by Boss | Jul 26, 2016
Welcome to the NEW Mac Lab, Visitor. (We'll do something about that number shortly.)
I'm RANDD, the head of R&D. You'll see me whenever the Boss wants to introduce new mechanics and/or strategies to our self-paced, gamified learning environment.
If you're a new recruit, you're in for an experience unlike any classroom in the world.
If you're a Mac Lab veteran, you better pay extra attention because the Boss will sic REAPER on you as an example for the newbies. (Don't say I didn't warn you.)
TIP: If you don't know the meaning of a word, right click on it and look it up. Example: oblivious
HINT: Read all instructions carefully. Inattentiveness may be hazardous to your gold.
Click through to Stage 2 for more info.
Did you notice that loot dropped when you clicked through, Visitor?
Mouse over the progress bar in the upper left-hand corner of your browser (a rectangle that should say 6/150). You should have 6 Experience and 1 Gold.
In the Mac Lab, you level-up as you learn but—and this is an important but—your level ≠ your grade. We'll get to grades soon enough but suffice to say, if you're willing to work hard and play by the rules, you'll earn an A.
If you want to cut corners and pretend you're doing the work, you'll earn a less desirable grade.
We have no homework and no tests. You show what you know in the Mac Lab each and every day.
Relax, Visitor, the Boss knows it'll take you a few weeks to feel comfortable with this mode of learning. If you're honest, you'll do fine; if you're not, well, you'll become well-acquainted with REAPER (and that's not something you want to do).
Click through for more info.
So, Visitor, are you wondering what you're going to buy with your gold? (You have 6 now.)
Alas, there's nothing you can afford yet on the Exchange. And I'd say that's a good thing except that there are items that must be purchased when the need arises such as , , and (to name a few).
For those who noticed the details (and even for those that didn't) the Boss has something for you in Stage 4.
Even though you'll soon have more gold than you know what to do with the Boss is a softie and wants to make sure you don't worry about how you'll pay for unforeseen circumstances.
To alleviate that worry, here's your . Seriously, go ahead and buy it. If you happen to be in 2 periods, you may also claim but DO NOT CLAIM THE LATTER IF YOU'RE NOT IN 2 PERIODS. (Violators will lose the loot and incur .)
Oh, and just in case you want to spend all your gold right away, I should tell you that we have a new mechanic for bonus loot that even the veterans don't know anything about.
If I were you, I'd save all the gold I could for now. Strategic reserves will serve you well.
Return to the POD page and begin the next quest in the sequence.