Chicago, IL

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

What's this about?

Do you want the long version or the short version?

Tl;dr

DASH is a walking puzzlehunt around Chicago, for teams of 3-6 on May 30th, 2015. Entry is still only $45 per team, and you can play in the New or Experienced division. Register here, get more details later.  Or when you're less busy, just keep reading.  

I'm sitting with a cup of coffee

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.

Sounds interesting... when and where are you doing this?

Glad you asked. DASH7 Chicago will take place on May 30th, 2015 and start at 10 am.  We'll be starting somewhere in Chicago, IL (public transportation accessible), most likely within the Lincoln Park neighborhood of the city.  More details will come closer to the actual event.

How long does this take?

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. 

That's long. What if I want to take a break?

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.

Wait... you said teams. I need friends? How many?

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 chicago [AT] playdash [DOT] org and we'll set you up with other puzzle-minded affictionados.

Is this going to cost me anything?

Yes.  We're using EventBrite this year, so we've had to raise prices just a bit to cover those costs.  The Windy City edition of DASH7 will cost $45 per team.   We're not trying to make money, just cover our expenses. Once you've registered and paid on EventBrite, you'll be good to go!

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!)

Okay, I'm in. Where do I sign up?

You're basically there! Send your browser to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dash-7-chicago-tickets-16372134495 and you'll be on the path to FANTASY & ADVENTURE! 

What if a puzzle is too difficult? Can we get help?

Of course! We love hints!  

The DASH game control will be on site in each location to provide help in the event you get stuck.  Hints are also built into the Cluekeeper app your team will be using throughout the hunt.  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.

We know we're going to come in first. What are we going to win?

Your money is going for 1) puzzle creation 2) supplies and 3) the occassional tasty treat.  Giant trophies or trips to the Bahamas were not part of the plan.  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.

DASH is outdoors? What if it rains?

We're playing.

Snows? Wind? Tornado? Horrible freezing weather?

We make it work.  We'll be playing.

Aliens? Bears? Alien bears? Bigfoot?

We'll beat them with our collective wit and devestatingly good looks.  And jerky.

I've signed up! What should I be bringing?

  • Phone -- Your team is going to need one of those new-fangled talkie devices this year.  Sadly, rotaries are no longer acceptable- someone will need an Android or iPhone to play. 
  • 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 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. If a puzzle really needs google, and you do not have a smartphone, Game Control will be more than happy to act as your personal google.  Just be careful what you search. :)
  • 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 sustinance 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 Chicago, so bring something comfortable and supportive!

And if I want to stay informed?

There's this site, playdash.org. There's also the DASH facebook page. Twitter and other forms of social media will be forthcoming.

Who are you people?

We're half of the 6-headed monster that runs PuzzledPint in Chicago (www.puzzledpint.com).  From our bios:

  • James suffers from chronically cold feet and the unwanted affections of his condo's resident feline. He devotes much of his spare time to helping build a vibrant puzzling community in Chicago, secretly building an army of people willing to play board games on a lazy weekend. He is also the sole creator of the world's greatest breakfast sandwich.
  • Wil is a freelance designer of games, puzzles, and trivia. He has done work for major tech companies and for game publishers. He is the creator of the Cardhalla and Instant Game Show events at Gen Con. Wil loves to solve as much as he likes to create.
  • Anna was roped into being an emergency volunteer for DASH4 on a fourth date with some strange guy she met on the internet. Years later, she is unable to shake either the puzzles or the guy.