We have a winner of 300 Monster Coins from MonsterCache! The drawing was at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, June 22nd, and the winner responded in about 24 hours (they’re currently traveling). That would be Tim AKA ATMA, a Monster Cache player from Texas. As always, our contest winners are chosen from the website random.org. We did not make a video this time either, although we are going to do that one of these days. Perhaps we’ll enlist the help of Geocaching Vloggers The Geocaching Doc, or The Amber Geocacher for some help in video production. No one wants to see a basic video with Mr.Yuck talking in his nasally voice. 🙂 So we’d like to thank Eric from Monster Cache for the interview, and donating the prize! If you haven’t yet, try Monster cache. Did we mention you can earn badges? All Geoclocation game players love badges! Your blogger currently has 6 of them, and has captured exactly 50 Monsters, and is at level 5. Check it out, we think you’ll like it.
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!
We have the winners of our 2nd Pathtag contest, which was billed as “Win some OCNA Pathtags part Deux”. All winners responded within about 3 hours of being notified via email on Monday morning, March 31st. It looks like we forgot to mention when announcing the winners of our last contest that beginning with that contest (The Travel Fleas Holiday Giveaway), we started using the website Random.org to choose the winner(s). We were inspired to do so by The Outdoor Blogger Network, which we are a member of, after noticing one of their very well done contests to win one of 5 pairs of hiking boots to review on your blog (obviously, we didn’t win!). Rebecca from The OBN actually makes videos of her prize drawings, but we’re not that advanced (yet). Watch the video, or above you see a screenshot of the website. You put in a Min. number (and our Google Docs entry forms start at 2), with a Max. of the number of the last entry on the form, and you simply hit “Generate”.
Our Grand Prize winner, of five of our Pathtags was Mark AKA themulcher, a Geocacher from Charlotte, North Carolina.The 2nd prize winner, of three Pathtags, was Ed AKA bmzdaddy, a Geocacher from Chesterfield, Missouri. The 3rd prize winner, of two Pathtags was Andy, whose children (ages 7 and 10) cache as g00fballz. They are from Prince George, British Columbia. Hey, our first international winner! Congratulations to all three of them!! Thanks to all who entered the contest as well.
The OpenCaching North America Pathtag, 1st Edition, is currently sold out, and no longer available for purchase to the general public from TheGeocoinStore.com. We could order an owner refill in the future, but they will most likely be retired, with a total of 500 having been produced. However, 400 of those were produced for sale to the general public, and the other 100 were in fact an owner refill. That refill order recently arrived at OCNA HQ, and we’re giving away a total of 10 of them, to three different lucky winners in a blog contest now!
|One of the actual Pathtags|
Many readers may remember we also gave away 10 of our Pathtags via a blog contest in September, 2013. Not to one person though, we spread them around a little bit. As before, we will have three separate winners. The 1st prize winner will receive 5 of our Pathtags; the 2nd prize winner will receive 3 of our Pathtags; and the 3rd prize winner will receive a paltry 2 of our Pathtags. These tags were designed by our Graphic Artist Patrick Williams, of course with plenty of design input from the OCNA team. They turned out very nicely, in “OCNA Colors”, and have a stock “yours to keep” back in black and yellow, with the tracking number on the back for logging.
To enter the 2nd OCNA Pathtag giveaway, fill out the form below with your name (as it says, “Geonick” is fine), and a valid email address. Note though, that someone entered our last contest as Geonick, and that’s already been done, and was only funny once. (They didn’t win, by the way). We will never use your email address, and the Google Document storing all the entries will be deleted after the contest. There are rules, of course, which appear below, in italicized text above the entry form.
Rules: To enter, provide your name and email address in the form below. One entry per person, and one entry per email address. There are no Geographical restrictions, contest is open to anyone in the world. The contest begins upon publication of this blog post on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, and ends at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, March 30th, 2014. Three winners will be chosen at random from the entries received. Winners will be notified via email, notification being sent from the email address opencachingnorthamerica at gmail.com (be sure to check your spam folders!), and must respond within 48 hours, or the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be chosen. Once the prize is accepted, you must provide a valid mailing address, and the prize will be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service .
(Contest over; entry form removed)
We have a winner for our $10 TravelFleas.com Gift Certificate Giveaway. Finally, that is. The rules state that the winner will be notified via email, and must respond within 48 hours. Not only did the first “winner” not respond, the second name drawn did not, either! People must be busy preparing for the holidays. Once the third name was chosen, the winner responded within ten minutes. Congratulations to that winner, Sherry (ShortFamilyTN) a cacher from Nolensville, Tennessee. Enjoy your TravelFleas, and thanks to all who entered. Better luck next time, and we believe there will be some more OpenCaching North America Pathtags given away in the near future. Stay tuned!
True, it’s a little early for the holidays. But we’re giving away a $10 Gift Certificate to TravelFleas.com, and we want to insure that the winner has plenty of time to get theirs ordered, manufactured, and shipped before the holidays; as TravelFleas make a perfect stocking stuffer for that Geocacher in your life!
The crew at TravelFleas are great friends of this blog and our website via social media. In case you’re not familiar with TravelFleas, they are personalized tags (they can accept up to 20 characters) measuring 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, which can be attached to a Geocaching trackable, or placed in a Geocache as a signature item. They are available in 12 colors, and you can buy them in the TravelFleas Store on their website. Note they have other items for sale, including TravelFleas logbooks, necklace kits, and license plates (a moot point for the blogger, who lives in a 2 plate State). Or you could learn more about them by reading the interview we did on this blog with John from TravelFleas on June 27th, or the interview The It’s not about the numbers blog did with Mike from TravelFleas in 2012.
To enter The TravelFleas Gift Certificate Holiday Giveaway, fill out the form below with your name (as it says, “Geonick” is fine), and a valid email address. We will never use your email address, and the Google Document storing all the entries will be deleted after the contest. There are rules, of course, which appear below, in italicized text above the entry form. Don’t forget to check your spam folders, to see if you won!
Rules: To enter, provide your name and email address in the form below. One entry per person, and one entry per email address. There are no Geographical restrictions, contest is open to anyone in the world. The contest begins upon publication of this blog post on Monday, November 25th, 2013, and ends at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday December 1st, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries received. Winner will be notified via email, notification being sent from the email address opencachingnorthamerica at gmail.com (be sure to check your spam folders!), and must respond within 48 hours, or the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be chosen. Once accepted, the prize will be delivered directly from TravelFleas.com.