So what is a subscription adventure game anyway, and how does it work?

Well, it is an ongoing adventure where you get a box in the mail every month that has a mission that is unique to that month. You will get puzzles and ciphers and some backstory and then have to solve things to complete your mission for the month. You will also get some artifacts with it which we think will be cool keepsakes to remind you of the experience. All of our stories are based on actual events (we never contradict history as we find it, but some stories may be fictionalized). One of our goals is to introduce you to some pretty fascinating historical figures that you may or may not know. If you are so inclined, you can research them and find out more about actual events, but that isn’t necessary to solve the game. Some research on puzzle types may be needed to solve things, though. In addition to the monthly stories, there is also an adventure that unfolds over a twelve month period in an overarching story that ties it all together . You will receive installments of this story line that is revealed to you after you solve each box.

Our packages ship the last week of the month so if you signed up before the 21st, you should get your package shortly. If it was later than that, you will start your experience next month. The same monthly story goes out to everyone at the same time, so no matter when you sign up you will be set to jump into the discussion with the rest of the community. That means if you need a nudge that isn’t in our official hints or if you want to share your pictures, questions or triumphs, join us on our facebook discussion page here.

Please remember that everyone starts the overarching story on installment one, so although you will be in the same place as everyone else on the monthly mission, you may be ahead or behind others in the overarching story. If you think there may be a spoiler for the ongoing story in your comment or question, post a warning, tell folks what installment you are on and put your spoiler in the comments.

This is a family-friendly experience, but based on the challenge level of the ciphers and puzzles, it is probably best suited for teens and older. If you have a younger child who is an avid puzzler or just whip-smart, (which, if you are into puzzling, is pretty darn likely) give it a go and see if s/he/they enjoy(s) it. You can puzzle solo or in groups. It is nice to make it a friends and family kind of thing, but if you prefer puzzling it through it on your own, we are here to be your Madmen and Heroes Friends and Family!

That is about it – there is some more detail in the FAQs, but if you have a question, concern or random thought, please send it to madmenandheroes@gmail.com.

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