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BATH2 - How it Works

What is the BATH? BATH is a combination road-rally and treasure hunt. Everyone gathers in San Francisco on Saturday morning, when your team will receive its first clue. When solved, the clue leads to the next location, where you'll find your next clue. Solving this clue leads to the next location. And so the afternoon goes, until your team has found and solved all clues (10-15 in total). The final clue leads you to the end-game party that marks the end of the BATH.

Remember, you're not alone on this hunt! If you get stuck, you have a variety of options. Ask others for help, ask bystanders, call your mom... or call our handy BATH hint line. Of course, deciding whether to call us for a hint may be quite a quandary for the competitive. If you call, you’ll get to the party sooner. But if you call, you will also have time penalties added to your final finish time.

This Year's BATH is a Two-Part Event.

Not only can you play in the hunt on game day, but you also have the opportunity to create clues for other people to enjoy!

Have you ever been on a treasure hunt, and thought, "I could write better clues than that!?" Well, now you have an opportunity to find out. Submit a clue to the BATH. Other players will be amazed at your ingenuity, and you may also win a prize for Best Clue. Click here to find out more!

The Fine Print. If your team can't solve a clue, don't worry, you'll never be completely stumped. You can call in for hints on every clue. Each hint, however, costs you a time penalty! If you truly feel brain dead, we'll even tell you where the next clue location is, but of course we'll have to charge you a larger time penalty for that little piece of information. Complete information on time penalties will be provided at the start of the game.

The party starts as soon as the first team finishes. But that doesn't mean that the first team across the finish line is necessarily the winner. They might have racked up a lot of penalties asking for hints.

So, how do I start?

(click on the menu links at left to find more about the steps below...)

Form a team Talk to your friends. Find out who wants to play. Teams may consist of any number of people that can fit into a single vehicle. In practical terms, you can fit 4 people in an ordinary car, or 5-6 if you're willing to be really friendly. If you have too many people, think about splitting into multiple teams.

Select a Team Name The teams will be numbered on the day of the hunt, but do you really want to be "Team 5?"

Select a Division - Regular or Masters Both divisions are designed so that the teams have a good time as they travel around San Francisco. The Regular division is generally for those playing for the first time or with some experience in clue solving games. The more competitive Masters division is geared toward those who have more experience in treasure hunts or are strong puzzle solvers.

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Decide Whether to Submit a Clue All teams compete against the other teams to be the first to find the end-game party. Some teams may choose to compete against the other teams to submit the best clues. If you like clues, this is your chance to create one for other people to enjoy!

A team who writes a clue will obviously gain a small time advantage in the game. When you reach the point in the game using your clue, odds are that you’ll be able to solve it quickly!

Pick A Sector Once you decide to write a clue, your team gets to decide where your clue will lead. To help ensure a good geographical variety of clue locations, we’re going to ask you to first tell us your top three areas of the city and then we’ll respond with where we would like you to create your clue for.

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Show up and have a great time!