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lil  ·  1484 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski quiz: a math puzzle

Negotiate effectively with the monster. Focus on interests not positions.

The monster's position is: I will eat you if you reach the shore and I am there when you get there.

Find out what the monster's underlying interest is. Is it hungry? Is it interested in real power, or only in appearing powerful because it has to maintain its monster image and fears ridicule? Maybe the monster simply craves variety and is sick of fish. Does it speak your language? Maybe it's lonely.

Get as close to shore as you can but still stay out of reach. Let the monster know that you would like to begin a negotiation and try to uncover the monster's interests.