It’s a lonely desk that sits unadorned, devoid of tchotchkes, deprived of personality. From piles of papers to slivers of snacks, things appear on and disappear from desks throughout the hectic workday. But a desk is a whirlwind lacking deeper meaning without those personal displays of home and hobby — family pictures, birthday cards, bits of odds and ends. Adceteran desks are not bereft of that deeper meaning. Our tchotchkes give us character and showcase our spunk. Needless to say, there’s a lot of weird shit scattered around the office.
It’s a well-known fact that Adceterans are pretty competitive people. We work hard. We play hard. And we work hard at playing hard. We take team competitions (see our chili cook-offs, pumpkin carving/decorating contests, Secret Santa challenges, and Superbowl squares — just to name a few) to a whole new level of “seriously?!” And desktop games like Moon Probe? Fuggedaboutit.
Kristen E. (known around the office as KE) may host one of the most popular office games in the building, but she doesn’t play around. A designer with a flair for fashion, KE scored the vintage Moon Probe game from her grandfather, and she has plenty of fond memories of playing it as a child. A simple game, Moon Probe involves two skewer-like poles, fixed at one end and adjustable at the other, a solid metal ball, and a series of craters, increasing in point value as you go from fixed end to adjustable. The goal is land the ball on the moon for the full 1,500 points, but only a few brave astronauts have accomplished this feat. But not for lack of trying. Multiple strategies have emerged, from shaking the entire board to maneuvering the poles in any number of ways to storming off in frustration.
Perched on KE’s desk among the papers and projects and glittery backgrounds, the game has captured the attention of many a passerby, pulling them in to try their luck at this innocent-looking game — only to leave them struggling desperately to get that little ball to land in a higher crater — again, and again, and again, and … well, you get the picture. From time to time, the ball even goes missing (but with clues to find it again, most of the time), perhaps to up the challenge, maybe to mess with the real players. Either way, KE’s game provides a quick break during an Adceteran’s busy day. And sometimes, that’s just what we need.