valsa made the first Geb on 27 Aug 2007. The challenge was uploaded on 13 June 2007.It went through some changes to fine-tune Part 1, and was reloaded on 26 June 2007. Taking that as the starting point, it was cracked some two months later.
If you are curious about the first Geb, so am I. So let's hear it from valsa...
You have been around since the old Pyramid...what was your rank then?
You made the first Geb on Rankk...tell us about that.
I've only been lucky that other high rank and smart players didn't accomplish it before me :-) Anyway, after climbing and reaching the apex, I was satisfied.
In your opinions, what makes a good challenge and what makes a crappy one?
Difficult to say. Mostly all the levels that are good are also the easy ones, because otherwise it would become like work and not like a game or something amusing anymore.
Additionally, a level which is easy for you could be difficult for me because maybe at that point in time I could not figure out what it was about.
The only thing I don't like is when it's not clear what to do and you really have lots of different things to try. I mean discovering is also nice, but then again, it must be a game.
Let me take the opportunity to once again say thanks to you for the nice site and for the challenges.
At what point do you say "Enough is enough. I'm not going to touch that challenge."?I rarely say this because I do want to have a look at it again. Like some of the programming challenges which I haven't solved. I can imagine they are doable but in real life, I'm really busy and have no time to code. The consequence is that there are quite many challenges I haven't looked at for a long time.
Sometimes, I got through Part 1 (or 2) but got stuck in the next part and had no idea how to go on further or what the missing step is, despite trying a lot of times. Usually, I'll wait a couple of weeks before trying these challenges again.
What is your favourite OS?I do not have a preferred one, and unfortunately there is no perfect OS actually. Depending on what I've to do, I use Microsoft OS'es (Win XP and sometimes Win 98), Linux (Suse and sometimes Red hat) or Solaris.
You know the Geb secret. Do you care to protect it?I think that Sphinx, Bio and others spent a lot of time in giving people the opportunity to play these challenges, so I see no reason why I should damage the spirit of the Pyramid. I don't see any reason to share this secret.
Where do you see Rankk five years down the road? Would it become a popular challenge site or would it fade away slowly?I hope it will not disappear or fade way. Now some clever people who used to play on other popular challenge sites are arriving and are climbing the Pyramid.
And most of the high rank old pyramid members are returning, so it would be nice to see the site still up and running in 5 years!
Do you have a pet? Tell us more about it.Yes, a bird. When there were two they made a lot of noise, especially when I was watching TV. Now only one is left and he's very quiet. But to be honest, I do not dedicate much time to him.