Puzzalot

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Yearly Archives: 2013

# Cheers for Octothorpean, Puzzle Hunt Trainer!

On November 16, 2013 at 11am PST, Larry Hosken's Octothorpean Order puzzle hunt opens to the general public.  One of the (many) reasons I'm excited about this is that there at last will be somewhere to point friends, family, and random strangers who are interested in puzzle hunts but may find the current thrown-in-the-deepend-and-see-if-you-can-swim method more than a little […]

Adding to a Plethora of Heist Games

Tomorrow morning, I'm set to join Dr. Bob and team for a morning of fun puzzling as we try to Escape from the Bank.  Really looking forward to it, as it may have been something I inspired (aka a tiny ego trip, as detailed previously).  I'm eager to see how the game play mechanics work […]

There’s a “How To Run a Puzzle Hunt” book?

Apparently so.  Written by Jonobie Ford of Team Liboncatipu, who ran Microsoft Puzzle Hunt 14, How To Run A Puzzle Hunt was published just a few months ago.  I just downloaded it from SmashWords and look forward to reading it.  It's also free from iTunes and Barnes & Nobles, but for some reason costs $0.99 at Amazon

The Famine Game: Can it be re-cast?

The Famine Game ran this past weekend and by all accounts was one of the best puzzle hunts ever, if not THE best.  See below for reactions from the community. A few of the past hunts, such as World Henchmen Orginization and WarTron have been recast, i.e. done again in a different location, months later.  It makes me […]

Puzzles in Fiction: The Red Blazer Girls

(Man, it's been a long time since I've written one of these.) The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour was recommended to me by my daughter's karate compadre, who describes it as her favorite book series.  So I took the chance of reading a book recommended by a 9 year-old.  I'm glad I did. […]

5th Place in the Great Petaluma Treasure Hunt!

Last month, I participated in what thus far has been the only walking puzzle hunt I've been able to participate in this year (the announcement of a new Ghost Patrol "short format" game and Dr. Bob's third rerun of Elevate Tutoring Puzzle Hunt 2 threaten to put an end to this trend):  The Great Petaluma Treasure Hunt. […]

Banks, Heists, and Puzzles

Escape from the Bank is the newest real life escape game from SCRAP.  I'm kind of excited about this.  It may be a coincidence, but at the end of Escape from the Mysterious Room, they asked for feedback and suggestions for new escape games and I suggested escaping from a bank vault.  Maybe they took my suggestion […]

Puzzle hunt pencil problem: Solved!

On Saturday, I playtested Shinteki Decathlon 8. I can’t say anything about that (yet), but I think I finally solved a problem I’ve had since I first started playing in puzzle hunts: Pencil attrition. I learned pretty quickly not to bring my favorite pencils on puzzle hunts because they always ended up lost or permanently […]