Alien DNA

Clue Design Greg Filpus
Electronics and Software Andy Echols
PVC and Woodshop Tristan Brown
Networking Superhero Kyle Farnung
Construction Alex Guthrie, Andy Echols, Andy Rich, Brian Beck, Chris Sherry, Derek Westcott, Emily Hazelton, Greg Filpus, Irina Litvin, Jamie Eckman, Jon Caruana, Joshua May, Kim Vlcek, Kyle Farnung, Nick Fang, Rebecca Kim, Travis Snoozy, Tristan Brown
On-site Staff Andy Echols, Chris Sherry, David Miller, Joshua May, Kyle Farnung, Mitch Jewell, Steve Howard, and much of the MEC staff in one way or another

Presentation

Teams find a device with a lot of blinky lights on it. A Surface identifies it as a "Mutatron 9001"- pushing the start button makes the contraption light up.

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However Greg's early prototype is playable, if difficult: try to get a mark in every column. This demo lacks the structure and flavor of the actual puzzle and corresponds roughly to the middle phase during the actual game. (If you don't remember there being a middle phase, it's a harder version of the first phase.)

Interns basking in the glow of the 'splicing' machine
Photo: Brian Beck