HODIE: Thursday, 21-August-2014

Frequently Asked Questions

What's all this, then?

It's The Game.

What is The Game?

Questions are a burden to others; answers are a prison for oneself.

Aren't you quoting The Prisoner there?


But isn't this supposed to be a Harry Potter-themed Game?

Well, Hogwarts, but yes.

So shouldn't you be quoting J.K. Rowling's books instead?

That would be a bit obvious, wouldn't it?

I think this is a pre-clue.

You would be wrong. And that's not a question.

Where will this Game take place?

In Northern California.

Can you be more specific?

We'd rather not. It would spoil the surprise.

Okay, well... can you maybe just narrow down where it begins, so we can plan accordingly?

Sure! The Game will begin and end in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. If that's not enough information for you to plan, please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

My team is planning to drive to the start location. Will we need to pay for parking?

No, we will provide a parking permit for you. You may leave your vehicle(s) in the lot for the weekend. We definitely encourage carpooling, as space is somewhat limited.

NOTE: Team Snout cannot and does not guarantee the physical safety of any vehicle parked at the start location overnight. (We have parked multiple vehicles at the start location for multiple weekends without incident. Your mileage may vary.)

When will The Game begin?

The Game will begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 9th of September, 2006.

Blimey! Why so bleedin' early?

Again, we'd rather not spoil the surprise.

When will The Game end?

The Game will end around 4:00 PM on Sunday, the 10th of September, 2006.

Where do we sign up?

We are no longer accepting applications. Sorry.

How many people can I have on my team?

We recommend no more than six(6) people per team. If you would like to field a larger team, please contact us to make special arrangements.

How much will this Game cost?

$225.00 per person.

Love a duck! Are you kidding?


Why so expensive?

We will provide all necessary transportation for you on this Game, plus some food and drink. Your payment also covers clue materials, space and equipment rentals, and other things we hope you'll really like. We promise to do our best to provide a fun and exciting weekend for everyone.

What equipment will I need to bring?

A backpack, a bottle of water, and $20.

That's it?

Your acceptance packet will tell you what to put in your backpack. The important thing is not to bring too much! During portions of this event, you will be travelling on foot for up to two(2) miles at a time. You will not always have access to cargo storage space, so only bring as much equipment as you can carry.

How big a bottle of water?

That's up to you-- you'll be the one drinking it, after all. Our local medicine man recommends eight glasses of water a day for adult humans.

Will $20 really cover all my expenses?

You should not need to make any major purchases while you're at Hogwarts, since we provide room and board. But it's always a good idea to carry some cash to cover incidentals and emergencies, and if you want additional food, drink, or Muggle items during the weekend, you'll need to pay for that out of your own pocket.

So what's included in "room and board," then?

All the members of a study group will share a single dorm room. In addition to edible items provided during classes, students will get:

Except for nighttime, when students are expected to be asleep in their beds, you should not go more than five hours between feedings. If you have a medical condition which requires that you be fed with greater frequency, please let us know. We will be happy to provide an emergency packet of crisps, roasted groundnuts, or a snack bar.

Am I allowed to bring additional equipment? I can't get by without my laptop computer/SaladShooter®/anvil!

Yes! You can bring anything you wish, provided it will fit into your backpack, you can comfortably carry it for several hours, and possession of it will not get you arrested by Muggle Police.

If you're thinking about bringing something heavy, ask yourself: "If I bring this anvil, and I don't actually use it during the weekend, will I regret having brought it along?"

How will teams be scored during this Game?

Team Snout does not practise arbitrary scoring.

But I really want you to make up a single number that represents my net worth as a human being!

Okay, fine. We've developed a simple, subjective scoring system which is sure to make everybody unhappy in one way or another.

You're mean.

Also not a question.

Team Snout