“Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on here,” you may be saying to yourself, “Achievements? How are those different from Punishments?”
Glad you asked! Achievements are a new thing to shoot for starting with this year’s Death March. Think of them as Death March merit badges. They are recognition for doing something once.
This should clue you in to how they are different from Punishments. The Punishments are there to be a part of every Death March. If it is something that we want people doing EVERY SINGLE YEAR to make the Death March more grueling, it is a Punishment. The Achievements are larger (or sometimes smaller) tasks that we really couldn’t ask people to do every year.
Another difference is the reward. Punishments give you a title that is added to your name. Achievements are just there to say, “Yeah, I did that.”
Last, punishments are crowd sourced. By performing punishments personally, they can become the new official punishments. Achievements require typical bylaw radification (sic). Punishments can be done by accident and then done forever more. Achievements must be done with an already approved achievement in mind.
Here is a list of current Punishments as of 2011:
Alcohol Consumption – Drink some alcohol at any point on the hike. Earn protectorship of a country.
Tommy’s Chili – Eat some food with Tommy’s chili. Earn an honorific title.
Labours – Exercise! This one is actually pretty complex. You get stars and some cool titles added to your name. Please see the Bylaws or speak with Vice Lt. Marshal for more info.
Flagbearing – Carry a flag. Earn the flagbearer title.
Vegetarianism – Refrain from eating meat and eat vegetarian chili in protest. Earn protectorship of an animal.
Noisemaking – Carry a noise maker of some sort. Earn the troubadour or bard title.
Marching in Drag – Wear clothes and facial hair of the opposite sex. Earn a title with the word drag in it (drag racer, drag queen, dragnet, etc.).
Here is a list of the current Achievements as of 2011:
Gracious Bounty – Share food or drinks with at least 6 people.
Great Bounty – Share food or drinks with at least 15 people.
Ridiculous Bounty – Share food or drinks with everyone on the March.
Rock Star – Perform a musical piece of at least 1 minutes at Opening Ceremonies or Eagle Rock.
Greenfriend – Pick up every single piece of trash you see over the course of the Death March. Leave no trash of your own behind.
Alcoholics Unanimous – Drink five servings of alcohol during the course of the March.
Photogenic – Have your picture taken standing on top of the highest point of Eagle Rock.
Patriot – Have your picture taken at the Altar of Freedom.
McGuyver – Fashion some sort of device to assist a fellow Marcher in their time of need.
Early to Rise – Walk from the Sea to the top of Reseda before the Opening Ceremonies on the day of the March.
Absolute Twit – Tweet your location at least 10 times during the March.
Head in the Clouds – Visit the Parker Mesa Overlook.
Speedster – Complete the Death March in under 7 hours.
SpeedSTAR – Complete the Death March in under 6 hours.
Speed Demon – Complete the Death March in under 5 hours.
Champion of the Sea – Finish the Death March first.
Waterlogged – Completely submerge yourself in the ocean upon completion of the Death March.
Voice of the People – Propose a bylaw that is radified by the end of the March. May not be earned by Officers.
Paparazzi – Take a 50 pictures of the Officers on the March.
Are you guys a club or something? – Dress to the theme of the March.
There is the website that shows off your achievements, but feel free to make badges, dog tags, or patches to show the world what you have achieved.
Until Death We March,
Sir J.W.Fuller, Grand Marshal of the Death March and Protector of Japan, Flagbearer, Troubadour, o.g.