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:: gh8 total scores

Total scores have been tabulated. Three teams finished! Check out how close some of the scores are:

First Place :: Velocipurpleraptor [ 32,165 ]
Second Place :: No BBQ [ 32,035 points ]
Third Place ::
More Cowbell [ 30,790 points ]
Fourth Place :: Apostrophe Spudmonkey [ 28,640 points ]
Fifth Place :: Posh Spies [ 28,000 points ]
Sixth Place :: Skull Migraine [ 21,490 points ]
Seventh Place :: Conspirates of The Caribbean [ 17,135 points ]

:: gh8

Residents of The Hunter Arms apartment complex discover one day that one of their fellows tenants, a paranoid recluse known simply as "Mr. G", has mysteriously disappeared. What's more, all signs seem to indicate that he has been missing for several weeks, leaving his apartment completely vacant for a couple scraps of paper found in his living room. Further discoveries reveal a loose floorboard in which his neighbors find a crazy journal, documenting Jeremy Gurn's bizarre view of the world and revealing that he was a conspiracy theory nut. It soon becomes clear that in order to unravel this mystery and determine the whereabouts of Mr. G, his neighbors will need to start thinking like him to pick up the trail.

- Apostrophe Spudmonkey
- Conspirates of The Caribbean
- More Cowbell
- No BBQ
- Posh Spies
- Skull Migraine
- Velocipurpleraptor

:: afterhunt!

Talk is a-brewing of what to do after the hunt winds down Saturday afternoon. Though it's not happened every time and it hasn't been in any way official, there has been an occasional (and pretty small-scale) after event get-together when the hunt wraps up.

Check out what's being discussed and chime in!

:: gh8 attendees & new staff

Check out the attendees list of the grunt hunt livejournal community to see who's planning on coming to this next hunt. A list of tentative teams will be forthcoming so that spares can find out who to team with ahead of time.

This hunt we'll be graced once again with the assistance of the lovely Miss Miss Diane as well as newcomer to the admin side, the fabulous Miss Christa. Please welcome Christa to ..the few, the tired, and the ones with all the answers... the grunt hunt staff. Woo!

:: gh8 invites sent

Invitations have been sent out for hunt participants, both new and old. Confirmed numbers can be found at the top of the page here.

As usual, it is highly advisable not to amass an all-newbie team. In fact, let's just save everyone some heartache and say ourtight that all-newbie teams are not at all allowed to participate in the hunt any more. Official rules will be updated to reflect this.

Have a friend or two that's interested in playing? Invite 'em along for the fun and let us know!

:: gh8 date set & the fate of winning team members

The next hunt is now set for saturday, april 28, 2007. Actual invites probably won't be sent out for another couple weeks but it's always good to plan ahead.

In other news, be on the lookout for a general request for some semblance of staff assistance. Last time, the hunt ran (eerily) smooth if not for the fact that A> the puzzles were a lot more doable that time around and B> three people (myself included) were running things. For those of you who have participated in previous hunts, gh7's remarkable lack of lines to submit answers, request hints or get challenges was no doubt memorable. It was downright uncanny but, allthesame, it was pretty frickin' stress-free. So, naturally, that sort of smooth operation is the goal for this hunt and future hunts as well.

That said, starting next hunt, winning teams have the opportunity to help out with the running (and possibly the planning) of the following hunt. This is in no way mandatory, of course, but given that people have mentioned an interest in the goings-on of the hunt from the admin side as well as expressed a selfless desire to help out should the need be there, the opportunity is being put out there for the eager. As an added bonus, it makes things nicer for everyone else not having to worry about the previous winners just sweeping in and taking first place yet again.

So, yay, morale!

:: gh8 - plans are afoot!

People weren't sure if the announcement that the hunt would be annual was a serious one but sure enough, October (the usual month for the fall hunt) has come and gone without any mention of team based puzzle competitions from us guys. (Sorry!) But now that we're nearing annual hunt time, dates are being figured out.

Our contenders: apr 21 or apr 28 (both, of course, Saturdays).

Speak up about which of the two you would prefer over in the livejournal community!

:: extended website family

More edits have been made to the site. Like all over the place. Especially in the rules section! Look around - you might notice a couple things. Other cosmetic changes to the site will be occurring over the course of the next few weeks (as time permits, really). They don't all require a separate news update, so keep a look out!

One thing in particular you might notice, however, is that the hunt site is now utilizing's excellent photo hosting site for all the pictures taken at the event. To visit the grunt hunt's very own flickr page, click here. You can even leave comments on the individual photos if you have your own flickr account!

Currently we are accepting suggestions for gh8's theme. Go to the hunt's livejournal community page to see what ideas have been submitted or simply go there to submit your own! Plans for other community-based posts also include a rehashing of all the puzzles that made up gh7 (as well as their solutions). If you don't have a livejournal account, go get one! (They're free!) As these posts won't be available to the public, you'll need an account to view them.

It's kind of funny how the hunt site is stretching out to include other sites like livejournal, flickr, cafepress and even paypal. One day, it will all reside on one website. One day..

:: announcements and site updates

As it was revealed at grunt hunt 7, the hunt will now occur annually instead of twice a year. Hopefully this will accomplish a lot in the preservation of sanity and the enhancement of production quality. Additionally, having the hunt once a year will make the launching of gruntwerk as a business venture a very possible and very do-able thing.

A great many changes and updates are being applied to various parts of the site. Additionally, materials from the last hunt are slowly being collected from the various attendees. If you have photos or any other materials that should be showcased on this site, send them off to Miller or Kristina so that they can get published here.

Areas of the site that will no doubt see updates and changes include: the hunt pages, the ack board, the complete hunt roster, the winner's table, the glossary of terms, the faq, trivia, links, and gameplay.

More to come..

:: gh7 total scores

Total scores have been tabulated. Two teams finished!

First Place :: Something About Spudmonkey [ 34,670 points ]
Second Place :: Meniscus Parting Gift [ 34,455 points ]
Third Place ::
iTeam [ 30,250 points ]
Fourth Place :: Plush Cthulu-Chan [ 26,410 points ]
Fifth Place :: More Cowbell [ 22,180 points ]
Sixth Place :: Triforce [ 11,635 points ]

:: gh7

The city of Macropolis is taken over by an alien insectoid/robotic race, wiping out the city's team of superheroes as their first step in their attempts to blow up the world with an intergalactic doomsday device currently in orbit around the Earth! News of this tragedy reach a neighboring suburb which just happens to be hosting an annual sidekick convention. With the local heroes out of commission, the sidekicks have to save the city in order to save the world. Doing so gives them the opportunity to become the city's new champions.. but they'll have to duke it out with the other sidekicks in the process.

- iTeam
- Meniscus Parting Gift
- More Cowbell
- Plush Cthulu-Chan
- Something About Spudmonkey
- Triforce

:: gh7 on the horizon

Don't let the radio silence of the last couple weeks fool you. Things have been busy in the development of the hunt. As we are rapidly approaching the event date of Saturday, April 8, things will no doubt get even busier. Stay abreast of what's going on behind-the-scenes by visiting the grunt hunt livejournal community.

:: save the date for gh7

Being two months before the event, planning is already underway. We are pleased to announce two developments with regard to the grunt hunt. Firstly, The official date of the next grunt hunt is apr 8, 2006. Same details as last time but, ya know, a whole new set of puzzles. Be excited!

Secondly, Kristina has been enlisted to not only help out with the admin side of the grunt hunt but also with production and to serve as event staff the day of the hunt. What a trooper! We're looking to draw as much assistance from volunteers as possible (without revealing too much to those who will be participating) to provide as smooth a gameplay experience as we can. Look forward to it!

More details to come. Are you ready?

:: gearing up for action

In preparation for gh7, some updates have been made to the site: the hunts section has been broken up to give each individual event its own page, a couple questions have been added to the faq, a couple more sites have been added to the links page, there's more trivia, and other little changes have been made here and there (mainly linking and text edits).

A major change is the addition of a grunt hunt livejournal community. If you're a registered livejournal user, please feel free to join up! There, you will get the opportunity to come across unofficial announcements, news, discussions, and other behind-the-scenes stuff. There may even be the occasional puzzle posted as well.

The official start date for working on gh7 is February. More things to come..

:: site updates

More updates made to the site.

In the interest of clarity and organization, the gameplay section has been cleaned up some. Staff maneuvering has brought some change to the contact page. A PayPal donation link has been added to the about and links page (if'n you feel so inclined to throw money at us for all our hard work and dashing good looks). And speaking of the links page, a couple more line items have been added. In particular, if you're interested in getting better at doing nonagrams, check out TylerK's Picross. It's a little flash application that lets you complete nonagrams online. Great opportunity to practice, don't you think?

Again, if you have any photos from the last hunt that want sharing, drop us a line and we'll post 'em here. Also, if any of you veteran hunters know of any other FAQs, links, or tips that should go up on the site, let us know.

:: gh6 stuff

Materials from this last hunt are in the process of going up on the site. If you (or your team) should happen to have any photos from the event, please send them Miller's way so that they can be shared and viewed by all.

Current updates include: news (you're looking at 'em), more rules revisions (openers give you points now), hunt info, gh6 photos, the ack board, the winner's table, and the hunt roster.

:: gh6 total scores

Total scores have been tabulated. This was not an easy hunt:

First Place :: Purplesaurus Rex [ 18,070 points ]
Second Place :: More Cowbell [ 13,985 points ]
Third Place ::
Crust of Spudmonkey [ 13,500 points ]
Fourth Place :: Flesh Eating Virus [ 10,660 points ]
Fifth Place :: Captain Kirk & The Red Shirts [ 9,885 points ]
Sixth Place :: Pirates, Ninjas, Cowboys [ 9,660 points ]
Seventh Place :: Yer Mom [ 6,230 points ]

:: gh6

Victor Timonius-Guy bought an entire manor for dirt cheap but soon discovers that this real estate acquisition wasn't his best idea. It turns out that what he winds up with are the remains of a reform school that mysteriously closed its doors six months after they first opened. Eventually, he finds out that a gruesome mass murder took place on these grounds and the tormented souls that arose from such an event haven't quite left yet. It's up to the hunters, armed with a ouija board and whatever items they find in the mansion as well as the grounds, to find out what exactly happened here 20 or so years ago.

- Captain Kirk & The Red Shirts
- Crust of Spudmonkey
- Flesh Eating Virus
- More Cowbell
- Pirates, Ninjas, Cowboys
- Purplesaurus Rex
- Yer Mom

:: gameplay revisions

In the interest of balance, rules have been modified once again. In particular values for scoring have changed. Wrong answer penalties have gone up by a factor of four and bonus points have pretty much all gone up as well. Needless to say, the PDF rulesets have been updated as well.

Only 11 days until gh6. Are you ready for it?

:: gh6 date change and site updates

First and foremost, due to increased pressure to do so, the hunt is now scheduled to run Sunday, October 30. This turns out to be a far more convenient date for a lot more people and allows a large portion of those who originally were unable to attend the opportunity to participate now. Sadly, a small handful of people are no longer able to attend because of the change. They will be missed. But since the hunt is a semi-annual event, there's always the spring hunt to look forward to...

In other news, the site updates are 99% complete. PDF versions of rules are now available, photos from gh5 are now viewable, a glossary of terms has been set up, example puzzles are now live, and there's even a faq now! Some sections can use your input! If you have any suggestions for any Helpful Tips, Links, Hunt Trivia, or Example Puzzles.. give a holler.

:: a new look

Big site update - the grunt hunt website has been given a makeover! What with the increased popularity of the hunt in recent months, it was only fitting to give it a look that spoke more to the people who participated in it than merely be a collection of plain and boring text pages. (I hope certain people don't mind that they appear in the headers now...)

With the site update, new features are available: the hunts section documents and details each of the previous events, contextual info/navigation has been squeezed into the lefthand sidebar, and now there's more stuff! grunt hunt trivia! Glossary of hunt terms (coming soon)! PDF downloads of rules (coming soon)! Sitemap goodness! Other stuff (coming soon)!

Due to so large a redesign, however, certain parts of the site had to be taken down in order to reorganize and retool them to better fit with the current state of the site. You'll find links that don't work (mostly in the archive) as well as links that aren't active yet. But no worries, all will return to working order soon enough.

Enjoy the friendlier site!

:: gh6 date is set

The official date of the next grunt hunt is october 29, 2005. Got a team yet? Have you pre-registered yet?

More details to come.

:: gh6 planning commences

The beginning of gh6 plans are currently under way. Tentative dates entertained are oct22 and oct29 (with previous hunters weighing in on which date they prefer). From here on out the theme for the upcoming hunts will be disclosed beforehand in an effort to entice people into playing for the first time or to simply come back to play again. Granted, it won't be too, too revealing - don't want to give it away, after all.

This hunt involves the players being trapped in a creepy abondoned house, the mystery surrounding the brutal murder (nay, slaughter) that colors its dark and creepy history and dealing with the torturous haunting that's going on all at the same time.


:: gh5 photos

Site updates. Photos of gh5, namely. More to come.

:: grand opening

The grunt hunt official online store is now open for business. Drop on by and see if there's anything you'd like to purchase. The markup on each of the items is only a few bucks here and there and, as a result, you'll be buying them pretty close to their regular ticket price. Incidentally, grunt hunt 5 has its own online store. Check that out as well. Please feel free to make suggestions as to what you'd like to see in there and we'll see what we can do to accomodate.

in other news, a veritable whirlwind of updates have been made to this website. Key locales include: gameplay, links, stuff, and, if you notice, store is now a link in the left navbar.

:: gh5 stuff

gh5-related materials as well as team rosters and acknowledgements have been posted with more to come when participants email their photos and whatever other things that they would like to see up on this site. Changes to the rules governing oversized teams have also been posted and the news page now has an archive for some of the older posts. More example puzzles will be posted shortly. Plans for the online store for tshirts and the like are now go! Stay tuned.

By the way, do our ideas intrigue you and would you like to subscribe to our newsletter? Ask to be put on the mailing list!

:: gh5 total scores

Total scores were actually tabulated at the hunt (a first):

First Place :: Purplesaurus Rex [ 30,595 points ]
Second Place :: Spudmonkey's Revenge [ 24,536 points ]
Third Place ::
Three-quarters Dance-A-cum-cum [ 21,028 points ]
Fourth Place :: The Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven [ 19,945 points ]
Fifth Place :: Tame Team [ 4,960 points ]

:: gh5

Stuart Carnie, a new freshman at Grunt University, has committed suicide recently. His suicide note, however, appears to tell a different tale. It's up to the students living in Hunter Hall to put the pieces together and discover who Stu's killer was. The problem is, though, he seemed to have pissed off a lot of people.

- Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven
- Purplesaurus Rex
- Spudmonkey's Revenge
- Tame Team
- Three-quarters Dance-A-cum-cum

:: gh5 rules & then some

The rules section has been updated further. For one thing, changes were made in scoring to include a bonus points section.

The store, sadly, will not be up in time for gh5. However, suggestions for tshirt designs are gladly accepted. Currently, tshirt ideas include the red herring, the gruntwerk/grunt hunt logo, and a puzzle.

Confirmed attendees at this time include participants who will be traveling from Rhode Island, New Jersey, as well as Washington, DC!

:: gh5 date set & admin goodness

grunt hunt 5 will take place April 23, 2005 running from 12 - 5 pm. The location is again the Cambridgeside Galleria in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In other news, Anthony and Tammy have officially become volunteer hunt staff members to offset administrative and event coordinating tasks. Go, Team!

Also, contact information for the hunt (and staff, now) has been changed.

:: gh5 rules & such

New and updated rules section is now up. Example puzzles (taken from previous hunts) are finally on this site. The possibility of a Glossary of Terms section is being contemplated. Could the grunt hunt get an online store? More later.

:: gh5 planning begins

A tentative date has been planned (either April 23 or April 30) for this next hunt. A lot of the high-level planning is already under way. We got theme, grand solution, meta and standard puzzle solutions, story, and even the beginnings of the new Challenge system. It's going to be an exciting time, folks. So, stay tuned.:

:: gh4 stuff

General updates to the site have been made. In particular, one of the mini-comics is finally uploaded. Check it out in the stuff section.:

:: gh4 total scores

Total scores have been tabulated. Check out how close they were:

First Place :: 12-Eyed Spudmonkey* [ 26,440 points ]
Second Place :: Jimmy [ 25,632.5 points ]
Third Place ::
The Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven [ 23,430 points ]

:: gh4

Bizarre murders are happening all over, each strangely involving body mutilation, organ theft and possibly ritual sacrifice. The Hunt Private Investigation Agency is brought in to identify the culprit and bring him to justice. The only problem is: everyone who's been involved in any of the cases has mysteriously disappeared or suffered a weird accident.. such that the only ones left to conduct the investigation are the interns. Are other forces at work here? What do the interns need to do to effectively get into the mind of the killer?

- Jimmy
- Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven
- Spudmonkey
- Twelve-eyes

:: gh4 rules

Rules for this hunt are now up. Major changes include: introduction/explanation of challenges, scoring, WhoDunIts, Hints (you can now request up to three) and general tips for the novice hunter. Also, some other stuff went up as well.

Only 10 days until gh4!

:: gh4 announced

The next grunt hunt is set for October 23, 2004 (that's two months, folks!), running from 12 - 5 pm. The tentative location is the Cambridgeside Galleria in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Register your team today!

:: gh4 planning begins

Plans are under way for grunt hunt 4. Stay tuned

:: gh3 final scores!

Total scores have finally been tabulated.

First Place :: Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven [ 2152.5 points ]
Second Place :: Mark's Team [ 2085 points ]
Third Place ::
Lesbians! Monkeys! Soy! [ 575 points ]

:: gh3

It's Final Exam time over at Gruntilla's School for Psychicness and to complete the correspondence course to be a certified work-at-home psychic, the hunters must use their otherworldly powers to divine and help capture the Back Bay Butcher.

- Lesbians! Monkeys! Soy!
- Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven
- Mark's Team

:: gh1&2 final scores!

Total scores have finally been tabulated.

First Place :: NO BBQ [ 5330 points ]
Second Place :: Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven [ 2420 points ]
Third Place :: The Who (formerly "Mattapan Rocks") [ 1150 points ]
Fourth Place :: Derek Rulezzz [ 350 points ]

:: gh2

Wow. This hunt was so big it had to be split up between two separate occasions!

- Derek Rulezzz (Forfeited)
- Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven (Team member substitution)
- The Who (Team member substitution; Renaming)

:: gh1

Claudius Grunt, CEO & President of gruntwerk enterprises, solicits the aid of Hunt Private Investigations to locate some unspecified yet extremely important documents that he suspects his mentally imbalanced runaway stepson has in his keeping, potentially threatening the state of his company.

- Derek Rulezzz
- Majestic Golden Blowjobs of Heaven
- Mattapan Rocks!