Team Contest: 10/1 @ 10:30am
Self Directed: 10/2 - 10/10
Every year, Game Genius designs and hosts a city-wide treasure hunt around a social theme. Form a team, solve puzzles, and learn about local changemakers!
Our 2022 Hunt will take on Literacy, from language and cultural to financial and tech.
The 2019 Hunt focused on Women's History, 2020 addressed Mental Health, and 2021 featured Climate and Environment.
2022 SPONSORS & PARTNERS
BE A SPONSOR
Want to support the sustainability and novelty of this game event? Consider becoming a 2022 sponsor at any of our 4 levels:
Story ($20,000) -- 2 Available
Book ($7,500) -- 4 Available
Page ($3,000) -- 10 Available
Letter (in-kind) -- Unlimited
BE A PARTNER
Do you know or work at a nonprofit doing critical literacy work in the DMV region? Let us know! We're looking to feature and celebrate relevant organizations through our annual District Hunt. Here are the key benefits of being a partner:
Exposure to new audience, including players, event sponsors, and other nonprofit partners
Opportunity to engage both team and constituents with a fun challenge
HOW TO PLAY
Game Genius welcomes you to its 4th annual puzzle hunt! Each edition of the event is designed around a different theme and built into the physical and cultural landscape of Washington DC. Previous years featured Women's History (2019), Mental Health (2020), and Climate/Environment (2021). This year will focus on different forms of Literacy, and consist of two ways to play:
TEAM CONTEST -- On opening day, 10/1 @ 10:30amET, a race to complete the puzzle as fast as possible begins. Prizes will be awarded based on speed and accuracy.
SELF DIRECTED -- After the race begins, 10/2 - 10/10, anyone who has signed up can complete the puzzle on their own time. No prizes will be awarded for this experience.
As a multi-day event, there are several opportunities to win. We work with local companies and venues to award player teams with thematic prize packages:
PRIZE LEVEL 1
PRIZE LEVEL 2
PRIZE LEVEL 3
How are you planning around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? - Game Genius will follow up-to-date CDC recommendations to offer this year's hunt in a safe manner. Game Genius can't control what everyone will do in public, so we ask that you make the best judgment for you and your loved ones.
Who can sign up? - Everyone! The District Hunt is open to any individual or team who wants to play.
What's the story? - “The Wordsmith’s Wriddle” introduces an underground society of wordsmiths who use the power of language and storytelling to change the course of history. However, one of the members recently went rogue and tried to rewrite the past! It's not entirely clear who is responsible for this betrayal, but since none of the members trust each other, they contracted Game Genius to enlist teams of problem solvers to look into the mystery. Think you can help figure out what happened?
How much does it cost to play? - That depends. Before July 1st, early bird tickets cost $15/person or $50/team. Before August 15th, tickets cost $20/person or $70/team. After August 15th, regular tickets cost $30/person or $100/team. Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer the experience at discounted rates to players who work for any of our nonprofit partners or cannot afford full price.
When is the deadline to sign up? - Registration remains open until the event ends on October 10th. However, players must register by September 30th to participate on opening weekend.
Where does the event start? - On September 30, we will release a video with the first clue. The Team Contest portion of the District Hunt begins on October 1 at 10:30amET. Stay tuned for more information on specific timing through update emails sent by us. We recommend you block off one or both of the days to compete. The Self Directed part of the event takes place after the Team Contest begins. You can choose to complete the challenge whenever you'd like before October 10. After that date, we can't promise the clues will still be active.
What are the geographic boundaries of this event? - Our design team plans to build entirely within the DC diamond. There might be clue references about the Greater Washington region (DC, MD, VA), but players will only need to travel within the District.
How does the event work? - Part of this is a secret, but what we can tell you is that teams will progress through clues using a website on a smartphone. We plan to offer the experience in person (physical adventure), with some pieces completable from home online.
How long will the hunt take? - This entirely depends on your ability to solve the puzzles and navigate the city. Our goal is to make it completable within 1 day. Players are welcome to break up the game over several days or try to finish in a specific time window. In the contest, we'll design for the fastest time to be somewhere around 2-3 hours.
What do I need to participate? - For puzzle materials, we suggest bringing a smart phone and charging cable/device, along with pencil and paper to take notes. For the experience, we encourage players to plan accordingly around the weather and wear comfortable clothes/shoes for adventuring around a city. For transportation, we will design around what is safe and accessible for players. We will try to avoid advantaging those who have access to personal vehicles.