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MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 Recap – Part 5

Alright, let’s wrap this up. Here are my Thoughts and Feelings about MIT Mystery Hunt 2015. Things I particularly liked about this year’s Mystery Hunt: Smoothness – From a player’s perspective, everything in this year’s hunt was executed flawlessly. Puzzle Presentation – I really liked the format of the World Map, which was a single webpage that got longer and longer as we discovered more puzzles. It was a perfect visual representation of our progress throughout the hunt, and it was fun to wonder what was coming up next or to see the beginning of a new round of puzzles appear. Visual Design…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 Recap – Part 4

  Our runaround began with a guide from Atlantis taking us across campus to meet the Kraken. We explained to the Kraken that we wanted some nautilodestones, and she went on to tell us all the reasons we weren’t worthy of taking anything from the sea, which was full of creatures way more awesome than us. In particular, the Kraken felt we were lacking in communication, perception, knowledge, friendship, and teamwork. If we could prove ourselves in each of these areas, we might be allowed to have a nautilodestone.

MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 Recap – Part 3

  Treasure Chest! This box was so exciting, the GC that delivered it to us stuck around because they wanted to see what was inside. The box was secured with some chain and a bunch of different locks, but GC said we could open it however we wanted. Someone quickly produced a screwdriver and removed the hinges for the lid, then slid the lid right out from under the chain! I was impressed.

MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 Recap – Part 2

Boston in the morning

  Friday On Friday morning, I got up early to continue what is now my tradition of helping prep our team headquarters for the hunt. I met Dan at the Kendall and we talked escape games for a bit before we drove over to MIT with a carload of snacks and supplies that Dan had bought the day before. (I also got a sneak peek at a fun surprise — Dan had made awesome custom buttons for everyone on the team to use as name tags!) Mike, Ben, and Will were the other early birds in the room, and I…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 Recap – Part 1

It’s been a week since the 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt ended, so now it’s recap time! Wednesday This year’s Hunt trip started on Wednesday for me. I had been wanting to play 5 Wits Adventures out in Foxboro since I heard about it a few years ago, but it’s far enough out from the Boston/Cambridge area that I’d have to get a rental car to make it out to play. Luckily, I’ve been working on developing a company (which doesn’t quite merit its own blog post yet) over the past year with a couple of puzzling friends and Mystery Hunt teammates, Summer…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 Recap – Part 4

At long (LONG) last, here is the final installment of my 2014 MIT Mystery Hunt Recap. Keeping in mind that I only have the 2013 hunt to compare to, let me list some of my pros/cons about 2014. Things I particularly liked about this year’s Mystery Hunt: Smoothness – Everything seemed to be run extremely smoothly. The event started promptly (almost too promptly!), and there seemed to be very few hiccups. Quality of Puzzles – I’m not the best judge of puzzle quality, but they seemed pretty darned good. Funny Puzzles – I was crying laughing as we worked through The…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 Recap – Part 3

I woke up from my One Big Sleep at around 6pm on Saturday evening. I saw that I had missed a call from Todd, but a quick look through the Hangout chat seemed to indicate that I hadn’t missed out on anything too important (like, say, a Runaround). I got cleaned up, and used Hangout again (so convenient!) to check on the dinner situation, then headed back over to campus. I’m reminded as I write this that when I had left for the hotel that morning, it had been pouring down rain. (My socks and shoes were soaked by the…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 Recap – Part 2

In my last recap post, I had spent most of my Mystery Hunt so far running around campus investigating strange images, verifying data, and solving location-based clues. As Friday night became Saturday morning, my work got a bit more puzzle-centric. It’s hard to remember exactly what happened when during those long hours of the night. We tackled a lot of different puzzles, and I’m mostly just referencing our Team Log to see what was released and when we solved it. Solving Common Bonds opened up a few new puzzles, including one called Monster Potatoes. We figured out the first a-ha…

MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 Recap – Part 1

It’s that time of the year again, time for my multi-part MIT Mystery Hunt Recap Extravaganza!  I was thinking it wouldn’t be as long this year, but since this was a much more action-packed Hunt, it will probably be just as long, or longer than last year.  As usual, this is a play-by-play account of my personal hunt experience, meant more for my own future reference than any sort of reporting or entertainment.   Pre-Hunt: I was really looking forward to returning to Boston this year with all of the knowledge I had gained from last year.  This included being…

SF Puzzle Weekend – Saturday

This is my last post covering my big puzzle weekend in San Francisco this summer.  Click to see the Thursday and Friday posts. Saturday!  Decathlon Day!  The reason for the whole trip!  I got up early on Saturday morning to make sure I had enough time to get ready.  I was most unsure about what to wear.  The forecast had said it would be in the mid-upper 60’s in San Francisco (after reading that forecast, I almost didn’t pack shorts for the trip!), but we were in Los Altos where it was supposed to be pushing the 80’s and 90’s…