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Jotting Notes on Todd Etters' and Phil Dasler's 2014 GC Summit Talk "Famine Game Postmortem"

It's "The Famine Game Postmortem", a talk by Todd Etter and Phil Dasler, the Lead Gamemakers of the Famine Game This here is my notes. [My rambling asides are in italics] and I take some pretty egregious summarize|rephrase|totally-change-meaning liberties with other folks' words, too. Original videos and slides at this here link.

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2014-08-25T03:31:54

Puzzle Hunts were Everywhere, even Hayes Valley

Behold, it is most of the puzzles from the 2014 #terngame, a.k.a. Twitter's annual puzzlehunt. I say "most" of the puzzles because there were a couple of "you had to be there" puzzles. Like the one that ran on a custom Android app and expected you to know the names of printers around Twitter's San Francisco office—pretty amazing, but for a rather targeted audience. Still, most of the puzzles should generally make sense to everybody, so here are most of them. (I wrote a couple of 'em; other folks wrote others. We had a couple of first-time puzzle-writers, so that was kind of neat.)

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2014-08-23T20:53:49

Looking over the (Google Translate of the) RebusRally #100 announement, something caught my eye:
If the team has immunity (ie, at least half of the team has put rally with the team name)
I wonder if they have a system like BANG, where you might find yourself obliged to run a future event if you win this event. And if, to avoid having the same teams running game after game, they introduced an immunity rule. Looks like it.

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2014-08-18T13:49:44

Book Report: A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling

There are plenty of storytellers out there, but they tend to specialize. Meanwhile, these transmedia projects keep popping up: some story-pieces embedded in movies, comics, ARGs, radio plays… If you're making such a story, it's not so straightforward to fit all those pieces together. Maybe you've written some screenplays; but not so much with the ARGs. How do you know which parts of your story will work best in which medium? In case that wasn't complicated enough, your audience isn't used to experiencing these transmedia thingies either. If part of your story's in a comic book and part is in profile updates on social networks, be prepared to repeat some things: plenty of folks reading the comic won't think to read the social stuff and vice versa. So what can you do? This book doesn't offer one-size-fits-all solutions; that's impossible for creative projects anyhow. It does point out some issues you might not have anticipated and shows ways to plan around them.

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2014-08-10T17:49:56

Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Oakham

Puzzlehunters of the world, the Oakhammites of Oakham are calling us out:
Well-heeled readers from further afield might also note that this event is one week before the Armchair Treasure Hunt Club’s annual hunt in Oakham, with a hunt open to non-members. Consider yourself cordially double-dog-dared to travel to the UK for them both, and consider the list of exit games as possible activities to fill up the week in between!
–"Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play… but do it quickly"

Where "this event" is a day-long puzzlehunt wandering around London.

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2014-08-03T05:03:00

No-Spoilers SF Leisurely Mini-Game 2014 Report

WOOOO! That was fun!

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2014-08-03T04:38:02

Jotting Notes on Rich Bragg's 2014 GC Summit Cluekeeper Update

Cluekeeper is a puzzlehunt answer-checker app. Game Control tells the app about the hunt's answers and hints. Players run the app. They can use it to check answers. The app does time-release hints. If you're running a hunt, you can learn more.

At GC Summit, Rich got hauled up to give an update on ClueKeeper. He mostly announced things that have, in the months between the talk and this write-up, already come to pass:

Still, there are some things you can learn by watching the video

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2014-07-20T16:42:01

Jotting Notes on Erin Rhode's 2014 GC Summit Talk "MIT Mystery Hunt Q+A"

It's "MIT Mystery Hunt Q&A", an unplanned Q&A session with Erin Rhode, captain of the team that ran the Alice Shrugged MIT Mystery Hunt This here is my notes. [My rambling asides are in italics] and I take some pretty egregious summarize|rephrase|totally-change-meaning liberties with other folks' words, too. Original video at this here link.

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2014-07-20T13:30:19

Book Report: China 3.0

I picked up this anthology of essays because it showed up in an author search for Michael Anti. Thus, I expected to have my pro-free-speech views reinforced. It turns out that Anti wrote just one essay in the collection; and there's a variety. Thus I learned some things. Including…

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2014-07-20T02:23:08

Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Marin County

Behold, it is my write-up of Shinteki Decathlon 9! Read them to gain great insight into puzzlehunting a la "Oh man I wish the Army Corps of Engineers would install air conditioning in the Bay Model." Uhm, and there are some bits that don't sound quite so whiny as that.

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2014-07-13T21:19:57

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