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Explain the "Your Score" screen to me

We will use the screenshot below as an example.

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Longest Word

The word you played that contains the most letters. If there is a tie, we pick one (I don't know the algorithm for how we choose). This is just here for your information; it doesn't affect your score.

Letter Score

These are points you earned from playing letters and words in the game. The Final Score Bonus (henceforth, "FSB") has already been credited to you in this number, so you should *not* expect to see this number boosted again later.

Big Bears

These are points that you earned for the sizes of your bears at the end of the event. The FSB has already been credited to you in this number, so you should *not* expect to see this number boosted again later.

Lines named for bears (e.g., "Easy Bear" and "Fore Bear")

These are points that you earned via using the bear's *secondary power*. You will see points here if (and only if) the bear's secondary power directly contributed to your point total. The FSB has already been credited to you in this number, so you should *not* expect to see this number boosted again later.

In the example above:

  • Easy Bear's secondary power is "+43 pts for E, A, S, and Y". Each time the player played one of those letters, the +43 points were credited on the "Easy Bear" line, but the rest of the points earned were credited in the "Letter Score" line.
    • Note that 456 is not divisible by 43; this is correct because FSB was applied to the 43, boosting it to a higher number.
    • Note that if the player hadn't used a single E, A, S, or Y, then he would never have earned the +43 points. In that case, this line item would either be 0 (older versions of the game) or wouldn't appear at all (newer versions of the game).
  • Fore Bear's secondary power is "+24 pts for 4-letter words". Each time the player played a 4-letter word, the +24 points were credited on the "Fore Bear" line, but the rest of the points earned were credited in the "Letter Score" line.
    • Note that 76 is not divisible by 24; this is correct because FSB was applied to the 24, boosting it to a higher number.
    • Note that if the player had played zero 4-letter words, then he would never have earned the +24 points. In that case, this line item would either be 0 (older versions of the game) or wouldn't appear at all (newer versions of the game).
  • Skinny Bear, whose secondary power is "More S", was also in this game. No points are directly associated with this power, so Skinny Bear's line item doesn't appear at all. (In older versions of the game it would appear as a 0.)
    • Note that this is not saying that Skinny Bear contributed nothing points-wise--he definitely did contribute points via the FSB! But the "Skinny Bear" line item is not for FSB points, it is for points directly earned by his secondary power.
    • Note that this is not saying that Skinny Bear's secondary power didn't help the player--he definitely did help by putting more S's on the board! In fact, the S's were extra beneficial because of Easy Bear's secondary power! But the "Skinny Bear" line item is for points directly earned by his secondary power, and "More S" does not directly earn points.

Here are some reasons why a bear might not have a line item or might have a 0 on its line item:

  • Your bear's secondary power doesn't directly grant points. Some examples of this are "P lasts longer", "More S", and "+5 seconds in timed mode".
    • Contrast with "+24 pts for 4-letter words" and "+43 pts for E, A, S, and Y" which do directly grant points.
  • You didn't take advantage of your bear's secondary power to score points. E.g., if you finish an entire event having spelled zero 4-letter words, then Fore Bear will have a 0 on its line item (or won't have a line item at all) because you never took advantage of its "+24 pts for 4-letter words" power to score any points.
  • The power in question is of the pattern "2x pts for R". Prior to version 01.05.00, the points are being earned correctly but are all being credited to Letter Score as opposed to crediting some to the Letter Score and some to the bear's line item. In version 01.05.00 we now attribute some fraction of the points to the bear's line item when this power is used.

Total Score (the bolded number below the horizontal line)

This is the overall score for the game.

  • In the current implementation, the numbers above the line always add up to the total.
    • Question: But shouldn't this be higher than the added-up total because the FSB boosts it?
    • Answer: No. The FSB was already applied to each of the line items above the line. It would be double-counting if we added up those already-boosted numbers and boosted the sum again.
  • The programmers say that in the future the numbers above the line may not add up to the number below the line. As we seek to better break out how the bears are contributing, we might decide to double-show numbers event though we won't double count them. This could make the numbers above the line add up to more than the number below the line.

Performance Meter

This indicates how you scored relative to the point thresholds required for receiving a Gold Egg and (if there is one) Silver Egg. In the example shown, the player's 1236 points are roughly 20% of what is required for the Silver Egg.

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After you are done reviewing the information on the Your Score screen, click this arrow to move on to the next screen.

Question: Why is there no line item for Final Score Bonus (FSB)?

The FSB was already applied to each of the line items above the line. It would be double-counting if we added up those already-boosted numbers and boosted the sum again.

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