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13th Scavenger Hunt Results

Post by Cherek » 06 Nov 2018 20:19

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 |                  Official results for the                    |
 |         13th Genesis All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt          |
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 |                            RECAP                             |
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 |                                                              |
 |  What an exciting event it was! We hope you had fun          |
 |  participating, it sure was fun to watch. Nine teams found   |
 |  at least 90 items, which made this the most competitive     |
 |  Scavenger Hunt in a long time, with the lead changing       |
 |  many times during the event.                                |
 |                                                              |
 |  Scavenger Hunt specialists and winners of several events    |
 |  Daerin & Starla got off to a slow start this time, and      |
 |  instead Hokus & Zugzug and Raelle & Shade had a close       |
 |  battle for first place during the first days of the event.  |
 |  While Raelle & Shade would later fall back a little         |
 |  to finish 8th, H&Z had a fairly commanding lead with a few  |
 |  days left. However, by now Daerin & Starla had mounted a    |
 |  fierce comeback. On the morning of the last day D&S had     |
 |  grabbed the lead and bookies around the donut were ready    |
 |  to pay out the money on the favorites.                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  But, no so fast. Underdogs Alisa & Egwene had enjoyed a     |
 |  solid event a few spots below the top teams, but when they  |
 |  found some extra energy during the last days we were        | 
 |  suddenly in a three-team race for the victory.              |
 |                                                              |
 |  With just a few hours left of the event the top three       |
 |  teams were all tied at 95 items, with A&E on top thanks     |
 |  to a better tie breaker item. Would the underdogs hang on   |
 |  for an upset win? The answer was no. Both D&S and H&Z       |
 |  had one more item in their pockets to turn in, and with     |
 |  just 1 hour and 13 minutes left H&Z also turned in the      |
 |  molten dagger that would become the deciding factor. With   |
 |  minutes left the score was H&Z at 97, D&S at 96, and A&E    |
 |  at 95. However, with only a few minutes to spare Egwene     |
 |  pulled off a trade with H&Z which worked as an insurance    |
 |  score for H&Z, ensuring their win, while A&S ended up tied  |
 |  for second place with D&S.                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  After an impressive run, being in the top the whole event,  |
 |  Hokus & Zugzug won the 2018 Scavenger Hunt with 98 of 100   |
 |  items found. Well done!                                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Daerin & Starla and Alisa & Egwene tied for second with     |
 |  96 items found, and even after comparing the rarity of the  |
 |  items they found they were still tied. However, D&S won     |
 |  the tie breaker trivia and snagged second place with        |
 |  A&E finishing third.                                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  Below the top three Celse & Valandil and Saimon & Logg had  |
 |  a solid hunt and tied for fourth place. Kvator & Syrk       |
 |  looked to challenge for the win for a while but had to      |
 |  settle for sixth together with Wizards of High Sorcery      |
 |  team Talon & Tulasi. Raelle & Shade dropped to eight after  |
 |  a great start and finished just before Carlof & Irk.        |
 |  Namara & Sonta and Mirilander & Acheron managed to sneak    |
 |  into the top ten with 80 items found.                       |
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 |                          RESULTS                             |
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 |                                                              |
 |  Please see below for explanation of the various reward      |
 |  tiers in the event.                                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  1.  Hokus & Zugzug          98 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< Title rewards      |
 |  2.  Daerin & Starla         96 unique items*                |
 |  3.  Alisa & Egwene          96 unique items*                |
 |  ---------------------------------------< Top 3 item rewards |
 |  4.  Celse & Valandil        94 unique items                 |
 |      Saimon & Logg           94 unique items                 |
 |  6.  Kvator & Syrk           93 unique items                 |
 |      Talon & Tulasi          93 unique items                 |
 |  8.  Raelle & Shade          92 unique items                 |
 |  9.  Carlof & Irk            91 unique items                 |
 |  10. Namara & Sonta          80 unique items                 |
 |      Mirilander & Acheron    80 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------< Top 10 bonus XP rewards  |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 4  |
 |  12. Montagu & Ghorphys      78 unique items                 |
 |  13. Frappe & Avakuma        75 unique items                 |
 |  14. Ratheus                 63 unique items                 |
 |      Arryn                   63 unique items                 |
 |      Croll                   63 unique items                 |
 |  17. Olyver & Tillby         62 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 3  | 
 |  18. Scotia                  50 unique items                 |
 |  19. Athena                  47 unique items                 |
 |  20. Hannabeth & Luma        45 unique items                 |
 |      Xerxes & Persephone     45 unique items                 |
 |  22. Snowdrop                42 unique items                 |
 |  23. Kosa & Ange             41 unique items                 |
 |      Peldon                  41 unique items                 |
 |  25. Krep                    40 unique items                 |
 |      Rangar                  40 unique items                 |
 |      Blyth                   40 unique items                 |
 |      Zhabou                  40 unique items                 |
 |      Javelin & Elmeric       40 unique items                 |
 |      Arnaud                  40 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 2  |
 |  31. Aizorana                32 unique items                 |
 |  32. Redblade                31 unique items                 |
 |  33. Enkil                   30 unique items                 |
 |      Iothel & Von            30 unique items                 |
 |  35. Enabegam                25 unique items                 |
 |  36. Calycia                 24 unique items                 |
 |  37. Lianne                  22 unique items                 |
 |      Ash                     22 unique items                 |
 |  39. Daniel                  21 unique items                 |
 |      Leti                    21 unique items                 |
 |  41. Korin                   20 unique items                 |
 |      Penelope                20 unique items                 |
 |      Varpulis                20 unique items                 |
 |      Nergal                  20 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 1  |
 |                                                              |
 |  The remaining participants did not find enough items to     |
 |  get a reward and are not listed here.                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  * = Daerin & Starla finished second after winning the       |
 |  tie breaker trivia against Alisa & Egwene.                  |
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 |                          REWARDS                             |
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 |                                                              |
 |  Everyone on the list above will have at least one reward    |
 |  that they can <claim> in the Arch of Events office,         |
 |  located one down from the entrance to the Tower of Realms   |
 |  in Sparkle. Please note that some of you have more than     |
 |  one reward to claim, so make sure you get all your rewards  |
 |  by claiming multiple times if needed.                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Quest experience is awarded anyone or any team who found    |
 |  at least 20 items. The amount of experience you receive     |
 |  is increased if you found 40, 60, and 80 items. The final   |
 |  QXP tier was for 100 items, but nobody found that many.     |
 |                                                              |
 |  In addition, the top 10 teams will receive bonus quest      |
 |  experience and general experience rewards based on their    |
 |  position.                                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  The top 3 teams also receive a unique item of their         |
 |  choice with an imbue of their choice. The items are the     |
 |  same, but the strength of the imbue depends on your         |
 |  position in the event. The items will be yours for 30       |
 |  days, and cannot be lost or broken. I will contact you      |
 |  with more information about this.                           |
 |                                                              |
 |  Finally, Hokus & Zugzug are awarded with the title:         |
 |  "Scavenger Hunter of the Realms", a title that will last    |
 |  one year.                                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Congratulations to everyone who won a reward!               |
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 |                         STATISTICS                           |
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 |                                                              |
 |  This year's Scavenger Hunt had a record number of total     |
 |  participants. Actually, we tied the old record from 2004    |
 |  with 101 participants, and far surpassed the hunts in       |
 |  recent years.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  We also had a nice spike in player numbers during the       |
 |  event with sometimes over 90 players on the "who list".     |
 |                                                              |
 |  In total exactly 3,100 accepted items were submitted to     |
 |  the pumpkins and over 8,500 items were rejected. Early on,  |
 |  big piles of rejected items were present at most pumpkins,  |
 |  but a quick fire magic spell that added some flames the     |
 |  pumpkins helped sort his out. However, the smoke over       |
 |  Sparkle from all incinerated items may take a few weeks to  |
 |  clear. Please try to breathe lightly when traveling         |
 |  through Sparkle.                                            |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #9: "A plum choice of the best wine", was the clue     |
 |  that most participants solved. This wine was submitted to   |
 |  the pumpkins a total of 55 times, closely followed by clue  |
 |  #48: "A juicy treat from Bree", and clue #97: "If it        |
 |  looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then maybe it's    |
 |  a duck", with 53 submissions each.                          |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #99: "A colourful face looking up from the sun-        |
 |  land" was the only clue nobody solved. Clue #35: "All       |
 |  that glitters is not gold, but sometimes simply dirty       |
 |  metal" was the rarest find since it was only submitted      |
 |  by two participants.                                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  The auction house was not used a lot during the event       |
 |  as most trades were direct, however, the molten dagger      |
 |  for clue #54 was sold for 5,000 platinum coins.             |
 |                                                              |
 |  317 costumes were hired during the event and we could       |
 |  all enjoy a big parade of balrogs, ghosts, vampires,        |
 |  bunnies, faeries, ents, unicorns, frogs, and who knows      |
 |  what else. Thank you everyone who helped make Genesis a     |
 |  more fun a festive place during the event. The museum       |
 |  costume shop is now closed for the season.                  |
 |                                                              |
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 |                          SOLUTIONS                           |
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 |                                                              |
 |  We're not going to reveal the answers to all clues here,    |
 |  but so you don't lie sleepless all night thinking about     |
 |  them we will reveal the answers for the clues that very     |
 |  few solved.                                                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #99: "A colourful face looking up from the sun-        |
 |  land."                                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 0.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A wildflower from Anorien. "Anorien" is a         |
 |  Sindarin word translating to "Sun-land". The colourful      |
 |  face refer to a riddle Bilbo gave Gollum that goes          |
 |  like this:                                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  An eye in a blue face                                       |
 |  Saw an eye in a green face.                                 |
 |  'That eye is like to this eye'                              |
 |  Said the first eye,                                         |
 |  'But in low place                                           |
 |  Not in high place.'                                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  Answer: Sun shining on daisies.                             |
 |                                                              |
 |  We tried to have a mix of easy and hard clues, and this     |
 |  we figured might be the hardest one, which turned out to    |
 |  be true.                                                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #35: "All that glitters is not gold, but sometimes     |
 |  simply dirty metal."                                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 2.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A metal ring found in the Entwash, all covered    |
 |  in dirt and icky sticky stuff.                              |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #13: "A buried treasure is certain to be dirty on      |
 |  the outside."                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 3.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A dirty bag that according to its description     |
 |  looks to have been buried somewhere. It can be found in     |
 |  Edoras and contains a small treasure in the form of         |
 |  gemstones.                                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #54: "Like a hot knife through butter."                |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 3.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: The molten dagger from the halfling in Tyr was    |
 |  a clue many figured out, however, due to the rarity of the  |
 |  item itself it proved to be very hard to get.               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #18: "Mandatory accessory for the cottage of any       |
 |  self-respecting witch."                                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 3.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: An iron pot from a cottage in Terel. The pot      |
 |  could be found on the floor in the kitchen, however, very   |
 |  few of it would spawn, so getting it required quite a bit   |
 |  of luck as well as finding the correct location.            |
 |                                                              | 
 |  Clue #88: "This blade of black steel should be on the       |
 |  high seas, not underground."                                |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solved by: 3.                                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A black steel cutlass from the bandit leader      |
 |  just outside Sparkle. A blade that belongs on the high      |
 |  seas refers to the cutlass type of weapon, and this         |
 |  cutlass is wielded by a bandit leader hiding far from       |
 |  the high seas in his underground lair.                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  All other clues were solved by at least 10 participants.    |
 |                                                              |
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 |                       FINAL THOUGHTS                         |
 |==============================================================|
 |                                                              |
 |  A lot of new things were introduced during this event       |
 |  and we in the AoE team are very happy that the majority     |
 |  of the participants seem to enjoy solving clues instead     |
 |  of getting a list of item descriptions. The new team        |
 |  format and the score ghost also turned out well.            |
 |  This new format was a test, and while there are always      |
 |  some things we can improve for the next Scavenger Hunt, we  |
 |  think the clues, teams, and score ghost are here to stay.   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Some of you have already provided both praise and some      |
 |  feedback and ideas, but if you haven't yet, feel free to    |
 |  check out this thread on the official Genesis forums        |
 |  and let us know what you thought was good, and what you     |
 |  think could be better next time:                            |
 |                                                              |
 |  https://bit.ly/2JHgMQV                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  We had fun preparing and running this event and we hope     |
 |  you had fun participating!                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  Cherek, Shanoga and Varian                                  |
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Re: 13th Scavenger Hunt Results

Post by gorboth » 06 Nov 2018 21:57

This is the AoE experience we have needed, and been missing for the last 5 (or more) years. Amazing job Cherek and your fantastic team!

G.
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