Artefact 1: Collection, 14 WC, 3020AD, Moon, Sol

From the personal notes of Doctor Aro Loa

14th Day of the Waxing Crescent, 3020AD

Galactic Committee for Scientific Exploration Head Office, Moon, Sol.

Today we will be applying the problem solving scenarios I have amended from an old D&D supplement magazine called Broadsword. D&D, or Dungeons and Dragons arouse long ago in the 20th century, rising to increasing popularity around the 21st century and maintaining its vigour all the way through the pandemics as a way of remaining connected during times of global isolation. It remains popular today but has largely been replaced by more immersive VR versions.

Each year we are taxed with developing these scenarios for the job applications. With such a growing population trying to join the GCSE due to the travel restrictions that are largely controlled by the GCSE, it is one of the few employers that can give someone a chance to move beyond their home planet. There has been large numbers each year from Venus, as although the colony is functional it is still an unpleasant place to live and raise a family. The restricted size due to the instabilities of the shields handling the intense heat below ground means it is akin to living in a space station and the plants, although open to public visits are strictly controlled and contained to hydro-sheds rather than developed into open parks as on Mars and the moons of Jupiter. I understand fully why some people continue each year to apply to the GCSE to hopefully escape that life.

The scenarios this time were problem solving. Some years we do puzzle rooms, or physical endeavours, we’ve had extended exams and applied laboratories, but this time we are looking for mainly think tank and team surveying groups so had to select largely abstract tasks that could help us measure their problem solving and team discussion skills. Our two laboratory technicians will manage the teams while I will mark against the pre-designed scale and my colleague Dr Tooler will offer his “expertise” on their psychological soundness to be sent to some of these distant placements.

The first task was heavily amended from the original, which included a pit trap and some ink. I kept the original letter that was a red herring in the original and made this a test of language. They needed to establish a homonym that could be used in all the blanks. Scoring was focused on the way they approached the problem, the range of strategies they investigated and then correct answer (here/hear).

The second task again was pared back to being a simple processes task – could they figure out they needed to count the number of ball-bearings in the buckets and then based on the very loose clue could they correctly select the relevant bucket (with 333 ball-bearings).

The third task was the same as the original, asking them to identify what was common between an elf, halfling, half-orc and dwarf, and then what did this have to do with one of the surrounding animals. The answer being the common letter, which then applied to only animal that also had that letter as its first name.

The final task was again amended from a giant chess game with moving pieces to simply a request to identify one move that could help them win. There was no correct answer but many correct ways to go about establishing a potential answer. This was looking at their ability to work through a problem, to collectively as a team come to a final answer and to demonstrate staying power in the testing.

I am looking forward to seeing how they all do today.

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Approaching the GCSE Head Quarters on the Moon from the trajectory of Mars.

From the personal correspondence of Laboratory Technician Danny Fulls to her sister Jeanine Fulls

14th Day of the Waxing Crescent, 3020AD

Galactic Committee for Scientific Exploration Head Office, Moon, Sol.

To: Jeanine Fulls, 19th April, 3020AD

Perth, Australia, Earth.

Heya lil sis!

Today we had that application event thing. You know, were we get to do these problem solving tests on randos and see how they do? So much fun! We got to watch from the videos as they tried to work it out and boyo some of this lot were as random as Mooners! One even flipped the chess board in the last session, can you believe it?

So anyway I was responsible for groups 6-8 which was cool, last year all I was allowed to do was run the notes to the committee. But this year I got to do the walk in and set up – I like practiced twenty times in the mirror how to say “you have 10 minutes” without giving any clues. Lol.

One group did pretty well, it was real funny, they had the answer a few times but then went off on tangents – think they lacked confidence, it was a bunch of girls. A real cool gangy looking chick, with super dope coat (googling now to find one), a real quiet one, bit like me, so must be a scientist type, and man, the meanest looking Mooner chick I’ve ever seen. I’m pretty sure though I’ve seen her somewhere else, maybe in one of the wrestling matches.

Ooo I have to take you to one of those – it’s held in this old warehouse in the outer districts, tots sketchy like, but serious cool. You’ll love it.

I can’t wait till you’re up here too – only 1 more year and you can apply.

Later – your bigger but not taller sis! Xx

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Photograph included in personal communication of the entertainment district outside of the GCSE head office.

From the GCSE Research Committee Log of Laboratory Technician Adrianna Lorres

14th Day of the Waxing Crescent, 3020AD

Galactic Committee for Scientific Exploration Head Office, Moon, Sol.

Following the completion of the bi-annual conference we have begun the process of applications for the new GEM teams. Four main areas require staffing: the annual exchange of the resource management and survey team on Venus; a think-tank rotation here at the GCSE Head Office focusing on continual adaptions of the terraforming processes with the continual rise of Earth’s population, with a focus on the resettlement of the anticipated 16 trillion new births over the next 20 years; an exploration team to Uranus to evaluate any potential new mineral resources or terraforming sites; and the exploration and survey of uncovered lower layers of Europa following the strip mining of the ice for terraforming projects on Io and Ganymede.

Today I worked with the team to evaluate the new applicants for any potential members to be placed in the new staffing areas. In total we had 1, 256 applications of which only 587 were granted attendance at the application processes. Half of these were level 1 or new members to the GCSE. Myself and my immediate team including Dr Francis Tooler, Dr Aro Loa, and Laboratory Technician Danny Fulls, were responsible for processing the one hour testing scenarios and reporting to the final committee for placement, of 212 of the applicants. Our team was focused on problem solving scenarios with a scoring system based on innovation, completion and focus. Of the 212 only 58 were offered positions.

A key factor provided by our team in the final feedback was in the make-up of the teams. We found that most teams had been grouped using out dated data sources of their original psychological evaluations when they first applied to the GCSE. Of which many of these were 5-10 years out of date. This resulted in a number of dysfunctional teams. However, those that did score well demonstrated the most effective ability to not only problem solve but to engage thoughtfully with their team.

The test scenarios this session came from a curated collection of the Broadsword Issue 1 and focused on language association including the use of homonyms, alliteration, and riddles. The final puzzle not having an answer but being a measure of process understanding and the ability to remain within the rules.

Final quantitative results have been shared with the research committee for ongoing training purposes.


From the Psychological Profiles of Doctor Francis Tooler

14th Day of the Waxing Crescent, 3020AD

Galactic Committee for Scientific Exploration Head Office, Moon, Sol.


Photo by Caique Silva from Pexels
Photo supplied by candidate for application process.

Psychological profile: Calder Theodred (Cal)

Age: 33

Origin: Praxis District, Moon

Recommendation: Sound.

Generally level headed.

Potential Borderline Personality Disorder.

Additional added to file: Violent outburst [Note: video attachment 3.5B “Wall punch”]

Recommendation: Employable, requires professional development in anger management.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash
Photo supplied by candidate for application process.

Psychological profile: Ignacia Villequinn (Iggy)

Age: 28

Origin: Hyperippe, Callisto

Recommendation: Sound.

Easily lead but does demonstrate some need for special attention.

Struggled to make decisions

Potential Aboulomania Disorder.

Additional added to file: Inability to decide [Note: video attachment 4.2F “No decision”]

Recommendation: Employable, requires professional development in leadership.

 Photo by Ekaterina Bolovtsova from Pexels
Photo supplied by candidate for application process.

Psychological profile: Sunday Ramsey Galileo (Sunday)

Age: 22

Origin: Diomeneia, Callisto

Recommendation: Sound.

Anxiety during decision processes


Potential Avoidant Personality Disorder.

Additional added to file: Anxiety [Note: video attachment 1.6X “After”]

Recommendation: Employable, requires professional development in leadership.


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