Once again I have updated the rules to make these challenges more fun for beginners while still challenging veteran Search-Partiers. The NEW & IMPROVED Rules are as follows, with the newest changes appearing in bold.
Each week (Wednesday 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 in the moderation queue on this blog until I approve them at the end of the challenge.)
Points are awarded thus. The first person to guess my location on WordPress wins 2 points. Likewise the first person on Facebook to guess my location wins 2 points. All others who guess correctly win 1 point. Players can only win in one place (WordPress or Facebook), but there is no harm in submitting guesses to both places.
On the fourth day of each challenge, if nobody has found me, I get to keep my 2 points for outrunning the Search Party, but will post a brief story about my hiding-place volcano.
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.