I have a general question concerning what this event actually is.
Then you should visit the General FAQ. This is the FAQ for the Houston based DASH event.
When does the event start?
10:00 AM on Sunday, September 13, 2009. Teams will be able to check in starting at 9:30 AM.
How long is the event?
This really depends on how quickly your team works, but it's geared to be about 6 hours long. It's certainly possible that it may take your team a little less time or a bit more.
6 hours, huh? I bet I'm going to get hungry/thirsty.
Yeah, you probably will. It would be a good idea to bring a lunch and some snacks for the day. Also, you should definitely bring some water. As we all know, Houston gets hot and you will be outdoors the whole time, so be prepared. (Sunscreen probably wouldn't hurt either)
Where is the start location?
The start location will be somewhere in Hermann Park. We'll let you know where once you have registered.
Will it rain during the event?
It's quite possible. You should dress and plan accordingly. Some parts of the park provide cover and should help mitigate rain issues, but keep in mind that you will still be walking between locations in the outdoors. In the event of severe weather, we will cancel the event.
Is there an entry fee?
Yes—$25 per team.
Wait a second, Game Control from City X
posted their price and it's different from yours. What's up with that?
Although DASH is being run by a collaboration of cities, local logistics have been left up to the individual GCs. Due to differing overhead costs (renting locations, fees, puzzle construction, etc.) different locations will have different entry fees.
How many people can be on a team?
We believe you'll have the most fun with 3-4 players on a team, but we'll accept any team of at least 2 and up to 6 people.
This seems like a blast, but unfortunately all of my friends are super lame and don't want to participate. Am I out of luck?
Hopefully not. We'll be asking registered teams if they're willing to take on stragglers. If you haven't been able to put together a team, let us know and we'll try and match you up with a team that has a spot open.
How do I sign up?
Fill out the handy form above and let us know you'd like to field a team. We will send you an e-mail letting you know that we have received your registration. You must register by September 10th in order to participate.
That's it? No other paperwork?
Every player will need to sign a liability and photo release waiver. We'll send you more details after you sign up.
Wait a minute—"liability waiver?" Are you going to make us do something dangerous?
We will not ask you to do anything dangerous, illegal, or more physically strenuous than walking. Nevertheless, accidents can happen.
How do I pay?
Via the Paypal button above. Sorry, we will not be accepting payment at the door.
Could the event sell out?
Possibly. We're limiting participation to 25 teams. It's really in your best interest to register with us as soon as possible. You must register by September 10th in order to participate.
Can I register on the day of the event?
Unfortunately, no. In order to create enough puzzles and find locations with enough space, we need to know how many people we'll be having the day of the event. You must register by September 10th in order to participate. Having said that, it's much better if you register as early as possible. We are only accepting a limited number of teams (see above), so if you wait, we may not have any more spots and you'll have put a team together, spent weeks training, gotten all psyched up, woken up early, stretched, done some warm up puzzles, had a good breakfast, sharpened your pencils, polished your glasses, and hauled yourself to the event just to be turned away at the door. I mean seriously, how disappointing would THAT be?
I want to play, but those
sample puzzles are HARD! What if I need help?
We want everyone who plays in the DASH to have fun. At each location, there will be a friendly volunteer handing out puzzles. If you're stuck and aren't making any progress, or if at any time frustration is starting to outweigh your fun, go ask the volunteer for a nudge. We are more than happy to hint you in the right direction or move you along to the next puzzle so you can keep having fun. Even experienced teams take hints or skip puzzles sometimes, so don't feel bad if you need to ask a question.
This seems like such an awesome concept, you must make a ton of money off of this.
Actually, no. Everyone involved in organizing this event has volunteered their time to do so. All money gathered from entry fees is strictly to cover costs.
So what do we get if we win?
The feeling of a job well done, the respect of your peers, and the thanks of a grateful nation. Okay, maybe not that last bit, but in much the same way as the organizers do not get paid for holding this event, there are no prizes for the winners. Teams compete for the thrill of the hunt, the camaraderie of team competition, and the chance to challenge themselves.
Are there plans for more events like this?
Yes, definitely. There are some pretty big puzzle communities in San Francisco and Seattle currently. They run several events a year, some of which are quite large in scale. These events are often run over two days, visit many interesting locations, and often follow some sort of plotline. We hope that we can foster a similar community in the Houston area. In order to do so, we will need to run more of these events as well as encourage YOU to run some of your own. If you're interested in learning more, feel free to e-mail us. We'd be more than happy to talk your ear off about it.
I have another question.
E-mail HOU@playDASH.org and we'll do our best to answer it!