In recognition of 117 Day, it is our pleasure at Tied the Leader to announce a contest. We call it ‘Guess the Census’. It will be a trial of cunning and wit that will culminate on January 17, 2008.
This contest accompanies a celebration to honor the memory of the SPARTAN lost in the liberation of Earth from the Covenant Threat. Paying homage to our fallen heroes is a crucial duty for us as citizens. It is because of their feats of bravery that we may game on.
This is a tournament of the mind. Leave your BR in the Hog. Hanging in the balance of this riddle are 21 copies of the Halo 3 Soundtrack. As a Grand Prize, one of them has been autographed by the Master Composer himself – Martin O’Donnell.
And how can you win one of these prizes? We are so very glad that you have asked. In order to claim a copy of the music that cheers on the Halo Nation, you need only guess its size.
The objective behind ‘Guess the Census’ is to predict, in advance, how many virtual combatants will engage each other in a game of Halo 3 via Xbox Live during a 24 hour period. This census will be taken on 1/17, at exactly 1:17 PM [central standard time]. The source for this measurement will be the Halo 3 gravemind at Bungie.net.
Ever taken a guess at how many gumballs are in the candy jar? ‘Guess the Census’ is a lot like that… only the gumballs are less sugary, roll more heavily-armed, and will open fire on your position if provoked.
Willing contestants will be required to make a modest donation to the Tied the Leader Foundation. All proceeds of this contest will be donated to organizations that aid in the rehabilitation of wounded combat veterans. Our most recent donation was made at the close of 2007, including proceeds raised at the ChicagoLAN’d from ticket sales and silent auctions.
$2.00 earns a participant in Guess the Census one unique opportunity to estimate how many gamers will pass through the halls of Halo 3 on 117 Day. You may scale your donation to allow for as many guesses as you desire.
Polls are open now. The prize awaits the gamer who comes closest to the mark – without going over. Place your bets.