Monday, October 05, 2009

Final PCS Rankings and Prizes and Bad Maps!

FINAL PCS RANKINGS

To nobody's surprise, UBragg dominated the last 3rd of the puzzle season and clinched the season ending standings by solving the Grand Finale Puzzle while at a luau feasting on roast suckling pig.

More interesting was the battle for 2nd place and the other prize spot. Over the last 3rd of the season, 4 puzzlers occupied #2: mr customer, bwrightson, josh s, and keven c. In the end, it was josh s who edged out drewdez.

Congratulations to UBragg and Josh S for their expert puzzling. Here are the final rankings:

(900 possible points)

Current
Rank
Previous
Rank
Puzzler
PCS Tour
Points
1
1
ubragg
667
2
4
josh s
568
3
3
drewdez
550
4
5
j steve
511
5
2
keven c
492
6
8
quadsevens
461
7
6
mr customer
456
8
7
fanerman
431
9
12
dunkhawk
320
10
9
ll cool l
283

Others receiving votes: bwrightson 273, rbnlaw 250, golem 203, berkowit28 174, neeebs 145, erin 140, matt 120, jose 115, wicks 105, karina 80, dusty baker 75, m.l.a.s.f. 60, andrew 50, stolenmonkey86 50, danielle 50, m.s.t.i. 10, dangarion 10, dusto magnifico 10, fred's brim 10, javier 10, jesus 10.

And as has become final ranking tradition, here's your graph of the Top 7:

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And since I'm a graphaholic, I shall proffer up a perhaps more telling one where the vertical axis is % of maximum possible PCS Points instead of absolute points:

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PRIZES

So UBragg, here are your two prize options:

  1. A Rafael Furcal Bobblehead of the type pictured below, courtesy of SoSG Sax:
  2. The opportunity to create a puzzle next season (you know the drill UBragg).

UBragg, send us an email or comment here to let us know which one you want. Josh S gets the unselected prize. Congratulations once again! And thank you all puzzlers for your participation this season. I hope you've enjoyed solving the puzzles as much as Sax, Orel, and myself have had thinking of and creating them.

BAD MAPS

And finally, a few of you commented on your map-making abilities through the course of the puzzle. Here's Dusty Baker's:

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I especially like the various Norwegian translations scribbled off in the corner. And in terms of sketching a properly-oriented compass - you crushed it, Dusty. I assumed it helped you correctly draw that arrow in the southwesterly direction.

If anyone else has a map they want to submit, feel free to do so (karina?...)

23 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

I so friggin' know where SE is...don't test me!

Mr. Customer said...

PCS #1-8, what heady days those were!

Dusty Baker said...

I drew that arrow in a SE direction actually now that I look at it again (the post says SW). Who needs a map??? ;-)

Eric Karros said...

You're right, Dusty! That was not intended. See, I should have used your map...

Dusty Baker said...

EK:

A very pissed off Grue jumps out of nowhere and devours you.

*** You have died ***

Would you like to start over, restore a saved position, or end this session of Zork? (Type RESTART, RESTORE, or QUIT):

Eric Karros said...

I had no patience for adventure games unless they at least had rudimentary graphics.

Like the puzzle.

Dusty Baker said...

The greatest adventure game ever, though, was the Assassins' Circle.

Josh S. said...

This was a hell of a good time. Congrats to all the puzzle creators and solvers for a job well done.

Also...

WOO-HOO! I'M (the good kind of) NUMBER TWO!!!

karina said...

Eric and Dusty, i'm on my way out, when i come back i'll post it...or email it to the Sons?

Neeebs said...

Hey:

I have two tix to Game 2 to sell. Reserve section $50 each (TicketMaster fees included, no profit here.)

Any takers, please email me offline at my screen name (spell it right) at Yahoo.

Fred's Brim said...

Raffy's bobblehead looks a lot like Shane Victorino (about the same height too!)

Dusty Baker said...

FB-

Hopefully Kuroda won't throw at its head, then.

drewdez said...

No game, no puzzle. I might be going into withdrawal.

Eric Karros said...

Either way works, Karina!

fanerman said...

PSH. I made my map in Excel.

Dusty Baker said...

*must figure out way to import cocktail napkin data into excel*

Steve Sax said...

fanerman, just scan a copy of your map then!

Eric Karros said...

Fanerman, I did my map in excel too. just copy and paste the relevant cells into a jpg like ms paint and send it over!

Eric Karros said...

Fanerman's map is in! His is the second submission:

1. Dusty Baker
2. Fanerman

Dusty Baker said...

Karina, we need to see your map!

berkowit28 said...

And to think I was neck and neck with J Steve for a good part of the season. (Remember, you were my something-or-other earlier in the year. Match-up or avatar or something.) Well done, J!

Ubragg said...

I'm equally happy with either prize - it was a lot of fun to write a puzzle, and the bobblehead looks awesome. Since I've already had the pleasure of choosing, I am going to defer to Josh S to choose first and will take whatever he doesn't choose.

If I end up writing another puzzle, I promise to make it easier than my first one. :)

Josh S. said...

I don't think not choosing was one of the choices, Ubragg,

I'm kidding. OK, I will choose the puzzle. The bobblehead is indeed awesome, but I was already under the assumption you'd pick it since you've done a puzzle.

Plus, I have MONTHS to come up with a puzzle. I think I can come up with something worthy in that time.