my brain that is slowly digesting thoughts about SpyParty nearly every day. During the last two years of interaction with the game I’ve approached the game more as an analyst/caster than a competitive player (where I’ve barely avoided relegation from SCL’s Platinum Division for two seasons); I’ve spent far more time describing SpyParty than playing it. Continue reading