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    Posted: Aug. 31 2010,9:17 am QUOTE

Being a supporter of all the various caching sites, I'm thinking about putting together what I'm calling my "NOTG" cache series.  What's that, you ask?  It would be a multi / puzzle involving four listing sites.  The only problem is that I can be completely open about it on three of the four sites, but will have to be subtle about it on GC.com.

NOTG is...

Navicache
Opencaching.us
TerraCaching
Geocaching.com

I'd have 3 caches that would need to be found to collect information for the fourth cache.  The final would be on GC.com so folks would have to find a cache on the three other sites.  The final would probably simply have a clue that was a string of the waypoint names for the other three (ie N02D8Z.TC9R2.OU0099).  It'd be up the cacher to figure out what that is, sine I can't have any mention of the competition on a GC.com cache page.  In each of the first three, there would be information to figure out the final coordinates.

I've posted a vague request for insight on Groundspeak, asking people what they think the limits of information sources might be.

What do folks think?


Edited by DudleyGrunt on Aug. 31 2010,9:34 am

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    Posted: Sep. 01 2010,6:51 am QUOTE

I'm coming to accept that the GC.com cache won't be able to the the final, if it requires people to actually have / create accounts on the other sites.  Maybe what I'll do is create an option that they can either use the the waypoint codes to figure out what they need to do or create puzzles they can solve to get the other coordinates on their own.  Then, when they get there, the caches will clearly be labeled as being Navicache, TerraCache or OpenCaching hides with cards about how to log them.

They won't need to, but they'll at least have found a cache on each of the other sites and maybe they'll want to sign up and log them.


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    Posted: Sep. 02 2010,7:27 am QUOTE

Quote (DudleyGrunt @ Sep. 01 2010,7:51 am)
I'm coming to accept that the GC.com cache won't be able to the the final, if it requires people to actually have / create accounts on the other sites.

That may be the way to go, but it still depends on your reviewer. I had caches rejected for merely mentioning other caching sites. If your reviewer knows what those waypoints are he might do that as well.

Another idea, somehow the opposite to yours, would be to create a multi-puzzle cache with each of the stages being a cache in it's own. Each stage would clearly contain a clue for the final, and all could be named similarly. However, the final itself would not be listed on GC.com. Of course the description on GC.com cannot not tell you any of this. Nobody has to create an account to log the caches listed on GC.com, and nobody is required to look for the final. But guess what most will do once they realize that they do have the coordinates for a cache final in their hands, maybe close to home...
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    Posted: Sep. 02 2010,9:07 am QUOTE

After trying to be a bit vaguer on Groundspeak (since they'll slap your hand for just mentioning another stie) I I've been called me out on the Groundspeak forums.  If anyone is interested in checking the thread out over there, click here.

I may end up making another site the final and possibly leaving GS out of it, all together since they don't like to play well with others.


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    Posted: Sep. 05 2010,10:02 pm QUOTE

Thanks for the interesting link to the thread over there. I usually don't read there unless pointed directly to something. Unfortunately most of the times it is threads like this - with a negative touch.

To the topic: I wouldn't give up completely. Maybe really make the GS cache only one of the stages of the complete thing. There would be no requirement on the GS site to find this cache, and with a clearly marked hint (only) inside the physical cache you would point quite clearly to all of the rest. I believe that this would not violate the GS guidelines, but that doesn't mean GS might interpret this differently.
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