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2011 Halloween Tournament

Postby LadyKestrel » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:53 pm

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Rules of Mystery Manor’s 2011 Halloween Adventure Games Tournament

WELCOME!
It's good to see you here, dear victims! Whether you’re a returning player or a newbie to our tournaments, we hope you're ready to be tortured with 5 weeks of brain-melting puzzles! Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these rules before participating, or I’ll send you straight to the dungeon without supper!

If you’re new to Mystery Manor, all you have to do is register to play. Please note that the registration process involves responding to an email from an administrator, so don’t wait until the last minute to join us. Feel free to introduce yourself in our Guest Book forum and to participate in any other topics that catch your interest.

TOURNAMENT DATES & GENERAL INFO
The tournament will run for 5 weeks beginning on Sunday, September 25, 2011 and ending on Sunday, October 30, 2011. Each week you will have 2 regular puzzles to solve, plus there may be another special puzzle for you to figure out during the course of tournament. You’ll get more details about this on the starting day.

Each week's new puzzles will be posted on Sunday around 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time (CDT), which is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) minus 5 hrs. (GMT is also known as UTC.) Guesses for the week’s puzzles will be accepted until 7:00 PM CDT the following Sunday. The answers to the puzzles and the scores will be posted soon after. For those who wish to syncronize their timepieces, the timezone can be set to CDT under preferences in your user control panel.

Although it doesn't happen very often, if our website's server goes down, the puzzle time limit may be extended, especially if it affects the end of any week of the tournament.

All puzzle threads will be locked to avoid the accidental posting of answers for all to see. There will be a thread for general questions and comments in the tournament section, but please be careful not to post any hints there or anywhere else in the forums. If you do, you will be disqualified from playing for that week. When in doubt, direct your questions to me or one of my hard-working slaves (aka mods or administrators) via PM.

QUIZMASTER
Your guesses during the tournament must be sent by Private Message (PM) to me, Quizmaster. Please don’t send any answers to anyone else on the staff, unless you are specifically directed to do so in the individual puzzle rules. You should receive an answer within 24 hours. If not, please let me know.

PUZZLES
There are many different types of puzzles in our tournament, and a variety of scoring methods will be used. Please read the directions for each puzzle carefully. If they aren’t clear to you, contact me for clarification.

When submitting your guesses, please try to limit the number of PM’s you send each day. (One PM with 6 guesses is much easier on the scorers than six PMs with 1 guess each.) Also, please put the puzzle name in the subject line. When submitting answers for both puzzles at the same time, please label them in the body of your message.

If your answer is the name of a game, please make sure it’s complete. If it is one of a series, make sure you identify it with a number or the complete subtitle. If you just give the name, it will be assumed that you mean the first one in the series.

Note: Adventure games for the PC will be used in this tournament, but be aware that this covers a broad spectrum and may include adventure games with action or RPG elements, puzzle-heavy adventures, text adventures, and/or children’s adventures. The games used will be known either by English titles or can be played with English subtitles.

PRIZES
The prize for each of the top three scorers of the tournament will be the player's choice of a new game. In addition, a consolation prize will be drawn from the names of those not in the top 3 places. To qualify for this drawing, a player must stay to the end of the tourney. In the event of a tie for first place, a tie-breaking puzzle will be given to determine the winner.

Good luck to all the participating players! You’re going to need it.

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Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

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Week 1 - Magical Mystery Manor Tour

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A note to our players: The above text is in 4 sections to make it easier to save to your desktop. You can see the divisions along the right edge. If anyone has vision problems and needs a plain text version of this puzzle, let me know via PM.

The maximun number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 250.


Please note the small change in #24 that may affect your answer.
Also, another space has been added to #17.


Magical Mystery Manor Tour Answers:
1. walk through
2. black
3. dahlia
4. key
5. gardens
6. Soap Bubble Productions
7. pliers
8. sewing
9. drum
10. Bears/Brother Bear
11. submarine
12. organ/keyboard
13. The 11th Hour
14. death
15. cards
16. Loch Ness
17. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars
18. microwave
19. 6 (all), 4
20. behind/beside the door/chaise
21. The Legend of Lotus Spring
22. Intrigue at Oakhaven Plantation
23. Kate Walker
24. lion's
25. lights out


Week 1 - Books of the Dead

These 12 books from adventure games have been mouldering in great grandpa's library for at least a century, and we need to identify them for the estate sale. Tell us in which adventure games they were originally found. You will have 3 chances to guess correctly. A first correct answer will earn you 10 points, a second will give you 5, and a third will yield only 3.

Bonus: Great grandpa modeled his library after one in an adventure game. If you can tell us the game seen in the background picture, you'll earn an additional 20 points, but you only get one chance to guess it correctly.

Please send your guesses to Quizmaster by the deadline on Sunday, October 2nd at at 7:00 PM CDT. The maximum number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 140.



Books of the Dead Answers:
1. The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
2. Adventure at the Chateau d'Or
3. A Vampyre Story
4. Paradise
5. Secret Files: Tunguska
6. Dead Reefs
7. Remedy
8. The Cameron Files: Pharaoh's Curse
9. Myst
10. Nancy Drew: The Final Scene
11. Agon: The London Scene
12. Mata Hari

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Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

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Week 2 - Villainous Company

    Use the clues written below to name these dastardly game companies whose sole purpose is to keep us from our beds. These heinous villains have fed our adventure game addictions without mercy or shame, and it's time to show the world who they are. Each response is worth 10 points for a first correct guess, 5 points for a second, and 3 points for a third. You can also earn a bonus of 20 points if you anagram the letters in the orange boxes to make another wicked company's name. The maximum number of points for this puzzle is 250. Submit your answers to QM by 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

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    Week 2 - Your Worst Nightmare
    [smilie=skullt.gif]Are you having trouble sleeping because of bad dreams? It could be a reaction to those three buckets of extra spicy buffalo wings you ate for dinner, or it may be caused by the restless monsters under your bed. (You know they get excited as All Hallows' Eve approaches.) Whatever the reason, the nightmare scene below certainly won't help you nod off into pleasant dreams, but it may give you something to do during those seemingly endless nights of terror.

    In the room are 19 objects from 19 different adventure games. Give the name of the item and the game in which it can be found. You have 3 chances to guess each one correctly. You'll earn 10 points for a correct first guess, 5 points for a second, and 3 points for a third. You may also earn an additional 20 points if you can name the game in which the background room appears. The maximum number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 210. Send your guesses to Quizmaster by 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

    Sleep tight through the night, and don't let the gremlins bite!
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    Your Worst Nightmare Answers:
    Tree stump - Fairy Tale about Father Frost, Ivan & Nastya
    Shopping cart with body parts - Dark Fall: Lost Souls
    Bloody head - CSI: Dimensions of Murder
    Fish can - Last Half of Darkness: Beyond the Spirit’s Eye
    Table - Mata Hari
    Ashtray - Opera Fatal
    Nutcracker - Agon: The Pirates of Madagascar (The Mysterious Codex)
    Coffin - Grim Fandango
    Time’s Up sign - Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy
    Chest with projector - Chemicus: Journey to the Other Side
    Abstract painting on wall - The Dark Eye
    Pig’s head - Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper
    Gargoyle - Nancy Drew: The Curse of Blackmoor Manor
    Moon - Alida
    Hanging meat - I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
    White face and frame - 9: The Last Resort
    Hanging cage - The Whispered World
    Skeleton on bench - Zork Grand Inquisitor
    Puzzle box - Lighthouse: The Dark Being
    Bonus: Room background - Art of Murder: FBI Confidential
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    Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

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    Week 3 - Fall Fashionista
    Modeling Frahnkensteen and Eyegor's latest line of Fall Fashions for the Reanimated is supermodel Abby Normal. Each description below contains clues about the games in which Abby’s clothing and “accessories” can be found. When reading the clues, remember that right and left are from Abby's point of view.

    You will have three chances to guess each of the 11 games correctly, and you will earn 10, 5 or 3 points for a correct first, second or third guess respectively. You may also earn an extra 5 points per answer if you can tell from which character the described fashion item was taken. Give the character's name whenever possible.

    The total number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 165. Get your answers to QM by 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

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    1. Abby expresses her grand sense of style with a retro hairdo suitable for land travel. Her complimentary neckpiece promises to keep her warm in any cold weather she may encounter along the way.

    2. Abby’s kohl-lined right eye with the up-beat triangle of lapis blue eye shadow gives her an exotic look that even the daughter of a god would envy.

    3. In contrast, her left eye is monkishly unadorned except for the bushy eyebrow. This gives her an inquisitive look that unexpectedly balances her naturally asymmetrical face. The effect is magnifico!

    4. To go with her new look, Abby toyed with several nose styles presented by chief designer Eyegor. In the end, she decided she couldn’t bear to be without this hypnotic one. Isn’t it stunning?

    5. Eyegor’s deft hand has transformed Abby’s lips into the deliciously decadent look of an 18th century French aristocrat. What stories those lips could tell, and with such a compelling accent!

    6. With her bare right arm, Abby is forging ahead with a peasant style reminiscent of statues of the ancient Far East.

    7. To maintain balance, her left arm is protected by a long tunic sleeve in a dreamy material suitable for a spring trip to distant lands.

    8. Abby doesn't deviate from superb style with her fitted top and wide belt. Those fancy embellishments have evolved into a stop-you-in-your-tracks military style.

    9. Her village skirt may have a homespun look to it, but it still adds a magical air to the ensemble. Day or night, this part of her outfit makes a strong statement.

    10. Her right leg is encased in stylish red leggings, which can be had in all sizes, including extra extra tall. With those enormous black clogs, a search far and wide would not find a more versatile fashion accessory.

    11. Finally, to reflect the huge upcoming trend in men’s fashions for women, Abby sports a tan trouser look on her left leg. The matching loafer also makes fashion news.


    1. Hair, head & neck - Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express - Princess Dragomiroff
    2. Right eye - Ankh: Heart of Osiris - Pharaoh's daughter
    3. Left eye - Murder in the Abbey (The Abbey) - Inquisitor Nazario of Milan
    4. Nose - Sam & Max: The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball/Season 1 - any one of the bears (Chuckles, Ted E., Lovely)
    5. Mouth - Tales of Monkey Island - Marquis de Singe
    6. Right arm - Beyond Atlantis (Atlantis 2) - blacksmith statue that comes to life
    7. Left arm - Dreamfall - April Ryan
    8. Upper torso - Atlantis Evolution - Atlantian guard/soldier
    9. Skirt - Everlight: Of Magic and Power - Farida, the magic shop owner
    10. Right leg - The Legend of Crystal Valley - Kyfla, the giant
    11. Left leg - The Next Big Thing - Dan Murray, reporter

    Week 3 - Hidden Magic
    We all know that games have magic in them. They can enchant us for hours, take us to new worlds, and allow us to become someone different, at least for a while.

    The game titles below have magic in them as well. Using the magic words as guides, you must identify the complete title of each of the 20 games. You have 2 chances to come up with the correct game name. A correct first guess is worth 10 points and a correct second guess is worth 5. The maximum number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 200. Send your guesses to Quizmaster via PM by 7:00 PM on Sunday, October 16, 2011.


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    Hidden Magic Answers:
    1. UNDER A KILLING MOON
    2. AGATHA CHRISTIE: AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
    3. FRANKENSTEIN: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE MONSTER
    4. SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE AWAKENED
    5. THE FEEBLE FILES
    6. PHANTASMAGORIA: A PUZZLE OF FLESH
    7. BEYOND ATLANTIS
    8. RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT: THE RIDDLE OF MASTER LU
    9. WONDERLAND
    10. KING’S QUEST 4: THE PERILS OF ROSELLA
    11. BROKEN SWORD: THE SMOKING MIRROR
    12. PAJAMA SAM: NO NEED TO HIDE WHEN IT’S DARK OUTSIDE
    13. AMAZON: GUARDIANS OF EDEN
    14. THE WHITE CHAMBER
    15. THE LEGEND OF KYRANDIA 3: MALCOLM’S REVENGE
    16. THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT 3: LEGACY OF TIME
    17. SPACE QUEST: CHAPTER 1 - THE SARIEN ENCOUNTER
    18. THE ADVENTURES OF WILLIE BEAMISH
    19. SAFECRACKER: THE ULTIMATE PUZZLE ADVENTURE
    20. LEISURE SUIT LARRY 3: PASSIONATE PATTI IN PURSUIT OF THE PULSATING PECTORALS


    Weeks 3-5 Beastly Guests
    Cecy Mombeasty and I are planning a Halloween party, and we’ve invited some of our nasty and evil friends from adventure games to attend. We made a guest list, but Baby Beasty played a trick on us and scrambled all the words. We need your help to unscramble them. The number beside each one indicates how many words are in each answer. Each correct answer will be given 10 points for a first guess, 5 points for a second, or 3 points for a third, and you can earn up to 150 points to be added to your tournament score.

    Since we know Quizmaster is busy with puzzles of his own, please send your guesses to me, the Beast, by Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM. This gives you three weeks to complete this puzzle, if you can!

    Oh, and you're invited to our Halloween party as well. Unlike our friends, you'll have to wear a costume.
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    Beastly Guests Answers:
    1 - Mummies
    2 - Cthulhu
    3 - Ghost Pirate LeChuck
    4 - The Dark Being
    5 - Sorceress
    6 - Purple Tentacle
    7 - Sariens
    8 - Monster
    9 - Werewolf
    10 - Count Dracula
    11 - Spirit
    12 - Vampires
    13 - Druids
    14 - Mephistopheles
    15 - Zombies
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    Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

    Postby LadyKestrel » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:45 pm

    Week 4 - On the Other Side
    Come along for a visit to the other side...

    ...of game boxes, that is. Pictured below are 25 screenshots taken from the front or back of 15 different adventure game boxes. Twenty of the pictures represent ten front and back pairs taken from the same game boxes. The remaining five pictures, taken from either the front or back of boxes, are singles that cannot be matched.

    Your task is to match up the pairs by letter and identify each of those ten games. For each correctly named pair, you will get 10 points if it’s a first guess, 5 points if it’s a second, and 3 points if it’s a third.

    You may also earn 5 bonus points for each of the single pictures you can identify, but be careful! You will get only one chance to identify the single ones correctly. If you mistakenly place a single in a pair, you can try again to correct the pair, but the single points will be lost. The maximum number of points you can earn for this puzzle is 125.

    Submit your answers to Quizmaster by 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Have fun on your trip to the other side, and don't forget to write.


    On the Other Side Answers:

    Pairs
    A/Q
    - Aurora: The Secret Within
    B/O - Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual
    C/T - Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun
    D/M - Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine
    E/L - Byzantine: The Betrayal
    F/Y - Schizm: Mysterious Journey
    G/S - Nightlong: Union City Consipiracy
    H/X - Flight of the Amazon Queen
    I/V - Clue Chronicles: Fatal Illusion
    J/U - The Secrets of Atlantis

    Single games
    K
    - Physicus: Save the World with Science
    N - The Space Bar
    P - Rama
    R - Riven: The Sequel to Myst
    W - The New Adventures of the Time Machine
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    Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

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    Week 4 - Lost
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    1. S -25.562591, E 152.919121
    2. N 19.8078194, W -96.9159526
    3. S -17.5087390, E 43.9556810
    4. N 28.612298, W -80.809924
    5. N 35.8977900, E 14.5141060
    6. N 55.31059, W -1.90845
    7. N 40.55091, E 14.242926
    8. S -62.983333, W -60.56667
    9. S -9, E 161 (province minus last three letters)


    Lost Answers:
    1. Tooth Island - Jack Keane
    2. Tenochtitlan - Aztec/The Sacred Amulet
    3. coast of Madagascar - Agon 3: The Pirates of Madagascar/The Mysterious Codex
    4. Titusville - Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
    5. Valletta, Malta - Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual
    6. Rothbury - Scratches
    7. Capri - A Quiet Weekend in Capri
    8. Deception Island - Nancy Drew: Danger on Deception Island
    9. Mala Island - Runaway: Dream of the Turtle


    Week 5 - Rest in Peace
    Some game titles shouldn't be allowed to see the light of day, and the ones listed below definitely need to be buried. They are alternative titles for 20 existing adventure games. Your task is to figure out the real titles so we can let these imposters rest in peace. You have 3 chances to guess the titles correctly, and you'll earn 10, 5, or 3 points for a correct first, second or third guess respectively. The maximum number of points for this puzzle is 200, and your answers must be sent to Quizmaster by 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, October 30.

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    Rest in Peace Answers:
    1. Morpheus
    2. Noctropolis
    3. Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel
    4. Personal Nightmare
    5. The Last Express
    6. Wrath of the Gods
    7. Hope Springs Eternal
    8. Jack the Ripper
    9. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
    10. Full Moon in San Francisco
    11. Future Boy
    12. Dracula Resurrection
    13. Dragonsphere
    14. Death Gate
    15. The Dame Was Loaded
    16. Discworld
    17. The Adventures of Fatman: Toxic Revenge
    18. The Twilight Zone
    19. Uninvited
    20. Runaway: A Twist of Fate


    Week 5 - Dem Bones
    We've unearthed a collection of bones from 20 different adventure games. Examine them carefully, and put your forensic skills to work to identify the games in which they appear. You have 3 chances to guess the games correctly, and you'll earn 10 points for the first correct guess, 5 for the second, and 3 for the third. The maximum number of points for this puzzle is 200. Shake, rattle and roll your guesses to Quizmaster by 7:00 PM CDT on Sunday, October 30, 2011.

    Dem Bones Answers:
    A. D
    B. The Curse of Monkey Island
    C. Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
    D. Dead Reefs
    E. Mummy: Tomb of the Pharoah
    F. A Vampyre Story
    G. Fairy Tale About Father Frost, Ivan and Nastya
    H. So Blonde
    I. Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster
    J. Ceville
    K. Delaware St. John, Volume 1: The Curse of Midnight Manor
    L. Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes
    M. Hans Christian Anderson: The Ugly Prince Duckling
    N. Shivers 2: Harvest of Souls
    O. Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
    P. The Black Mirror
    Q. Rent-a-Hero
    R. Scratches
    S. Gilbert Goodmate and the Mushroom of Phungoria
    T. Riddle of the Sphinx: An Egyptian Adventure
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    Re: 2011 Halloween Tourney

    Postby LadyKestrel » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:25 pm

    Cumlative Scores at the End of Week 5:
    Hands Free 2030
    Clumsy 2015
    Phlebas 1945
    Pollo 1880
    TechnoSpike 1845
    Akuma 1830
    Lucien21 1815
    Andromus 1520
    Bacardi Jim 1415
    Hatshepsut 1180
    After_hours 1140
    Winfrey 1078
    Gr8flee 930
    Tichelle 570
    Nik2011ofs 495
    Skeeter 250
    GussNemo 210
    Rosaboobie 70


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    Congratulations also to Winfrey who won the random drawing of all the players who participated in all 5 weeks of the tourney! [smilie=feiertag-smiley-018.gif]

    These are the prizes for this year’s tournament:

    1st prize - up to $35.00
    2nd prize - up to $30.00
    3rd prize - up to $25.00
    Consolation prize - up to $20.00

    You may choose a downloadable game or a hard copy in that price range. Dave from Interact has a nice selection and reasonable shipping, which we will pay, but other vendors will be considered as long as their shipping rates are comparable to Interact's. Please PM me with your game choice along with your name and mailing address. If you choose a downloadable game, I may also need your email address, depending on the site.

    I will post the prizes chosen and the order status here. When you receive your game, please let us know.

    HandsFree - The Black Mirror 2 & 3 Collection - ordered from Interact 11/1/11 (in stock) - shipped 11/2 - received
    Clumsy - Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse (Season 3) - ordered from Interact 11/1/11 (in stock) - shipped 11/3 - received
    Phlebas - Nancy Drew Ultimate Dare pack - ordered from Interact 11/1/11 (supply coming; will ship in 2 days) - shipped 11/2 - received
    Winfrey - Dead Mountaineers Hotel - download ordered from Steam - 10/30/11 - received
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