StorySeeking: A New Twist On An Old Tale

American Jon Krone tells It’s Not About The Numbers how he’s re-writing the game of geocaching.

“We all know geocachers are a special breed:  bold, intelligent techies with a taste for adventure.  They want an excuse to get outdoors and search the world.

“Writers are a special breed also: intrinsic, bright dreamers with an overload of creativity.  They want people to read the ideas that form in their heads.

“Why can’t we get these two groups together?”

It was this question that spurred American geocacher Jon Krone (GC handle: Jay2thekay) to launch his StorySeeking website in May of this year.

Instead of geocachers, his players are seekers. Caches are known as quests or quest-caches, and their owners are quest-masters. Each has their own handle: Krone’s author name is Liarg Yloh.

Much like GC.com, his website offers a list of locations where authors have hidden a series of containers based on their fictional stories. And there are even different quest categories – Classic, Sci-fi, Kids, Horror and Suspense – depending on the tale.

Krone explains: “Once the seeker gets to the park where the story is written, they read the first chapter on the website using their smartphone or tablet computer. At the end of the chapter is a map and GPS co-ordinates for the reader to proceed to.

“There, they will find a quest-cache that contains a password hidden inside. The seeker enters that password on the website, granting them access to the next chapter of the story, as well as another map and co-ordinates to the next quest-cache,” he says. “They continue reading and geocaching throughout the park until the story is complete. It’s a great way to be entertained while finding a series of geocaches.”

One of the highlights of StorySeeking, Krone says, is that his writers – or quest-masters – incorporate their chosen surroundings into their stories.

“One rather frightening story  – The Lantern Bearer – is about a camping trip by a lake that goes horribly wrong and all of its quest-caches are hidden around a lake. Combine that lake and the element of darkness by doing this quest at night and it really takes geocaching to the next level as you find yourself checking over your shoulder while looking for the next container. Creepy!”

For now, StorySeeking offers 15 quests – the majority of which are set in Florida– but, with an eye to expanding globally, Krone is keen for “more and more short stories from ANYONE, you don’t have to be a published writer”.

Once submitted, each tale is  reviewed to ensure its content is suitable. Krone then sends the writer a quest-kit with instructions on how to hide their containers and supply him with GPS co-ordinates so the quests can be published online.

“Whether you’re a hardcore geocacher or a family just wanting an adventure at a local park for the day, StorySeeking is a great concept that gives an appreciative hi-tech audience to a writer, and a twist on classic geocaching for the outdoor enthusiast,” he says.

* Check out StorySeeking here. And if you’ve already logged a quest-cache, let us know what you thought of the experience.

1 comment

  1. Brenda aka Sequoia_2

    Wow! this sounds like a lot of fun and hope it really takes off.

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