The real game started at Haus Braus in downtown hot springs at 6:00 PM Tuesday. Here we were given the rules, met the other teams and got the phone number for "Game Control" a sort of hotline that we called to check in every time we solved a clue or for hints when we got stuck. We also gave them our number. There were something like 15 teams, only 7 would finish. See the guys in the lab coats? Thats the Meatmachine. They are hardcore, and are running game this year.
Because of a gap in my photos (and because I'm writing this nearly a year later and my memory of the game is quite weak and would make for extremely tedious reading) I'm going to skip ahead a few hours.
At some point we got this ID card. Besides being the best picture of Matt Rowe ever, it was also a clue that lead us to our next position. It also came with velcro mustaches, which were our disguises!
Here we are sitting outside of the fabulous Arlington Hotel. We were here probably two hours trying to solve one clue. It was almost 4 in the morning by then.
We eventually finished at 1:30 Wendsday afternoon, we came in last but considering how many teams quit, and that the first team had only finished at 10:00AM and how hard it was no one was too disappointed. Our one goal from the begining had simply been just to finish.
Our biggest problem was probably too many apathetic people in our group. If you want to do this make sure that everyone in the group knows that it is going to be really hard and they may end up in the middle of the woods in the middle of night. Our biggest success of coarse was not giving up. I can't tell you how many times I have heard from other people who played that we were the team everyone was really rooting for because we had come not knowing anything and just wanted to try.
This all the clues I managed to gather during the coarse of the game, we got 4 cds 3 of them had all tv show themes that we had to figure out for a clue, one had nothing but a touch tone phone dialing. Did you know that if you play the sound of a phone dialing into a phone it will dial the nubmer? Well you do now.