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It was pretty obvious to me that the contest for April should have something to do with the DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold release or be a complete participation failure. I would not even attempt to pry you all away from the game right now. So the contest for April will take place in the game itself. It isn't necessary to have the full version of the game to participate. You won't need to spend more than a few hours altogether on our contest, and I suspect some people will only need a half hour. If you are good at the kinds of puzzles that appear in the newsprint section of Games magazine, you'll probably enjoy this challenge. That's about all I can tell you without ruining the contest.

Part I - The Committal

All participants must declare themselves before Local Time:04-18-2005 at 01:00 AM. Just post a reply to this message that says "I'm in!" or "B0rsuk will participate, since he always does well at these things." (if you were B0rsuk, of course) You could do it right now or anytime before the above deadline which is negative 731 weeks, 2 days away. It is a necessary step to participate in the contest.

There is no harm in backing out later if you want. So if you think you probably want to play, then just post your reply that indicates you are "committing".

Members of the Caravel team may not participate in this contest. (Mike, Matt, Matt, Erik, Clayton, Neil, Eytan, Adam, Gerry)

Part II - The Revelations

Then put yourself in a state of readiness, for the clues will next be revealed at scheduled times. The moment you know the secret, e-mail me (erikh@caravelgames.com) with it. You can make multiple guesses, but any later guess will always replace your previous guess, even if the previous guess was right! So actually, you can only have one guess, since I will only use what you give me last.

This first clue, delivered at our peak traffic time, is very small, but it will start you thinking.
The secret is found inside of DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold.

This second clue, delivered 12 hours later when people on the other half of world have sunlight, is more substantial.
The secret is not found while playing the game itself.

The third clue begins to narrow things down.
The secret is something that you see on the screen without doing anything special.

The fourth clue will have everyone focused on a single location.
The secret is shown in plain view on the title screen.

The fifth clue will be the last, but a great deal of cleverness will still be needed to proceed.
The secret is a message written on the border stones, which requires decoding.

I've tried to make the clues as fair as possible when considering that people will often be asleep or busy at something when one is revealed. However, I think it is entirely possible that nobody will learn the secret until sometime after the fifth clue. So please don't get upset if you aren't around when a clue is revealed--the contest will still be in your grasp.

During the period of Revelations, no participant shall be allowed to speak of the following matters in public or private:
* his progress in the contest--particularly, if he submitted a guess or made a discovery.
* any form of hints or clues.
* how hard or easy the participant judges the contest to be.

Disqualification would be the obvious penalty. You could ruin the entire contest by saying the wrong thing, so please be very careful. The one exception to speaking of the above is that you can always e-mail me and talk about it. If in doubt over whether you can say something related to the contest, ask me first.

Part III - The Reckoning

On Local Time:04-25-2005 at 01:00 AM, no further guesses will be accepted and the Reckoning will commence. Each participant who declared himself during the Committal will be asked to post a brief description of his efforts in the contest. This will allow us to see who truly participated, assuming a certain level of honesty from those who make claims.

All who sent me a correct guess during the Revelations will then be judged by the timeliness of their submission. The earliest will win first prize, 100 rank points and an item of his choosing from the Prize Pile. Next in sequence will win 50 and 25 rank points for second and third place. All first-time contest participants will receive 10 rank points for trying something new.

Here is a small departure from the rewarding we've done for past contests. If you make a correct guess and follow all the other rules for participation, but aren't among the first three to submit correct guesses, you will still get 8 rank points for figuring out this difficult puzzle. So even if you think you are the last one working on it, keep going!

The Committal begins! Who is committing?

-Erik

[Edited by ErikH2000 at Local Time:04-17-2005 at 10:37 PM]

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I shall commit, even though I have no idea about what this contest is, as I have never read Games magazine before.

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"I'm in!"

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"I'm in!" or "B0rsuk will participate, since he always does well at these things."

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04-06-2005 at 11:02 PM
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I'm in! Although I probably won't have finished the game by the time the contest begins.

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04-06-2005 at 11:06 PM
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sure, I'll play.


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I've got back issues of Games from all the way to around 1981. I'm in.
04-06-2005 at 11:30 PM
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ok, sign me up :)
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Yup yup. Count me in.

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04-07-2005 at 12:03 AM
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I don't understand but I'm in. C'mon first contest
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I'm in

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Sure I guess.
04-07-2005 at 01:27 AM
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w00t!! Sign me up for the good stuff!

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Sounds puzzling. I like puzzles. Add me to your special list!
04-07-2005 at 01:58 AM
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I'm always game for a contest.

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I'm in, though I really don't understand it.

So basically, there will be clues released at time intervals, and we must guess the answer within the period given, and the answer will have to do with JtRH. Am I right?

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I'm in like gin.
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I always wanted to be committed

the clues will be posted in the forum?
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okay. I am in.(had to be different :) )

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04-07-2005 at 03:13 AM
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quote:
swann_88 wrote:
the clues will be posted in the forum?

You can see them in the original message, but they won't be revealed until the preset time. There is a special "unhidetime" tag that only show text after a certain date. If you are interested, the exact times for the clues are (in Pacific Standard Time): 11am 4/18, 11pm 4/18, 11am 4/19, 11pm 4/19, 11am 4/20.

-Erik

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11am 4/18, 11pm 4/18, 11am 4/19, 11pm 4/19, 11am 4/20.
Joy. All times that I probably won't be on my computer for another 6 hours after the clues are released. Phooey on your bad timing Erik!!

I'm still in, though. I just have to rely on megetting all of them the second I see them and having everyone else stall on them. False satisfaction makes everything better! :)

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Count me in!

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I'm in.
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I guess I'll give it a shot.
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MasonJason wishes to be signed up and is talking in the third person just to be perverse

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I'm in, but since I'm waiting for the CD to arrive I'll have to hope its arrived by the time the clues start :)
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Ooh, puzzles. Count me in please.

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You'd think talking in third person is pervese enough, but in Planescape: Torment there is a goddess which talks in third person and past tense, and reality changes accordingly.

His off-topic post was lacking sense and direction, but the Reader felt all warm and fuzzy inside after reading it.

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I'm in!

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I'm in, and quite possibly out once I see the puzzle and decide I don't like it. I also talked with B0rsuk and he says third person should be preserved for those special moments. Otherwise it becomes boring quickly.

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