DASH Volunteer Roles

Want to help with DASH 12? We are looking for volunteers for the following roles:

City Lead – Coordinate DASH in your city
Social Media Coordinator – Share news and reply to messages
Graphic Designer – Create logos and artwork
Puzzle Author – Write a puzzle for the event
Story Lead – Develop the theme and story
Production Lead – Arrange for production and distribution of puzzle materials

If you have questions or would like to help, please email the board . Thanks for considering volunteering!


Role Details

The sections below provide detailed descriptions of the roles required to create and run a DASH event.

DASH Director

This role is typically performed by the Puzzle Manager or Events Manager (or both). Major tasks are done in collaboration with Puzzle Manager and Events Manager.

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Puzzle Manager

Four sub-roles associated with puzzle development (Playtest Coordinator, ClueKeeper Lead, Page Designer, and Production Lead) are described in the following sections. The Puzzle Manager can perform these tasks or recruit assistants to take those responsibilities.

In addition, major tasks for the Puzzle Manager are:

Playtest Coordinator (Puzzle Manager sub-role)

Support Puzzle Manager by coordinating playtesting and feedback.

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ClueKeeper Lead (Puzzle Manager sub-role)

Support Puzzle Manager by managing ClueKeeper content.

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Page Designer (Puzzle Manager sub-role)

Support Puzzle Manager by creating puzzle pages. The Page Designer maintains the "master" version of the puzzle pages once they are put into a standard format, typically after individual puzzle testing and before full-set playtesting.

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Production Lead (Puzzle Manager sub-role)

Support Puzzle Manager by arranging for physical material production and shipping.

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Story Lead

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Puzzle Author

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Events Manager

The central point of contact for all City Leads. The Events Manager is the first to field questions from City Leads, and ensures all necessary information is communicated to and from City Leads.

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City Lead

In charge of setting up and running DASH in their city. Typically, only one per city, although two or more people could share this role for a city.

Each city has a budget that its local organizers can spend as they see fit on various things that are needed to make the event happen in their city. We don't mandate how cities spend their budgets because specific needs vary from city to city based on the size of the event, the venues/locations used along the route, the number of volunteers needed, and how the organizers want to distribute puzzle materials. Some cities need to pay for permits or insurance, while others need to rent one or more venues, and most cities need office supplies. Game-day food for volunteers, snacks and bottled water for players and staff, and similar costs can also be paid for out of the city's discretionary budget. (The costs of printing, manufacturing, and shipping of puzzle materials to each city are not part of the city-specific budget; those costs are paid for directly by the teams when they register for DASH. The city-specific budgets are determined based on the total number of teams that register in each city.)

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Webmaster

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Social Media Coordinator

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Graphic Designer

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