If you want to sign, hurry cause it ends today :) The location I'm going to is full but I think you can still sign up just in case somebody else cancels. Also some have age restrictions, eg 18+, you have to do a search for a location in your area and then check out their page.
Yes, you can use whatever tools the team agree to.
Damn, 196 that's HUGE. I thought Vancouver was going to take the crown with 162, I think they've been biggest in the past but 196 is just crazy <img src="smileys/smiley29.gif" border="0" align="middle" /> Let us know what it's like! I'm going to bring my camera and take lots of regular pictures and screenshots of progress.