Thank you so much! I’ll definitely take you up on that.
I’m tentatively looking at an 8" cube with a sort of keypad on top. Most of the puzzles will involve entering codes into this keypad, so there will be more electronic puzzles than mechanical ones. For example, one puzzle plays short audio clips from five well-known songs. The lyrics in the song clip each contain a number, and when the players enter those numbers into the keypad, it unlocks the next challenge. There will probably be five to seven of these puzzles, depending on how long it takes my test solvers to complete. (The event is limited to an hour.) And there will be a meta-puzzle at the end with a big payoff.
I think it will wow the crowd, if I can make all these components work together.
Puzzle parties are wonderful. With the pandemic interfering with our usual gatherings, some puzzle constructors and solvers have been experimenting with online events via Zoom and Slack. There was a great event recently called Conline 2020 that was pulled together in a very short time, and it was tremendous fun. I hope to see more of those, and I hope you can attend one!