MIT Puzzle Hunt 2021 – Chapter 2

January 19, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

Puzzle Hunt is over. It took just over two days and one of the teams solved all puzzles necessary to declare a win. It was a very impressive experience, with a lot of pros and cons.

Exit Games: The Stormy Flight

January 8, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

I find myself enjoying the Exit series by Cosmos more with each new set I play. Part of it is my expectations being set appropriately, part of it is improved design. Stormy Flight doesn’t quite reach a new high in the series for me, but it’s close.

4 Days, 6 Escape Rooms

January 5, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

I can’t imagine a better way to start the year. By the end of the day on January 4th, I had already completed 6 escape rooms, with only one of them in my home state of Illinois.

On the Road: Springfield, MO

January 2, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

Jan 2, 2021 – Christina and I hit the road for the first time in a while to head down to Springfield, MO. In 2018, I passed near here on my way to Tulsa, but I hadn’t thoroughly explored the area.

New Page – My Puzzles

December 28, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

It’s been a long-time desire of mine to spend more time creating puzzles, and it’s never been easier. There are almost too many tools to use to create, and it’s about time I start taking advantage of them.

Puzzle Boat 3 Completed! 0 Hints!

December 25, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

After just 20 days this time, our team, The Sign of the Four, completed Puzzle Boat 3, this time with zero hints! That compares to 31 days and many hints for Puzzle Boat 2, so I’m very happy with how our team worked through this one.

Final 16

December 19, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

Two weeks in and we’re closing in on the finish line of Puzzle Boat 3. What difference a little experience makes.

Chess: Chasing 50%

December 5, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

When I started playing chess recently, I had a very promising start, winning almost all of my first ten rapid chess games. Then I ran into a depressing realization; I was barely playing.