As for inspiration . . . I tell ya . . . if you ever get to see the pics taken on the day we were down in your galaxy you would get a kick out of them -- there's nothing quite like seeing an overweight, bespectacled and balding middle-age guy wandering around the woods in a bathrobe while carrying a florescent orage broomstick while all the time claiming that the force is strong with him.
"Death is only one of many ways to die."
As an added potential negative . . . with that many stages all you need is to not find one cache and the whole day is kablooey since you can't progress to the next stage . . . not to mention how challenging it would be to maintain that many stages.
"Death is only one of many ways to die."
Now I will admit, 100 stages is a lot, but four 25 stage multis would attract many I think. It would not attract cachers from afar to run up, find the caches and leave town for the numbers. but it would attract plenty of cachers I am sure. The Bangor area has several extensive multis which have several finds and good logs.
You definitely would not get as many found logs on a large multi than you would individual caches. But you would know then they came for the cache and not just to get a smiley.
Last edited by brdad; 05-24-2010 at 11:52 AM.
Have people come from other countries to do Battleship specifically? Or how about from 10-12 hours away, just to do yours? I get a few emails a week from people as far away as D.C. and Ohio who are planning to come to Maine to do the power runs and have questions about both my series and SMR. And they actually do come.... and you should read their logs...
As far as it being about the numbers...? Yup, it is and anyone who claims it isn't is full of crap. If it isn't about the numbers then why do we log our cache finds, and why does Geocaching.com post our numbers for all to see?
I have had a few come from afar to do my caches, but I think they came to meet me as well (Check the 8/24/03 log by Planet from CT). A few others were vacationing here and when I mentioned a few of my caches, they made a point to try and get one or two. I will say six other cachers that I am aware of liked my Battleship idea and asked permission to place clones of it, two in Canada and one in the UK. Battleship Clones Bookmark List. I think that says something, as do the logs on those caches.
I am agreeing with you, of course the possibility of getting 100 finds is going to attract more cachers than one multi. But the number of finds does not describe a cache. More people drink beer than Moxie, but that doesn't mean Moxie isn't better, because it is!
The only reason the numbers are posted on our gc.com pages is that there is no other option (short of not logging online, which many more than we think do). Check the national forums, there have been several attempts by cachers asking gc.com for the ability to hide their numbers and finds from the public's view. I know of a few cachers out west - where the numbers game was killing their fun - who edited their 2000+ found logs and changed them all to notes. If I was to start over, I would only log a smiley on the caches I would recommend to someone else. And I am too anal to change mid-stream, and too lazy to go back and edit! Maybe there should be 'found it' logs as well as 'found it and loved it' logs!
I do like MY numbers. Not the acquisition of numbers, and not the amount of numbers, but I do like to know how many I have done and where I have been. I love to look at my statistics and see what percentages I have and how many miles I have traveled and what elevations I have finds at. But I don't care if you have 100 or 10,000, and I don't care to have mine compared to yours. and before I get the question why do I have stats listed on my profile, it is because I help people off and on with that macro and placed it as a test. You can also note sometimes the numbers are skewed.
Last edited by brdad; 05-24-2010 at 02:55 PM.
By the way, it's good to see a discussion go on where the people will most likely never agree, but no one has to get wound up about it.