Tessellation predictions (feedback + proposition)
First of all I'd like to thank you for making this event possible. It adds a very interesting dynamic to the game as it requires lore knowledge and decoding skills. I'm very happy to see these parts of the game in the spotlight, and I hope the focus on these topics will continue on after the Tessellation Global Event ends. Not even mentioning the adrenaline rush the deaddrop-hunt events of Stuart generates, wow! Those are simply awesome!
What I'm wondering about is the difference in the way predictions are handled. At the deaddrop-hunt events of Stuart the Tessera is worth 5 points. The person that receives the Tessera is allowed to make the first prediction, after which the first prediction a member of the other faction makes counts. In comparison the other Tessera are first-come, first-serve. Regardless of who finds the Tessera first, the player that posts a reply with a prediction cell and quotes Truthseeker after verification locks in that spot.
In order to have more chance, both sides use the RSS feed to gain an advantage. If it picks up that Truthseeker has posted a reply, it will quickly alert the agents to post their prediction, resulting in replies made literally moments after Truthseekers' verification post. I feel that this removes the fun and should be avoided. It takes away from the effort the agents have invested in decoding the clues and visiting the portals to find the Tessera, and relies on 'luck' to score the points.
I'd like to propose a change in prediction-ruling for the non-deaddrop Tessera to allow for the First Discoverer to also make first prediction. While gaining the Tessera media is the icing on the cake, first prediction would be the cherry. It's a "thank you" to the agents that went out of their way to try and find the Tessera. Sure, this is a challenge considering the difficulty Nemesis has caused of making the Tessera available in the portal network, but I feel it's better way to balance the scale.
Thank you for considering. Thoughts?