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    Abbreviations, Facts & Terms

    As this was requested since a while, I started a thread that collects some information - just the basics and general terms, no spoilers. Feel free to add some knowledge, but please wait until I have reserved 2 more comments, thanks!

    I'll edit more later!

    Aspirational Trade
    Trade that asks for a locked item

    AT
    Short for "Aspirational Trade"

    Bonus
    - Completed darkroom
    - Provides diamonds

    Book
    - Premium area
    - All (typically 3) sites are bonus sites
    - Complete, closed/completed storyline

    Bouncer
    Character that is related to the Voyager's Clubhouse.

    Camera
    - Non-energy power-up
    - Finds 3 random items.

    Case
    - Chapters have an ongoing storyline, the clues lead Kate to a conclusion, this can be repeated by tapping the picture frame after a chapter is completed (notice: you can do that if you reached the final chapter), books have a closed storyline

    Chapter
    - The regular content is divided into chapters
    - The typical chapter contains 3 coin-based sites and 1 bonus site

    Characters (*potential spoiler*)
    - Kate: investigative journalist
    - Olivia: Kate's friend
    - Fletcher (?): the London New's editor, buys the clues in his newsroom
    - Leon: murdered journalist
    - Lilian: another journalist, loves fancy hats
    - Sterling: Lilian's co-worker, the villain?!
    - Simon: another journalist, the quest guy
    - Jack: might love his ascots more than detective Jeff (character from SP) his ties
    - some other characters appear in the books (the French duchess, the fortune teller, the Chans...)

    Clubhouse
    See Voyager's Clubhouse.

    Clues/Premium Clues
    - Items that are hidden within the scenes
    - Can be traded

    Coffee
    - Energy power-up
    - Provides 50 points on the energy bar (the bar can rise above 100)

    Coin-based contend
    Content that can be unlocked by using coins

    Coins
    - Basic currency
    - Can be earned by trading clues from regular sites

    Content Update
    - Read content version
    - Is pushed by PG's server and starts quests, activates new chapters/books, provides minor fixes etc.
    - You might not get a content update if you don't run the latest version

    Content Version
    - Describes the game's current content
    - Found under "settings"
    - Might be a slow release or only available for a certain group of players

    CS
    Short for "Customer Support", also read "Staff/Admins"

    CV
    Short for "Content Version"

    CX
    Short for "Customer Experts", also read "Staff/Admins"

    Daily Bonus
    - Provides you a nice daily gift (such as coins, film-rolls or diamond)

    Darkroom
    - Incomplete bonus site/previous stage
    - Provides material that is needed to reconstruct the bonus site
    - Developing films requires filmrolls

    Diamond
    - Premium Currency
    - Can be earned by trading clues from bonus sites
    - Quest, the daily bonus and darkrooms provide diamonds either
    - Each 5*clue from a regular bonus site (chapters) gives you 10 diamonds, each clue from a premium bonus site 17

    Diamond-based content
    Content that can be unlocked by using diamonds

    Desk (suggestion)
    The gaming board (might be irrelevant as everything is on that board)

    DR
    Short for "Dark Room"

    Editor
    - The trading guy

    Energy
    - Tea (can be found at darkrooms , purchased or earned by completing quests), provides 25 points on the energy-bar
    - coffee (available via quests, purchases), gives you 50 points on the energy bar
    - espresso (so far purchase only), provides 100 points on the energy bar
    - Lowest pricing: 1,800 diamonds/10 espressi
    - Note: be aware that the price rises after using energy, it will return to the lowest stage after you don't use any energy for 48 hours
    - Note 2: the energy-bar can rise above 100, but there's a limit in Secret Passages

    Energy Bar
    - You get an energy point every minute
    - The bars maximum capacity is 100 (using power-ups is still recognised after reaching that limit)
    - Each search costs 24 points

    Espresso
    - Energy
    - Provides 100 points on the energy bar

    Evidence
    - Needed to unlock the following chapter
    - Usually 6
    - Found at darkrooms

    Film meter
    Official name for our film-roll/FR

    Film-roll
    - 6 searches provide 3 film-rolls
    - filmrolls are needed to search the darkroom
    -Quests can provide film-rolls as reward
    - The daily bonus might give you film-rolls

    FR
    Short for film-roll

    Freezer
    - non-energy power-up
    - freezes the timer during a search for 5 (?) sec.

    GC
    - Game Centre (by Apple)
    - might coordinate certain features as alternative to the pocket ID
    - achievements can be ignored, they don't influence the game

    HH
    Stands for the "Haunted Heist" - a book - in this context

    Home Button (within the scene)
    - Allows you to skip a search (it will count as completed, but won't credit clues)
    - Possibility to interrupt a search

    "Hot" clue
    - The editors favourite (especially from the lates book/chapter you unlocked)
    - The wording is used here to describe diamond trades

    Identifier
    - Your personal service number, needed to file a ticket

    Landmark
    The buildings are called "landmarks".

    Level
    - Currently
    - Requirements to level up: usually finding 9 new clues

    Key
    - a premium currency
    - currently not available, but will be added to the darkrooms later
    - comparable to the tokens in Secret Passages

    (Limited) timed quest
    - Quests that have a deadline

    LTQ
    Short for "Limited Timed Quest"

    Magnifier/Magnifying Glass
    - A power-up that helps you to find an item/clue within a scene

    Material
    - Found in Darkrooms
    - Needed to reconstruct bonus sites

    Multiplier
    - If you search fast the multiplex (bar above the scene) will rise, which provides higher scores

    NaTM
    Short for "Night at the Museum", another hidden objects game by PG

    Newsroom
    Place to trade

    Night at the Museum
    Another hidden objects game by PG

    Non-Energy Power-Up
    - Multipliers, Magnifiers and cameras are the so-called "non-energy power-ups"

    PG
    Short for "Pocket Gems"

    Pocket Gems
    Makers of Hidden Agendas

    PM
    Private Message

    Pocket ID
    - Should be a connection between the server, your game and your device
    - Can be used to transfer a game (don't do that frequently and create your own backup)
    - Can coordinate challenges etc.

    Power-Up
    - Freezers, cameras and magnifying glasses are so-called "non-energy power-ups"
    - They are capped at 250, which means they won't drop as soon as you reach that limit. If a quest requires finding them, spend some and they will drop again.

    Portal
    Icon in chapters, allows you to access the books

    PU
    Short for "Power-Up"

    Quest
    A task that is divided in several steps and gives you currency as reward

    Score
    - Needed to get a star upgrade

    Scene
    Place you search for clues after accessing a site

    Secret Passages
    Another hidden objects game by PG

    Site
    The landmarks are also known as "sites".

    SP
    Short for "Secret Passages"

    Spoiler
    - Hint (e.g. new content, quests)
    - Be fair and mark a thread that may contain a spoiler

    Star-Rating
    - Allows you to unlock the next clue
    - needed to level up

    Staff-members/admins
    The ones with the green member-name who are always following, listening and improving the game currently it's Lucid (James), Wilsooon and Jesse.

    Timed Quest (aka limited timed quest - LTQ)
    Quest that has a deadline

    (Trading) Shelf
    Edition?
    - Place to sell found clues

    Tea
    Energy power-up

    Timed trade
    - Trade that expires after 6 hours
    - Can ask for future items

    Ticket
    - If there's an issue with your game, you can contact Pocket Gems amazing support and they'll help you
    - Link to the help- desk:

    https://pocketgems.zendesk.com/hc/en...nheart-Mystery

    Trade
    - Allows you to sell found clues and pays out coins or diamonds
    - Can be timed or non-timed
    - Demands items from the last 10 or 12 (may differ between players) coin-based sites and all bonus sites

    Untimed trade
    - Sticky
    - Pays out coins or diamonds

    Voyager's Clubhouse
    Each time you tap on a person, you get a reward, they accumulate until you accept them or one person doesn't offer one. If this happens, you can move on for diamonds (the more tries you had, the more it costs) - and get the chance to accept the rewards or play on again - or quit and loose the reward you got during this round. You need to collect 10 items (one person can give you more than one) to complete the site. Every round takes 1 key. The sites are a limited offer and pay out diamonds/are upgraded for diamonds. It's also possible to purchase the items for diamonds. The sites expire after seven days. If they are unlocked prior the final deadline, the next one will appear 4 days later.
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    Thanks Kate, you have saved me a lot of time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by darkangel View Post
    Thanks Kate, you have saved me a lot of time.
    Happy link sharing to both of us .

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    Is there a story behind the avatar.


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    Thanks Kate, very clear descriptions. I was quite confused between chapters and books but now all clear.
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    This is so helpful Kate, thank you for spending so much time collating it. It's really helped clarify a few things for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsripple View Post
    This is so helpful Kate, thank you for spending so much time collating it. It's really helped clarify a few things for me.
    You're welcome. I'm used to such stuff, which means it's not much work. Just collected the things that I recalled and described them whenever I had a few minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkangel View Post
    Is there a story behind the avatar.
    Not really, that's just my bitstrips self .

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    Very helpful, thanks...

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    Wow. Thorough indeed. Thanks so much.

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    How should we name the backpack? Simply briefcase? Archive? Evidence room?
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    Kate,

    Additional definition: A camera is the same as an Auto-find in Secret Passages. Finds 3 random items in a scene
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    And the magnifying glass in Hidden Agendas does what the flashlight does in Secret Passages :\. It's like they are deliberately trying to confuse us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grave digger View Post
    And the magnifying glass in Hidden Agendas does what the flashlight does in Secret Passages :\. It's like they are deliberately trying to confuse us!
    And the Freeze Time speeds up the timer rather than slowing it down!

    Just kidding...

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    Thanks for doing this Kate!


    Quote Originally Posted by Pietrpahn View Post
    A camera is the same as an Auto-find in Secret Passages. Finds 3 random items in a scene
    Wow, really? Good to know. I haven't used one yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietrpahn View Post
    Kate,

    Additional definition: A camera is the same as an Auto-find in Secret Passages. Finds 3 random items in a scene
    Yes, I've tried it once and thought it does so. I wasn't sure, that's why there is no definition yet. Now I'll edit it, thanks!

    The weird thing is that they transferred the pus from sp and changed it when the images were replaced. Guess this, the lower requirements and the overflow meant that those who started a few days earlier didn't have an advantage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pietrpahn View Post
    Kate,

    Additional definition: A camera is the same as an Auto-find in Secret Passages. Finds 3 random items in a scene
    Thanks Kate for putting together the dictionary! And thanks Pie for that explanation - I didn't know that and thought there was no auto-find option in this game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grave digger View Post
    And the magnifying glass in Hidden Agendas does what the flashlight does in Secret Passages :\. It's like they are deliberately trying to confuse us!
    Yes definitely confusing us!
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    I noticed that this has been sleeping down in the listings so that it wasn't on the first page any longer. I found this VERY helpful, so want to be sure it's on the first page to make it easier for other to find.)
    Maybe it could be made as one of the items that says permanently in the top?)

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