In 2017, a group of strangers found themselves stranded on an insignificant island somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania. None of the strangers knew how they had come to be on the island. Over time, the group of strangers watched their numbers dwindle as people suffered and died from a terrible affliction. It seemed the island held a secret, a dark secret that those remaining alive had now just come to understand. People were dying, and they were dying of boredom. The survivors now knew that they were stranded on LAME ISLAND. If they did not escape soon, they would all be bored to death.
You and your companions must escape Lame Island, and the only way to escape is by building a boat that meets all of the following requirements:
The boat must be able to hold and safely transport the majority of your group from the shore of Lame Island to the shore of Super Cool Island. You may not touch the water of Lame Island Bay. The water is toxic. Constructing paddles or another type of propulsion will be necessary.
(Note: Lame Island is about 50 yards from Super Cool Island.)
Your boat must be modular and portable because you will be transporting the boat across Lame Island. Your boat must be able to be taken apart and carried in bags by your group. Your plywood can be carried separately if you so choose. Be prepared to trek approximately 30 minutes through the forests of Lame Island in order to get to the launch site.
You must design and build your boat and paddles. You will only have $40 available to buy building materials from the Lame Island Lowe's. Unfortunately, the Lame Island Lowe's is so lame it only carries rope, pvc pipe, plywood, duct tape, and tarps. You may not use anything else to build your boat.
Lame Island Lowes
Plywood: $1 per square foot
Rope: $5 for 25 feet
*Note: Lame Island Lowes rents drills, saws, and other tools for free, but these tools may only be used on company property and may not be taken with you to the launch site. Fill out the parts order form to order supplies from Lame Island Lowes. Only one order per group.
Safety (and Science) First
Before you risk your life by building a boat from scratch and hoping that it will work, your group needs to conduct three simple experiments to help determine how to construct a buoyant, balanced, and streamlined vessel. Use the materials below to help you model different boat structures as you experiment with what works best.
- Straws (PVC)
- Cardboard (Plywood)
- Scotch Tape (Duct Tape)
- String (Rope)
- Trash Bags (Tarps)