OCNA 5th Anniversary Contest winners announced!

annwinnersThe winners were drawn for our 5th Anniversary Contest on Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00 PM EST, and we have completed the process of of tabulating them here on our blog. As everyone who has been following along knows, the 28 prizes were to be awarded in order of monetary value. We once again used the services of Random.org, and requested a set of 128 unique random integers, awarding prizes to the first 28 numbers drawn. You can see a screen shot of the numbers drawn at the bottom of this post, if you’re interested.  Congratulations to all our winners, many players won multiple prizes.  One of our players suggested the ability to trade prizes with other players during our Diversified Cacher Contest last year, and we thought it was a great idea. Trading would probably occur if these prizes were given away at a Geocaching event. There will be a copy and paste disclaimer at the bottom of every winner’s email saying that they should mention if they’re interested in trading in their reply, and we’ll do our best to “hook you up” with other interested parties. Without further adieu, here are the winners:

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5th anniversary contest player entries drawn

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We have assigned the 128 entries (earned by 21 qualifying players) for the OCNA 5th anniversary contest! As we have on numerous occasions, assignment of the entries was done using the Random Integer Set Generator from Random.org. We requested 1 set of 128 unique integers whose value was 1-128. We have a screen shot of our actual number set at the bottom of this blog post, should you like to see it. The first 29 random numbers were assigned to our entrant with the most points, the second 25 random numbers to the entrant with the second most points, and so on. Below are all the entrants, their number of entries, and the random number(s) assigned to their X number of entries, in table form:

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Final Scores released for the OCNA 5th anniversary contest

letteredocnalogoWe have finished compiling the scores for the OCNA 5th anniversary contest! We had a total of 21 qualifying players, about the same as last year. Remember, players received 1 entry for every 25 points scored in the contest. So those 21 eligible players earned a total of 128 entries. Our top entrant, Bon Echo from Ontario, earned 29 entries. Our next step is to assign those entries numbers 1-128 using the random number generator services offered by Random.org. Those results will be released tomorrow, along with details on the drawing to be Tuesday, September 15th.  Should anyone dispute their scores as listed below, you have until 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, September 14th to do so by contacting us at octeam at opencaching.us. But we don’t anticipate hearing from anyone, every single player ended up with as many or more points as they claimed on the entry form. Major bonus for every player (including helping out several people who filled out a form, but didn’t technically qualify), our admin NativTXN scored 0 points for the contest. So if you found even one cache, you “beat her”, and get 25 points. Click “read more” to see the scores. (more…)

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Featured contest sponsor: How to Puzzle Cache

product_thumbnail.phpOur featured sponsor for our August 2015 5th Anniversary contest is Cully Long, Author of the book How to Puzzle Cache. He is graciously donating two copies of the book as prizes for two lucky winners. You may remember this blog interviewed Cully (Caching name ChildofAtom) about this book in December 2014. Rather than pester him with another interview, we asked Cully if he could give us an update on how things were going with himself and his H2PC effort since we last talked to him. He was happy to oblige:

First, I’d like to thank everyone for the attention and support that
How To Puzzle Cache has received! The book has sold incredibly well, selling copies in a dozen countries, both through me and through a variety of geocaching supply stores around the world. I was also welcomed with open arms at GeoWoodstock this year, selling out of my (admittedly small) book stock before 11am, but I got to meet a lot of readers, sign books and talk to people about puzzles, which is always the best part. I’ve also joined the geocaching community with appearances on Podcacher, and the GeoGearheads podcasts.In the coming months I will be releasing the digital e-book version, and announcing a secret initiative that I think everyone will be very excited about. I also have a few other geocaching publishing endeavors under way, and of course I continue to put out quality puzzle caches for my local cache area.

To learn more about the book, and how to buy it, check out his website at howtopuzzlecache.com. Don’t forget our interview with him on this blog, posted December 23rd, 2014, and check out his interview with Sonny and Sandy on Podcacher episode 497, recorded December 14th, 2014.

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OCNA 5th Anniversary Locationless Event

Birthday-Cake-Clip-ArtPlease join us to celebrate our 5th Anniversary tonight, Tuesday August 18th at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, for what we believe may be the first sanctioned Geocaching event streamed on the website ustream.tv. We are certainly not the first to stream a Geocaching event, that honor goes to The Dirtbag Geocaching Society; but we at OCNA allow this type of event to occur, unlike other Geocaching websites.

You can see the event page here, and it will be hosted on DudleyGrunt’s ustream channel. Note: You will not need a ustream account to participate. And we definitely have at least one recent newsworthy Geocaching topic to discuss; the closure of a similarly named website with which we are not affiliated, that is (was) owned by a major GPS Manufacturer. 🙂

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