Questions, Answered

What is ObieGame?

ObieGame can be best described as a treasure hunt, interactive story, and puzzle game rolled together to form one delicious, spilling-out-the-ends burrito. Or, in other words, an Alternate Reality Game (ARG). Players can interact with a complete cast of characters to solve mysteries and uncover secrets hidden within a new and exciting world.

Each iteration of ObieGame has a unique story that isn’t revealed until the game begins. In the past, players have been transported to worlds full of vampires, robots, and influencers. You never know who you’ll meet.

When is ObieGame?

ObieGame takes place over an intensive period of two weeks – usually shortly after Spring Break. We will post on the main page of this website, and mysteriously in locations all over campus, when registration for the game is open.

Where is ObieGame?

ObieGame is an in-person game. Events will take place at a variety of locations around Oberlin; expect that you may be asked to travel to any location on campus and possibly in town. Everything will be within walking distance, and we will never ask you to drive anywhere. If you have an accessibility concern with a specific location, reach out to

Who can play ObieGame?

Any current Oberlin student (whether officially enrolled, abroad, on medical leave, or taking a semester off) can sign up to play. While we love alumni and people from other campuses, we need to keep our numbers manageable.

Do I need to sign up with a team?

Players can sign up as a solo player or as a team of up to 10 people. Solo players can operate as their own team, or they can request to be placed on a team with other solo players. 

Does ObieGame cost money?

Nope! All you need to sacrifice is your time. And maybe some of your life force… but that was only, like, one time.

What are the rules?

Specific rules for each game will be sent out after registration closes. In general, though, you must obey all federal, state, and local laws, and campus policies, and we encourage you to use common courtesy. Also – ObieGame is not a valid excuse for missing classes, work, or anniversaries. Use your heads.

How do I win? What do I win?

Three teams will get the opportunity to compete in Endgame, the finale of ObieGame. These teams will be crowned first, second and third place and win honor, glory, and the satisfaction of being expert ObieGamers.

How do I join the planning team?

Applications for planning are sent to the previous game’s players by email when we’re ready to bring on new planners. Keep an eye out; they’ll probably arrive near the beginning of the school year. 

I have some feedback/questions. How can I contact you?

The best way to contact us is to send us an email at