MIT Mystery Hunt – WE WON!!

by Christine on January 16th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Annual Mystery Hunt

Whew!  What a couple of hours!

So we were up late last night, about 1:30 a.m., and I was tired as all hell. We knew at that point that our team was really close to finishing; HQ stopped unlocking new puzzles for us, so we just had to finish what was in front of ourselves. I was soooo tired though, so I went to bed with the intention of just getting a little bit of sleep. Sometime around 3 a.m. someone came into the sleeping room and yelled, “The run-around is about to begin! Everyone wake up!”  So the lights came on and people were frantically jumping out of their sleeping bags and getting shoes and coats on.  This year there were, oh I don’t know, 50 people on our team (in-person, in the classroom) and maybe half of us were asleep at 3 a.m. That means that the remaining 25-or-so players were solving the hardest, super-meta puzzles on their own. (They’re way smart!)

The run-around began as a virtual run-around. The theme was Super Mario Brothers, so we had Mario on the phone and he was guiding us through each level, just like in the game, just by describing where he was at and what powers he had on hand. We would say, “Can you jump on the box and throw your boomarang at the bombs, Mario?” and he might say yes and he might say, “I can’t do that; the bombs are too far away for me to reach” or something like that.

Eventually we made it through all the levels of the virtual video game successfully (that took about 45 minutes) and they said, “Meet us at Classroom 451 in Building 5.”  So all 50 of us ran out the door to the classroom.  When we got there, Mario and Princess Peach were there with our final instructions.  Basically we had to portal through one door (which we had to find scavenger-hunt style) and come out a portal somewhere else on the MIT campus.  Our portals were **ME** (someone with an orange Tshirt on) and some other guy with a blue tshirt on, so I suddenly became an important member of the team just by proxy of what color tshirt I was wearing! ha!  We knew we were doing well because we were running down a hallway and all the members of headquarters were outside clapping as we ran by. We thought that was pretty cute!   We ran around the campus for an hour or more, “portaling” from one door to another, until we found ourselves inside an empty classroom. There was an arrow taped to the garbage bin, arrow pointing up.  We found a ladder, climbed on top, and found the hidden coin on top of a light fixture!

Game over! We win!

That means that our team gets to make the puzzles for next year.  It’s a good thing we have so many members of our team to help out. Making the puzzles will be so much fun! I can’t wait to run the hunt!

We found the coin at 5:58 a.m.  We went back and packed up all our stuff and immediately got on the road. I think I’m going to enjoy a nap today, a shower, and a nice home-cooked meal.

Oh yeah, and last night at 8 pm, the Board of Directors members for Wikipedia that were on our team held a 10th anniversary party for Wikipedia. They got delicious cake and champagne and shared with everyone, and they had tshirts and pins to pass out to everyone too. It was mayhem with all the puzzle-geeks trying to get the free food and swag, but I managed to snare a tshirt, hooray! That celebration was  anticlimatic, but I told Sammie congrats for his organization’s anniversary.

Foodwise, it was a suck-fest. I had ramen noodles, some salad (wasn’t very good), some soup at the student union, some sweet tarts, vitamin water, etc etc.  junk foodage!

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