Have you ever dreamed of finding a sunken pirate ship full of gold doubloons and pieces-of-eight? Or of digging for buried treasure? Or possibly of catching a leprechaun and finding his pot of gold? Well, here's your chance !
A chest of real TREASURE is hidden somewhere in the Branson / Lakes area and will be yours to keep -- if you are clever enough to find it first !!
PALLADIAN Interactive Theatre is pleased to organize a community-wide treasure hunt with Real Treasure for the lucky finder. Thousands of dollars in gold !!!
And more gold will be added the longer the treasure hunt goes on ... up to $10,000 or more in Gold !!!
Would-be treasure hunters will need to solve a number of clues to find the location of the gold -- including crossword puzzles, word-searches, logic puzzles, optical illusions, rebuses, codes, and ciphers. Some of the clues will be very challenging, while others will be simple enough that most anyone could solve them. (The authors recommend boning up on old issues of GAMES Magazine).
Alan Lance Andersen, director of PALLADIAN Interactive Theatre , warns that there will be a number of red herrings. "Several of the puzzles are provided simply to throw you off course. But at least one of the red herrings is, in itself, also a valuable clue. If this sounds awfully complicated -- it is !" said Andersen. "This is intended to be a sophisticated and challenging treasure hunt with prizes worth thousands of dollars."
"We have gathered treasure items from all corners of the Earth," said Andersen. We have ancient Roman coins, 700-year-old Sultans of Delhi silver coins from India, coins from sunken shipwrecks, and Catherine the Great 5-Kopeck pieces so large you better wear steel-toed shoes if you drop one on your foot. We have HP$5,000,000 banknotes from Hungary and Japanese occupation currency. We have gold and silver bullion coins. And for treasure chests, we have himitsu-baku Japanese puzzle boxes, log-style puzzle boxes from America, and even exotic carved puzzle boxes from Transylvania !"
Any treasure may contain items of greater or lesser value; gold coins are obviously worth more than copper pennies, but the distinction is not always so obvious. Part of the challenge is to determine which things are really valuable and which are not.
Clues to the hiding place of the treasure will be featured in a special edition tabloid newspaper, Treasure Gazette, which will be sold at designated locations around the Branson community. Proceeds from the sales of this newspaper will go to benefit youth organizations in the Ozarks. Additional clues to the treasure will be provided at sponsoring merchant locations, in local newspaper stories, and in subsequent issues of Treasure Gazette. PALLADIAN Interactive Theatre will continue releasing additional clues until someone finds the treasure chest.
Advertisers in Treasure Gazette will not only have commercial content in their advertising, but will also have unique puzzles, games, and clues in their ads and on display at their places of business. Treasure hunters will need to visit these merchants to take advantage of these specialized clues.
"Some people will enjoy simply working the crossword puzzles, word searches, codes, cyphers, and other puzzles or reading the stories just for the fun of it," said Andersen. "Of course, if you are a truly dedicated treasure hunter, you are welcome to focus your time and energy on finding the treasure."
The story line associated with the treasure is customized to the Branson locale. "In Missouri, we base the clues on legends of lost Spanish silver mines in the Ozarks, hidden Confederate payrolls, and loot from Jesse James' robberies," said Andersen. "In Florida, it's pirate treasure; in Texas it's mines in the desert. And in Iowa, it's the Hoofengoofers."
The Ozark edition of Treasure Gazette will also feature legends of the Yoachum Dollars, stories by Mark Twain, and tall tales of such wonderous beasts as the Gowrow, the Lake Taneycomo Turtle, the Paynter, and the Ring-Tailed Wowser.
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