Fire up the Wherigo cartridge and move around the Ashridge Estate collecting playing cards for a great poker hand. Collect any four cards of the same rank (e.g. four Jacks) and you will get the coordinates for the cache. You might get lucky and find the Golden Poker Chip for an added bonus!
Geocaching Poker Runs have been organised around the world for a while now. On a given day, cachers meet up for a starting event and then head off into the local territory to find new caches, each of which contains a playing card to collect. Players try to make the best poker hand from the cards they collect and then return to a closing event later that day for prize-giving.
This cache is inspired by these events. You can play this one at any time and the Wherigo cartridge handles the location of the playing cards and their distribution. All you need to do is start the cartridge anywhere on the Ashridge estate and leave it running. The Wherigo map will show you the areas where cards may be collected. As you move around (perhaps finding other great caches on the estate) the game will automatically pick up cards found in the areas you enter. Listen out for the audible indications for found cards and bonus items. Your Inventory will hold all of your collected cards and your rewards. There is also a SUMMARY item that will count up your cards for you.
Once you have collected 'Four of a Kind' the game will award you an item in your Inventory with details for locating the cache. You should probably start by collecting 'Three of a Kind' before doing this cache. See GC7PHXK for full details. Both caches use the same Wherigo cartridge.
The game will automatically save its state every time you pick up a card. If your device crashes (as sometimes happens) then you should be able restore your last saved game to continue from where you were.
To play this game you will need a mobile device that can play Wherigo cartridges. This will need to be a smartphone because the game will not play on a Garmin GPSr - even one that has Wherigo capabilities.
For an Android phone you need to install the WhereYouGo application.
For iOS phones you need to install the Wherigo application.
Download the cartridge from the wherigo.com web site.
Please make sure you are running the latest version as corrections and updates are made from time to time. The current version is 1.1 (11 Oct 2020). If you started playing v1.0 and have saved games then continue with that version and contact Ed2Ed for the updated hints at the final cache locations.
Further details about running Wherigo games can be found on the wherigo.com web site, but please note that if you are going to use the COMPLETION CODE (found at the 'Four of a Kind' cache location) to 'unlock' the game only the first 15 characters are required to be entered on the wherigo.com site.
|This cache has been placed in consultation with and with many thanks to Simply Paul and the Winter Geolympix 2018 committee. The cache placement follows the National Trust guidelines for hiding geocaches.
29 Oct 2018: Thank you to everyone who played the cartridge and found & logged the cache over the Winter Geolympix Mega weekend. Thanks for the nice comments and the favourite points. We are very pleased you enjoyed the cache.