I hear you. I think the issue is I was expecting a lot more overlap with players of the MIT Mystery Hunt and other similar puzzle hunts (which from experience I would say are much harder but still get solved much quicker.)
Those contests have fairly clear “rules” for how clues and instructions can be hidden and what’s fair. If you’re not used to that I can see how it can be overwhelming.
To answer your question from the bonus puzzle thread, I don’t think it’s too much of a hint to say that nothing is irrelevant (although of course a lot of the story text is just for flavour - but ever then there are a LOT of clues). But you’ll need to work out which parts are related to the puzzle of the week and which are related to the overarching puzzle with the 100,000 HOPR Token prize.
I think another issue is that people aren’t really collaborating much. These puzzles are much easier to solve if you bounce ideas off each other.
We’re retooling the hunt slightly in a way which I hope will address these issues. Thanks for playing and your feedback!