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About this project

Escape the Book! is a physical hardcover puzzle book with elaborate puzzles, beautiful illustrations, and an engaging story.

The book centers on the adventures of five children who find themselves trapped inside five fantastic books. Each of these stories (or sub-books) is a miniature puzzle hunt, and the answers to their puzzles combine to form a challenging meta-puzzle. Solving each section advances the story and allows one of the children to escape.

As an example of one of these sub-books, we've made a digital draft of the first sub-book, "Alice in Puzzleland", available for free download here through Dropbox: Alice in Puzzleland Download (~25 MB)

A note from playtesters: On some printers, the draft of the first chapter prints in odd colors. Please only print in black and white!

A Mad Tea Party
A Mad Tea Party

The book will contain a minimum of 36 puzzles, tied together with a consistent and engaging story.

Each of the puzzles in Escape the Book! has an English word or phrase as an answer. Solving the puzzles will require recognizing patterns while thinking logically and creatively.

An example puzzle
An example puzzle

Multiple hints are included in the book for every puzzle, and hints for the "Alice in Puzzleland" sub-book are included at the bottom of this campaign page.

The sub-books are themed around different works of literature and different puzzle types:

  • "Alice in Puzzleland" - Worm your way through word puzzles in Wonderland! (Try it out for free! Link at the top of this campaign page!)
  • "20,000 Puzzles Under the Sea" - Fill in grid puzzles on the deck of the Nautilus!
  • "A Study in Puzzles" - Noodle past logic puzzles with Sherlock Holmes!
  • "The Puzzle over Innsmouth" - Color in shading puzzles as horror overcomes you.
  • "Dr. Puzzle and Mr. Hyde" - Explore Mr. Hyde's dual nature as you solve puzzles that have two answers each!
The Gryphon and Mock Turtle
The Gryphon and Mock Turtle

With your help, the children will solve the puzzles, open the door, and "Escape the Book!" 

The reward tiers of the campaign are broken down as follows:

Escape the Book! (PDF) - Get a PDF copy of Escape the Book!

Escape the Book! (Print) - Get a print copy of Escape the Book!

Escape the Book! (Print + PDF) - Get a print and PDF copy of Escape the Book!

Escape the Book! (Signed Print + PDF) - Get a print and PDF copy of Escape the Book!, signed by FLEB

Escape Artist! - Get a print and PDF copy of Escape the Book!, signed by FLEB and a limited edition art print signed by Simona!

If you'd like to order additional print copies of the book, please add +$25 to your pledge for each additional copy you would like!

 

FLEB is a award winning puzzle designer and top 10 finisher in the US Puzzle Championship. He designed his first puzzlehunt over 10 years ago! He enjoys monster based B-movies and being bad at Rocket League. You can see more of his work at http://www.flebpuzzles.com, www.youtube.com/c/flebpuzzles, and https://twitter.com/FLEBpuzzles

Simona Karaivanova is the illustrator for Escape the Book! She is passionate about drawing quirky faces and exploring woods. She spends her time dabbling in arts and design, crafting with a purpose and occasionally baking cake-like goods. You can see more of her work at https://ghostpuff.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/ghost_puff/

 

Every hint in this section has undergone a "rot13" transformation, in order to obscure it. You can decrypt them with any "rot13" decryption tool, such as the one here.

A Toothy Grin:

Hint 1: Rnpu nafjre unf fbzrguvat erzbirq sebz vg naq ercynprq jvgu n yrggre.

Hint 2: Rnpu nafjre ba gur yrsg pbagnvaf n obql cneg.

Hint 3: Ernq gur punatrq yrggref sebz gbc gb obggbz gb svaq lbhe nafjre.

A Mad Tea Party:

Hint 1: Rnpu pyhr'f nafjre pbagnvaf n fgebat "G" fbhaq.

Hint 2: Rnpu pyhr'f nafjre pna or sbhaq va gur tevq, jvgu gur fgebat fbhaq ercynprq jvgu gur yrggre "G". Gur nafjref jvyy abg bireync.

Hint 3: Gur erznvavat yrggref, jura ernq yrsg gb evtug, fcryy gur nafjre!

Mock Turtle Soup:

Hint 1: Rnpu pyhr'f nafjre vf guerr yrggref. 

Hint 2: Rnpu pyhr unf n "urnq" (svefg yrggre), "zvqqyr" (frpbaq yrggre), be "erne/raq" (guveq yrggre). Gubfr ner hfrq gb fbyir gur chmmyr!

Hint 3: Gur nafjref gb rnpu frpgvba ner CRN, ELR, PBO, FBL, naq NFU.

The Twins:

Hint 1: Rnpu nafjre ba gur yrsg zngpurf gb na nafjre ba gur evtug.

Hint 2: Rnpu nafjre vf cneg bs na Ratyvfu vqvbz jvgu "BE", fhpu nf "QBHOYR BE ABGUVAT".

Hint 3: Pbaarpg gur nafjref npebff naq ernq gur pebffrq yrggref sebz gbc gb obggbz sbe gur nafjre!

The Caucus-race:

Hint 1: Rnpu nafjre vf n cnyvaqebzr!

Hint 2: Gur cnyvaqebzrf pna bayl svg va gur tevq bar jnl.

Hint 3: Gnxr gur yrggref va gur ahzorerq fdhnerf naq fuvsg gurz sbe gur nafjre.

A Game of Chess:

Hint 1: Rnpu chmmyr vf nffbpvngrq jvgu n purff cvrpr. Gur cvrprf ner cnja, xavtug, ovfubc, ebbx, naq dhrra.

Hint 2: Gur ybtvp chmmyr ba gur arkg cntr arrq gb or fbyirq, hfvat fgnaqneq purff zbirf. Gur cnja'f fdhnerf ner tvira, naq gura gur xavtug pna or cynprq.

Hint 3: Svyyvat va gur fdhnerf jvgu gur yrggref sebz gur cerivbhf cntr naq gnxvat gur yrggref va gur ahzore beqre bs gurve fdhnerf tvirf gur nafjre!

Risks and challenges

While the team consists of people with experience putting complex puzzle projects together, we've never self-published a book. As a result, we're budgeting a large amount of time for both the writing and the publishing process.

We're budgeting a little bit less than 6 months to write the rest of the book, which includes puzzle writing time, puzzle testing time, and time to make the art. During this time we'll find and work with a printer, so that we're all ready when the time comes to make the book.

We then are budgeting around 4 months to print the book and ship it out to all the backers.

We're giving ourselves a lot more time than we think we need for both of these items, in order to minimize the risk of slipping. We will send out frequent updates to let you know how the project is progressing and we aim to be as open and transparent as possible!

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