(All times in Central for convenience)
12:10 AM: I remember that I got up at noon and really want 60,000 crowns. Why not stay up overnight and go after Medusa for the first challenge?
12:37 AM: Complete first run of Medusa. Get nothing.
12:45 AM: Realize how cool and underrated Iago is.
1:16 AM: Get tired after 3 or 4 runs of nothing. Decide to go inside with a random guy named Omar.
1:38 AM: Omar leaves, so I join up with a group including my only other friend online, Clumsy Calamity.
2:30 AM: First time hitting the gold cap.
3:13 AM: Openly wonder if Kingsisle will give the prize to whoever gets the most Nemean hats...
3:22 AM: Get a Frog pet. Ribbit.
4:02 AM: Group estimates that we've done 25 runs so far.
4:25 AM: No one anywhere appears to have gotten a Domed Pyre, and the first phase is nearly over. Give up and take a selfie with my frog.
4:37 AM: Join up with Duncan and Kat (cutest couple ever, by the way) against 3 Tysons for his Lantern Post.
4:41 AM: Get Armadillo pet on first run!
5:16 AM: Left to my own devices again, I start farming a couple other Cool Ranch bosses (to no avail, of course).
6:18 AM: After returning to Tyson for a little while longer, fatigue wins out. It was pretty foolish to expect to stay up for 36 straight hours, after all.
12:45 PM: Wake up and get back online just when Phase 3 (Solar Obelisk) is almost over. Start setting up for Phase 4.
1:30 PM: To everyone's chagrin, the next item is back in Aquila, with Zeena as the target. At least she drops some other cool stuff.
2:23 PM: Give up (again), accept that I won't win the grand prize, and wait for Phase 5 to at least have the chance at 20,000 crowns.
6:04 PM: Hurry back over to Cool Ranch and check the list of bosses who drop the Pilgrim's Campfire. Go on to do a few useless Jailhouse runs.
7:07 PM: Get momentarily excited when I find a Pilgrim's Campfire in my backpack... and then realize that I got it from Phase 2. Decide to revert to Tyson for farming.
8:12 PM: Get a Lantern Post... 12 hours too late.
9:18 PM: Mentally decide I'm done when I get a Lantern Post for the second time.
Quite frankly, the whole event was a big waste of time. The only thing of interest was that I got a neat new pet and met a couple other friendly pirates while occasionally annoying them :P. I was not destined to win, as spending 10 hours farming and then getting a Campfire and Lantern Post in the wrong phases seemed to suggest. Nevertheless, it was good to get involved in the community a little bit more; opportunities like that don't come by quite as often. Would I do it again?
Yes! Easier items! I wouldn't necessarily have a better chance of winning, but hey, it would feel pretty good to get at least one item (and not in the wrong time slot...)
Results, incidentally, are posted here: Kingsisle's recap post.
Congrats to Crazy Cassidy and all the 20k crowns winners!