|The obligatory hunt post
||[Jan. 23rd, 2010|02:37 pm]
I'm going to make this short. I should really write a longish post to LJ someday so people know what I've been up to, but today is not that day.|
I was solving from Chicago this year, and, honestly, I think this was my favorite hunt ever. Here's a small list of reasons for this.
1) When I got tired of puzzling, I could just go back to my room and chill for an hour, or take a nap, or wherever. There was no push to make myself stay awake to help solve because we were close to the end. I never felt a need to stare, frustrated, at puzzles.
2) Despite only getting introduced to the hunt last year, it turns out that Peter is a beast at puzzles. I feel like I actually learned a lot about solving techniques just from working with him. It also made me feel (possibly unjustly so) that I made some nontrivial contributions to the team, which was nice.
3) For most (~80%) of the hunt, Chicago had between 3 and 6 people solving out of Peter's room. This is a great size for a puzzle strike-force. We were able to chew through Prince of Kong and Almost Loaded from start to finish with the 6 of us working together, and we had a lot of fun doing Confirmed Machine 925 (And I recognize that we were not the only ones working on those puzzles, but they are the ones that I felt like we did the most on).
4) Two unlikely contributors: Jeremy Kane contributed the answer "Mugful" to a clue on Almost Loaded. Ben played Ghost Love Score not once, but twice during the weekend to boost morale and epicness.
5) No one got cranky. I remember pretty seriously disliking the last few hours of the '07 hunt (when we were stuck on the round 8 meta) because a lot of people (probably myself included) started being pretty unpleasant. That didn't happen off-site, partly because we were able to make lots of totally ridiculous jokes that, ahem, we would be unable to make on-site, in order to dissipate tensions.
6) Good puzzle pimping at the end. We could feel the excitement in Chicago, even when it was just Peter and I still awake.