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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.



Category Archives: esports

Hidden Cup: Results and Replays

The first Hidden Cup tournament has concluded, and the champion was Lazybear, who defeated Pofke in the finals in an exciting match that was neck and neck until the end. Continue reading

Clinchers & Clenchers: What’s Left In SCL6

Matches are played out of order, or sometimes not played at all, so it can be difficult to know who’s exactly in the best position to clinch a division title or postseason spot. Let’s break that down by reviewing current scores and remaining matches.

Please note that I use “secure” to mean a player cannot drop any lower than that position, and “locked” as a way of saying that position will not change no matter what.

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Game Finder 3.0 Released

Several of the most significant leaps forward in data collection in this release were made possible by TripleAgent, the OCR-based replay timeline parsing method developed by Calvin Schoolidge. A huge thanks to Calvin for his tireless and generous work. Here’s some of the new things you can do:

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SCL6: Weeks 5-6 Power Rankings

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Welcome to the SCL Week 5/6 power rankings! With a break week for Master’s Circuit, there won’t be as much movement there as you might expect from a two week combined power ranking, but for the rest of the divisions we’ve got some serious movement (Provided they’ve been playing their matches). As with every one of these, huge thanks to Silverthorn for all the help. Let’s get right into it!

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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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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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SCL 6 Hype Video


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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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