NEI Marathon starts Monday!

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Hey folks! As detailed here, the National Eye Institute is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and we’re helping them kick it off with a special marathon and trivia day on Monday. Marathon signups are open now, and here’s a little reminder about what happens during a marathon, if you’re new!

Starting at 8 AM EST on 3/5, you will have 24 hours to grow and complete (in this case) the special NEI cell.

Bonuses for Normal Play

Trace 20 cubes – 2,000 point bonus
Trace 50 cubes – 5,000 point bonus
Trace 150 cubes – 20,000 point bonus
Trace 300 cubes – 40,000 point bonus
For every 150 cubes above 300 cubes – 2,500 point bonus

Because of the circumstances, we will not be renaming the cell, but don’t you fear— there will be a normal marathon later this month where renaming’s an option. And the result of your awesome tracing will be displayed on Capitol Hill at the NEI’s March 21st event!

Special Guidelines for Scythes

Full info is here on the post for our first Scythe Marathon, but just to remind you of the current scheme:

Bonus: Instead of 5,000 points for SCing 100 cubes, for a marathon this reward doubles to 10,000! To maximize your possible bonus potential, we recommend that you first focus on tracing your fill and then starting your SC mission. That way the cell grows quickly and you hand yourself at least 30k or 50k total.

We’ll see you Monday morning! For science!

Artwork by Daniela Gamba