Info and FAQ
The City Challenge Event
What is a 'City Challenge?'
You and your team of knights and knightesses will be adventuring around the city to complete challenges and collect clues. At each location you visit, you will complete a challenge to collect a clue, each clue bringing you a little closer to appeasing the Dragon of Bostonshire.
What are the Challenges like?
Great question! There will be a wide variety of challenges! You might need to find and take a photo with a famous 16 legged statue, a furious friend of the dragon that you must conquer first (click here for the answer). Or you might need to prove your agility by defeating the dragon's close lizard friend in a game of Giant Jenga. There's no telling what these challenges could be.
What is the structure of the event?
The event check-in starts 15 minutes before the start of the event at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. There will be approximately 10 minutes of introduction. You'll receive some top-secret information, along with a map that'll contain some of the locations for the challenges. You'll have just under 3 hours to complete as many of these challenges as you can. Once time runs out, you'll be returning to the park to see if you have enough clues to complete the final challenge. There will be a 5 minute wrap-up at the end.
Do I need to bring anything?
As you will be taking on the great urban-outdoors, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
You will also need at least one phone capable of accessing the internet, and would be comfortable using this phone to (possibly occasionally) upload photos. It doesn't need to be the same phone, but you will not be able to complete the final challenge without one. Bring portable battery packs if necessary!
The Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park is just north of the Aquarium T stop on the Blue Line. It is also a 7-minute walk from the State Steet T stop (Orange Line), a 10-minute walk from the Government Center T stop (Green line), and an 8-minute walk from the Haymarket stop (buses, Orange Line and Green Line).
As always, we recommend public transit when traveling anywhere in Downtown Boston. There is a very small number of metered street-side parking spots near the Waterfront Park. There are a handful of nearby parking garages- you can find more about them here. Unfortunately, we cannot validate parking at this time.
How do I sign up as a team?
When booking, you can buy multiple tickets under the same team.
You can also add more team members later by selecting the same team name. Please note that team names are publicly visible, so anyone can join your team if it's not full- be sure to tell your friends to sign up as soon as you've signed up!
I don't have a team of 4-5, can I still join?
Yes! Though we don't provide official avenues of forming teams with other players, you can always reach out online to see if others would be interested- a Facebook group Escape Game Enthusiasts of New England might be a good place to start!
If you have 3 or fewer people in your group, still go ahead and register. We'll match you with another small group on the day of the event.
Are there age restrictions/requirements?
People under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by at least one adult, and adults who get tired easily will need to be accompanied by at least one cup of coffee.
In all seriousness, this is a great event for kids, but please note that, as it is a 3-hour scavanger hunt, make sure you and your team are prepared for walking around in the city for that amount of time (especially if it's a warm sunny day!)
How difficult are the puzzles?
These aren't puzzles so much as they are challenges. They're very doable by people of all ages and experience levels- now, how quickly you complete these challenges is a different story ;)
Above is where we think the difficulty of this challenge lies, with respect to some of our other adventures.
If I'm a member of National Puzzler's League, participate in MIT Mystery Hunt, MUMS, BAPHL, etc., will I enjoy this?
The answer is... maybe! There's no way to know for sure, as this is a very different event from the ones listed above. If you enjoy hanging out in the city, exploring new places, and learning quirky trivia facts, we think you'll have a pretty good time. It's not a particularly intellectually challenging adventure, but hey, neither is Sunday. Most importantly, it's a great excuse to be a tourist dragon-slaying knight in Boston.
Rain & Cancellation
What happens if it rains?
If it rains or if the weather forecast shows something not appropriate for people to be outside for extended amounts of time, we will unfortunately have to cancel the event. We will let you know 24 hours before the event begins, and we will issue a full refund to all registered participants.
What if I need to cancel?
We can accomodate cancellations if you send us an email at email@example.com at least 48 hours before the event begins, and we will issue you a full refund.
Will there be shirts?
Of course! We are selling the below shirts for $15 each. Titled "Knights and Dragon in Training", these shirts are excellent for medieval-themed parties, aspiring knights, and pro-dragon rallies.
Is there a prize for first place?
Other than fame, glory, and the satisfaction of saving all of Bostonshire, not really (I mean, what more could you ask for?). Upon request, the nearest staff member named Georgia will impromptu-recite you a haiku declaring your victory.
Do you have escape rooms I can do while I wait for The Dragon of Bostonshire?
Yes! You can sign up for Conundrum Museum here.
I have questions not listed here!
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries. Additionally, if you have any dragon or knight themed puns, we're starting the process of building our arsenal... send help.