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Playing The Game Part III

The third and final installment in my account of playing the Game has been posted: The Morning News: Endgame. If you missed the first two chapters, they are available here.

A big thanks to Gordon Dow, who invited me to join the adventures of the 'B' Ark -- he's the only reason I was able to participate in the Game at all.

Posted on September 08, 2005 to Elsewhere


I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. The Game designers are devilishly clever, and your write-up is delightful. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Sharon on September 8, 2005 9:44 AM

This may be treading into the realm of urban myth, but it was my understanding that the player from 2002's game was not only grievously injured, but critically injured. Thus the real reason for no game in 2003. Can anyone confirm?

Posted by: Nathan Beeler on September 8, 2005 10:10 AM

Could this be it?


Posted by: Ted on September 8, 2005 11:30 AM

So Matthew, would you be a fan of The Amazing Race, or are the puzzles not challenging enough on that show? heh.

This game sounds amazing.

Posted by: LAN3 on September 8, 2005 11:42 AM

ted, that url is correct.

matthew, your writeup is a great read, very captivating. it's great as a planner to see the event through a player's eyes.

Posted by: dana on September 8, 2005 12:37 PM

Sad about that player in 2002. The Game sounds like the best idea ever, and it sounds like everyone involved with it are just a great bunch of folks. What an experience. I'm sure we all wish we could be so lucky.

Posted by: Ted on September 8, 2005 1:02 PM

Sorry. Lucky to be a part of the experience.

Posted by: Ted on September 8, 2005 1:03 PM

Back in the 70s, one of my high school buddies in the San Francisco area was involved in something called "the Rallye." The goal was to drive your car through a predetermined course faster than anyone else (while observing all posted speed limits), BUT you were given a set of instructions that required both puzzle skills and incredible precision in following directions. (For instance, if the mimeographed sheet said "Turn left on VVilliam Street" and the street sign said "William Street," you did NOT turn left but instead proceeded to the next direction.) There were several checkpoints you had to find while completing the course. The time I joined him, I think we finished about where you guys finished -- third from last. I wonder if the Rallye was the grandfather of the Bay Area Game.

Posted by: Carny Asada on September 8, 2005 2:45 PM

Wow. That sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to take part in something like that. Too bad I don't live anywhere near Seattle.

Posted by: Charles on September 8, 2005 6:32 PM

anyone in stlouis or chicago wanna do something like that?

Posted by: powers on September 9, 2005 5:49 AM

after reading that chip is allergic to corn we went back over his application, and strangely he didn't fill in corn under allergies. maybe he just wanted another plate of bbq. (just kidding)

Posted by: dana on September 9, 2005 4:45 PM

That was the best story I have read all year. What a great game! Thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us.

Posted by: Dennis on September 16, 2005 7:34 AM