|Mystery Hunt 2018, part 1
||[Jan. 19th, 2018|09:39 pm]
While I ended up on the winning team, Death and Mayhem, last year, we (the remaining members of Beginner's Luck after 3/4 of the team scattered to various other teams) really intended to stay with D&M only for 2017, and then move on to make another team (with plans I will describe below). Winning the hunt gave us a dilemma.
Ultimately, we decided to "loan" a few veterans to D&M for 2018 to help them with planning to write their first-ever hunt, while the rest of our group proceeded with our plan to form a new team (while pledging to absolutely not win). We teamed up with Charles Steinhardt (who we had done some other events with, but disagreements that I don't entirely understand myself kept him from ever joining Luck), a few of the other old Sages guys, some new Mathcamp veterans (which was the source for the old Sages team - it was practically an all-time Mathcamp reunion, even among people who didn't do puzzles, which was how they ended up with so many people), and a bunch of people from Caltech. While assembling the team, we also ended up bringing over a few of the D&M guys who didn't want to construct and some other old Luck people who didn't like where they ended up in 2017. We had, officially, 59 people, though I think a few of those did not make it and we were actually closer to 55, most of them on campus. Early in the year, we ended up called The Team to be Named Later as a placeholder name, but some people got attached to the name and we ended up sticking with it, though we might make it true by choosing an actual non-meta name next year.
My Hunt experience started off with Thursday dinner at the Asgard with a surprisingly large part of our team, immediately followed by a 9:40 appointment at the Clock Tower room at Escape the Room Boston. I went home and returned in the morning, with printer, laptop, power strips, and other supplies, which I dropped off on Mass Ave outside building 1 with my teammates, while I took off to look for a real parking space, always difficult around Hunt. By the time I succeeded and then walked back to our HQ, people were already taking off to go to the opening, so I joined them in that.
I saw the fun little skit which teammates informed me was based on the movie Inside Out, which I had not even heard of before. At first, we got the health and safety lecture, from the team formerly known as Death & Mayhem but which had been renamed Life & Order to better comply with the safety guidelines. And then stuff happened, and we were inside somebody's head while the safety lecturer continued on, through a bunch of rather unsafe misadventures, on a video screen behind them. The character's emotions were living personas inside a sort of mental "control room", and stuff went wrong and the emotions were trying to fix things. But they needed more brain power, which they hoped to get by having us solve puzzles (of course). And we picked up our safety kit and went back to HQ and proceeded to set up.
The emotions round started, where the puzzles were represented by memory balls similar to the ones from the opening skit. The 5 emotion characters were there too, each of them having a metapuzzle which went with the answers to the emotion puzzles for their emotion - but as we went along, we discovered some puzzles belonged to two different emotions and had swirled colors indicating this. I didn't actually solve any of these metapuzzles, but some of the puzzles I did work on were these:
Note: At the moment, these puzzles are not yet up on MIT's site, so the links will only work if you are logged into a team's account. Since all teams got all the puzzles after the coin was found, if you have such a login, you'll have all the puzzles now.
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