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Journal of No. 118


December 2nd, 2007

Save Our City - Debrief & Spoilers Galore @ 10:48 am


Herein is the spoiler-laden discussion of my Save Our City puzzle rally in Los Angeles.

I will be posting the puzzles at some point in the near future, so if you didn't play, you will still have that opportunity. Do not read further, or the game will be spoiled. Go here for spoiler free discussion and reactions.



The best of the mission photos can be seen here.Except that Team Delorean didn't have the technology to download photos. Their photos of Marilyn (St. Vincent's Court) and the Park Plaza Hotel were perhaps the very best. They also had great photos of Randy's (who didn't?), the Lady of the Lake, and Johnies. They also had awesome bonus pictures of 'old auto in motion' and they were the only team to get a car being washed at a private residence.

Best of the bonus and a few random pictures.

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From:rsheslin
Date:December 2nd, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Tease.
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From:gina
Date:December 2nd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Haha, that's messed up. :)

It was great to meet you! Great, great job putting this together, I had a fantastic time. Thank you so much for taking the time to make it so awesome (except for Johnie's, that was just cruel).
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From:notjenschiz
Date:December 2nd, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)

i hate driving

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OMG- after seeing the 10-11hr completion times, I am that much MORE happy I did not play your game. You do win the content generation award, though! And I am looking forward to hearing all about it from the players.
And I second heslin's comment, you tease.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:December 3rd, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: i hate driving

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I am that much MORE happy

Awesome, I probably made everyone who didn't play happier!

Teasing is partially over, there's links to photos now.
From:aaronjv
Date:December 3rd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)

re: locations (part one)

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This is in order of memory, not the order we did them or the order given:

Randy's and Pann's, I knew you would do. That didn't help us, as we still had to puzzle out to get there. It was only when we were there that I crowed, "I told you so!"

Fairy House: cool, I've seen that. It would look better without a fence before it.

Overlook house on Mulholland: So glad you did that, I always wanted to see it. It has been used in many movies. I really had to piss after we got this location. I was tempted to race up to Terry Rossio's house, which was nearby, and even called to see if my friend was there, but decided against it. I went in the bushes instead.

Pershing Square: I didn't see much of it, but this was a possible ChronoAgent location, and the star was a location in a Subway Hunt we did.

Clock: I didn't see it from the car, but that's awesome

Keyhole door: I never saw it (wedded to the car)

Alley: Awesome! I so want to go back and hang out there. I THINK I may have seen it before, but forgot it.

Angel's Flight: An obvious choice, glad it was included. Although K hates you because she ran up to the top.

10/710 plaza: This hurt. Riz was reading the clue, so I heard "anti-penultimate", thinking it was the first or second exit after the split. We ended up pulling off nearby and driving around, but from the wrong direction. There's a mall/plaza across the street, but that didn't seem cool enough.

When Riz spotted the sign, we laughed and grabbed the letters (we were about to give up), but we never got out of the car, because we thought the moon would be visible from the street, since it occurs before the the plaza name in the clue. In other words, if you are going sequentially on the sheet, which we were, we were looking for Moon first, plaza second (and these two could be blocks apart). There was no way we could find the moon without getting the plaza first (methinks). I minor quibble, but it probably cost us points, certainly time.

The weird thing was that I saw a group of kids on a pedestrian bridge right around that exit on the freeway taking pictures of the freeway itself, so I thought there was a moon painted on the freeway. Seeing other people taking pictures near locations were big hitches for most teams, I think. It was fun running into other teams, however.

Hill: This was the last one we got, and a bitch and a half. We missed it the first time (not enough light), but doubled back and grabbed it. I drove all the way to the top, dropping to third gear for the first part of the hill, then second, then first. Riz ran all the way to the top, leaving K & I to sit there with the emergency break on at a nearly perpendicular to the car. I was still freaked out sitting there. Going down, I flipped around in a driveway, then went down, getting the chance to re-enact my Bullitt moment at that little plateau in the middle:


We lost our bonus sheet folder there (fell out of car), and were about to head back to base, but when we noticed it was gone, returned for it. We laughed when we saw it exploded at the top of the hill (I drove over it). We grabbed it and did our best to recopy the movie quote info. We lost about 10 more minutes here.

Farmer John: That painting is HUGE! I dropped off my team at different points along the way, and we also drove in and asked security about it. As we got out, I smelled sausage! Mmmm. Sausage. Which, apparently, was better than the blocked off street that was clogged due to a sewer rupture.

Coke building: Glad you picked this, as I always wanted to see it, and it almost became a ChronoAgent mission. As we were heading downtown, and looking for a patent, I figured it was the Coke building.

McDonald's: Glad to be there, but not the best lunch meal.
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From:aaronjv
Date:December 3rd, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)

Re: locations (part two)

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Cemetery: Never been there, there was a funeral going on, and an old hearse (we got a picture of it). I am sure we annoyed mourners.

Jonnie's: This was mean, as we didn't think it was the correct place. We talked to the guys at Jiffy Lube across the street, who kept wanting to tell us about a pie place over at Florence, but I knew it was a bust location (no pies). The guy kept talking as I was driving away.

Echo Park plaque: We lost it here. We couldn't find anything, despite driving back and forth, and walking the street twice. I got out to check, even, detaching myself from my Ford life support system, but as soon as I did, I had to pee. Right now. So I let my team go, and thought briefly of going somewhere on this wonderful street, but instead flipped around the corner to piss next to a locked Andy Gump over the freeway. I ended up spotting the animals from the car (amazing, considering it was dark and my contact lenses were fogging up), but we couldn't find the plaque.

We did find, however, a number of nice neighbors eager to help (although not magnanimous to all teams). Plus, there were other kids taking photos before one house that were suspicious (but not with us).

MacArthur park/building: what is that building? It's cool. I thought there would be a clue about the caraytids.

Barnsdall Art Park - wanted to use this for ChronoAgents, and still regret I have never seen it during daylight, nor been inside. It has a cool history behind it, too. I'm pleased to say this was one puzzle I figured out all by myself. I think it was the only one.

We had the address/clue for Via Rodeo, but there was no time left to get it. We lost a lot from the missing dead animal, including getting stuck up at the LA DWP light show, thinking that was the puzzle. If we had been a few clues ahead, K would have figured out at least the direction to go from the dead animal turn, simply by the location of the clue after it.

I regret that, for the most part, I really didn't see much of this. I saw a lot of cars, traffic, and a speedometer for most of the game. Some day, I'd like to visit these places, during daylight, when I can walk.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:December 3rd, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)

Re: locations (part two)

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I am sure we annoyed mourners.

Yay?

MacArthur park/building: what is that building?

Park Plaza Hotel. Available for receptions and filming.

I regret that, for the most part, I really didn't see much of this. I saw a lot of cars, traffic, and a speedometer for most of the game. Some day, I'd like to visit these places, during daylight, when I can walk.

That was my feeling after ChronoAgents (I drove). It was maddening to be outside the Bradbury Building (which I hadn't yet seen) and unable to go in. I think I've now seen most if not all of the ChronoAgents locations.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:December 3rd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: locations (part one)

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Pershing Square: apropos of nothing, Aldous Huxley's _Ape and Essence_ is set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, and there's a makeshift bakery set up in Pershing Square to feed the survivors. They use books from the library as fuel.

There was no way we could find the moon without getting the plaza first (methinks). I minor quibble, but it probably cost us points, certainly time.
A couple other people mentioned this. Sorry for the confusion. I've adjusted it a little in the home-game version that'll be online soon.

McDonald's: Glad to be there, but not the best lunch meal.

I tried to remember to offer nearby alternatives to all the teams.
From:aaronjv
Date:December 5th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)

high res?

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How can I get high res versions of those pics?

I want the one of me in the car (just me, not flipping off the camera), and the one of City Hall taken at dusk (night), which is awesome (who did that?)

Purty please?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:December 5th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

Re: high res?

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On the flickr page, click the little magnifying glass that says "all sizes", then click original.

I tagged all the photos with the name (more or less) of the team who took them. So, f'rinstance, Team Platypus took the photo of you in the car, and Alpha Squad 7 took the photo of City Hall (if that's the one you mean).
From:aaronjv
Date:December 5th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)

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Excellent, thank you. And thanks to TP and AS7 for the phtoos.

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