Well hey there, cowpokes! That’s right – to get into the holiday spirit, we’re doing a western theme (wait, what? Just get to the challenge, asshole). Well, heckfire, you cattle wranglers sure do drive a hard bargain. Let’s see how this tangled web works, alright?
Turns will be random. Each person will get exactly one turn, and the official due time for the turn will always be “tomorrow at 9pm Central.” So, if someone gets a turn and goes ahead with it within the first hour or so, the deadline for the next person won’t change.
What you want in this game is to have the largest number of lights turned on at the end. Each of the numbers you chose represents a light on the grid, and you’ll want someone else to turn on your lights. At the end of the game, the number of points you get will be equal to the number of lights you have turned on, times five (not to be lower than five, in the case that anyone ends with all their lights turned off). There are two exceptions: the person with the most lights turned on will gain 100 points, and the person with the least turned on will also gain 100. This, of course, is incredibly risky. Ties will be broken by number of turns spent on top, or on bottom (for anyone who “shoots the moon” and attempts to be the low man or woman).
When it’s your turn, you’ll turn on four lights, and turn off two by simply giving me the numbers. You cannot turn on your own lights. If you attempt to do so, those lights (on your grid only) will be forever burnt out and cannot turn on again. This, of course, will come in handy if you want to be the low man. Otherwise, you’ll have to rely on others to power you up. The one exception to the rules is the first person who goes. He or she will be allowed to turn on six lights (since none are turned on to begin) and can turn on as many as two of his or her own. Call it a bonus for the person who otherwise gets to be the least strategic with his turn.
You can also not turn on and then off the same number to avoid turning on lights that aren’t already on. Your six numbers must all be different.
Anyone who nonsubs their turn will have five of their lights forever burnt out (at random) but will no longer be able to shoot the moon and be the low man. I will call out turns on email while also updating this post with that information. Spreadsheet here.
What you’ll know:
Everyone will be able to see the exact moves that were made by each person. You will also see a list of what lights are currently turned on and how many lights each person has on, as well as how many of theirs are forever burnt out. I will not tell you what numbers anyone has on the list…ever. You’ll have to make sense of that yourself.
Obviously, December is a busy month for me so I’ll update when I can. It will be particularly late when I’m in Minnesota, more than likely.
I will not tell you (nor will I even know) the complete order of turns. I’ll just be using random.org when it’s time for each turn.
You can obviously all email one another.
Current Turn: freealonzo.
Still to take a turn:
Questions? Post them here or in email.