A mysterious book arrives in the post, accompanied by a cryptic letter.
Puzzles and challenges fill its pages, hinting toward a shadowy, secret organization: The Republic.
Who are they, and why have they chosen you?
Solve the Mystery
404 is a new kind of puzzle book. There are no instructions, and it won't always be obvious what to do (although hints are always available). You will need to think creatively to extract answers from the book, which can be validated on the accompanying 404 website. If you are correct, the website will unlock information which you will need to solve challenges later in the book.
As you progress, you will also receive further communications from the organization who sent you the book, delivered via the website. These will reveal story elements, and may include cryptic hints, including references to information hidden elsewhere.
Only for Backers
404 will be sent to you in a unique edition that will never be reprinted, and arrive with a cryptic letter that only backers will ever receive - and, as a backer, you will be one of the very first to receive 404.
How do I play 404?
404 is a physical book. You will probably want to write in the book, and sometimes cut it up or manipulate it. Solve the puzzles on each page to reveal words or numbers, then enter these on the website at www.book-404.com to verify them. They may be required for later puzzles. If you are wrong, but on the right track, the answer parser built into the website will tell you so - although you can disable this assistance if you wish. The website will also provide access to progressively more specific hints, so the puzzles will be accessible to all abilities of solver.
Who is creating 404?
I am Dr Gareth Moore, the author of over 100 best-selling international puzzle and brain-training titles. My books have sold over 7 million copies, and have been translated into over 30 different languages. They include number 1 bestsellers such as The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book (UK only) - which sold over 125,000 copies at Christmas 2018 - and range from complex adult mystery titles through to puzzle books for kids.
As one of the world's best-selling puzzle authors, I am uniquely placed to create a title which will provide a sensible level of challenge throughout. The puzzles will test you, but will always be fair.
Praise for my puzzles
I have been called "Britain's King of Puzzles" by The Sun, and "One of Britain's most trusted brain trainers" by The Sunday Telegraph. Will Shortz described my puzzles as "Fresh and lively". But you don't need to just take their word for it - you can read my Amazon reviews too.
- Dimensions: 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.5cm)
- Puzzles: 56+
- Pages: 128+
- Plus additional online content, unlocked as you progress.
This book is not the type of book a traditional publishing house would take on. This book isn't aimed at the mass market - it's aimed at a specific type of person: you. It would cause confusion on the shelves of your local bookshop, and most publishers would not have the resources to create the accompanying interactive website.
I want to achieve my vision for the book with as much creative control over the final product as possible. This means that I need your help to make the physical product a reality. The project goal will cover the initial print run, and enable me to place a well-produced copy of 404 in your hands, complete with the backer-exclusive letter. This letter will add to the sense of immersion the book will bring, as well as provide additional story information and clues.
Risks and challenges
There is little room for complications, given my track record of consistently producing high-quality puzzles and regular new releases. If I do happen to hit any bumps in the road, I will keep all backers well informed and adjust the promised delivery dates as necessary - but I have allowed plenty of time, so I don't anticipate needing to do this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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