How to make a cache interesting

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There are many ways to create a cache that has that little extra needed to make it special. For example, the container could be made different from most other cache containers: Cache Containers (unusual). The cache could also be a themed cache. Sometimes, an underlying story or a simple puzzle can make a cache memorable.

[The following was dropped in from a forum article with permission from the owner. Needs Cleanup and editing to fit Cacheopedia formats and NPoV ]

Lame Caches: An owners guide.

In the forums I’ve been a big advocate of peoples right to place lame caches. That doesn’t mean there are not things that can be done to make a cache a better experience. Read on for ideas. If you have your own ideas please add them.

Wherever possible use a larger container. A larger container allows travel bugs, and trade items. Even the most steadfast non trader often enjoys looking through the contents in high hopes of trading. It also leaves room for a better log book and a pencil you can actually write with. I have to admit whenever I find any cache that isn’t a micro it warms my heart and I dadgum near dance a jig.

Use a good container. The entire idea is to keep the log and contents dry. Some tough containers are not water resistant but can be used where they are sheltered from the elements. If you are in doubt use a container that can keep the rain out. The log itself can be placed inside a zip lock to keep it dry in case the container is compromised. After a few wet logs you start giving a mental thumbs up to the person who consistently has dry log books.

Location, Location, Location. If your town hasn’t seen a lamp post micro, do one. They are a tough hide for newbie’s and even for old timers who haven’t seen it yet. If your town has seen one, instead of a lamp post try something else out. Our Fred Meyer has had a lamp post micro. It was stolen. However behind the store is about an acre of nice landscaping hidden from the world. Even better it’s hidden from the public view.

Technical Hides. Sometimes the location just sucks. Any distance in any direction is just more urban wasteland. Rise to the challenge and create a technical hide. Something creative, different, hard to see even though it’s in plain sight. A fake electrical box. A garden gnome with a cache enema, a broken sprinkler head in a spot with no landscaping, a hollow 2x4 amidst the rubble, a fake rock, doggie doo from a joke shop… and so on.

Hype. Sometimes a box in the woods is just a box in the woods add some depth to the cache by telling a story. Back before D.B. Cooper jumped from the plane and made history, he robbed a local liquor store and made off with a small duffle containing a little cash. He was last seen headed for the 100 acre woods. The sheriff called in the blood hounds but they lost the trail here: N34d 43.222m W23d 36.987m. The next time he was heard from made the front page news. The duffle was never found. It was small, black, and only had about 20 bucks in it. Maybe you will get lucky and find the duffle.

Fun: If you can’t hype, can’t find a location, can’t do anything else, build a puzzle so the fun happens at home before the hunt. Just let people know the location is urban wasteland jungle and not the Wardrobe gateway to Narnia.

Experiment. If you are willing to try new things out some will be winners and some will be losers. Event caches, virtuals, locationless, puzzles, multi caches and other variations that people do enjoy came out of people willing to try new things. If it’s a loser of an idea don’t take it personally, just chalk it up to experience and kill the cache. If it’s a winner, well… that was the point.

Though there are things you can do to build a better cache, some people are going to complain anyway. I hid the first lamp pole micro in my area. The locals got a kick out of it since it was new to them. The locals are why I hid it. Still old hands blowing through on a trip took time out of their day to DPM the cache. This was funny to me, they thought they knew something but they missed the point.

Lastly, have fun. Without you as a cache owner there would be no game. Finders who whine about your caches are not playing the same game you are. Their version involves a lot less fun. Just smile, and remember, you always have the option to place a cache to maximize their lamentations.

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