Dec. 22nd, 2013

chris: (puzzle)
There needs to be a UK puzzle hobby web site, for a broad definition of the puzzle hobby at large. I am as flaky as a cronut (*) and so am very unlikely ever to be the person to produce it, unless I get a sudden fit of enthusiasm and spoons over the coming Christmas period, but believe it when you see it, or when someone beats me to it.

Top priority list:

1) A list of UK live room escape games. At the moment this is easy: Hint Hunt in London, Clue Quest in London, Cryptopia in Bristol (as of last month), Keyhunter in Birmingham (as of last week), with at least Live Escape Game in Brighton and Puzzlescape in Manchester under construction, and I'm sure several others that I don't know about. I don't get the impression that they talk to each other, and I have only been able to construct this list through judicious engine searching. I think they should, and that people who like one might like playing others.

2) An aggregator of puzzle calendars. Excerpt parts of Puzzle Hunt Calendar that can be played from the UK, excerpt the puzzle event calendar ditto, add details of the UK Puzzle Association's events, Puzzled Pints and other UK events as and when they arrive. There was a big crossword shebang a day or two ago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the cryptic, not that I heard about it in advance.

3) A list of puzzle hunts, contests, trails and other similar Thynges that you can do at home at your own convenience on your own schedule, even if you cannot make it to any of the above.

I also have a moderately long list of other things that a puzzle blog might include at some point but considering how badly I'm doing at keeping this one up to date, let's not run before we can walk! :-)

(*) This is an analogy that could not have been made a few months ago. Because I've never actually had a cronut, I don't know whether it works or not. Worth a go, though!


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