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The game in the map (pictures)

Artist Lisa Hoffman builds a mysterious puzzle game directly into the official Burning Man map. Players are encouraged to team up with others to solve the clues and learn about the Cult of the Hat.

Daniel Terdiman
Daniel Terdiman is a senior writer at CNET News covering Twitter, Net culture, and everything in between.
Daniel Terdiman
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The map

Seen here for the first time, the official 2013 Burning Man map gives participants the lay of the land at the countercultural arts festival, as well as a series of clues for a game called The Cult of the Hat.
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Clue

There are about two dozen separate clues embedded directly in the map.
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Historical knowledge helpful

Solving some of the game's clues require historical knowledge, so players are encouraged to team up with others to maximize their ability to figure them all out.
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4 of 7 Lisa Hoffman/Lisatized.com

Taking action

When all the clues are solved, players will be given information about a last bit of action they must take.
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First time game

Hoffman, who has designed 13 official Burning Man maps in a row, had long wanted to build in a game. In 2013, she finally got her wish.
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A couple hours

Players -- especially if they team up with others -- should be able to solve all the clues in an hour or two.
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7 of 7 Lisa Hoffman/Lisatized.com

Oracle Machine

In addition to the game embedded directly into the map, players will also get a second game, called the Oracle Machine, which will encourage them to interact with strangers around them at Burning Man.

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