DASH4 New York, NY
Event takes place at 11:00 AM on April 28.
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).
Sounds interesting... when and where?
DASH4 New York will take place on April 28th, 2012 and start at 11am. We'll start somewhere in Central Park; the precise location will be revealed closer to DASH day. To make sure that your team starts on time, please arrive 30 minutes beforehand to allow time for registration.
How long will it take?
That depends a bit on the experience of the team. Most teams will finish between 4-6 hours (the DASH has a hard end time of 7pm). There is a generous hint system available, so teams should be able to finish a lot faster than that if they wish to. Expert puzzle hunt teams may finish quicker than 3 hours without taking hints.
This is a team game?
Yes, yes it is. Puzzle solving is a lot more fun in teams, so that's how DASH was designed. The ideal team size is about 4, and typically range from 3-5. More than 5 on a team isn't prohibited, but it will be difficult for everyone to collaborate and participate as much as they'd like, and will keep your team off of the official scoreboard (which has a max of 5 per team). If you have more people than that who are interested in playing, consider breaking into two teams. If you're a singleton who wants to get matched up with a team, email us at newyork [this is where the 'at' symbol goes] playdash.org and we'll match you up with some friendly folks.
Does it cost anything?
It does. But it's not very much. $15 per person, to cover the costs of the puzzles and a few other expenses. This isn't a money-making operation by any stretch. $15 for several hours of entertainment is pretty tough to beat.
You mentioned expert teams - we're far from expert. What if it's too hard?
Everyone likes solving puzzles. Nobody likes not solving puzzles. We want people to enjoy themselves! There will be a generous hint system available for folks who need a nudge. Game Control will be at each clue site to provide help and guidance as well. NO TEAM LEFT BEHIND.
Are there prizes?
You will enjoy yourself for hours and meet some pretty amazing people. And if you do particularly well, you'll be featured on the nationwide scoreboard. But no actual prizes, per se.
How physically challenging will this be?
You can expect to walk 2-4 miles over the course of the day. New Yorkers should be used to that.
What if it rains?
You'll get wet.
This is great! How do I sign up?
Make your way to the Registration page and get involved.
What should I bring on DASH day?
Paper, pens and pencils - always helpful.
Scissors, tape - often helpful.
Clipboard - helpful when there are no tables nearby.
Reference materials - with smartphones and mobile Internet access, bringing books and code sheets and etc. is a lot less helpful than it used to be. If you need to google something and don't have a smartphone, feel free to ask Game Control for help and we will be happy to act as your google proxy.
Food and water - helpful, but there will be plenty of opportunities to grab something along the way so don't feel like you need to lug around a backpack of MREs.
Attire - weather-friendly clothing is helpful. Check the weather. Be prepared. Also, wear comfortable shoes.
What if I have more questions?
Contact us at newyork [this is where the 'at' symbol goes] playdash.org !