Sign ups for the fifth task are now closed. I appreciate the interest. Please allow me to introduce the teams that will be competing.
First, we have team
, led by billymils
. His comrades are LightWolf, jumpluff, and Da Letter El. Without any finals for them to worry about, my expectations for them are high.
Our next team is zorbees and his superfriends
, led by none other than zorbees
of course. He has recruited theangryscientist, Fatecrashers, and askaninjask for his cause. Solid choices all around.
Our third team is Most Likely to Idle
, led by Pidge
. Its members? Draycos7, kingofkongs, and Walrein. These picks are... interesting, to say the least, but they accentuate the dark horse nature of the team even further. More power to you.
Finally, our last team is... team name pending
. Under the leadership of Fishin
, its members are the honorable lord dak, Paperblade, and EARTHWORM. A very scary team, despite what its name may tell you otherwise.
In summary, if you didn't like reading the introductions, our final teams for the fifth task are:
Da Letter El
zorbees and his superfriends
Most Likely To Idle
team name pending
Sorry to those that didn't make the cut in the end. But don't give up hope yet! The final trial in this task may incorporate you somehow, and it goes without saying that you will be the first choice for subs should any of the recruited players above break their oathes and get punished.
Anyway, lets move on to the moment you have all been waiting for... the details of the fifth task!
Now that your teams are complete, I will now reveal the true identity of your fifth task: A marathon. A glorious marathon it will be indeed, as it will be split into a sequence of trials. In essence, the fifth task is really just an entire competition inside a competition that was based on a competition inside a competition. Kudos if you got that.
Think of these trials as sub-tasks. However, less will be at stake than an actual task. I will not punish any team for performing poorly in the first few trials, but instead the team that does the best in each of them will be granted advantages. I'll describe those more a little later.
This task will be split up into four trials total. The first three trials will be warm-ups, designed to help get your recruited teammates acclimated to the competition they are in. Use this preparation wisely, as the fourth trial will be a long and complicated game in of itself. Good teamwork will be essential for winning. Although I don't like teasing you guys any further, I will not reveal the details of the fourth trial until the time comes. It's more interesting that way.
The first three trials on the other hand will be short and simple. About the same level of complexity as the first few tasks in the previous competition (the one hosted in the NPL thread). Again, there will be no punishment for doing poorly in them, but the team that does the best in each of them will be granted points. These points will grant an advantage for the fourth trial. As billymills performed the best in the previous task, he will also get one point for free. In other words, team a rock already has a point, so other teams take note!
That's it for the background information. It is time we begin our first trial. As these first few trials are just warm-ups after all, what better way to do so than a good old fashioned quiz? Yeah, if the first tasks of both of my competitions are any indication, I like quizzes. They are a good opening task, as they aren't too complex but still force you to get into an appropriate mindset. Naturally though, things wouldn't be interesting if I just made the quizzes exactly the same, so it won't be.
Unlike the other two quizzes, how well you do on this one will be based entirely on how high your score is. No need to worry about staying in or out of the middle this time. Just do your best to answer as many correct questions as possible.
But again though, don't misunderstand. I am not interested in testing pure intellect here. Especially not knowledge that is common. Therefore, this quiz will have one additional restriction: If any two teams answered the same question correctly, they will LOSE 1 point for that question. Yes, negative scores are possible in this trial!
Easy enough to understand, right? Good. If you weren't keeping up with my explanation though, here is a more detailed explanation of your first trial:
- First, the quiz will be 15 questions long, and there is only one correct answer for each of them unless otherwise stated in the question.
- Your score will be equal to the number of questions only your team answers correctly minus the number of questions that your team answers correctly that were also answered correctly by another team. A blank or incorrect answer gives you no points.
- Now the important part: Any answer that your team answers correctly will be awarded -1 point if another team also answers it correctly. Plan accordingly!
- You can only make one submission, and it will only count if you send it to me via PM. This PM can be sent from any player on the team though, except for the captain.
- Once I have your submission, I will grade it immediately and post the score for everyone to see. Due to the dynamic nature of this quiz though, I will also post updates to your scores as more submissions are sent to me.
- Any team that fails to submit their answers before the deadline will be ineligible to receive any points for this trial.
- The highest scorer(s) will be awarded one marathon point.
- Feel free to collaborate. Given that you obey the above rules, I encourage it!
- The deadline to submit your answers is 72 hours (3 days) from now. Good luck!
As a final note, for each of these three trials, they must be submitted by a recruited member on the team, not the captain. Furthermore, a different person must make the submission for each of the three trials. The deadline will be at 3 PM Central Time on Wednesday, May 16. Have fun!
Now, the quiz!
By the way, if your team makes an IRC channel, please invite me to it!