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Melinda

May 19, 2019
Melinda S.
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No book included, maybe I misunderstood but thought a book was coming and you used the clues as you played along with the book. Not worth the money for a couple of pieces of paper and peieces of smaller papers with clues on the.

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The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box said...May 19, 2019

Hi Melinda, as we informed you in our email reply approximately two weeks ago, there was never supposed to be a book included in the box. We asked for feedback about why you may have had that impression and tried to obtain additional information from you but we never heard a reply back. There is no mention of a book on our website, in our listing, or in any other place where details about our box is found. Additionally, our box is not listed in any book category. We have multiple pictures in our listing of what our boxes contain and none of them feature a book. We are sorry about the misunderstanding of what our product is but we...

Stare at your screens: a box of QR codes

Feb 13, 2020
Anne O.
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could not possibly be more disappointed.
i thought i was going to get a game--something that didn't involve looking at a screen, but talking to other people and you know, thinking, crazy of me.
instead i got a sad cardboard box with a bunch of print-outs and QR codes. QR codes? really? is it 2006 already?
i hid it from myself so i don't have to be reminded of how much i was duped by the crate-joy-deadbolt mystery society.

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The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box said...Feb 13, 2020

We're sorry you didn't enjoy the box and found the technical requirements to be too challenging for you. Everything you've mentioned disliking about the box you received are things we openly advertise and things you would have noted up front with a minor amount of investigation about what you were purchasing. We mention the use of a smartphone/QR codes and Internet access in the description of our boxes. We have numerous pictures of the contents of our box featured on both our website and our Cratejoy listing so printed materials shouldn't come as a surprise (most games we've played actually have printed material). Based on your comments it sounds like you didn't even bother to work the box and discover that...

Disappointing waste of time and money.

Jul 20, 2019
Andy S.
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There weren't nearly enough audio files to keep anything interesting. The very first puzzle I came across was poorly thought out high-school wordplay that requires several assumptions with no way to confirm them. The interviews really need to be either video files or audio files. The one audio file I did come across before losing interest was horribly distorted and triggered my migraine problems. The setup itself was insanely cheesy and just felt like a stretch. The box took way too long to ship and was beat up when it got here. QR codes need to state if they are pw protected on the card to stop wasting peoples time. Explanations/setups were too vague or poorly worded to the point that my partner didn't know how to proceed at several points.

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The Deadbolt Mystery Society Monthly Box said...Jul 24, 2019

Hi Andy. I’m sorry the box wasn’t to your liking. Obviously, our boxes aren’t for everyone, and I hate that you fall into that category. However, I would like to address a couple of your points. You mention that we didn’t have nearly enough audio files and go on to comment that the interviews need to be either video or audio files. Then, you go on to mention that the audio file we do have in the box you received triggered a migraine (which we do apologize for). It would seem that no audio files would be better than additional files. So, we aren’t exactly sure what would have made you happy in this case. While we...

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