Now that the VVVc has been running for a little over a year, I have decided to change the rules just a little to make the game more fun for an increasing number of 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.
First correct guess: 5 points
Second correct guess: 3 points
ALL OTHER correct guesses: 1 point.
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 found me, 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. All other correct guesses win no points during Sudden Death Overtime.
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.