Mix (Part I)
Goodsprings Cemetary - The Setup
A quick stop... after spending hours at the prison, each team captain
finally saw with his or her own eyes the very site where the Agency intended
to leave Shelby Logan for dead.
At gravesite number 134, a tomb site was fully prepared,
already bearing a headstone for Shelby Logan, dated October 27, 2002.
Time to Save Shelby
Around this time, 24 hours from the start of the Game had elapsed, and the
countdown timer on the device was expiring. Shelby Logan had called
the participants to Nevada to find him, they had discovered that they ARE
him, had connected the debugger, entered the decryption key from Templeton,
and worked diligently to complete the maze that would save his life.
Based on their success when the time ran out, the Device revealed their
success or failure like this.
Behind the Scenes
A monumental Game Control screw up at this site was amazingly not
taken advantage of by any team, in spectacularly particular form by Purple. Two
versions of the clue at this site had been prepared, one was extremely easy
(basically just the answer) while the other required some real problem solving.
GC had planned it this way such there was one last opportunity to speed up or
slow down the teams based on where they were at that point in the game.
The lead team cleared SNCF quite early and as such GC decided to drop the
full problem at the Cemetery, in order to slow the teams down a bit or they
would arrive before AJ Hacket bungy would open later that morning. However the
clue dropper ("K.S.") blew it and actually dropped both the problem
AND the answer. Yet amazingly only one team noticed the mistake! The slips of
paper with the answer were at the bottom of a stack of CDs inside a ziplock bag,
which was then placed under an upside down planter pot. Nearly every team failed
to take enough care to actually see that they had been given the answer –
instead, just quickly taking the top CD which in each case contained only the
Every team, that was, except Purple. Diligent Purple examined the bag
carefully and found the solution as well as the problem. Incredibly. Purple
nonetheless chose not to look at the answer! Now forever to be known as the Team
Of Integrity, Purple, who had many folks who had been part of past game
controls, immediately understood what must have happened and decided it would
“not be right” to look at the answer. Game Control came by to check on the
teams as they sat next to the cemetery working on the puzzle and Purple handed
the solution back to an otherwise stunned (and rather embarrassed) GC principal
who was then relieved to find that the ziplock still contained the rest of the
answers… meaning that no one else had noticed the screw up.