is dubbed Castillo Tremors, as it reflects the after-shocks of the last big Mac Guild
contest, MacSurvivor: Castillo. This post-Castillo contest started on 8/22/06 and
focused on the MacSurvivor Castillo contest; and more specifically, the Castillo
Tremors was open to all Mac Guild members. After receiving entries, I scheduled
iChat sessions with each of the contestants (requiring either a .Mac account or an
AIM account). In order to qualify for this contest, each contestant had to catch
me online to validate their entry. They were requested to add the following to their
Buddy list in iChat:
.Mac account: macguild
Name: Bill Catambay
1 included answering 3 questions during an iChat discussion. The answers would
then be rated to determine who advances to Phase 2 of the contest.
Out of the 11 entrants received for the Castillo Tremors contest, only 6 would be
able to advance to Phase 2. Four contestants did not meet the minimum requirements,
so that left just 7 to compete.
The answers were scored on three levels: WIT, ENTHUSIASM, and SPEED. WIT reflects
the accuracy of the answers, ENTHUSIASM reflects the date they showed up, and SPEED
reflects how long it took to provide the answers. Each category was worth 30 points,
making the total possible 90 points.
Those who met from 8/22 to 8/24 received a 30 point enthusiasm score. Those who
met fro 8/25 to 8/28 received a 15 point enthusiasm score. Those who met between
8/29 to 9/2 qualified, but did not receive an enthusiasm bonus. Speed bonus was
based upon how quickly the questions were answered (0 points if never answered).
Wit bonus was based upon the accuracy of the answers.
The highest overall score received an advancement prize, and those who did not make
it into the top 6 positions received a consolation prize (see table below for scoring).
Mike received Unix Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide, a book donated by Peachpit Press.
Brian received consolation prizes of an Apple round mouse pad and an Apple Display
2 broke the remaining 6 contestants into two teams of 3. The two teams would
engage in another group iChat session to fight for prizes.
Mike, AIM ID mrlloyd53
Greg, AIM ID hmbjuggler
Jim, AIM ID thefusiondude
Danny, AIM ID dgrove21
Moe, .Mac ID moeb99
Matt, AIM ID docmatt23
The two teams met privately amongsts themselves to decide when to meet me online
via iChat, and to discuss whether they would be playing the final round "Cascade"
style or "Designated Hitter" style.
1. CASCADE STYLE - Once I ask the question, the timer begins until one member of
the team types "STOP". At that point, the last submitted answer is counted
(all answers typed prior to it are ignored).
2. DESIGNATED HITTER STYLE - The very first answer sent out by the designated team
member will stop the timer and will be treated as the final answer.
There will be 15 questions for the Team Finals. The questions will be a little harder
than the questions from before. Some answers may be found directly on the MacSurvivor
Castillo page, but
many answers will be buried on pages that are linked from the main page. Each team
contains a member from the original contest (Jim on Team Alpha, and Moe on Team Bravo).
70% of the score will be based upon the accuracy of the answers. 30% of the score
will be based upon the speed of the answers.
(answers in parenthesis):
- Who was the first member of
the jury? (Judd)
- What were the names of the
original two Castillo tribes? (maclion & iofthetiger)
- Which four contestants won
a Dragthing license? (John, Diane, Mark & Jim)
- In the Island Rush challenge,
at what island did the battle of the vessels take place? (Pinot)
- Who ran the Mystic Tavern
in Mystic City? (Moe)
- Which contestant won an EZQuest
Boa DVD+/-RW drive? (Scott)
- In the New Buddies challenge,
which team scored highest with the judges? (Mark/Scott)
- Which two contestants won
Allume The Big Mix? (Hazel & Lane)
- Who was the mayor of Mystic
- Which of the top 3 finishers
was an original contestant? (Diane)
- Who was quality control for
the maclion web site? (Mark)
- Who is on top of the plane
at the iofthetigers web site? (Hazel)
- In the Island Rush challenge,
which island did neither team visit? (Vid Roja)
- In Zapatti, what was the highest
priced prize that was not claimed and how much was it? (Pyro A/V Link for 400,000
- Comparing the thumb image
on http://macguild.org/contests/contest6.html and the enlarged image at http://macguild.org/contests/castillo/images/castillo-cast.jpg, name as many differences as you can.
Questions 1 through 14 were
asked to the team, but question 15 was asked individually to each team member privately.
This last question was to determine the "pecking order" for prize selections
among the team. The following aspects of the images were accepted as valid answers
for this question:
- Big image has one less sand
mound on top
- Flag is textured in big image,
not in thumb
- Flag & flagpole are reversed
- Bill is reversed
- Big image has people shadows
- Big image has the MacMole
lurking in the cave
- Diane's arm is behind tree
trunk in thumb, in front in big image
- Scott, Moe and Hazel are closer
together in big image
- Plants in front of Moe and
Hazel reach higher in big image
- Hand on pole is closer to
flag in thumb image
Team Alpha met on 9/22/06, the and results are as follows:
1. judd - 1min
2. maclions and iofthetiger - 22 secs
Love - 45 secs (WRONG)
- 40 secs
5. Moe - 47 secs
6. Scott - 26 secs
7. Mark & Scott - 1 mins 15 secs
8. Hazel & Lane - 48 secs
9. Judd - 37 secs
10. Diane - 21 secs
11. Mark - 35 secs
12. Hazel - 20 secs
13. Vid Roja - 39 secs
14. Pyro A/V Link API-550 - $400,000 - 54 secs
15. Greg = 4, Mike = 2, Jim = 3
13/14 = 93 points
Total time = 8 mins 29 secs = 91 points
Team Bravo met on 10/8/06, the and results are as follows:
1. Judd - 31
2. Maclion and iofthetiger - 22 secs
3. gebhart, love, pickett melton - 30 secs
4. Pinot - 40 secs
5. Moe - 23 secs
6. scott bender - 40 secs
- 51 secs (WRONG)
and LANE SMITH - 31 secs
9. Judd - 16 secs
10. Diane Love - 59 secs
- 26 secs (WRONG)
- 28 secs
13. Vid roja - 1 min 16 secs
14. Pyro a/v link api 550 400,000 zapati - 44 secs
15. Danny = 3, Moe = 2, Matt = 2
12/14 = 86 points
Total time = 8 mins 37 secs = 83 points
Team Alpha gets to choose their prizes first, then Team Bravo. Within each team,
the pecking orders were established based upon correct answers to question #15.
The final order for prize selections is:
- Moe & Matt (tied)
The Primary Prizes that were Available:
- Microspot MacDraft (NFR) -
Design and drafting software
- Softpress Freeway 3.5 (NFR)
- Web design software
- Macally Ice Key keyboard
- Logitech Cordless Navigator
Duo (Keyboard & Mouse)
- Allume Ten for X Utilities
- Octivox Clear Call
- Mumbo Jumbo Snowball Run
- Super Gamehouse Solitaire
- Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer
- Office: Mac accessory pack
(Pen, Pad of paper, XL t-shirt, travel mug)
- Apple Beach Thongs
- Virtual PC accessory pack
(water bottle, XL t-shirt)
The Secondary Prizes that were Available:
- (2) 1984-2004 iPod Posters
- Apple round mouse pads
- Blue plain mouse pads
- Peachpit Press Cap (Red)
- (2) Eudora "6" Cap
- (2) .Sit Happens white t-shirts
(L & XL)
- Tiger black t-shirt (XL)
- (2) Eudora "6" blue
- Mac OS "X" white
- Apple white mock turtlenecks
(2M, XXL, 2XXXL)
Each finalist got to choose one primary and one secondary prize. The final prize
giveaways were as follows:
- Greg - Microspot MacDraft
(NFR) and Tiger black t-shirt
- Jim - Logitech Cordless Navigator
Duo and Apple round mouse pad
- Mike - Microsoft Intellimouse
Explorer and .Sit Happens t-shirt
- Danny - Freeway Express 3.5
and Apple White Mock Turtleneck
- Moe - Octivox Clear Call and
Apple round mouse pad
- Matt -
Allume Ten for X and 1984-2004 iPod Poster
I joined the contest
because I had never played in one and I felt that a game would be a useful way to
teach computer security. I run 2 online InfoSec seminars a week at LM with attendance
from 30-299 people this year. I am planning to run an InfoSec one on 21 November
called 'The Turkey Caper'.
I found the contest fun and interesting. I hope you run more of them.
Any time I participate
in a Mac Guild challenge, I enjoy getting to virtually meet other members of the
Guild. We have a great membership, a wealth of Mac knowledge.
Although I lived through the Castillo challenge first-hand, I found myself continually
challenged to find the random bits of trivia scattered through the various web pages
associated with the contest. No matter how much you think you know, there is always
more that you don't.
And finally, participating in Mac Guild contests is a great way to get really cool
prizes. Always a bonus to me.
I enjoyed the contest
and gained a much better understanding of the amount of work that Bill puts into
the Users Group. Each team also put a lot of work into the Isle of Castillo contest
and each team was creative in their development of their web sites. I also enjoyed
beginning to attach faces to names. Unfortunately, I missed out on getting more information
on the web sites because I did not study them. The contest also showed my need to
practice my iChat skills. Chatting is still a struggle and I feel that its communication
bandwidth is much slower than conversation. This is probably due to generational
differences. I did enjoy the experience of using the chat, but need more practice.
In general, I found the contest stimulating and would like the opportunity to participate
in another one.
I really enjoyed
the experience, as it was new to me, and I can say that I was somewhat disappointed
when it was over and that it was over so quickly. At first, I agreed and entered
into the contest with a
certain amount of anxiety. This anxiety stemmed from reviewing and regarding the
prior MacSurvivor contest, which was a marathon of varied and wide-ranging smaller
tasks. When I contemplated a long-term commitment, I really was uncertain about
how it would play out, and whether or not I was up to it. I can say after it was
done, I was a little surprised and disappointed that the new contest was so
short-lived. I was just getting used to the idea of competing alongside my teammates,
who I got to know via our Skype adventures. Prior to the contest, I had only heard
of Skype, had it installed on
my Mac, but had never used it. The MacGuild contest finally motivated me to fire
it up and use it. As well, we had some extra time getting to know one another via
Skype and iChat, as well as Skype chat,
because of some "technical difficulties" and shall we say "time management".
I truly enjoyed participating, and I thank Bill for putting it together,
and for the prize which I look forward to learning and using.
Tremors was not
your typical MacGuild contest; for one thing, it was conducted over a matter of weeks,
not months (or even years). It did not require Herculean feats of web wizardry,
or multiple sojourns into
uncharted Mac waters lasting into the wee hours of the morning! It did, however,
require teamwork and cooperation among a group of individuals who were as interested
in having a good time playing the game as they were in the prizes to be awarded.
My thanks goes to my teammates; their dedication to having fun and playing well is
And to Bill Catambay, how you come up with these challenges will probably remain
a mystery to me. You are enormously imaginative and talented, and vastly underappreciated.
I applaud you.
Clearly Bill deserves
a big "thanks" for the coordination of our brief contest. I was amazed
by the complexity of the Macsurvivor contest when I started to learn about it. I
can't imagine the amount of time that must have been put into it. And I enjoyed reading
the comments by the contestants as to their experiences as well.
Thanks for the ongoing good work in the Mac-Guild.