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Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 06:42:21


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Have you got a problem? I'm here to help. =)

I am your Warlight agony aunt, post a link to your game and ask whatever is on your mind. Strategic 1v1 (ladder and auto-game) settings only please.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 07:33:18


{rp} Kingmaker 
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Oink! Oink!
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 08:12:26


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Dear dead piggy,

I have recently played and lost this game against Octavianus (or whatever his name is).
http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=3524946
I failed to notice the importance of not losing my foot in china, and even after losing it i failed to invest hard to wipe him off from Scandinavia in return even though now looking back it all indicates that i actually could have pulled it off. Could i be pregnant or was this all bad picks?

Regards from your faithful reader,
ps
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 08:35:38

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Hello Piggy,
You seem rather experienced, so can you please let me know why, why someone would be so mean as too stop me from clustering?
http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=3548518
Here is a prime example, all I want to do is cluster Europe, but people don't let me.
Would picking Scan as a 1st help? I need to learn how to cluster Europe.
Please help,
Your patient, hopeful reader.
Dx
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 08:38:34


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http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=3548518


lol
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 08:58:23


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@DX Dragon: Here's some beginner advice on just picks.

You should never start for a big bonus. The territories/bonuses like Europe worth 5 or 6 armies may look tempting, but it is far wiser to pick the smaller bonuses like Scandanavia or West Africa first (3 or 4 armies) and then conquer the big bonuses later in the game.

NEVER CLUSTER PICK. Try to spread out your picks. its complicated to explain why, but you should always just do it.

Also pick 6 starts, no matter what.

That should be good enough
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:16:14


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Wasn't that an ask-Piggy thread?
By the way NEVER CLUSTER PICK is a wrong statement.
So why don't you just be coherent with your profile image?
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:18:10


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Dear Ps,

This was not a case of bad picks and you had an advantage after turn 0. South America (SA) was very safe and your first 2 turns should simply have been taking it. Always aim to get a bonus by the end of turn 2.

If you eliminate an opponent from one of his starting bonuses it is very often a game winner. It gives you freedom to finish your own bonus and expand into the opponents empty one without having to fight many neutrals. On turn 5 you should have expected his attack and moved into shaanxi first move. This allows him South East Asia (SEA) if he wants it, but stops you from being eliminated. It also allows you to focus all your armies on eliminating him in Scandinavia. You are quite right, this is when the game turned into an uphill struggle for you, but all was not lost.

Turn 6 and 7 you should have known eliminating him was your only option because you cannot out expand him and you knew his income was only 9. Don't complete bonuses right next to your opponent, they usually get broken before you generate the income it cost to capture them, and it forces you to play defensively.

I can confirm you are pregnant and excellent news, it's a healthy baby girl!

Thanks for your question,
Piggy
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:21:38


{RSP} Nike
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its a good start for some beginner advice, trollusa, wont you agree
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:26:29


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Nope.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:28:03


{RSP} Nike
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alright, please enlighten me
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:29:34


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Nope.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:33:57


Wally Balls 
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dear dead piggy,

what is the proper proportion of chiles per two avocados for the perfect guacamole? if i don't use enough, it tastes too bland, and too much and it's too spicy. can never get it just right!

thanks!
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:34:08


{RSP} Nike
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maybe Piggy should solve the query. Or are you going to answer "nope" for him? ;)
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:36:43


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@billy walsh: for chiles use fifty times the mass of the 2 avocados. (So for example, if your avocados weigh 100g in total, use 5kg of chile and mix together.)

Then shove it down your throat in one massive gulp. :)
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:37:22


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"Nope" is my childish answer to everybody who contradicts me, so yup, I'd answer "nope" to him too, despite my love for him...
By the way he is not good at all in cluster picking... (He knows what I mean D:)
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:38:23


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Dear DX-Dragon,

Ah, the old triple-pick. I strongly recommend you don't use them despite the fact that people win with them all the time. Mainly because they don't let you practice your picking skills, and they will lead to losses much more often than wins against good players. I doubt purple anticipated the triple pick, he just wanted a piece of that sweet Scandinavian action.


However, if you just enjoy using them to mess about, but still want to win once in a while here are a few pointers.
1. rank the attractive bonuses highest.
2. make sure you triple pick a bonus you could get in the first turn with a bit of luck OR something large you will definitely get by the end of the 2nd turn.
3. make sure your other 2 picks are attractive bonuses, dont forget you will have to expand into these fast.
4. ideally a back up plan, so your picks will still be decent if you dont get either your 2nd or 3rd

Thanks for your question,
Piggy
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:39:21


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By the way stop spamming this, because for a time someone came up with a nice idea, so I don't want to ruin it...
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 09:49:53


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@ billy, I am a chef, and that is the kind of question I get asked all the time by my friends mums... Obviously all chilies have different amounts of capsaicin and I would recommend you put the seeds and white filament (the hottest parts) aside and brunoise the flesh. Then add the seeds and filament a little at a time until it is to your taste. Don't forget salt.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 10:02:26


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Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 10:02:52


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damn it, i was hoping you would answer just 'Nope' for a third time, which would end up meaning 'yes'.

Dear dead piggy

Do you happen to know how to solve probability through a venn diagram? I have a maths test tommorow!

Please help, your patient, faithful reader
Nike
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 10:05:34


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sorry i meant tree diagram, not a venn diagram.

thanks!
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 10:05:46


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sorry i meant tree diagram, not a venn diagram.

thanks!
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 10:18:02


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Dealing with probability is like breathing to me, forcing me to use a diagram would be like putting me on an artificial lung, incredibly uncomfortable.

As far as I know you multiply all the probabilities along a branch to get the probability at the end of that branch.



I hope this works with gifs
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 15:30:17

Paul
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Piggy piggy on the wall, who's the greatest 1v1 ladder player of them all?
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 15:58:40


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y

tl;dw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PJzMHObabo

Dear piggy,

why does Trollussa even bother posting, if he thinks he is so above having a conversation with other people?

Your humble servant, x.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 16:25:00


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I am not above to piggy.

Dear Piggy why does x think of being "other people"?:(
I call this megalomany...
But I'm willing to know what you think about.

Your faithful reader, Trollussa.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 17:16:09


Wally Balls 
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dear piggy,

how come only three people on warlight can speak english and one of them uses the word 'mum'?
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 17:55:21


x 
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Dear piggy,

what the fuck did Trollussa just say?

Your noun-cowboy, x.
Ask Piggy: 12/10/2012 18:04:46


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Indeed
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