Friday, April 17, 2009

It's Time - The First Annual UVA Law Blog Desktop Tower Defense Contest!

With finals nary a week away, we're bringing back a UVA Law Blog tradition: DESKTOP TOWER DEFENSE (hereinafter: DTD). Look, a lot of you know the deal, but just in case you forgot, here's from this from last finals period:
We hope everyone's finals are going swimmingly. Obviously, you all will get, on average, a B+, but that doesn't mean we can't hope that some catastrophe doesn't befall any individual one of you (or everyone!) Anyway, we haven't had time for finals / studying recently because we (being about 18 months behind the curve in life) just discovered . . . DESKTOP TOWER DEFENSE (DTD).

DTD is probably the best stress relieving flash strategy game in the history of the world. We're pretty sure that Tamurlane plaid it every night before he went to bed. All we have to do is pop open Firefox and all of a sudden we're generals, strategically deciding what to do with very limited resources to defeat wave after wave of evil creeps (who will poison our desktop with their creepiness).

Don't take my word for it, here's what the Wall Street Journal had to say:

Placing the weapons is a point-and-click process. Creeps appear every half minute from the left and top sides of the screen simultaneously. As the game progresses, variations on the standard blob-like enemy appear: some spawn two smaller creeps when shot, others fly over or zip past defenses at high speed.

Choosing the right weapons and upgrades is important, but placing them is vital. Weapons also act as roadblocks, which divert the progress of the mindless creeps or lead them to their demise. There are myriad ways to play, but every successful strategy requires the construction of an elaborate, deadly maze.

Intrigued? Try it out.

Sadly the DTD game way of life is strangely addicting, which means less time to gun, which could be problematical, especially in this economy. Nonetheless, if worse grades mean that we can protect our desktop from the evil creep hoarde, then, by golly, the sacrifice will be worth it. If we don't stop the creeps, who will?
Here are some more observations: First, DTDing your way through finals = A- GUARANTEED. The two challenges (DTD/finals) require similar logic after all - you have to plan (outline), and then execute - fast (like an exam). You need to look at what kind of creep is coming (issue), find the weapon to kill (rule), get the placement just right (analysis), and enjoy the sweet, sweet results.

Second, we're announcing a bit of a competition (with a real, not-nominal, prize!) for the high score! After your game ends, just enter your alias under the group "UVA Law Blog" (no quotation marks, obviously). Whoever has the highest score at the end of finals wins! Participation limited to C-ville area, and (edit) there will be a prize for normal and a prize for hard. Feel free to enter as many times as you want (on hard or normal). There's also a prize for whomever can identify five typos in this entry and post about it anonymously in the comments.

View the standings so far.

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2 comments:

justincredible said...

i did it last year and my GPA is only .6 off law review.

thanks DTD!!!!!!1!1one!

Anonymous said...

a thinly veiled attempt to distract all competing students in the race for exam preparation.

you rogue.