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Treasure LeaGUe: Lost ARtifacts

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What the heck is Treasure League?
Treasure League is a game that uses the entire city as its board. It's also a growing community of clever urban adventurers.

Is this real or an elaborate hoax?
Yes, this is real. In 2016, Treasure League hid 9 treasure chests in Calgary and awarded $4500 in prize money. In 2017, the treasure chests have been replaced by 8 hidden artifacts. Join the League and you will be participating in an actual treasure hunt for those objects.

Are the artifacts valuable?
Like any good MacGuffin, the artifacts are storied objects that drive a plot — so their real value is entertainment. Find one of the hidden artifacts and you'll be rewarded with a $300 cash prize. You also get to keep the artifact!

So... where are the artifacts hidden?
They could be anywhere within the city limits. Anywhere. That's all we'll say. 

Are the artifacts hidden somewhere we'd have to pay an entrance fee to access?
This is unlikely. We want you to win a small fortune, not spend one.

Are the artifacts hidden in places that require me to destroy private property, or bother wildlife?
Unsanctioned destruction is never necessary. If you know where an artifact is, you can simply go there and take it. If you do move/disturb/or shift anything during your search, please be a good citizen and return things to how you found them.

Do I need a particular level of fitness, ability, mobility, or means of transport to participate?
Most of the game is spent figuring out where a treasure is hidden — this is equally accessible to people of all ages, fitness levels, and mobility. Physically retrieving a treasure may require some travel and physical exertion — that's why we recommend you form diverse teams, so there's someone for every role. In the past we've found teams that have a mix of good puzzle solvers and people inclined to go-look-and-see are most successful.

How many days does the game last?
A round starts on the 1st of the month and lasts until the chest is found. We try to make the game last all month, while players try to end it as soon as possible — while racing each other. Over time, we've changed the game to make the end date less predictable and to make it harder to start a search late in the game.

What are the clues like and how many do I get?
From the first day of each month, you'll receive one clue per day, until a hidden artifact is found. Our goal is to move you closer to the treasure with each clue, while making the treasure hunt last as long as possible. Clues you receive might stand on their own, or they might be more useful when used in combination — how clues fit together is for you to figure out.

Can we play as a team?
You can! Subscribe as a team and everyone on your team will receive clue emails. Only clue email subscribers are considered Treasure League members, will receive technical and customer support, and are eligible to win a prize in any given month.

Can teams win more than once?
They can. Last season, two teams were 2-time winners. This year, members of any team that wins 3 rounds during the season will be asked to retire (happy and victorious) from the competition.

Player questions

Where is today's clue?
In fairness to everyone's different schedules and their freedom to venture out to follow up on hunches, clues are scheduled to send at a randomly selected time every day. Clues are scheduled well in advance and are sent out by a piece of software that cannot be hurried by repeated human queries. Your patience and maturity on this matter (as mandated in the Rules) are greatly appreciated.

I didn't get yesterday's clue. What should I do?
This is a terrific question! If the day has ended — it's past midnight — and you didn't get a clue, the most common reasons are:

  • We haven't sent the clue yet OR your email server may not have delivered it to you yet. 
  • The clue may be in your spam folder. Add hello@jetpack.ca to your address book to prevent this from happening.
  • Some Gmail users have reported that Treasure League clues are being sorted into the Promotions tab in their inbox.
  • An accidental left thumb swipe on your iPhone might have sent your clue to the Archive folder. Search "All Mail" to find those.
  • You may have unsubscribed from clue emails. If that happens, we're notified and will send you an invitation to resubscribe. 

Please rely on your team captain and fellow team members to share their clues with you while your technical issues are sorted. Because clues are scheduled to send in advance, they will only be manually resent to individuals as a last resort. 

One of my team members isn't receiving their clues.
Please coach your team member on the steps above. If you didn't provide team member email addresses during registration, or you'd like to change your team roster, tell us via the contact form. You may adjust your team members once per month.

Behind the scenes

Who runs Treasure League?
Treasure League is produced by Calgary writer Anders J. Svensson and his creative studio Jetpack.

Why does Treasure League exist?
Treasure League started because we thought treasure hunting might be fun as a recreational league — and it is! We've also found that Treasure League is a great way to meet interesting people in the community and to market Jetpack's writing and creative services.

Can you design a custom event for my venue/event/birthday?
Yes we can. Let's chat.