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
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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.
Unlike the suave and confident spies you might find in films or books, most spies in spy games are more like super powered commandos--more Rambo than James Bond. By contrast, SpyParty is a new and quite different game about the more interesting and deeper aspects of being a spy.
Which missions are the strongest?
There’s much debate in the SpyParty community about this question, and even players who don’t engage in that debate influence it; the way one plays spy is a direct reflection of which missions they believe are strong in various situations. But how do we evaluate mission strength, and by extension, how do the venues we visit affect those evaluations?
We can answer this question by answering two others:
The 7th Annual SpyParty Summer Cup has come to an end, and as much as it irks me to write it: All Hail the King. KrazyCaley returned to the the event this year and showed his dominance yet again by winning his third Summer Cup title, breaking the tie with Yeesh, WHO WAS last year’s champion and IS the only person to do it back-to-back.
It wasn’t an easy road, however. This year’s Summer Cup was the biggest yet: 64 players began on the road to the Cup this year, doubling 2018’s 32. The prize pool grew with the player pool, with over $200 in cash prizes and other amenities. A full list of the prizes are shown below, some of which were both revealed and award in the Closing Ceremony.
For the fourth consecutive year, SpyParty fans attending PAX West in Seattle were gifted a custom-designed shirt commemorating the assembly. This year, the theme was the same as the game’s new trio of venues: occlusion. Behold, the Sharkji: