The weather was a source of drama through the day. The weather prediction said that rain would start about an hour into the hunt. By the time the hunt started, the predicted rain had been pushed back a few hours. And the prediction kept getting pushed back. Late in the afternoon, it finally started raining.
(I did other things in Austin, too. Anyhow.)
When I asked Kenzie how she got into DASH, she said that she'd gone to Caltech and thus experienced Ditch Day. She'd started playing DASH and Puzzled Pint. She'd come from Caltech to Austin; she worked and lived with a bunch of geologists which made up the bulk of Austin GC. (Since then, I've read good things about Caltech's seismologists from a 2-Tone Game playtester, so maybe that's impressive.) They'd run Codeword, an event in Austin, in 2014. Not all of these geologists were into puzzles; but some of them that hadn't been were nowadays enjoying the occasional Puzzled Pint. Neal wasn't a geologist; he was a computer consultant, and thus had a kind of smarts that I could understand. But even with all of the geologists, Austin GC was easy to get along with, a chill bunch of folks.
I was a site monitor, and this is the site I monitored: the Tea Leaves puzzle, in front of the Ransom Center.
My next stop was at GC HQ, which had moved to where teams were solving the Meta. That didn't last long, though. Rain was immanent, so we soon pulled up stakes and moved everybody to the end location.
When the rain started, we moved everybody to the end party location, Austin's Pizza. Teams kept solving until around 5:30 when it was time to congratulate winners.
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