Things! Going on!
Eight Masters & A Raven Race
Think you’ve got what it takes to help write a Ravenchase race? Want to outwit the other teams with your own craftiness? Want to get your team into a race for FREE? The Eight Masters & A Raven on March 2nd is a celebration of local puzzle designers! The race will be made up of eight puzzles submitted by the teams playing! Each team that submits a puzzle idea will receive free registration for the event, even if their puzzle isn’t one of the eight chosen. Submit your puzzle soon!
Second Annual Puzzle Contest for Charity
Tabstop is running another Valentine’s Day puzzle contest for charity! What a great idea! Simply make a donation of any amount (which will go to a local family violence charity), and you’ll receive a link to a pack of fun puzzles to solve. Randomly selected winners will receive a gift certificate to Amazon or ThinkGeek. But hurry up, the contest ends on Valentine’s Day!
The Maze of Games
There is still lots of time left to back The Maze of Games, an upcoming interactive puzzle novel. Get an electronic copy of the book for just a $20 pledge, and a hardback copy for $50. Help them meet all their stretch goals!
WarTron Boston Announced
The Boston re-run of the WarTron game has been announced for June 29-30, 2013. The application mini-hunt opens on March 3rd and closes on March 17 (only the first 20 teams to solve will be asked to join the game). Start getting your teams together, East Coast!
More Mystery Hunt Write-ups
Here are some more Mystery Hunt post-mortems. If you know of any more, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.
- I Prefer Puzzles, Eric Berlin – Interesting write-up from the second place team’s perspective
- My Mystery Hunt writeup, Andrew Greene – A quick play-by-play
- The First Aid Kit is Not a Puzzle, Ben Smith – Another fun write-up from Palindrome
- Too Big to Solve? – Quick opinion piece, followed by 463 comments worth of discussion!
- 2013: The Year the Mystery Hunt Broke, Thomas Snyder – Piece for Wired’s Decode that deals more with the way the Hunt unfolded
- The year the Hunt ate Cleveland, dr_whom – Overall thoughts and opinions
- 10 bits of advice for running a Mystery Hunt art team, Karen Rustad – Advice from the Hunt’s art director. She had also written an interesting piece about being on the GC end of the Hunt, but unfortunately felt compelled to take it down.
- 2013 MIT Mystery Hunt, The Tech – The Mystery Hunt in tweets.
- Unraveling the Enigma – MIT Mystery Hunt 2013, The Tech – An awesome recap with videos and interviews throughout.
If you want to easily make your own text-based choose-your-own-adventure game, Twine is a new, intuitive tool that makes it easy and fun! And here is a guide for how it works. And here is a neat story/game by a friend of a friend of a friend.
That’s all for now, but keep an eye out for something exciting later today.