Austin, TX

Event takes place at 10:00 AM on May 30, 2015.

What is DASH?

DASH is a day-long walking puzzle solving event. If you choose to participate, the challenge will take your team from stop to stop, while you work together as a team, wracking your brains to solve puzzles involving wordplay, spatial reasoning, and pop culture trivia.

 

Where is this taking place?

The final location is still TBD but will begin in the area of the University of Texas at Austin. We expect a walking distance of about 2-3 miles total throughout the day. There are places to eat lunch along the route.

 

How long is DASH?

We expect that most teams will solve all puzzles in ~6 hours. DASH will start promptly at 10am so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and receive your first puzzle. Typically teams break for lunch around noon, and then complete the day around 5pm, at which point we will all migrate to Austin's Pizza on Guadalupe St to announce winners and eat pizza.

 

I've never done one of these before... is it hard?

When you sign up, you'll be asked for a team experience level. This year we will have puzzle tracks for two levels:

  • New Players: If you have never attended a DASH, BAPHL ("Boston Area Puzzle Hunt League") hunt, or the MIT Mystery Hunt, and you've never solved puzzles more complex than a Sudoku, American Crossword, or Paint by Numbers, this is the level for you. This may also be a good level for smaller teams of experienced players.

  • Experienced Players: If you have a lot of experience with past DASHes, the MIT Mystery Hunt, any BAPHL hunts, or solving a variety of other types of non-traditional puzzles, this is the level for you.

 

How much will this cost?

DASH charges a $40 entrance fee per team. This money will go towards permits, puzzle production, and other incidentals. This year we are using Eventbrite to coordinate logistics, and they charge an additional fee. If your team finds the cost of DASH is prohibitive, please contact the Austin GC and we will work something out.

 

How big should my team be?

We recommend a team of 3-4 people. Too large a team and it becomes harder to collaborate on the puzzles; too small and having so few solvers may slow you. Also, since we charge a flat fee per team, it becomes more expensive per person.

 

All right, we're sold. How do we register?

Registration is open! Please follow the link below to register your team name:

https://dash7-austin.eventbrite.com/.

Remember, we start promptly at 10am so please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

What supplies will we need?

Bring the usual items one would bring to a puzzle hunt. See the FAQ for a list.

****Android or iOS7 smartphones are a necessity since we will be using an app called Cluekeeper for the hunt.****

 

What if it rains?

We'll play in any weather. If it looks particularly bad, game control will email you with details of an alternate locations.

 

Any other questions?

Please email dash.austin.gc@gmail.com for further questions.

 

Interested, in volunteering? Can’t make it on the 30th but still want to check out the puzzles?

We always welcome more volunteers to help coordinate on the day-of. Additionally, we will need a few people to help play-test the final set of puzzles before the big day. Please email dash.austin.gc@gmail.com for further information.