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Treasure Quest #5: Side-Quest!

Sat, 03/02/2019 - 9:00am by nicole

Another cryptic quest, another round of codes and hints!
Another king and kingdom, but no princess and no prince.
A pest that turns into a shark or morphs into a fox.
Find this heartless villain's key to find what it unlocks.


The Alchemist's Key

Somewhere in the vast catalog a pseudoscientific Key has appeared! The hunt for The Alchemist's Key begins now!

"Well hey there, Boss!
Your supervillain skills have caught my eye!
Yeah sure, you didn't post a job—
but I'm here to apply!

You see I'm a shape-shifter
and a side-kick's what you need!
I'll help you fight Ambrosius
and shift to fit the deed!"


Click on the image to get started searching for this Key (and the Gate!), or do something else entirely, like:

Call forth your dragons and escape to the Badge List!

Hatch a dastardly plan to conquer the AADL Catalog!

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Treasure Quest #4: Pop the Quest-ion!

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 6:00pm by nicole

You've seen this story told before, time and time again:
Prince meets poor sweet urchin girl. They marry. That's the end.
The most enchanting film of all was produced by Disney--
The dearest love in all the world is hiding this next key!


The Kingdom Key

Somewhere in the vast catalog a mysterious Key has appeared! The hunt for The Kingdom Key begins now!

A film was made in yesteryear
(that's 1997),
They had the right ingredients
for cinematic heaven:

A charming prince, a ball,
a town in colors bright as candy,
A fragile shoe, a pumpkin ride--
and lots of shots of Brandy.


Click on the image to get started searching for this Key (and the Gate!), or do something else entirely, like:

Dance all the way to the Badge List!

Hop inside a pumpkin and ride off to the AADL Catalog!

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Treasure Quest #3: Galaxy Quest!

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 9:00am by nicole

Another key has landed--this one travelled quite a way
to land inside our catalog so you've got games to play!
We plucked it from the stars and hid it somewhere you can't see.
To find your treasures you'll have to explore the galaxy!


The Star-Crossed Key

Somewhere in the vast catalog an interstellar Key has appeared! The hunt for The Star-Crossed Key begins now!

Two soldiers met in combat, but a star-crossed love took shape.
And then one night
They ditched the fight
And planned a grand escape.

They had with them a baby Wreath and Landfall called a curse
and chose to leave,
for distant Cleave
across the universe.


Click on the image to get started searching for this Key (and the Gate!), or do something else entirely, like:

"Borrow" a rocketship and blast off to the Badge List!

Travel at warp speed into the AADL Catalog!

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Treasure Quest #2: The Quest Count-inues!

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 6:00pm by nicole

At last! Another Treasure Quest to fill your freezing days.
A puzzle to unlock! A different screen at which to gaze!
It's fashionably late, just like the greatest rockstars are.
Now this Key's off to surf the crowd! Or is it a...Keytar?


The Subspace Key-tar

Somewhere in the vast catalog a mysterious Key has appeared! The hunt for The Subspace Key-tar begins now!

This story is about a guy,
Just him vs. the World.
One night he fell in like
With an Amazonian girl.

She came with lots of baggage:
Seven exes in a row.
This Zero had to beat them 
To become her latest beau. 


Click on the image to get started searching for this Key (and the Gate!), or do something else entirely, like:

Take a bus to the Badge List!

Zip through subspace into the AADL Catalog!

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Treasure Quest #1: The Quest Begins!

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 6:00pm by nicole

Last night as you were sleeping a strange wind blew through the fog

and cracked open a portal in our item catalog!

There through this crack in time a strip of summer could be seen
and futuristic treasure poured out from 2019!

Perhaps it was the weather, or the witching hour's begun,
(or maybe it's a story—who cares, this is just for fun!),
But whatever the reason the result is still the same—
We found these 2019 points and had to make a game!

That game is this and this is what? A puzzle and a Quest!
Some clues and hints are given, but you’ll have to find the rest.
We forged some Keys, constructed Gates, and locked away these games.
It’s finding and unlocking them that will be your true aim!

Each starting month our catalog will hide a brand new Key
that opens up another fun-filled opportunity!
So that’s the game! You get the point, there’s nothing more to say:
Dust of your brains and compass—Treasure Quest is underway!


The Graveyard Key

Somewhere in the vast catalog a mysterious Key has appeared! The hunt for The Graveyard Key begins now!

Two boys go walking through the forest on a hallowed day.
A froggy sings.
A lantern swings
To light the wooded way.

A Beast lurks out in the Unknown just waiting for his turn,
So don't despair.
Be wise. Beware!
Or you'll be fuel to burn.


Click on the image to get started searching for this Key (and the Gate!), or do something else entirely, like:

Journey to the adventure-filled Badge List!

Travel into the wilds of the AADL Catalog!

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It's the final CLASSIC SHOP DROP of 2018!

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 7:00pm by eli

THIS IS IT! These are the last things to hit the shop before it closes at Midnight on Sunday, September 9th! If you've still got classic points, no worries; the Classic Shop will definitely be back next summer. For now, get your hands on some of these ASTOUNDING items, plus 20 more of our famously USED UP TOTE BAGS:

Pulp Field NotesWindow ClingsAADL Mini SharpieFUN TOY LOGS

Have fun with these final items, and as always, THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Badge Drop #12: Drop the Mic

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 5:00pm by andrewjmac

It's the FINAL BADGE DROP of Summer Game 2018, time to drop this year's MASTER BADGES!  What is a Master Badge?  Why, its a badge you earn for having completed an entire badge series on the Badge List.  So if you've been keeping up with your badges all summer long today IS A HUGE BONUS POINT DAY FOR YOU!  And if you haven't...well, we have other news.

Today is more than just the Master Badge Drop, it's also the FINAL DAY OF SUMMER GAME, with just SEVEN HOURS LEFT to earn Summer Game 2018 points.  AND SINCE it's the last day of the game, that ALSO means that tonight is one of the biggest events in the Summer Game calendar, the Game Over Gala!  So drop by the Downtown Library tonight between 6 and 8 pm for cookies, coloring, camaraderie, and CODES!  

This alignment comes along only rarely, like a solar eclipse or the passing of a comet or a parking space right in front of the place you are actually going!  The game ends at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, you have to get your last-minute scrambling done by then!

So today we get to do that rarest of things and in one day deliver unto you a healthy load of Master Badges AND send Summer Game 2018 off in style.  IT'S ALMOST AS THOUGH WE HAD PLANNED IT (note: we have no control over which days of the week certain dates fall on, so we did not in fact plan it).  

Jolly BrancherFurst PrizeLord of the FliesFish FinaticVroom at the TopHero WorshipperFantastic FashionistaMission ControllerCivil End-gineerPrime GrooverBiggest LoserLie DetectiveOrgan GrinderArbor MasterGoblin King

And now, it's time to bid adieu to catalog badges, wave goodbye to hidden branch codes, say bearwell to ursine puns, cry "GORBLE!" to the Goblin Games, and--

Hold on, I'm just getting word that while Summer Game may be over THE GAMES GO ON!  But with no goblins or banners or green sheets or silly catalog searches, what could these games possibly BE?

-REVIEW REVIEWER reviews on, loaded with reviews for you to review from here to eternity!
-FRESH Points-O-Matic modes to be delivered in the coming weeks!
-UNHEARD OF and NEVER-SEE-BEFORE off-season games to astound and delight (and probably seriously stump) you!

But you'll be busy with school and work and soon enough shoveling the driveway out.  How could we possibly tempt you to keep playing ALL YEAR LONG?  How about if we told you that THESE GAMES ARE THE ONLY WAY TO EARN SUMMER GAME 2019 POINTS BEFORE IT EVEN STARTS?!  That's right, the only way to start racking up points NOW for Summer Game 2019 is to play away at the off-season games.  And who knows, you might also have some FUN, right?

If only there were a convenient location to visit to check up on when all of these new games might start and exactly what they are and how you can GET THEM POINTSSSS!  A convenient location like!  Oh, WAIT.  IT'S PLAY.AADL.ORG.

Remember that the Summer Game Shop will stay open until September 9th, so spend time today earning those points so you can take the next two week to deliberate on WHICH AWESOME PRIZES YOU WANT TO BUY.

In the meantime, we've only got one thing left to do between now and when we flip that big GAME OVER switch, and that's to tell you once again and fur real...THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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What's in the final CLASSIC SHOP DROP?

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 6:15pm by eli

Summer Game is ROARING to a close, and with it, the MASTER BADGE DROP and the final CLASSIC SHOP DROP of 2018! Because this Classic Shop Drop will actually happen DURING this friday's Star-Studded GAME OVER GALA, we've got a lot of quantity of most of these items. So come back at 7 PM SHARP Friday for Window Clings, Field Notes, and NEARLY USELESS LOGS, plus limited quantities of AADL Sharpies. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! The Dungeon Dwellers have sent word that they have found a few more of our COMPLETELY USED STORIES TO GO BAGS hiding in the Prize Vault, so we'll be dropping those this Friday too!  So if you missed out on those HIGHLY STURDY but DEFINITELY DISGUSTING Canvas Zipper bags, have your points at the ready come Friday Night! See you at the Gala... and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Classic Shop Drop #5: Let's Go GADGETY!

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 7:00pm by eli

OK, it's a tiny bit of a stretch, but how else would you classify these four UNUSUAL and DISPARATE objects? Gadget is fairly inclusive phrase, and all, or at least most, of these items offer some utility, right? RIGHT? Well, along with your weekly PRICE DROPS on remaining Classic Shop Items, here's 4 GADGETY CLASSICS for you:


AADL Logo BankAADL Tablet SleeveAADL Logo ProjectorAADL 8-Ball

Just one more CLASSIC SHOP DROP yet to come next Friday at 7 PM SHARP!  And then you've got until MIDNIGHT on Sunday, September 9th to make your FINAL SELECTIONS from the Summer Game Shop. So, get cracking, and as always... THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Badge Drop #11: You're Gonna Miss Us When We're Gone

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 5:30pm by nicole

Like a Downtown-bound bus driving past the Library, the end of the line is nigh! Your stroll along the sunny sidewalk of Summer Game is almost done. We know you know it, and we feel your concern. After all, what IS there after Summer to even be excited ABOUT? After Summer there's only the mysterious abyss that is FALL. Nothing but pumpkin-scented darkness and textbooks and ironic holidays about manual labor.

Some of you have already spent your Summer Game savings, picked up your prizes, and are ready to march fearlessly into Fall with your AADL umbrella held high, and that's alright with us, but we can tell... 

You're gonna miss us when we're gone.

You might think you see the shape of a Summer Game badge in your cinnamon-covered donut as you trundle around the cider mill atop an itchy bale of hay. You may think you spy, from the corner of your eye, a Summer Game code as you pay $18 for pumpkin-spiced water at of your local coffee place.  You may even look up during your laboriously labor-less Labor Day and think back to when it was SUMMER and there was WORK TO BE DONE.

Yep, you're gonna miss us when we're gone.

But NOT YET. Lucky for you, Summer is STILL HAPPENING. And to prove it, we've brought you this not-quite-yet-parting gift of these: the LAST BADGES, before the prestigious MASTER BADGE DROP next week! Because here at SG Headquarters we believe it ain't over til it's OVER.

Ready, Teddy, Go!Flutter ByMeet Spike! Fin MailUnder Water SubsThe Paper CaperWorld Wide Web SlingerLands of the Lost and FoundSummergame EaseSolar System Ambassadors

So finish up your last badges and enter your last codes, because the 2018 Summer Game ends on AUGUST 31st at MIDNIGHT!

That's right, Ann Arbor, enjoy your apple-bobbing parties and your indignant babies wearing costumes they never volunteered for and your crunchy leaf piles that conceal spiders and dragons, probably.  We wish you could stay here with us in this serene bubble of Summer Game simplicity, but it's almost time to move on, and we know...

You’re gonna miss us by our hair. You’re gonna miss us and our bears, oh...You’re gonna miss us when we're gone.