Another UK company, this seemed to kick into life late last year with three products: a set of letters/documents Enigma Files about a Great White Shark washing up on the beach; The Mysterious Package which seemed to be a largeish box of puzzles; and, Traveller's Suitcase (the pedant in me says this seems more to be a briefcase than suitcase) as their premium experience.
When I found this stuff a few weeks ago, none of it was orderable but they told me it'd be relaunched soon - today I found their new website
So the first one is here - arrived yesterday - and provided a pleasant couple of hours: the first one in just messing around with the components, the second in piecing things together to solve the four puzzles.
It's £19 plus shipping, and for your money you get a sturdy A4 envelope which hints at a time travel theme ultimately - a great white shark is washed up on the SW coast of Britain and inside it's stomach are a collection of weird items, the paper ones replicated here.
The company's roots as an Escape Room company are evident in the materials - it's pretty much all printed off on laser print on sturdy cardstock, so although some documents purport to be aged, there's been no aging applied. This is all about the puzzles and the solving thereof rather than as an experience as such.
An instruction leaflet A couple of cipher sheets (phonetic alphabet, morse code, semaphore, some time thing, another couple) - again, assuming you are in an escape room with no net access, giving you the deciphering material to hand A copy of the periodic table An investigator's report from 1994 into the shark's stomach contents Four or five mini movie posters of classic films from the 80s Two photos taken on consecutive days in 1933 A letter from 1633 Three coded acetate sheets with various symbols on Three newspaper articles from 1916 Two business style cards from 1984 A map of the world in German from 1748
A fairly large amount of content then, especially when chucked out onto your table.
I particularly liked that it didn't overtly tell you exactly what you're supposed to do, you divine it from the items involved and have to make the last logical leap yourself as to what to do with the four answers you get. A couple of parts were ridiculously simple, another one was great fun to do, and the last one was a real stinker - there are some red herrings amongst all the items given, and it was only when I was really tired and perused the papers once more that I suddenly saw...the key to the fourth puzzle.
Given I didn't have to pay too much in postage, I'm very happy with the value for money of this one - I'll also GM the kids on a run through this weekend, I think they should be capable of working through all the bits (and having four puzzles to work on simultaneously is great) with maybe a minor hint or two at most.
diggitydoodog: I've had dubious documents for 2 years now and finally went to work on it. Would anyone on here be willing to PM me the answer or post it in a spoiler so I can check the solution?
Sept 17, 2020 11:44:39 GMT -5
Todd: Did you hear about the dwarfish fortune teller who broke out of jail? Police are on the lookout for a small medium at large.
Oct 15, 2020 21:35:58 GMT -5
distantsmoke: It’s snowing here in NE Kansas! Yay!
Oct 26, 2020 9:51:04 GMT -5
Todd: I once went to a zoo whose only animal was a dog! It was a shih tzu.
Oct 27, 2020 18:20:25 GMT -5
rob: There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Nov 17, 2020 17:47:10 GMT -5
AMH: Wow, I never realized that collecting and doing puzzles could make you a millionaire... If you were a billionaire !
Nov 18, 2020 23:54:06 GMT -5