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The Scavenger Hunt Returns...
Posted May 16, 2011 - 10:59:10

Yiddish curse wordsSo this last Friday was the tenth Otaku Anonymous Scavenger Hunt. Now, for those unaware, the Scavenger Hunt is an annual event where members of "secret society" Otaku Anonymous break into teams with digital cameras and vehicles and drive around town to get photos. There's a 2-3 hour time limit (depending on the year) and at the end, we all share the photos with each other. These aren't just normal list items though, they're often merely descriptions. Examples of things on the list in past years include "Ack! Dinosaurs!" and "That Doesn't Go There!"

Now, due to wedding planning last year, I missed the scavenger hunt. And you might think that I'd miss it again, since I've moved away from Eau Claire, WI (where OA meets).

This year though, we decided to open up the game (using the internet) and allow out of town teams. So, Crysta and I participated in Lafayette, IN. For some entries, we had to get a bit creative - but it worked out pretty well. Our friend Leah (Kitty on the forums) also ran a team in Minnesota. In the end, we used Skype and Tiny Chat (and out of town teams uploading their photos) to join in the aftermath.

The Scavenger Hunt is a strange event when you dig back into the history of it. The entire reason we did it the first year was because just a few weeks after the first No Brand Con, we lost one of our own. OA member and No Brand Con staffer Sean Coleman, who was an awesome guy, passed away. It hit all of us really hard, and the night after his funeral some of the OA members decided we needed to do something fun to take our minds off of it. From there, the first scavenger hunt was born.

It's remained fairly unchanged as well - the list has shifted, the rules have been modified (and we keep switching back and forth from a 2 hour to 3 hour time limit), but it is in essence the same event year after year.

With the advent of non-local teams, I'm seriously considering our options for next year. I want to try and build a way for non-local teams to have as good an experience as the ones in Eau Claire and really make this a good sized event in the future. I have plans...

In any case, if you'd like to see Crysta and my photos for the hunt, just hop on over to my Flickr page and look for images uploaded May 13th. I warn you, they're pretty weird.
- Traegorn

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