What is the MIT Mystery Hunt?Main article: MIT Mystery Hunt It's an annual puzzle-hunt held in January, where teams of people come together to solve lots of puzzles and metapuzzles in order to recover a special coin. In recent years, Hunts have generally been themed on a certain topic (such as time travel, space sci-fi, or videogames), giving it a bit of an alternate reality game feel; these themes are typically relevant in metapuzzles. Teams are of unlimited size. Anyone can participate no matter where they're from or what their background, as long as they're not also hunting for another team. So yes, all of you are welcome to join, and feel free to bring your friends! No commitment or experience is required. The Hunt these days consists of over 100 puzzles, typically organized into rounds of 5 to 15 puzzles each; each round also has a metapuzzle that uses the solutions to its component puzzles. For one January weekend, conveniently the one before Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. (so people can sleep in afterwards), participants work on puzzles upon puzzles round the clock, until a team recovers the coin, and wins the Hunt. Typically, Hunts last around 48~60 hours. The winners get to write next year's Hunt. Don't worry, we're nowhere near that good.
The 2012 HuntThe 2012 Hunt will begin at noon eastern time on Friday the 13th of January, 2012, and ends...well, whenever.
- the Mystery Hunt homepage: http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/ (includes old Hunts you can look through)
- the TV Tropes subforum that we used last year: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=ducksoup
Do you live or go to school nearby?Oh by the way: If you live around the Boston/Cambridge area, we would LOVE to have an on-campus delegation from our team. Every Hunt has some events that take place on-campus, and while they're rarely needed to solve individual puzzles, they are sometimes needed for a few metas. And the intro usually draws this immense crowd in the entrance lobby of MIT, while the wrap-up at the end where the writers talk about the Hunt and some of the solutions also takes place on campus. Plus, if we can get a base on the MIT campus itself, huddling getting together in an MIT classroom and working through the night and day and night and day solving puzzles is actually a surprisingly fun experience. Just make sure to bring lots of scratch paper, writing utensils, and extension cords. You can also locate your base off-campus if you wish, such as out of your own house or office or dorm lounge if you're at a nearby college. (For on-campus bases, team leaders have to go and request one.)
Join us!If you want to join us, go here and make an account: http://ducksoup.vbprog.zonexus.net/ . As a bonus for joining, you get to work on puzzles that arks and I have written. They're MH-style puzzles, so if you haven't ever seen MH puzzles before, here's a good intro. The puzzles (at least mine) are a tad easier than standard MH puzzles but that's so that you can reasonably solve them on your own. Our forum uses an applicant confirmation system to keep out spammers. But just make it obvious who you are and I'll approve the application and let you in. I'll be checking it at least once a day from now on. I know, last year we were hosted here on the TV Tropes forums themselves. However, in the interests of organizing our team more easily, I've decided to get our own forum. It's got lots of nice features, such as the ability to edit each others' posts so we don't have to wait for mods to change stuff as we're busy solving puzzles. Also, you can opt in/out of receiving e-mails that the organizers send to the entire team. Oh yeah, our team is named Duck Soup, but it seems that a lot of the old guard are not going to be participating, so if you wanna change the name, I'm open to that.
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