I’d like to talk about a new feature here at Scavengeroogle. For quite awhile now we have been mulling various ideas on expanding clues beyond the “one day, one clue”. Although there was a lot of interest from you regarding a week long, full on Scavenger type hunt (and this may still happen), I was interested in coming up with an idea that didn’t take up so much time. In general, I wanted to have MORE clues going on at once, but wanted to be able to let them remain essentially on auto-pilot, unlike the current clues where I pretty much moderate them all day.
So I would like to introduce the concept of Scavengeroogle Bounties. I had this idea very early on but just didn’t implement it. What are Bounties?
These are basically clues that are (hopefully) more difficult than our ordinary clues with a time frame extending forever UNTIL THEY ARE SOLVED. A Bounty remains “Open” until it is found by one of you ‘rooglers, at which time it becomes closed. Please use the Solve A Clue form to submit a bounty solution.
You may be wondering why they are called “Scavengeroogle Bounties” instead of “Extra-Hard Clues”. Well, a bounty entails some sort of reward doesn’t it? So yes, there will be rewards for the first person to capture a bounty.
I thought a long time about what kind of rewards to give out. ‘Rooglers who have been here awhile probably know already that my financial situation is not exactly stellar. So it needed to be something that I already had and didn’t have to buy. Thus, although rewards will be different for every bounty, they will most likely be some sort of geographical-related prize, including but not limited to old maps, various postcards, travel brochures. The “prize” will be shown along with the bounty, so you can see what you can win. Please note that obviously if I use a submission of yours for a bounty, you are not eligible to win the prize!
I like the idea of geographic prizes because it sort of ties in with the nature of the game. I know that a lot of these things can be had for “free” and don’t have much monetary value, but as y’know with gifts it’s always the thought that counts… Also, since I’ll have to “snailmail” you the prize, I’ll need you to divulge your address. Of course, you can always opt to pass on the prize even if you solve the bounty.
Scavengeroogle Bounties will appear both as “posts” and will also appear in the right hand column. Like I said, they are ONGOING until found. However, like normal clues I will start to drop hints if they are not found in a set time (perhaps a few weeks?)
Please note, the first couple are going to be experiments because I haven’t yet gauged how hard one should be. I would like it if most bounties could remain for at least a week, but knowing how ravenous some of you are for clues that may not happen. In any case, this will inject more clues into the game without the need for me to continually moderate them.
Ok, I will put the first bounty up very soon… good luck!