"Your mission, should you choose to accept it: find the location of the Independence Day barbecue bash!"
Every year, my friend Ryan and I host an Independence Day cookout. We decided to up the ante last year, and turn our invitations into an experiential puzzle. Presenting, Spy Cookout.
Backstory: I really want to design an escape room. So far, I haven't found a financially responsible way to do that . In the meantime, I've been messing with other types of physical puzzles.
|The outside of the invitation|
If I couldn't create a room full of puzzles, could I send the puzzles to players instead?
The answer was obviously: yes! Ryan and I enciphered the location of the party into a spy-themed package, and sent a copy to fifteen friends. The results were spy-tastic.
|Top Secret Spy ID|
|Photo negative, with mysterious playing card suits.|
|A handsome man holding a book of ciphers.|
|...And all this stuff too!|
We designed the puzzles to be easy enough for everyone to solve. (I don't want my guests missing the party!) But somehow, we forgot to take a group photo of everyone gathered together. Any real spy would say -- "That's intelligence gathering 101!"
Maybe I'm not cut out for the covert life after all.