BAPHL puzzle hunt organizers revealed an ambitious schedule for the upcoming year with an unprecedented three puzzle hunts in the span of five months.
Organizer Ata Gurpinar announced that the Boston-area group will lead off the callicade of puzzle hunts with BAPHL 17 in June, with the next to follow in September, and BAPHL 19 will round it all out with a run scheduled in October. Dates for the puzzle hunts have yet-to-be finalized, as each of the hunt runners are in the beginning stages of development, although BAPHL 18 is currently “eyeing” a Sept. 8 date.
BAPHL 18 will be spearheaded by Gurpinar and Amy Swartz, while BAPHL 19 is set to be led by team Phlogazither, whose members are Phlogiston, Azote, and Ether.
It may lead some room to wonder how the turnaround time of design can be so short, but Nathan Curtis was able to bring together last year’s event in just two months. With a much more generous lead time and several members coming at the goal on multiple fronts, there’s certainly high hopes that the teams can meet the aggressive schedule.
With that in mind, Gurpinar put the call out for those looking to volunteer to help create BAPHL 18. The two already have the theme and meta-puzzle structure designed, but are looking for people to help in a few other areas:
- Individual puzzle writers/constructors
- Editors: both general copyeditors and directional editors
- Test solvers
- Graphic designers
- Material assemblers
- Event day volunteers
Those that live outside of the immediate Boston area that would like to help are welcome to sign up as test-solvers or puzzle designers. For those interested in helping out, email either Gurpinar or Swartz with “BAPHL 18” in the subject line.
The puzzle hunt series was found by Diane Christoforo, Hubert Hwang, and Thomas Mack in May 2010, and annually runs two to three events.