In the recent Engineers’ Notes, Mr Pontecorvo observed a request for ‘expressions of interest’ regarding a proposed hunt. The unfortunate results can be beheld at the link below.
For those unable to translate lunatic, Mr Pontecorvo reverse engineered (from the work of a small equine) a novel variation on the hunt mechanic two years ago, which works as follows:
- Prizes are clearly displayed, but the vendors only take special tokens (in this case, amounts of toasted bread).
- The tokens can only be collected (by touching) while wearing a special device Mr. P. calls a ‘purse’ (in this example, a toaster.)
- Each token can only be collected once; if one runs out of tokens before one runs out of prizes to seize, one must attain a new purse.
- To claim a prize, one simply touches the prize vendor with purse worn. One’s balance is checked and adjusted accordingly.
As mentioned, at the time Mr. P. and I were not impressed with the usual low-tech hunt system, which encourages one-time flying visits, surely not conducive to steady commerce. Instead, this system encourages repeat visits, with accompanying repeat exposure to, say, an outfit that would complement the prize just perfectly. (The fact that people are used to such a system, and that it works quite well for the Steam and Twisted hunts, seems to have eluded him.)
With the power of a randomly chosen channel and a MD5 encrypted password, the system is effectively immune to cheating; however Mr. P. admits that there are logical flaws in the system, noted during its deployment in the Toast Bay City Hunt of 2012, to be addressed before use.
The Hunt of 2012 was for plain bread slices; after all, what ninny toasts toasted toast?
Mr. P. also wishes to stress that placing tokens in locations likely to cause duress to hunters is at the participants’ discretion and none of his concern, and that hunters these days have it too soft, and that being killed or seriously maimed is a small price to pay to save a few lindens.
Those who believe such a nonsense might be workable, tesla-coil-driven toasting forks notwithstanding, should correspond with Mr. Martien Pontecorvo.