Cat and Mouse (Guide)

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This guide covers both Playing Cat and Mouse with an Evasive Target with the Implacable Detective, and with Polythreme-Ho. This is a collection of 3 ventures requiring an implacable detective's card and 3 ventures requiring PoSI and Polythreme Ho.

The goal for all these ventures is to get 50 cat before mouse reaches 1. Getting 60 cat usually gives a 12.5 E bonus.

It should be noted that you earn the first cat by starting the venture, so you need to earn another 49 (or 59).

With the Implacable Detective[edit]

Each investigation requires some mysteries, as well as an Oldwoman.png Implacable Detective's Business Card

Strategy - Aunt and Burglar[edit]

You need to get 50 cat - 60 for a bonus. The maximum amount of Cat you can gain is 63 for the Absentee Aunt and the Burglar. This means that if you want to have a chance at the bonus, you'll have to succeed every check with the Aunt and Burglar, however you may gain 5 cat instead of 8 for one option and still make it.

As such, the strategy for the Aunt and Burglar:

  • Use whispered hints once or thrice. As this takes an extra action, once is recommended.
  • Use the venture-specific option until you're at mouse 5.
  • You will then have to safe it for 3 actions
  • Gamble on the last option. Again, this takes an extra action.
Pocketwatch.png Mouse Cost Trail.png Cat
0 (starting) Varies 1
10 Whispered secret.png 50 x Whispered Hint 5
9-6 Honey.png 160 x Drop of Prisoner's Honey or Salon2.png 2 x Favours: Society 20
5-3 Mask.png 3 x An Identity Uncovered! 24
2 Gamble (70%) 10 or 0

For the Aunt this should cost 13.2 E in items and give a 70% chance at the bonus. The reward is 15E + 0.7*12.5E = 23.75 E Net gain: 10.55 E. You need 1 action to start, 10 actions (one for each mouse) and 2 extra actions for a total of 13 actions or 0.81 EPA

For the Burglar this should cost 11 E and 2 Favours: Society Reward: 15.96 E*0.3 + 31 E*0.7 = 26.488 E Net reward: 15.49 E You need 1 action to start, 10 actions (one for each mouse) and 2 extra actions for a total of 13 actions or 1.19 EPA while spending 2 favours. If only spending 1 favour, the net reward is 14.49 E over 15 actions or 0.97 EPA while spending 1 favour.

Strategy - Medium[edit]

You need to get 50 cat - 60 for a bonus. The maximum amount of Cat you can gain is 67 for the Deranged Medium, this means that if you want to have a chance at the bonus, you may fail one 5-cat option with the Medium.

As such, the strategy for the Medium:

Pocketwatch.png Mouse Cost Trail.png Cat
0 (starting) Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue 1
10-7 Gamble (70%) - until you fail once 5 or 0 per mouse
9-7 (after you've failed once) Whispered secret.png 50-150 x Whispered Hint 5 per mouse
6-3 Luck check in parabola 36
2 Gamble (70%) 10 or 0

On average you need

  • Crypticsecret.png 200 x Cryptic Clue
  • 0.3*150 + 0.21*100 + 0.147*50 Whispered secret.png Whispered Hint = 73.35 Hints
  • Extra 0.3*3 + 0.21*2+0.147 actions = 1.467 extra actions
  • Failing the check in the marshes adds another action. this adds up to .44 actions
  • You also need an extra action to gamble on Mouse 2.

30 Memory of light, (1 antique mystery), 200 brass, -200 Cryptic clue, -74 hints = 12.26 (23.76) E = 20.31 E Over 13.907 actions = 1.46 EPA In addition, you lose 8.88 CP nightmares This may be worth it if you travel to the Mirror-marches a lot.

Rewards[edit]

Screamingmap.png

Polythreme Ho[edit]

These options allow you to find the screaming map, or to sell the parts for other items.

In order to get the Screaming map, you need both halves:

Strategy[edit]

The maximum Cat you can get is 63 for all 3 ventures. This means you should try not to fail any checks, except maybe the last one. If you're hunting the map-halves for profit you should always try to get the right-side of the map, as it can be sold for more. If chasing the Astronomer or the Officer you may exchange a 8-cat option for a 5-cat option to save some resources. This also has the bonus that you save actions. This is the most efficient, as long as you can get the resources needed and pass the initial challenges.

Step-by-step guide (Astronomer/Officer):

Pocketwatch.png Mouse Cost Trail.png Cat
0 (starting) Varies 1
10 Shard.png 50 x Shard of Glim 5
9-6 Sunset.png 6 x Vision of the Surface or Scrap2.png 6 x Whisper-Satin Scrap 20
5-3 Mapfragment.png 3 x Partial Map 24
2 Gamble (70%) 10 or 0

Step-by-step guide (Masked Clay Man):

Pocketwatch.png Mouse Cost Trail.png Cat
0 (starting) Mapfragment.png 2 x Partial Map 1
10-7 Shard.png 200 x Shard of Glim 20
6-3 Mapfragment.png 4 x Partial Map 32
2 Gamble (70%) 10 or 0

This should always get you the Map Piece with a 70% chance of a bonus.

For the astronomer this adds up to

Cost: 5 E + 0.5 E + 3E + 7.5 E = 16 E
Reward: 25 E + 0.7*12.5 E = 33.75 E
Actions: 1 to start, 7 for progress, 1 for conclusion, 1 for addendum and 1 to sell the map itself.
Net Reward: 17.75 E over 11 actions for 1.61 Epa


Rewards[edit]

The pieces of the Screaming map take a couple of days to arrive.