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MouseAdventure 10/20/02: Event Recap & Results

Early on in last Sunday's MouseAdventure event, one team gave us their opinion in a brief, elegant phrase. "You suck," they said. I'll leave it as an exercise for the individual teams to decide if this was heartfelt, or good-natured ribbing.

Best New Team: The Tastyabbot Staff - Scott, Judy, & Bill

On the good news front, MouseAdventure continues to grow in popularity, with this being our biggest event so far. 71 teams registered for the event and over 220 players tackled our game. As always, a surprising number of those 220 played while pushing strollers or convincing young children that spending 15 minutes reading a sign in Fantasyland is indeed a fun way to spend a day in the park.

And, hopefully, it was a fun day at the park; despite the bad news of the day. One of the hardest parts of creating an event like this is accurately judging how difficult it will be. While it has always been our intent to create an event difficult enough that many teams will not be able to finish everything, we overshot the mark this time and created an event few teams were able to complete.

Best Team Spirit: The Gurglesmooshes - Megan, Amber, Elise, & Brady

As the primary figure in the creation of the event this time around, I want to let everybody know that you've been heard, and we'll definitely loosen the reins on the next MouseAdventure in April.

Otherwise, the game went off without a hitch (even if evil Clog Dancers did evict us from our normal home in Carnation Gardens) and for the first in written history (all 12,000 years of it) we actually began the award ceremony on time. All our readers will be happy to know that you can, indeed, fit 250 people, some strollers, and random diners (who may have come to regret their selection of a turkey leg lunch) into Fantasia Gardens. Keep this in mind for you next family reunion. Finally, we for once succeeded in selecting a date for the event on which Anaheim was not blasted to about 176 degrees; a nice overcast persisted throughout the game and kept things cool.

3rd Place, Quests Only: The Yippies - Melissa, Carrie, Doug, & Chenin

3rd Place, Combined: Squirrels A-head - Joseph, Cindy, Matt, & Rose

Before going further, I would like to thank all the MousePlanet staff that helped with the design and execution of the event. Dan Steinberg, Andrew Rich, and Jennifer Rich were a constant help during the game and helped make sure that the game we had created was actually possible to complete.

In addition to helping on game day, the Krocks (Kevin, Adrienne, Spencer, and Matthew) were kind enough to let me sleep on their floor during several extra visits to the area. Tony Phoenix, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, Kevin Yee, and Sheila Hagen were kind enough to help create several of the quests.

And finally, I have to thank my wife, Lani Teshima, for putting up with me when things got tense, for correcting my poor grammar, and for doing the publishing of the game so that it looked as great as it always does. I can't thank this group of friends and colleagues enough.

2nd Place, Quests Only: MoUSCeteers - Ralph, Patti, Gordie, & Nick

2nd Place, Combined: Sebastian's Crab Shack (& Lawyers)
Lisa, Christian, Stephanie, and Andris

And thank you to every MouseAdventure player and every child who put up with Mommy and Daddy's three hours of seeming insanity. This event couldn't exist without all of you, and it is great to meet you all. Everytime we do this, I say to myself on Saturday that I never want to do this again. After hearing all the feedback and kind words from the players (even when it's negative), I end Sunday wishing I could do it again next week.

Despite the difficulty, there were still many amazing performances. One team, Main Street Monopoly (#58), went a perfect 10 out of 10 on the EyeSpy pictures (could you so easily identify the ashtray from the Fantasyland smoking area?) and another team successfully answered over two-thirds of the trivia questions (Team #9) with several teams on their heels. Finally, I have to say that many of you are just way too good at tearing things into pretty shapes.

1st Place, Quests Only: Amanda, Joe, & David

1st Place, Combined: The Denton Affair - Steve, Laurie, & Chelsie

Thank you all, and please don't be shy with your comments, complaints, and compliments. E-mail me at mouseadventure@mouseplanet.com. The following page will give complete results for each team. All team photos will be available as we can upload them.

I hope to see you all, plus some, in April! [We'll have to wait for an official Clog Dancer announcement before giving a date.]

Alex Stroup
MouseAdventure Coordinator

Past Events:

Spring 2002 (5/19/02) - MouseAdventure Mad Scramble (DCA) Announcement | Event Recap | Complete Coverage | Winners | Team Photos | Final Scores

Fall 2001 (10/7/01) - Announcement | Event Coverage | Team Scores & Photos

Spring 2001 (4/21/01) - Announcement | Event Coverage | Team Photos | Final Scores

Winter 2000 (12/10/00) - Event Coverage | Magic Years: Jewel & Casey on their participation

Spring 1999 (3/21/99, as ADD-Quest) - Winner Photos | Team Photos

Send your questions and comments to: mouseadventure@mouseplanet.com
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