Well, the whole RedBull Creation contest has finally wrapped up. We’re back home and fully recovered from our weekend at MakerFaire. I want to thank the Redbull crew for making the weekend very fun and the crew from Squidfoo for being an awesome team.
Now that all the “thank you” statements are out of the way, lets talk about what happened. Kids trashed our game. Right off the bat we noticed our construction wasn’t going to hold up to the abuse. It was designed, built, and tested in such a short time that we really had no idea how it would hold up under the weight of the masses. As it turns out, we should have gone much, much, more rugged. It was destroyed almost immediately.
After finding that it had been smashed in shipping (our fault for not crating it correctly), we got everything functional in anticipation of the gates opening. After the first wave we saw that our cable system was quickly coming out of alignment. This was not aided by the fact that children would literally climb on it as their parents watched without saying a word.
By lunch, [Andrew], our carpenter had already spent a couple hours making quick repairs. A young teenager stomping on one of the control levers finally rendered one table completely out of commission. By 2:00 pm the first day, both tables were completely out of order.
Though it was a slight bummer that the tables were broken, it left us able to wander around and have tons of fun. [Scott Sauer] and [Ryan Fitzpatrick] had decided at some point to make a minotaur costume that turned out to be a huge hit. You can see some highlights of the costume above.