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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    We definitely shouldn't let Selieve play.
    Or Selieve's child, "short Selieve".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnoftheDread View Post
    An “orbit of the sun”? Is this a very long game, or did the rule maker mean a rotation of the Earth?


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    Tim the Enchanter says that the Sun orbits around the Earth.

    Dare thee question the wisdom of Tim???

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    that, I thought , was the point of freezing saddles. heck - that's the point of riding a bike - right?! rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    Couple of rules questions.

    There's usage of both "hours 24" and "orbit of the sun". Are they identical, or is an orbit of the sun 24 hours that starts at 12am EST, or something else? Secondly, what are the limits of finding the gameball? Once I've hidden it, I need to wait for three different people to find/re-hide the gameball (assuming that a "turn" is composed of a player finding and re-hiding the ball). I'm not sure how the additional turns are added in. Do I need to count the hours until the ball (when I've hidden it) is found, integer divide by 24, and then stay out of the game for 3+n turns (or all that with calendar days instead)? Or do I need to include more data in this calculation?

    Also, what should be used at the times for hiding and finding the gameball in the above? The actual time, the time notice is posted in this thread, or something else?
    What?? I dont know the answer to that!!



    The rule of Tim the Enchanter is Arbitrary and Capricious. The rule of Tim the Enchanter is great and mighty and Vague. The rule of Tim the Enchanter shall not be questioned!!!



    Look, I'll be honest. Tim the Enchanter was pretty much drunk when he came up with all this. The rules are intentionally vague to start with so that Tim can mess with you --- I mean so that you can flesh out the rules. Tim has pretty much lost control of the game as it is already. There are very intentionally undefined parts of this game. Just remember


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    Scoring

    Reji gets 5 points for a find.
    Reji gets 50 points for going outside the rules and including swag in the form of booze
    Reji gets -20 points because the booze was gin and not bourbon.
    Reji gets -25 points for failing to make up a new rule
    Reji gets 5 points for all the martini jokes that ensued

    Tim the Enchanter awards Reji 15 points. Tim's rule is arbitrary!


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    I, Tim the Enchanter, decree that the permanent rules be less than permanent and be modified - ye need not wait but one turn to find the Calvinball once again. Let us get this party started.

    (In other words, as long as one other person finds the Calvinball between your finds - yer good for now). (Lets get this party started)

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    Default Calvinball seems to have moved on ...

    I was apparently too late both at the cemetery on Saturday and along the Custis (McArthur Park) this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huberww View Post
    I was apparently too late both at the cemetery on Saturday and along the Custis (McArthur Park) this afternoon.

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    I swung by to check on it this evening, pretty sure it was still there, I caught a glimpse of Reji's tupperware container from the trail. Also, unless Google maps is lying to me about the name, it's not McArthur Park.

    Check stump-type things carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    Every year there have been FREDS. FREDS have wanted to participate in Freezing Saddles without competing. FREDS wanted to play in the pointless games.

    I will note - as the creator of both FS and FREDS - that FREDS never asked to be on the leaderboard. That was a historical accident. Not sure how it happened. But it was never asked for by the FREDS. Why would they?? They did not want to compete.

    FREDS formed a team - the Slacker team - because they wanted to. And well the Friends can do that to if they want to and no one can tell them that they cant.

    And every year you Steve opposed the existence of the FREDS - with a lot of energy - even though it had nothing to do with you and did not impact your experience with FS at all.
    I believe you and I, Bob, are almost exactly on the same page. Both of us are strongly committed to expanding the joy of cycling and this community. Shoot, that's why you started BAFS in the first place, why you made up this nutty game, why I started Bicycle Tag and Midnight Saddles and etc. etc. etc. Calvinball and Bicycle Tag are essentially identical in the sense that they are games for cyclists to play to enhance their fun and hopefully create and strengthen friendships. Freezing Saddles is just a platform/marketing tool. In both cases we would welcome anybody who wants to play, because the point isn't to be exclusive, but exactly the opposite. If someone moves to DC in February and wants to play Calvinball, I presume you would welcome them in even though they aren't playing FS. I think the poster boy for this is Birru, who discovered FS late in the game last year, started "infiltrating" and has become a friend and fellow rider with many of us now. That's what we celebrate about FS.

    To set the record straight, I do not oppose FREDS (nee slackers): people who want to be "Friends of Freezing Saddles." When the idea of slackers was first proposed, in fact, I suggested that those people who didn't want to compete on a team contribute to FS in a different way. I suggested they be captains, lending their experience to newbies. Or offer prizes, help with HH or otherwise be engaged with the game. Since the point of FS is two-fold--encourage people to ride in the winter and facilitate social activity and community building--I thought it would be good for the FREDS to contribute to the second part.
    As it turned out, the people who did not want to be on a team or compete pretty much immediately created a team and competed (Exhibit A). And, with few exceptions,* did not do much else.
    A downside that occurred was when Subby and Americancyclo switched to being slackers: they quit offering their completely awesome Pictures of Freezing Saddles Pointless Prize, which was a crowd favorite. So in one sense, creating slackers may have diminished the game, although I don't know what they would have done or not done otherwise.

    Thanks for setting me straight on the leaderboard thing being a historical accident. I didn't know that. So the elimination as a "team" this year puts you and me exactly together on this issue. People who want to participate in the reindeer games but not compete on a team may do so as a "Friend" or FRED or whatever, which I have never opposed. Presumably they can still go to coffee shops and go on rides, etc. without even doing that (although I would guess they need to be in the FS2018 Strava group to hashtag rides for certain reindeer games like coffeerides, dirtybiker, etc.).




    *hozn being a notable exception. That said, I don't believe being a slacker is a prerequisite nor a motivator for Hans's contributions. He likely would contribute the same regardless of the existence or non-existence of FREDS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh View Post
    I swung by to check on it this evening, pretty sure it was still there, I caught a glimpse of Reji's tupperware container from the trail. Also, unless Google maps is lying to me about the name, it's not McArthur Park.

    Check stump-type things carefully.
    Apparently, Strava's map was lying to me! I now see from Google Maps that the park is the 'real deal' indeed!

    But apparently I cannot see Tupperware in the cold. Maybe I need glasses? Or to play this game in a more forgiving clime!

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