A New Distraction

I was hoping to get more done for this website over the holidays, but KC brought home a new distraction — Perplex City.

It’s a set of trading cards, each of which have some kind of brainteaser on them. Every card also has a unique ID number, so when you solve the puzzle, you log on to the website, enter your solution, and gain points if you’re right. Some of the puzzles are fiendish, and the whole collect/solve/reward system is addictive.

My comic shop is one of two North American retailers carrying it (it started in the UK), and I think this has the potential to be big. People are already selling duplicate cards on ebay, but there’s still time to start, since they haven’t even released half of the cards yet.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that, besides the individual puzzles, there’s one big one, with a real-life cash prize.


9 Responses to “A New Distraction”

  1. Jason Says:

    hmm…distracting indeed.

  2. Lyle Says:

    Ooooh, cool, I think the North American other store is that cool game store near Comic Relief.

    Hm, you might have me curious enough to put off taking my iPod in for repairs one more day…

  3. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Some quick links, just to have something posted today. I planned to do more, but we got caught up playing Perplex City again — we’ve solved 90 cards so far out of 132, which puts us at rank 244 with almost 3000 points. [...]

  4. Scott Beeler Says:

    I’ve known for several years (through the internet, and one meeting in person) two of the people behind Perplex City, Adrian and Dan Hon. They’re very smart, imaginative and adventurous guys, and were two of the primary folks involved with solving that “AI”-movie internet-mystery-game (I believe Alternate Reality Game is the term that’s been coined). I think that was the start of their serious interest in these sorts of things, and their current work on them. From Adrian’s blog, here’s some of his thoughts on this sort of thing. The cards idea seems to be a new twist, but the internet community aspect is still a strong one in Perplex. I haven’t got involved with these sorts of games myself, but I wish them, their company, their games all the best, and I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Johanna!

  5. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for the background! That history of ARGs may also help with one of the card puzzles. :)

    I’m a little curious about how well the live-action stuff he mentions will work across the Atlantic, but we’ll have to see first if Perplex City takes off in the US.

  6. James Schee Says:

    Sounds fun, too bad no one near me sells them. Oh well, I guess that I don’t need yet another time consuming hobby anyway.:)

  7. Lyle Says:

    Aaaaauuugh! I just picked up a pack tonight and this is getting to be quite addicting.

    I did get one puzzle, though, that was too English for me to handle (one about Christmas cracker riddles). Puzzles are one thing, but trying to figure out puns on words I’m unfamiliar with in the first place… very frustrating (especially for only seven points).

  8. Johanna Says:

    You think that’s bad, there’s one about English cookies (only they call them biscuits) where you have to id them by look. The riddles I could figure out through a process of elimination and analyzing the structure of the type of answer expected.

    Glad you’re enjoying it. :)

  9. Lyle Says:

    Yikes, I couldn’t even ID cookies by their picture when they were featured on a recent Cooking Light magazine, leaving me combing the magazine for the caption that told me which delicious-looking cookie on the cover corresponded to which recipe.

    Now I’ve just got to work on getting my spouse interested in joining me in these quests…

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