This episode of DASH airs on
April 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Los Altos, CA

Starting location will be sent to registered teams on 4/21/2010.

What is DASH?

DASH stands for Different Area - Same Hunt and is a one-day, walking puzzle hunt that is taking place in 10 cities in the US on the same day (and roughly, the same time).

OK... I should back up, what is a puzzle hunt?

A puzzle hunt (or "treasure hunt") is a fun, interactive event in which teams of players race to find and solve creative puzzles hidden in different locations.  It is inspired by "The Game".  By comparison, DASH is a shorter event that takes place entirely on foot and features easier puzzles.  DASH is very similar to the BANGS that have been played in the Bay Area for the past few years.

When will this take place?

10am on April 24, 2010 will be the starting time/date for DASH 2 in Los Altos, CA.  Other cities may have different starting times.

How long will it take?

We are currently estimating the event to take 4-6 hours - with the super-elite teams likely finishing in 2-3 hours.

How many players can be on a team?

Teams can be anywhere from 2 to 6 players, but the recommended team size is 4 players. The entry fee will cover all players on the team.  If you have 6 players, since the puzzles are not generally designed for a 6-person solve, we highly recommend splitting into two teams of 3.

What type of puzzles will we be solving during the event?

You can find last year's puzzles (and solutions) on this web site.

What's with the TV test pattern on the web pages?

The theme of DASH 2 is TV.  This said, the puzzle hunt itself will require no more tv knowledge than an average game.  Meaning, while TV and TV shows may be referenced heavily, there will only be a couple of clues that require any TV knowledge and those that do will not require expertise with any particular show. 

What if we get stuck or can't solve the puzzles?

Our goal is to make sure that everyone is having fun.  There will be an opportunity to take hints for any clues that you are stuck on.  If, for whatever reason, you wish to give up on a particular puzzle - you can also just receive the answer and the next clue location.

What should we bring?

  • Paper and pencils - For taking notes, working out theories, etc.  Pens are generally not recommended.
  • Scissors and tape - Some puzzles may require them. 
  • Writing Surface - We generally recommend clipboards or notebooks, one per team member, in order to provide a hard writing surface to work on puzzles.
  • References - Your best bet is to travel light.  If you have a smartphone, you will be allowed to use it and it would prevent you from having to bring a stack of books... not that you'd need them.
  • Water - Although there will be stops along the way where water will be available, it's always best to have some on hand.
  • Food - Exercising your brain can be a heavy drain on your metabolic levels, so it's a good idea to bring some snacks along with you.  There will be plenty of locations along the way where meals and snacks can be purchased if desired.
  • Good walking shoes - Teams will be walking a few miles during the course of the hunt, so it's best to keep your feet happy.

What are our chances of getting to play?

Our goal is to accept all teams.  However, there may be a limit set based on capacity restrictions of clue locations.  In the event that we have to limit the number of teams, we will take teams on a first come, first served basis.  And, if you're seeing this message - we're not full yet - so, chances are quite good.  :)

Are there prizes?

While the event will be scored and the teams will be ranked at the end of the day (or posted shortly thereafter); there are no prizes and participation should be based solely on your satisfaction of solving puzzles.

I hear there's going to be a special clue for DASH 2. Is that true???

Yes, in fact, it is!  

Part of what makes DASH exciting, is that you will be participating in a hunt along with hundreds of other teams in ten cities at  roughly the same time. Therefore, we would like to introduce an experimental, optional, interactive piece to the hunt that would require someone from your team to use Twitter. Keep in mind, this is external to the actual hunt but just another way to have fun with other teams while you are playing. 

In order to participate you will want to:

  • Follow our Twitter account:  @playdash
  • Tweet to @playdash your city, your team name, (and optionally, your favorite tv show) and add the tag: #playdash to your tweet
  • Once you search for #playdash you will be able to see who is participating. We encourage you to follow at least one team from each city."

Just out of curiosity, who is on the Los Altos (Bay Area) Game Control?

Bay Area Game Control is headed by Bob Schaffer (Team Longshots) and is fully supported by Rich Bragg (Blood & Bones), Dan Egnor (Burninators) and Sunshine Weiss (recently of Bipolar Bears).

OK - Sign me up... How do I register?

Registration has closed.  Thank you for your interest...  Please look for the clues online after the event has concluded.  If you are absolutely excited about playing - please email me as there may be slots open in Santa Rosa and Davis.

I'd like to play, but I don't have a team.

http://forum.puzzalot.com/index.php/topic,21.0.html may be of some use...

What if I have other questions?

Please feel free to send an email to bayarea@playdash.org and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have!