A late night game of Jenga played by Texan students Bryan Vance and Jack "Ace" Cordova was cut tragically short yesterday as a result of a large earthquake in northern Mexico.
The match, tied at one game each was about to enter the critical deciding match in their weekly "best of three" championship. Although no money was at stake in this particular game, Jack was looking to extend his winning streak of two matches - hoping to match Bryan's record of three consecutive wins from April.
Bryan had played a classic compound destabilizer move based on following Jack's 2L (2nd row from bottom, piece nearest left) with a 4R and was waiting for Jacks' move when the tremors struck.
"Honestly, we didn't know what hit us," Jack explained, " the floor shook violently, and the tower just collapsed right in front of us."
A quick check of the rules online along with a heated debate on twitter finally came to the conclusion that although the tower had collapsed during Jack's turn, and even though Bryan had been the last to touch the tower, this external event voids the game entirely - the first time since the incident with Bryan's dog last October.
In Mexico the earthquake has claimed at least 360 lives and left tens of thousands homeless, but Bryan and Jack have more immediate concerns "we have a rule - loser picks up the pieces. Since neither of us lost, they're still all over the floor."