The Code Hunting Games bot allows any user to create and manage a treasure hunt game, anywhere and with any number of participating players.

Before you start, check whether you satisfy the game’s requirements.

Creation process

In order to start the game creation process, scan the following QR Code with your smartphone. It will automatically forward you to the game creation process.

Free game creation code
Creation code for “free to play” game sessions.

Note that games created using this QR Code above will generate a new independent game, which will not be associated to any event (so-called “free to play” games). If you want to join the global Code Week 2018 event, please refer to the specific Code Week game creation instructions and to the official announcement on the blog.

Basic game information

QR Code scanning and creation of a new game.

The bot will ask for confirmation and then collect the following information:

  1. You game’s name: you may pick whatever you like, it will be displayed by users and used to generate the completion certificates.
  2. A public Telegram channel where the bot will automatically publish the progress of the game. This is optional. The channel must be sent as “@channelname” and the bot @treasurehuntbot must be added as an administrator to the channel. Read the Wiki for further details.
  3. An e-mail address at which we can reach you, just in case.

Start and end location

Every game session requires two basic locations: the starting location (where teams gather before starting the game) and the end location (the last location assigned to teams in order to complete the game).

The starting location must be specified as a simple geographical position. Use the “share location” feature of Telegram inside the conversation with the bot: i.e., click on the attachment icon and tap on “location”. Note: it is possible to send any location, not only where you are physically at the moment. Read the Wiki for further information.

Setting the start and end location through the share location feature in Telegram
Setting the start and end locations of your game.

The end location also requires a geographical position and can, optionally, also contain a picture (which can be sent as a photo attachment through Telegram). If the location has a picture, it will be used instead of the geographical position as a hint for players of the destination to reach. The same behavior also applied to intermediate locations.

Intermediate locations

The creation process now requires a sequence of intermediate locations (at least 8 or more). Intermediate locations are assigned randomly to each team, during the game.

Each intermediate location has the following properties:

More information about game locations on the Wiki.

Activation and installation

Once the required number of intermediate locations has been added, the creation process can be stopped. The bot will then generate QR Codes for the game, which will be sent as a ZIP package through Telegram. The ZIP contains PDFs of QR Codes for each location and for registering to the game.

Once the QR Code package has been transferred, remember to activate the bot, by clicking on the “activation” button. This ensures that the game is ready and that the generated QR Codes can be used.

After printing the QR Codes (and, optionally, having them plasticized), the codes must be physicall installed in proximity of the given locations. Note: please make sure that the code matches the location that you originally specified to the bot (or that it matches the hint given by the location’s picture). Players will receive only the geographical location or the picture as their next destination to reach: it shouldn’t be too hard to find the QR Code.

Game management

More information coming soon.

Issues?

For any kind of problem with the game or the bot, please let us know. You may add bugs or other issues through the issue tracking system on GitHub.

Have fun with the game! ✌