Essex Crown: The Quest

Can you beat the Essex Crown challenges?

  • Tue 31 Oct 17

    11:30 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Across campus

  • Event type

    Networking or social

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    Essex Crown

Get a group together and take on the Essex Crown Quest to test your skills and strengthen your teamwork


Hidden across campus are challenges and tasks for heroes from Essex departments to take on and conquer to win points, bringing their department closer to triumph in the Essex Crown competition. There are different levels of quests to test all types of skills with different amounts of points up for grabs. Bronze challenges will be worth 25 points, Silver will earn you 50 points while Gold tasks will give teams 75 points.

The Quest will be found in TC.2.14, TC.2.15, EBS.2.1 and the Library.

The Quests

 Library Scavenger Hunt (Gold) - Explore the library on this supernatural scavenger hunt with Halloween themed clues and objects, riddles and puzzles. You'll test your library and literary knowledge to complete this challenge

Minefield (Silver) - Put trust in a team-mate who will guide the blindfolded participants across our minefield, avoiding obstacles along to way

Marshmallow Mania (Silver) - Test your team's planning and patience in building a free-standing marshmallow structure which stays up for at least 10 seconds

Story Telling Charades (Bronze) - Imagination and puzzle-breaking skills are needed in this exercise where teams create a visual story

Human Shapes (Bronze) - Spell your way to points, this task requires teamwork and improvisation as teams spell out 20 words using just their bodies

Blindfold Build (Bronze) - Battle against a rival team to see who can build the 4 foot tower of cups which stays upright for longest

Departments can send multiple teams up to battle for victory but each time a new team from one department attempts a challenge the number of points they can earn will be halved. For example, if a team from Economics beats the Minefield quest they will receive 50 points but if another team from Economics completes the Minefield they will only receive 25 points. If a third team from Economics was to take on the Minefield the points would halve again to 12.5 points as so on.


Essex Crown: The Quest

What is the Essex Crown?

The Essex Crown is an exciting competition which pits departments against each other. Contenders earn points by participating in a range of different events. There are weekly riddles to be solved, one-off Essex Sports competitions to be won and skills to show off in The Exhibition. You'll learn new skills in workshops and enjoy some friendly rivalry in The Battle of the Consoles. There'll also be whole host of University of Essex and Students' Union events which you'll get points for by just turning up.

Finally, the top ten departments will face off against each other in The Final Showdown after which one will be crowned as the best department on campus.

How do I get involved?

Just get solving riddles, turning up for a events and showing off your skills and you'll quickly be racking up points for your department. If you can get staff involved in your teams you earn even more points. 

Riddles will be posted on the library's Twitter page and the University of Essex Facebook page. To find University and SU events where you can earn points just look out for the Essex Crown logo at the bottom of the events page in the Whats-On Guide.

To represent you department in the team based events, including the Essex Crown Sports Events or The Battle of the Consoles, sign-up by emailing crown@essex.ac.uk