Hello and welcome to the biggest competition Kotaku Australia has ever done ever.
And guess what: you've already had your first clue and you didn't even realise it.
The main prize: $6000 to spend on home entertainment gear to get your Netflix on. Get a new TV, get surround sound speakers. Get whatever you like! 10 runners-up will receive a $100 Netflix voucher.
The competition: we've hired a crack team of goddamn riddle masters to put together a series of fiendish puzzles. Think riddles. Think the Da Vinci Code. Think escape rooms. Think outside the box.
Matthew Lee (from the amazing Enigma Room escape game in Sydney), our own Jeremy 'Junglist' Ray, John Kane from Gritfish, Sean Gardiner and Gareth White (both from the Sydney Uni school for mathematics) have all worked together to create an incredible large scale puzzle that exists on Kotaku. Over the course of the next three weeks, we'll be posting each puzzle within Kotaku posts themselves.
Good luck. You're gonna need it.
We'll allow the puzzle creators to explain...
We've hidden a series of puzzles on Kotaku Australia. Six posts in our Stranger Things series exploring the stranger moments in gaming history -- one puzzle in each of these six articles we'll be rolling out. The aim of each puzzle is to find a word, phrase or name as the solution. Once you complete each puzzle, you'll receive part of a metapuzzle which will have it's own solution. Submit your solution to the overall metapuzzle below for your chance to win the prize!
Google and Wikipedia are your friends. If you’re unsure what something means, don’t be shy to look it up (or variations on it). Also, feel free to use any internet tools such as decoders or solvers that use popular ciphers.
The puzzles are themed. Factor that into your considerations.
Always be on the lookout for codes, patterns, secrets, or ways to interact with something. Think outside the box. Or in HTML terms, think outside the [div].
Each post involved in the puzzle will be signposted by a Stranger Things blockquote. Other than letting you know you’re in a puzzle post, this blockquote is not a part of the puzzle itself. It will look like the following:
Kotaku's Stranger Things series is presented by the new Netflix original: Stranger Things. When a young boy vanishes, a town uncovers a mystery of secret experiments, supernatural forces, and one strange little girl. Watch it only on Netflix from July 15.
There can only be one winner, but if you do want to share information and talk about the puzzles, it’d help us if you used the #strangerthings hashtag in the comments. That’s up to you -- it’ll just make it easier to monitor where people are at :)
We have several clues in mind for each puzzle if you're having problems -- so keep an eye out for @TheEnigmaRoom in the comment section of articles in Kotaku's Stranger Things series.
The metapuzzle is inspired by the Stranger Things first trailer:
When you think you have a solution to each of the six puzzles, enter it into your browser as a suffix to Kotaku.com.au -- eg
www.kotaku.com.au/puzzleanswer. If you’re right, you should be greeted with a page notifying you of progress!
Want more help? There are a few puzzle societies that do this sort of thing regularly! (And who also helped us out with this!) We totally recommend you check out their pages:
We'll be posting two puzzles a week over the next three weeks.
The first can be found here. Someone may have solved it already!
The remainder of the clues will be released as follows...
When you think you've solved the puzzle, enter the solution in the form below. Those who submit the correct answer will make themselves eligible to win. You're gonna have to work for this one, but $6000. It's gonna be worth it!
At this point I would like personally thank everyone involved in helping out in the creation of this puzzle. Thanks to everyone from Enigma Room. They do incredible work and you should check out their escape rooms. I think it's the best in Sydney. Special shout out to John Kane, his game Killing Time At Lightspeed comes out later this year.
This is gonna be fun!
Good luck everyone! Terms and conditions can be found here.