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Quest Night 8 months 3 weeks ago #1

Anyone been to this event? Seems similar to TD (hope it’s not taboo to talk about it), but occurs on 15 acres of land. Not sure how big it actually is.

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Quest Night 8 months 3 weeks ago #2

That would be about 6 hectares...

It looks like a charity LARP near Austin. Never been, but it looks like a good time!

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Quest Night 8 months 2 weeks ago #3

Hey! I've been to Quest Night about five or six times. It's a blast!

Basically, it started out a lot like TD (groups going into an adventure every 15 minutes), but it's now become it's own thing.
For the past few years, the event is more like a World of Warcraft game: gather your party of six, get a task from the tavern (find a magic stone, kill the orcs in the mine, etc.) and go do it.

All the players in every group are allowed in at the start time (6pm or 7pm) and adventure until midnight or 1am (or whenever they want to leave).

The event space is outside (so weather could be an issue), and there are a number of basic structures (house/tavern/fence/generic building) that players pass in and out of.

One year, there was an epic battle where everyone in the game participated in fighting off four huge bosses.
Those that wanted to fight, could roll dice to fight.
Those that wanted to solve puzzles had several puzzles and dexterity tasks they could do to power up the fighters on the big bosses.

Fighting consists of rolling a large foam d20 in a large wooden box 6ft by 4ft.
The party lines up at one end, and the monsters are on the other.
It is very simple, but there is lots of taunting by the NPCs and PCs.

Spell casting comes from a spellbook, and (I think) each spell is cast once per fight.
There are a lot of tokens to buy (which are kept by the event after the game, but your character's equipment is recorded electronically in their system).

They often sell a pair of Coconut shell halves (as a mount), and I still have my pony "Bill" from several years ago. :)

The tokens allow things like spells, re-rolls of the die, +1 to the die roll, etc.
Every player is given a velvet bag that has some basic equipment/spells/bonus tokens and some red glass beads to represent HP.
You dump out this bag into a bowl at the start of combat, and literally hand over your HP beads when you take damage.

This event is put on by the local "Scare for a Cure" team that runs a "Haunted House" type of event for Cancer research.
I would encourage anyone to try the event out, as it's for a good cause.

I believe this event is kind of the progeny of TD, as the original planner first saw TD and thought they could do something with it.

I may get parts of this story wrong, but my understanding is that Jarrett Crippen, a local Austin Police Detective, won the second season of Stan Lee's "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" as the "Defuser."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defuser_(comics)
He was invited to GenCon as a guest after the win, and saw TD there.

Jarrett was already the Director and Founder of the "Scare for a Cure" haunted house in Austin, and, after experiencing TD, thought he could do something similar in the "off season" with the Scare for a Cure group.
So, in some ways, I think of this event as a child of TD.

I worry about how well the event does financially, as they've skipped some years due to funding.
As we know, it takes a lot of money to put on a show like this, and Quest Night doesn't have the gamer audience that GenCon does.

I'd highly encourage you to try it out.
Last night was the first night, and they will be open tonight (Feb 23rd, 2019), next Friday and Saturday (March 1st & 2nd), and the following Friday and Saturday (March 8th & 9th).

--Steven

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Quest Night 8 months 2 weeks ago #4

Thanks for the info. I couldn’t find much detail info on their site (tokens, spells, etc) so it gave me the impression of being a bit disorganized or lacking a little bit of passion compared to TD, but it seemed like fun.

It’s only 2 hours from us, but we’ll probably give it a shot next year due to my wife just having a baby last week.

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Quest Night 8 months 2 weeks ago #5

Krym wrote: It’s only 2 hours from us, but we’ll probably give it a shot next year due to my wife just having a baby last week.


Congratulations... and yes, this would probably be a bad year to go... unless you have a great baby sitter... lol.

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