SurveyYou would take part in a massive treasure hunt based within a city.
      – Thelevellers, 2009-04-13 at 19:29:32   (14 comments)

On 2009-04-13 at 19:35:23, Thelevellers wrote...
This is an idea me and a couple of friends had, and I think it needs to happen all over the world - especially in university/college towns and cities. the basic idea for us is to give out the first clue at freshers week, and have the first few clues around the student union and maybe halls of residence to get them interested. However, the bulk of it will be designed to need local knowledge and skills and time to complete, so that it could potentially not be finished until your final year! The clues would also have branches here and there, so would be easier to work out, but would involve a physical challenge to get, like under a bridge over a river, or at the top of the tallest tree in a park. The end prize would be largely respect for completing it, but you could maybe have a pot luck box with whoever completes it taking what is in there and leaving something random themselves. I think it would be awesome, but a lot of planning is required, so I don't know how likely it is to happen...
On 2009-04-13 at 20:40:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't know what you mean by 'massive'. It would be really hard to make one that lots of people could play without one team ruining it for everyone else, and even harder to make it last a long time - as opposed to people just solving each part and moving immediately onto the next. Even with difficult tasks, you could do a few in one day, I'd imagine.
On 2009-04-13 at 21:17:23, Thelevellers wrote...
We're thonking of having clues all over the city - so you could only have time for maybe 2 or 3 in a day... Some would also require night time to get away with it, like the bridge thing - we have in fact placed that one cause my mate was well up for dangling under the bridge, but it's very public so it was done at 3am or so... This is also where using local knowledge would help, as you would have to know the area for some clues. As for teams spoiling it, we would hope to make them put in enough effort to not want to, and that the kinda of people who would persevere with it would not bother with spoilers. Obviously that's asking a lot, but then again, the same problem happens with computer games to a degree - there's walkthroughs for everyheng if you want them, but people usually have a desire to do it themselves...
On 2009-04-13 at 21:23:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right, but obviously if it involves having clues in difficult locations you'd expect each person to reach the clue to remove it. It'd be very difficult for you to go there regularly and check if it needs replacing, and a nightmare for anyone who goes to the trouble only to find that there's nothing there.
On 2009-04-14 at 12:40:42, Thelevellers wrote...
Hmm, I hadn't thought of people botherint to remove it... That would blow goats. Some we were thinking of making screw on plaques, as much to make them weather proof than thief proof, but that might help... Bah! People are rubbish... ;-)
On 2009-04-15 at 04:03:45, BorgClown wrote...
Graffiti FTW! Unless it's illegal, of course. If the clues were date-dependent, although I don't exactly realize how, you could make it last as much as you want.
On 2009-04-15 at 15:07:12, Thelevellers wrote...
I used to read some books when I was younger that regularly featured riddles, and they often had moon based clues, like at the right time of year, at midnight it will shine through that window and highlight the hidden passageway stuff. I can't help but be drawn ti the idea, though the thought of actually setting one up/finding one is pretty different from the doing :S
On 2009-05-17 at 18:34:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Thelevellers: This one's for you. http://urbanprankster.com/2009/05/three-year-epic-prank-on-one-stranger/
On 2009-05-17 at 19:56:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
(Only the first couple of parts relate to a treasure hunt, the rest is vaguely interesting).
On 2009-05-17 at 20:38:06, Thelevellers wrote...
That. Was. Awesome. Chars! :)
On 2009-05-18 at 04:57:22, BorgClown wrote...
LOL, best quote: Maggie -- "You won't die alone... you'll die with a group of clowns!!"
On 2009-05-18 at 05:05:57, BorgClown wrote...
A joke turned out into a big art event. It blows my mind.
On 2009-05-18 at 07:10:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It does sound like more of an art project, with a real purpose, rather than a simple joke. The planning sounds complicated, although I guess they had a lot of free time on their hands, and they were lucky to get a willing participant.
On 2009-05-18 at 17:12:05, Thelevellers wrote...
Yeah, the planning involved is pretty impressive! They were very lucky to pick someone so up for it... Makes me wonder if I would have been cool enough to go along with it so well?!