START: 24 March 2012 (Sat) 10:30am AU Student Center END: 6-7 hours later The Teams Facebook Event Page Past Parties
All of the teams scores were close in the first half of the day, and even as the final hour approach no team ran away with it. Any of the top six teams had a strong chance of claiming the top prize (and with a couple volatile challenges still waiting to be graded, really any team had a chance to bubble up and make a run for it).
In the final minutes, however, Green Team submitted an answer for the palindromic maze puzzle (#5), and they squeaked out a win by about 650 Points. Here's a chart of the final scores. I'll add links to some of the puzzles as well as survey results about Enjoyment and Difficulty soon.
Thanks, as always, to everyone who participated!
|1. WHOSE _____ IS IT ANYWAY?||1025||1000||1050||1100||2.55||4.36|
|2. COLORFUL MUSIC||1959||447||579||1722||1584||1692||342||690||1395||771||777||1323||3.82||2.70|
|3. DO YOU SEE THE CONNECTIONS?||1025||1000||1050||1100||2.55||4.72|
|4. PEANUT GALLERY||919||854||2.64||4.45|
|5. EZ A MAZE||1000||1000||1050||1025||1000||1100||1000||3.00||4.18|
|6. CUT TO PERFECTION||1200||2080||960||1880||1080||1440||1840||1840||1840||1400||760||1040||3.73||3.33|
|7. SIXTEEN PATHS||361||382||356||361||329||373||373||359||371||332||360||359||3.55||2.77|
|8. MISPELLED CROSSWORDS||1100||1050||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1025||1000||3.64||3.00|
|9. WORDS THAT WIN||1050||1100||1025||2.45||4.54|
|10. CHEMICAL MAGIC SQUARE||987||232||892||552||566||598||316||358||294||830||758||416||3.64||4.00|
|11. PAISLEY PUZZLE PARTIERS||1050||1000||1000||1000||1000||1000||1100||1000||1025||1000||1000||3.82||2.40|
|12. I SPY||1000||1000||1000||1100||1000||1025||1000||1000||1000||1050||1000||1000||4.55||2.20|
|13. ALPHABET CUBED||1100||1000||1025||1000||1000||1000||1000||1050||1000||1000||1000||1000||3.73||2.30|
Team sizes will also be smaller than marathon Parties; I've tried to establish team formation rules that will create groups of about 3-5 people typically.
The Party will start at 10:30am and teams will be given all of the puzzles/challenges upfront, at the start. Internet access will not be allowed as a tool for solving the puzzles. So, you will not be allowed to use Google, Wikipedia, or any other Internet resource. We will rely on the honor system to enforce this (all you players with smart gadgets will have to resist the temptation to use apps and such). Your team need only bring basic materials: pencils, pens, scratch paper, simple calculators, and such. Any additional resources I will provide if I think they are needed.
The Party will go on for about 6-7 hours (I'll pick an exact duration once I have finalized all of the puzzles). There are a few restaurants at the Student Center, and you will have to manage food breaks on your own. I am not ruling out that a puzzle or two might require part or all of your team to leave the Student Center at some point, but most puzzle will be solved without running around. Your teammates are allowed to leave the Party area for non-Party reasons (going out to eat, etc) as long as they don't violate the honor system resource rules above.
Some puzzles may be graded on speed, others on whether your team is the first to solve it. Some may be "optimization" problems with variable scoring, others all or nothing. Each puzzle will have its scoring rules clearly explained, and it is up to your team to read the rules fully and decide which ones to do when. As always, I will try to provide a great variety of puzzle types (wordplay, mathematics, physical puzzles, mazes, environmental puzzles, etc) so that everyone, regardless of their solving strengths, will feel like they can contribute.
Team formation for EPP12 will be similar to my most recent Parties: each individual will have a "cost" based on whether or not he or she has participated in past Parties and how many trophies he or she may have won. The cost for a person who has never participated in or helped organize a past Party (including all EPPs and APPs) is 6 Points. Players who have attended past Parties are worth 7 + [the number of trophies won]. A PDF listing of all past players (and trophies won) is available for review (if there are inaccuracies, please let me know).
If a person is not on that PDF list, he or she is worth 6 Points, otherwise: 7 + Trophies (the last column in gray in the spreadsheet indicates Trophies). Finally, if a player is attending EPP12 and is from out of town (away from Auburn/Opelika), they have their cost reduced by 1 (this reduction is not indicated on the list above).
The total value/cost of a Team roster for EPP12 may not exceed 33 Points. Note that I am purposely using a scoring scheme that will result in teams that are smaller than the most recent Spring Parties.
Team colors may be reserved on a "first come, first served" basis; email me when you have at least two people ready for a particular team, and tell me what color you would like to be.
Currently I plan to accommodate up to ten teams. If these fill up, I might be convinced to add another team or two.
|TEAM ROSTERS (team names are optional but encouraged)|
"I'm So Meta, Even This Acronym"
|Kelly Bragan (8)
Daniel Brice (8)
Alex Byaly (8)
Zack Sarver (7)
|Rob Beaty (7)
Ian Schaffer (7)
Billy Symon (7)
|Amanda Bain (7)
Tanner Bain (7)
Kristen Oliver † (6)
Deana Schnuelle (7)
|Tom Beard (6)
Robert Ford † (9)
Tim Hardwick (10)
Scott Varagona (8)
|Mark Brady † (12)
Tracy Cobbs † (12)
Andrew Thomas † (8)
"Rhymes With Orange"
|Patrick Buckingham † (5)
Erin McMullin † (7)
Charles Pilman † (8)
Paul Fonstad † (5)
Jason Schmurr † (5)
|Justin Anthony † (5)
Adam Carter (6)
Thomas Carter † (5)
Lorelei Schellhammer † (5)
Philip Worland † (5)
|Erin Beaver (6)
Heath Hopkins (10)
David Jarrell † (8)
Emily Norman (9)
|Bob Gillis † (8)
Marsha Gillis † (8)
Adam Syfrett (7)
Katie Syfrett (8)
|Brent Fritz † (5)
Kyle Fritz † (6)
Chelsea Harrison (8)
Bryan McMean (8)
Drew Williams (6)
|Jaye Herrod † (6)
Michael Hollingsworth (10)
Kelly Hollingsworth (9)
Allison Miller † (6)
|Mark Erdberg (5)
Brandon Hernandez † (5)
Amy Steinkampf † (7)
Calvin Thomas (7)
|† Out-of-town participant|
"Un-teamed" players. These are players who have said they will likely show up on Puzzle Day, but for one reason or another have not yet settled on a team. If you are looking to bolster your team's roster, you may want to try to recruit these folks:
Wil Kilpatrick (7)
Of course, you are also encouraged to invite other friends as well.