Ida Keen, I think it is one those things the game says when (1) they are moving to a location that is not open yet (happens with devs all the time) or (2) the game doesn't quite know where they are going.
Like "exploring a mysterious vortex" or "strolling through a secret place."
It is probably one of the euphemisms used when someone enters a Seam Street, such as so and so left for a "temporal instability" or a "universal impossibly" or several others. Just stand on a street with a locked door and watch the local chat for any unusual destinations
I got the card qualification quest shortly after launch, but I never received the "Legalize It" quest. Will I get it at some point in time later? Does it have anything to do with getting the "smuggler's quest"? I have not received that one either.
I never got Legalize it quest, and I know a lot of people in same situation, so I really hope that Back Alley doesn't count towards streets visited, as if not everyone gets the quest, then it's not exactly fair o_o
Oh lord. Me too, Klara, Ebil, TRB4 and all the rest of you that are stuck at 761 streets with me! (OK like 766 or something now that there are all the party places.) I don't remember doing the 'legalize it' quest either - maybe I got my papers too soon but I NEEDED subway access!
If the quest was apparently optional, since there were other, legal ways of obtaining your papers, and it wasn't entirely clear how to even obtain the quest, then I seriously hope the location is not included in the count of locations. That's just poor game design.
Good news, I posted a report to the help staff and this is the answer I got:
Client Error Report: I was wondering if the location "The Back Alley" was counted as one of the streets visited? I got my papers before I got the quest to get them. I currently have 761/762 locations visted (not counting party locations) and I was wondering which location I am missing?Submitted: Oct 17, 2011 • 11:00am (Pacific)Staff reply: 24 min agoHi TRB4,
Taking a deeper look into the situation I see that there is currently no way for us to pin point the location you are missing. This would take many hours to sort and sift through your action history which in the end could result in no definite answer.
That said, the Back Alley is not the missing location as this doesn't count towards Locations Visited.
Thank you so much for that TRB4, and Eggplant too :)
Great to know! :D Now if they could just fix the leaderboards so the numbers shown are correct (mine stopped updating a while back), it would be awesome lol
Can't remember if I got to the Back Alley. I'd like a way back there. Back Alleys have all kinds of odd people who hang out there. I feel like we are missing an essential element to our glitchy life without a Back Alley to visit from time to time.
Well, now I am confused. Many, many people did have the Back Alley count as one of the streets on the Leaderboard Count. I didn't because I got my papers before I visited the subway. It seems that I will forever be lacking one street, unless one of the suggestions submitted on the bug forum is implemented.