Every year, Misha Collins and the GISHWHES team leads us participants on a merry chase in the months leading up to the hunt. For example, last year was a series of anagrams and ciphers that the first few people who solved it were invited to a tea party with Misha. Always mind bending, always fun, always insane.
Before the hunt began last year, Misha announced that it was going to be the final GISHWHES. The game that had began with a rhino puzzle hunt was finally coming to a close. Many participants were upset over this, but vowed to make it the best one yet. And then Misha had a change of heart.
He told us that GISHWHES wasn’t completely ending, but that there were going to be some changes as to how it was run. Then, during the wrap party after last years hunt, Misha promised that it wasn’t going away. That GISHWHES would be back next year in some form. However, after that, there was silence. Not a word was spoken about it, registration wasn’t open, and we were all wondering exactly what the overlord had planned for us.
Then in March, the official GISHWHES started sending out emails with puzzles in them and random tweets that were immediately deleted. Gishers all over the world perked up in the anticipation of what was to come. People worked with teammates and friends to try and unravel what Misha was saying. GISHWHES was changing during this time as well. Each day, another letter disappeared from the GISHWHES name on their official Twitter and Facebook, making us gnash our teeth even more. Next we saw Porpucanda disappear from the profile picture and the header picture. And it didn’t stop there. Next it was changed to a solid purple, like the color of late twilight or early sunrise, or maybe even an eclipse. Finally, the name was gone and the pictures were solid black.
People waited to see what was coming next; tweeting the official account asking for answers and receiving things like, “You have what you need” or “The day is coming”
Don’́̋tͦ ̚mảk̉eͩ̈ ̌us̾̂ͨ r̅̓e͐p͐̋e̋ͫ̅aͦ̌̾t o̔̐ur͐̀̅selv̈́ͨȅͪ̎sͨͪ. Y̒ͣo͆̄u ̇͆̏a̽ͦ̈lr̐eaͨ̅͌d̂͐ͮy͋̈́̌ h̑̐av̍̓ͦe ̍w̽͛h͐ͭͣat y̌̆̓ō̔̊u̔ ̍̓͗s̋́eͨ͐ek.̓̓̇
— GISH (@gishwhes) April 10, 2018
The͉͉̰ͥ͐̆ dă̌y͊̽̍ ̣i̱s̻̝ c̙̻̺om̩iͤͯng̃̔
Ě̬̟͇̇̃cli̝͌ps͕͔e th͖̃ẹ̈ ͈̈pͤͥ̔as͙͍̗t̓̓ͨ,t͉͖̜͆̍̿oͤ̽̌ f̐͛i͙ͯn̠ͮ́̋d ̽an͆̊
THE FIRST DOOR OPENS SOON.
One of you has found the answer.
It all adds up. Mind the gap & get ready to rumble: 601-803-2663
— GISH (@gishwhes) April 15, 2018
Today we started to really get some answers. GISHWHES debuted its new profile and header picture, and also got a new name. The hunt formerly known as GISHWHES is now just GISH; The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt, the good hunt. Whether you played for the first time last year, have been playing since the Rhino puzzle, or are looking forward to playing for the first time this year; we wait for bated breath to see the completion of the GISH metamorphosis. Stay tuned…