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Dec. 7th, 2006 10:16 pm
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Have you joined the game LOST yet?

Date: 2006-12-08 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torquemada.livejournal.com
I am now! I don't expect to win, though. ;)

Date: 2006-12-08 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intuition-ist.livejournal.com
biggest. pyramid. scheme. EVAR!

for the math-enabled among you -- calculated the chances of anyone more than 3 levels down the pyramid actually winning the game. bonus points if you figure out what percentage of the 7 million people have a *chance* of taking home the top prize.

Assuming an evenly-branched tree (every person invited invites 2 people), the 23rd level will bring us over the 7 million mark. BUT, as anyone who has read about how people connect to each other knows, the tree will not grow evenly.

The invitation states "For every person you invite to the game, you gain one point. For every person they invite, you gain ½ point. The person with the most number of points wins the prize when the game ends. Prizes will also be given to the nine runners up. This will happen when the game reaches 7 million players."

Given the mechanisms I've seen, i'm pretty sure this should read "For every person who accepts your invitation (by accessing "your" invite URL) and joins the game you get a point. Next level down, same deal, half a point."
Note that as stated, you only get points for the 2 levels directly below you. I'm not sure if this is accurate. The highest score is 1423, with 31783 people in the game after 44 days. It should be noted that the game only "grew legs" around day 39 (e.g., it now seems to be self-sustaining as a meme).

Date: 2006-12-08 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yuggoth.livejournal.com
"break the record for the game with the most players EVER!"

Sorry, you fail if you stop at 7 million, since Blizzard now boasts 7.5 million active subscribers to World of Warcraft.

Date: 2006-12-10 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dararachel.livejournal.com
hi, it's Dara, I met you at Malka Esther's. do you want to friend each other? :)

Date: 2006-12-15 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaiya.livejournal.com
Hi, Dara! I've friended you. You should take a look at [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare's pictures of last weekend's event here, as there's a cute one of you and Gabbie. :)

Date: 2006-12-15 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dararachel.livejournal.com
thanks, I saved it! and added you. :)

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