Initiation is an interactive mystery that combines the best of paper and screen. Packed with popular puzzles, coded messages, and twists and turns around every corner, this book promises hours of fun.
How The Book Works
The book is divided into five stages. In each stage you will solve puzzles, complete activities and gather keys that will unlock secret messages on a website. As you work through the puzzles you will be gathering clues to solve your first mystery.
Our name is printed on the cover as IANDSBOU UINDNUZY
Underneath our name is a message encoded in symbols.
By the time you successfully complete all of the activities in the book you will be able to decode our name and the secret message.
The book also has a special theme. As you move through the book you will gather clues and put together a story about a famous person from history whose life is clouded in uncertainty. By the end of the book you will know more about this person's life and how it relates to today.
Want to see more?
To get started all you need is a copy of the book and a device that can access the internet. There is nothing to download or install. At the end of each activity we will provide you with a link and a QR code. Any device with a browser can be used to complete the activities.
Initiation can be broken down into four simple steps.
- Step 1: Solve all the puzzles in the stage.
- Step 2: Solve for the keyword.
- Step 3: Put the keyword into the website.
- Step 4: If correct, you get a clue for the next stage! If not, you'll have to backtrack and find the mistake.
What makes this book unique is that anyone can do it. There is no answer key in the back of the book because you will know when you solved the puzzle correctly using the key check on the website. However, we are prepared to assist you if you need a little extra help along the way, or come across a puzzle you don't know how to solve.
Everyone who pledges $15 or more will receive access to a secret area on the website called The Vault.
Part of your Initiation is learning how to solve the puzzles. Inside The Vault are instructional videos where Brooklynn will teach you how to solve puzzles, decode messages, and guide you through the activities.
It's not about testing your knowledge or ability to solve a puzzle - we want to help everyone enjoy this book. Puzzles are a great way to build critical thinking and problem solving skills. So if you are up for the challenge, you can tackle the book without any extra clues. But help is there if you need it.
Here's an example of a puzzle and key check page:
To learn more about the types of puzzles in the book check out some of our awesome backer rewards!
We have some amazing rewards for you - everything you need to have fun and get started right away.
The Sample Pack
A PDF ebook of 10 puzzles similar to what you will find in Initiation.
A PDF ebook of 40 puzzles that you can start working on right away. Basic Training includes a sample of each style of puzzle from Initiation and a sample key check on the website.
The Starter Kit
A the Starter Kit level you will receive a pre-release copy of Initiation, access to The Vault, the Sample Pack and Basic Training. With the starter kit you can start working on puzzles right away and be ready when your copy of Initiation arrives.
The Complete Set
The complete set includes a pre-release copy of Initiation, access to The Vault, the Sample Pack, Basic Training, and Advanced Training
Advanced Training is a PDF ebook with sample ciphers and messages to decode. The combination of Basic and Advanced Training is everything you need to be ready for Initiation.
** All PDF training packs will be sent out to backers as soon as the campaign is finished.
In addition to the sample and training packs, there are some limited rewards available. The first 20 backers who pledge $55 or more will receive a personalized video thank you from Brooklynn!
We are also offering web and book credits as a way to recognize those backers who are going above and beyond to make this launch successful.
*** UPDATE The first stretch goal is unlocked! All backers will receive an invite to a special virtual launch party at the end of the campaign. Please help us reach more stretch goals by sharing this campaign. Thank you awesome backers for getting us this far!
Like most creators, we are dreamers and already have plans for more books. Initiation is the beginning of a series of books we hope to publish. The funds raised through Kickstarter will help us get this book into production before the holiday season and hopefully make it possible for us to begin work on the next book right away.
The funds from this campaign will be used to finish website development, get an ISBN for the book, and cover final production costs.
- August 2018 - Campaign Launch
- September 2018 - Finalize Book Production and send out PDF rewards
- October 2018 - Pre-launch books shipped to crowdfunding backers
- November 2018 - Official Book Launch
As a father-daughter team we enjoy creating together. The idea for Initiation came to Nathan as he was working on another illustration project. He wanted to create mazes in a different way that would make them more challenging and interesting to solve. Initially the book started out exclusively as a maze, but after further refinement, we decided to incorporate the different puzzles we have created into the book.
But that wasn't enough. We are passionate about learning. As a homeschooling family everything is a learning activity. Our hope is that through this book we can inspire others, especially teens and young adults to pick up a puzzle book. Learning how to solve puzzles can create a lifetime of enjoyment with all the added mental wellness benefits included.
Brooklynn's dream is to be a writer. She researched the theme for this book, found clues, and became the face and voice of Initiation. She has spent countless hours writing scripts and recording videos for the companion website. She did all of this while working on several other writing projects - which will probably be on Kickstarter soon!
This project is more than the two of us.
Our family is made up of 11 creative, slightly crazy people and each of us has contributed to this project. It ranges from the younger kids giving us the time we've needed to complete this book to the older kids researching topics and learning how to create and solve all sorts of puzzles.
But none of this would have been possible without our amazing wife and mother, Mindy. She helped take this from an idea to a template to a book we could hold in our hands. She has looked over these pages so much she probably sees them in her dreams!
As a family we have published a variety of puzzle books, coloring books, and activity books for all ages under the brand name PuzzlePause. While completing Initiation, Mindy also finished three other PuzzlePause titles that will be launched soon.
So from our family to yours, we hope that you have as much fun solving Initiation as it has been to create it. Thank you for taking the time to read through our campaign page and we hope you will back Initiation and be part of our journey.
- The Hoffmanns
** Important ** Please do not add shipping to the cost of your pledge. We will be using Backerkit to manage fulfillment and pre-orders after the campaign. Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter campaign finishes.
Shipping rates are as follows:
- $5 US
- $10 Canada
- $15 all others
We will email you to confirm your shipping address and collect shipping fees at the end of the campaign.
For Backers not in the US
All of our rewards now ship worldwide. We will be using Backerkit to collect shipping fees and confirm addresses once the campaign ends.
Risks and challenges
While this is our first Kickstarter campaign, the risks to completing this project are minimal. The book is currently being reviewed and refined by beta testers and that process will be complete before the campaign ends. In the past three years we have published seven puzzle books and three coloring/activity books. We understand the challenges that can come up along the way and are confident we can keep the commitments we make with our backers.
While we do not anticipate any delays in fulfilling rewards we will post regular updates to the campaign page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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