The smartphone game Monster Cache



Above is the promotional video for Monster Cache, a virtual Geocaching game for GPS-enabled iOS and Android devices. It’s a very easy game to game to play! After downloading the free app and creating an account, you’re ready to grab your net, and start catching Monsters. The Monsters are located at millions of randomly generated Waypoints in the Continental United States and Western Europe, and, for all practical purposes, YOU are the net (your current location). You then go to the location of a Monster, position your net over it, and capture it. You can progress through different levels of play, there is a leaderboard, and you can earn badges.

Eric Barr is the creator or Monster Cache and President of Lanitek Software LLC, of Olathe, Kansas. He was nice enough to take the time for one of our question and answer type interviews, and generous enough to give away 300 Monster Coins to a lucky reader of this post. These can be used in the Monster Cache store to buy additional nets, or binoculars (more on those later). Obviously you’ll need a Monster Cache account to claim the prize, and have to reside in the U.S. or Europe. Complete rules and entry form at the bottom of this post. On with the interview!

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The HikerJamz Geocaching Talk Show: June 7th, 2014



Hikerjamz Geocaching Talk Show is a proud member of the Tech Podcasts Network. We have a new episode every Saturday at 3:00 pm. Eastern (New York) time here on Blog Talk Radio. We will discuss news, events, different types of caching tips and tricks and from time to time we will have a special guest visit our show. Hikerjamz Geocaching Talk Show is sponsored by CacheFace.com which is a dedicated social network for geocachers to connect and share in their caching passion globally and in real time. All Geocachers are welcome to join for free. To learn more about Geocaching, go to geocaching.com/guide and find the Q&A’s on what geocaching is all about. Thank you in advance for listening to our show. Host: Hikerjamz from Ohio. Don’t forget to like us on our show page!

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OpenCaching NA Admins interviewed on GeoGearHeads Podcast

customLogo.gifOur OpenCaching North America Admins Dudley Grunt and NativTxn were interviewed on GeoGearHeads episode 125, recorded live on May 22nd, 2014, and the archived show was released on their website on May 24th, 2014. You can listen below in the embedded audio player, and below that is the live video session from YouTube. GeoGearHeads is a near weekly feature with The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 discussing topics of interest to Geocachers, Location-based Gamers, and Technology Enthusiasts. They record the shows live through Google+ Hangout On Air Thursday nights at 9:10PM Eastern/6:10PM Pacific (The upcoming shows are listed on the Google+ GeoGearHeads page). You can subscribe to the audio version through iTunes, RSS, or Stitcher, watch the shows on YouTube, and check them out on FaceBook, Google+, and Twitter. This is also a rare episode in that The Bad Cop (Washington), and DarrylW4 (Michigan) were able to get together for GeoWoodstock, and record the show together live. As with most guests on GGH, Dudley Grunt and NativeTxn appear via webcam, should you like to check out the video session. And (blatant plug) should you, note that Dudley Grunt is donning a sporty OpenCachingNA T-shirt, available at our Swag Store at Spreadshirt.com. And all T-Shirts at Spreadshirt.com are 15% off until June 10th, 2014. 🙂




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A year of OpenCaching NA analytics

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We at OpenCaching North America installed Google Analytics on our main website on May 15th, 2013, and the one year anniversary was just a couple weeks ago. We thought it would be fun to look up the statistics for the year ending on May 15, and do a blog post on them. We are “open” after all, why not make them public? Above you see our world wide hit map for the year. We have visits from 126 Countries. How many Countries are there? You’ll be surprised to hear that opinions vary. But according to infoplease.com, there are 195. So we’ll go with that, and we have visits from 64.6% of them. If you’re a stats geek like our blogger, please read on. You want numbers? We have numbers. Despite us listing less than 2,000 active caches, you may be surprised at our stats. Our webmaster, who has been a loyal user from day 1, but the webmaster for only 14 months, certainly was when the numbers started rolling in.

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