Old Sacramento Team Event with Sac State
An Old Sacramento team event on the Delta King was a huge success with Sacramento State University. About 40 folks from several different departments with a diverse range of responsibilities all came together to compete in our Mural Blocks ballroom edition! Nine teams of about 4-5 people each tried to complete all 6 sides of their custom Mural Blocks puzzle before the other teams, and in less than 45 minutes.
“We want to thank you and the Teamworx team again for your flexibility and providing an amazing experience yesterday! People are still talking about the mural blocks (and I think it sparked a couple of friendly rivalries) 😊. We look forward to working with you all for more events in the future.”
The winning team, pictured here, was the only team to accomplish this goal; finishing all 6 sides just before time expired. There was one team that completed 5 sides, and one team that completed 4 sides, and 6 teams with 3 sides or less. This makes sense since the Mural Blocks team event is normally a 1 to 1.5 hour event; which also includes a playoff finale for the championship.
Mural Blocks uses public murals to create puzzles using 20 individual blocks per set. Each block has 6 sides, and each side has 1/20 of part of one of the murals. Teams are given a competition set of 12 pictures of local murals.
For this event, all of the pictures were of murals on the R Street Corridor between 9th and 14 streets. In addition, each set of 20 blocks is unique. No two Mural Blocks sets have the same 6 murals. Teams try to match colors or forms from their blocks to one of the 12 murals featured in the competition pictures. Once they think they have a match, they then must rotate and arrange the Mural Blocks to make an image which will be a small part of the overall mural.
As one Sacramento State University participant noted, “the puzzles are harder then they look at first glance!” This is because unlike normal puzzle pieces which give you clues to how they go together by their physical form factor, blocks only provide visual clues to how they are assembled. And, the visual clues can be confusing depending on the type of mural and how different colors go together.
A huge congratulations to our winning team – a truly exceptional teamwork accomplishment by completing all six sides in less than 45-minutes, and completing twice as many sides as most of the other teams.
A huge thank you to Sacramento State University for choosing TeamWorx again, and for inspiring us with your amazing energy and competitive spirit!