OK, folks, we've just prepared a simple Entry Form for this hunt. And because of this hunt, I'm very happy to announce that I have now learned how to upload a word document file to a google group freehost, and hopefully successfully linked it to this blog. I've also created a link in the "Announcements" frame on my sidebar, so you can also download by clicking "Entry Form" from there. It's about time, too, that I learn these things!
I will also send out emails to some of the hunters I know to inform them about this hunt very soon. If you need further information, please feel free to contact me.
This morning, Alvin Wong and I exchanged several text messages about the Palliative Care Association of Kota Kinabalu Treasure Hunt last Sunday. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, Alvin was already suggesting doing another hunt on 31 August—Merdeka Day. Then we continued building on that idea through several exchanges of emails. Then the excitement grew and eventually we ended up meeting for lunch along Gaya Street near my office.
Alvin's idea was to organise a kind of tutorial hunt in the hope of raising the standard of the local hunters, but also to encourage new teams onboard. To do this, the plan is to set a hunt comprising about 75% of basic cryptic questions of novice standard, and 25% of the more challenging questions, but may also be achiveable by the new teams. The same formula will also be adopted for the 4 treasures.
We're hoping that the new hunters are able to experience a less painful learning process, and maybe that can whet their appetite for more hunts in the future. Apart from that, we decided that this hunt shouldn't be about big prizes; and neither should it be about us making profits. The idea is to charge a low entry fee which is to be treated more like a tuition fee for the aspiring teams. Alvin has come up with a catchy theme fo this hunt: No Vice as Novice.
In order to do this well, both Teams Kena Tembak and Megapawns will not be hunting, so that other teams are able to compete on a so-called level playing field. And since Kena Tembak and Megapawns won't be hunting, we will be combining our efforts to clerk the hunt instead. It is still too early and we have not decided who will do what and to what extent, but based on my discussion with Alvin over lunch today, I have the impression that I will be setting about a third of the total number of questions; and Alvin and Christine will each do a third respectively. We have not decided on the use of tulips for this hunt, but I'm inclined to bring it back for the sake of the new teams.
To keep cost even lower, and having taken the fasting month into account, we will not be providing meals and refreshments. We will probably arrange for the end venue close to eateries, so that hunters are free to find their own meals if they want to after submitting their answers, and then come back for the presentation later. As for the prizes, we are only giving away hampers and there will be no cash up for grabs.
In view of the above, we're setting the entry fee at RM100 per team for the first 15 teams to register; and RM150 per team for the rest up to 20 teams only. At the same time, if there are any of you who'd like to contribute additional prizes, we would welcome that too.
Just to clarify that this is not a part of my KK Challenge series. My KK Challenge 5 is still on course for October, though I have not set a specific date yet. If this hunt is successful, Alvin is also toying with the idea of doing another one in September. I think if that September hunt can also materialise, teams will be more prepared for my KK Challenge 5 and better able to score well.
Kena Tembak and Megapawns will be meeting again soon to iron out the details of this hunt; and I will come up with the Entry Form soon after that. I will then make the proper announcement here.