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Messages - Griff Grof

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: July 15, 2019, 11:10:31 am »
Thatís frustrating.

Looking at the app, there are a few new ones out now. Theyíre all rated 5 star  ::)

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General Caching / Re: Mystery at the Museum
« on: July 15, 2019, 11:04:15 am »
It seemed really confusing at first!

Iím not excited or motivated to complete it, but at least theyíre listening and making the souvenir promotions more of a challenge  :)

But, from what I gather, itís quite easy to complete after a few seriesí. So maybe Iíll manage to obtain all the souvenirs unintentionally!

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 25, 2019, 03:49:42 pm »
Some more Adventure Lab developments. Geocaching organisations have been offered another Adventure Lab credit (for 10 Labs).

Apparently they are adding ratings to the app - that's good, so that if you put a lot of time and effort into it, you get rewarded (like favourite points).

From what I gather, Adventure Labs seem popular. People have embraced them, attempted them and there seems to be enthusiasm surrounding them. It looks like the 'experiment' has been a success.

My personal opinion is that they're too separate from geocaching itself: there's little to no integration with geocaching. com and the geocaching app (except them adding to your find count). It was different when Lab caches existed for the duration of a Mega event - Adventure Labs stay in place for 6 months (or more), so they should be more integrated: size (as some people are placing actual containers), Difficulty/Terrain (How difficult are these containers to find/how difficult is it to access the find code? Are they wheelchair accessible or is special equipment required?) and how about the option of writing a log entry? Then there's the fact that they do not appear on the geocaching. com map. If Adventure Labs are in place for months, at least, shouldn't their start point (or all locations) be shown on the map?! They cannot be searched for. They are not reviewed, in the case of Virtual Labs, so there is no form of quality control (wasn't that the reason Groundspeak grandfathered the Virtual cache type?).

I don't know where they're going with Adventure Labs, but I just hope they address some of the above and make them part of geocaching - a proper cache type - not a separate game that happens to increase your GC find count.

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 21, 2019, 10:11:53 am »
Virtual Rewards 3.0? In the GCHQ podcast, when asked, the lackey responsible for Virtual Rewards didn't rule it out - so don't lose hope :)

It's been handy to see what others have done and pit falls they've had. I want to make this a very local series if mobile signal allows.

That's a good point, looking forward to it.

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:18:21 pm »
Congrats, looking forward to seeing what you do with it  ;D

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Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« on: June 12, 2019, 01:10:37 pm »
Perhaps we should organise another skittles event as we haven't had one for almost 2 years, and discuss the possibility of monthly events while there? Might be easier than on the forum.

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General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: June 09, 2019, 12:15:12 pm »
Saw the notification, what a great place for a Virtual.

Iím stuck in Cambridge for a couple more weeks now, so Iíll find it when I get back  :)

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Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:51:15 pm »
I know some groups use it as an opportunity to sort out some difficult puzzle caches or plan caching days but the main aim is just have a chat, with no pressure on the event organiser.

Thatís exactly what I was thinking. Something where itís the same pub (so no pressure thinking where to go next) and just chat, no pressure on the organiser except calling to book a table once a month.  :)

If we go ahead, does anyone have any ideas of a pub or date? Which days of the week are good for people?

Of course, Snowshill Arms comes to mind - it would have to be in the main pub (as it could be £25 each time if they get someone to man the bar in the skittle alley) but it might be good to try somewhere different?

Dates - Cheltenham is the last week of the month, on a weeknight (normally). So, maybe the second Wednesday evening of each month?

Obviously everything is flexible and nothingís set in stone yet, just discussing it for now  :)

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General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:22:35 pm »
Fantastic, well done @Wrighty - I look forward to finding it  :)

Anyone else? I wasnít successful.

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Caching Events / Monthly events?
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:27:30 am »
I was just wondering whether thereíd be any interest in holding monthly (evening) events?

Nothing complicated, I was thinking it could be as simple as booking a table in a pub each month (maybe the same pub each time). Iíve attended a few of the ones in Cambridge and theyíre nice events. I know there are some around, like Cheltenham, but thatís quite a long way for some of us for an evening event.


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General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: May 16, 2019, 01:41:53 pm »
Now THIS is something Iím exited about and think is worth doing ;D

Interesting to hear on the GCHQ podcast that they considered doing this with Webcams, but decided not to because of privacy laws.

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: May 03, 2019, 05:43:13 pm »
Yes, there was a time limit/deadline - originally it was so, so tight (something like 5 weeks) so a lot of people wrote in and they extended it to April 26th.

The main problem with the London one is frustruation surrounding the very specific questions - the cacher who set it for GAGB also set the Nottingham one, which was logged by a lot of people without visiting the location as the answers were easily found on Google/Google Maps... so the questions were made more challenging to avoid this.

Another problem Iíve seen (with the new West Mids industrial revolution one) is cachers asking what the D/T ratings are - these are physical containers, and obviously the Adventure Lab app gives zero indication of D/T...

Why canít Labs have D/T ratings? Why canít they have cache sizes? If youíre placing them out for months, or even permanently, they should... theyíre no longer temporary, as per Megaís!

Also, if Groundspeak had such a problem with Virtuals, why are they suddenly allowing the placement of Virtuals in this form? Donít the same issues still exist? Worse - Virtual Labs arenít even reviewed!  ::) :o :D


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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:19:00 pm »
Yes, the GAGB one went live last night  :)

I think the only way to find out if theyíve been published is to keep checking the app. The ĎWelcome to Devoní one looks good, as there are physical containers as well as virtuals (most of the ones on the app so far are just virtuals).

One problem with the virtual ones is armchair logging. I heard the Nottingham one was completed by loads of German cachers as some of the answers could be found on Google. Theyíve since tweaked it, and Groundspeak have retired the web player, so in theory it should mean that it can only be completed in the field as you need to be using the app.

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General Caching / Re: Cache Carnival
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:18:49 pm »
Iíve not done very well as Iíve only had time to find the odd cache, and only received a couple of fave points due to a low number of finds on my caches as theyíre all several years old now.

I preferred the previous souvenir challenges that encouraged you to find different types of caches, like the Roadtrip in summer 2015. The Planetary Pursuit was a proper challenge, but again was at the wrong time of year for me to fully complete it :(

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General Caching / Re: Cache Carnival
« on: April 03, 2019, 10:17:55 am »
I'm trying to clear all caches up to 14 miles away 8) I've got 73 to go but nine of them are missing :( another one involves climbing gear and two puzzles I've not got a clue how to work out :o :(

Are two of the ones youíre referring to GC815D5 and GC83QQA:D

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