Event takes place at 10:00 AM on May 18.
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). Think a more relaxed The Amazing Race, but with a puzzle at every clue stop.
Glad you asked. DASH5 Chicago will take place on May 18th, 2013 and start at 10 am. We might be starting somewhere in Chicago, IL (public transportation accessible), but that could change closer to the event. Assume that we're starting somewhere in the Chicagoland area at the moment.
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. If you want a quicker, more casual experience, we should be able to customize the experience for you.
The great part about DASH is that your team's score is only based on puzzle-solving times. Want to grab a quick lunch in-between clues? Be our guest. Coffee stop? Sure. Liquid courage? It's probably not going to help, but we're not going to stop you.
Teams are typically from 3 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. And if you're a loaner, e-mail us at whogamechicago [AT] gmail [DOT] com and we'll set you up with other puzzle-minded affictionados.
Yes. The Windy City edition of DASH5 will cost $40 per team. We're not trying to make money, just cover our expenses. Once you've registered on this website, we'll contact you shortly to collect payment through PayPal, Chase QuickPay or good old fashioned snail mail. Where else are you going to get a full day worth of fun for less than the cost of movie tickets? (Plus, we'll be playing in actual 3D!)
You're basically there! Send your browser to http://www.playdash.org/DASH5/register.php, and you'll be on the path to ADVENTURE!
Of course! You'll have the standard Ask the Audience, Phone a Friend, and 50/50 at your disposal. Okay, that last sentence was a lie. But hints are available! 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.
Pick One: A) our undying love and affection, or B) hearty applause and back slaps all around. In all honesty, 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.
Unless its name is Ditka, you shouldn't worry. If it is, we encourage your team head to the nearest place with a TV and cheer loudly for Da Bulls.
We'll all take shelter. Then we'll keep playing indoors.
We'll beat them with our collective wit and devestatingly good looks. And jerky.
There's this site, playdash.org. There's also the DASH facebook page. Twitter and other forms of social media will be forthcoming.
We're Chicago Game Control, otherwise known as the 2-headed monster of James Nelson and Wil Zambole. James is back for round #3 running the Chicago game, while Wil is back for his second runaround as GM. In a nutshell, James knows logistics better than UPS and runs the Chicago Puzzlehunt newsletter, while Wil is a professional puzzle writer that has appeared in Wired magazine. James will lead you in the right direction, while Wil will bring the pain.
Ok, not really. But we're ready to put on a heck of an event for everyone. Now lets get going!
Puzzles from previous DASH games:
Registration for DASH5 is now open.