Since I am the kind of guy that gets inspiration from everything, reading about the Golden Lily Operation gave me an idea for a contest (what can I say, god works in mysterious ways...).
This will probably run on the 24th (or maybe even 25th), in the evening. The story is that Santa has hidden his sack somewhere and now has to dig to get it. The exact location of the sack, however, is unknown, so he has to dig and dig...and dig. The participants will be divided into two teams, given five minutes to decide on the route and the initial position of Santa and then go for it, announcing number and letter (example: square B2). Between the moves, each team has a 2 mins deliberation time (in case they decide to go for another route). The first team to find the sack (which will be hidden on a square somewhere on the last two lines) wins.
The 'map' is small, (5)6x6, so it won't take long. Santa cannot move diagonally. On the way, you will find obstacles and extra bounty. Things like silver and gold mean extra bounty, a reindeer cart will give an additional turn, while the wine bottle will substract one turn. The mole is giving an extra square to Santa, never diagonally, and Rudolph does nothing...well, it does ask you for a cracker. While you choose the squares, I will have a map similar to this one and will tell you where you landed.
Max participants per team: 5; I don't know what will be the general participation, but I can't accept more than 5 per team, so if you want to have a certain place in the contest, write your name in this thread. (Will update the post with rewards)
I am also attaching an empty 'map' to use during the contest.
I'm not at the age where I can receive gifts from Santa anymore (although I write him yearly, asking for a winning lottery ticket), so I've forgotten all about it. I suppose once you don't get your free gifts anymore, you don't care. This year I asked myself - who is that guy? One answer is 'the reason why shopping malls and stores are filled with moronic items and fake discounts to create mass consumer hysteria, akin to black Friday where servers shutdown from overload (NOT, just a marketing strategy) and old women trample each other to death for a 20% off to pans'. Another is 'the hostage to Coca-Cola ads, who managed to create such a brand that inmates condemned to lethal injection (this includes murderers of the worst type) ask for a coke before death'. Yet another is less practical and involves me knowing that Asians also have their guy, called Budai or Hotei, who's basically a chubby man with a sack full of goodies and sweets, who pays excessive attention to children. It would be easy to say that Budai is a 'type' of Buddha, but what if the myriad types of Buddha simply overlapped existing gods? What if there was a fat god who loved children and carried a sack with goodies? What if Santa Claus is universal and it's based on an archetype of a cheerful man who loves children, not because he's a deviant, but because he couldn't have any, and so is kinder than parents normally are? Not sure, just speculating.
But if that were true, then the holiday of Santa Claus would be a holiday dedicated to children everywhere, and, if you're an adult and receive a gift (lucky!), you can accept it with no worries (basically, a holy day where debts are not created as per usual). For most people, though, this holiness would soon be turned into a mass hysteria about getting the right present, hating the present you received, fighting other people over the 'last item my child wants so much' etc. Nothing can do about it, it's human nature to forget the meaning of things. Those who don't forget, can enjoy it, I believe.
Wall of text aside, this topic has a role - I'm going to link here this year's Xmas quests, to keep things organized.
I will run this on the 24th or 25th, depending on your preference.
It will be a forum race in finding the original scene among scenes that have additions.
More specifically, for set 1of images (name_1) you have to find the scene that was modified; for set 2 (name_2) you have to find the scene that wasn't modified whatsoever and for the third set you have to find the scene that was modified.
rewards be here sample here
I don't know how crazy Santa is about photographs, but I'm sure he doesn't mind an album to reminisce the good ol' days.
So let's do that - the task is to create such an album (6 images minimum) with Santa Claus visiting MD scenes (ex. making a victory sign in the Drachorn Cave, unloading gifts at GoE etc). What he does in those scenes is up to you (just...keep it decent).
Submissions will be posted in this thread, and votes (up or down, love or...well, we don't have hate) will count.
Last day for submission is 25th Dec. post will be updated with rewards here be answers to (your) questions regarding this quest
(post will be updated with rewards, stay tuned)
We have, more or less, an idea about Santa's residence in the outside realm, but what about MD? Where does Santa live all year round, to conveniently appear _only_ at Christmas? What does he do all year, how does he prepare for Xmas, does he live alone or in company, how does he keep himself hidden?
Write a short essay (350 words minimum) in which you answer these questions, adding whatever you feel necessary to describe MD's Santa Claus.
The last day for submission (by forum PM to yours truly) is 24th Dec. here be rewards here be added answers to whatever questions you have about the quest
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