What the?!? James, I trusted you! TRUSTED YOU!
Someone is definitely sleeping on the couch tonight.
also, I'm starting to think the "challenges" were really just a ruse to get us all to trust him. In which case I fell for it, hook, line, and sinker.
* The Professor grins
To be perfectly honest, I'd just sacrificed myself in two games in a row. My only desire was to be in a game to the end, and so I invented the Challenges as a way to give both Engineers and Hackers a reason to keep me around. I actually did do as I said in my initial post -- I lobbied, sometimes very annoyingly as Trieste will attest, to keep someone in the game if they had a high status in the Game I ran, even if logic dictated that it would be wise to oust that person. It was actually remarkably difficult to balance "not working against my affiliation (the hackers)" with that -- at least, not until very near the end when very few high level people remained who were not hackers. Congratulations in that regard to many stand-outs who did wonderful work in those Challenges -- bravo, really!
And Remiel, I begged to have you converted instead of killed, but apparently you saved yourself, and then our poor Nifer got removed. Sigh.
The other thing about the Challenges, something that Vekseid IM'ed me about right away as he saw what I was up to, was that I wanted to give people a little taste of the tech world and What I Do For A Living (tm). Again, I'm so happy that many of you decided to join me as we took a little tour of a region of the tech space. May you all crack ciphers and write code.
* Trieste puts a sign on herself that reads "Remiel's Couch".