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Website Redesign

Welcome to the long-needed redesign of Clavis Cryptica! Let me give you the grand tour.   New Host CC now runs on WPEngine, a dedicated WordPress host. Constantly fending off the endless brute force attacks and malicious file uploads that come with the WordPress territory was stressing me out. Since WordPress is all they do, WPEngine knows how to keep my site safer and deals with any security issues that do pop up, free of charge. I’m in low-maintenance blog heaven.   New Theme I used to compulsively redesign all of my websites at least once a year, so I’m…

On Starting a Company

  I had just picked up two of my teammates from SFO for Shinteki Decathlon 9 in late May of last year. Our fourth and final teammate was flying in a few hours later, so we all headed to a coffee shop to hang out, solve some puzzles, and catch up. At one point, the conversation turned to ideas for haunted houses and other immersive experiences. We talked about making a game where motion-activated sound domes concealed in the ceiling would let players encounter ghostly whispers as they explored a series of rooms. We talked about a game where players…

The Genius: Black Garnet, Coming Soon!

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  I’m breaking my long bout of blogging laziness to bring you important news: The Genius is coming back for Season 3 on October 1st. That’s next week! The subtitle for this season is “Black Garnet,” which conjures up all sorts of thoughts about potential betrayal and trickery. Will there be some new type of garnet introduced that has a negative effect, so players will be trying to get rid of it? Could it be some sort of hot potato for Death Match candidates? I’m glad the mechanic of the black garnet (assuming there will be one) hasn’t been revealed…

Tuesday Round-Up

Lots of little bits of news floating about lately…  In particular, Seattle is flush with escape-style games!   NEW:  Puzzle Break Seattle  There is a new escape game in town, and it’s called Puzzle Break.  Games started in late November and ticketing is available through the end of January so far.  Word on the street is that it’s really fun and well-run.  I’ll be playing this Saturday with Mr. Cryptica and a non-puzzling friend.   REG: Escape from the Werewolf Village to run in Seattle And if you want even more escaping action, Real Escape Game has you covered with…

Friday Round-Up

Seems like there are a lot of relevant bits of news and such going on right now.  Also, Puzzle Pile is taking a short hiatus, so I might try to do this type of newsy post a bit more often in the meantime (sorry though, no crossword tournament updates from me!).   Scary Music Playlist Need some scary music for your Halloween party this weekend?  Or maybe a soundtrack for your Betrayal at House on the Hill games?  I put together a short playlist of scary instrumental tunes (which is made up entirely of tracks from The Ring soundtrack) that should be…

Quick Thursday Round-up

A couple of quick notes:   Murder Mystery TV – Whodunnit? Tyler Hinman (and NOBODY ELSE, come on people!) informed me that there is a new murder mystery reality TV show premiering this Sunday on ABC called Whodunnit?.  It could be awful, but I’m pretty much freaking out after watching the trailer.  You might see me blogging about this every week from now on =)  The premiere is this Sunday at 9pm ET.     New Puzzle News Site – Puzzle Pile If you want all the latest puzzling news, you’re in the wrong place.  Head on over to Puzzle…

Spring Forward

Glorious spring is here!  It’s (apparently unseasonably) sunny and mildly warm here in Seattle, and it’s awesome!  There is a lot going on this spring.   My JavaScript Game Well, May 1st has come and gone and I did not even come close to “finishing” my tiny JavaScript game!  I had a lot of other, “more important” projects and tasks come up over the past two weeks and just didn’t stay committed to completing my burndown.  Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m doing too much at once while simultaneously feeling like I’m not doing enough (to get everything done that…

Summer of Puzzles

So there are a lot of events coming up that you all should know about!  Here they are: DASH 5 – May 18th DASH is a day-long puzzle hunt that takes place in multiple cities around the country on the same day.  This year’s hunt is on May 18th and will be run in the following cities (bolding the ones I care about):  Albuquerque, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Davis, Half Moon Bay, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington DC.  I hope our old teammates in/near DC had enough fun last year to go…

State of the Blog 2013

This post will have not much to do with puzzles, mysteries, or games, and probably too much to do with me personally!  But it will give you an idea of what to expect from Clavis Cryptica moving forward, so perhaps worth reading. It’s been a while!  Almost a month since my last post.  The following Monday after that post, we moved into our new apartment here in Bellevue and I’ve pretty much been wrapped up in the move-in process since then. Throughout that process, I’ve had some time to think about this blog and what my perspective on it will…

Quick Friday Round-up

Late post today with a few bits of news: Shinteki Decathlon 8 Registration is Open The Shinteki Decathlon is an all-day event running in the Bay Area on June 1st and June 8th.  Lots of teams signed up already!  Anybody need an extra teammate or two, or want to form a team?   WarTron Boston Application Closes Sunday This is your last chance to get in on WarTron Boston!  There is still room for several more teams.  I got to do part of the application, and it was a lot of fun!  Could be a fun weekend activity for a…