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14th Scavenger Hunt Results

Post by Cherek » 12 Nov 2019 18:03

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 |                  Official results for the                    |
 |         14th Genesis All Hallows Eve Scavenger Hunt          |
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 |                            RECAP                             |
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 |                                                              |
 |  The last Scavenger Hunt was very exciting and close         |
 |  but it was nothing compared to this year's edition. Wow!    |
 |  It did not start out that way, though, because early on     |
 |  it looked like it would be a runaway victory for Zail       |
 |  (later joined by Sarian), who found almost half of the      |
 |  items on the first day. Nobody else was even close to that. |
 |                                                              |
 |  But, as the days went by other teams and individuals        |
 |  slowly caught up, and halfway through the event it was a    |
 |  two-team race between Sarian & Zail and Tulasi & Talon,     |
 |  closely followed by two participants not in a team, Diri    |
 |  and Faryan. Many probably wondered if the Nightlady and     |
 |  the Grand Master would form an unlikely team? But no,       |
 |  Diri instead joined forces with Creed, which was not        |
 |  nearly as exciting for the tabloids to write about.         |
 |                                                              |
 |  During the final days of the event the lead changed         |
 |  countless of times, and with 24 hours to go it felt         |
 |  like anyone in the top 12 could win. Faryan made a late     |
 |  push and took the lead with just hours left, but when       |
 |  Diri & Creed and Sarian & Zail quickly followed they        |
 |  all ended up tied for the win at 89 found items.            |
 |                                                              |
 |  This left Tulasi & Talon, who was in the lead many times    |
 |  earlier in the event, just outside the podium. They tied    |
 |  4th place with Enabegam & Ragni, who got really close to    |
 |  catching up to the top three after an impressive second     |
 |  half of the event.                                          |
 |                                                              |
 |  Now, with three teams tied for the win a tie breaker        |
 |  competition was held. The three tied teams all answered     |
 |  questions about where they thought the 11 items that        |
 |  nobody found were located.                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  Diri & Creed won, followed by Sarian & Zail, which left     |
 |  Faryan in third place.                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  Why a tie-breaker some of you wondered, why can't they      |
 |  all win the same prize? It's simple. If we were to allow    |
 |  ties for the top three, it would mean participants could    |
 |  work together in order for all of them to get the best      |
 |  item reward and maximum quest experience reward. Should     |
 |  that happen it would kind of ruin the competition, which    |
 |  is why there will never be ties for the top three places.   |
 |                                                              |
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 |                          RESULTS                             |
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 |                                                              |
 |  Please see below for an explanation of the various reward   |
 |  tiers in the event.                                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  1.  Diri & Creed            89 unique items*                |
 |  ---------------------------------------< Title rewards      |
 |  2.  Sarian & Zail           89 unique items*                |
 |  3.  Faryan                  89 unique items*                |
 |  ---------------------------------------< Top 3 item rewards |
 |  4.  Enabegam & Ragni        87 unique items                 |
 |      Tulasi & Talon          87 unique items                 |
 |  6.  Lorcan                  86 unique items                 |
 |      Quantum & Zhabou        86 unique items                 |
 |  8.  Trog                    85 unique items                 |
 |  9.  Blyth & Spider          84 unique items                 |
 |  10. Javelin & Hannabeth     83 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------< Top 10 bonus XP rewards  |
 |  11. Karsa & Elmeric         81 unique items                 |
 |  12. Bones                   80 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 4  |
 |  13. Scotia & Raelle         72 unique items                 |
 |  14. Radatha                 60 unique items                 |
 |      Acheron                 60 unique items                 |
 |      Aizorana                60 unique items                 |
 |      Zharia                  60 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 3  |
 |  18. Emelvia                 53 unique items                 |
 |  19. Sylphan & Pillion       52 unique items                 |
 |  20. Xaranthia & Caeb        50 unique items                 |
 |  21. Iothel & Honisti        45 unique items                 |
 |  22. Amorana                 44 unique items                 |
 |  23. Skycho & Caramell       42 unique items                 |
 |  24. Kvator                  41 unique items                 |
 |  25. Sibbedidenn & Aragor    40 unique items                 |
 |      Sly                     40 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 2  |
 |  26. Logg                    36 unique items                 |
 |  27. Snowdrop                32 unique items                 |
 |  28. Xerxes                  26 unique items                 |
 |  29. Syrk                    24 unique items                 |
 |  30. Theseus & Skythus       23 unique items                 |
 |  31. Yeren                   20 unique items                 |
 |  ---------------------------------------< QXP reward tier 1  |
 |                                                              |
 |  The remaining participants did not find enough items to     |
 |  get a reward and are not listed here.                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  * = Diri & Creed won the tie breaker competition to win     |
 |  the event, while Sarian & Zail finished second and          |
 |  Faryan third.                                               |
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 |==============================================================|
 |                          REWARDS                             |
 |==============================================================|
 |                                                              |
 |  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, Diri and Creed are awarded with the titles:        |
 |  "Scavenger Hunter/Huntress of the Realms", titles that      |
 |  will last for one year.                                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Congratulations to everyone who won a reward!               |
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 |                         STATISTICS                           |
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 |                                                              |
 |  This year's Scavenger Hunt had 85 participants and also     |
 |  created a nice little spike in player numbers during the    |
 |  event.                                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  A total of 2,224 accepted items where submitted to the      |
 |  pumpkins while 5,008 were rejected. Faryan submitted        |
 |  89 correct items, which was the most by any participant,    |
 |  while Zail submitted 321 incorrect ones, also the most      |
 |  by any participant.                                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  The most found item was the cup of creamed oats which       |
 |  was found 45 times, closely followed by the ghastly         |
 |  tear which was found 44 times.                              |
 |                                                              |
 |  11 items were not found at all, and you can find the        |
 |  solutions for these clues below. Among the found items,     |
 |  clue #73 "Zero fun without magic" (found 3 times) and clue  |
 |  #89 "A white red-dotted delicacy" (found 5 times) proved    |
 |  to be the hardest ones. #73 was a nullstone from Karkadelt, |
 |  which of course is no fun without the magic of imbues,      |
 |  and zero is a reference to the word null in nullstone.      |
 |  #89 was simply strawberry cake from Minas Tirith. A         |
 |  strawberry cake usually is white with red dots (the         |
 |  cream and the strawberries).                                |
 |                                                              |
 |  253 costumes were hired during the event and the most       |
 |  popular choices were kitten (29), warewolf (23), and        |
 |  grim reaper (16).                                           |
 |                                                              |
 |  Thank you everyone who helped make Genesis a more fun and   |
 |  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 nobody   |
 |  solved. And if some other clue that you did not figure out  |
 |  continues to disturb your sleep, feel free to ask me about  |
 |  the answer.                                                 |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #28: "Sleeps with the fishes? More like horses."       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: The key to spend the night at the inn in Bree.    |
 |  You can rent horses just outside the inn, and it's also     |
 |  named "The Prancing Pony". So, a place where you can        |
 |  "sleep with the horses".                                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #33: "Not much of a weapon, but maybe you can use      |
 |            it to scratch your itchy back?"                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: This splintered thighbone is the weapon wielded   |
 |  by the hermit in Entwash. It's not much of a weapon, but    |
 |  if you visit that area you're bound to get bitten by        |
 |  mosquitos, and the bites itch. A lot.                       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #36: "This is what happens when you get tired of       |
 |            drinking milk."                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: Well, what do you do with a cow when you get      |
 |  tired of milk? You slaughter it of course, and make         |
 |  cowhide clothes for yourself. The item to find was a        |
 |  cowhide vest from the leather shop in Green Oaks.           |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #39: "This is for arms of training."                   |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: An arm ring from the goblin trainers in their     |
 |  camp outside Kabal.                                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue: #42: "Let's hook up in SoRo."                         |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: This is a tricky one. SoRo is like SoHo as it     |
 |  refers to a place "south of", and in this case south of     |
 |  the roundabout outside Gelan. South of the roundabout       |
 |  you will find krougs who used barbed spears, which can      |
 |  be described as spears with small hooks. So, the item       |
 |  was a long barbed spear from the krougs.                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #45: "Have to be quick! A snowball's chance in         |
 |            summer doesn't last long."                        |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: Yes, it's a snowball, but not the one from        |
 |  Ice Wall as most of you thought. The clue mentions that     |
 |  it won't last long in summer, and it's definitely not       |
 |  summer in Ice Wall. The color of summer is green, and       |
 |  the greenest lands in Genesis is of course Emerald,         |
 |  which is where the this snowball comes from.                |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #51: "This is a bit extreme, even for a corpse."       |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A herb known as "Dead Man's Fingers." A dead      |
 |  man is of course a corpse, and fingers are extremities,     |
 |  which is what the word "extreme" refers to. It's a          |
 |  Faerun herb, but it can be bought in herb shops as well.    |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #54: "Want to toss around the old pig skin?"           |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: Simply a dead pig from Thwil.                     |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #56: "Hard to pull off in a war."                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: The long ornate pulwar wielded by the Haradrims   |
 |  in their camp outside Minast Morgul. The clue simply        |
 |  contains the words "pull" and "war", that's all there is    |
 |  to it.                                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #76: "Blinded by so much bling you can barely see      |
 |            the trees around you."                            |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A flashy pretentious breastplate worn by the      |
 |  hobgoblin Toede in Solace. It is described as terribly      |
 |  gaudy, enamelled with gold and painted in bright green      |
 |  and purple. Very blingy! "The trees around you" refers to   |
 |  the tree-city of Solace.                                    |
 |                                                              |
 |  Clue #82: "Skin it to win it, but remember to pick the      |
 |            right color first."                               |
 |                                                              |
 |  Solution: A skin from one of the wargs in Isengard. In      |
 |  order to enter Isengard as a good-aligned person you        |
 |  need to wear the right color armours (white) as a           |
 |  disguise.                                                   |
 |                                                              |
 |==============================================================|
 |                       FINAL THOUGHTS                         |
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 |                                                              |
 |  This event was very similar to the one we held last year,   |
 |  and after two successful runs we definitely think this      |
 |  format with clues and teams of two is here to stay.         |
 |                                                              |
 |  A year ago several teams got very close to solving all 100  |
 |  clues, and since we did not want to risk a situation where  |
 |  many teams would be tied at 100 we tried to make the clues  |
 |  a bit harder this year. This seems to have succeeded as the |
 |  winner's score was 89, which we think is a good number.     |
 |  It's a hard event, but not impossible.                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  The only new thing for this year was the cooldown in order  |
 |  to prevent dumping tons of stuff in the pumpkins. It        |
 |  definitely did what it should as nobody was able to dump    |
 |  huge numbers of items in the pumpkins, but we would also    |
 |  like to hear what you thought about it. Was it good? Bad?   |
 |  And were the limits reasonable, or too low/high? To         |
 |  provide feedback on this, or anything else, 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/2CzjbKD                                      |
 |                                                              |
 |  We had fun preparing and running this event and we hope     |
 |  you had fun participating!                                  |
 |                                                              |
 |  Cherek and Varian                                           |
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