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.
The group stages of the largest Summer Cup yet are just about wrapped up. Let’s take a look at who made it out of groups, how, and what their prospects look like going forward.
Predictions for Group A seemed to be relatively straightforward for most: virifaux would be the winner of the group, while the rest of the group battles it out for second. Though viri did win the group, and Harren came in second past Tflameee and BasiQ, the individual matches didn’t come out the way most expected. viri bled at the hands of Tflameee, and only took first in the group of the strength of tiebreakers. Unfortunately, Tflameee’s 1-1-1 record was not enough to advance, due to their draw against BasiQ, who gained their only point during that match.
You should know who the spy is and why the spy is the spy.
Hints vary in quality and how much they reveal, but are mostly meant to help. Gender reveals the gender of the spy, so it should be about a 50% cut in possible suspects each time (casts were selected randomly).
The first ever Tournament of Position kicks off this week. Players from divisions as high as Gold will face off with standout players from Silver and below, the latter vying for the possibility of significant promotion. 16 total competitors are taking part in the four-round swiss tournament, seeded first by division, then by standings. The 1st place finishers in Bronze and Copper (Sheph and Max Edward Snax) elected to take the auto promotion to the next division up instead of competing in the ToP; players replacing them are marked with asterisks in the list of pairings below:
As a small change of pace from the last couple of weeks, we present these still image puzzles created by abearRAWR. As with the video puzzles of the previous weeks, you should be able to spot the spy in all of them, though in some cases the giveaway is extremely subtle. The last one, in particular, requires some outside-the-box thinking. You can (and probably should) click on each to bring up a larger version. Good luck, and good hunting:
After the great response last week, Plastikqs is back with three more puzzles for you to devour. We don’t know what’s easy or hard any more, so the difficulty labels have been removed this time; you can decide between yourselves how they should be ranked!
Thank you to everyone for giving their suggestions for future puzzles; they’ll appear eventually, so you’ll be able to see if you get tricked by your own ideas.
Tsumego is a term used in the game Go to describe small puzzles which focus on whether a group of stones are “alive” or “dead” (captured). With that in mind, Plastikqs presents a new series of small SpyParty tsumego puzzles.
Each clip is about 30 seconds long, and there are no markers or identifiers present. However, the Spy is in there somewhere, and will do something that only a Spy would. If you find yourself saying “well, I guess the spy might do that,” you haven’t yet found the solution. When you find the solution, you’ll know.
These are arranged in what we expect will be ascending order of difficulty, and the solutions will be posted the following week along with three new puzzles. Enjoy!
OakWith two spots in the Tournament of Position up for grabs in Oak, competition is fierce among the top players. There are some unplayed matches, so the division is a bit tough to suss out, but InfamousCupcake, Legorve Genine, Monaters, Yglini, and Dels all have realistic shots at the Tournament, especially the first three; Legorve, in particular has yet to lose a match. Other players are still in it, but most will need both lots of wins and considerable help from others to get in.
Matches to Watch: Legorve Genine v. Monaters, Week 12 – This match could easily decide who’s in and who’s out, especially if Cupcake keeps up her impressively strong play.