Overnight Puzzle Hunt
Location: Financial District streets (New York, New York)
The Great All-Nighter was a game
inspired by the movie Midnight Madness. Teams worked together to solve challenging
puzzles. A puzzle's solution led you to the next location where you could find the next puzzle - sometimes your team had to
do a little thinking there too. The chain continued until the finish line on the Brooklyn Bridge. The game was grueling but extremely fun.
The Great All-Nighter was held on Saturday, May 7th, 2005. It started at 9pm in City Hall Park in Manhattan.
The winning team finished at around 11am on Sunday.
I worked with two friends to design and run the game.
Puzzles ranged from the usual paper-based ciphers to physically taxing tasks like determining the spices in
a really gross concotion posing as an actual product in an open-all-night shop to social challenges like
asking to buy tickets to a non-existent
movie at a major theater to deciphering complicated spatial relationships in
plazas and the Vietnam Vet Memorial.
Teams even had to take an incoming phone call from a pay phone guarded by a bum!