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CAMOKELLY



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:51 am    Post subject: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Yet another interesting twist to the ever growing number of GPS games. Seems you download them much the same as Geocaches yet it is a laminated card tied with string to some unique spot. The card has a three letter code I believe you need to log the find.

www.geocheckpointing.com/
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

That sounds very similar to munzee.

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

It does sound very similar to munzee, except for the fact these aren't QR codes.

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CAMOKELLY



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Here is a picture of one out there:

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

TESKELLY wrote:
Here is a picture of one out there:

Really does look like a munzee then.(I found a munzee by accident yesterday)

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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Sweet, I am now the owner of the 317th geocheckpoint.
Will be hiding it today for anyone who wants to try it out.
I like this idea better than munzee as it does not require you to have a smart phone with scanner.

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

grafinator wrote:
Sweet, I am now the owner of the 317th geocheckpoint.
Will be hiding it today for anyone who wants to try it out.
I like this idea better than munzee as it does not require you to have a smart phone with scanner.
#318 for me.

I might start placing these in my caches.

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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Hmm, I never thought of that.
A two for the price of one type deal.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

I wonder if you could make a traveling cache out of one. Wear it around your neck at events.

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The_Pollywog



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

There's one hidden in Facebook
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

If you sign up now while they are still in the beta phase, you get a free 3 month "premium membership" which they call supporter.
This enables you to download GPX files instead of manually entering coordinates, much like geocaching.com

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

First geocheckpoint in BC is now live.

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mountainsideman



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Come on Graf! The checkpoint should be in Blue Mountain Park! Jester Not up Blue Mountain! Two Cents Nice Job, hope I make it out there soon.
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

I live across the street from blue mountain park, I will hide one there just for you very soon.

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Wow!
Fair amount of these popping up in the Lower Mainland! Smile

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_canadianbacon_



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Considering how much muznees are NOT being found, this is another complete waste of time. Another attempt to ride the coat-tails of Groundspeak in a feeble attempt to somehow, sometime make money off of it. There is absolutely nothing innovative here, and as such will not get much adoption.

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Half-Canadian



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

_canadianbacon_ wrote:
Considering how much muznees are NOT being found, this is another complete waste of time. Another attempt to ride the coat-tails of Groundspeak in a feeble attempt to somehow, sometime make money off of it. There is absolutely nothing innovative here, and as such will not get much adoption.

I put out about 15 new Munzees before my GeoMonster Ball event, and heavily publicized them ahead of time on the event's website and in printed handouts. I was really surprised that most of them only have one or two finds logged on them, despite having 500 cachers in the area that weekend. Looking at other areas, it seems like it has caught on more in Europe than North America, but even the most popular Munzee had only logged about 40 finds when I checked the leader board the other day.

Sadly, I think Henry has pretty much hit the nail on the head with these competing geo-gaming schemes.
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savant9



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

I would have to agree with CB on this as well. I don't anticipate this one lasting very long. On an open market, choices are great, but when it comes to a *free* service like this, you stick with the one that has the highest following. Even something that has some money behind it like Garmins Opencaching.... almost a year later and how many caches are listed there?

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Although part of me thinks that CB is indeed right about these taking the same path as munzee's, part of me also thinks this might do a bit better due to the aspect that no smart-phone is required.

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Cuddlefish



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Half-Canadian wrote:
_canadianbacon_ wrote:
Considering how much muznees are NOT being found, this is another complete waste of time. Another attempt to ride the coat-tails of Groundspeak in a feeble attempt to somehow, sometime make money off of it. There is absolutely nothing innovative here, and as such will not get much adoption.

I put out about 15 new Munzees before my GeoMonster Ball event, and heavily publicized them ahead of time on the event's website and in printed handouts. I was really surprised that most of them only have one or two finds logged on them, despite having 500 cachers in the area that weekend. Looking at other areas, it seems like it has caught on more in Europe than North America, but even the most popular Munzee had only logged about 40 finds when I checked the leader board the other day.

Sadly, I think Henry has pretty much hit the nail on the head with these competing geo-gaming schemes.

I had no data coverage in the US for the Geomonster Ball due to its prohibitive cost. That there is the death knell for the Munzee, unless they make it an off line game.

I much prefer geocaching anyways. Smile
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

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Although part of me thinks that CB is indeed right about these taking the same path as munzee's, part of me also thinks this might do a bit better due to the aspect that no smart-phone is required.

I would have to agree with you on this, I think munzee hasn't gotten bigger because many people still do not have smart phones, including me. One bonus with geocheckpointing is that you don't need a smartphone.

Although I think CB could be right that this won't be big, I think it will become a lot bigger than munzee.

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mountainsideman



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

I don't believe I would go out to find a checkpoint if there was not a cache in the area. I have completed three of Graf's checkpoints, which were good, the logging process was very minimal. Atleast I didn't need to pull the ladder out of the van to find them.
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

Yeah, it isn't quite the same as finding a cache. I will probably be the same, i'll go find one if there is a cache nearby. The website needs a lot of work.

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doingitoldschool



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

grafinator wrote:
I live across the street from blue mountain park, I will hide one there just for you very soon.

Hey, I used to live on Floyd Ave. How long you been in that 'hood?
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grafinator



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

only a couple months.

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The_Incredibles_



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:53 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

_canadianbacon_ wrote:
Considering how much muznees are NOT being found, this is another complete waste of time. Another attempt to ride the coat-tails of Groundspeak in a feeble attempt to somehow, sometime make money off of it. There is absolutely nothing innovative here, and as such will not get much adoption.

I think it's a unique idea, but the munzee website is so bare bones, you have to ask yourself if they are serious about it, or like you said, just trying to make a quick buck.

I made up some munzees to put into my caches, unfortunately, you need a smartphone to deploy them, which I don't have and won't be getting anytime soon.
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The_Incredibles_



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: Geocheckpointing Reply with quote

As for the geocheckpointing. Laminated cards hanging in plain view? Meh. I like the challenge of searching for geocaches and I like the many unique containers and ways people hide them. On their website, they also go on about how quick these geocheckpoints are to log and how all you have to do is enter the numbers and select a rating and less time on the computer... I personally like reading geocaching logs, as both a finder and as a cache owner. That's one of the best parts.
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