Well, this was a remarkably sleepless weekend, but it was a blast. For the first time ever, I competed on the WPI team for the MIT Mystery Hunt. The basic idea of the Mystery Hunt is that we have to fight our way through a series of puzzles. This year, we went through worlds 1-1, 1-2, and 1-3 from Mario Bros, Megaman, Zelda, Katamari Damacy and Portal. In order to go through these levels we had to solve multi-layered puzzles including such things as math problems where subtraction isn’t really subtraction but is actually related to the Fibonacci Sequence or crazy crossword puzzles including teleportation. Once you solve all the puzzles in an area, world 1-2 for example, you gain the knowledge necessary to solve the meta puzzle. Its quite ingenious. The goal is to be the first team to solve all of the meta puzzles and then the super meta puzzle and find the coin that signifies your victory. This is no small task, especially given the difficulty level of the puzzles. I loved this weekend, this was one of the best games I’ve ever played. The puzzles run everything from esoteric programming knowledge to random youtube videos and that’s just the first level. I can’t wait until next year. I spent the entire weekend at our satellite base in Worcester instead of going in to Cambridge so that we could sleep in our own beds instead of on floors somewhere in the student center or something.
A more normal post will be available on Wednesday. I’ll probably be talking about Atlantis, the client I just started using for the MUD that I play. I might start talking about the MUD as well. Its called Lusternia. Its quite a good bit of fun.