Originating in 18th century Norway, the biathlon has become a winter Olympic event that’s focused on finding the perfect balance of speed and accuracy, just like Accuracy Happy Hours on Eyewire! Contestants strap on cross-country skis and have to travel to a fixed number of checkpoints where they shoot at targets; the athlete with the fastest finishing time wins, but missing a target incurs a time or distance penalty, so you can’t rush too much.
For our version, of course, try to get as many points as you can at Happy Hour, but keep your focus to get special bonuses for accuracy. You’ll have two opportunities to succeed at the biathlon! All times are EST:
Session 1 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on 2/16
Session 2 – 10:00 PM to midnight on 2/16
Swag (generously sponsored by @susi): Most accurate player completing at least 20 cubes wins 1 t-shirt and 1 sticker sheet! Second and third place each also win sticker sheets.
HQ will bestow typical Happy Hour bonuses for your work during each of those time frames, but there’s more than that to earn!
95% accuracy – Accuracy Grandmaster
90% accuracy – Accuracy Master
80% accuracy – Accuracy Challenger
Extra point bonuses will be added to your baseline Happy Hour earnings, as follows:
1st Place Accuracy – 10,000 point bonus
2nd Place Accuracy – 8,000 point bonus
3rd Place Accuracy – 6,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 95% – 5,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 90% – 3,000 point bonus
Anyone else with 80% – 2,000 point bonus
Under 80% but played at least 20 cubes – 1,000 point bonus
Please remember that these bonuses are non-cumulative; first place accuracy gets a flat 10,000 points, for example.
Mentors: You are still allowed to mentor people during these time windows. Please just use your best judgment as to whether someone is asking you for basic newbie help vs. trying to have you boost their accuracy on cube after cube.
Scythes: Please avoid scything during these time windows. Even though accuracy for this will be retroactively calculated, we would prefer to go with accuracy based on players’ raw tracing. By the time this challenge is scored, don’t worry, admins will have corrected consensus as needed.
Artwork by Daniela Gamba