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User Info: HaRRicH

HaRRicH
1 month ago#1
In case you forgot what my game of choice is:

https://worldchannel.org/episode/sfts-rocky-top-remembers/
(about ten minutes in)

I'm a man with a simple goal: defeat the fair every night of the fair this year. I think they're open seven nights over the next week or so, so it'll probably be a seven-prize max when it comes to the biggest prizes at the fair.

Can I still stand the bottle? Will they let me play every day? Will the game even still be there?

How many prizes will I win?! First update's coming tonight.

All prizes will go to kids and non-profits.
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HaRRicH
1 month ago#2
Just passed a dude with a huge tiedye teddy bear on his shoulders.

"How'd you win it?"

"Bottle Up."

IT'S HEEEEEEEEEEEERE
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Underleveled
1 month ago#3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFlWEHWH7LU
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HaRRicH
1 month ago#4
Here's what his prize looked like:

http://imgur.com/a/fRyO1vs

S'mine now.
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greengravy294
1 month ago#5
Woah
https://imgur.com/a/LEqiW
https://imgur.com/iXHxhET

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HaRRicH
1 month ago#6
So I found my game soon after meeting that previous winner, but I circled around awhile first and got roped into another game first.

We'll call it Toss the Ball in the Bucket.

The goal: to toss the ball in the bucket. Truly, get two out of four throws in to win a prize.

Talked to a guy who was trying real hard to get me to play, to the point of saying "This is how I make my money man!" He made a deal where he'd let another guy play for free if I played, so I threw five bucks down. I asked them how the pros do this, and he told me "Hit the rim on the way in."

Four tries! First one bounced in and out, then, they threw one in. I took that opportunity to use the ball in there to stop it from bouncing out, and it worked. They then cleared the balls...uh-oh. On ball came short, the other bounced out. Bummer!

In hindsight, I think the actual trick is to throw them in for an angle. They could do it like that.

Still, he was alright with me. He was a stickler for rules at first, but when I asked if he cared my toes were on the line he said "I don't f***ing care dude, stomp all over it." I liked him.

I shook hands and stepped away to smell the bad side of the fair, then got to the reason why I was there: Bottle Up.
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HaRRicH
1 month ago#7
Sidenote: they officially call it Bottle Up now I guess, but for a long time I never knew them to have a real name, so I'm gonna often call it what I called it for a long time...Stand the Bottle.

So I found...Bottle Up...and they got a bit of a crowd there. I hung out awhile and watched the people mess it up. There were two people running the game, and to their credit they were largely teaching people and showing how to do the game right. They just do it uniquely due to their set-up...

...so, to explain if you didn't watch the video in the first post, the goal is to stand a bottle up from its side with a ring tied to a pole with a string. You can do this a few different ways, but the safe bet is to reach hard when you do it and use a steady follow-through instead of trying to flip it...

...their unique technique was to lean into their fencing -- like basically fall into it -- and let gravity help their follow through. I bet that works if you don't jerk, but it's not natural-looking.

Anyway, I watched them for about ten minutes. I'm watching everybody and their techniques, then I look for the rules.

ONE PRIZE PER PERSON PER DAY
WE ARE ALL WITNESSES NOW

So I eventually jump in and pay. Last year, they charged $5 for one try and $10 for four tries. This year, it's $3 for one try and $5 for two tries. I pay five dollars and I'm told I can do it three times...cool, thanks for the deal.

Won't need the one to grow on though -- got it my first try. They turn around and start to celebrate in a big way -- that's fun, but it was more fun to notice the delay before they celebrate because they clearly didn't expect me to do it. TEPID APPLAUSE ENSUES FROM THE DOZEN PEOPLE NEARBY

This game is clearly hard to learn, but I think the most challenging thing that happens at these booths is getting prizes down. They get short people to hang big prizes high, and they don't expect to pull them down often so I guess they don't worry about it...but it's kinda funny to watch people bring them down. It's a struggle.

I talk with this person awhile and ask for a name...and I don't really know how to pronounce it or type it. I ask how long they've been doing this -- apparently since October, which then went into a spiel about how this game changed their life. Turns out, according to this person, you can stop selling stuff you shouldn't be selling for this kind of job. He goes on to overshare how this job's allowing him to make $4,000 every two weekends. WHAT?! I don't believe that, but I smiled and said cool.

Lits of people ooh and aah as I walk my new teddy bear back. A dude tried to buy it from me as I strap it in the back of my truck -- couldn't fit it inside, so I had to get a bungie cord out.

Drove home, set my giant teddy bear up in a spot that I expect will surprise my roommate when he returns home tomorrow, and I will report back on that reaction when it happens.
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MariaTaylor
1 month ago#8
was this topic just a trick to get us to watch your stand up?
I saw the truth, I saw endless night skies; Understanding is pain.
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HaRRicH
1 month ago#9
MariaTaylor posted...
was this topic just a trick to get us to watch your stand up?


My dad learned this game thirty years ago just to trick you into watching it.
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foolm0r0n
1 month ago#10
HaRRicH posted...
S'mine now.

Because you bought it yourself for 1/10th the price of the game?
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