The first part of our conversation with Glenn Willen, one of the Manic Sages who ran the 2013 MIT Mystery Hunt!
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00:59 - "serious"
02:01 - a little bit of MIT history repeating
04:26 - Mr. Willen goes to Cambridge, Mass.
07:21 - how to win a Mystery Hunt (or not)
09:56 - tools for competitive solvers
15:03 - fun with clue construction
16:24 - experience in other puzzle hunts?
18:08 - why people run Games
21:24 - The End
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Music: instrumentals from "Code Monkey" and "My Monkey" by Jonathan Coulton
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If we can get just 52 major universities to each run one puzzlehunt per year, then none of us never need to sleep on weekends ever again.
I believe only a minority of people are willing to travel for ANY kind of event--puzzle hunts, concerts, plays, other live performances. (Specific evidence: players wait-listed for DASH in SF who did not want to drive down to Palo Alto to play.)
This is why bands go on tour. You might get a few "Deadheads" following hunts all over the place, but most people want to go to events near where they live.
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