The Hermit's Quest For Gold

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What You Need to Play:
1) A GPS Receiver and access to the Internet.
2) A desire to spend time with family and friends
3) A passion for caching and or an addiction for GeoCoins!

The Games Objective:
Decode a phrase hidden in a Treasure Map, this phrase will reveal the location of our hidden Treasure Chest of coins! You will need to complete 16 caching requirements in order to complete your map. Each requirement logged will earn you one piece of the map. Since there are 18 choices for cache requirements you will be able to skip 2 of them. The 2 that you skip are entirely up to you.

Registering to Play:
If you previously played the Coin Quest game you can log in using your regular player name. If you are new to our games, the first time you sign in you will be asked for your demographic information. (This information is confidential and will not be published anywhere). Please make sure to use your correct mailing address, this is the address we will use to mail you a FREE coin should you be one of 75 lucky winners.

Prizes:
The first 25 finishers in the game will receive a FREE Limited Edition Game Coin. An additional 50 Limited Edition coins will be given away randomly according to a players final position number. We have preselected these numbers and the coins have the numbers imprinted on them. The random numbers are spread out from 26 to at least 500. A special Participation Coin has been made to commerate this Adventure Quest. You are NOT required to purchase a coin to play - anyone can play our games for FREE. If you choose to purchase a coin keep in mind that the proceeds go back into game development.

Playing The Game:
We have added a new twist to this game. You will need to decipher a phrase before you log any cache requirements. The purpose for this is to spread out the start times so everybody is not logging at the same time and possibly overloading the web server. Once you have correctly entered the code phrase you can click on the link to log a cache. The 'Log A Cache' page features 18 different icons, each one represents the type of cache you will need to log. 5 of the 18 requirements have an * asterisk next to them. This indicates that it is okay to count them even if you have logged this cache in the past. "You must actually revisit the cache, sign the log and post a note before you may use that cache for a requirement. All other requirements must be new logs, of caches you have never been to. All requirements must be noted or logged on or after March 25th 2006 - Please visit HERE for a more detailed description of the 18 cache requirements. These caching requirements can be done in any order and you can find more than one per day, you are only allowed to log one cache requirement every 24 hours. The reason for this is to give more folks equal playing ground. Each time you log a Cache Requirement you will receive a piece of a Treasure Map, only you can see your Treasure map and you must be logged in to see it.

Logging a Cache Requirement:
Once you've completed a Cache Requirement, return here and log in. Click on 'Log a Cache' then click on the Icon that represents the Cache you've completed. A screen will prompt you to enter the Cache Name - The GC Number of the Cache - and any comments you would like to share about your adventure, Click Submit - The first piece of your map will appear - each time you log another Cache Requirement, another map piece will appear, until all 16 pieces are visible. Within the map are several hidden phrases . . . some will lead you nowhere . . . but solve the correct one and you'll find The Hermit's hidden Gold! Quest finishers names will be listed automatically on the "Quest Leader" page according to the time the correct phrase is entered. * Please Note: If within your household there are several geocachers who live together and you are all playing the quest, to qualify to receive more than one coin per household you must have individual caching names and accounts at GC.com that were established on or before today March 22, 2006 - each player must log the 16 requirments under their own caching identity on the game site as well as at GC.com - The March 22 sign up date ONLY applies to those wishing to claim more than one Free LE coin per household.

Guidelines and Rules:
This game is meant for folks to have some fun, it's impossible for us to enforce hard-set rules and regulations. The guidelines we have set up are pretty clear and we hope players will respect these rules and log within the guidelines. Be warned that the ghost of the Desert Hermit is out there and he may check to make sure your name is in the logbooks of the caches on the date you claim. Play fair and square pilgrims or you might find yourselves 'in a heap of trouble'.

Please visit our Frequenty Asked Questions page for more complete details.

This game was inspired by a cache placed by the Cach-U-Nuts on 5/22/2004 called In Search of the Hermit's Lost Coins. In that game the players had to actually find and move 16 different gold coins and place them in one of the oldest 48 caches in Utah. The coins were made from melted lead and then they were painted with gold paint. Those coins were very heavy and really felt like gold. The map you will get as a result of this game is very similar to the map used for the original cache and it will actually lead you to the location of the cache where there are reportedly some of the original Gold coins remaining. Just be careful not to get bogged down in the salty muck if you decide to go for the cache or you may be another casualty of the Curse of the Desert Hermit!

A semi-historical book was written by UtahJean (Jean Carlsen) and is AVAILABLE for those who wish to read about the Desert Hermit and his harrowing journey to the land of Milk & Honey. Reading the journal may or may not help you in your quest, but time spent reading with your child is a precious treasure in it's own way . . . you might consider reading a page or two during your waiting period, or perhaps, your kids would enjoy visiting the KID'S TREASURE CHEST where they can print out and color the icon's of some of the requirements. Remember . . . spending time with family is what caching is all about!!

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