DASH3 – San Mateo, 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 that takes place in multiple cities across in the US on the same day (and roughly at the same time, too).

When/Where is DASH being run?

DASH3 will be simultaneously run in 12 cities across the U.S.  See here for a list of locations.  The Bay Area version of DASH3 is being run in San Mateo, CA on Saturday, April 30, 2011.  The starting time is 10:00AM sharp; we will be meeting at the flagpole in Central Park, San Mateo. We recommend parking on the upper levels of the Central Parking Garage.  Due to the large number of teams participating, the check-in process will begin at 9AM, we recommend teams arrive early to beat the crowds and allow for an on-time kickoff.

I can't make April 30th. Can I still participate?

At this point, the playtesting has completed, so if you can't make April 30th, you are unfortunately out of luck this time around.  There will be other opportunities in the future, so stay tuned!

How long can I expect the hunt to last?

It depends heavily on the experience of the team.  Typical teams should expect to take from 5-8 hours to complete the entire hunt, but expert teams typically finish in 2-3 hours. 

Speaking of teams, what is the size of a team?

Teams are typically from 4 to 6 people, but there is no hard and fast rule on the number.  We've seen teams of two compete effectively against the elite teams!  Teams larger than six tend to preclude everyone from participating in the puzzle solving process.  If you have a group of more than six people, you are strongly encouraged to consider forming two teams.

What do we do if we get stumped? Can we get help?

You bet.  The DASH game control will be on site in each location to provide help in the event you get stuck.  Hint scoring systems have been devised that encourage teams that need a nudge to ask for hints to keep momentum flowing.  We want your puzzle solving experience to be a positive one, so we will be on hand to help.

What do we win if we finish first?

Hearty applause and back slaps all around.  No prizes will be given out, but DASH is never about the destination, it is about the journey.  If you are interested to see how your team performed against other teams around the country, nationwide results will be posted to the DASH website a week or so after the event.

What about the weather?

The event will be held, rain, shine, or snow.  Having said this, it is likely the weather will be good so make sure you have sun protection (hats, lotions, etc.).  Just remember you will be outside the entire time -- dress accordingly.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes.  Teams are expected to pay a per team fee of $40, regardless of team size.  Registered teams can pay using PayPal using the "Buy Now" button below.  Adding your team name in the notes section would be helpful.  Also please be sure to A) specify payment as a gift and B) avoid credit cards (despite the icons suggesting the opposite!) so that PayPal doesn't get a chunk the DASH pie.  They did not write any clues for this event.

I'm convinced. How do I sign up?

The current list of Bay Area teams will be posted soon.  To sign up, please go here.

The Bay Area quota has nearly been reached; we encourage teams to consider Santa Rosa or Davis as alternatives. 

What should our team bring?

  • NEW ITEM:  QR code-capable smartphone -- Teams should bring at least one device capable of scanning QR codes and playing mp3 files.  Ideally, small portable speakers should be brought as well, but earbuds with splitters to allow multiple people to hear simultaneously would work. You can test your setup using this pdf.
  • Paper  -- Looseleaf or in notebooks, paper is the perfect medium to quickly jot down ideas, lists, etc. as you solve your clues.
  • Pencils/Pens/Sharpies -- You'll need something to write with; pencils and pens do the trick nicely.  Colored pencils can come in handy at times, and Sharpies are good when working on transparencies.
  • Stationery Supplies -- Things like (multiple quantities of) scissors, tape and glue sticks often come in handy during DASH events when clue construction (or destruction) is required.
  • Writing Surface -- Clipboards are ideal when you are on the go.  Not every puzzle site will have tables for working.
  • Reference Material  -- Here it is a matter of personal choice on how prepared to be for DASH.  With smart phones, the need for lugging additional references is reduced, or obviated entirely.  That's what we think, anyway.
  • Food & Water -- There will be plenty of places along the way for you to stop and purchase a snack, but if you dont want to take the time to stop, you might wish to bring some sustenance with you.
  • Protection from the Elements -- See the section on weather above.
  • Good shoes -- 4 inch stillettos would not be considered good for DASH.  You'll be walking all over San Mateo, so bring something comfortable and supportive!

Who is running DASH3 in the Bay Area?

Bay Area DASH3 is being coordinated by 5 Blind Boys, comprised of Jessen Yu, Stribs, and the Brothers Graham (Justin and Charlie).  There are unconfirmed rumors swirling that the support staff includes Gil Bates (for you old-timers out there)!

Got a question for us?  Contact us at bayarea@playdash.org and we will be happy to get back to you!