A quiz-style night around town where nobody knows where the group is going. At every new venue, an envelope is opened, a riddle is presented, and the next venue is found. At that next venue, when everyone is ready, the next envelope is opened, and so on.
Riddles can be made by single persons, pairs or groups previously formed amongst the participants. (max 6 groups for the trip not to be too long). Each group must do two things:
A: Choose a venue they would like to visit. This could be a bar, cafe, museum or other. The name and address is sent to ‘The Travelling Salesman’ -AND IS KEPT A SECRET TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS.
B: Design a riddle that somehow lead to the chosen venue. Bring props/questions etc for the riddle along for the event to present to the other participants. The moment to present is dictated by the envelopes.
-For inspiration, see examples of previous riddles below. The solution to the quiz/riddle must lead to a venue, but both name or location (address or GPS) or other ways can be used for leading to the venue.
In this way a series of riddles, each solved at a separate venue lead the group around town. While the entire route remains a surprise to everyone, except the Travelling Salesman (not participating on the night).
The Travelling Salesman: (these instructions are irrelevant if you are not chosen as TTS)
To avoid traversing the city forth and back between bars, a short and rational route is laid out by someone, who is unable to attend the on day itself. This person we call ‘The Travelling Salesman’ and has two crucial roles.
A: Lay out a good route, that both prioritise venue style, opening hours and location of venues. This venue-route is compiled in envelopes that ONLY consist of a number (1-n) on the outside, and names of riddle-makers in the letter inside the envelope. The names or locations of venues is NOT revealed in these envelopes (because the answer to the riddle leads to the venue).
B: (optional) Design a small (or super elaborate) riddle that is slowly revealed through clues in each envelope. This riddle can lead to an additional bar on the route, or just have a solution for other purposes….?
Howerver TTS must first and foremost keep the chosen bars a secret from participants, and make the deck of envelopes for the participants to bring on the day.
Riddles and quizzes for inspiration (free from my memory)
-A simple 60(or was it 1000) piece puzzle was put on the table.. after having assembled the puzzle, someone noticed messages on the back of the pieces… -Puzzle was turned over (somehow) and the messages turned out to be GPS-coordinates, leading to the next venue..
-A number of fact/name based questions were distributed to participants. Each question could however have more than one answer.. The common answer however was the name of the bar..
-A two litre icecream and four spoons are on the table….Participants start eating from each corner until they stumble upon an item in the icecream – It was excavated, and as it turned out to be a plastic-toy rhinoceros, the bar was guessed to be Rhino-bar, nearby.
-A number of cards were handed out to participants. They contained a flag, and simple statement referring to a historic event. However the flags were not flags from nations, but naval flags, each referring to a letter of the alphabet… Participants laid the cards in a row from oldest to newest historic event and decoded the flags to letters and read the name of the next bar.
-A magazine with adult toys were brought to the table, along with a question-quiz. The participants – slightly embarrassed – found the answers to the quiz by looking through the magazine, and the answers combined gave the name of the next venue.
-A quotation on a piece of paper was presented to the participants. After some confusion the quote was searched online, leading to an article mentioning a newly opened bar nearby.
Happy riddlemaking: everything is allowed.. don’t try not to make it too difficult – nor too easy.