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Mysteries abound at Mattawa Museum

Staff set to launch mystery game this month
2020 05 13 Mattawa Museum
Summer staff at the Mattawa Museum have cooked up a new mystery game to captivate players this month / Photo by Stu Campaigne / BayToday.

Puzzle solvers and mystery fans will want to play along with the new mystery game the Mattawa Museum is launching later this month.

Registration takes place from August 11 to 14, and there is both an online and an in-person version available.

Amy Drumm, a museum summer intern, is careful not to give too much away while promoting the new game, not wanting to betray the mystery of it all.

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She would divulge that the game will take about two weeks to play online, and about one and a half weeks for players opting for the live version.

Not continuously, of course. Clues and puzzles are doled out every couple of days.

Regardless of the version, people can play individually.

How does it work? People register with the museum—there is a $10 fee to do so—and once registrations are complete, the game begins. Drumm explained that a series of videos will be sent to players, each one containing a code or puzzle to decipher.

Once deciphered, those discoveries will lead to another clue that will propel the player into another level of mystery.

This is all Drumm would reveal, maintaining the game is much more fun for people to discover themselves.

However, Drumm was not so secretive when she elaborated on the game’s creation. She had a lot of fun creating the codes and puzzles with co-worker Mia Skelling, who has been interning with the museum for two summers.

Last year Skelling developed the original mystery game, and its popularity inspired this second version, complete with all new clues and puzzles to solve.

“We took some ideas from that one,” Drumm said, “and played around with those and evolved it.”

Interested puzzlers and mystery mavens can register for the game through the Mattawa Museum’s website.

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David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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