April 26, 2022

Popular way to explore Benton County history returns for exciting Season Two of Spectres of Benton County Past

CORVALLIS, Oregon - Binge online now with Season One before participating - in person or online - with Season Two of “Spectres of Benton County Past” in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month in May. 

Sign up for Season One access and Season Two informational emails at https://spectres.conundrumhouse.com/ 

3 Generations Playing Spectres

 “We played Spectres as a 3 generational family- some adventures online and some on the ground visiting local sites with incredible histories we never knew existed.” says Katie Fisher, Corvallis resident. “The fictional elements added to the storyline of each true history were a fun entertaining twist and the scavenger hunt style puzzles were a good mix of challenging for those of us who love that sort of thing and easier for those who don't. Loved that we could walk or bike to many sites. We're looking forward to the next Spectres adventure!”

Spectres of Benton County Past is a Benton County-wide clue hunt mystery featuring the rich stories of the county’s captivating history told through the voices of its colorful residents from centuries past. The Benton County Historic Resources Commission (https://www.co.benton.or.us/hrc) is partnering with Conundrum House (https://www.conundrumhouse.com/) to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May. 

This free-for-all-ages adventure kicks off May 7th with the mystery starting where Season 1 left off - at the Whiteside Theater. Clue hunters have a week to investigate, in person or virtually, with new episodes and historic locations launched the following Saturdays (5/14, 5/21 and wrapping everything together at the grand finale on 5/28).

 Says co-conspirator and Conundrum House founder Mark van der Pol “If you missed Spectres Season One last year, playing the full online game will be a great opportunity to whet your whistle for the exciting new season. Or play it again to remind yourself of the fun and thrill it is to chase down Spectres of Benton County Past and discover their secrets and stories!

The game has been designed to appeal to users' preferences - clue hunters can pick up printed information at the locations or resource, use a QR code on their mobile phone, or through a custom website. Players must sign up at https://spectres.conundrumhouse.com/online to receive emails with relevant information.

As part of the Oregon Heritage Conference, Season One relaunched online this week. The conference was previously scheduled to be held in Corvallis, but due to an abundance of caution has been changed to virtual. Spectres Season One and Two will be promoted at the Conference.

In the Spectres of Benton County Past experience last year, players explored five historic sites -the Benton County Courthouse, the Grange on Greenberry Road, the Van Buren Bridge, the Kidder Hall, and ending at the Whiteside Theater.


About Conundrum House
Conundrum House, founded by co-conspirators Adrienne Fritze and Mark van der Pol, offers guests and members a place to rent, buy and play tabletop games- both online and in the brick-n-mortar game rooms & library at their 460 SW Madison Ave (2nd Floor), Corvallis, OR. Conundrum House, a home base for nerds, offers a wide variety of games, puzzles and Live-Action Role-Play experiences that are curated for a variety of tastes--mysteries, whodunits, manipulative puzzles (think Rubiks cube or Hanayama puzzles), sci-fi conundrums, spy and espionage themed games, and more. The game rooms and events are oriented to serve all ages. Memberships allow you to rent games and receive special discounts.

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