RULES OF THE GAME
The game is a series of puzzles leading you through a course. Every
clue differs from every other clue in the present game and in previous
games. Clues are sometimes physical objects that teams should
investigate in every way they can think of to learn about them in
order to solve the puzzle; other times they are paper
puzzles. Experience can be helpful, but so too are new ideas and an
open mind. If, however, your team gets stuck and cannot solve a clue,
don't panic! Consult your packet. Hints have also been
prepared for each clue, and these hints may be requested, in exchange
for a time penalty; remember, it is a race!
These are more guidelines than actual rules.
- Teams must work independently.
Sharing information between teams is not allowed. Additionally you may not discuss specifics of The Game clues or route with non-players until the conclusion of The Game.
- When you reach a location and find only one copy of a clue you should watch, inspect, and examine a clue as best you can, but you may not move/remove/alter it; it is for everyone to share.
- If you reach a location with many copies of a clue together it indicates that your team should take one (but no more). If you feel that your team has accidentally destroyed your copy, please call Game Control for help.
- Teams must travel exclusively by foot. No cars, bicycles, scooters, etc. are allowed.
- All teammates must remain within earshot of each other at all times. While searching an area team members may investigate different areas so long as they follow the earshot distance rule. A team may not split up to investigate different locations concurrently.
- Cell phones are only allowed for calls to Game Control.
Be careful with your clues. You may need them later. Do not damage a clue unless you are sure it is the correct path to follow. Make sure you've investigated all your options.
Although it is a violation of the rules to take (or give) information from another team, it has happened in the past that teams have been misled by information gleaned from others. For this reason you should be especially wary of anything you learn from others, no matter how genuine or simple the information seems.
Finally, remember to investigate each clue completely. The answers are often obvious. All clues are designed so that once you have successfully solved them, you should be confident that you have done it correctly.
So work as a team and have fun. That's what it's really all about.