Portland, OR

Event takes place at 10:00 AM on May 18.

Registered & Paid Teams

The following teams are registered and confirmed as paid for DASH 5:

1. Plan Commitee

2. Go Figure

3. Puzzle Underground

4. Silly Hat Brigade

5. The Bryan Bilsons

6. Synth-Bionaughts

7. Hot Air Balloon Redux

8. Capt. J-Graham's Puzzle-iers

9. Uncommon Denominators

10. Dash of the Titans

11. Seven of Diamonds

12. No Whining

13. Cougin' it Oyster Racing

14. Clearly Ambiguous

15. Never Nudes

16. G. Gavin Gunhold

17. SemaFour-and-a-half

18. Strip Endplay

19. Nice and Satan

20. Gospel Tentacle Revival

21. Mofumofu

22. Bringin' Up the Rear

23. London Calling

The Basic Rundown

Welcome to DASH5, PDX Puzzlers!  We're planning an excellent trip around the city for your intellectual enjoyment. Be ready for an action-packed day full of challenging puzzles alongside teams in fifteen other cities doing the exact same thing at the same time.

If you haven't registered your team for DASH5, head to the main registration page, and then come right back here!

If you aren't quite sure what DASH5 is all about, you should start with the main FAQ, and then check the specific PDX FAQ below.

Some Important Details

     Start Time -- 10:00am on the dot! Teams who arrive late will be at an immediate disadvantage. Plan to sign-in by 9:30 for your own good! (Seriously, it is important that everyone is there and ready to begin at 10am)

     End Time -- 6:00pm? DASH5 is scheduled for an 6-hour run, but you know how these things go...

     Start Location -- Waterfront Park, right next to (South of) the Hawthorne Bridge.  More specifically, look for us here.

How do I register a team?

Start by going to the main Registration Page to sign up your team. Next, come back to this page and click the Buy Now button below to pay the team registration fee.

How do I pay the team registration fee?

First, make sure you have registered your team on the main Registration Page. Once you register a team, come back to this page, enter your team name, and click the Buy Now button below to pay your team registration fee.

Please be sure to enter the same team name you used on the registration page, so that we know which teams have paid!

Your Team Name:

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is $40 regardless of the team size.

How many people can be on a team?

Ideally your team will have 3-5 players.  There have been teams as small as 2 that still had a great time.  If you have more than 5, it will make it difficult to collaborate on the puzzles and we highly encourage splitting into two teams.  (Also, if you have more than 5 team members, your time on the national scoreboard will be forever tarnished by an asterisk to indicate your use of illegal performance enhancing brains.)

How long should we expect this hunt to last?

It depends heavily on the experience of the team.  Nominally this is supposed to be a 6-8 hour hunt, but expert teams can often finish in half that time.  But count on a good chunk of the day.

What happens if it rains?

You'll get wet.

No, seriously, what happens if it rains?

Seriously, you'll get wet.  This is Portland, so dress appropriately for a day wandering about outside.  We'll do our best to have some weather-protected puzzle-solving spaces available at each location.

I want to play, but don't have a team, or my team isn’t big enough. What should I do?

Send us an email ([email protected]), and we will see if we can get you on a team.

What should I bring?

- Scratch paper and pens/pencils/erasers (pretty much necessary)

- Scissors, tape, sharpie, a RULER, highlighters (often helpful)

- Clipboards, blanket (useful if you aren't at a table)

- A shrubbery!  (this is not a clue)

- Smartphone, reference materials - smartphones and the internet are legal game play.  If you need to Google something and don't have a smartphone among your team, feel free to ask Game Control for help and we will be happy to act as your Google proxy.  Also, we highly recommend using the iPhone app "ARG Tools" (essentially a code-sheet app) developed by our friend Brian of Puzzled Pint fame.

- There will be an optional national activity that you can do over Twitter, so if you come prepared for twittering, you'll be able to participate in that.

- Good walking shoes (expect to walk around 3-4 miles over the course of the hunt, depending on how often you get lost)

- Some spending money if you plan on buying lunch at one of the many delicious options you will pass near over the course of the day.

- Your sense of puzzling adventure!


Puzzled Pint? What's that?

If you are not yet aware of the monthly puzzle-solving gathering we are lucky to have here in PDX, you should definitely check out the Puzzled Pint website.

Will I starve?

There will be some good opportunities to purchase food over the course of the hunt, but it's always a good idea to bring a few snacks, a water bottle, etc.

Any other questions?

Don't forget to read the DASH FAQ.

Also, please feel free to email us at [email protected].


Registration for DASH5 is now open.