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Corral Countdown 5: One More Hat for Doc

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Published on: November 28, 2017

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Here we are at the final Hat Tuesday in the Corral Countdown. And following the order we’ve been revealing these hats, we end with one last hat to show off for Doc. But as always, I leave the mystery of this hat behind suspicious spoiler tags. Click on if you feel so bold…

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This head mirror is one of the physician’s oldest tools. It’s a mirror worn on the head that can be shifted to cover the eye so that light reflects off the mirror, along the sight of the doctor, and on to the patient. Doctors back then really had to be creative didn’t they? So what Vantages does Doc’s head mirror grant him?

    • Bandage

– Heals HP of a teammate

    • Smelling Salts

– Revives an incapacitated teammate

    • Morphine

– Provides a teammate a stance that ignores the effects of wounds

    • Surgery

– Removes a wound from an incapacitated teammate

As you could have guessed, all of Doc’s head mirror vantages are related to healing or boosting other teammates, turning the hardened bounty hunter into the team healer. In fact, almost none of the Vantages associated with the head mirror actually cause damage. So this is hat is definitely worn by someone in a supporting role.

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So that’s all the hats I plan to reveal in Boot Hill Bounties. There are still many that are in the game I didn’t even get to bring up here. You’ll have to play the game to find out what’s missing.

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Corral Countdown 6: Steam Achievements

Steam Achievements are special rewards for completing various game objectives, and Boot Hill Bounties has got 52 of them. Why 52? Because that’s how many cards are in a standard deck of playing cards (minus jokers).

Playing cards are the motif for achievements in Boot Hill Bounties with a each suit representing a type of achievement.

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Spades – Spades achievements are awarded when defeating especially tough bosses.

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Diamonds – Diamond achievements are earned when you reach certain milestones in the story.

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Hearts – Hearts achievements are gained when complete various side quests found in the newspaper.

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Clubs – Club achievements are found when you accomplish difficult challenges, like completing every Rusty Challenge or collecting every treasure in the game.

Simply finishing the main quest should earn a player half the achievements, while most players will probably get a few more. But only the most tenacious players will get all 52 achievements. Good luck!

Later this week, we’ll talk about another kind of achievement checklist. And this one is much harder, but with a much bigger reward…

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Corral Countdown 7: Mystery Eggs

One of my favorite things about video games are the mysteries left unsolved sometimes. Before Game Theory was making a dozen videos theorizing about the hidden lore of Five Nights of Freddy’s I was theorizing about the hidden meanings in Silent Hill 2.

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So I wanted to make sure there were a lot of interesting mysteries teased in Boot Hill Bounties as well. Sometimes you can say more with a mystery than by explicitly explaining something.

And while the main story is pretty straight forward, there are tons of hidden mysteries that the most observant player may pick up on.

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I also love Easter Eggs in games. One thing I am most proud of in Boot Hill Bounties is how every detail in the game is packed with world-building lore that adds that much more personality to Bronco County. Easter Eggs are more subtle and often hidden details that most players will miss.

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Sometimes the Easter Eggs and Mysteries blend together, and so I call them “Mystery Eggs.” Unfortunately, I can’t talk about any Mystery Eggs here, lest they unbecome mysterious and easter egg-y.

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But I do want players to know that if you like stumbling across such things in games, then you will be delighted with what you find in Boot Hill Bounties. I hope some of the Mystery Eggs in the game will spark at least a few spicy speculations on online forums.

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Corral Countdown 8: Puzzle Bosses

We all love a good boss fight full of dramatic near losses and exciting comebacks. As you would expect, Boot Hill Bounties features plenty of those. However, I also wanted to point out how there will be some unusual bosses that require unusual strategies to defeat.

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Puzzle bosses are a great way to subvert expectations and present an unusual problem that the player must deal with. Strength alone cannot defeat these obstacles. A keen mind is required to find the solution.

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Unfortunately, I can’t show any more of these without spoiling more than I want to. So you’ll just have to wait a little longer to play the game yourself!

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Corral Countdown 9: One More Hat for Kid

In this penultimate Hat Tuesday at the Corral Countdown, we’ll look at one more hat for Kid. As always, I keep this hat stuff behind spoilers. So you’ll have to click to see it.

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The Wolf Mantle is said to be imbued with the noble spirit of the wolf and gives Kid some ferocious, weaponless attacks and kinship with other animals.

  • Scratch
  • – Medium physical unarmed attack

  • Feral
  • – This stance increases the power of unarmed physical attacks when active

  • Mating Call
  • – This vantage has a chance to slow all animal opponents.

  • Mimic
  • – Counter any single target, unarmed attacks with the exact same attack

This is one of the few hats that boosts physical damage without the use of a weapon. So Kid doesn’t have to worry about expensive gun purchases or being disarmed by an enemy. His bare hands are the weapon now.

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Well that’s all the hats I’m going to reveal for Kid, although he does pick up even more than I got to during the countdown!

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