Virtual Volcano Vacation challenge – The NEWER & IMPROVEDER Rules (July 2017 update)

New improved rulesNow that the VVVc has been running for more than two and a half years, I have decided to change the rules once again in order to make the game fun for beginners yet still challenge more experienced players. The NEW & IMPROVED Rules are as follows, with changes appearing in bold.

Each week (Monday evening around 11:oo pm New York or Eastern Standard time  (05:00 UTC), I “hide” in a new volcano and post brief text and image clues  or “postcards” each evening for three days. You, my “search party” try to find me based on those clues. Image clues are almost exclusively screen-captures of Google Earth 3D-rendered satellite photos, and data for text clues is most often taken from Global Volcanism Program or Wikipedia.

Players submit their guesses as to my location in private, either by private message to my Facebook account, or by commenting here. (Comments are hidden on this blog until I approve them)

During the first three days of each challenge, points are awarded thus.

There are two ways to earn points, by guessing the name of the volcano or volcanic system where I am hiding, and by answering my “extra credit” questions included with many of my postcard clues. Everybody who identifies my volcano as their final guess wins 5 points. Points values for extra credit questions will vary, and as with the volcano location, the last guess is the one that I will count. 

To keep my message box from being flooded, I am limiting each player to only one guess per 12 hours.  A player’s last guess will be the one on which scoring is based. ..so if your first guess was correct, but you change your mind, your first guess no longer counts.

If three postcards are posted and nobody has guessed my volcano location, we go into Sudden Death Overtime. I will post a fourth clue. Guesses will still be limited to one per twelve hours per player, but the first player to guess correctly, regardless of whether they post a later incorrect guess, gets 5 points plus an additional point for each additional postcard over the three original clues.   Any points for correct answers to extra credit questions, however, will still be awarded. (Sometimes, extra credit questions might be about volcanoes in general and not dependent on knowing my location.)  Also, since I deserve some credit for stumping the Search Party, I will pick up five points for every day beyond three that I remain “at large”. 

Occasionally, the Rules for a specific challenge might be subject to change, but those changes will be posted at the start of those challenges.

But most importantly, this is for fun. While we all enjoy a bit of friendly competition, the real object of this game is to learn some new and interesting things about  volcanoes around the world.

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