Prexcyt Quest was a lengthy puzzling event and I am not an experienced puzzle hunter.
My goals: level up my skills and have fun.
I absolutely improved my skills and had a lot of fun… but my journey was amusingly bumpy.
The Cryptex Hunt is still live and you can still complete it.
This post will not contain any puzzle answers, but it will contain structural spoilers and some hints.
… and this post won’t really make much sense if you don’t know the context of each puzzle.
… and this is all kind of self-indulgent.
“Woot! We’re starting… and we’re overthinking.”
Hall of Heroes
At first glance?
Half a day later?
Temple of Mill “Oh… It’s a Meta!”
Temple of Lum “The Errol Process”
Temple of Nor – “Surprisingly Straightforward”
Solved it fast… then thwarted by a bug.
Pillar of Fire – “The one where I had all of the information but thought it was a joke”
Pillar of Poison – “Prexcyt Go Outside in the Winter”
Pillar of Electric – “Catan 2: Electric Boogaloo”
Pillar of Ice – “Mudpen”
After solving the puzzle in 23 minutes.
After looking at the leaderboard and realizing that I ranked 63rd on this puzzle.
After reflecting upon the quality of the competition and my place among them.
Pillar of Acid – “Word Spell Backwards”
“Another map? Ok. I can handle this… oh no… not cryptic crosswords…”
Patchwork House – “OMG it’s a Golden Lock-In puzzle!”
Wow… It’s a Golden Lock-In puzzle. Everything in this puzzle is about us?!
The 10 Puzzle Finale
After puzzle 1:
Also puzzle 2
I’d like to thank all of the people who I teamed up with at various points in the hunt. Fro, Andrea, Glyn, Theresa, Ken, Amanda, and Drew. We took turns carrying one another. I’m so glad we did.
Thank you to the creators of the hunt and all of the people who supported them. Y’all are absolutely insane… Go take a nap.