Challenge #5
"The MacMole of Woz"

In Challenge #5, the MacMole of Woz beckons the group for help in trade for valueable prize money.

This challenge is a bit of a scavenger hunt. With 5 contestants left, there were 5 tasks required to complete this challenge.

The Story:
You are seeking the council of the almighty MacMole of Woz. As Mac users, you are seeking to be worthy of accepting numerous Mac related prizes. The MacMole of Woz speaks:

I am the all powerful MacMole of Woz! You come to me seeking prizes, yet you have not proven your worth. To prove your worthiness, you must complete the following tasks:

    1. Retrieve one pencil from our new ally Microsoft.
    2. Create two reviews of two different Macintosh shareware products.
    3. Create three reviews of three different Macintosh freeware products.
    4. Obtain email responses from four different Macintosh software vendors, one of which must depict an agreement to send the Mac Guild a review software.
    5. Retrieve five golden eggs hidden in the Mists of Avalon.

Complete these tasks, and return to me. Now go! The great MacMole of Woz has spoken!


The Rules:
Organization is entirely left as an exercise for the contestants.

To complete the pencil task, you need to obtain a pencil which is preprinted with the Microsoft name.

To complete the shareware task, you must pick two shareware products either from the Avalon server or of your own choosing. They must be products not already reviewed on the Mac Guild review pages.

To complete the freeware task, you must pick three freeware products which reside on the Avalon server. They must be products not already reviewed on the Mac Guild review pages.

To complete the vendor task, you must contact different Mac software vendors via email. The email you send to the vendor must request an NFR copy of one of their products (of your choosing) for the Mac Guild to review. You are not required to review the product yourself. To complete this task, you must receive at least 4 respectful email responses. At least one vendor must actually provide the requested software for review. It can be shareware or commercial software (freeware does not count).

To complete the golden egg task, you will need to locate 5 golden MacMole eggs hidden throughout the internet (web pages, hotline server, etc.).

Complete all 5 tasks and receive 100,000 MacMole points. Partial completion is as follows:

Complete 0 tasks, receive 0 points
Complete 1 task, receive 1,000 points
Complete 2 tasks, receive 5,000 points
Complete 3 tasks, receive 10,000 points
Complete 4 tasks, receive 20,000 points
Complete 5 tasks, receive 100,000 points


The Results

1. Retrieve one pencil from our new ally Microsoft.
COMPLETED (Bob)

2. Create two reviews of two different Macintosh shareware products.
COMPLETED (
MailCall and Desktop Resetter, both by Tom)

3. Create three reviews of three different Macintosh freeware products.
COMPLETED (
TechTool Lite by Jim, Balloon Car by Moe, and MT Newswatcher by Bob)

4. Obtain email responses from four different Macintosh software vendors, one of which must depict an agreement to send the Mac Guild a review software.
COMPLETED (Jim)

5. Retrieve five golden eggs hidden in the Mists of Avalon.
COMPLETED (1,2,3 by Moe, 4 by Tom, 5 by Jim)

Challenge Reward: $100,000
Accumulative Prize Pot: $450,000