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Second ever publication of the paper

The Godville Times is the official newspaper of Godville. It provides important information to players about aspects of the game which change daily, such as the current prices of godville invites and gold bricks and the daily forecast. It allows readers to gain daily rewards through the crossword and bingo minigames, and highlights gods, guilds and Ideabox contributors. It can be viewed even by people without a Godville account at godvillegame.com/news, although an account is required to play the bingo and crossword.

Every section of the Godville Times, including the by-line jokes under the nameplate in the header, and the jokes in the copyright block in the footer, is updated each day at server midnight (approximately 10pm UTC) with new content, and to reflect the conditions randomly generated for the new day.

All of the content in the Times is generated randomly, and all of it can be contributed to by submitting ideas into the Ideabox. When submitting, begin by indicating the section for the content, for example, Ad: “Bad Omen LLC” — we can make your life interesting again. Variables are supported in most Times sections, but bear in mind that the newspaper appears the same to every reader (so, for example, %hero_name% will not work as expected, but %random_hero% will).

Sections

Front Page

A small paragraph on a feature of the game. This tends to be the introduction paragraph of an article from the Godwiki and clicking the title links to the article itself. These are randomly selected from some preset ones just like the entries of a hero's diary. This section changes daily automatically. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Daily Forecast

The random facts we people have known for years can change on a daily basis. The daily forecast is a must read for all gods to see how best to interact with the heroes. Forecasts have included accumulator charge restoring 70% of godpower, activatable artifacts being worth much more or less than usual, boss-monsters moving closer to the surface (so that digging is more likely to reveal them), all monsters carrying something of value, and increased chances of heroes getting an unexpected epic quest.

The Daily Forecast was introduced as part of Godville's third birthday celebrations in May, 2013[1].

More information here: Daily Forecast

Bingo

The bingo is a grid with three or four letters in each cell. It is played by clicking the "Show Inventory" button to show the contents of the hero's inventory. If there are any artifacts in the heroes inventory whose names contain a sequence of letters in the grid, then the player may click "Extract from Inventory" to fill the appropriate cells. (E.g., a cell with "gen" in it could be filled by a Portable photon generator or Generic goodness in a bottle.) This removes the matching artifacts from the hero's inventory.

If the artifact is a regular one, this is worth 2 points. Filling a cell with a bold artifact is worth 3 points, and an activatable artifact it is worth 4. If this results in a row or column being completely filled, then it is worth an extra 5 points, and filling the grid is worth an extra 10 points.

The extract button can only used three times per day. After that, the hero is rewarded with gold coins. [2]

The Bingo was introduced in August, 2015[3]

Godpower Cap

The godpower capacitor at 25%

The Godpower Capacitor (Godpower Cap) is a communal godpower supply for all of Godville. The value in the capacitor slowly increases over time, and each god can press the "discharge" button once a day to gain the amount of godpower currently in the capacitor. Doing this resets the capacitor to 0%, unless Laplandville is open, in which case it is reset to 25%.

The Godpower Cap was introduced for Christmas in December, 2015[4].

Famous Heroes

Each day, two heroes are featured here with a list of some of their achievements. To be eligible, a hero must be within the top 200 of any pantheon[5]. In prior editions, a god would receive a private message notifying that the god's hero would appear, or has appeared, in an edition of the Godville Times. After repeated attempts at this, and an eventual realization that gods know everything already, this practice stopped.

It has been present since the first edition of the Times, originally called Famous Heroes of Godville.

Wanted

Posts of monsters with bounties on them and the sweet rewards received, along with the number turned in. The wanted monsters feature and newspaper section were introduced in March, 2012[6].

More information here: Wanted

Guild Spotlight

Like Famous Heroes, this section highlights two guilds every day, randomly selected from the top 100 positions in the guild pantheons. It includes the size, highest rank title, totem monster, and other information, along with the top 100 pantheon position that made the guild eligible to be featured. This section was introduced in January, 2018[7].

Buy and Sell

This is the best source of information on the markets. Here you can see artifacts that will be worth more than usual today[8], along with how many have been found and sold so far today. Hero-traders can spend godpower to be featured here[9]. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Ads

Ads from the world of Godville. The entries in this section have no bearing on the game rules or gameplay, they are simply for amusement.

Some browser ad-blockers are known to block this part of the page from appearing. If you don't see the Ads section in the Godville times, this is probably why.

It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Guild popularity in...

A statement of the top 9 guilds by popularity for each town. As of July, 2018, this list is in milestone order for each town (updated daily with the map)[10].

Guild popularity in a town is a result of influences (encourages, punishes and miracles) performed by guild members in that town. Increasing guild popularity is a possible outcome of influences done in any town.

This section was introduced in January, 2012[11].

Crossword

After a god completes a crossword, the god's hero will receive an aura. The sooner a god solves the crossword after a new issue of the Times is published, the longer the duration of the aura.

For those having trouble completing the crossword without assistance, hints and guidance can be found on this forum thread. Additionally, the lists of Artifacts, Auras, Equipment, Monsters, Boss-Monsters, Skills, and Towns (or the Omnibus List, combining all of these in one place) may provide some assistance in finding a correct answer. If an answer looks correct, but is not, a god may wish to replace a space with a hyphen or an underscore. Hyphens and underscores are also regularly found between the first and second words of three word answers. Lastly, if all else fails, using a crossword helping website like http://www.crosswordsolver.org might help.

The first god to complete the crossword for each issue of the Godville Times receives an aura of about 5 hours. Each subsequent crossword completion will receive an aura with a duration of about 10-15 minutes less than the previous. The time will decrease until the minimum, which is typically 40 minutes. This occurs sometime after the 20th solution or so. Special days of double length auras and half length auras as noted in the Daily Forecast section of the Times affect the crossword reward auras.

The popular Crossword feature was introduced in May, 2013[12].

Ideabox News

This section includes a count of Ideabox or ER activity for the previous day, as well as highlighting one contributor to the Ideabox and one contributor to the ER from the previous day.

To be featured for Ideabox contribution, a player must have submitted at least one idea and voted on the ideas of others, and must also have qualified for a position in the Pantheon of Gratitude. To be featured for ER contributions, a player must have voted or submitted an improvement in ER during the previous day.

The Ideabox News section was introduced in October, 2012[13].

Breaking News

News relating to the game. This is the best source of gossip known. This is generated randomly, and varies from the special mention of guilds for their particularly original names and great achievements to news on certain in-game towns declaring something of some controversy.

Like the Ads section, the items featured here don't have any impact on gameplay, they're just for amusement. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Market Quotes

The stock market of Godville. The prices of Gold bricks (the buying price in Gold) and Invites to Godville (the selling price in Gold) appear here along with the percentage increase/decrease from the day before. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Game news

This is a list of the latest entries from the Godville Blog . Unlike most of the Times, this section is updated in real time, not daily. If a new blog is posted, it will appear here immediately. This section has no user-generated content, and cannot be submitted for in Ideabox, though if you have submitted an Awesome Idea which was implemented, it will likely be mentioned in an upcoming blog post. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Forum News

A list of the latest commented threads in the Godville forum, also updated in real time. It has been present since the first edition of the Times.

Former Sections

The sections in the Godville Times have changed over time. The following sections were once, but are no longer, included.

Broken News

The Breaking News from the day before. It was an original section from the second edition of the Times, but is no longer included.

Letters from our readers

The latest comments written by players that were posted on the Godville twitter feed were displayed here (automatically update in real time). It was an original section from the first edition of the Times, but is no longer included.

Back Issues

Selected back issues of the Godville Times may be found at the Internet Archive Way Back Machine.

References