Find the Bungie employee, win Recon. Terms, conditions, rules, restrictions and fierce threats of beatings inside.
An anonymous Bungie employee writes:
Hello! As I prepare to hit the road for a weeklong trip across the western U.S. to an undisclosed destination, I thought it would be fun to issue a challenge to the community: you think you deserve recon? Prove it by spotting me! As I trek halfway across the country, I'll be out in public plenty of times (restaurants, gas stations, etc.) If I'm wearing one of the two Bungie employee shirts pictured below, the challenge is currently "open for business" and all you have to do is walk over and say hello to me while carrying your copy of Halo 3 and I'll give you Recon, simple as that! What's the catch? Well, you don't know who I am, or where in the western U.S. I'll be. But if you deserve Recon, you'll be able to spot the Bungie shirt without knowing when to expect it, right?
The fine print: The challenge runs from July 5th-9th at whatever times I'm wearing one of these two shirts. If I'm not wearing it and you think you know me anyway, sorry but I'm not open for business. (e.g., no camping out in front of my hotel room.) I'll be staying West of the Mississippi River - sorry easterners, but it's only fair to tell you that this trip won't take me that far. I will *not* be in Washington state during the challenge period, so don't start stalking Bungie employees at home or at work - they might be wearing one of these shirts, but they're not involved in the road trip and it doesn't count. Be safe - if someone finds me and posts my location online, and a caravan of cars starts trying to chase me down the highway or tag my car with a tracking device, the challenge is off. Be polite - if you spot me, you just have to show me your copy of Halo 3 and give me your gamertag to get recon, but if you're not polite about it, I won't give it to you. Be smart - I will not ask for money in exchange for recon, so don't let someone with a homemade shirt convince you that they're me and take your cash; we're not responsible for imposters. On the off chance that another Bungie person is also on the road and wearing the right shirt and has no idea what you're talking about, politely ask them to take your gamertag anyway, and we'll sort it out when they get back to the office. I will initial or otherwise mark the top of your Halo 3 disc with a marker to prevent a mob of people from passing around one copy and ebaying the recon - one disc, one recon. Also, one recon per person -if I walk into a game store where you work, you don't get to pull out a carton of Halo. I'll call Bungie at the end of the challenge period and give them all the gamertags I've collected (don't expect recon to appear as soon as you get home from having found me.)
So for 5 days starting July 5th, keep your copy of Halo 3 on you when you're out and about, and if your recon skills are good enough, you just might get something to show for it. And maybe you'll spot someone else carrying the game and gain a friend for LAN parties!
The first t-shirt to look for on my voyage.
And keep your eyes peeled for this one, too.