DASH3 – Davis, CA

Event takes place at 2011-04-30 10:00:00.

What is DASH?

DASH (Different Area--Same Hunt) is a one-day, walking puzzle hunt which takes place in multiple cities across the country on the same day. What makes DASH particularly special is that each puzzle is written by a different city. This year's dash will take place on April 30, 2011.

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 past puzzles so you get an idea of what to expect.

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.

I can't make the 30th!

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.

We also encourage you to join the Davis Puzzling mailing list if you want to know about puzzle events occuring throughout the year.

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, or send a message to the Davis puzzlerhunt mailng list. 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?

Thanks to generous funding from UCD GSA, graduate student teams will play for free! All other teams will pay $30.

Can I show up and play 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 previous year's puzzles (and solutions) on this web site.

What supplies and equipment will we need?

  • Extra scrap paper.
  • Pencils, pens. Colored pencils often come in handy.
  • Stationary supplies like scissors, tape, and glue stick
  • Clipboard or a hard surface - not every location will have tables.
  • Food & Water -- We will be providing water and snacks, so be sure to grab some water at every station! You may want to bring your own food in case our light snacks are not enough. It's courteous to buy something from a cafe or restaurant if you'll be using their tables.
  • Sunscreen and/or rain gear.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. You'll be walking quite a lot, so bring something comfortable and supportive!

Who's running this?

Davis' GC is run by students Yuan Niu, Stanley Tzeng, alumni Francis Hsu, and fellow puzzler David Greenspan.

I have other questions.

E-mail [email protected] and we'll try our best to answer your questions!


Registration is closed now. If you'd like to join an existing team, that may still be possible.