SF Puzzle Weekend – Saturday

This is my last post covering my big puzzle weekend in San Francisco this summer.  Click to see the Thursday and Friday posts. Saturday!  Decathlon Day!  The reason for the whole trip!  I got up early on Saturday morning to make sure I had enough time to get ready.  I was most unsure about what to wear.  The forecast had said it would be in the mid-upper 60’s in San Francisco (after reading that forecast, I almost didn’t pack shorts for the trip!), but we were in Los Altos where it was supposed to be pushing the 80’s and 90’s…

SF Puzzle Weekend – Friday

Woah, hey, remember like a million years ago when I had a big puzzle weekend in San Francisco?  And then I only wrote about the first day of it?  Time to finish the story!  Luckily, past-me has been on the ball this year and already wrote it all up on the plane ride home!  (Present-me just couldn’t be bothered to get the file off the laptop and add photos.) It’s been four months, so I’ll briefly re-cap the last post.  The purpose of my trip was Shinteki Decathlon with Todd’s team, Boneless Chicken Cabaret.  I got in on Thursday, picked…

I Helped Run a Game

…and that’s why I haven’t posted anything for the past two months!  (Warning, this post will probably contain some spoilers for The Famine Game.  All photos are either by Sana Malik or me unless otherwise noted.) Last week, my husband and I flew to Washington, D.C. to help run The Famine Game, a Hunger Games-themed Game organized by Todd Etter and Philip Dasler, and the first ever Game run in Washington, D.C.  In this post, I’m just going to re-cap my personal experience with the Game.  It won’t be a comprehensive report of the Famine Game itself by any means…

Whodunnit? – Episode 9 Review

  [Watch out!  This post contains lots of spoilers for the finale of Whodunnit?, including the identity of the Killer and the winner.  I’ve put some spoiler tags in, but the photos are also very spoilery.  You’ve been warned!] At long last, the season finale of Whodunnit?!  But whose murder would the players be investigating this week?  With a kidnapped butler, a room full of smoke, and a disappearing contestant, things were off to a very strange start.

Whodunnit? – Episode 8 Review

  In the last episode before the season finale, the four remaining players investigated Ronnie‘s mysterious murder.   Investigation: A format change was introduced this week — players competed for the privilege of visiting a fourth “mystery site” plus three minutes at another site of their choice.

Interactive Fiction: The Ark

Control Room You stand within a spherical room bisected by a transparent floor. The curved surface of the glossy black wall is periodically interrupted by strips of pale blue light. These maze-like patterns are the room’s sole source of illumination. Around the center of the room is a ring made of a flat pane of transparent material held up by thin, transparent supports connecting to the floor. In the center of the room, there is a hatch in the floor. It’s the classic start to a text-based adventure game, or in this case, a work of interactive fiction.  In The Ark, by Matthew Marcus and Devi Acharya,…

Whodunnit? – Episode 5 Review

This week’s episode of Whodunnit? sent players outside the mansion to the stables and a horse trail, where Ulysses apparently fell off his horse and died.   Investigation: Dana did a good job finding a key piece of information at the Morgue (the puncture wounds on Uylsses’s right leg), but her focus on being sneaky meant that she missed another important piece: the splinters on his jeans.  Since she was one of the players convinced he died by snakebite, this could have been important piece for her and for Ronnie’s team.

Whodunnit? – Episode 4 Review

  Another week, another murder.  I think this show is getting better with each episode.  Things are heating up now, and the players are really starting to dive in to the interpersonal strategy of the game.   Investigation: This week’s investigation was a little bit different.  Since everyone was present at Don’s last known whereabouts (the breakfast table), there was no need to investigate there.  Instead, players investigated the “Suspect,” which was (an odd way of saying) the [spoiler]sedated mountain that attacked him.  (Looking back, I suppose it wasn’t such an odd way to label the lion, since it wasn’t…