AMAZING RACE: HOME EDITION
Pipeline’s AMAZING RACE: HOME EDITION is a virtual version of our annual AMAZING RACE, which is generally run in-person in NYC. In this HOME EDITION, Racers solve puzzles, play games, and complete other challenges either by themselves or with their teammates (in-person or virtual) to finish the Race – all without all without leaving their homes!
AMAZING RACE: HOME EDITION was officially run on May 16th and 17th, 2020, but we wanted to continue to spread the fun, so we’re leaving it running and free for everyone to play! You can play it through all at once, or spread the challenges out over a few weeks (or a few months – whatever you prefer). If you want to play, just read over the letter from our Game Masters down below, and you’ll be ready to go! The race takes approximately 2 – 2.5 hours to complete.
ยินดีต้อนรับ! Bienvenidas! Barka da zuwa! καλως ηρθες! Akeyi! Salvete! ਸਵਾਗਤ! Nnabata! Fáilte! Välkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!
In this Race, Pipeline will be whisking you off on a journey around the world, across cyberspace, and even in your own home! You’ll go on three separate trips, each with two destinations (and an adventure at each one) – but remember that sometimes, for better or worse, traveling itself can be the adventure! At each destination you’ll solve puzzles, play games, and unravel clues in order to move on to your next destination – and when you return home after your third trip, we’ll send you out on one last adventure!
To go on this adventure, you’ll need to use Facebook Messenger. You’ll click on a link at the end of this letter, which will take you right into Messenger. It may prompt you to click “Get Started” when you open that link – if it does, go ahead and click! Don’t worry if it doesn’t say “Get Started”, though – it just means Pipeline has sent you a Facebook message before.
Once you’re ready to begin, type LET’S GO, and the Race will start! One pro-tip about using Messenger, though – make sure you only type in your answer. The responses are automatic, and it won’t recognize your answer as correct if you add extra words or punctuation. If your answer is correct, you’ll get the next question! if your answer is wrong, nothing will happen and you can guess again.
For each challenge, you’ll have the option to see a hint – which you can do by clicking on the button that says HINT. And if you’re really stuck, you can skip the challenge by choosing the button that says SKIP.
Your packing list for this journey contains a minimal amount of items – we’d encourage you to keep all of these close at hand:
- Electronic device with Messenger, a camera, and an internet connection
- Computer or tablet to make using the internet easier (can be same as above, but an additional device is helpful)
- A way to communicate with your virtual teammates, if any
- A phone to “phone a friend” to help if you get stuck (can be same as above)
- Paper and pen, to jot down notes (some challenges will be easier if you can write them down on paper!)
Otherwise, everything you need will be in Messenger! That’s where you’ll receive your travel instructions, type your answers, and collect souvenir phrases. As you collect those phrases, you’ll prepare to play a little bingo later! Download the card here (or make your own), and fill in the souvenir phrases you collect as you travel along (you can put them anywhere on the grid). And if you run into any technical issues along the way, just hail and we’ll get back to you within a few days (we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org).
We think that’s all you need to know to start – click the link below to embark on your journey. When you’re ready, just type in LET’S GO, and you’ll be on your way. So without further ado, grab whatever you need to stay sharp – be it matcha, chai, tiny cup of espresso, whatever! – and BON VOYAGE!
The Amazing Race Game-Masters