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Moving Week

I really don’t like taking so much time off from blogging, but being so busy means that not only do I not have time to write good posts, I don’t have time to experience anything worth writing about!  We’re moving out of our apartment on Wednesday and flying to Seattle on Saturday, so unfortunately I’m still going to be on hiatus this week =/ In the meantime, check out The Great Sporcle Puzzle Hunt, a 15-part puzzle hunt built with Sporcle quizzes that was just released yesterday. Sorry for all the down time here, and I hope to see you…

Day (or two) Off

I am on the road for Ravenchase this week, so in the meantime… Larry Hosken invites you to submit location-based puzzles for your hometown to the Octothorpean Order. If you missed Tabstop’s puzzle contest for charity (through which he raised almost $1k, wow!!), you can go check out the puzzles here.  I’m bad at doing fun things in a timely manner, so I missed the contest portion. Are you all caught up on your SnoutCasts? The Armchair Treasure Hunt Club is running a free-to-enter treasure hunt from their Facebook page next month.

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…

The Famine Game

Citizens of Pangram, You may be aware that this fall will be the 75th Annual Famine Game, and you are among the pool of possible tributes. As we like to do something special every Quarter Quell, we are excited to announce that for this year’s Famine Game, we will be selecting TEAMS of tributes instead of 24 individuals. We feel this change will result in the most exciting and thrilling Famine Game to date. For up-to-date coverage about this year’s Game, please visit http://www.thefaminegame.com/ Specific information about the event, such as how to volunteer to be a tribute, will be released…

Friday Round-up

Things!  Going on!   Eight Masters & A Raven Race Think you’ve got what it takes to help write a Ravenchase race?  Want to outwit the other teams with your own craftiness?  Want to get your team into a race for FREE?  The Eight Masters & A Raven on March 2nd is a celebration of local puzzle designers!  The race will be made up of eight puzzles submitted by the teams playing!  Each team that submits a puzzle idea will receive free registration for the event, even if their puzzle isn’t one of the eight chosen.  Submit your puzzle soon!  …

Holiday Break

Happy Holidays everyone!  I’m headed home, so Clavis Cryptica will be on a Holiday hiatus until January.  If you’re feeling bored, go check out the puzzles and games on the Resources page and solve something new! =)  Take care!

Friday Round-up

Just a few quick updates today, on the road! Don’t forget to try out my Christmas Gift Puzzle, it’s an easy/fun one 🙂 Have a great weekend! Ravenchase Holiday Events Ravenchase has three events coming up this month:  The Quest for the Golden Grinch in Richmond tomorrow, a Pubs & Puzzles race in DC on the 22nd, and the Quest for Father Time in Richmond on New Year’s Eve.   Escape from the Mysterious Room Starts Tonight! Best of luck to SCRAP as they debut Real Escape Room SF vol 1 in Japantown this evening.  Uggh someone buy an extra…

The Secret World Goes Subscriptionless

Fans of this year’s modern MMO The Secret World have been expecting this kind of news for a while — the game is transitioning to a “Pay Once, Play Forever” model.  Despite tons of hype and delivering a unique, high-quality game, TSW has struggled to compete with 2012’s other big MMO releases, Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2, both of which were free-to-play on launch.  From what I’ve read, a lot of people feel that free-to-play is the “future” of all MMOs, and Funcom’s gamble of using a subscription-based model on the cusp of that change unfortunately hasn’t paid off. The…

Holiday Gift Ideas for Puzzle Lovers 2012

It’s the holiday season!  I thought it might be nice to gather some links and ideas for gifts that puzzle lovers might enjoy.  I’ll be collecting ideas over at this page for the rest of the month. So far I only have a few items, mostly games, so if you have any suggestions (including/especially your own products, or things your friends are offering), just leave them in the comments here or on the page, and I’ll add them to the list.  I’ll try to find some more over the weekend as well. Happy Friday, and Happy Holidays!