In a few weeks, I will no longer be an East Coast Puzzler. We are moving to Seattle! “Mr. Cryptica” got a job at Microsoft, and we should be moving by the end of the month, or just after. It’s pretty exciting! I’m a little bit bummed because I feel like I’ve only just met all these really cool puzzle people on the East coast, and have just gotten involved in some great projects, and suddenly all of these Games are popping up out here. But there is a lot to do and see out West, and a lot of interesting people to meet! As long as you East coasters promise to keep in touch! =)
So what is waiting for me in the Emerald City? Well, most of Twin Peaks was shot just east of Seattle, so I’ll probably have to start dressing like this:
And a lot of The Ring was shot in Seattle, so I guess everything there has a blue-greenish tint.
And The X-Files Game is set in Seattle, so I’m sure to stumble across a crime scene in a creepy warehouse at least once or twice.
As for puzzley things, I notice that Team Snout‘s Portland-based monthly puzzle meet-up Puzzled Pint is running in Seattle now. Bars/pints aren’t really my thing, but puzzles and meeting new people definitely are. I can’t think of a better way to make friends in a new city (something I’ve struggled with in the past).
Puzzle Hunt Calendar says I can look forward to DASH in May (though I’ll need a new team, sadface) and SEAHOP in June (by the way, Team Pokemon Puzzle League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, my husband needs to talk to you). Google tells me that SNAP (Seattle and Nearby Adventures in Puzzling), a BANG re-run, used to be a thing. And of course, there is the Microsoft Puzzle Hunt, but it appears they haven’t run one since 2011?
The drive down to Portland is less than three hours (which surprised me!), so that’s an entire extra city’s worth of events to consider! I’ve also been informed that the Bay Area is a mere two-hour flight away, so I may find myself attending the puzzle events of my dreams down there from time to time. (Is it safe to call San Francisco the city with the most puzzles?)
Not puzzles, but games — PAX Prime takes place in Seattle in early September.
If any of you know of any other puzzle, mystery, or game-type events that happen in/near Seattle, or just cool things to see and do, definitely let me know!
And I’m going to go see about a bazillion Seattle Reign games.
P.S. I’ve pretty much done a terrible job of doing anything useful with the East Coast Puzzlers group, and now I’ll be even less equipped to manage it, so let me know if anyone is interested in taking it over!