Geometry Party: Circular Hunt

The Hunt can be tricky! You really have to give that cell a good spin a few times to catch all the little problem areas! To commemorate all of your dedicated cell twirls, let’s explore another shape that goes around and around – the circle!

A circle is a curved shape, where all points have an equal distance from the center. Circles have a variety of attributes, let’s explore them a little more!

  • The circumference of the circle is the length of its curve
  • The radius is a segment that begins in the circle’s center and touches any point along its boundary
  • The diameter is a segment that touches two points on the boundary of the circle, and also passes through its center
  • A chord is a segment that passes through the circle, with each end touching a point along its boundary
  • A tangent line touches the edge of the circle at a single point, and always runs perpendicular to the circle’s radius
  • A secant line intersects the circle, touching two points along its boundary as it passes through

Circles can play well with other shapes, and they do some fun tricks when they get together!

Circles x Angles

  • An inscribed angle is an angle made with points that sit on the circle’s circumference
  • A central angle is an angle where the two end points sit on the circle’s circumference, and the vertex sits at the circle’s center
  • If two inscribed angles share the same end points, they will measure the same number of degrees, no matter where their vertices lie
  • If an inscribed angle and a central angle share the same end points, the central angle will measure double the number of degrees as the inscribed angle

Circles x Quadrilaterals

  • A cyclic (or inscribed) quadrilateral has all vertices sitting on the circle’s circumference
  • The opposite angles on a cyclic quadrilateral always add up to 180°

There are lots of fancy mathematical manipulations hidden within circles, but we’ll leave you with just a taste here. Now it’s time to get started finding those sneaky mergers hidden within the Hunt cell! The search is on starting at midnight ET on 8/21, and ending at noon ET on 8/26. You’ll be equipped with 24 guesses and 5.5 days to find them all. Ready, set, Hunt!

How to identify and report mergers

    1. Select Hunt cell from Change Cell menu. Stay in the overview.
    2. Type /debug into chat. This will reveal a special box with information about the cell (located above the “Start Playing” box).
    3. Use ALT+click to select the origin point of the merger you have identified. It is a good idea to zoom in close on the merger before you select it to get the most accurate coordinates.
    4. Find the coordinates of the merger’s origin in the cell information box. These are next to the word “center.”
    5. In the chat pm thehunt bot your coordinates. For example: /pm thehunt 5123 4321 5678.
    6. thehunt bot will let you know if you got it right or wrong and tell you how many guesses you have left.
    7. To check how many mergers you have found and to check what guesses you have submitted, type “/pm thehunt !list”; the bot will give you a list of all the coordinates you have guessed, and whether or not there was a merger at each set of coordinates. A + means there was a merger there, a means there was not a merger there.
    8. If you accidentally submit the same coordinate a second time, it does not count as two guesses.

Do not reveal your coordinates to other players. Do not do anything against the spirit of the Hunt. Anyone caught cheating will be automatically disqualified from the event and will not receive any points.

Proximity to merger start point is determined by number of voxels (1 voxel = approx. 1/250th of a cube’s width). Mergers are only counted as found if guessed within a distance of 250 voxels. Pieces of dust floating in space don’t count as mergers, so please don’t report them! We also do not count fused mergers that could not be removed during the Hunt prep process.

Swag (made possible by generous donations from our past player @susi): The top scoring player will win their choice of face mask, notebook or mug, plus a magnet! Second and third place will each also win a magnet.

Bonus info is available in your in-game notifications. Good luck, and happy hunting!

Artwork by Daniela Gamba