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25 January 2008 @ 04:04 pm
What have I wrought?  
So my good friend/boss ninjamonkey73 is interested in puzzles and brainteasers, so I mentioned the MIT Mystery Hunt to her. It's fresh for me because I was at Arisia as it was going on, so I heard a bit about it at the time, and then my LJ Friends page brought me competitor and designer viewpoints. I found it all fascinating, in a "Wow, that's interesting but completely INSANE and I am in NO way qualified to try this ever" sort of way.

So anyway, she found the Hunt quite interesting, and I encouraged her to try out next year's. She thought perhaps she'd have to be on a team with people she knew. Not my thing, I said, but ... well, I can vouch for 530nm330hz, the only competitor I know personally, if she wants an introduction or something. She finally said that she'll do it ... if I will.


I'm already registered for Arisia '09; I'm no good at anything except the most straightforward puzzles. What are the odds a team would want some dead weight? But I think ninjamonkey73 would actually be pretty good at this sort of thing, and I totally get not wanting to jump into something like this alone. So ... we'll see.

Addendum: This year had a team named "A Man, A Plan, A Canal - Suez". Another team was named "Donner, Party of 30". ("The team Donner, Party of 30 kept decreasing in number throughout the weekend. By Sunday evening, I think they were answering their phone, 'Donner, Party of 21.'" -- jedusor) I don't even know these people and I love them.
Current Mood: anxiouseep!
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on January 27th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Interesting! I'll be curious to hear what you decide... A's descriptions have tempted me as well, but I don't know if I could sustain focus for that long.
Andrew Greene: xword530nm330hz on January 27th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Resistance is futile....

What are the odds a team would want some dead weight?

You wouldn't be dead weight. Our team had some people who were not experienced puzzlers but who had depths of knowledge in unusual areas. We also had some people who were amazing at keeping track of the information flow, even if they themselves were generating very little of it. Both of those things were amazingly helpful in getting us as far as we got.
zoward on January 30th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you attend Arisia! In my college days I went to a lot of cons, notably the Boskones back when they were more media friendly, and before they had split into Boskone and Arisia. Good times. Did you ever read the old EE "Doc" Smith series that lent both cons their name?

I did get a chance to catch an Arisia about ten years ago, and then Boskone 42 a few years back, which gave me the opportunity to see Orson Scott Card. He's an intriguing speaker.
michelel72michelel72 on February 10th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Arisia?
This was actually my first full con since ... high school? Ever? I tend to feel I don't have the breadth of knowledge that cons seem to "require". For example, I haven't read the Smith stories you mention. Arisia was fun, though.

I think Harvard had an s.f. con at about the same time as Arisia, with Card as the guest of honor, so your mentioning of him is interesting timing.