Portland Afoot

How to Play

Who Whacked Ms. Faire LeSquare? is a free, freewheeling public transit mystery adventure game that will be played on TriMet and social media on Saturday, May 4, 2013. With up to 4 friends, you’ll race around the metro area to smuggle and intercept shipments using the bus network, paddle across the Willamette and track clues and shady characters through the mean streets of PDX.

The grand prize for one lucky player whose team completes a set of quests is a free one-year TriMet pass. Yep, that’s a cool $1,100. Plenty of other prizes, too.

Also, there will be balloons.

The game is a project of Portland Afoot, PDX’s 10-minute newsmagazine about buses, bikes & low-car life, to celebrate the launch of our free mobile magazine and to help everyone experience our amazing public transportation system in fun new ways.


Can I just show up on May 4?

Nope! Preregistration is free but required. (You’ll need to track down a password…) If you’re reading this, there are still some team slots available, but space in the game is limited so move quick.

Who’s in charge here?

Portland Afoot is a three-year-old local news service for folks who ride TriMet. We publish a tiny monthly magazine (free on mobile devices, starting next month), a podcast, and a website. And each year for our birthday we do something surprising.

How long is the game?

Everybody needs to be at the 10 a.m. kickoff. The fun will continue until 4 p.m. The afterparty (free for every team that finishes the game) will be over by 6 p.m.

What do I need to play?

Three to five players per team, all with valid transit fare. At least one of you has to have a smartphone (Android or iPhone) and a Twitter app installed. A charger’s definitely a good idea, too, especially if you’ve only got one phone. A bag to carry stuff. Pen and paper if you want them. A few bucks or a packed lunch. A sense of adventure in your noggin.

Can I really win a free one-year TriMet pass?

Yep. One winner will be randomly drawn from among the teams that finish. If you don’t need it, you can give it to a friend or even sell it if you want. There’ll be $1800 worth of other great prizes for teams that score the most points or complete a few key challenges. But mostly, this game will be a lot of fun for everybody.

Who can play?

The game is designed for adults, but suitable for supervised children 8 and up. All activities are disability-accessible, too.

Will you buy my transit fare that day?

Nope. But if you gather the basic clues and can show valid transit fare, you’ll get a free beverage at the afterparty.

How will the points be scored?

Full rules will be available before the game in our free mobile edition for smartphones. We’ll send you an email as soon as it’s downloadable so you can start planning if you want.

Who’s supporting this?

The lead sponsor is Metro, the Portland area’s regional government. Other awesome sponsors you’ll run into during or after the game include Runa Tea, Dragon Sports, local artist Jeff Parker, the Bike Farm, Ninkasi BrewingOblique Coffee RoastersKIND Healthy Snacks, car2go Portland, Zipcar Portland, Dave’s Killer BreadSoupCycleBikeasaurusGrand Central BakeryPortland Walking ToursNew Cascadia Bakery, Pearl BakeryNew Seasons Market, Por Que No?, McMenaminsSt Honore Bakery, Seven Virtues, Random Order and Boyd’s Coffee.

Oblique Coffee RoastersKIND Healthy SnacksNinkasi Brewing

Runa Tea

I have more questions!

That’s the spirit. Email michael@portlandafoot.org or call him at 503-OnABus-1.

How do I sign up?

That’s what this page is for, kid.