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Game Rules

Rules (not guidelines)

  • The game commences 01-Jul-2012 00:00:01 (AEST) and concludes 31-Aug-2012 23:59:59 (AEST).
  • Geocaches for the game must be published before 00:00:01 1 July 2012 Australian Eastern Time (AEST) unless the requirement clearly states an exception.
  • Geocaches you claim for the game may be of any type found at geocaching.com or Geocaching Australia. They need not be physical geocaches.
  • Geocaches you claim for the game must be found or hidden during the game period. ie. You cannot claim requirements where you found the geocache prior to the game commencement or after the game conclusion.
  • Geocaches you claim for the game must be logged at CachingGames.com within 7 days of your find date on the original listing site or prior to the end of the game, whichever occurs first.
  • There are 30 requirements to choose from. Your target is to get as close to claiming all 30 of the requirements without exceeding the target of 350 points in total.
  • Each requirement must be claimed against a geocache previously unfound by you. ie. You cannot revisit a geocache you have already found to claim a requirement, unless the requirement specifically states an exception.
  • Each requirement must be claimed against a different geocache. ie. You cannot claim more than one requirement per geocache.
  • Choose the geocaches you log against your requirements carefully. You will not be able to remove logs so that you can claim a different requirement to alter your points.
  • The name of the game is discipline and strategy. You are seeking a combination of the most requirements claimed and the highest number of points without exceeding 350 points. You are not claiming the requirements first. It is not meant to be a race.
  • The games software will attempt to reject any claims that would put your score over 350 points. It remains your accountability to ensure you do not exceed 350 points.
  • There are prizes for finishing in certain places on the ladder, so even if you can't complete all requirements and you don't meet the 350 point target, your strategy may mean you can still claim a prize by being cunning like a weasel.
  • The game tracking mechanism relies somewhat upon your honesty when logging your claims. The games administrators will undertake verification of each log. Players who continually log inaccurate information will be disqualified from the game.
  • The game administrators decision is final. The game administrators will delete logs that do not clearly state which requirement is being claimed and a justification for the claim. The game administrators will attempt to contact you in the event of any confusion, however the game administrators reserve the right to delete any logs that are deemed not to have met the requirement.
  • The games administrators reserve the right to provide clarifications to the rules at any point during the game.
  • If you have any queries about whether a geocache is suitable, contact the games administrators prior to logging the find. The games administrators will try to finds way to say yes to a requirement rather than say no, so lateral thinking is encouraged, but please, when in doubt contact a games administrator.

Scoring

The decision of the games administrators is final.

The ladder is sorted by the total points earned then by number of requirements claimed. Prizes are awarded based on the finishing position on the ladder.

Points are awarded on the basis of the higher of:

  • Difficulty * Terrain
  • Cache Type * Cache Container
Cache Type Ratings:
  • Non-Physical = 1 Point
    • Non-Physical: Any type that is Event, Mega Event, CITO, EarthCache, Virtual, WebCam, Locationless
  • Other = 2 Points
    • Other: Any type that is Project APE, Letterbox Hybrid, Moveable, TrigPoint, Wherigo
  • Traditional = 3 Points
  • Multi-cache = 4 Points
  • Mystery / Puzzle / Unknown = 5 Points
Cache Container Ratings:
  • Other = 1 Point
    • Other: Any container that is not nano / micro, small, regular or large
  • Nano / Micro = 2 Points
  • Small = 3 Points
  • Regular = 4 Points
  • Large = 5 Points

In the event that there are two players with the identical score at the end of the game period, the highest, earliest score will be used as the tiebreaker.

As an example.

Scenario 1:

  • Player A and B ended the game with the same number of points and requirements.
  • Player A: The highest points total for any requirement was 26.
  • Player B: The highest points total for any requirement was 20.
  • Player A is deemed to be the winner as they claimed the highest number of points against a single discipline and challenge than Player B.

Scenario 2:

  • Player A and B ended the game with the same number of points and requirements.
  • Player A: The highest points total for any requirement was 26 and their claim against this requirement was on 15th July.
  • Player B: The highest points total for any requirement was 26 and their claim against this requirement was on 12th July.
  • Player B is deemed to be the winner as they claimed the highest number of points against a single requirement on an earlier date than Player A.

Scenario 3:

  • Player A and B ended the game with the same number of points and requirements and the highest number of points claimed against any requirement was claimed on the same day.
  • Player A: The highest points total for any requirement was 26 and their claim against this requirement was on 12th July. Their second highest points total for any requirement was 21 and their claim against this requirement was on 28th July.
  • Player B: The highest points total for any requirement was 26 and their claim against this requirement was on 12th July. Their second highest points total for any requirement was 21 and their claim against this requirement was on 20th July.
  • Player B is deemed to be the winner as they matched points and dates on the first highest claim against a requirement but they claimed the highest number of points against the second highest requirement on an earlier date than Player A.

In the event that two team ties down to every requirement on points and dates, bribes will be accepted by the games administrators.