This episode of DASH airs on
April 24, 2010

What is DASH?
DASH (Different Area—Same Hunt) is a puzzle hunt event which takes place on the same day in multiple cities across the United States. Creating the hunt has been a collaborative effort. Each city contributed one clue to the event, and each event will use all the clues from the contributing cities. In other words, the clues for each city's hunt will be the same, only the locations will be different.

What is a puzzle hunt?
A puzzle hunt (or "treasure hunt" or "puzzle adventure") is a fun, interactive event in which teams of players race to find and solve creative puzzles hidden in different locations.

Is this like "The Game?"
Not quite. DASH is a shorter event and will be completely on foot. It's more like a BANG, but during the daytime. And the puzzles will be a little easier.

What kind of puzzles can we expect to see?
We plan to challenge you with a variety of different brain teasers. See the 2009 Puzzles!

Interactive Twitter Puzzle?
Part of what makes DASH exciting, is that you will be participating in a hunt along with hundreds of other teams in ten cities at roughly the same time. Therefore, we would like to introduce an experimental, optional, interactive piece to the hunt that would require someone from your team to use Twitter. Keep in mind, this is external to the actual hunt but just another way to have fun with other teams while you are playing.

In order to participate you will want to:
  1. Follow our Twitter account: @playdash
  2. Tweet to @playdash your city, your team name, (and optionally, your favorite tv show) and add the tag: #playdash to your tweet
  3. Once you search for #playdash you will be able to see who is participating. We encourage you to follow at least one team from each city.

Will DASH really be the same event in all ten cities?
Though players in different cities will not visit the same locations, all players in all cities will be able to see the same set of puzzles.

Will I need a car?
No. All locations will be accessible on foot. Public transit may be an option in some cities.

What supplies and equipment will we need?
For traveling—

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen or rain gear (as appropriate)
  • Maps
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
For puzzle solving—
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Clipboards
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Are there any "pre-clues" on this web site?

How many people should be on my team?
2 to 6 people is what we recommend, but check your local city page for specific requirements.

I have another question.
E-mail and we'll do our best to answer it!

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