The Hunting of the Shark: 20 Years of Lone Shark Puzzlehunts

A project in Renton, WA by Lone Shark Games

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A massive, full-color treasury of puzzles from Lone Shark's two decades of puzzlehunts.
Backers: 639
Average Pledge Per Backer: $89

Funded: $56,977 of $33,333
Dates: Mar 21st -> Apr 11th (22 days)
Project By: Lone Shark Games
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Latest News

Last chance to pledge and solve Sharky's Puzzlehunt! Plus, Trick or Treat at the WPC.

April 10th - via:
Hi, it's Sharky! We're in the final stretch on The Hunting of the Shark! This is a good time to finalize your pledge. Especially, if you want one of our bundle levels — Sharknado, Card Shark, or The Meg — pledge for it soon!  You might want to... (Read More)

48 hours to go! Here's what you can get! Also, Sharky’s finale and Lexicon Lane.

April 9th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We have 48 hours to go in this great campaign. We thank the 500+ of you that have backed so far. For all those coming back, we'd love to have to join our backers in getting all of our cool puzzle stuff. Here's what's changed since... (Read More)

Eclipse puzzles! Also, the Day 19 puzzle and D&D's Witchlight Puzzle Challenge.

April 8th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We just hit the $44,000 mark, which means we now have a double-sided Puzzlevania Map in the works! If we can hit the next couple goals, we'll have a 288-page treasury and a 9-month Chums subscription. Thanks for getting us there!... (Read More)

Last week! Also, the Day 18 puzzle and Thingo.

April 7th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We're entering the last calendar week of our campaign. We'd love it if you'd tell your friends about The Hunting of the Shark and all our 20th anniversary bundles. Especially, if you have a puzzlehunt team, puzzle-solving group, or... (Read More)

New stretch goals, the Day 17 puzzle, and the Gauntlet Hunt.

April 6th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Here are the new stretch goals! If we hit these goals, we will be at 9 months for each Chums subscription and 288 pages in The Hunting of the Shark! A hunt from 2019: The Gauntlet HuntIn Seattle, there are 400 game companies. We... (Read More)

Up to 280 pages! Plus, the Day 16 puzzle and AWSQuest.

April 5th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We hit another stretch goal today, so the book is up to 280 pages! Can we get more? That'd be sweet.  The next one up is having the Puzzlevania Map printed double-sided. This will let us do some fancy trickery about what you... (Read More)

Gen Con announcement! Plus, the Day 15 puzzle and the JoCo Cruise Escape Boat.

April 4th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We've had some nice publicity in the past week or so. First, there was an excellent piece on ARGNet that gets deep into Lone Shark's puzzle history. Then, GeekDad was kind enough to put us in their roundup of notable Kickstarters.... (Read More)

Testsolving alert! Plus, the Day 14 puzzle and Apocrypha’s hidden puzzlehunt.

April 3rd - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We hit another stretch goal, meaning we're up to 8 months of Chums for every subscription! Next up, another 8 pages and printing on the back of the Puzzlevania Map! Testsolving invitationWe're making this book! And a map and a... (Read More)

2 new levels! 2 new stretch goals! Plus, the Day 13 puzzle and The Maze of Games.

April 2nd - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Lots of news today as we move into our last week. There's a lot in this update, so here's the tl;dr: We added a new Sharknado 2 level with all the physical puzzles at $119! We added an Extra Sharknado physical add-on at $119! We... (Read More)

The Day 12 puzzle and Cards Against Humanity’s island giveaway.

April 1st - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! It's April Fools Day! So, this is a perfect time to tell the story of one of our all-time favorite pranks.  A hunt from 2014: Cards Against Humanity’s island giveaway.Every December, the nutcases at Cards Against Humanity do... (Read More)

Crowdfunding Tabletop Roundup - GeekDad

April 1st - via:
We’ve had a couple of more in-depth reviews of Kickstarter games recently, but as always there are a few other tabletop projects I want to highlight alongside those. A few of these are ending this week! (Read More)

Stretch goal progress, the Day 11 puzzle, and the Duck Hunt.

March 31st - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We hit another stretch goal! Our next stretch goal is another month for all Chums subscriptions. We'll get that if we hit $40,000! Woo! A hunt from 2013: The Duck HuntYesterday we talked about ravens. Now we’re gonna talk about... (Read More)

The Day 10 puzzle and The Hunt for Odin’s Horse.

March 30th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Time to meet my favorite birdbrains! A hunt from 2012: The Hunt for Odin’s HorseNorse mythology! It’s one of our favorite ancient cultural contributions. When the Mirror Stage theatre company put on a play by Robert Koon called... (Read More)

Damian's cover spotlight, the Day 9 puzzle, and Underworld.

March 29th - via:
Hi, it's Sharky! Things are plugging along here at Lone Shark HQ. Butch and I have a puzzle for you, we look in on a bizarre Wired party, and Damian talks about his cover design. Damian's cover spotlightThe cover of The Hunting of the Shark is still... (Read More)

Stretch goals progress, the Day 8 puzzle, and Repo Men Are Coming.

March 28th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We're really enjoying the progress of the last few days. Here's what is going on. Stretch goals progress!You folks knocked down two stretch goals already! These two are next on the horizon. A hunt from 2010: Repo Men Are ComingIn... (Read More)

We funded! Last chance for Shark Week! Plus, the Day 7 puzzle and Magic's Monolith.

March 27th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Here's an important announcement! WE FUNDED.Thank you to everyone who kicked in and got this over the line. You people are the nicest. Now we are aiming for those stretch goals. We hit the first one at $34,000, so we will add 8... (Read More)

Actual stretch goals! Plus, the Day 6 puzzle and Citizens of Virtue.

March 26th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We topped the $30K mark, so we think it's time to show off our first stretch goals. (Real ones. Not the Great Ideas™ from Apex Marketing in my Sharky's Puzzlehunt puzzles. No gem-studded covers here.) Our main goal is to fund the... (Read More)

Mindspaces, the Day 5 puzzle, and Guardian Six.

March 25th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We’re getting close to funding (yay! thank you!) so it’s time to start thinking about stretch goals. Y’know, REAL stretch goals. Not like the ones Butch is proposing. These will add more puzzles to The Hunting of the Shark,... (Read More)

Hunting of the Shark: Bookish Highlights From Lone Shark Games

March 25th - via:
Lone Shark Games’ name has come up more than a few times over the years here at ARGNet. Some of those projects, like 2008’s Citizens of Virtue, which created a fictional megachurch to create an interactive morality play, were explicitly designed as alternate reality games. More often than not, though, the company’s projects trend towards puzzle hunts that revel in spectacle in a way that crosses over into territory familiar to alternate reality gaming fans. (Read More)

Level and add-on values, the Day 4 puzzle, and the Garden of Dr. Shrinko.

March 24th - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Thanks to the more than 300 backers who've kicked into the campaign! In this update, we'll show you one of our physically largest events and give you today's puzzle. But first... What are the values of the levels and add-ons?We've... (Read More)

The Day 3 puzzle and the Secret Space Network.

March 23rd - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! Things are going great in the campaign. We had our best puzzle campaign launch day ever. We really thank you for spreading the word about The Hunting of the Shark, and encourage you to do it whenever and wherever you think it might... (Read More)

Puzzlevania Map preview! Plus the Day 2 puzzle and the Origins Trivia Game.

March 22nd - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! We appreciate all your support. We’re ready with another hunt spotlight and puzzle, but first, we want to show you some images from... The Puzzlevania Poster MapYou may know our artist Corey Macourek from his brilliant work on... (Read More)

Halfway there! Plus the Day 1 puzzle and a spotlight on the Gen Con Puzzle Hunt.

March 21st - via:
Hi, it’s Sharky! What a nice start to the campaign! We're halfway to our goal, putting this on pace to be our best puzzle project launch day ever. We’re excited that you’re excited about our puzzle retrospective. And thanks to Kickstarter for... (Read More)

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