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Aug 17, 2016 1:39pm
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Mostly a presentation piece but there is little more to it than it appears

http://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.html?boxId=269461
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Reply to: #933082 by dingus dufus
Aug 18, 2016 3:54am
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More coolness from the master of video eevil!

LB
seeking ideas
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Sep 22, 2017 9:53am
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I want to incorporate Mouse Trap game as a part of a clue for an event in which the theme is mazes. Looking for ideas.
Re: seeking ideas
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Reply to: #951639 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Sep 23, 2017 4:31am
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Is that the classic 60's game where you try to build a rube goldberg type device to trap mice? It seems that each part of the device has a function - perhaps using that function and taking letters from the devices and assembling a clue from it. Cranks, gears, ladders, bathtubs, ....

Could work.

LB
Another presentation piece
Board: CCCP Home
Oct 12, 2017 2:00pm
But theme worthy locale & a marvelous Mu stamp is the prize!

Fake Plastic Trees
ISO Clue Tester
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Oct 19, 2017 6:49pm
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Does anyone have some extra time to test a video clue/cipher for me? I will hopefully be done with it tonight or tomorrow night.
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #952813 by kudichan
Oct 19, 2017 7:36pm
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I'm willing to try....
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #952817 by Sheba
Oct 20, 2017 12:34am
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Thanks Sheba, I'll be in touch :)
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #952813 by kudichan
Oct 20, 2017 7:53am
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I can try...
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #952813 by kudichan
Nov 7, 2017 11:11am
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Welp, it's finally posted :D

-shameless plug-

And thanks again to my clue testers.
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #953530 by kudichan
Nov 7, 2017 12:18pm
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Awesome! Yay!
Re: ISO Clue Tester
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Reply to: #953530 by kudichan
Nov 7, 2017 2:06pm
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Very nice and clever presentation.

LB
Planting and Plant Date
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Nov 16, 2017 7:23pm
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Let's say that I have planted a puzzle letterbox, but it will take a few days to make the puzzle to be solved. What should I list as the plant date?

I know that I can set it as "reserved" until it is actually ready to be seen, but the question still remains: What should I list as the plant date?
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953776 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 17, 2017 1:01am
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I use the current date when I finally activate a box out of my reserve list. All activities prior to that, including the planting, are part of getting the box to the finish line.
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953776 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 18, 2017 1:56am
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The real question is whether the plant date is relevant. For example, the fact that this box was planted on May 24th, 2012 is key to understanding the clue.

But as for waiting till everything is in place, I dunno. I have a box that had the necessary info available on LbNA in November 2011, but only one person was clever enough to notice. Everything else needed in the real world went into place the next summer, and the public listing on AQ went up in November 2012. It was entirely possible, in theory, to find the box location well before that AQ plant date, but I didn't even get around to carving the stamp until May 2013, once I knew someone else had caught the scent. He found the box that September. The clever one was second finder in 2015. I have little faith it will ever get a third.

What I'm saying is, unless the plant date has any affect on how the box is found, it's just a meaningless number.

K
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953795 by Kelsung
Nov 18, 2017 7:25am
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So, if the stamp wasn't available until May 2013, why make the listing in 2011/2012 (depending on site)?
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953795 by Kelsung
Nov 18, 2017 7:44am
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it's just a meaningless number.

Nihilist!
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953798 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 18, 2017 8:06am
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if the stamp wasn't available until May 2013, why make the listing in 2011/2012

You don't seem to have a very clear grasp of the CCCP ethos....
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953804 by IllegitimateHenEradicator
Nov 18, 2017 8:41am
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if the stamp wasn't available until May 2013, why make the listing in 2011/2012

You don't seem to have a very clear grasp of the CCCP ethos....

I understand the point of making mysterious boxes. I've done a few myself. I just don't understand why the listing was made when the box wasn't yet available. Perhaps if I saw the listing.

I have searched for puzzle boxes by Kelsung, but I don't see one listed as planted in November 2012. I do see one listed on November 2011. Is this the one? I don't see why it wouldn't be there when listed, unless it is supposed to be a 'missing soldier'.
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953804 by IllegitimateHenEradicator
Nov 18, 2017 9:38am
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We really do not have an ethos, just a desire to create clever clues, as opposed to directions.

We are also not beholden to the grammar police.

LB
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953805 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 19, 2017 10:21am
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My apologies. That was a late night post. My intention was simply to state that in most situations, the accuracy of the plant date doesn't really affect the boxing experience, so if there was a grey area of a few days it wasn't really important.

To make said point, I attempted to give polar opposite extreme situations. The first example was a mystery box planted on PAL day. For all my public rants against that event, I still used it for clue purposes. However, sometime later Ryan changed AQ to automatically hide the plant date of mystery boxes. Overall, this I consider a positive change, which is why you can't figure which box I refer to in my second example, but it did diminish the chances of Le Chiffre being found anymore.

The point of my second example was to describe a situation where I put out a clue that I knew would take so long to figure out that the box didn't need to actually be in place until I was certain it was even on someone's radar. Rather than making my point, my description comes off either confusing or arrogant. My apologies.

K
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953844 by Kelsung
Nov 19, 2017 2:01pm
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The point of my second example was to describe a situation where I put out a clue that I knew would take so long to figure out that the box didn't need to actually be in place until I was certain it was even on someone's radar. Rather than making my point, my description comes off either confusing or arrogant. My apologies.

No problem.

At least, to me, it didn't come off as arrogant, just confusing. This clears it up for me though. However, I've had puzzles (mostly in geocaching) that I've planted/placed take much longer or shorter than I ever expected. This is why I (personally) don't make it available for solving until I have everything in place, though "Your mileage may vary." ;-)
Re: Planting and Plant Date
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Reply to: #953776 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 22, 2017 12:58pm
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I use the date that it was actually planted, since it's called the plant date. To me, this is separate from the date the box was listed. There is almost always a delay for my boxes, sometimes it can even be months between planting and listing. (Coming up with good clues is hard!)
Free Printable Escape Rooms
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Nov 28, 2017 8:01pm
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I'd like to make a letterbox clue in the form of an escape room. I've played escape rooms on my tablet, watched videos and even played one actual escape room. I don't know how to translate one of these into a printable letterboxing clue.

I've seen printable escape rooms for sale, but I'd like to try one first before I buy one. I figure that just like other puzzle types where people share their puzzles for fun (like Puzzled Pint, The Griddle and Perplexible) that there would be people who make printable escape rooms for fun. However, I haven't found any in my searches of the internet.

I could always do an escape room like that one text adventure game that lead to a few Eevil letterboxes, but I don't remember which ones. After all, escape rooms are descendants from text adventure games.
Re: Free Printable Escape Rooms
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Reply to: #954162 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 28, 2017 8:19pm
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Eric Berlin has written a few printable escape rooms - basically mini puzzle hunts framed as an "escape room" of sorts.
http://pandamagazine.com/escape/
http://pandamagazine.com/escape_the_library/

There are some AR "escape rooms" on Cluekeeper.

Lots of "escape room in a box" options on Amazon - some are decent, some are quite horrible (both in production value and puzzle quality), none I've seen are amazing.

As a webpage, you could do an HTML image map over a plan of a room with some basic logic to sequentially unlock new parts of the room, other rooms, or new parts of puzzles.

Re: Free Printable Escape Rooms
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Reply to: #954163 by Mu
Nov 28, 2017 10:12pm
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There are some AR "escape rooms" on Cluekeeper.

I'll have to look into it further. From the introductory video I watched it has a lot in common with Wherigo. Cluekeeper seems to have more features though. I'll have to look into that.

However, since letterboxers don't seem to be interested in using a GPS receiver to find a box, I'm thinking that there won't be many interested in doing this either. I think I'll try one and see what happens.

Lots of "escape room in a box" options on Amazon - some are decent, some are quite horrible (both in production value and puzzle quality), none I've seen are amazing.

This is why I want to try one before I buy one of those on Amazon. They have quite variation in reviews, like you said. Maybe the escape room experience just can't be done well unless you have real locked boxes or an equivalent on a tablet.

As a webpage, you could do an HTML image map over a plan of a room with some basic logic to sequentially unlock new parts of the room, other rooms, or new parts of puzzles.

That could very well work. It would be like the escape room apps I've played on my tablet. Those are fun/frustrating.

I've also got another idea: Make the letterboxes themselves be the escape room. Find a place where I can hide a few to several boxes in proximity to each other. When they open each box they will get clue(s) to open/find one or more boxes. It could be fun/frustrating.
Re: Free Printable Escape Rooms
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Reply to: #954168 by Oberon_Kenobi
Nov 30, 2017 10:36am
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Some similarities with Wherigo, but Cluekeeper is primarily meant as a tracker for puzzle hunts, with added AR capabilities through Zappar. It doesn't have to be location based whatsoever and could allow for image recognition of and interaction with printed components or household items (check out the free Gnome Invasion hunt for an example of this.)

As with any real or paper escape room available to a popular market, the variation in reviews largely is the result of different people's puzzle experience. I've played 50+ real life escape rooms, so when I review a new room, I can compare against all the highs and lows of past rooms I've played, whereas escape room newbies will either love the adventure, regardless of the quality of the room, or get frustrated and hate it, even if it's a brilliantly designed room. Thus, finding puzzlers' blogs that review such things is usually your best bet, rather than Amazon reviews.

Many possible directions to go with making the letterboxes themselves the escape "room" - and I'd love to hear about or find whatever you create if you go that direction!!

Re: Free Printable Escape Rooms
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Reply to: #954213 by Mu
Nov 30, 2017 9:51pm
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I've played 50+ real life escape rooms [....] Many possible directions to go with making the letterboxes themselves the escape "room" - and I'd love to hear about or find whatever you create if you go that direction!!

I've played one room, watched videos and played some escape room apps. I'll have to play with making some for myself before I venture into making one into a letterbox series. I'll have to post here when I've planted it.
Up for a Collaboration?
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Mar 20, 2018 2:26pm
Hi All -

Is anyone interested in collaborating on some plants with me? I planted some boxes a few months ago but I haven't listed them yet. I typically like having creative puzzle clues, but life has gotten busier lately and I haven't been able to make the time. So I thought I'd reach out and see if anyone would like to create the clues for my already-planted boxes. I'd post these clues on my website and credit you for your creativity. :)

There's a single box ('Mother Nature') in the middle of PA and a 5-box series ('The Hunger Games') at a Virginia State Park.

Thanks!
RideTheMoose
string
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Dec 27, 2018 4:22pm
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can someone point me toward a coding technique using string?