More to Come

Once upon a time, a lot of discussion about the MIT Mystery Hunt happened on LiveJournal. Leading up to this year’s Hunt I wanted to relive those discussions and could still easily find them on the internet. So far this year, most of the Hunt breakdowns I’ve seen have been on Facebook or Reddit, both of which are nice platforms but not really conducive to permanence. Also, my Facebook presence is friends-only, and Mystery Hunt is something I don’t solely want to discuss with my friends… I want to know what the entire community thinks. This is especially true this year, where the speed with which some teams found the coin has brought up some fascinating questions about Hunt design, and they’re questions worth talking about (in a CIVIL way).

I’ve also been toying for months with the idea of creating a puzzlehunt podcast. I wouldn’t be the first to do that, though the only one I’m aware of, Snoutcast, faded away a couple of years ago, and that was more focused on West Coast drive-around hunts (or “games”). I’ve been reluctant to do the podcast, since the effort-to-audience ratio would almost certainly be higher than I’d like. But I participate in every puzzlehunt I can get my hands on (six P&A’s a year, the Mystery Hunt, the NPL Con extravaganza, BAPHL, DASH, the Australian puzzle hunts, etc.) and it would be nice to have a platform to talk about it, even if only a few people care about listening.

This week it hit me that there’s a way to scratch both of these itches, and it’s this brand new blog. Puzzlvaria will be devoted to my experiences solving and constructing puzzlehunts, and depending on how things go, it might feature guest posts about puzzlehunts I don’t get to experience firsthand. Maybe it’ll turn into something big, maybe it’ll poke along and be sporadically updated (after all, there isn’t a puzzlehunt every week), and maybe I’ll get bored and abandon it by February. Time will tell.

In any case, I’m working on a very long four-part post about the 2017 Mystery Hunt to kick things off. Look for that by the end of the week; in the meantime, if you haven’t seen all the puzzles and solutions from this year’s Hunt, you can check them out here. Also, here are videos of the kickoff and the wrap-up, both of which are worth watching if you haven’t (sorry about the slight audio lag on both).

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10 thoughts on “More to Come

  1. Marvelous! Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

    Although you might want to have an “About” page that doesn’t start with the phrase “This is an example of an About page.” Too Gary Shandling’s theme song for my taste. 🙂

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  2. You say “Snoutcast”, I say “Run More Games!” and toast to DeeAnn and Curtis.

    You say “Australian puzzle hunts”, I say “Did you know that some people at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge are running their own hunt next week in very much the Australian puzzle hunt style?” and toast to them. And I link to them, too: http://cph.soc.srcf.net/ – have fun. NB I have no connection, other than plugging the heck out of it.

    I also toast to you for starting this blog, too!

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  3. I’m a bit late to the party but I just wanted to chime in and say that I’m very glad this blog exists and that we have a potential forum for discussing puzzlehunts here. Looking forward to future content! Additionally, I (and a lot of my other puzzlehunting friends) would most definitely be interested in a podcast.

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