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

Davis, CA

University of California, Davis

What is DASH?

DASH (Different Area--Same Hunt) is a one-day, walking puzzle hunt which takes place in several cities across the country on the same day. The next DASH happens on Saturday, April 24th, 2010.

I want to play!

First, register. We'll send you details regarding payment after that. Please register by Midnight on April 21st, so we have enough time to put together all the materials.

We'll have room for 25 teams.

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.  You may have heard of "The Game."  By comparison, DASH is a shorter event, takes place entirely on foot (or bike), and features easier puzzles. 

I've never done puzzle hunts before! Will I still have fun?

You'd be surprised at how easy it is to start solving. DASH is a great opportunity for first time puzzle hunters. The goal is for everyone to have fun, so you'll get all the help and hints you want! Just to make sure you're not totally lost, we recommend looking at last year's puzzles so you get an idea of what to expect.

Is there any interaction with the other cities?

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 optional puzzle that would require someone from your team to use Twitter. This interaction 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.

Will there be a prize?

No, there won't be prizes. We'll keep track of each team's progress and times, just for fun.

When and Where is it?

We'll play around the UC Davis campus and downtown.

We'll start on April 24th, 2010 at 10am and end by 5pm, although you may find that you can complete the puzzles before 5pm. 

We'll start at the MU.

I can't make April 24th!

Don't worry, you can help us finalize the puzzle event and play through on earlier dates. We're looking for playtesters to do a full-scale "dry run" of the event.  There's no charge to you, but we will want your feedback on any issues you might encounter during the playtest.  If you're interested, please e-mail [email protected] as soon as possible for more information.

How big is a team?

A team can be anywhere from 2 - 6 people. 4 people is the recommended number. Pets are welcome!

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

You can try posting here. If that doesn't work, send us an email at [email protected] and we'll try to match you up with others who are looking for teams also.

How much will it cost me?

It will cost you $30 per team. Instructions for payment will be sent after you register.

Update: Thanks to support from the UC Davis GSA, any team with a UCD graduate student will have the registration fee waived.

Can I register on the day of the event?

Sorry, no. We need to know ahead of time how many teams are playing so we can build enough puzzles for everyone.

What kind of puzzles will we be solving?

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

What supplies and equipment will we need?

For traveling—

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen or rain gear (as appropriate)
  • Maps
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks

For puzzle solving—

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Clipboards
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • CD Player or something that can download mp3s (we'll have one communal music player)

Who's running this?

Davis' GC is run by Francis Hsu and Yuan Niu of Tvelve Metchsteek.  Our volunteers GC are Justin Cummins, Michael Ogawa, and Shubho Sengupta.

I have other questions.

E-mail [email protected] and we'll answer it to the best of our abilities!