Description Let's write some simple story driven exploit challenges to get people into the community, the way of thinking. Let's make them curious, teach them to look behind the scenes and question how things work.
Tags hacking, web, storytelling
Person organizing Couchsofa
Language en - English
en - English
Duration 5
Desired session Day 2
Desired timeframe middle


A friend wanted something simple to hack, something to get started. I couldn't find it. All the VMs I managed to dig up went way too deep. I also wanted to get back into web and story telling after seven years of focus on computational theory. So I decided to write something and quickly found myself challenged by questions I didn't anticipate:

  • writing bad code has become a lot harder! (which is a good thing)
  • increasing difficulty curve (hints and where to put them)
  • lure them with the story, hook them with the challenge
  • storytelling, climax, cliffhangers and big reveals
  • It's all about the fun, right?
  • the ethics of teaching exploits