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Mikey
01-09-2015, 08:35 AM
Now the real fun starts - We get our team assignments tonight, and we realize that although we haven't seen anyone on the 14th street bridge over the last week, we're not alone in our insanity of winter riding.

The premise of this team challenge is, over a set period of time (6pm tonight till Noon on Friday 1/16) a continent will go "live". We will start with South America. Teams will go out and take a picture of the flag of a country from that continent. A bike must be in the photo. Players can work independently but their results will support their team. The first team to post the flag gets credit for the country, but flags can be stolen by having another team post the same flag but with more teammates in the photo (i.e. team 1 has one player posting the flag of Brazil with their bike from the Brazilian embassy, team 2 steals the flag by posting 2 of their teammates in front of a Brazilian restaurant that is flying a flag out front. . . and so on. . . with multiple steals with more and more players, or a team capture with the entire team in front of the flag.

We will focus the effort one continent at a time for about 7 days each (although we may overlap some). Below is a list of the flags that are open for South America. I will post a photo for each continent when it goes "live" so that there is no confusion of which continent a nation is in.

But before you go out there and take photos there are a few rules that you must follow:

1) No Temporary Flags. Flags have to exist at a location that is somewhat permanent. You can't go and print out a flag and tape it to your bike and take a photo. You can't go buy a flag from a souvenir shop and take a photo with it. It doesn't need to be flying - it could be painted on a wall, or printed on a menu that is taped to a window of the restaurant, but it has to be clearly displayed in one spot.

2) Photos can only be used once to represent one country. Photos of mass UN-style flag displays (hall of nations, Org of American States, etc) can only represent one nation and cannot be reposted for other nations.

3) One individual person can't get credit for more than 4 flags for each continent. The purpose of this rule is to persuade other teammates to get out and take photos. (This rule does not apply to team photos for steals). Team photos (2 or more players) don't count against this rule.

4) Stealing - To steal a flag that has already been awarded to a team, a group of riders from a different team(more players than the previous team) takes a photo with the flag (doesn't need to be the same location, only the same nation) and at least 1 bike. Steals do not need to increase incrementally, there just needs to be more teammates in the photo to count for the steal.

5) Posting - To get credit for the flag - post first on this thread the photo of the flag from the authorized list of nations (see below) and include a caption that lists the nation, the team, and the player(s) in the photo. I will start a new thread for each continent. If you are not good at selfies it is okay to post the photo of the flag and bike, and then post a second photo from the same location of the group of teammates that captured it. Flags have to clearly represent the nation being posted. For example French Guiana only counts if the location is associated with the South American nation - not France itself. We probably won't get every flag.
Here is an example:

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Spain - My Team, Mikey


6) Scoring. To win the continent teams have to earn more flags from that continent than the other teams at the prescribed deadline of the challenge (For South America it is next Friday at noon). Continent winners will win a prize at the final FS happy hour. Teams can also compete for world domination. We will use standard Risk board game continent values of South America, and Australia/Oceana 2pts; Africa 3 pts; North America and Europe 5 pts, and Asia 7 pts. Once each challenge period concludes the team with the most flag photos taken first (or stolen/captured) gets those points. The team with the most points at the end of the last challenge period is the world champion.

7) Live periods - I will announce when each continent is live and available for capturing. Each time period will be about a week with at least one weekend if players want to mount a team ride. South America will go live at 6pm tonight and will close Noon on Friday January 16th. photos must have been taken during that time period - no photos from last summer's bike vacation through the alps.

8) The honor system prevails - don't cheat, no photoshop. etc

any questions?
Here are the list of available South American Nations:
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KayakCyndi
01-09-2015, 09:14 AM
Cannot wait to get started! Thanks Mikey!

Subby
01-09-2015, 09:22 AM
What a great idea! If you are on Instagram or Twitter, don't forget to use the #BAFS2015 hashtag with your picture (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?7958-FS2015-Photo-Contest)!

KayakCyndi
01-10-2015, 10:39 AM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/10/2ebc54f599ffc412171b39c96d9f57b3.jpg

Bolivia, kayakcyndi, team 11.

Let the games begin!

Mikey
01-10-2015, 10:48 AM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/10/2ebc54f599ffc412171b39c96d9f57b3.jpg

Venezuela, team 11 KayakCindi
Let the games begin!
There, fixed it for ya!

KayakCyndi
01-10-2015, 11:50 AM
There, fixed it for ya!

Oops! My brain was so cold I didn't know where I was!

jwetzel
01-11-2015, 09:43 AM
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Trinidad and Tobago. Team 12, the symbol doesn't work on my phone.

sammyiam
01-11-2015, 09:46 AM
Chile--team 1.

jwetzel
01-11-2015, 09:59 AM
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Team 12, Coloumbia!

sammyiam
01-11-2015, 10:05 AM
Peru

Justin Antos
01-11-2015, 12:12 PM
Team One - BRAZIL

Justin Antos
01-11-2015, 12:32 PM
Then I reread the rules and realized it had to include a bike and the flag AND me, which was a bit of a challenge with a smartphone:

Brazil! Team 1.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/16255416701_f8750c6afd_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qLrg4c)20150111_132513 (https://flic.kr/p/qLrg4c) by jantos (https://www.flickr.com/people/43757856@N00/), on Flickr

Steve O
01-11-2015, 02:21 PM
Geez, I know most of these countries are in the Southern hemisphere, but I didn't realize that meant they were tipped on their sides.

CBGanimal
01-11-2015, 02:32 PM
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komorebi
01-11-2015, 04:33 PM
The Bolivian flag is second from the right in the Envia Recargas sticker, between Guatemala and El Salvador.

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Also: great side bet, Mikey! It encouraged me to bike to areas that I wouldn't otherwise have biked to (i.e., more FS miles), and it also made me keep an eye out for flags as I was biking.

Mikey
01-11-2015, 04:58 PM
Chile
Which team? I'm happy to give it to team 11

timo96
01-11-2015, 05:21 PM
Team 13 - Lucky Pr1m3s

http://i.imgur.com/Xi1ekQO.jpg

Mikey
01-11-2015, 06:59 PM
Team 13 - Lucky Pr1m3s

http://i.imgur.com/Xi1ekQO.jpg where's the flag?

ShawnoftheDread
01-11-2015, 07:23 PM
Then I reread the rules and realized it had to include a bike and the flag AND me, which was a bit of a challenge with a smartphone:

Brazil! Team 1.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/16255416701_f8750c6afd_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qLrg4c)20150111_132513 (https://flic.kr/p/qLrg4c) by jantos (https://www.flickr.com/people/43757856@N00/), on Flickr

It says a photo should include the group that captured it, but doesn't say it has to include the person who captured it riding alone. I don't think these need to be selfies.

sammyiam
01-11-2015, 08:09 PM
It says a photo should include the group that captured it, but doesn't say it has to include the person who captured it riding alone. I don't think these need to be selfies.

I think it's making it more fun--don't you?

ShawnoftheDread
01-11-2015, 09:11 PM
I think it's making it more fun--don't you?

No, it's making it more crooked. The selfie will be the end of Western Civilization.

timo96
01-11-2015, 09:42 PM
where's the flag?

they don't have one in front of their embassy.

Mikey
01-11-2015, 11:06 PM
they don't have one in front of their embassy.

They don't have one in front of my house either. Sorry only flags count.

timo96
01-12-2015, 07:23 AM
They don't have one in front of my house either. Sorry only flags count.

Got it, Mick!

Steve O
01-12-2015, 08:17 AM
I was right across the street from the Eden Center last night, so I figured I would do some advance scouting for Asia. I walked through the entire center, including past every single storefront--both outside and in the arcades. Unbelievably, I could not find a single example of a Vietnamese flag. Not a tiny little one printed on a menu, a flier, a poster, bulletin board. Nada.
So although that may seem a ripe opportunity come Asia, you can save yourself some time by not bothering.

I did, however, discover that they have some pretty interesting foodstuffs at the Good Fortune Supermarket.

Steve O
01-12-2015, 08:19 AM
The selfie will be the end of Western Civilization.

Good to hear that has displaced "disliking" photos of cute kids and puppies.

Brn Moore
01-12-2015, 09:39 AM
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Trinidad and Tobago. Team 12, the symbol doesn't work on my phone.

Okay, rules clarification: is the Caribbean part of South or North America?

Mikey
01-12-2015, 09:40 AM
Monday Morning Update -

Team Music Note is in the lead with 3 flags - Brazil, Chile, and Peru
The Doozy Dozers are in second with 2 flags - Columbia, and Trinidad and Tobago
There is a 3 way tie for 3rd with 1 flag between The Bollard Busters (Bolivia), The Lucky Pr1m3s (Uruguay), and Snowba11 in He11 (Venezuela)

There have been no steals yet. Get out there and be safe.

jwetzel
01-12-2015, 10:17 AM
Okay, rules clarification: is the Caribbean part of South or North America?

The OP listed the 14 nations that count as South America for the purposes of this competition.

ShawnoftheDread
01-12-2015, 11:31 AM
I was right across the street from the Eden Center last night, so I figured I would do some advance scouting for Asia. I walked through the entire center, including past every single storefront--both outside and in the arcades. Unbelievably, I could not find a single example of a Vietnamese flag. Not a tiny little one printed on a menu, a flier, a poster, bulletin board. Nada.
So although that may seem a ripe opportunity come Asia, you can save yourself some time by not bothering.

I did, however, discover that they have some pretty interesting foodstuffs at the Good Fortune Supermarket.

Considering the history of the Vietnamese immigrant community in the US, this should not be surprising.

ShawnoftheDread
01-12-2015, 11:42 AM
Good to hear that has displaced "disliking" photos of cute kids and puppies.

No, the disliking of kids and puppies is particular to your monstrous self, so was never a threat to civilization. The selfie is a widespread phenomenon, threatening to wipe us out in an epidemic of narcissism and bad photography.

Mikey
01-12-2015, 11:59 AM
The OP listed the 14 nations that count as South America for the purposes of this competition.

The list of nations posted with the challenge is the official score card. It will not be 100% geographically correct, but many nations can be considered in more than one continent (just wait for Europe). I drew a line and made a judgment call. T&T will not appear in North America, when the rest of the Caribbean is in play. (if you do google images of flags from a continent you get about 20 different lists, I'm not getting into a political discussion on the recognition of Kosovo as an independent nation during this game!)

Other rule clarification.

1) Please include your forum name and team name to get credit. I don't have time to match forum names to Strava names to team lists to figure out who to give the points to.
2) There has to be a flag in the photo. It is not capture the embassy. If you show up after sundown and they have taken the flag in, then so be it, no soup for you.
3) For individual pictures flags and bikes are required, if you get the person in the photo, great. For team photos, you need photo evidence of the people there (and forum names in the caption) so that I can give appropriate credit. You can do that in 1 (bike+flag+people) or 2 (bike+flag and people together clearly at same spot in second photo).

TwoWheelsDC
01-12-2015, 12:14 PM
I'm not getting into a political discussion on the recognition of Kosovo as an independent nation during this game!)



Awwww....but I just wrote a 30 page case study on Kosovo and have so many strong opinions on the subject!

Steve O
01-12-2015, 01:28 PM
No, the disliking of kids and puppies is particular to your monstrous self, so was never a threat to civilization.

Guess I need to step up my game.

jongon
01-12-2015, 06:17 PM
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Ecuador - Team 9: Revolution Number 9, jongon

jongon
01-12-2015, 06:19 PM
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Argentina - Team 9: Revolution Number 9, jongon

jongon
01-12-2015, 06:20 PM
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Paraguay, Team9: Revolution Number 9, jongon

KayakCyndi
01-13-2015, 08:00 AM
Team Snowba11 in He11 took a field trip this morning and did a little stealing along the way:

All pictures are Team 11 with Mikey and KayakCyndi at:

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Don't cry for me Argentina

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Chile

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Trinidad and Tobago

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Peru

Mikey
01-13-2015, 08:21 AM
5 flags for SNOWBA11 in HE11 - and a move into first place for South America!

sammyiam
01-13-2015, 06:17 PM
Guyana and Uruguay for team 1!745874597460

Mikey
01-13-2015, 07:34 PM
Guyana and Uruguay for team 1!745874597460

Who is in the photo?

majalya
01-14-2015, 12:29 AM
Who is in the photo?

Sam W (sammyiam) and Jali F (majalya), Team 1.

Mikey
01-14-2015, 11:28 AM
With a little under 48 hours left the battle for South America here are the standings:

1. SNOWBA11 in HE11 - 5 nations (Argentina (S = Stolen), Chile (S), Peru (S), Trinidad and Tobago (S), and Venezuela)
2. Music Note Team 1 - 3 nations (Brazil, Guyana, Uruguay(S))
3. Revolution # 9 - 2 nations (Ecuador, Paraguay)
4T. Doozy Dozers - 1 nation (Columbia)
4T. Bollard Busters - 1 nation (Bolivia)
This contest ends Noon on Friday!

sammyiam
01-14-2015, 12:04 PM
With a little under 48 hours left the battle for South America here are the standings:

1. SNOWBA11 in HE11 - 5 nations (Argentina (S = Stolen), Chile (S), Peru (S), Trinidad and Tobago (S), and Venezuela)
2. Music Note Team 1 - 3 nations (Brazil, Guyana, Uruguay(S))
3. Revolution # 9 - 2 nations (Ecuador, Paraguay)
4T. Doozy Dozers - 1 nation (Columbia)
4T. Bollard Busters - 1 nation (Bolivia)
This contest ends Noon on Friday!

Team team formerly know as Team 1 would now like to be known as "Number Fun!"

majalya
01-15-2015, 04:49 PM
Suriname, captured by Jali F (majalya) of Team 1: Number Fun (formerly ♪).

This was captured inside an embassy, not in my room, I promise. :-D

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DismalScientist
01-15-2015, 05:07 PM
So, I can drag my bike up to my office and google every necessary flag and capture an entire continent? Sweet.:rolleyes:

Mikey
01-15-2015, 08:04 PM
Suriname, captured by Jali F (majalya) of Team 1: Number Fun (formerly ♪).

This was captured inside an embassy, not in my room, I promise. :-D

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I don't know about that one. I'll leave it to the judges. Like if okay dislike if not.

Steve O
01-15-2015, 09:17 PM
I don't know about that one. I'll leave it to the judges. Like if okay dislike if not.

I think the flag needs to be in an easily reached public space. Can't tell for certain if that is true with this one, but it doesn't strike me that way.

Mikey
01-15-2015, 10:00 PM
I think the flag needs to be in an easily reached public space. Can't tell for certain if that is true with this one, but it doesn't strike me that way.

I would at least expect a great story.

sammyiam
01-16-2015, 07:35 AM
Photos include sammyiam, malajya, and justinantos for team Number fun (1)! At Chile, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.

sammyiam
01-16-2015, 07:37 AM
I think the flag needs to be in an easily reached public space. Can't tell for certain if that is true with this one, but it doesn't strike me that way.


I'm told that this is a publicly accessible space, but we will now to the whim or the kangaroo court. :)

Mikey
01-16-2015, 08:20 AM
I'm told that this is a publicly accessible space, but we will now to the whim or the kangaroo court. :)

I am inclined to give it to you since it technically follows the rules. I guess you could argue that this is similar a sticker on a window, but know that Posters/Maps with many flags are now off limits for Team Fun's use - since you used it to represent Suriname. The thing I don't understand is why doesn't Suriname have any flag inside or outside their embassy?
There are 4 official judges for these side bets that were named well before teams were announced. I'm sure they are scouring strava results for a trip to the Suriname Embassy. I will keep their anonymity.

sammyiam
01-16-2015, 08:25 AM
I am inclined to give it to you since it technically follows the rules. I guess you could argue that this is similar a sticker on a window, but know that Posters/Maps with many flags are now off limits for Team Fun's use - since you used it to represent Suriname. The thing I don't understand is why doesn't Suriname have any flag inside or outside their embassy?
There are 4 official judges for these side bets that were named well before teams were announced. I'm sure they are scouring strava results for a trip to the Suriname Embassy. I will keep their anonymity.

We did try the Suriname Embassy--it just didn't have a flag outside.

Mikey
01-16-2015, 08:26 AM
We did try the Suriname Embassy--it just didn't have a flag outside.
Was this from the inside of the Suriname Embassy?

sammyiam
01-16-2015, 08:27 AM
Also, I think we are winning without Suriname?

Mikey
01-16-2015, 08:28 AM
Also, I think we are winning without Suriname?

Not if I have to Disqualify you ;)

Justin Antos
01-16-2015, 08:29 AM
There are 2+ hours left.... never underestimate Freezing Saddles' power to incite lunacy!

Mikey
01-16-2015, 11:18 AM
It's official. Team Number Fun can plant their flag in South America and have received 2 points toward World Domination - Congratulations.

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sammyiam
01-16-2015, 11:27 AM
It's official. Team Number Fun can plant their flag in South America and have received 2 points toward World Domination - Congratulations.

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Woo! Go team FUN!