Bounty Hunt

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  • Bounty Hunt Photo

Come play in the ultimate challenge for Star Wars fans at Star Wars Celebration Chicago! Put your skills to the test as you compete against the clock and your fellow fans in a clue-solving free-for-all to find bounties! As a team of two to four bounty hunters, you’re going to need a quick draw, quick wits and be quick on your feet as you’ll be solving Star Wars puzzles, following clues, searching the convention center, and having a blast. If you think you’re as good as Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, or Bossk, the Bounty Hunters Guild is looking for the smartest and quickest trackers at Star Wars Celebration Chicago to compete in one of the Bounty Hunt challenges. Will you and your friends be counted among the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunters?

Three different Bounty Hunt competitions will be offered at Celebration Chicago: Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Teams of two to four will compete to rack up bounties in each two-hour event by solving clues and puzzles and searching the Celebration grounds for their quarry. The Sunday Bounty Hunt challenge is specifically aimed towards teams with children, while the Friday and Saturday competitions will be tougher!

At the start of the race, each team will receive a race scorecard and an initial set of clues. Solving a clue will guide the team to their destination, where they will get a stamp on their scorecard from their target. Solving clues and earning the stamp might involve some Star Wars trivia, cracking a Resistance code, solving a Sith puzzle, or even being able to show your skill lobbing thermal detonators or sketching their favorite characters. Targets will have different amounts of credits on their head based on difficulty. After finishing their first set of clues and bringing their completed scorecard back to the Bounty Hunters Guild headquarters, teams will earn credits for their successful bounties and receive a final set of clues, leading them to new and more challenging targets. After solving this second set of clues and traveling the galaxy, teams will be competing to be first across the finish line at the Guild headquarters, with a full set of scorecard stamps to confirm that they found their most elusive prey.

While the first round of clues might be considered easy and fun for the casual fan or the family playing as a team of bounty hunters, the later rounds of clues will increase in difficulty level but also will be worth more credits. The winners will be determined by who has successfully returned in two hours with the most bounty credits earned, and in the shortest amount of time.

The Bounty Hunt is open to all Celebration Chicago attendees, but spots are limited to 100 teams per race. Bounty hunter teams must have at least two members, and no more than four members. There will be three different Bounty Hunt challenges:

  • Friday (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) - Bounty Hunt for Kids!

The Sunday hunt is designed for families with children, and is shorter and less difficult.

Registration for the Bounty Hunt can be done online by up until 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time on April 10, 2019, or at the convention, on the day of the event at the Bounty Hunt registration table outside W187AB. The registration table will be open two hours prior to that day’s race time. Teams that register in advance online will be required to check in at the booth prior to that day’s event to confirm their team’s participation or lose their spot in the event. All teams, whether they register online or at the convention will need to fill out waivers prior to the race. Teams may compete in multiple races but they can register in advance for only one race.

How the Bounty Hunt works:

At the start of the race in room W187AB, each team will receive a packet of clues and their Bounty Hunt scorecard. When a clue is properly solved, it will lead to a name of a Star Wars character that is their bounty target. The scorecard will have a list of different target names, each with a different location on the convention center premises. If the target is correct, the team will find a Bounty Hunt staff person at the corresponding location and that staff person will give the team the opportunity to earn a stamp of completion on their scorecard. The entire team must be present to receive the stamp. There may be an additional challenge at the target location required before the scorecard can be stamped.

At any point after receiving stamps on their scorecard, a team can return to the Bounty Hunter Guild headquarters to “bank” their credits for the successful bounties hunted as shown on their scorecard and also pick up their next set of clues if they’ve solved enough from the first set. These clues will lead the team to new target locations, where their scorecard will be stamped again for these new targets. After all targets have been found, or as the two hour time limit draws near, teams will return to the finish line at the Bounty Hunter Guild headquarters to “bank” their final credits.

When a team reaches the finish line, their team name, final amount of credits earned, and finishing time shall be recorded. In each competition, the team with the most credits earned and the fastest time shall be crowned the Bounty Hunt champions of the day. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each event. Additional prizes may be given to all lucky participants!

The Bounty Hunt series is brought to you by Dan Hamman & James Floyd, organizers of the San Diego Rocket Race, an annual sci-fi themed urban puzzle race, and creators of The Kessel Run at Star Wars Celebration IV and The Bounty Hunt events at Star Wars Celebrations in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Good luck and good hunting!


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