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And the alternate shot :)

 

It's hard getting 12 people and 3 cameras co-ordinated. But we managed it.

This shot from the More London development was inspired by the photos taken there by Daruma*. Please do take a moment to take a look at them here, and all of the others on his brilliant photostream. More London is a fascinating place to shoot and I would have spent more time there had a security guard from Ernst & Young not made me feel, let’s say, less than welcome…

 

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"Cube 2/3", huh? Someone needs to answer a few questions, methinks. (Note: it's not actually scratched - it just looks that way because this is a scan of it and our scanner bed is a bit old.)

Guess we don't need to wonder who CT is anymore, then...

Why is it almost impossible to take a photo of these things and get them in focus? The TSOL leitmark and red through to silver...

Here's nine crazy people crammed into a phone booth. It was painful, but fun.

Taking the Cube to Ampthill, the site where Kit Williams buried the Golden Hare from Masquerade. A mad journey, given the weather, but one that had to be made as a tribute.

For the three or so days between digging it up and handing it in at Mind Candy, the Cube was well guarded on a bookshelf in my flat.

The very first glimpse of the Cube, deep in wet clay.

The Cube, the hole, Violet's note and a lot of bubblewrap.

Clearing the top of the Cube, just prior to hooking my fingers into the plastic bag and trying to drag it upwards against the suction of the clay.

Heavy earthworks and posts strewn around - Saturday's diggers were a lot less tidy (but rather more thorough) than I had been on Friday.

How I left it - the hole and card #30, End of the Line. Note how the area of the original excavation made when the Cube was hidden is a different colour from the surrounding woodland floor.

As I left: the card is a white spot in the background over the post.

Thursday lunchtime: arriving for the exploratory visit to Fineshade

Just before giving up on the wrong trench and back-filling it. Again, hand tools give scale.

My archaeology tutors would have been proud - a trench with neat sides and all the tree roots left in situ. See the hand tools at the top of the photo for scale. Alas, it's in the wrong place...

How could anyone look at this map and *not* realise this is the right place?

The coloured paths *really* don't fit the clues, no matter how much you try to force them...

Friday, 11am. The moment when I knew I was in the right place - recognising this post from the Library of Babel.

Michael Smith (Mind Candy) speaking at the NMK My So Called 2nd Life event

Sunday: sunrise in Wakerley again.

It was never going to be that easy...

Another quadruped - and proof the Third Power plays for keeps.

Doing it the high-tech way - that's a mobile internet card sticking out the side, and you'd be astonished how good the signal is.

Leaving on Friday, looking up towards the right place, planning a nighttime return but knowing if it failed then someone else would likely get the Cube on Saturday.

The last misleading quadruped. It looked so likely...

Quadrupeds! Everywhere there are quadrupeds.

As it turned out, the Forestry Commission warning signs weren't a problem. And that was the wrong quadruped. Wrong wood, too.

Quadrupeds - fast moving ones, too.

Somebody was cheating...

Friday: Finally getting the right location - Wakerley Great Wood and the violet footpath at sunrise.

A very convincing looking clearing in Fineshade, 10 meters from a bridlepath sign with a horse on it.

at the Virtual Worlds Forum

Went to Jo aka angelsk's party in London, it was sort of a reunion of Perplex City players :) Much fun was had, and since Jo, Tim and myself all do 365, we decided to get all our cameras on the go at once to take group shots for our sets.

 

It was fab to see people again and meet those that I'd never met before!

My desk when I look to the right. A timer to limit game play, Perplex City cards to solve, a coaster/game I got with Fluxx and some of Marc's toys.

One of my favourites.

 

This set of photos was taken for the intro of the Ask Mind Candy vidcast.

Had an amazing party last night, caught up with a whole bunch of friends I've not seen in ages!

 

I had so much fun!

A rack inside the Mind Candy HQ with 100+ of every Perplex City Card available (Unfortunately we are told the Promo Cards box is empty - so no spare Promo Cards for me)

My keys. I don't lose them so much now they're this big :D

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