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What are the rules?

  • The puzzlehunt starts on and ends on , at which point puzzle solutions will be available. However, we will leave the website running until so teams can still submit answers and go through the hunt at their own pace.
  • Teams have a maximum size of 6, but we recommend 3–4 for the best experience. If you would like to include additional inexperienced puzzlers on your team, please email us and we’ll consider your request.
  • While the hunt is live, you may not stream or post spoilers for the hunt in a place where other teams might see them.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any team for unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • The complete rules will be available here when the hunt starts. Be sure to check back then!
  • If you have any questions about these rules, or if you want to contact us for any reason, email We will get back to you as soon as we can.

What is a puzzlehunt?

In a puzzlehunt, each puzzle has an underlying pattern or insight, which you need to figure out (somewhat like the theme of a crossword puzzle). Puzzles can come in many different forms; the only real commonality is that you usually receive no direct instructions, so it’s up to you to figure out how to make sense of the information you’re given. You can read a longer introduction to puzzlehunts here.

If you are new to puzzles and are interested in seeing some examples, or if you’re looking for some practice, we recommend looking at previous Galactic Puzzle Hunts or puzzles from other online hunts such as Teammate Hunt, Puzzle Potluck, or REDDOThunt.

The format of Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2023 will be fairly different from past GPHs. Many puzzles this year will need a computer to solve them (i.e., they will not be amenable to solving on a mobile device or offline).

Where are the rest of the rules and FAQ?

Check back here when hunt starts.