One evening in March I fired up the Cryptex Hunt at 8pm Eastern to see the new puzzle.
I approached the newly unlocked puzzle and read:
“You arrive at a porch in front of a bizarre looking dwelling that looks like it was thrown together. You wouldn’t exactly call it a normal house. It reminds you of a house a child built, if that child built it out of LEGOs but didn’t have all the right pieces or colors.
In the middle of the porch is a large golden padlock, hanging open and mounted like a trophy.
You can see a Golden Padlock here.”
My interest piqued I typed “LOOK PADLOCK” into the MUD, and then my jaw hit my keyboard as I read:
“A golden padlock engraved with a brand name: LIVID.”
Feeling shocked and honored I proceeded to puzzle through what I thought was one of the stronger puzzles in this very strong puzzle hunt. (I am completely willing to admit bias in this opinion.)
If you are unfamiliar with MUDs, I suggest reading the rest of this post before tackling this puzzle.
This puzzle was originally intended to function as one of the stages in the finale of the Cryptex Hunt. That plan went up in smoke when a calamity struck the Cryptex Hunt server and the finale had to be completely rebuilt. I interviewed the Cryptex Hunt team about this when I guest hosted the Room Escape Divas Podcast.
As a result, this puzzle became a bonus puzzle in the interim week while the team furiously created an almost entirely new series of puzzles for the finale.
Because it became a bonus puzzle, only 156 of the 560 players solved it.
“This game exists in a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon). MUDs date back to the 1970s. They are a text-based way for multiple players to interact with a game environment. While they aesthetically don’t look like anything at all, MUD-based games like Colossal Cave Adventure are some of the most important early forerunners of escape rooms.”
The only MUD commands that you’ll need to solve this puzzle are:
Movement – Type, north, south, east, or west to traverse the world.
Inspecting – To look at an item described in the game, type look name of thing you want to see (eg. look sign).
Opening the Cryptex – The puzzle concluded by opening a cryptex. Type unlockcryptexsolution (eg. unlock cryptex star).
HintList – Should you need a hint, type hints to view a list of all possible hints.
Hinting – If you need a particular hint, type hint # (eg. hint 2 to summon the second hint).
That’s about all that you need to solve this thing. Good luck solving Patchwork House.
I hope you enjoy it. If you do, consider trying the full Cryptex Hunt. It’s epic.
Thank you to Darren Miller for rebuilding the puzzle outside of the full game. Thank you to Brett Kuehner for hosting it.
This is so many more escape rooms than our New York tour!
There will be three 2017 Golden Lock-In Award-winning games on this tour (and many more that were in the running).*
Your ticket also includes:
Bus transportation to escape rooms outside of New Orleans
A weekend with Lisa and David as escape room tour guides
Networking with other tour attendees
A talk by Lisa and David
One group meal
Exclusive discount coupons to book additional escape rooms at these venues
Teammates who are as excited about this as you are!
See the FAQ below for many more details.
Tickets are $599 per ticket. We are currently sold out, however, we are about halfway to being able to run a second bus for this tour. Contact us if you want in.
Friday – You will play two escape rooms in New Orleans on Friday evening. You will also have time to hang out with us or explore New Orleans nightlife on your own.
Saturday – Saturday will be a full-day bus tour with 5 escape rooms outside of New Orleans. We will spend the day with you on the bus and deliver a talk.
Sunday – You will play two escape rooms in New Orleans on Sunday morning. Take the afternoon to explore the city on your own or catch a flight home.
What Happened in Presale?
We launched an exclusive presale for this event less than two weeks ago.
We sent presale invitations to those who attended Escape Immerse Explore in NYC in November as well as everyone who emailed us since then expressing interest in future tours… and they gobbled up 23 tickets in no time.
We are thrilled at the early enthusiasm for the tour and we’re especially happy that so many people are returning customers.
Extended Event Sales?
Since the event basically sold out during presale, we are looking at extending the event.