heh, I'm reading, "it's not like there's some magic formula or a manual," on the same day i hear about a whole set of books available today about the craft of creating puzzles and game design. www.humblebundle.com/books/puzzlecraft-books
I think the part which disappoints me is that a single person could claim more than one prize. I don't recall whether any hunt ever disallowed this, but it's a different matter for hunts where people need to travel to a location and dig up a physical treasure. Armchair hunts really could be solved by a single person, and perhaps they need their own set of rules. I know some people who solved multiple pages of the "52 Master Pieces" hunt, and most of them voluntarily yielded their extra winnings back to the organizers. www.52masterpieces.com/
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Post by GeneticBlend on Aug 1, 2018 18:04:16 GMT -5
Most of those books look like RPGs or computer games, but I will look through the selection, thanks!
Yes, I think if I do this again, having a person be able to claim more than one prize will be one of the things I change. My initial thought was that to appeal to the masses, offering a booklet that had a total prize amount of $700 that could possibly be won all by one person, would draw more people in. I am not upset that one person won five of the puzzles. But it seems that many of the other players are. Also, people seem upset that the person who won five of the puzzles wants to remain anonymous. That too will be something I will change. Again, I don't mind that they want to remain anonymous, especially after the awful comments on facebook (much of which I have removed), and the hate mail I have received. But people have accused me of running an unfair hunt because I won't reveal who won, and that can't be further from the truth. The book was not seen by anyone prior to mailing it out.
Although you returned payment to your overseas clients who did not get a chance to attempt any of the puzzles, I have returned the refund as the booklet is well worth it just for your artwork, hopefully it will go a little way in recovering your losses. I received the booklet yesterday and for your first major attempt at compiling a puzzle hunt book I thought it was great. We all know that the problems arose with the mailing which is definitely not your fault. On the good side you now know how not to make the same mistakes, using some of the ideas mentioned by others on this board, onward and upwards.
Post by jminnesota on Sept 5, 2018 13:03:12 GMT -5
I was mostly MIA in July and August so I missed the fun of this Arm Chair Hunt. However, I still purchased the book today, just to sharpen my ciphering and puzzle mind. I don't see the answer to #7 anywhere yet. Or the artwork that went with it. I'm assuming this is the grandson one? I haven't seen artwork for the musical grandson key yet.
Thanks for giving our minds something to work on Beth!
ps: I happen to love book versions vs ebooks
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