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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…

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…

Monday Round-up

Didn’t I just do one of these?   Shinteki Decathlon 8 Now that I’m headed West, I guess I’ll start covering their events as well!  Shinteki Decathlon 8 has been announced for June 1st and June 8th.  Teams of four.  More info forthcoming.   Antichamber Out Now Antichamber is “a psychological exploration game, set within an Escher-like world.”  You might have seen some of its crazy gameplay videos over the past year.  The game received funding from Jonathan Blow’s Indie Game Fund and was released on January 31st for PC.  Guaranteed to make you think!   New Interview with Jonathan Blow…

Seattle

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…