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    Played this at G2E but didn't know it was out on the floors yet. Unfortunately V&P didn't have it installed this last trip. If anyone sees it on the strip in the next 3 weeks let me know what casinos have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmsunshine View Post
    Aahz - gotta ask, were your parents Robert Lynn Asprin fans?
    I think I asked Aahz once if he was a fan of those books but missed a answer if one was given. I was glad to see that Jody Lynn Nye is continuing the Dragons Wild series (poker is one of the themes of the book) that Asprin was still writing when he passed away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmsunshine View Post
    Aahz - gotta ask, were your parents Robert Lynn Asprin fans?
    Short version: I stole it from a guy who stole it from Robert Aspirin and the M.Y.T.H. series

    Long story goes like this....

    About 20 years ago I simply got tired of my name. Father not in my life, mother remarried, sister married, I was the only person I had any contact with who shared my birth name, and I wanted a new start. Wanted something memorable and "clever" but workable as well. At the time I was just starting a game design company working on supplements to tabletop role-playing games, so something from the sci-fi/fantasy genre couldn't hurt either.

    One of the BBS's (predecessors to the internet as we know it) had a regular user whose handle was Aahz as a nod to the Aspirin books (which I had not read at that time). It seemed like a perfect name for me, so I read a couple of the books and did some name searching through various databases. There was no other person I could find with the name Aahz, so I took it as my last name, intending to drop my first name in the future as well.

    Got married, and the wife took the last name Aahz as well. Had a kidlet and gave her the same last name, of course, as well. Got divorced, and the ex proceeded to have a couple more kids and give them the same last name. So that made 5 people with name Aahz. Ex-wife recently got remarried and took the new husband's name, dropping it to 4 people, and is considering changing the younger (aka not mine) kids names as well. I'd love for her to do so as that would just leave myself and my daughter with the last name Aahz.

    After 9/11 the state's made it much more difficult to legally change your name and I never jumped through the new hoops to drop or change my first name as well, but have gone by Aahz exclusively for a coupla decades now.

    The guy I stole the name from legally changed his first name to Aahz at some point as well.

    So, now you know

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    Back to the Avatar goodness....

    I played three sessions of Avatar over Thanksgiving and my love has not faded one bit!

    First some clarifications/corrections from my original post:


    • In the Banshee Wilds feature the Ikran can drop up to 9 wilds.
    • The Arrow Boost Bonus can be as high as 20x
    • The Pandora Bonus is, indeed, called just that. It does not have a longer name as I earlier suspected
    • Pandora Bonus offers 5 different game choices: Take Flight, Warrior Free Games, The Hunt, Hometree Free Games, and Seeds of the Sacred Tree. The Hunt, Warrior Free Games, and , I believe, Take Flight, are not initially available, but get unlocked as you rise in levels.
    • Group bonuses are actually called Unite The Tribes Bonuses
    • The three Unite the Tribes bonuses are: Battle for the Tree Souls, Defend The Forest, and RDA Attack Free Games
    • It seems there are a total of 5 Characters, 4 music choices, and 3 backgrounds that can be unlocked through gaining levels. I went from level 35 to level 60 over Thanksgiving and didn't unlock any more choices on any of these.



    Okay, newly discovered stuff....

    When offered your choice of Na'avi Pay, Banshee Attack, or Arrow Boost (when randomly triggered for a spin, in Pandora Bonus - Hometree Free Games, or Unite The Tribes RDA Attack Free Games), the choices are laid out from most conservative to most risky. In more than 150 Na'avi Pay spins I've yet to have a zero result, or even less than my original line bet. Both Banshee Attack and Arrow Boost have resulted in a zero credit result on multiple occasions, including this heartbreaker-



    I also discovered a new Secret Achievement: It Is A Sign - "Clear the Board in the "Seeds of the Sacred Tree" bonus on the first pick."
    This also awards a 3x multiplier bonus, which led to a $99 win on a $3 bet for me.
    Whenever you clear the screen during this bonus you will receive a bonus of Nx where N is the number of picks you have left.

    When you reach the token cap of 30 Group Bonus tokens you will see a screen like this-

    Clicking "Save Tokens to Play Later" has no effect and just brings the same screen up again. It does seem, however, that you can wait on this screen indefinetly for another player or players to begin the Group Bonus.


    I'm not sure how the machine selects which players to display in the Player Spotlight on the big screen. It's not exclusively from people currently playing, though based on the different player's I've seen highlighted, but I somehow managed to make the cut


    The bet amount options (at both MoSun & MGM/Foxwoods) are $0.50, $1.00, $1.50, $2.50 and $3.00.
    Your bet amount does not effect play or payouts on the Unite The Tribe Group Bonuses. This is only effected by your personal multiplier (aka how many tokens you spent)
    However, the number of tokens you are awarded each time the Unite The Tribes Bonus is hit is multiplied by your line bet. So, if you want the big group bonuses you'll need to save up your Group Tokens for a bigger multiplier.

    I'm in the process of uploading videos of all the bonus rounds offered on the Avatar slot machine and will be posting them here when they're available. Until then, here's a short video tour of the different screens available in the Account Area-

    Sorry for the bad video/audio. I'm still figuring out how to take vids.


    And, finally, my actual payout results....

    Session one: Mohegan Sun 8:30am-10:00am
    Start BR: $500
    Coin-in: $2250
    End BR: $770
    Range: $435 - $900

    Session two: Mohegan Sun 10:45am-12:45pm
    Start BR: $500
    Coin-in: $2850
    End BR: $400
    Range: $350 - $725

    Session Three: Foxwoods 12:15pm-2:15pm
    Start BR: $515
    Coin-in: $3360
    End BR: $362
    Range: $95 - $875

    The machine at Mohegan Sun is definitely set to a better payout than the machine at MGM Foxwoods. This is evident by the MGM machine being much stingier with the Pandora Bonus (3-4 times in two hours vs 10-15 times in two hours) and by being tighter with the Unite The Tribes Bonus as well.

    In all my play thus far I've managed to hit a couple dozen 10x (or better) payouts on line pays, but have not yet hit a 20x line pay. I know this because there are achievements awarded for both.
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    Videos for all Three Unite The Tribes Group Bonuses on Avatar Slot Machine

    Battle for the Tree of Souls (My Favorite)-


    Defend The Forest (My Least Favorite)-


    RDA Attack Free Games (Best Paying, IMO)-

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    Videos For All Three Bonus Spin Options on IGT's Avatar Slot Machine

    These spin options can be found three different ways on the James Cameron's Avatar slot machine by IGT: in the Pandora Bonus: Hometree Free Games, in the RDA Attack Free Games during the Unite The Tribes Group Bonus, and randomly triggered at the beginning of a spin.






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    Videos for all Five Pandora Bonus Options on IGT's James Cameron's Avatar










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    Really enjoying your avatar videos and detailed reviews- thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvandentop View Post
    damn now wish i had played it, only saw 2 of them in vegas, i think one was mgm and another was venteian/palazzo
    I didn't see it at Venetian/Palazzo. Hoping they get it soon. Loved it at G2E.

    Also Boots and I had a blast playing IGT's Jurassic slot though I don't think that one has been released yet.

    Thanks Aahz for posting all those vids!

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    Well, Avatar at MoSun kicked my ass today, but I still love it!

    Couple more clarifications-
    • Arrow Boost Actually goes all the way up to 25x, not just 20x
    • Maximum Group Tokens is actually 35 - IF you play 'right'. Just manage to get yourself to 29 through some combination of play and then stick with $3 max bet until you hit another Unite The Tribes Bonus bringing you to 35-
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    • I actually hit 31 Group tokens, then played a 2 times to bring me back down to 29 and went for it from there.


    Unfortunately I tanked that bonus, and almost every other bonus I played today. I did manage to grab all 5 high score slots for the day though
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    There weren't that many players most of the day, so it was hard to get a group of more than 2 players, which limited earning potential, even with the high multipliers. The two times I managed to get four players in the Group Bonus we got the RDA Attack free games which rarely pays more than a $12 base pay :(

    Session reports-

    3:20-5:15
    Start BR: $500
    Coin-in: $3450
    End BR: $369
    Range: $55 - $550

    6:00-10:00
    Start BR: $1000
    Coin-In: $6600
    End BR: $259
    Range: $115 - $1123

    Like I said, I'm still a fan. I'll be back down Thursday to see what else I can discover



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