DASH is happening, for the fifth year in a row.
DASH (Different Area—Same Hunt) is a puzzle hunt event that happens simultaneously across multiple cities across the United States. The inaugural DASH in September 2009 spanned 8 cities. DASH 5 is currently being planned in 15 participating cities.
Those cities are: Albuquerque; Austin; Boston; Chicago; Davis, CA; Half Moon Bay, CA; London; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Portland, OR; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, DC. If you live in one of those, gather up a few friends and join. I’ve done it for the last two years and had an absolute blast. Damn right I’ll be doing it again this year.
Team Sheldrake, i.e. Luke, Joe, maxistentialist and myself, kicked ass at DASH 4 this weekend. Hats off to James and Wil and the other organizers across the country who did an incredible job. Every one of the puzzles was its own little masterpiece. The whole event, which is entirely volunteer-run, takes eight months to organize, and it shows.
If this kind of thing appeals to you, I suggest you sign up for their mailing list to find out about future hunts, in Chicago and across the country.