Santa Claus is real.
FACT (lesser known):
He’s actually a robot, in order to get to people’s houses on time in the span of a single night. His horde of elves is still flesh and blood, however.
FACT (definitely not well known):
Mecha Santa, as he prefers to be called, has been in an ongoing turf war concerning the North Pole. The other party in this debacle? Werewolves.
… You don’t believe us?
We assure you that if skepticism is making this too much for you to handle, you’re welcome to check out The Complete, 100% Real, Impeccably Researched History of the Mecha Santa/Werewolf Territorial Dispute, 1456 AD to the Present, authored by EyeWire’s very own admin Devon Jones, to be self-published next month. The publication would have been today, but this was halted in light of recent developments at the Pole, which have required revisions… and also help from Eyewirers!
Namely, intelligence from the Arctic Werewolves has just now chillingly demonstrated that the Werewolves have invented a magical elixir that allows them to not only shift into their wolf forms during the full moon, but also at any other time of their choosing. So it is that when Mecha Santa least expects it, the Werewolves are planning to attack the elves’ workshop and ruin the Pole’s current economic infrastructure. Whether you want to save Christmas or just embark on a humanitarian (elfitarian?) mission, the Werewolves need to be stopped in their tracks!
Between Friday 12/4 and Friday 12/11, we will follow the timeline below to assist Mecha Santa and the elves.
*All times given are Eastern Standard Time (EST).*
Accuracy Happy Hours
First session runs 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday 12/4
Second session runs 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM on Friday 12/4
During either timeslot (or both), trace cubes like usual for standard Happy Hour bonuses, but your accuracy will also be measured to give out additional points and badges. If you trace during both slots, your best accuracy figure will be the one that counts. If you get 80% accuracy or higher, your target practice for fighting the Werewolves will be considered officially up to snuff!
1 t-shirt for whoever traces at least 20 cubes with the highest accuracy
1 poster each for whoever traces at least 20 cubes with the 2nd and 3rd highest accuracy
1st Place Accuracy – 10,000 points
2nd Place Accuracy – 8,000 points
3rd Place Accuracy – 6,000 points
Achieve 95% Accuracy – 5,000 points
Achieve 90% Accuracy – 3,000 points
Achieve 80% Accuracy – 2,000 points
1,000 points for anyone under 80% who still plays at least 10 cubes in either slot.
(These bonus thresholds are non-cumulative, i.e. they will not combine. If you earn 3rd place, for instance, and presumably got over 95% accuracy, you still earn a 6,000 point bonus, not 11,000.)
Begins at 10:00 PM on Friday 12/4
Ends at 10:00 PM on Saturday 12/5
Map a cell within 24 hours, and we’ll have a full blueprint of the Werewolves’ lair to launch a counterstrike.
1 t-shirt for whoever completes the most cubes
1 t-shirt for whoever traces at least 50 cubes with the highest accuracy
Complete 20 Cubes – 2,000 point bonus
Complete 50 cubes – 5,000 point bonus
Complete 150 cubes – 20,000 point bonus
Complete 300 cubes – 40,000 point bonus
For every 150 cubes above 300 cubes – 2,500 points
If the cell is completed within 24 hrs, those mappers who:
- Complete at least 50 cubes will win rights to vote on a new name for the Werewolf Cell.
- Complete at least 200 cubes will win rights to nominate a new name for the Werewolf Cell.
Begins at 10:00 PM on Saturday 12/5
Ends at 6:00 PM on Thursday 12/10
Finish a set of Evil Cubes to protect Mecha Santa’s workshop from the Werewolves’ first assault!
1 mug each for whoever completes the Evil Cubes with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest accuracy
2 mugs raffled to players who complete all 12 cubes
1st Place Accuracy – 8,000 points
2nd Place Accuracy – 5,000 points
3rd Place Accuracy – 3,000 points
1,000 points for anyone under 80% accuracy who still plays all 12 cubes.
(These bonus thresholds are non-cumulative, i.e. they will not combine. If you earn 3rd place, for instance, and presumably got over 80% accuracy, you still earn a 3,000 point bonus, not 4,000.)
Trivia + Trivia Power Hour
Begins 11:00 AM on Monday 12/7
Continues until 11:00 AM on Wednesday 12/9
Finishes with Power Hour from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday 12/9
1 question per hour for the main trivia timeframe, 1 question every 2 minutes for the power hour.
1 t-shirt each for whoever finishes with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest number of points
For every question —
1st to answer – 300 points
2nd to answer – 200 points
3rd to answer – 100 points
Begins 11:00 AM on Thursday 12/10
Ends 11:00 AM on Friday 12/11
Mecha Santa vs. Werewolves: The Final Throwdown! Stay tuned for a twist so shocking that we’re certain none of you can predict it at all… *cough*
1 t-shirt + 1 sticker for the top player on each team
1 sticker for each player on the winning team
Earn 5,000 points – 3000 bonus
Earn 15,000 points – 6,000 bonus
Earn 25,000 points – 12,000 bonus
Every additional 25,000 points – 6,000 bonus
Winning team – 12,000 bonus
Team winner – 3000 bonus
#1 overall score – 12,000 bonus
#2 overall score – 6,000 bonus
#3 overall score – 3000 bonus
Mecha Santa vs. Werewolves Closing Ceremony
Begins 4:00 PM on Friday 12/11
Come celebrate the end of this competition, where admins will recognize everyone’s achievements. As always, we will include a round of promotions for Scouts, Scythes, Moderators, and Mentors. If you’d like a promotion, you can request them here. There will also be a raffle of 4 t-shirts, 2 copies of Sebastian Seung’s Connectome, 2 posters, and 2 mugs, for which earning the participation badge is eligible.