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DASH 5 Report Part 3

In the previous post, we had just isolated the infectious agent that was spreading the disease at DASH 5. Puzzle 6: Determine Transmisson Vector Threat Level: BLACK Our next stop was The French Bakery where we were given the next puzzle, which included a wooden cube with crossword-style blanks running around the edge on all six sides.  And this is the poor soul who handed it to us:   The clues on the puzzle page were a bit tough until we figured out the first puzzle mechanic:   each answer could connect to the one before and after it using the…

DASH 5 Report Part 2

My goodness, I am terribly behind in my blogging!  I’ll try and keep the rest of my DASH report a bit more concise than last year since I have a lot of other things to catch up on writing about as well. The rest of these posts will contain massive spoilers (though they will be blackened out), so try to avoid them if you want to solve the puzzles on your own. In my last post, we had just found our teammates and gotten registered.  GC were all dressed in hospital scrubs and lab coats, following an apparent medical theme.…

DASH 5 Report Part 1

The short story:  we had a great time at DASH 5 last Saturday!  The long story is the following multi-part, in-depth, ridiculously detailed report.  If you don’t like hearing about (literally) what I had for breakfast on DASH day, you might just want to skip or skim these posts.  =) Last year, I wrote a post every day until my DASH report was complete.  This year, I still want to get them done quickly, but I can’t get to the good stuff until they’ve run DASH in London this weekend (to avoid releasing any spoilers).  So for this week, I’ll…

DASH 5 Prep

I can’t believe it’s finally DASH time again!  Pretty much since the moment DASH 4 was over, I’ve been ridiculously eager to play again.  Not only did we have a great time last year, we also had a lot of areas where we knew we could do better and couldn’t wait to try again. I feel like my puzzler’s toolbox must have grown a lot since last year, and I even have an MIT Mystery Hunt under my belt!  But I’m definitely expecting DASH to throw some new puzzle styles at me.  And a lot of our flaws last year…

DASH 5 Coming to London and Puzzle Localization

The DA in DASH is about to get a lot more D!  London will be the first* non-USA city ever to host a DASH, very exciting!  Very international!  I’ll be interested to hear more about how this develops and whether or not they’ll still try to run it at the same time as the US cities.  (I think that would put the ending around 11pm or midnight?) This brings up something I’ve been thinking about for a while — puzzle localization.  I’m guessing too much won’t need to be done to adapt DASH for players in England (though America-centric puzzles…

DASH4 Report Part 5

Click here for Part 4! It’s finally the final part! Let’s start this post the same way I started Part 1, by going over what we brought to the event.  This time, I want to look at which of our materials we ended up using, and which we didn’t.

DASH4 Report Part 4

Click here for Part 3! Team Clavis Cryptica made it to the final location!  But only because it started raining and GC took pity on us =)  In Part 3, we had just finished up Puzzle #7 – The Statue of Liberty, with some massive hints.  Time was running out, so we had to get on with the next puzzle. Puzzle #8 – The Tower of Babel Just two pages:  the first page had a list of help wanted ads with descriptions, and the second page had a list of “applicants” with images.  We took our usual strategy and just…

DASH4 Report Part 3

Click here for Part 2! Part 2 ended with Team Clavis Cryptica riding the high of solving two puzzles without hints and without getting stuck.  The sun was shining, life was great!  And it was about to get a little better for the three math-loving members of the team. Puzzle #5 – The Lighthouse at Alexandria Puzzle #5 was three pages.  On pages one and two were ten graphics of a shoreline and a ship’s trajectory, bent into strange angles.  Page 2 also had a legend for the geometry symbols used in the diagrams, as well as a large compass…

DASH4 Report Part 2

Click here for Part 1! Part 1 left off with my team having solved Puzzle #1 a whopping 15 minutes early, only to take another 23 minutes to figure out where to go for the next puzzle.  Bummer!  But Team Clavis Cryptica did not get discouraged, and we eagerly headed over to the next puzzle. Puzzle #2 – The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus We grabbed the three-page puzzle and found a large planter upon which to set down our stuff, though we soon had to move again due to a very unpleasant smell in that area.  We quickly glanced over the…

DASH4 Report Part 1

DASH4 Washington D.C. Report

  Woo-hoo!  We had a great time at DASH4 on Saturday, now it’s time to tell you all about it!  In extreme detail, because this is my blog and I do what I want!  And who knows, maybe there are some people out there who are curious about puzzle hunts and also huge over-preparers like me and want to know every little detail.  =) *WARNING*  This post will contain tons of DASH4 spoilers, so if you want to wait until they post this year’s puzzles on the DASH site and try them yourself, you might want to avoid these reports.…