Solve The Patchwork House Puzzle

One evening in March I fired up the Cryptex Hunt at 8pm Eastern to see the new puzzle.

A blue door locked by an old golden padlock labeled LIVID.

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.)

While the entire Cryptex Hunt is still available to play in full, it’s a big commitment. Darren Miller, the creator of this puzzle, made the Patchwork House puzzle available as a standalone for Room Escape Artist readers.

If you are unfamiliar with MUDs, I suggest reading the rest of this post before tackling this puzzle.

Patchwork House

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.

MUD Basics

I wrote a full primer on how to play this particular puzzle hunt. If you’re brand new to puzzle hunts, I strongly encourage that you look this over before attempting this puzzle. I will, however, pull a few key excerpts out to help explain how to control this puzzle.

“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.”

Basic Commands

The only MUD commands that you’ll need to solve this puzzle are:

  • Movement – Type, northsoutheast, 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 unlock cryptex solution (eg. unlock cryptex star).
  • Hint List – 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.

Escape Immerse Explore New Orleans: Sold Out!

Indiana Jones gesturing out the window saying, "No ticket."

We are kind of shocked – and incredibly excited – to report that Escape Immerse Explore New Orleans 2018 is officially sold out!

We sold the original 24 tickets in pre-sale… and then sold an additional 18 tickets, adding a second bus.

We’re really excited to meet all of the new people, spend time with the returning folks, and show off so many of our favorite escape rooms.

Please contact us if you’d be interested in future escape room tours and events. 

1 Ticket Left!

Update: And that last ticket is gone. This event is officially sold out. Please do contact us if you’d be interested in future escape room tours and events. 

There is 1 ticket left to Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018.

Charlie finding his Wonka golden ticket.

We sold the original 24 tickets in pre-sale.

We’ve now sold 17 of the 18 expansion tickets.

I’m going to repeat that: We’ve sold 41 of 42 tickets for Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans! There is one ticket left.

Eleven from Stranger Things gesturing mind blown.

If you’d like that one remaining ticket, contact us before someone else beats you to it.

Details

  • Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018
  • Price: $599 per ticket
  • 9 escape rooms over the course of the weekend
  • 41 other escape room fans as teammates
  • 1 talk by Lisa and David
  • FAQ

We are thrilled to bring this event to New Orleans in June. We hope to see you there!

Expansion Update for Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018!

This expansion is a go!

GIF of Cookie Monster elated by a giant cookie.

We are hiring a second bus and opening another 24 tickets to Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018.

Note that more than half of these tickets are already spoken for. If you want one of these tickets, contact us today.

Next Steps

If you are one of the 24 original ticket holders, get excited to meet the rest of the folks!

If you have already claimed one of expansion tickets over email, get ready to receive an invoice followed by your super fun personalization survey by email later today.

If you’re interested in this event and you have not yet contacted us, contact us today. These remaining tickets will only be available to purchase for 2 weeks and many of them are already spoken for.

Basics

Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018

Price: $599 per ticket

More information and FAQ.

For the people on the fence

This tour is going to be incredible:

  • New friends who love escape rooms
  • Some of the best escape rooms in the United States presented by Escape My Room, Clue Carré, RISE Escape Rooms, and 13th Gate Escape
  • A weekend in New Orleans
  • Time with Lisa and David

We’ve answered questions about transportation, hotels, logistics, specific games, requests to play certain games, and more. We can answer your questions. Just ask.

See you in New Orleans in June!

One week left for Escape Immerse Explore!

If you’re on the fence about an escape room tour in New Orleans this June, it’s time to make up your mind. Let us know by Saturday, April 7.

Join the folks who snatched us those original 24 tickets and the folks who’ve emailed us since, itching to come. It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

A red and gold Mardi Gras mask.

Expansion Update

We need to hear from few more people before we can run to a second bus.

Contact us this week if you’re interested in tickets.

Should I attend?

Yes.

Details

Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018

Price: $599 per ticket

More information and FAQ.