: New: RFP: Request for Location-Based Puzzles from Your Hometown

I encourage you to send me a location-based puzzle from your hometown. Or a few, even.

The online-puzzle-trail-in-the-making Order of the Octothorpe now has some location-based puzzles... but they're all from San Francisco.* That's kinda lopsided. It could use some puzzles from other places. E.g., wherever you are right now.

If there's one or more puzzles from your hometown in this thing, that could be a way to get your local puzzling community found by local puzzlers who are, y'know, unaware that there are such things as local puzzling communities. I guess? I'm just guessing, but it sounds realistic.

What's a good location-based puzzle? Basicly, it means that you give players half a puzzle and tell them "Go to the Golden Gate Bridge, look at the big plaque on the South Tower, east side, and then this will make sense." That plaque thus becomes the second half of the puzzle. The tricky part of writing these puzzles is that you don't control the text on that plaque.

In this case, you'll write a puzzle in some web-deliverable form (a "paper puzzle", a video, an audio file, ...), and puzzlehunters will, over the course of this puzzle trail, have a chance to solve it. If your puzzle is in Orlando and these solvers are in Chicago, they'll probably skip your puzzle for now... but they might remember it when they travel to Orlando.

Some reasons you might think that your puzzle won't work—but which aren't true

Legit reasons you might think that your puzzle won't work:

Have a puzzle? Have an idea? Not sure whether you have an idea? I'd love to hear from you. If you want to see a draft-version of how this online puzzle trail doohickey presents puzzles, you might look at the Sewn placeholder puzzle. There are hints. If you enter SEMAPHORE, you'll see that there are "partial" answers, so you can give teams feedback that they're on the right track.

*"all from San Francisco" Well, I have permission to use the Puzzled Pint puzzle archives, and each month they have most of a location-based puzzle: they have a puzzle telling folks where the party will be. But I still need a question to prove that teams actually visited the spot. Something like "The sign above the front door prohibits—what, exactly?" But since I haven't visited these places... Hmm, yeah.

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