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Geocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on July 9, 2014, 4:45 pm

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Geocache Name:

LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

3/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Getting creative with a new geocache hide takes some skill. Whether that’s just learning the art of how to hot glue camouflage without burning yourself or a bit of woodworking. Or you could take it a step further, like the cache owner of this geocache did and teach yourself HTML 5 and create an immersive geocaching video game experience. The time, effort and creativity that went into the puzzle, the game and the geocache itself are a perfect example of what makes a GREAT geocache.

What the geocache owner, LostSailRs, has to say:

“I love designing puzzle caches and try to put a lot of thought behind each one.  Some of them are fairly complicated, others, not so much.  But I try to do something slightly different each time.  Currently I am on summer vacation and decided it was time I taught myself something new.  I started to watch hours of YouTube teaching myself HTML5 game design and began implementing the basics into some of my other video-game based caches.  Since I started teaching myself how to make games I had my eyes on doing something to satisfy puzzle cachers of all ranges: Strategy, logic, skill, dexterity, etc… This took about 6 weeks from start to testing.  Every few days I would get it to a playable stage and tell my wife, the Lost in LostSailRs, that it was done, but would wake up the next day and start learning something new and adding it to the game.  Towards the end I started writing and recording the background music and sound effects, and put the finishing touches on some of the graphics.  I sent out a request to our local geocaching society and got some great replies.  After another week or so making changes and fixing bugs it was ready to release.   The idea for the multi-stage final came late in the stage, once I received the containers.  I thought they were so perfect and wanted to make use of the bulk amount I received.  So I added a very simple puzzle/riddle that will take the person straight to the final.  I chose the location because of it’s scenic view and isolation during the weekends.”

“We are so grateful to be part of this amazing community of cachers who have warmly welcomed us into the fold this past year.  On Sunday, July 6th, my wife and I celebrated our 1 year cache-aversary.  In that year we have found some amazing hides, clever containers, and friends-for-life.  We can’t wait to see what’s in store for year number 2.”

What geocachers are saying:

“Really enjoyed this cache. The puzzle was well done and just enough work. Made it to GZ and spent a few minutes thinking through the hints. Thankfully, my daughter made the last connection that allowed us to find the cache.” – PowerDime

“Marvelous game, well played from start to finish! …Not having read the logs, though, I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived this afternoon and found that there was more adventure to be had! I love it when there are unexpected twists and journeys! This one gets a favorite for the concept, a favorite for the game, a favorite for the twists, a favorite for the… WHAT? I can only award ONE?!!! So be it.” – GoldenStateBoy

“This was fun, I like it when someone really puts out a clever cache and this is definitely a cache that will get many favorite points. I don’t believe I have done any other caches of yours but I sure will now. Thanks for an adventure.” – oldwood

 

Photos and Video:

Your booty awaits. Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

Your booty awaits. Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

X marks the spot! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

X marks the spot! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

The view from GZ. Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

The view from GZ. Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

Yarrrr better be privy to all the muggles! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

Yarrrr better be privy to all the muggles! Photo courtesy of LostSailRs

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  • MackNNations

    This looks very cool. Incorporating video games into real-world geocaching is a great idea. My only question: What is a “floundered ship” ? A ship that turned into a flounder? A ship attacked by angry flounder? Or did you mean foundered ?

  • OdyseenQo31

    yes, very interesant… but i want this game, if she will have czech or slovak version

  • ZyZZx

    To flounder is to struggle, but to founder is to sink like a stone and fail. Both are fun as nouns, not so fun as verbs.

    A flounder is a fish, but as a verb, it means to blunder about, to be in serious trouble. In the following examples, something is struggling but hasn’t completely failed:

    He set out for it, limping, while the sharp gravel rolled under his bleeding feet as he floundered up the climbing trail. (Harold Bindloss)

    It is a war that has floundered for nine years without a rational strategy and may endure for another decade. (Sydney Morning Herald)

    Just as he turned around that floundering business, he suggests, so too could he reverse the country’s sagging fortunes as its chief executive. (Washington Post)

    A founder is someone who starts something, but as a verb, founder literally means “to sink.” Figuratively, it’s “to collapse or fail completely.” Here are some examples of sinking and failing:

    Pratt resisted the impulse of most Mormons to head back to the founderingship. (Salt Lake Tribune)

    Xinhua, in an English-language commentary, said China could not stand by while its largest trading partner foundered. (Reuters)

    Yet negotiations over new gas contracts have foundered. (Economist)

    Flounder and founder are happy little nouns that don’t get mixed up. But it all falls apart when they’re verbs — if you’re floundering, you’re struggling. If you’re foundering, you’re failing completely. You’re sunk! You can’t even hold onto the letter l.


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