Still Searching #2 - Round #8

Let’s play a game.

The game is divided into rounds.
The goal of each round is for the players to guess the round’s mystery word (MW).
Each round will have a game master (GM), who runs the game for other players - according to the rules below.
The winner of each round (player who guessed the round’s MW correctly) has the right to become the new GM.
The GM - who successfully conducts a full round - receives a prize from the pot.

Round Setup
At the beginning of each round, the GM:
– Selects a mystery word (MW) of his choice (English only).
– Encrypts the MW
– Announces that the new round has begun (posts the announcement including the encrypted MW).

Round Rules
To discover what the MW is, the players can:
– post photos
– ask questions
– take guesses

When a player posts a photo, the GM states whether the MW is visible in it or not.
When a player asks a question regarding the MW, the GM answers it.

Each player can either post one photo or ask one question (per round).
Each player can take one guess (per round) at what the MW is.

Players can post their photos / questions / guesses at any time.

Yes/No questions only.

Please clearly mark all your questions (QUESTION: …), guesses (GUESS: …), and photos (PHOTO: …) which should be addressed by the GM per rules above.

Only the questions concerning the MW are limited.

A guess is considered correct only whet it exactly matches the encrypted MW (save for letter casing).

The round ends when the right guess is announced by the GM.

Round End
At the end of each round:
– The GM posts the announcement (indicating the winner and providing the MW encryption / decryption method to be verified by the players)
– The GM receives a prize of up to three games of his choice (from the pot). Please PM me the list.
– The winner (player who guessed the MW correctly) becomes the new GM (for the next round).

The new GM begins his rule and kicks off a new round.

If the winner does not wish to become the new GM, he has the right to nominate a new GM.

Selecting GM for the first round:
The GM for the first round will be selected at random by a discobot’s dice roll.
If you wish to be part of the roll, please post “GM candidate #X” (X being the first free number, counting from 1).
The 7th GM candidate calls discobot to roll the dice - (at)discobot roll 1d7 - thus the GM # is selected. The first round begins.

For MW encryption the GM can use any verifiable method resistant to dictionary attacks and brute forcing, or use this online tool: Best Online Encrypt Decrypt Tool (Select a random Algorithm, a random Mode, and enter a random string of characters as the Key. Save those three somewhere, you’ll need to reveal them at the end of the round.)

Anything not covered by the rules above is subject to GM’s ruling.
There are no entry requirements. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this thread.

At the beginning of each round any player can bet on the number of QUESTIONS which will be posted before the correct MW guess is posted.

No more bets are taken after (whichever comes first):
– The third QUESTION has been posted
– 24 hours have passed from the GM’s new round announcement

PHOTOS are equivalent to QUESTIONS - they add to the total number of QUESTIONS counted.
Bet editing is not allowed. If you want to change your bet, delete the original and post a new one.
Please mark your bets clearly by posting BET: #

The first player who bets on the right number receives one game of his choice (from the pot). Please send me your selection.

At the end of each round a raffle will be held.

Any player - who posts a QUESTION or a PHOTO during the round - enters the raffle.
The GM enters the raffle as well - by default.
At the round’s end, GM assembles all the entries and summons the discobot to pick the raffle winner.

The raffle winner receives one game of his choice (from the pot). Please send me your selection.

Key distribution priority:

  1. GM
  2. Bettor
  3. Raffler

There are two instances of the game running in parallel:
Still Searching - Instance #1
Still Searching - Instance #2

The rules are the same for both instances and the pot is shared between them.
There are no restrictions regarding GM/players overlaps between the instances.

The pot:

Warlock Revenge - it’s a Steam key; itch,io page is just for reference

XCOM 2: Reinforcement Pack is region locked; region unknown; did NOT work in USA, Poland and Sweden (so probably the whole Europe is out); note that LT, LV and EE are part of Steam’s Russia region, so it might work there

Football Manager 2020 and Football Manager 2020 Touch cannot be ordered separately (one key activates both games)

NBA 2K20 is region locked; region unknown; did NOT work in USA and Australia

Already claimed

Save 90% on Moon Hunters on Steam
Two Worlds Epic Edition on Steam
Save 80% on Serial Cleaner on Steam
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach on Steam
XCOM® 2 on Steam
BioShock™ Remastered on Steam
Duke Nukem Forever on Steam
Circle of Sumo: Online Rumble - Competition Pack on Steam
Rise of Industry on Steam
Chris Sawyer's Locomotion™ on Steam
Save 75% on SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition on Steam
Zombie Derby 2 on Steam
Vanguard Princess on Steam
NBA 2K20 on Steam
Save 80% on Serial Cleaner on Steam
Glowing Sokoban -
Dragon’s Dungeon: Awakening -


I can GM one if you wish
going to be honest though I think this will be a little confusing running 2 instances at once.


Sure, just post GM candidate #1 to join the raffle:)

Why do you reckon this could get confusing?


Well there will be multiple rounds in each, people are going to forget if they have posted a question for each instance or for specific round that is currently running each and will have to go looking back though posts to see as the round will end at different times in each instance. Until people put summaries in for the round (which some have been doing) people may confuse clues from the other instance. Look it may work out fine, but it could get messy.

GM Candidate #1


I don’t think is gonna be that confusing since the other one is going so slow. GM candidate #2


But what happens when the other one isn’t going slow? There are other GMs already lined up for that one so it could pick up quickly.


@PeteMcc All of that will be true, but only if the players make it so for themselves;)


I suppose I’ll step up as
GM candidate #3


Well imma step up to then, GM candidate #4


Sounds like a good idea.
I’ll be GM candidate #5 this time.


Memememe. GM candidate #6


One more to go! Don’t be shy guys! Shyguy_MP92


Lets try GM candidate #7


also @discobot roll 1d7


:game_die: 5


@Luxen The great Discobot picked you


After being blessed by the bountiful grace of the great Discobot and its legion of bodybuilders, it’s finally time to begin the first round of this thread. May your pecs quiver in praise at the sight of their boughs. (Yes, I had to look up bicep synonyms so the sentence would roll off the tongue.)

Muscle intro aside, you’ll find the encrypted Mystery Word (MW) and the rules for this round below.

MW: t+xE+gs554ZH5KbH32ALLKLsvlbj8LhFKPVGkygseKc=


  • All guesses (G) and questions (Q) must be marked/submitted as in the example below:

G: Trumpet
Q: Is it food?

  • Please tag my username whenever you post a Guess or a Question. This will ensure that I’ll see your posts quicker.

The rest of the rules remain the same as stated in the OP.

@SeekerSupreme What would normally happen if nobody can guess the mystery word correctly? (I feel like I’ve asked this before or something similar in your last thread, but I can’t recall haha.)



G: dung


Thanks for joining my round, haha.
:x: That guess is incorrect though.


damn, i could’ve sworn that was it :joy:

I’ll get it next time for sure

I’ll do something useful for the others though, while I’m at it @Luxen:

Q: is it a living thing that can die? (rephrased to be more straightforward perhaps)