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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 janko.at 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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Date: 2013-12-23 04:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I don't see any other replies? Maybe they're not visible to external lurkers like myself. Anyway, I'm the maintainer of puzzlehuntcalendar.com; let me know (contact info is on the site) if I can help somehow. Your aspirations go quite a bit more widely into the puzzleverse than mine (I concentrate mainly on _hunts_ that have specific dates).

I haven't had the original (NYC) cronut, but the local (California) imitation isn't very flaky in the croissant sense. The croissant dough is fried, glazed and filled, and it's actually sopping with grease and glazing. So I guess it's there, in a way, but they're held together, so it's not like a regular croissant where you get a lapful of flakes every time you take a bite. I recommend trying one. They're really quite good, in an incredibly unhealthy sort of way.

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Date: 2013-12-23 10:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] undyingking
After quite a bit of research and anlysis, we regretfully concluded that we couldn't make a go of a room escape in Ipswich. Or, at least, couldn't be confident enough of it to justify the time and money it would require finding out for sure. Need either a much bigger local population, or lots of tourists, preferably both.

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Date: 2013-12-23 12:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] undyingking
That is a _lot_ of games in Hungary! Good for them.

Ipswich rents are pretty cheap (we don't really count as part of the south-east for property purposes) but even so, as you spotted, the intensity of profit per hour was too small to make it worthwhile unless one could guarantee high occupancy. And we didn't feel we could, on the local market, even with considerable marketing. Getting people to come back more than once is a real issue (this is why tourists, who are most of ClueQuest's business afaics, are much preferable). You really don't want to be having to redo the room every few months to lure people back.

We did actually talk briefly to the borough council about a popup version that tours various of their empty properties around the town. But they wanted too much input into the story, content etc. And even without that, again it wouldn't really have made much money, although it would have been a fun thing to do for a while.

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