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

Portland, OR

East End of Free Rail Zone (Rose Quarter/Lloyd District)

Event Recap


What is DASH?

DASH (Different Area—Same Hunt) is a one-day, outdoor, 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. Get more details on the DASH home page!

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 in different locations.  You may have heard of "The Game."  By comparison, DASH is a shorter event, takes place entirely on foot, and features shorter puzzles.

When is the next Portland DASH?

Saturday, April 24, 2010, starting at 10:00 AM.

I want to play in Portland, but I don't have a team!

You may not be alone!  Visit the Puzzalot Forum and see if there are other Portlanders looking to form a team.  You can also post your own "wanted" notice there.

How long will this hunt take?

No more than seven hours.  We anticipate many teams will finish before then, but we'll call everyone in to the end location no later than 4:30 PM.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes, it's $30 per team.

How many people can I have on my team?

We recommend teams of 4-6 people, but it's entirely up to you.  Remember that you'll be on foot for the entire event, and your whole team needs to stay together.

How do I sign up for the Portland DASH?

Just fill out this registration form before April 20th!  We'll send you an e-mail to confirm and tell you how to pay the entry fee.

Can I sign up 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!

How much interaction will there be with other DASH cities?

I'm glad you asked.  For this event, we're introducing an optional, experimental, interactive element.  To participate, someone on your team will need to use Twitter during the event.  Here's how:

  • Follow our Twitter account:  @playdash
  • Send a tweet to @playdash with:
    • your city
    • your team name
    • your favorite TV show
    • the #playdash hashtag
    Example: "@playdash Team Snout in Portland, OR loves LEVERAGE--not least because Curtis acted as an extra in 2 episodes! #playdash"

What kind of puzzles will we be solving?

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

I want to play, but last year's puzzles were HARD! What if I need help?

We want everyone who plays in DASH to have fun. Every puzzle will come with sealed hint envelopes. If you have no idea where to start with a puzzle, open the first hint right away. Otherwise, wait until you feel stuck. We encourage everyone to take hints, unless it would ruin their fun!

What if the hints don't help?

You can always call Game Control for assistance.  We'll give you contact information at the start of the event.  If you're ever uncertain about the next location, we recommend you call to confirm!

Will we be scored? Are there prizes?

No and no.  We will keep track of how many puzzles each team solved, and how many hints they used.  You can see the statistics we published in last year's Portland DASH recap.

What equipment should we bring?

For traveling—

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

For puzzle solving—

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Clipboards
  • Scissors
  • Tape

What happens if it rains?

You'll get wet.

No, seriously, what happens if it rains?

Seriously, you'll get wet.  Check the forecast and dress for Portland weather.

Who is on Portland DASH Game Control?

Portland DASH GC includes Curtis Chen and DeeAnn Sole of Team Snout.

I have another question.

E-mail PDX@playDASH.org and we'll do our best to answer it!