PMC2 - Chaturanga
In Pennsylvania, United States
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(Although this cache is a proud component of PMC2, please note that it is specifically designed to be enjoyed as a stand-alone experience as well.)
The PMC2 is a series of fiendishly difficult puzzle created by 18 of the best Puzzle Masters in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In each of these caches you will find a user name and password. After you enter each user name and password into the site listed below, you will be taken to a page with a short puzzle and ultimately a final puzzle piece. Assemble these pieces and find the final cache!
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This series is designed to lead you on an epic adventure that will require Master puzzle- solving skills and extensive travel to unique locations. You must travel and log in at each cache in order to claim a find on the final. Due to the extensive time and effort put into this challenge, the cache can be done as a group but each member of the group must go to each cache site and sign each log. Dividing into sub groups and pooling their efforts will not be allowed.
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|Gil sat back and pondered his next move as he sipped his brandy. Gil was a good chess player but not a great one. It had been years since he last played the game but he knew he had to win in order to gain the clue for the next “stash”. He remembered all the moves his father taught him when he was a boy. He remembered his father telling him how the game of Chess (Chaturanga) was invented. He would say:
But Gil was trained to be a spy and a killer, not a chess player. As he squirmed in his leather chair trying to remain calm, cool and collected, he remembered his training and what his mentors said to him over and over again. The key to being a good spy, they said, is foresight. Always being four steps ahead of your opponent. Just like chess. He was playing a good game but his head was starting to feel dizzy. And the black curtain behind his opponent kept moving ever so gently distracting him. Probably just thinking too hard he said to himself. He looked across the chess board at his opponent. A cleaver double agent who has worked for both sides for years. And now he knows where the next clue is hidden.
“Hundreds and hundreds of years ago there was a King in India who loved to play games. But he had gotten bored of the games that were present at the time and wanted a new game that was much more challenging. He commissioned a poor mathematician who lived in his kingdom to come up with a new game. After months of struggling with all kinds of ideas the mathematician came up with the game of Chaturanga. The game had two armies each lead by a King who commanded the army to defeat the other by capturing the enemy King. It was played on a simple 8x8 square board.
The King loved this game so much that he offered to give the poor mathematician anything he wished for. "I would like one grain of rice for the first square of the board, two grains for the second, four grains for the third and so on doubled for each of the 64 squares of the game board" said the mathematician. "Is that all?" asked the King, "Why don't you ask for gold or silver coins instead of rice grains". "The rice should be sufficient for me." replied the mathematician. The King ordered his staff to lay down the grains of rice and soon learned that all the wealth in his kingdom would not be enough to buy the amount of rice needed on the 64th square. In fact the whole kingdoms supply of rice was exhausted before the 30th square was reached. "You have provided me with such a great game and yet I cannot fulfill your simple wish. You are indeed a genius." said the King and offered to make the mathematician his top most advisor instead.
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Last Updated: on 1/31/2017 8:26:30 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:26 PM GMT)
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