Quick Look: PuzzlePost
Designers: Bobbie & Will
Year Published: 2021
No. of Players: 1 or more
Ages: 14 +
Playing Time: Varies with skill
Send an encoded message, one that can only be
revealed by completing the puzzles inside.
I walked out the front door of my apartment at 221b Baker Street in Austin, Tx and proceeded to the mailbox with what is traditionally filled with bills, coupons for bad restaurants, and more credit card offerings that would instantly make me a credit millionaire. I was pleasantly surprised with a little gem of an envelope – “Hello, what’s this?”A letter addressed to me from Bobbie and Will the designers and creators of Puzzlepost.com
This will be a pithy review given any details associated with the experience would be a Season ending size spoiler so let me walk you through the facts.Fact: we know all Puzzle Posts come anonymous and you open the letter like the door to the restaurant on a first date.The envelope is comprised of an intro letter , supporting clues and an online redemption code that allows you to see who was responsible for (in my case) the murdering of brain cells in the attempt to solve the mystery.
Opinion: the setting for this adventure in sleuth was very appealing but took a bit to understand the process of interpreting the methodology in solving the case with all the materials within. Once on track with a little help from some online “hints”, I had my houndstooth hat on and the magnifying glass in hand.
Like the escape rooms of the pre-pandemic era, you find yourself trapped in thought and finding it difficult to put it down and walk away. Just….need….one…..more…..clue!
I found the interlacing of basic print and digital technology used in this journey well developed and accessible to the masses. No special coding or understanding of C++ necessary to be fully immersed in the mystique of the game.
After what seemed to be a good half day collectively over the weekend, I was able to unravel the evidence encased within the individual printed elements and follow the breadcrumbs of clues left by the designer to unlock the digital door In this puzzle. A series of numbers are needed in order to deliver the long awaited and anticipated message left by the sender! It truly is a very cool way to share an intimate message either by text, pic, or even short video! All of these options are available to the sender at purchase.
If you know who Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is or have ever enjoyed a good episode of CSI, Castle or even Murder She Wrote of the 80s, you will enjoy the task and the time invested in the entertainment of this mail-order gaming. You will instantly make out a mental list of the friends and family members who you’ll want to tease with this titillating task.
They do not have to be the decedents of Nancy Drew or one of the Hardy Boys to solve this riddle, just patience and a good internet connection.
In conclusion, the puzzles to solve are not quite “Elementary” but you too will deduce all of this by noticing the review was typed with a left hand, the cuffs of the sleeves soiled in Cheetos dust, along with a fine cent of Cabernet moistening the breathe through its creation. And that my Dear Watson is how it is done!
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Shane “Bogue” Bogardus- Reviewer
Born and discarded to the wolves of the great Northern Planes, Bogue grew up a nomad. His recluse behavior landed him in the penitentiary of the Witchic County Municipality with a population 2 -A man and his dog. Life was always a game set on hardcore until he met a mild mannered digital publisher who took him under his wing and showed him the miracles of game design and play testing. Now he is a thriving member of the Everything Board Games review team and lives with his long lost mother and his pet ferret named Meeple in Austin, TX. (Translation: A retired broadcast television and radio broadcaster turned financial planner. Bogue is an entrepreneur at heart owning multiple businesses including the latest www.Meepology.com
for current and new gamers to the hobby. He and his son hosts the monthly joystickshow.com