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Defcon 25 Final Score

Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2017 by Evil MoFo

Here are the results of the 20th Defcon Scavenger Hunt.

The 4th place team left on Saturday, at 11AM; they were in the lead by ~21235 points. The 5th place team made us stay open late when they brought 2 shopping carts worth of items as we were closing down, earning 22166.5 points in 30 minutes.

This year, we had a pre-list that gave your team a multiplier advantage, surprisingly only a couple teams capitalized on this. Our 25th place team only turned in item 2401 from it.

Once again, we printed the list on greenbar tractor feed paper, the text file can be found here.

We also had a floppy disk to join in with the #badgelife craze. We amassed the art from DC18 onward and packed it into an lzma file that barely fit on the disk; you can download that file here. They are in SVG format, though DC18 and DC20 aren’t as optimized as a result of the source material. Because it was an oversight, as we were rushing to fit the content on the floppy, we would like to recognize the artists that made the art included on in the archive.

  • DC18: Philly and Lori
  • DC19: Pinguino
  • DC20: Nikita
  • DC21: Last Res0rt
  • DC22: Zhora
  • DC23: Zhora
  • DC24: Nox Kreiker
  • DC25: Nox Kreiker

Defcon 25 Scavenger Hunt

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2017 by Evil MoFo

This year marks the 20th Scavenger Hunt; to mark this special occasion we started working on the list right after DC23.

We even made formal invitations for all the previous winners.

Don’t fret though, we have changed the scoring system since most people played in an effort to level the playing field. Last year, under our new decaying point value system, the third non-local to Las Vegas team (in known scavenger hunt history) won.

As it’s a special year we thought we would bring back something not seen in 10+ years, a pre-con list.

Each of these items will multiply the overall points of your team; now you may think a fraction of a percentage isn’t worth that much, however, the team that won at DC23 did so by only 2 points.

Do I need a team?
No, single person teams have placed in the top 5 multiple times. There are typically “your whole team” items which become far easier with a single person team. Having other team members can push through more items faster though.

How do I find a team?
We have seen teams formed on the Defcon Forum, and on reddit. Commonly, teams form at the table with people looking to play.

How big can a team be?
5 people, maximum.

Do I have to do every item?
No, it’s never been done. We encourage you to push and be the first though, you have enough time to make it happen.

How do I/we register a team?
Come to the table, say you want to register a team, and provide a team name. You must have a team name in mind, otherwise we will assign one you are likely not going to enjoy. You get a list and start scavenging all the things.

How do I turn something in?
State you are turning an item in, provide your team name, wait for the judge to pull it up, provide the item number, wait for the judge to pull it up, and then present your item. Doing this out of order or without waiting will result in the judge getting annoyed.

Wait, what’s that about decaying point value?
For the first 18 hunts, scores were static. To combat the judges being bored Friday afternoon until Sunday, with Sunday being painfully busy, we made scores decay. The sooner you turn an item in the more it’s worth. It keeps us happy and you turn things in as you do them.

How long does it take?
A list is released when the scavenger hunt table opens at 10AM Friday morning and all submissions must be in by noon on Sunday. If you want to compete to win, this will take up your Defcon; you can have fun (and entertain the judges) if you only play for part of con though.

What do the winners get?
A box of entertaining and fun things, second gets less quantity, and third gets even less quantity than second. We scavenge throughout the year and at Defcon to make the prizes worthwhile.

It is also important to note that we will be utilizing twitter throughout Defcon so it is worth your while (and potentially even points) to keep an eye on it.

Also, for the uninitiated, the rules of the Defcon Scavenger Hunt are:
1: the judges are always right, your argument is invalid
2: not our problem
3: make it weird

Defcon 24 Scavenger Hunt Final Score

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2016 by Evil MoFo

The decimal precision is a result of the scores having a half life of Sunday at noon. It kept teams coming back to turn in points and in turn kept the judges entertained.

Here is the list, it was printed on green bar using a dot matrix printer.

DC21: me gusta

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2013 by Evil MoFo

DC21: Balancing books

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2013 by Evil MoFo

DC21: Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2013 by Evil MoFo