Puzzle Boat 4 is a large-scale puzzle hunt from puzzle creator Foggy Brume. It's intended for 4-6 people acting as a team. It will launch, should funding be successful, in October of 2017.
Who Are You?
I am Foggy Brume. I created P&A Puzzle Magazine, a bimonthly puzzle hunt in magazine form, and I've been publishing it since 2006. I'm also the creator of first three Puzzle Boats, each of which consisted of 100+ puzzles.
What's a Puzzle Hunt?
A puzzle hunt is a large set of related word and logic puzzles. The answers to these puzzles can be combined to form a new puzzle -- a "metapuzzle" -- which must itself be solved. Metapuzzle answers then combine to form the solution to the overall puzzle.
What Type of Puzzles Are These?
Most of the puzzles in Puzzle Boat 4 will be word and trivia puzzles. There will be some logic puzzles, too, as well as puzzles that defy categorization. All of the puzzles will have a little twist or special raison d'etre. For example, one puzzle might give descriptions of movies that have had RE added to one of the words (e.g. REBUS STOP). Another puzzle might provide audio clips of songs that have a special relationship that the solver must determine. Yet another puzzle might be a crossword that's really a maze. You can be assured of a wide variety of puzzle types, challenging you in many unexpected ways.
How Many Puzzles?
Puzzle Boat 4 will contain over 100 puzzles, a dozen metapuzzles, and a metametapuzzle.
How Long Is It Available?
Puzzles for Puzzle Boat 4 remain available as long as my website is available. There is no deadline for solving. Solutions will be posted six months after the event begins, to give teams time to solve at their own pace.
Kickstarter Exclusive Puzzles
Everyone who donates $10 or more on Kickstarter will get an exclusive suite of puzzles, separate from Puzzle Boat 4. This suite will consist of 6 puzzles plus a metapuzzle, and will not be made available elsewhere. This set of puzzles will be released in Summer of 2017.
At $15,000, Puzzle Boat 4 will get something no other puzzle boat has had! There will be a thematic epilogue round (numerous puzzles plus a meta).
At $20,000, all backers at $10 or more will get a second exclusive set of puzzles. Like the first set, it will be a smaller set of puzzles intended for individual solvers, but will be released Winter of 2017.
Risks and challenges
As someone who writes this type of puzzle regularly, writing over 100 puzzles in a 4-month times span is not a challenge. There is always the possibility of life emergencies, puzzler's block, health emergencies, and other unpredictable acts. These could delay Puzzle Boat 4, but will not prevent it.
The last two Puzzle Boats were plagued with typos. My hope is that with enough funds, I can hire an editor to review puzzles before publication to avoid the level of typos found previously.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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