Treasure League: The Missing Codex | Wrap-Up

Congratulations to Team Internet Explorer! Last season's first two-time winners went the last 13 rounds without a win, but they never gave up. After 26 days of clues, they dashed to Roxboro Park in Calgary's southwest and found the Missing Codex hanging from a branch just inside the tree line. For their efforts, they've won the $300 cash prize and, as always, everlasting glory.

Want to hear it in their own words? Watch the video above to hear about how Thomas and Irene found the artifact, then scroll down to have the puzzles explained.

And, if you haven't seen the event posting on Facebook yet, join your fellow Treasure Leaguers for end-of-season drinks. We've got a couple tables booked at Local 510 (on the main floor, at the back) from 6pm onward, on Friday, December 1st.

The Clues

This month, the daily clues each solved to word fragments. Placed in the rearranged and placed in the right order, they would eventually give the general location of the hidden artifact.

The clues that were released before the game ended solve to:


These can be rearranged to spell out:


And with the spaces removed and put back in:


OXB was the last clue to be released and  based on the syllables, could have been guessed a few days earlier. Team Internet Explorer knew Roxboro park and recognized that OXB could only spell Roxboro. They had been hoping it would be hidden up a tree all season long, so with "higher than lower" they were able to find the artifact up a tree, without searching the entire hillside.

As an added twist, Clue #1 had warned about 2-1 odds of the winners being able to open the book. Thomas and Irene had no trouble with that, as they'd already suspected this meant a combination of some sort. This month's artifact wasn't just a book — it was a book safe — and the code 2-2-1 was needed to open it.

Treasure League: The Obsidian Eye | Wrap-Up

It took 21 days, some hunches and the good fortune of having explored the area during a previous round, for Kyle Litchfield to find October's artifact hidden in Stanley Park. For his superior feats in mapping and searching, he earned his team, The Order of the Stick, the $300 cash prize and the title of champion for October! Congratulations Kyle!

Where was the The Obsidian Eye hiding? Watch Kyle's video above to hear about how he found it, then scroll down to see how the puzzle would have played out. 

And, if you aren't already signed up or subscribed, join Treasure League in November to play this season's final round: The Missing Codex. Teams of 4 can join for just $20/team.

The Clues

The round started with a rhyme:

An amulet
As black as night
From a century untold

Its wearer gains
The gift of sight
Of things that will unfold

To claim that prize
You’ll pass the rite,
As bright as you are bold

And with mind’s eye
Then bring to light
Just what the future holds

Then, for the next 5 days, players received 7 squares of what was easily (and correctly) assumed to be an aerial map of Calgary. Players used local knowledge, Google Maps, and a keen eye to start assembling them.

On day 7, a second rhyme arrived:

With a bird's eye view,
You puzzle and plan,
Align the edges where you can.

Find five in a row,
To discover the plot,
And reach the prize of a game well-fought.

This was followed by more map pieces pouring in. Until the 20th, when the third rhyme arrived:

The map may grow,
But choices narrow.
A path takes shape,
If you follow the arrow.

Near a diamond,
Pass a gate,
With nests above,
The eye awaits.

Beneath a stone,
That spans two more
Reach between,
The treasure’s yours.

What did it all mean? Well, the first rhyme set the stage for there being a black amulet of considerable power somewhere in the city. The second rhyme hinted that a series of 5 (spaces or map pieces) would point the direction. And the third rhyme describes, in detail, what you'd see at the location where the amulet was hidden.

Had the entire month of puzzle pieces arrived, players would have discovered this area created out of negative space, by pieces that never arrived:


By the 21st, at least three teams had boots on the ground in Stanley Park — well before the clear outline of an arrow could be seen, but with 5-in-a-row clearly visible.


While two teams explored near the northern ball diamond, our round winner Kyle Litchfield was investigating the southern diamond, where he remembered seeing a gated lane on a previous visit. There he saw bird nests in the trees above some boulders — and three in particular performing a balancing act. Reaching into the hollow at the base of these stones, he found the hidden amulet.

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Treasure League: The Cursed Idol | Wrap-Up

September's round saw Treasure Leaguers squaring off against each other, but also 30 days of unrelenting riddles. And with all of those solved, there was still the matter of how they worked together to spell out the treasure's location. On the 30th, at least four teams had converged on Sue Higgins Park in Calgary's southeast, where the cursed idol lay beneath a tree in the northern stretch of the dog park.

Our thanks to every dog for inspecting it, but not disturbing it.

This month's winning team was: Team Library — last year's underdogs — with their third win of this season. Congratulations to Kari, Mark, Jeremy, Jessica, and Dave for following their strong puzzle game with a strong ground game! For their efforts, this month's $300 cash prize.

Also, per this year's new FAQ, "Can teams win more than once?" it must be mentioned that Team Library has reached the 3-wins-per-season limit and are currently choosing what to do for the remaining two months of League play. They have the option of retiring victorious, disbanding and joining other teams, or playing along without eligibility to win (or affect the outcome). So if you're looking to recruit a veteran player for your team, you may commence wooing them on Twitter or Facebook.

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The Clues

As we've done in past months, let's run through how the puzzle was solved. If you played, you received 30 riddles. Here are the answers to all of those:

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The numbers correspond to the date the riddle was received. You may have noticed that there are four missing numbers between 1 to 30. On those dates (and the 17th), you received one of the empty columns shown above. And on the second last day of the game, you received this additional bonus clue, telling you how to arrange them:


Slot the words into their spaces and then pay attention to the boxes that are green. If you have arranged everything correctly, the fragments will spell, left to right, top-down, in plain English:


Leaving only the question of what SHP is. In Calgary, your only option (and let us know if that's not true) is Sue Higgins Park — a sprawling off-leash park in Calgary's southeast. Its northernmost space, is a long, narrow stretch of land where the park is narrowest.

The idol was idling in plain sight, beneath a tree.

Treasure League: The Magic Lamp | Wrap-Up

In June, we played our shortest round ever. In July, we endured our first spoiled round. And in August, with the prize money doubled, the Treasure League came through with another first: the longest round ever played, at 28 days. 

For most of the month, clues posed 3 possible directions to choose from. Only one path would take you to the hidden magic lamp. And since there are no wishes until the lamp is in hand, players were left to rely on puzzle solving, exploration, and teamwork to get things done.

In the long-awaited end, it was Team Library who discovered the lamp where it was hidden all month, in a small nook on the fourth landing down from the top of the McHugh Bluff stairs in Crescent Heights. For beating out the competition, they've won this month's $600 prize and as many wishes as they can rub out of that lamp. This is Team Library's second win this season, after they took home the templar dagger in April.


The Clues

Here are the directional clues, with the correct choices in bold text:

17 Avenue Southwest & 4 Street Southwest

1. Within 2 blocks, east or west, a business with an animal's name. OX BAR
2. Within 2 blocks north or south, a business with a colourful name.
3. Within a 1-block radius, a business with a man's name.

1. Continuing in the same direction, the 1st park you pass on your right.
2. Continuing in the same direction, the 1st bridge or overpass you cross.
3. Continuing in the same direction, the 1st train tracks you cross.

1. Go north until the next neighbourhood boundary.
2. Go south until the next neighbourhood boundary.
3. Go west until the next neighbourhood boundary.

1. Within 2 blocks, go to the NW corner of a school.
2. Within 2 blocks, go to the front doors of a hotel.
3. Within 2 blocks, go to the  SW corner of a hospital.

1. Within 4 blocks, an intersection with identical Street and Avenue numbers.
2. Within 4 blocks, a public park with the initials RP.
3. Within 4 blocks, public art with the initials TPC.

1. Continuing in the same direction, reach water.
2. Move east or west to the nearest major road.
3. Cross the nearest bridge.

1. Go east until the road turns south.
2. Go west until you reach the next bridge.
3. Go south until there is a golf course on your right.

1. Go west until you reach a green space on your right.
2. Go west until you reach a bridge.
3. Continue until you can cross south, over water.

1. Go south until the road ends.
2. Do nothing — stay exactly where you are.
3. Go north until you reach a provincial highway.

1. Go east until there is a school on your right.
2. Search the nearest green space.
3. Go west until the road is parallel with a river.

1. Within four blocks, find a piece of public art with the initials C.A.
2. Go north to the first avenue evenly divisible by 10.
3. Continue in the same direction to the first street evenly divisible by 10.

1. Go three blocks east.
2. Go three blocks north, to a park.
3. Go three blocks west, to a place with the initials S.A.P.

1. Go south one block to a church.
2. Go east to the first street evenly divisible by 6
3. Go north to the nearest green space.

1. Go north to the nearest green space.
2. Continue east to D.T.
3. Go south one block to a church.

1. Move two blocks west.
2. Move two blocks north.
3. Move two blocks south.

1. Search the immediate area.
2. Continue north until you reach a park.
3. Go west until there's a green space on your right.

1. Follow a path north to twin benches, then go west until you reach a playground.
2. Go east to the third intersection, then go south until you reach stairs.  
3. Go west until you enter a green space, then go east until you reach water.

1. Go along, looking up.
2. Go down, looking under.
3. Go around, looking inside.

The Mathpocalypse

In between the directional clues above (you'll notice the missing numbers) were clues meant to affirm that you were on the right track.  Clue 9 had the genie announce:

You’ve made 7 choices numbered 1, 2, or 3. Add up the numbers you chose. If you get 13, it’s possible you’re on the right track. 

These two style of clues continued until Clue 22, when — since players following the correct route were already at the the stairs — we added a playful wrinkle. 

“You’ve now made 17 choices numbered 1, 2, or 3. Add up the numbers you chose. If they total 31, the treasure is nearby.” 
“You’ve now made 17 choices numbered 1, 2, or 3. Eight times, the correct choice was 1."

Clue 22 contains two discrete statements that are both true. There were 17 clues with three choices. Eight times, the correct choice had been 1 — but only if you include Clue #1, which wasn't accounted for in the "17 clues" or any clue count up until that point. It was intended to make players go "Wait, where did the extra 1 come from? Oh, Clue 1!" and carry on.

Instead, this wrinkle triggered a 48-hour mathpocalypse of teams writing in with lengthy reams of equations, some asserting that it was mathematically impossible to locate the treasure. Trying to invalidate the math actually replaced searching for the treasure for some teams.

Unfortunately, there were no corrections to offer, because the it was wordplay, not math, to blame. But, since the panic was so widespread, we did release a bonus clue that let people know they could ignore Clue 22 and get back to the task at hand. It was, after all, just meant to help validate that they were searching the right place.

While most of you are searching paths,
Some are idle, caged by maths! 

Make no mistake: there’s no mistake,
Although equations seem to break.

If wordplay got the best of you,
You can ignore Clue 22.

Treasure League: The Infernal Scroll | Wrap-Up


We knew it was possible and we knew it would happen someday. But after 12 successful rounds of Treasure League in a row, nobody was expecting round 13, The Infernal Scroll, to be interrupted by a non-player.

But that's what happened. 

The scroll was hidden in the Weaselhead Flats natural area, at a sharp bend in the path, attached vertically to the lower back leg of a park bench by two magnetic loops, low in the foot-high grass. Above, there's a photo of the scene on Wednesday, as snapped by last June's winner Alexander Le.

Judging by that photo (of the bench at the bend) at least one thing is different since the day the scroll was hidden. The foot-long grass looks like it has been neatly trimmed. Someone took the scroll, left the magnets, and no one has used the instructions that were inside the scroll. 

But what now? If you've been playing awhile or you're familiar with the rules, you might know that we've always had contingency plans for this happening.

If at any time during the month the League discovers that an Artifact has been disturbed... by an ineligible participant... one (1) of the following will occur: a new treasure will be hidden and new clues will be provided to that month's subscribers OR the prize money will be carried over to the following month's round.

It's late in the month, so we'll be invoking the second option, making August's prize bigger than ever, at $600. A teaser video announcing the new round and the new artifact will be released in the next few days. 

Treasure League: The Aztec Skull | Wrap-Up

This month took players back, back, and back — to three different decades, following the journals of expedition leaders searching for the lost Aztec city of Aztlan. Each struggled to unravel the mysteries of a jungle temple, human sacrifice, and lore about a fierce sect of jaguar warriors.

Ultimately, John Stegeman (you might remember him from last year's Getaway and Constellations rounds) discovered the hidden skull's location while pursuing a wildly different hunch than the clues had laid out. Watch the video above to see how he found the skull, or read on to learn how the clues were pointing you to Pearce Estate Park.

Also, stay tuned for a trailer for July's round, coming soon!

The Clues

While only 15 clues went out, they were building to the exact location of the golden skull in three ways. 

The Coordinates: First and foremost, each clue casually included a map coordinate that fell somewhere in Calgary. Plotted, these amount to no more than polka dots on the map. Connected, and they're a jumble of lines. However, if you were to group them by which expedition leader they belong to, and connect the dots, they draw the form of a jaguar on the map.

Usually, the winner's explanation of how they found the treasure would be validation of the key to unlocking a round's secret — and for players who hadn't worked things out yet, we find that's often important closure for puzzle-minded minds.  This month, the winner didn't pay much attention to the coordinates, mistaking them for actual constellations. Thankfully, a member of team library reached out the hour the win was announced, hoping his working theory wasn't correct.


I'm including a screenshot of that exchange here to provide a dash of plausibility to the jaguar coordinates, but also to give him serious kudos for working things out by the midpoint as well. Nice work, the internet's @PanzerVaughn!

The Journals: In addition to the coordinates, the three-layer narration by the expedition leaders was dropping hints as to where the treasure could/would be found. Our winner took note of the ruins, the east, and 12 steps. That was enough to get him to the East, make him take notice of the ruins sculpture, and venture up 12 stairs to take a look. Uncannily early, but interrupting one hunch to explore should be considered great gameplay in anyone's books.

Other clues that had been dropped so far include the night sky (to prompt connecting the dots), the beast and each voice beginning a leg of the journey (to hint that the jaguar was being drawn from the feet, up), and that the warrior's chest had been "pierced" (Pearce Estate Park).

All in all, this round leaned deeply into immersive fiction compared to the previous two rounds, and most closely resembles last year's Far, Far, Away and Ghost Story rounds. Next month, you're in for something completely different. 

Treasure League: The Stolen Diamond | Wrap-Up

A heist. A stolen diamond. And a month of sassy letters from your imprisoned partner in crime. The May 2017 round of Treasure League: Lost Artifacts sent teams all over the city, trying to identify locations using two tightly cropped polaroid photos each day, sporadic information hidden in the text, plus a directional arrow that indicated the diamond was hidden N/E/S/W of that location.

As the month went on, the searchable grid narrowed, until May 22, when teams were reportedly starting to cluster in Mission, around Cliff Bungalow Park.  A few blocks over, long-time Treasure Leaguer (and infamous safari hat enthusiast) Brendan Nogue of Team Short Round was using a very specific strategy to finish out the game. Watch the video above to find out what that was.

If you're dying to find out where a specific photo clue was located, you can discuss your hunches and find out the answers from the rest of the League in this Facebook thread

And then, if you haven't already subscribed, sign up before month-end for June's round The Aztec Skull!


Treasure League: The Templar Dagger | Wrap-Up

Congratulations to Team Library (Kari Brawn, Jeremy Thomas,  You might remember them as the winners of last year's Ghost Story round. They emerged on top after weeks of players scouring St. Patrick's Island for the hidden dagger, eventually finding it, in the cold rain, on April 24th. 

For winning the round, Team Library gets to keep their shiny new dagger — incur late fees at your peril, library patrons — and wins $300 cash. And of course, everlasting glory.

Hear Jeremy describe the round in his own words by watching the video above (this season, round winners are submitting their own wrap-up reports) or read on for an explanation of the ciphers, the clues, and the treasure's location.



The round began on April 1, 2017 with a cryptic Clue #1 about four Templar knights on a secret mission.

Four knights fled in the dead of night
With treasure, under orders

Four knights set sail before the light
Bound for distant borders

Four knights on land enact their plan
To give their charge safe quarter

Four knights conceal the steps they took
With symbols of their Order

The next three clues each included jumbled text and a pair of black symbols.

Clue #2 was JSQKTNLTSBSGLNSR, with a moon and sun.

Clue #3 was ELVG OOS IPKQK NRO with a lamb and sun.

Clue #4 was HQA NTTQ KDKW NRRKAQ with a sun and moon.

Clue #5 returned to the story format, with a description of the first knight.

The first of the knights
Sir Simon, lacked height
But like his sigil, the sun
He was exceedingly bright

“It matters not, if you are large or little,
 a person’s true character is right in the middle.”

Clue #6 was a grid of symbols numbered 1-26, with a red sun symbol at the bottom. Using the hint in Clue #5, you can deduce that all of the 26 symbols has a 5-letter name, and that if you take the middle letter in each of those words, you get the alphabet out of order.


Clues #7 through #11 were more ciphers, still with two symbols apiece and the appearance of lion symbol to go with the moon, sun, and lamb. Clue #12 introduced the second knight.

The second knight was William
A pale, nocturnal sort
On whom the others always counted
Because he never came up short

“The odds are in your favour
with numbers on your side,
but you can improve your chances,
if you first divide.”

That's a clue about how to solve the next day's Clue #13, which was a simple string of numbers, with a red moon symbol at the bottom.


If you add spaces, dividing the numbers so that 1 through 26 are all accounted for, and then swap in the letter that occupies that space in the alphabet, you'll get a second alphabet out of order.


At this point, you have alphabets for the sun and moon. Clues 2, 4, and 9 have those symbols at the bottom — and you can use the pair of alphabets to translate the messages in these clues. 


If you go moon to sun, A means K, B means H, C means I, et cetera. So clue #2 can be translated like this:


And that's the entire trick to this round of Treasure League. Solve the four riddles/codes that give you the sun, moon, lamb, and lion alphabet orders, then use them in pairs to decode the rest of the messages. 

We invented this two-key cipher (we're calling it the Four Knight Cipher) to thwart players who might try plugging any of the encoded messages into an online solver. More ambitious players could use frequency analysis and gruelling trial and error to solve the messages by hand — and from there reverse engineer the four alphabets. One team did admit to coding their own piece of custom software to break the alphabets — but it's anyone's guess whether that was faster than the teams who slugged it out by trial and error.



Decoded, the clues lay out a simple, linear path you can follow directly to the dagger. 

BEGIN NEAR A VILLAGE => Start in the East Village
BY GEORGE CROSS OVER WATER => Cross the George King bridge
FOLLOW THE SOUTHERN PATH => Literally, take the the southern path.
GREEN LEFT AND BLUE RIGHT => Trees on your left, water on your right.
ON A HOLY MAN’S LAND => You should be on St. Patrick's Island.
WALK PAST A FOREST => Walk past the Gallery Forest signs.
STUMP TOWARDS VICTORY => Keep going (the stumps are a red herring)
LEAVE ALL STONES UNTURNED=> Ignore the 1000s of shore stones.
STEEL YOURSELF FOR WHAT’S AHEAD => Stand on steel, look across.
FIND WOOD OVER WATER => Cross the wooden bridge.
WHERE A PATH GOES LEFT GO RIGHT => Leave the path, walk on dirt. 
WALK TWENTY PACES =>  Again, literally, 20 paces. 
PROBE PEBBLED EARTH =>  Tap with a stick or pole to find the dagger.

To recap, if you started in the East Village and used George King bridge to reach St. Patrick's Island, you can take the southernmost path all the way to the cove.

Standing on the steel outlook at the railing, you'd be facing the dagger's hiding place ("steel yourself for what's ahead") on the opposite side of the cove.

Cross the wooden bridge to get there, then leave the path when it goes left.

Walking twenty paces on bare earth, you'll reach two sandy patches of earth.

The dagger was buried half an inch deep, at the base of a red bush.

The 25th clue would have read "BENEATH RED BRANCHES". But, 24 clues is all it took before our winners found the exact spot. 

How'd they make that final leap of logic? Well, after weeks of teams in that area, and more and more figuring out that the treasure must be buried, Team Library had the idea to borrow a metal detector.

Fair play? Absolutely. If teams are able to use Google's supercomputers and code their own cipher-breaking software, it would be silly to outlaw the use of a magnetic field. In 10 rounds of Treasure League to date, this is the only time a metal detector would have given any team an edge.

Bonus points for being resourceful!

The winners of Treasure League are...


All month, members puzzled over the meanings of the constellations they were receiving and how they fit together. Many struck on the idea that each constellation represented a local landmark or neighbourhood, but fewer assembled their grids correctly. In the end, three teams found themselves racing against each other and sunset, scouring the vast Inglewood Wildlands for signs of the hidden chest.

Then, they all gave up and went home. September winner John Stegeman couldn't let it rest though, and brought his son along to search in the dark. They found the chest hidden under a footbridge on a main path, in the middle the field. Watch the video to hear it in their own words.

And that's the end of Treasure League's first season! We're working on a few new things for 2017, so stay tuned for new events and diversions!

Team Library has won Treasure League: Ghost Story!

We first met Team Library's Kari Brawn in March, when she introduced herself at a pub and told us she had assembled a team of librarians to join Treasure League that month. At the time, she had no idea that the March treasure chest was located literally beneath where she sits at the central library, behind some science fiction books on the fourth floor. 

She missed out on finding that chest by 1 hour, but 6 rounds later she and her team of book-lovers and historians are victorious. They're the winners of Treasure League: Ghost Story and the $500 prize. Watch the video to find out how Kari and teammate Jeremy Thomas made it to the banks of the Bow River and found the treasure chest hidden at the base of two entwined trees. 

The winners of Treasure League: Wanderlust are The Kilted Meeples!

This month's theme was Wanderlust, with our treasure hunters sifting through plane tickets, riddles, and puzzles themed to international locations on every continent. 

It ended with an actual footrace as teams descended on the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Soon, Andrew Stevenson and Peita Luiti of The Kilted Meeples had the treasure chest in hand, having pulled it from beneath the wooden walkway at one end of a footbridge.  For being quick-witted and fast on their feet, they're the winners of Treasure League: Wanderlust and its $500 cash prize!

Thanks to everyone who played! For the full scoop on how it all went down, watch the wrap up video below. Treasure League goes on a short hiatus in August but we'll be back with a new treasure hunt in September!

Treasure League's June Winners are The Booty Hunters!


In June, the theme was Hocus Pocus, with Treasure League members facing a month of magic-themed clues on their way to the hidden treasure chest — a shiny purple number emblazoned with a white rabbit.

One team came out on top — quite literally on top of Nose Hill. Congratulations to Florence Tsang and Alexander Le and the other members of The Booty Hunters team for their victory. Florence unearthed the chest from the gravelly grave where it had been buried alive, securing her team's title as winners of Treasure League: Hocus Pocus and winners of its $500 cash prize!

Thanks to everyone who played! There were nearly a dozen treasure hunters on the hill around the time the chest was found! Here's a video that explains what all of the released clues meant and exactly where the chest was, plus an interview with the winners and more special guests.

The winner of Treasure League: Labyrinth is team Internet Explorer!

May's theme was Labyrinth, with Treasure League members marching fearlessly down what they hoped was the correct path to the hidden treasure chest. Every day they received two directions — one that would bring them closer to the prize and one that lead take them further astray.

In the end it was 5-person team Internet Explorer — Dan Ansley, Colin Boland, Maria Ansley, Thomas Craig, and Irene Ma who located the chest in a bed of daylilies at Reader Rock Garden. That means they're the winners of Treasure League: Labyrinth and its $500 cash prize!

Thanks to everyone who played! Here's a video that explains what all of the clues meant, and a chat with two of the winners that includes a surprise appearance by April's winning team.

Treasure League's April Winners are Dan Clark, Brendan Nogue, and Patrick Clark!

This month's theme was Secret Agent, with our treasure hunters following an evidence trail of bodies, photographs, bullets, receipts, airplane tickets, security logs, eyewitness accounts, and other forensic detritus to figure out who stole what from whom, when it could have been stashed, and where it could have been stashed.

In the end it was Brendan Nogue, Dan Clark, and Patrick Clark of team Short Round Enterprises who located the chest on the bank of Bow River, at the D69 stormwater outfall behind the Pumphouse Theatre. For following the clues and their hunches, they're the winners of Treasure League: Secret Agent and its $500 cash prize!

Thanks to everyone who played. A tell-all video explaining this month's clues AND another invitation to meet up at a local pub are on their way before the end of April.

Want to play in May? The theme is Treasure League: Labyrinth. Register your team before May 1st and you'll get a bonus clue!

Treasure League's March winners are Thomas Craig, Dan Ansley, and friends!

Three members of March's winning team: Thomas Craig, Dan Ansley, and Irene Ma.

Three members of March's winning team: Thomas Craig, Dan Ansley, and Irene Ma.

Treasure League members Thomas Craig and Dan Ansley have located the chest and claimed the March prize — with help from their better halves Irene Ma and Maria Ansley!

Where was it? Well, with apologies to the lovely team of treasure-hunting librarians we had the pleasure of meeting at Swan's Pub a couple of weeks ago, the chest was hidden... somewhere inside Calgary's Central Public Library

That place is absolutely FULL of treasure. 

Soon, we'll post what you're really looking forward to — a video showing you exactly where the chest was hidden and how the clues pointed the way. Plus, you'll learn something truly remarkable about this month's winners.

Thanks to everyone who played in March! Your enthusiasm and positivity are what make Treasure League great. Watch for your invite to a pub night this month.

And of course, we hope to see everyone grab a friend, a flashlight, a full canteen, and some monkey repellent, and join the hunt for April's treasure chest!

Treasure League's first $500 treasure chest has been found by Leslie O'Leary and friends

Treasure League's first winner, Leslie O'Leary, with two of her teammates on Scotsman's Hill where they found the  Fire & Ice  treasure chest.

Treasure League's first winner, Leslie O'Leary, with two of her teammates on Scotsman's Hill where they found the Fire & Ice treasure chest.

Every month, Treasure League hides a treasure chest somewhere in Calgary, then sends clues to its members to help them find it. The game launched at the beginning of February and its numbers have swelled to the hundreds. 

Twenty-one days after the first clue was sent, we're thrilled to announce that the first chest has been found by Leslie O'Leary and her coworkers at Enbridge. The team has been searching for the hidden treasure chest all month as a team-building exercise.

The theme of Treasure League changes with each round. February's was Fire & Ice, with Calgary-centric clues that had members puzzling over local history, and sending them off to explore hunches through Fort Calgary, Olympic Park, and the Stampede grounds. 

The clues led O'Leary and friends to the chest's February hiding spot, under a wooden stair, halfway up Scotsman's Hill. Following the instructions inside the chest, they contacted Treasure League creator Anders J. Svensson to claim their prize.

“Our first month went incredibly well,” says Svensson, who launched Treasure League to see if its simple, unusual premise could grow an audience and become self-sustaining.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, people seem to really enjoy having a mystery to solve, and it's getting people out to explore the city. So let's do it again.”

The next round of Treasure League begins on March 1st and players can register for just $10 at Those who register before the month begins will get a special bonus clue to help them claim the next $500 prize.

Treasure League is a monthly game published by Jetpack Creative Industries. For more information, contact:

Anders J. Svensson

Treasure League in the News

What a week for Treasure League.

After an article ran in Avenue Magazine's newsletter, requests information and interviews started pouring in. And, as those interviews and articles went live, Treasure League's membership started to grow. 

We're going to have so much fun in February, and beyond.

Find links to the generous media coverage that made it happen on Jetpack's new Press page.

And... watch for a quick, unplanned cameo by the Terribly Interesting podcast during the Global News TV segment. I laughed for 10 solid minutes when I saw that eyepatch-wearing bunny on TV.

The Hunt Begins on February 1st

Does your life need a little more adventure? Do you enjoy puzzles, riddles, and exploring the city? Maybe you're possessed by the ghost of an old-timey private detective whose spirit won't rest until it solves one last fantastic mystery? 

If any of those sounds like you, join the Treasure League!

We're hiding an actual treasure chest somewhere in Calgary every month and then sending clues to our intrepid members so they can race to find it and claim the $500 prize for themselves. Throughout the month there will also be bonus clues available, plus opportunities to meet up and compare notes with other treasure hunters. 

The first treasure hunt begins on February 1, 2016. Be a pal and tell a friend! 

Terribly Interesting Returns

I produced 25 episodes of the Terribly Interesting podcast by the end of 2015, and there's more to come. The original plan was to do at least 100 — a nice round number — and it just happened to work out that I got busy after the first 25. 

In addition to the next 25, keep an ear out for a new series. Or three. Good chance things get out of control now that I've got a new space to record in. 

For now, help yourself to the first 25 episodes of Terribly Interesting.