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From the creators of The 7th Guest & The 11th Hour, the board game faithfully based on the best-selling computer horror classic..
From the creators of The 7th Guest & The 11th Hour, the board game faithfully based on the best-selling computer horror classic..
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Ahead of the Game

Posted by Rob Landeros (Creator)

With the puzzlers finished, it's clear sailing ahead

Back at the beginning of July we began our search for puzzle-makers and by mid-August we had narrowed down the candidates to a team of seven (eight including myself) very clever, erudite and talented people from around the country and around the world... five Americans, one of whom works abroad, one Brit and one Hungarian. Two of them (three including myself) brought with them a history of professional puzzle-making experience. Together, within a span of three months, the team produced twice the number of puzzlers as needed for the 1st edition of the game. In fact, by next summer we hope to offer a 2nd standard edition as well as a special "family friendly" edition that youngsters and casual players can do well with, and a "mad genius" edition for those who relish tougher mental challenges.

There are yet a couple of important things to do before handing materials over for manufacturing  - specifically six character portraits for the Destination Cards and preparation of the miniature models for casting - but those are well within reach. And so we find ourselves ahead of schedule which means we expect to move up the shipping date by a couple of months.

I must say that, coming from the world of software development, I am finding this ahead-of-schedule business to be a heady and even somewhat disorienting situation. But I like it, and we are determined to press forward.

I attempted to load some samples here of the kind of brain teasers you will be confronted with as you make your way through the mansion, but Kickstarter processes the images in such a way as to make the hidden hints and answers look suboptimal, so instead, starting now and over the course of the next months, I'll be sharing them periodically via our newsletter, website and Facebook.

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    1. Wim Jansen

      Ah, just realized it is not a public/private key riddle, but a double lock riddle....

    2. The Weitzel Family on

      Glad to see the progress.

    3. Daniel Weinstein on

      Here's an app for iOS that can reveal the answers.

    4. Wim Jansen

      Hmmm.. each have a (private) key and a padlock (public key); that sounds like a familiar problem.
      However, that would require a 'safe' way to get the padlock of the child to Stauf, which does not exist, unless the ghosts are not interested in stealing padlocks... Then the child simply send Stauf his/her padlock and Stauf using that to padlock the chest to send the doll.

      Not sure this is solvable unless we assume the ghosts are at least not interested in stealing the padlock of Stauf even if they would steal the padlock of the child. In this scenario Stauf send his chest and (open) padlock to the child, which in turn send back its padlock in the chect, using Stauf';s to secure it. Stauf in turn open the chest with his key, put the doll in the chects, using the child's padlock to secure the chest and send it once again. The child then opens the chest with its key.

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      Edward Allsep on

      2 questions. There wasn't a call out for puzzlers or anything right? You went looking specifically? Also, the puzzle is saying each has a padlock and their own key correct?