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ENCOUNTOUR

Welcome to Encountour, the ultimate urban adventure where contestants become detectives racing against time to unravel a gripping mystery scattered across the cityscape. In this high-stakes game, participants navigate through the bustling streets, historic landmarks, and hidden corners, collecting clues, solving puzzles, and piecing together the puzzle for a chance to win a dazzling cash grand prize.

 

Game Format:

  • Mystery Unveiling:

    • A captivating narrative sets the stage for the mystery. Contestants receive the first clue and race against time to uncover the secrets hidden throughout the city.

  • Interactive Challenges:

    • Clues are not just handed out; participants must actively engage with the city's landmarks, historical sites, and local businesses. Challenges range from decoding messages to interactive tasks that bring the mystery to life.

  • Location-Based Riddles:

    • The game utilizes the city's diverse locations as puzzle pieces. Contestants must decipher location-based riddles, solve puzzles, and uncover hidden clues in unexpected places.

  • Strategic Decision-Making:

    • Players must make strategic decisions on which leads to pursue, balancing speed and accuracy. Every choice could lead to a breakthrough or a detour, adding an element of strategy to the race.

 

Grand Prize:

  • Cash Jackpot:

    • The ultimate motivation for contestants is the chance to win a substantial cash grand prize. The higher the stakes, the more thrilling the race becomes.

  • Victory Celebration:

    • The winning team is celebrated in a grand finale, with confetti, cheers, and the presentation of the coveted grand prize. Their accomplishment is recognized, marking them as the Encountour Champions.

 

Community Engagement:

  • Spectator Interaction:

    • The challenge doesn't end with the contestants. Spectators can follow the action, engage in side challenges, and even influence the game through social media polls and real-time interactions.

  • Local Business Participation:

    • Encountour promotes local businesses by integrating challenges that require participants to interact with them, fostering community engagement and supporting the city's economy.

 

Get ready to embark on Encountour, where brains, brawn, and street smarts collide in an electrifying race to uncover the city's secrets. Will you be the team to crack the code, solve the mystery, and claim the coveted cash grand prize? The adventure awaits!

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Encountour FAQ section! Here, we aim to answer your questions and ensure you're well-prepared for the adventure that awaits. Explore below for essential details and insights. If your curiosity persists, feel free to contact us for personalized assistance. Let the quest for answers begin!

  • What is Encountour?
    Embark on a thrilling adventure with Encountour! Solve puzzles, decode clues, and navigate through the unknown. Uncover mysteries in teams or alone (if you're brave enough) and triumph in an immersive experience like no other. Get ready to explore, engage, and conquer the unexpected!
  • How does Encountour work?
    Encountour combines the elements of an escape game and a scavenger hunt. Participants form teams or go it alone and embark on a city-wide adventure. They decode clues, solve puzzles, and uncover mysteries scattered across iconic locations. The goal is to navigate the challenges, solve the mystery, complete the mission, and triumph in a thrilling, immersive experience. The event fosters teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills, creating an unforgettable adventure for all participants.
  • What can I expect on the day of the event?
    On the exhilarating race day, participants will rendezvous at the designated location to kick off the adventure. Check-in will be swift, and each team will receive their first clue – the key to unlocking the mystery. Embark on a thrilling journey as teams race to various locations, uncovering clues and unraveling secrets that lead to the heart of the mystery. The quest culminates at a central location, where the Encountour champion will be crowned amidst an air of anticipation and triumph. Following the intense race, participants can gather to mingle, share experiences, and relish in the accomplishment of solving the mission. Indulge in delightful food and drinks as the founder extends a special thank you, and seize the chance to meet the masterminds behind this extraordinary adventure. Race day promises a blend of excitement, camaraderie, and mystery – a day you won't forget. Get ready to immerse yourself in the unknown, decode the clues, and become a part of the Encountour legacy!
  • How long does Encountour last?
    Encountour is designed to be completed in 5 hours or less, providing an immersive and thrilling experience. Game play will remain open until 11:59 pm on the day of the event. If no team has completed the mission by that time, the game will conclude with no winner. Participants are encouraged to embrace the challenge of extended game play, ensuring they have everything they need for the adventure. We look forward to seeing your team conquer the quest!
  • When should I arrive?
    We recommend arriving at the event venue no later than 5:00 PM. Check-in opens at this time, and it's essential to complete the process before the game begins. Game play starts promptly at 7:00 PM, so being checked in by then ensures you won't miss any thrilling moments of the adventure. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey starting at 7:00 PM—don't be late for the mystery to unfold!
  • Where do I park?
    WARNING DRIVERS: There is very limited parking. We suggest the use of a rideshare app or taking the Marta (the Inman Park and Candler Park Stations are each a short walk to L5P).
  • How will I know where to go?
    The starting location for this thrilling adventure will be communicated to you via email once it has been finalized. Keep an eye on your inbox for this crucial information. Once at the starting point, the excitement begins! Teams must rely on their wits as they follow clues, decipher puzzles, and unravel riddles that guide them from one location to the next. The journey is designed to be immersive, challenging, and, most importantly, mysterious. If you find yourselves facing a particularly perplexing challenge, fear not! Each team is equipped with three hints to provide guidance and keep you on the right track. So, embrace the unknown, trust your instincts, and get ready for an adventure where the journey is as thrilling as the destination!
  • What happens if I get lost during the event?
    If you find yourself off course during Encountour, our first step is to determine whether the issue is related to deciphering clues or a game-related matter, such as missing staff meant to provide clues or guidance. It's crucial to note that, as a race, we cannot disclose specific locations or assist with code or puzzle deciphering outisde of the three hints provided. However, if the issue is determined to be an Encountour-related matter, we will make every effort to promptly correct it, ensuring participants can resume gameplay without hindrance in the race. Each team or individual player is equipped with three hints to be used at their discretion when facing challenges with game clues. Use them wisely to enhance your experience and keep the adventure on track. If you "encountour" difficulties, feel free to reach out, and we'll strive to provide the support needed for an exciting and seamless Encountour journey.
  • What should I bring?
    1. Charged Smartphone: Essential for decoding clues, navigating from location to location, and receiving hints and updates. 2. Comfortable Attire: Dress appropriately for a day of exploration. 3. Full Tank of Gas: Fill up the car before getting started to prevent wasting time getting gas! 4. Notepad and Pen: Useful for jotting down clues or solving puzzles. 5. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during the adventure. 6. Snacks: Carry light snacks for energy throughout the event. 7. Weather-Appropriate Gear: Be prepared for varying weather conditions. 8. Valid ID/Event Tickets: Necessary for registration and participation. ​ Ensure you are ready for an exciting and comfortable experience by considering the above requirements and recommendations.
  • Can I bring food and drinks?
    Absolutely! We highly encourage participants to bring their own food and drinks to sustain energy throughout Encountour. Having provisions on hand helps avoid unnecessary stops, ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted gameplay experience. Pack wisely, stay fueled, and keep the adventure momentum going strong. Additionally, participants should be sure to bring any necessary medications and first aid essentials in case of emergency. We want you to focus on solving puzzles and conquering challenges without any unnecessary interruptions. Enjoy the adventure, and make sure to carry the essentials for an exhilarating Encountour!
  • Is Encountour accessible for individuals with different abilities?
    Encountour strives to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals. While we make every effort to ensure accessibility, gameplay may involve visual and audible clues, and buildings that may not be universally accessible. These elements are integral to the game, and individuals requiring accommodations should ensure they have team members who understand their different abilities and are fully prepared to assist during the game. Our goal is to create the most enjoyable experience for everyone, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have specific concerns or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
  • What happens in the case of inclement weather?
    In the case of minor inclement weather, Encountour will generally proceed as planned. We will not shut down for inclement weather unless it poses a viable and immediate threat to travel and outdoor activities. Our priority is participant safety, and any decision to modify or cancel the event will be based on careful consideration of the conditions. Participants should come prepared for varying weather conditions, and updates will be communicated promptly via email and our official communication channels. Please stay tuned for weather-related announcements and ensure you are equipped for the adventure.
  • Can I volunteer for the event?
    Absolutely! We welcome volunteers to be part of the Encountour experience. To get involved, simply send us an email through the contact form, expressing your interest in volunteering. We will promptly get back to you with details on how you can contribute to the event. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to having you as part of the Encountour team!
  • What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?
    Encountour prioritizes participant safety amid COVID-19 by implementing essential measures. Attendees may choose but are NOT REQUIRED to wear masks during the event and social distancing is encouraged throughout check-in, team formations, and challenges. Sanitization stations are readily available, encouraging regular hand hygiene. Participants are urged to conduct self-health screenings and clear communication about safety protocols is provided. These measures, subject to change, align with local health guidelines, ensuring a secure and enjoyable Encountour experience while respecting individual responsibility.
  • How do I register?
    To register for Encountour, tickets can ONLY be purchased on our official website. Visit the "Buy Tickets" tab and follow the easy registration process. If registering for a team, input the number of players on your team and provide contact information for each player. Please note that, unfortunately, at this time, tickets for all players must be purchased by one person at one time. We do not have the ability to allow team members to purchase their own tickets individually. Designate one person on the team to make the purchase, and then coordinate with that team member to send funds to them via money apps, Zelle, cash, or any other means you choose. Additionally, each participant must have a completed waiver on file prior to check-in. Have every team member head on over to the "Waiver" tab in the top right-hand corner to complete their waiver. Ensure a seamless adventure by completing the waiver in advance. Don't miss out – secure your spot on the quest through our website NOW!
  • How do teams work?
    While Encountour can be completed solo, teams are a crucial element of the experience. Here's how they work: 1. Formation: Participants form teams, typically comprising 2 to 4 members. Teams MUST be pre-arranged and finalized prior to purchasing tickets. 2. Collaboration: Team members collaborate to solve puzzles, decode clues, and navigate challenges scattered across the city. Each member brings unique skills and perspectives. 3. Communication: Effective communication is key. Teams must share information, strategize, and make decisions collectively to progress through the game. 4. Diversity: Teams benefit from diverse skill sets – problem-solving, creativity, attention to detail – ensuring a well-rounded approach to challenges. 5. Leader Roles: Teams may choose or naturally assign roles like a navigator, puzzle solver, or clue decoder. Adaptability is crucial as challenges vary. 6. Driving Component: At least one team member must be over 16 for driving purposes. Teams should plan accordingly to utilize transportation effectively. 7. Support and Encouragement: Teams support each other throughout the adventure, fostering a positive and enjoyable experience for all participants. ​ Ultimately, teamwork is at the heart of Encountour, and success depends on the collaborative efforts of each team's members.
  • Can I participate alone?
    Encountour is designed as a collaborative and team-based experience, fostering camaraderie and teamwork. While solo participation is not the primary focus, individuals can join. However, the dynamic challenges and puzzles often benefit from diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving. This approach enhances the overall enjoyment of the adventure, making it a social and engaging experience.
  • Is Encountour suitable for all ages?
    Encountour is designed for participants of all ages, fostering a sense of adventure and teamwork. However, due to the requirement of driving between locations and the potential for mature or scary content, each team must include at least one member over the age of 16. Parents and guardians are encouraged to use discretion when determining a child's readiness for participation, considering both the driving aspect and the nature of the event's content. The goal is to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.
  • Are tickets transferrable?
    Yes, tickets are transferrable! If an original team member is unable to participate, you can transfer their ticket to a new team member. Simply have the new team member complete the waiver online and email us at support@encountour.com with the original order number, the name of the guest who will no longer be participating, and the name of the new participant taking their place. We will promptly process the change and email you back to confirm that we have received the updated information. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to accommodating the change for you at Encountour!
  • Are tickets refundable?
    Tickets are refundable only while ticket sales are still active, up until September 19, 2024, at 11:59 pm. Once ticket sales conclude, refunds will no longer be available. We encourage participants to review their plans and make any necessary adjustments before the refund deadline. After September 19, 2024, all sales are final, and tickets are non-refundable. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to hosting you at Encountour!
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