Update: There’s now a speedrun guide for Dropquest 2012 as well. Enjoy!
Dropbox organized a scavenger hunt named Dropquest the other day. The first 81 people to complete all steps won some nice prizes, but everyone participating in the quest can get 1 GB of extra Dropbox storage space. Dropquest ends January
I placed 826th with a recorded time of 02:20:01. That’s quite a while, but given the circumstances I’m pretty happy about my ‘score’.
- The timer starts as soon as you load the first step, and I could only really start doing the quest about 30 minutes after I did that.
- The entire Dropbox website (including the blog and the forums, which were needed for the quest to solve clues) was under heavy traffic at the time. I wasted a lot of time reloading pages over and over again, hoping not to end up with another error message.
After I finished, it didn’t take very long until people started writing up Dropquest walkthroughs and guides explaining all the different steps in detail.
However, those guides still require you to solve some of the puzzles manually. To complete step 6, you need to solve a click-and-drag puzzle, and step 10 is a 9×9 sudoku. These things can take quite some time, even if you know the correct solutions.
For the click-and-drag puzzle in step 6, the query string contained a list of numbers: one for every move you made to complete the test.
location.href = 'r?moves=%s'.format(moves.join(''));
For step 10, the query string basically contains the solution to the sudoku.
location.href = 'b?board=%s'.format(answer.join(''));
These query strings are then processed server-side, to see if they are truly a valid solution. Only if this is the case, you’ll be redirected (again), this time to the next step in the quest.
It seemed like a fun idea to create a list with only the minimum number of steps required to solve Dropquest 2011.
How to complete Dropquest 2011 using the minimum number of steps required
First, you’ll need a Dropbox account. If you don’t already have one, sign up through this referral link to start off with an extra 250 MB. You’ll need to log in to your account before you can participate in Dropquest.
After that, it’s simple. Just follow these steps in the correct order. If there’s a link, click it; if not, just do what it says.
- Clicking here will solve the puzzle in step 6 for you
- Enter “33739”
- Clicking here will solve the sudoku in step 10 for you
- Enter “baff1e”
- Enter “Drew Houston”
- Share a new folder named “1F75CC” with email@example.com
- Enter “badcabbage”
- Enter “1133471056”
- Enter “Dr0pbox heaRts U”
Following these steps, it should be pretty easy to beat my score by a factor of 100. Enjoy!