Game Control for the 420 game consisted of many people, and we want
take this opportunity to give them the thanks they deserve.
First, 15 people drove the team's vans from the Roxie to the North
Berkeley Bart station, and they had to get up awfully early to do it.
Most of them did this without knowing too much about the game, so
their contribution is even greater in some ways. The drivers were:
Ben Jackson and Greg Lawerence also showed up to drive if necessary,
but didn't end up having to.
- Matt Bruce
- Chad Kubicek
- Will Au-Yeung
- Dexter Allen
- Andy Zimdars
- Noah Treuhaft
- Teddy Johnson
- Dana Underwood
- Chris Feaver
- Laura Fay
- Tom Bogart
- DeeAnn Sole
- Matt Sakal
- Betsy Kitchens
- Mike Dybbs
Second, the Women in Red had a tough task -- they had to pretend to be
a team and act convincingly enough that at least some of you believed
them. We think they succeeded fabulously. They were :
Third, the vans had to be organized in the North Berkeley Lot, and the
GPS devices had to be installed. Scott Coon (a.k.a. Cobalt) gave a
ton of himself to this on Saturday, and without his efforts, the whole
GPS thing might have failed. Lisa Clark (a.k.a. Hawk) also helped out
at the end of this process, and both of them were responsible for
getting all the vans ready in time.
- Baq Hadiri
- Lynn Fisher
- Donna Murch
- Andrea Frome
- Deborah Moniot
These two then had to administer the quiz in the North Berkeley Bart
lot, and they were out there all day. With Advil coming in at about
1:30pm and Radiks showing up around 920pm, they had a long day. Scott
managed to get heat stroke, sacrificing his body in the true GC
spirit. We thank both Lisa and Scott mightily for their in-costume
service on game day.
Clue placement is often an arduous job, requiring long drives and
careful checking that the right clues and slats were left at the right
places. In our case, it also involved a long hike and a climb. We
thank the following people for helping with this:
Dennise Lite (aka the Oracle) pushed her body to the breaking point,
sitting in Glen Canyon Park all afternoon. She clearly won the
"longest stint without a bathroom" award for GC, and had to suffer
through sitting near the cookies without being able to eat them.
Dennise also helped a ton with clue testing and building and was the
chief comedienne at GC during the game. She also ran the lights and
sound at the Roxie. We also took over her house while baking the
cookies and doing final costume arrangements.
- Glen Canyon Park - Dennise Lite & Jesse Dorogusker
- Justin Herman - Tom Bogart
- North Berkeley BART - Scott Coon
- Remillard Park through Los Gatos - Teddy Johnson
- Aptos through Skylonda - Dennise Lite & Jesse Dorogusker
- Pulgas through Windmill - Daishi Harada
- Corona Heights Park - Jesse Dorogusker
Lisa Clark (a.k.a Hawk), in addition to greeting all the teams at the
Roxie and doing the North Berkeley Bart thing, designed all the
costumes for the game (including the Women in Red). Due to some
thiefs in the Mission, she also had to redesign a costume and replace
the missing one for A.C.T., where she had rented it. She also
designed the paintings clue and made many artistic suggestions to
improve the presentation of all the clues. Additionally, she helped
with clue building and testing. She also contributed her cell phone
for use during the game. Given that Lisa has no interest in ever
playing in a game, we are even more grateful that for her
contributions to this one. She was by far the fastest stamper of
Scott Coon (a.k.a Cobalt), in addition to all his contributions during
the game itself, also helped out by suggesting the line clue (which is
based on an idea by Rob Hetzel of Silicon Age, Inc), playtesting
several clues, helping to build several clues, and buying more than
900$ worth of groceries for GC and the teams.
Although 420-GC started off with just Martin and David, two other
people were in on most of the planning and work. Daishi Harada
(Kretek) and Jesse Dorogusker (Doro) contributed weeks of their time
to the 420 game. In addition to helping with building most of the
clues and doing what needed to be done, they were responsible for some
of the coolest ideas. Jesse designed the lights clue and the 2x4
clue, designed the frame + slats and arranged for the laser cutting
for them, made the castle rock falls trail beacons, debugged most of
the clues, and was a star phone answerer. Daishi designed the cookie
and video clues, helped perfect the frame/slat clue, playtested most
of the clues, answered the phone, donated a few radios, and was the
voice behind the fed ex phone on 4/20.
Deborah Moniot (a.k.a Woman in Red) was a clue building queen. She's
the fastest person in the west with a paper cutter. She also was
terrific answering phones, and came up with the basic Women in Red
costume idea. She also did some shopping and playtested several
Eugene Choi (a.k.a the fed ex guy) is the only person outside the
inner group of 4 to stay up all night to answer phones. He also
organized the valet "parkers" and helped a lot with clue building and
testing. Also, he contributed his cell phone for the game. Most
importantly, perhaps, he was the grill king, and kept both us and the
finishing teams all fed.
Lynn Fisher (a.k.a Capt. of the Women in Red) was the windmill
building goddess. Her crafts skills and supplies helped us through
many of the clue building parties. Watching her with an exacto and a
can of spray mount was kinda scary!
Andrea Frome (a.k.a Woman in Red) tested a few clues and helped during
several of the clue building "parties". She also contributed her cell
phone to the game, and helped answer phones as well.
Greg Lawerence came to most of the clue building parties and helped to
build and test several of the clues.
Ross McIntyre did the Morpheus impersonation for the opening speech.
Matt Sakal helped to test the line clue and to build a few clues in
addition to driving a van.
Tom Bogart helped at several of the clue building parties in addition
to placing the Justin Herman clue and driving a van.
Kevin Lucas cut about half the slats in a single afternoon with a
little jigsaw in a paint fume filled basement.
We'd also like to thank:
Click here for a list of detailed help on each clue.
- Bill @ the Roxie for renting us the place.
- The UC Berkeley CS Division for letting us use their LCD-laptop overhead projetor.
- Casey Littleton and @Road, Inc for the GPS devices.
- Chris Lunt and Donna Murch for playtesting the painting clue.
- Mike Frumkin for letting us use his house in Santa Cruz and trying to
thwart the mob of angry neighbors.
- Curtis Chen, DeeAnn Sole and the whole HLOTF gang for playtesting the
- Teddy Johnson for placing the east bay clues and letting us use his
- Monty at George's Log Cabin in Felton. Monty was great! We just wish
more of you had gotten to meet him.
- Larry Trebesh and Don Coleman for letting us
borrow the Mystery Machine.