Research Data Scarytales

With our Research Data Scarytales, we want to take you on an eerie journey and show you in short stories what scary consequences mistakes in data management can have. We are showcasing a wide range of scenarios, ranging from minor inconveniences to a single person to permanent consequences for humankind, all based on real events.

Each reader has the opportunity to find out for themselves what went wrong in each story. Each scenario begins with a brief summary of the facts. Then it's time to figure it out!

In times of social distancing, the game can also serve as a community activity. For example, chats or forums can be used to puzzle over the stories with others. One way to do this is to designate a person as the game master to read the resolution, while the other players try to solve the mystery with yes/no questions.

We wish you spooky story-time and happy sleuthing!


To the stories:

Backup is key

Costly Birthdays

Lost Toys

The Sound of Silence

Out of the blue

Gene Dating

Unsure Footing

Babylonic Confusion

The forgotten Fantasy?

Hello? Are you there?

Atlantic Lazarus

Family Ties


Wrong Direction

No good deed goes unpunished

Look, don't touch

Intervention from up-high

Bad Recycling


Don‘t judge a book by its cover

Unsatisfying boots

Command line troubles

Sharing is Caring

Questions of Calendar

On fire

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Trouble down the line

Expensive Mice

There is always an option

Sunken treasures


It's the small things that matter

Employee with an invisibility cloak

False Alarm

In the enemy base

Lost in Translation

Null Island

In deep 'shit'

Easy come, easy go

Return to sender

The end is nigh