Things you’d like to know before you start:
This is a sequential game, meaning that each stage leads to another. They must be done in order. Be prepared to solve riddles, puzzles, and codes. You will need to do some creative problem-solving, as well as simply keeping a sharp eye out for the details around you. The game will take you to a variety of places– both inside and outside, offline and online. Some stages will require a fair amount of walking outside. Dress appropriately. Be patient! Take your time. The game should be played at your own pace. You can take as little as a few hours and as many hours (days? months?) as you need to complete the game. There is no end date. We encourage everyone to take their time and enjoy the ride. Don’t rush! We highly recommend that you bring your reading glasses if you need them…
The New Castle Historical Society is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 1 pm - 4 pm. If you find the front door locked, ring the bell. There are stages of the game which must be completed at the Historical Society.
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Advice to help make the game go smoothly.
We suggest that you print out an answer sheet (button is below) so you can keep a record of your findings. You will need them every time you come back to the game. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity for players to save their games. Also, the answer sheet handy proof of your work, should your teacher ask for it!
We are doing everything possible to make this game nicely playable. Please let us know asap of tricky pieces or glitches. If, for some reason, you are truly stuck--even after looking at our trusty "Hints" section which you can link to below-- then please call us at the New Castle Historical Society: 914-238-4666, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help!
In order to play the game you will need:
1. A hand-held GPS equipped device (such as a smartphone or dedicated GPS unit).
2. An account at www.geocaching.com. It is FREE.
3. An app for your device from www.geocaching.com. It’s also FREE from the app store.
4. A pair of sturdy shoes.
5. A sense of adventure.
A few things to remember as you play:
-Keep in mind that distances can be deceiving. Understand the difference between distances as the crow flies (a direct line) versus true distance of travel. You may be a mile from the cache according to your GPS device, but there may be a river or other obstacles in the way. It is up to you to find the best route to the cache, remembering to respect the environment and practice “cache in trash out” along the way.
- Make sure to tell someone where you are goingand when you intend to return. Going into a forest or remote locations without a partner is inherently dangerous. Geocaching is great fun, so think about planning a group hike with your family or friends around the geocache adventure.
-Pay attention to your surroundings. It is easy to focus on your GPS device and forget to look around you. Being conscious as to where you are walking will not only ensure your personal safety but will also respect the environment.
-To find out more information about your "first find" go to http://www.geocaching.com/about/finding.aspx