Sunday, January 17, 2010

Way of The Cross

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I finished a multi-cache today. It took a total of 2 caching days to complete. It involved gathering numbers off a sign, completing a sudoku, putting together a snake cube, and even a little addition. It was rated a 4 for difficulty and a 3 for terrain - so the find was worth it!

Here is my question for all you geocachers out there. A multi with puzzles at each stage.... should it be listed as a multi cache or a puzzle cache ?

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10 comments:

  1. That is a tough question to answer. I'm working on such a design myself and I've thought about it on numerous occasions. One thing to consider is that people will often ignore Puzzle caches without even looking at them, usually from a misguided belief about what the icon represents. Personally, if you aren't looking at the description before ignoring something, you could be missing out on a unique experience. Listing this design as a puzzle may result in that without word of mouth to say otherwise.

    I'd say on this one, it could be listed either way. It could be a multi-cache that happens to include puzzles. Or it could be a puzzle cache that is designed to take you through several stages of puzzles. Either way works. Personally, if a puzzle is involved at each stage, I'd list it as a puzzle cache. If the puzzle was just a single stage of a multi-stage cache, I'd probably list it as a multi, but state that cachers should expect a puzzle somewhere along the way.

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  2. webscouter.1/17/10, 9:32 PM

    I've always been of the opinion that if you can't find the cache without reading the cache page it shouldn't be a multi cache. A multi should have coords posted at each stage to the next stage. Anything else requires an unknown/puzzle icon.

    But that is just me.

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  3. I'd go for puzzle, although what Trip said makes sense.
    I say puzzle, because that alerts people to the fact that it might require brain as well as brawn, and/or might take more than one trip.

    Great photo montage BTW!

    Annie

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  4. Enjoyed our trek. No matter what it was called, we found that each of our team liked some segments better than others, lol.

    The Petroglyphs are AWESOME!

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  5. I think that sort of cache *should* be a puzzle cache. We have a lot of old multi-caches here that are actually puzzles, but were published before the mystery/unknown icon was available.

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  6. If you are doing puzzle things, it's a mystery/puzzle/unknown cache, no matter how many stages.

    It would be nice that they mention it's a multi-stages puzzle, but it's still a puzzle cache.

    I'm with webscouter on this one -- if you can't do the multi without having to read the cache page, it's a puzzle cache.

    I can see an argument if the puzzle at a multi-stage is easy -- such as putting something in an order or something or doing a quick activity. But, if it's a straight puzzle all the way through -- no question in what it should be listed as.

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  7. If it was labeled as a multi-cache and I got there and had to solve a puzzle, I'd be ticked off. (I hate puzzles.)

    If it was labeled as a puzzle cache and I got there and had to find a second or third cache, I'd be interested. (Obviously I wanted a puzzle cache, more puzzles at this point wouldn't be a problem.)

    Either way, if it didn't say in the description that it was a puzzle multi-cache, I'd think the poster was a jerk.

    But that is just me.

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  8. If your solving puzzles it should be a puzzle. If you are looking for numbers and such to add to information already on the webpage, then it should be a multi. At least this is our experiences.

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  9. I've found virtuals that should have been multi-cache or possibly puzzles. I guess it really depends upon the cache hider how it's listed. Looking at the one you posted about, I would argue that it should have been listed as a puzzle. Looks like a fun cache.

    On a side note, I tend to avoid multi-caches, mainly because they usually take more time than regulars, yet it seems that many of the multi-caches that I find end up on my top 5% list. I think I need to find more multis.

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  10. It should be a puzzle. There are activities at each stage that require more than retrieving a container with coordinates or simple math from a sign. Either way, it looked like a super cache!

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