SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2021

***ANNOUNCEMENT – T-SHIRTS SALES OFFER!***

Hello All – Happy Labor Day weekend! We would just like to announce that we have approximately 130 Dirigo Treasures Maine T-shirts remaining from our August 2021 T-shirts promotion. At this time, we are offering the remaining shirts for sale to anyone who would like to purchase one at a price of $19.99 per shirt (See the “Get the Game/Purchase” page). In regards to size, as we post this we have 15 Small, 50 Medium, 50 Large, and 15 X-Large left. As with sales of our game, we will be donating $1 from every purchase of a T-shirt toward our two charity recipients, Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine Rivers. In terms of appearance, the T-shirts (See pictures) are the same as those offered in August. These will be for sale while supplies last. Thank you in advance for your interest!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2021

***ANNOUNCEMENT – BUMPER STICKER OFFER!***

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

Q: After the Dirigo Treasure has been found, will players still be able to keep playing? I would like to solve the game myself, and was hoping there would still be something to work for after the treasure is recovered. Any chance you might offer players a badge or something?    

A: We are pleased to announce that the answer is now YES! Please see the attached picture: Just to be clear, the Dirigo Treasure has NOT yet been found, and we are not exactly sure when that will be. However, after it is, players may still continue to work toward solving the game and discovering on their own where it is (Or was). As per many of your requests, we are now offering a FREE bumper sticker of achievement to those who solve the game after the treasure is claimed. This is perhaps a small token, but one which we know will be important to many. This FREE bumper sticker will be available ONLY to those players who solve the game. 

Thank you for your question – Of course, as stated on previous occasions, once the Dirigo Treasure is found we will be announcing it on both our Facebook and our Website, so remember to check back here frequently for any updates. Safe travels to all! 

Curtis Andrews, Senior Designer

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MONDAY, JULY 12th, 2021
 
IMPORTANT: Clue Updates!
 
Please note: In regards to the 9♣ (Nine of Clubs), we have an important additional update. Based on new information from the location, we have made a decision to provide the original clue answer photo below. Players will now be able to determine the answer to the clue based on the photo included here. AS OF JULY 12TH, 2021 THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR ANY PLAYER TO VISIT THE 9♣ (Nine of Clubs) LOCATION. IN ADDITION, WE NOW ASK PLAYERS TO PLEASE AVOID THIS LOCATION AS PART OF DIRIGO TREASURES MAINE.
 
Thank you – We ask players please contact us directly with any specific questions on this – Thank you!
 
Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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MONDAY, JULY 5th, 2021

IMPORTANT: Clue Updates!

Please note: In regards to the 9♣ (Nine of Clubs), a staff member here at Dirigo Treasures, LLC has been able to confirm that the bench holding the clue answer has been removed by the location! Also, we have also learned that the clue answer is is NOT currently being posted at the front gate of the location (We had been told previously by the site that it would be). 

As a remedy, Starting now we ask that ALL players visiting the 9♣ please use the following alternate clue in order to obtain the clue answer: 

Find the bench dedicated to “Neena”. The 18th letter on the bench is the clue answer.

We would like to thank several treasure hunters who brought this to our attention, and our staff volunteer for confirming it. We ask players contact us directly with any specific questions on this – Thank you!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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THURSDAY, JULY 1st, 2021

Charity Update!

We are pleased to announce that the next charitable contribution checks have been cut! Our sales calendar quarter of April 2021 to June 2021 was very, very robust and with the 2nd printing orders exceeded our expectations for the quarter. As a result, we can now report that donation checks of $2,709 each (Representing 2,709 sales total) have just been mailed out to our very worthy charity recipients: Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine Rivers. Thank you very much to all who have purchased, enjoyed, and supported the game thus far. We could not have made these donations (Now totaling $5,784) without all of you – THANK YOU!. The next charitable contribution checks will be for our remaining sales for the project, and will be measured at the end of the September 30, 2021 calendar end quarter. Safe travels and best wishes to all! 

Kurt & Kelly Stokes, Principal/Owners

Curtis Andrews, Senior Designer

Dirigo Treasures LLC

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16TH, 2021

***IMPORTANT NOTE ON RULES OF THE GAME REGARDING DISQUALIFICATION***

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

Q: What kind of actions will result in the disqualification of a player from the game? What will then happen? Could you please clarify your policy on this? 

A: Certainly. And thank you for asking. This is a serious and timely question, as we can report that earlier today it came to our attention from a staff member that a player (In an unsuccessful attempt to clear a level in the middle of the game) engaged in threatening and predatory behavior in which the intention was to overload one of our game systems in order to advance. The player did not succeed. This is unfortunate, and is the first such incident that we have observed was persistent, but it does present an opportunity for us to make clear under what circumstances a player will be disqualified and deemed ineligible from finding/winning the Dirigo Treasure. Please see below for clarification: 

  1. Dirigo Treasures, LLC will disqualify and deem ineligible any player who is deemed by Dirigo Treasures’ full discretion and judgement to have engaged in behavior which attempts to damage, destroy, or alter any aspect of the game, game systems, or property, of Dirigo Treasures, LLC, or its partners. 
  2. Dirigo Treasures, LLC will disqualify and deem ineligible any player who is deemed by Dirigo Treasures’ full discretion and judgement to have engaged in behavior which attempts to intimidate, harass, or threaten, in any way, staff of Dirigo Treasures, LLC, its partners, the community at large, or other players. If warranted and appropriate, local law enforcement will be contacted to report any incident reaching a level of significant concern. 
  3. Refunds for disqualified players will be considered on a case-by-case basis, at the full discretion of Dirigo Treasures, LLC.  

Thank you for your attention on this serious matter. Any questions on this policy may be addressed to DirigoTreasures@gmail.com. We would like to thank the overwhelming majority of all players who, regardless of the level of their success, have participated in the game in the spirit that it was intended – Fair, and honest competition, with respect for the integrity of the game, for other players, and for the Maine community as a whole.

Kurt & Kelly Stokes, Principal/Owners, Dirigo Treasures LLC

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3RD, 2021

IMPORTANT: Clue Updates – STAY OFF THE BRIDGE FOR THE Q♠!

NOTE: In working with one of our community partners, and in an abundance of caution, for safety concerns we are asking ALL Treasure Hunters to please stay off the bridge relating to the clue for the Queen of Spades. 

To obtain the clue (And the answer to what the bridge sign says) players will only need to stop by the official Checkpoint nearby, which will be displaying the answer to players. Reports are that some excessive loitering has occurred near the bridge (Which is on a frequently used roadway), so we again ask that players go to the Checkpoint during their visit for the clue instead the bridge itself. Please feel free to email us at DirigoTreasures@gmail.com if there are any questions/issues. 

We would like to thank all players in advance for their cooperation with this request. As in life, adapting to changing conditions on the ground is a must when it comes to treasure hunting. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, MAY 31ST, 2021 – 7PM
 
*** IMPORTANT 2ND PRINTING SHIPPING UPDATE ***
 
UPDATE: ALL GAMES HAVE BEEN SHIPPED! ALL GAMES HAVE BEEN SHIPPED!
 
As mentioned in our previous update, we arranged with FEDEX to receive the remaining decks from our manufacturer on Friday, May 28th, and we did receive them successfully. Throughout the weekend, we were also able to process ALL outstanding customer orders regarding the 2nd printing. As many of you already know, we contacted customers whose packages we have already left with the U.S. Postal Service for shipping. The remaining orders have been provided to our mailing service, who will be sending them out to customers as they open tomorrow morning, Tuesday, June 1st. At this time, we are happy to report that finally all 2nd printing orders have been shipped. We will update again once we have confirmation that our mailing service has completely finished their work!
— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26TH, 2021 – 4PM
 
*** IMPORTANT 2ND PRINTING SHIPPING UPDATE ***
 
UPDATE: We believe we have a deal with FEDEX to receive the remaining 2/3 Regular Cards inventory by Friday, May 28th at 5pm. Once received, we will work throughout the weekend and Monday holiday to have the decks either shipped with USPS or to our mailing service for batch mailing. We thank FEDEX for their flexibility in adjusting the arrival of the remaining inventory – We have learned that the reason for the delayed date was that our card manufacturer, in error, put “Economy shipping” on the 2/3 portion of our order, bouncing the delivery date out to June 2nd. Fingers crossed, we should have corrected the situation and will receive all decks by Friday 5/28 at 5pm. We will update more as shipping progress is made.
— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26TH, 2021
 
*** IMPORTANT 2ND PRINTING SHIPPING UPDATE ***
 
Hello All – We have an update on the shipping of the remaining 2nd printing Regular size decks. We have now received 1/3 of the decks from our card manufacturer, and we are working to ship those as soon as we can this week. We have learned from FEDEX that the remaining 2/3 are stuck in a FEDEX location in Montgomery NY, with a delivery estimate of next Wednesday, June 2nd. We do not know the reason for the FEDEX sudden delay (Yesterday FEDEX told us they would be delivered to us today 5/26), but we are making attempts to try and find a way to get them earlier. We will update once we know more – Thank you!
—– Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

MONDAY, MAY 17TH, 2021

*** 2ND PRINTING SALE UPDATES! ***

Hello All – Please see below for a fresh update on the status of the 2nd printing sales: 

Q: What is the latest on shipping for the Collectors Edition decks from the 2nd printing orders? How about an update on that possibility of more Collectors Edition decks being available?       

A: We can now report that ALL of the Collectors Edition decks from the 2nd printing orders have now been shipped and are in the hands of the U.S. Postal Service! They arrived to us a little earlier than expected from the Card manufacturer (On Sunday 05/16), and we worked through the night to put the games together. This morning at 10am EST they were all delivered to the Post Office. In addition, we have 300 more Collectors Edition decks on the way (The week of June 7th). If you missed out on getting a Collectors Edition deck, we will make available Pre-ordering for these 300 decks starting this afternoon. It is likely these are the last decks we sell for the game. 

Q: What is the latest on shipping for Regular decks from the 2nd printing orders?        

A: No change from our May 5th update. Regular decks are scheduled to arrive no later than May 24th from our Card manufacturer, and once received we will move to process them as soon as possible and get them to our mailing service. As we ordered 2,000 of the regular decks with the 2nd printing, most have been sold but there are still a few left in case you still wanted to get a Regular size deck. As with Collectors Edition, we do not expect to sell more after this 2nd printing. 

That is all for now with this update – We once again thank all of our customers for their patience as we wait for our Card manufacturer to deliver the remaining decks. Safe Travels to all!

— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2021

***2ND PRINTING SALES UPDATE***

Q: When will 2nd printing sales take place again on the website? Is your website server upgrade complete?     

A: Yes, our website server upgrade (Which has been in progress since last week) has finally been completed by our web host and is currently being tested. Therefore, we will attempt to launch 2nd printing sales once again on THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND, AT 9AM EST. Just as a reminder, these are pre-order sales for delivery in mid-late May 2021 (Once more game inventory arrives from our manufacturer). Please factor that timing carefully into your decision on whether to buy as again Dirigo Treasures Maine sales began back on December 1, 2020. There will be a limited quantity available for this 2nd printing. If the sales re-launch tomorrow is successful, we may consider additional printings (Although probably in a limited basis as our capacity allows). Thank you again for your continued interest.

In regards to our thoughts on our website technical issues, and our difficulty to date with the now 7 different marketing/ecommerce firms who were all unable to deliver a fully functioning website, we are reminded of the immortal line as voiced by Star Trek’s Mr. Scott:

“Aye, Sir, the more they overtech the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain…………”

— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13th, 2021

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: How long do you expect it to take for the Dirigo Treasure to be found? I just purchased my game, and I am a little concerned about my chances to win as my friend is quite far into finding the clues. Can you speak to this and how worried I should be?    

A: Please do not worry – Not all treasure hunts are the same! It is fair to say we like to view this game as a marathon rather than a sprint. While Yes, there will come a time in the game when speed is absolutely important to find the treasure, that time is NOT quite now, for as we have mentioned before, Dirigo Treasures Maine® has been designed principally as a Spring/Summer/Fall activity. Meticulous care was applied in its game development to provide players with a reasonable window of time to experiment, learn, travel, and have fun with the puzzle. So, to answer your question (Without giving anything away), move at pace reasonable to you, not based on other players “Apparent” progress. At the same time, we strongly suggest that perhaps come Summer 2021 it would probably advisable to show more time urgency in your treasure hunting.   

Oh, yes – And in regards to when the Dirigo Treasure will be found, it is really hard to say given the game’s complexity (And simplicity!). Speaking personally for myself as the Senior Designer, I would guess maybe some time in the Fall of 2021. Or, perhaps, even beyond! Only a Treasure Master would know for certain!   

Safe travels to all – Have fun, Spring is coming!

 

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 2021

IMPORTANT: Clue Updates!

Please note: There is a small printer typo in the manual which may not have much significance, but we would like to mention it so that treasure hunters are NOT misled in any way: 

For the clue for the 4 of Diamonds in the manual, you need to find the three digit number on the front of the cannon (Not “canon”, as printed in the manual). So yes, you will be looking for a cannon similar to the ones referenced in the 3 of Hearts and the 2 of spades (i.e. The kind that fire those cannonballs off the port bow!). A small typo by our printer (Our sincere apologies!) but important to disclose nonetheless. 

We would like to thank clever treasure hunter Elizabeth Copeland for bringing this to our attention (And now yours)!

Safe travels to all – Hang in there, Spring is coming!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: Is it possible to find the 8 of Hearts right now? I believe I know where he is, but cannot find him. Could you please speak a little more about his status? If he is not there, could you please give an idea on when he might be? Is he hibernating?  

A: Happy to help! The 8 of Hearts is one of our personal favorites in Dirigo Treasures Maine®. A true legacy resident of the State of Maine, it is no small coincidence that he is one of the Hearts, as he is certainly close to our own heart, and to the hearts of many over the last 50+ years. Distinguished, charming, and handsome, he also has long performed an important public service in his ocean-side community – What a perfect gentleman! In regards to your question, Yes, he is currently social distancing, but hopes to be seeing everyone soon some time around April! We have very recently spoken to his owner, who assures us he is fine, and is just using the Winter months to “Spruce up” his look for the Spring! Here is a tip though, Treasure Hunters: If you happen, “On a Lark” (Hint, Hint) to visit his usual home, you will have no trouble finding the clue as it is available right now! But please, come back and see him when he returns as he loves and misses you all!   

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: What equipment would you recommend the player take along on trips to the card clue locations, and when looking for the 7 Dirigo Stones

A: An excellent question. There is no special required equipment needed to play the game, but we can make some helpful suggestions. A camera/phone camera would be the first! Unless you have a really, really, really good memory (And we know some of you do!), a camera would be helpful so you can capture the image of what is needed to determine the clue answer. One never knows when that clue picture you take might come in handy! Other helpful items we can suggest would be a map, appropriate footwear/attire for the conditions, and perhaps a magnifying glass in case there is something small to see. However, ultimately the player is free to choose what to bring with them based on what they find works best. Just remember, always, to Leave No Trace!    

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: Is visiting all of the specific card locations mandatory in order to collect all of the clues and win the game? I believe I am able to guess one of the clue answers without visiting.    

A: A thoughtful question. Yes, Dirigo Treasures Maine® is game that allows the treasure hunter to use their detective and observation skills to help them deduce answers to the many clues and puzzles in the game. However, PLEASE BE WARNED! Every card location potentially has great value in assisting you in the game. In fact, you may find it fun and interesting to know that at least one of the actual card locations has a special visual clue presented to the visitor which is a potentially powerful hint to solving the Dirigo Cipher! So while the player is certainly free to select and navigate their travel as they see fit, when it comes to card locations, if you skip, you could miss out!  

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17st, 2021

Charity Update!

We are pleased to announce that the first charitable contribution checks have been cut! Our initial sales month of December 2020 was very promising and exceeded our expectations for Winter. As a result, we can now report that donation checks of $50 each (Representing the first 50 sales) were mailed and received by our two charity partners: Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine Rivers. Thank you very much to all who have purchased and enjoyed the game thus far. As we inch closer to the optimal time period for the game (i.e. Spring/Summer/Fall), we feel the momentum will continue to increase! The next charitable contribution checks will be measured at the end of the March 31, 2021 calendar end quarter. Safe travels to all! 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2020

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® Treasure Hunters.

Q: Is it possible that COVID19 may have an impact on access to any of the clues of the game? 

A: Yes, it certainly is possible from time to time. That is why it is wise to remember to check back here for any clue updates for Dirigo Treasures Maine®!

In regards to a specific example of this, note the King of Hearts. At the moment, current federal guidelines possibly may impact how “Privy” you can be to the clue. This status is expected to be resolved by the Spring of 2021, but in the meantime, when visiting the card location, feel free to use this as your accurate alternate clue: 

“Continue on to the Lean-To. Locate the “Gray Water Pit” sign nearby. The number of letters after “Environment” on the sign, multiplied by 6, is the clue.”

Happy New Year! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

K.A. Stokes, Principal/Owner

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th, 2020

Q&A: Dirigo Treasures Maine®!

In this first edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address one of the common questions about the game that have been on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® Treasure Hunters.

Q: What time of year suits the treasure hunt experience the best? Do some of the card locations have only seasonal access?

A: Yes, to the latter. Dirigo Treasures Maine® is probably best suited as a Spring-Summer-Fall experience.  It is certainly possible that some of the locations, and some of the clues, may only be accessed (Or viewed) during the non-Winter seasons. Please be patient! And, be clever. Know your locations, and know your clues, in regards to the next access dates. While Winter may not provide a complete opportunity to hunt for the clues, one advantage of buying now is that the Treasure Hunter has some time to make their plan, to chart their travel strategically, and to consider what fellow Mainers may assist them on their way.

Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

K.A. Stokes, Principal/Owner

 

 

A: No change from our May 5th update. Regular decks are scheduled to arrive no later than May 24th from our Card manufacturer, and once received we will move to process them as soon as possible and get them to our mailing service. As we ordered 2,000 of the regular decks with the 2nd printing, most have been sold but there are still a few left in case you still wanted to get a Regular size deck. As with Collectors Edition, we do not expect to sell more after this 2nd printing. 

That is all for now with this update – We once again thank all of our customers for their patience as we wait for our Card manufacturer to deliver the remaining decks. Safe Travels to all!

— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer


WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH, 2021

*** 2ND PRINTING SALE UPDATES! ***

Hello All – Please see below for an update on the status of the 2nd printing sales: 

Q: What is the latest on shipping dates for the 2nd printing orders?      

A: No change from our May 5th update. Regular decks are scheduled to arrive no later than May 24th from our Card manufacturer, and once received we will move to process them as soon as possible and get them to our mailing service. As we ordered 2,000 of the regular decks with the 2nd printing, most have been sold but there are still a few left in case you still wanted to get a Regular size deck. As with Collectors Edition, we do not expect to sell more after this 2nd printing. 

That is all for now with this update – We once again thank all of our customers for their patience as we wait for our Card manufacturer to deliver the remaining decks. Safe Travels to all!

— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2021

***2ND PRINTING SALES UPDATE***

Q: When will 2nd printing sales take place again on the website? Is your website server upgrade complete?     

A: Yes, our website server upgrade (Which has been in progress since last week) has finally been completed by our web host and is currently being tested. Therefore, we will attempt to launch 2nd printing sales once again on THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND, AT 9AM EST. Just as a reminder, these are pre-order sales for delivery in mid-late May 2021 (Once more game inventory arrives from our manufacturer). Please factor that timing carefully into your decision on whether to buy as again Dirigo Treasures Maine sales began back on December 1, 2020. There will be a limited quantity available for this 2nd printing. If the sales re-launch tomorrow is successful, we may consider additional printings (Although probably in a limited basis as our capacity allows). Thank you again for your continued interest.

In regards to our thoughts on our website technical issues, and our difficulty to date with the now 7 different marketing/ecommerce firms who were all unable to deliver a fully functioning website, we are reminded of the immortal line as voiced by Star Trek’s Mr. Scott:

“Aye, Sir, the more they overtech the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain…………”

— Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13th, 2021

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: How long do you expect it to take for the Dirigo Treasure to be found? I just purchased my game, and I am a little concerned about my chances to win as my friend is quite far into finding the clues. Can you speak to this and how worried I should be?    

A: Please do not worry – Not all treasure hunts are the same! It is fair to say we like to view this game as a marathon rather than a sprint. While Yes, there will come a time in the game when speed is absolutely important to find the treasure, that time is NOT quite now, for as we have mentioned before, Dirigo Treasures Maine® has been designed principally as a Spring/Summer/Fall activity. Meticulous care was applied in its game development to provide players with a reasonable window of time to experiment, learn, travel, and have fun with the puzzle. So, to answer your question (Without giving anything away), move at pace reasonable to you, not based on other players “Apparent” progress. At the same time, we strongly suggest that perhaps come Summer 2021 it would probably advisable to show more time urgency in your treasure hunting.   

Oh, yes – And in regards to when the Dirigo Treasure will be found, it is really hard to say given the game’s complexity (And simplicity!). Speaking personally for myself as the Senior Designer, I would guess maybe some time in the Fall of 2021. Or, perhaps, even beyond! Only a Treasure Master would know for certain!   

Safe travels to all – Have fun, Spring is coming!

 

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 2021

IMPORTANT: Clue Updates!

Please note: There is a small printer typo in the manual which may not have much significance, but we would like to mention it so that treasure hunters are NOT misled in any way: 

For the clue for the 4 of Diamonds in the manual, you need to find the three digit number on the front of the cannon (Not “canon”, as printed in the manual). So yes, you will be looking for a cannon similar to the ones referenced in the 3 of Hearts and the 2 of spades (i.e. The kind that fire those cannonballs off the port bow!). A small typo by our printer (Our sincere apologies!) but important to disclose nonetheless. 

We would like to thank clever treasure hunter Elizabeth Copeland for bringing this to our attention (And now yours)!

Safe travels to all – Hang in there, Spring is coming!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: Is it possible to find the 8 of Hearts right now? I believe I know where he is, but cannot find him. Could you please speak a little more about his status? If he is not there, could you please give an idea on when he might be? Is he hibernating?  

A: Happy to help! The 8 of Hearts is one of our personal favorites in Dirigo Treasures Maine®. A true legacy resident of the State of Maine, it is no small coincidence that he is one of the Hearts, as he is certainly close to our own heart, and to the hearts of many over the last 50+ years. Distinguished, charming, and handsome, he also has long performed an important public service in his ocean-side community – What a perfect gentleman! In regards to your question, Yes, he is currently social distancing, but hopes to be seeing everyone soon some time around April! We have very recently spoken to his owner, who assures us he is fine, and is just using the Winter months to “Spruce up” his look for the Spring! Here is a tip though, Treasure Hunters: If you happen, “On a Lark” (Hint, Hint) to visit his usual home, you will have no trouble finding the clue as it is available right now! But please, come back and see him when he returns as he loves and misses you all!   

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: What equipment would you recommend the player take along on trips to the card clue locations, and when looking for the 7 Dirigo Stones

A: An excellent question. There is no special required equipment needed to play the game, but we can make some helpful suggestions. A camera/phone camera would be the first! Unless you have a really, really, really good memory (And we know some of you do!), a camera would be helpful so you can capture the image of what is needed to determine the clue answer. One never knows when that clue picture you take might come in handy! Other helpful items we can suggest would be a map, appropriate footwear/attire for the conditions, and perhaps a magnifying glass in case there is something small to see. However, ultimately the player is free to choose what to bring with them based on what they find works best. Just remember, always, to Leave No Trace!    

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st, 2021

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® treasure hunters.

Q: Is visiting all of the specific card locations mandatory in order to collect all of the clues and win the game? I believe I am able to guess one of the clue answers without visiting.    

A: A thoughtful question. Yes, Dirigo Treasures Maine® is game that allows the treasure hunter to use their detective and observation skills to help them deduce answers to the many clues and puzzles in the game. However, PLEASE BE WARNED! Every card location potentially has great value in assisting you in the game. In fact, you may find it fun and interesting to know that at least one of the actual card locations has a special visual clue presented to the visitor which is a potentially powerful hint to solving the Dirigo Cipher! So while the player is certainly free to select and navigate their travel as they see fit, when it comes to card locations, if you skip, you could miss out!  

Thank you for your question! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17st, 2021

Charity Update!

We are pleased to announce that the first charitable contribution checks have been cut! Our initial sales month of December 2020 was very promising and exceeded our expectations for Winter. As a result, we can now report that donation checks of $50 each (Representing the first 50 sales) were mailed and received by our two charity partners: Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine Rivers. Thank you very much to all who have purchased and enjoyed the game thus far. As we inch closer to the optimal time period for the game (i.e. Spring/Summer/Fall), we feel the momentum will continue to increase! The next charitable contribution checks will be measured at the end of the March 31, 2021 calendar end quarter. Safe travels to all! 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2020

Q&A: Dirigo Updates!

In this next edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address another of the common questions about the game that have been lately on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® Treasure Hunters.

Q: Is it possible that COVID19 may have an impact on access to any of the clues of the game? 

A: Yes, it certainly is possible from time to time. That is why it is wise to remember to check back here for any clue updates for Dirigo Treasures Maine®!

In regards to a specific example of this, note the King of Hearts. At the moment, current federal guidelines possibly may impact how “Privy” you can be to the clue. This status is expected to be resolved by the Spring of 2021, but in the meantime, when visiting the card location, feel free to use this as your accurate alternate clue: 

“Continue on to the Lean-To. Locate the “Gray Water Pit” sign nearby. The number of letters after “Environment” on the sign, multiplied by 6, is the clue.”

Happy New Year! Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

K.A. Stokes, Principal/Owner

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th, 2020

Q&A: Dirigo Treasures Maine®!

In this first edition of Dirigo Updates, we will address one of the common questions about the game that have been on the mind of the Dirigo Treasures Maine® Treasure Hunters.

Q: What time of year suits the treasure hunt experience the best? Do some of the card locations have only seasonal access?

A: Yes, to the latter. Dirigo Treasures Maine® is probably best suited as a Spring-Summer-Fall experience.  It is certainly possible that some of the locations, and some of the clues, may only be accessed (Or viewed) during the non-Winter seasons. Please be patient! And, be clever. Know your locations, and know your clues, in regards to the next access dates. While Winter may not provide a complete opportunity to hunt for the clues, one advantage of buying now is that the Treasure Hunter has some time to make their plan, to chart their travel strategically, and to consider what fellow Mainers may assist them on their way.

Keep checking back here more Dirigo Updates. Safe travels to all!

Curt Andrews, Senior Designer

K.A. Stokes, Principal/Owner