I have finally recovered from last weekend’s adventures. The club fraction from our section, the physics section at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) went down to Lund, a student city in the south of Sweden. We had been invited by the physics section there to an event called F1 Röj which is a wordplay containing F, the letter of the physics section (physics = fysik, in Swedish), F1, which when pronounced (kinda like “m8″ = mate) means something like “wicked” and finally RÖJ which is both the Swedish name of Minesweeper and also means something like party. Now, having finally explained the name you maybe wonder what this was all about.
Basically the physics section in Lund had invited all the major technical institutes in Sweden to this three-day long party and competition. We arrived Thursday afternoon and basically started partying straight away. When we finally got to the cabin where the actual party was most people there were so drunk that you think the time was around 01:00, not 19:00. The dinner was the most chaotic and trashy I’ve ever experienced. People jumped around on the tables. Food and drink flew through the air and several different songs were sung at the same time. We did survive though and after seeing a live band, owning the dance floor and some minor after partying we finally stood to face the next day.
One would have hoped for a long morning but apparently we had to get out in the morning rain and play and drink. At first the mood was high and among other stupid stuff we skid down a slope on our bellies making our student overalls rather dirty. After a while the rain and alcohol had taken over and when we finally met a very intoxicated cow who asked us to remove our clothes we concluded that the games were over for the day. While the others started getting even more drunk for the big party of the night my friend Calle and I went to meet some friends who had moved here to study. We had a very pleasant dinner at “Chateau Dreber” (ie. his apartment). After nearly killing myself by eating too many tacos and spending some time with the typical pre-party You Tube surfing we went to the student union house for even more partying.
Saturday eventually came and the actual competition was here. The arrangers had created a nine times nine squares, 25 square meters big minesweeper playing field with LED numbers and flags which you were supposed to place on squares with mines, just like the computer game. The matches were played with two teams against each other with the goal to find and mark as many of the eleven mines as possible without stepping on them. You got penalty points for incorrect marks and dead players. The creators said that a certain video on the internet could have been a inspiration for the game. Apart from some technical problems which delayed the first match by an hour or so the tournament was a total success. Unfortunately our team was eliminated right away by the team “Ugly Girls” which was a little humiliating. Not very surprisingly the winning team came from the computer sciences section in Lund.
After yet another very trashy party (this time with suits and dresses though), a night of puking, a storm and a long train trip we were finally back in Stockholm. I didn’t feel very well, I was even more behind in school, my neck was hurting so much that I took my first pain-killer ever and I had caught a cold but it was all worth it. It had been a fantastic trip and I hope they continue to arrange this amazing event.
Here is an article from their newspaper about the event: http://www.sydsvenskan.se/lund/article1581155/Glada-miner-nar-teknologerna-rojer.html