After our last post on Munzees, I thought we'd mention another Geocaching spin-off - Challenges. Most geocachers will be familiar with this new development from Groundspeak, but not everyone is enthusiastic about them. There's been a lot of talk about them on the forums and podcasts, and it seems to be an issue that's dividing cachers everywhere. In part, Challenges are a response to the constant demand for the return of virtual caches. Whatever your opinion of Challenges, I think it's worth giving Groundspeak credit for responding to the demands of the community, even if you don't like the way they've implemented them! Groundspeak describe the aim of a challenge as 'go somewhere, do something'. Like geocaches, they're location based, but unlike geocaches, they're not subject to review, don't have a physical container, aren't restricted to the same limits on placement density and commercialisation, and aren't controlled or owned by the creator. We completed a couple, and created one, but to be honest, lost interest pretty quickly. It'll be interesting to see how they develop and mature, and I'm sure we'll revisit them at some point. What are your thoughts? Love 'em or hate 'em?
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