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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Musha Cay

My parents forwarded me this article about Adventure activities for travelers.
Every few months, at Musha Cay, a private resort in the Bahamas owned by David Copperfield, the magician gathers his guests and tells them the legend of the unknown pirate. In an old book bought in an antiques store, he explains, he found a pirate, a relative of his. Then he asks the guests for help finding…
Group Adventures, With a Sense of Play

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2014-09-01T17:49:45

Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Arlequin Cafe in San Francisco's Hayes Valley

Some scribbled notes about GCing at #terngame14, a.k.a., Twitter's internal puzzlehunt.

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2014-09-01T17:53:59

Larry Lane


…as encountered on a walk through the Oakland Hills

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2014-09-02T01:59:52

'Zine Report: SF Zine Fest/Behind the Wheel

The 2014 San Francisco Zine Fest is going on now. I swung through, mostly picking up mini-comics and little books. The Zine-est thing I got was Behind the Wheel, A Lyft Driver's Log, a.k.a. PiltdownLad #10, which reveals that driving drunk tech bros around San Francisco isn't much fun, but that there's more to Lyft than that.

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2014-08-30T23:57:46

Book Report: Annabel Scheme

What if the quickest route to organize the world's information was a Faustian deal with a demon? Our heroine is an ex-hacker occult specialist who… uhm, these stories were silly but fun.

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2014-08-28T04:02:45

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

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