Bang H8!

The 8th edition of BANG!, the Bay Area Night Game, was held on September 18th, 2004, in the Haight district of San Francisco. 26 teams turned out to participate, and each team solved 10 puzzles and found 10 locations on their way to the finish line.

There were two divisions available to teams: recreational and expert. The puzzles were very similar for the divisions, except that expert puzzles offered less in the way of instructions on how to proceed. Also, puzzle #7 was completely different for each division, though each did involve playing cards.

Teams began the night with a start game, which involved word associations. Two members from each team were given one word each, and the goal was for each person to find their matching word amongst the group of 52 start game participants. The matching process went much more quickly than expected, and the start game was over lickety-split in 2 minutes flat.

The start envelopes contained 4 puzzles. Teams were then given 2 puzzles at each of locations #4, #6, and #8. The solution to puzzle #10, our Uber-Puzzle involving 7 multi-colored 8's, took teams to the finish line at Martin Mack's on Haight Street. Hints were posted on telephone poles and in business windows throughout the course, usually at a distance of 3-4 blocks from where teams were working on puzzles.

Congratulations to recreational team "Everyone Loves Nutella" for winning Bang H8!. They, in conjunction with our expert division winners "The Burninators," will be hosting a future Bang! event, likely Bang #10. Next race: "Kittens, Kittens, Kittens" - winners of Bang #7 - will be hosting Bang #9 in Berkeley in October. Watch the Yahoo! group for the announcment.


The Puzzles

Puzzle #1 - Cookie Monster!
Puzzle #2 - Into The Night
Puzzle #3 - Oh Domino!
    Rec - Expert
Puzzle #4 - Toss the J
    Rec - Expert
Puzzle #5 - Carport Cacophony
Puzzle #6 - The First Letters
Puzzle #7 - Cards - Expert
Puzzle #8 - About Haight Street
Puzzle #9 - Picture This
Puzzle #10 - Uber-Puzzle
    Rec - Expert
  Other Supplies

Official Map
Reference Sheet
Answer Location Sheet
Answer Sheet
Start Game
Puzzle #5 Sound File (mp3)
--- coming soon ---


Puzzle Solutions

Puzzle #1 - Puzzle #2
Puzzle #3 - Puzzle #4
Puzzle #5 - Puzzle #6
Puzzle #7 - Puzzle #8
Puzzle #9 - Puzzle #10

  Pictures

Dave at start
Greg at location #4
Garage solvers
Team on the move
P7 for expert
The Burninators
More cards/chips
Angry Monkeys at work

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Event Coordinators

David Alyea - race director, puzzle designer, course layout
Greg deBeer - head creative, puzzle designer, sound engineer
Bonnie Carroll - registration, start game, production
Jay Miller - start game, production, course management
Brad Goodson - start game, finish line, event timing
  Rich Bragg - puzzle testing
Lara Weinstein - puzzle testing
Chris Chan - puzzle testing
  Results

Recreational Division

1. 9:59 Everyone Loves Nutella
2. 10:06 Look, Nerdlings
3. 10:30 Warming Maylase
4. 10:50 Man In Spandex
5. 10:55 Kangaroo Kritters
6. 11:03 Forks on Fire
7. 11:08 Cold Burritos
8. 11:11 Black Jelly Beanz
9. 11:31 Groovy Ghoulies
10. 12:03 Muhuhuhahaha
11. 12:24 Team South Bay
12. DNF ---

Expert Division

1. 10:10 Burninators
2. 10:37 JJ and the Jerks
3. 10:40 Coed Astronomy
4. 11:05 Weebles
5. 11:09 Kittens, Kittens, Kittens
6. 11:10 Statler
7. 11:24 Angry Monkeys
8. 11:25 Oberhashi
9. 11:36 Blood & Bones
10. 11:42 Waldorf
11. 11:56 BAT
12. 12:00 Team Fubstad
13. 12:30 Fishstick Mess
14. DNF ---