Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Cashunt location for 2014?

So as we come off of one of  most busiest seasons in our history we are heading to a new season that will probably continue that trend. The one thing we wanted to acomplish in 2013 is to add new cities to our Cashunt family which we did (charleston, philadelphia, and chicago) and they all have been working pretty well.  So that leads to the question where else in 2014?
      We want to make the new location make sense (area, playability, walkable, attractiveness and the right facilitator ) before we commit into developing the game for that location.  Those cities that we are looking at is NYC, Savannah, Seattle, and Washington DC. The one thing I would like is to keep all the games for the time being in the east and slowly move towards the west in the coming years.  ( this would rule out Seattle for now).
       The other thing iwe look at reliegously is our website's analytical stats ( which every business should do as well...highly recommended)  That way we know what people are looking at as well as their location..with that being said NYC is up there. Also if 2013 proved anything is that smaller markets such as Charleston, SC has been working very well..so with that said Savannah and DC also look attractive. So in conclusion all locations are attractive for a varied of reasons but in the end there can only be one.  We want this new phase of Cashunt to grow slowly..we don't want our plate too full, we are still on the appetizers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pandora's Box opens for the Hustle in '14

We are very excited about our new game  geared to our corporate clients which we are calling Cashunt's Boston Hustle. This game is going to be unlike any of our other games for the simple fact that it's going to include additional game pieces. These physical game pieces will unlock additional challenges, some will include the Cashunt website as a BIG part during their game...that's all we can say for now ;)
    One challenge that we can talk about is called Cashunt's Pandora Box which will unlock a series of challenges that is designed in tiers. These tiers were inspired by the "choose your adventure" books that I read and loved as a kid and now we are implemneting them into the "Hustle".  The great thing about this challenge is that it will unlock prizes as well as dead ends but you need to choose wisely to be rewarded. The cool aspect for Pandora's box is at times we will be adding surprise gift certificates to establishments and maybe a pair of tickets to a sporting event. You just never know what Pandora's Box might offer..you need to open it first to find out.
    We want Cashunt's Boston Hustle to feel like 3 different things all in one: a traditional cashunt, a game show, and a story.  By doing this it will throw our players into our little world and in the same time have them experience the city that we love in a whole different light.  We just wanted the Hustle to break away from the successful Corp Mad Dash series we have had for years and have it stand alone.. Sorry for being a little vague about the concept but we don't want to let the whole cat out of the bag...we still want surprises during you expeirence. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Is that MY NAME in the Game Booklet?!

Every year this time of month we always go into a reimagining phase.  We try take elements of the game that need to get refreshed and redesigned so it's always relative to returning and new players for the upcoming new season. The essential part of this reimagining phase are the game materials and especially the game booklets.  The game booklets get redesigned on the look and the theme for the new season by introducing new challenges and enhancing old ones. But when it comes to the introductions of those new challenges, we go back to you..our past Cashunters.
   People that have played this game know that the game booklets are loaded with secrets, and those secrets are also loaded with characters...   The names of the characters that are printed in the game booklets are former clients that are an essential part of our games history.  Clients such as our first ever client 14 years ago, our first reviewer,  or to our repeat clients that have visited the game several times before.  Those names are transformed into the name of a lost item, a character in a book or even a location.  In other words we show our appreciation (after obviously getting permission) to immortalize our clients in the storyline of our world.
    When we first came up with the idea we decided to use names and locations from our personal past.  It could have been places from our childhood or people that we admire and respect....just because  We think that this annual tradition by incorporating some past cashunter's names.. makes the game more even personal to us but also ads another flavor to the design.  Of course we would love to add all our Cashunters names in our booklets but that would result into the size of an Enclyopedia which I don't believe we are there yet.
    So next time you play a Cashunt game and a name in the storyline might look familiar who knows ..that might be your relative, spouse, girl/boy friend, partner, friend, or even your co-worker.  As we always say expect the unexpected and enjoy the game experience..

Cheers!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Additional games for other Cashunt sister cities?

Good morning Cashunters! One of the big questions that we are being asked for our other Cashunt cities is if we will be introducing additional "themed" games in Philadelphia,Charleston,and Chicago.  Games such as Holiday Hijinks, Gold Rush, and others have been played in Boston for many seasons and we think they would make great additions to our sister cities but we don't see that happening until Season 15 (2015)  The simple answer is because we want our sister cities to establish the current games they currently host and slowly introduce a new game each season.  We want the growth pattern to be similar to Boston..that way it's not overwhelming to the client.  So as of now each city has great anchor games that are working very well and that is very exciting and we will add more when the time is right.  Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Inspirations of S.

So here I am at the tail end of finishing a book called S. Written by JJ Abrams and all I can say is...WOW! The book has only been out for a month and has been the most talked about book lately...  S. is an experience other than just simply reading a book, which is great because it's rare nowadays .The design and the construction of the book with actual "physical props" imbedded within the pages makes the book a bit more personal and fun to read. I can't say too much about about S. because I don't want to spoil anything..but if you appreciate a great design in storytelling this is it! NOTE: do not buy the tablet version of this book...it does not work..you need to buy the physical version.  

Cheers!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Becoming MORE Interactive in Season 14



Season 14 Update

   The best thing that makes our work exciting is giving the players something new.. and it always becomes a reinvention of the product at some scale every year.  So as we enter our upcoming 14th Season we are placing together something that I believe will be our best version yet!
   Some of you that have played our games already know that we always have something "tucked" away in the pages of our game booklets that will lead to new challenges.  This gives the players the surprise element of these new secret challenges ..that could range from a singing competition to retrieving additional hidden items around the city.  So the game books NEVER become predictable even to those "veterans" that have played our games several times before.  So as the saying goes expect the unexpected!
   With that said we are making the games even more interactive where technology will play an essential part of the Cashunt game experience during their competition.  By doing this we are giving the players the fun and comedy that is found in a typical Cashunt, and having them use creative teamwork tools in order to claim victory.  It will not only be the game materials that are provided during their game, it will also involve the internet and their cell phones in a more expanded sense .
    We obviously do not want to spoil the secrets of the game..because obviously that will create a "buzzkill" playing the game..but the exciting part is discovering them.  These new versions of the games will start at the beginning of Season 14 which kicks off on Jan 7th.  We are sooooo close finishing the final product...and are very excited for next year.  Beta games will be included in this December's Mad Dash games.  The Season 14 game materials will be shown in December as well!  We always strive to be the best Premium Urban Game Experience every year and I believe we have done it again...see you on the game board!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cashunt & Television Reality Competition Show

These are some exciting times for our product and our games as of late.. With the exciting news of expansion this season and keeping a new phase of growth for 2014..we are now eyeing television.  This past Spring we were approached by Fremantlemedia North America responsible for shows like American Idol, America's Got Talent, XFactor, and the list goes on and on...To develop the Bridal Dash for a competetive reality show to be shown in the 2014/2015 season.   
    After a few months of working on this the project ....it fell through. With that said when one of the biggest production companies in the world  comes to you...you take notice. At the end of the day you don't leave the ball on the field..you take it and run!  So as we speak we are in development for a "format reality competition" to pitch it for LA.  I believe what we have in store will be a fun, and funny competetive series that will have flavors of our product and some new flavors that we will keep mum on...
    You never know what tomorrow brings and you never know what will drop out of the sky....just keep smiling.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Hustle vs The Dash!

As we are slowly closing the book to our 13th chapter of our game we are already preparing for our 14th Season of our games. One of the biggest changes is with our "Mad Dash" series in Boston, Back Bay, and Salem. As of next season all general games in Boston, Back Bay and Salem will be still called with the Mad Dash label following them.  But all corporate related games will now be part of the new "Hustle" series..ie: (The Boston Hustle, The Backbay Hustle, and The Salem Hustle) The difference between the Dashes and the Hustles will be huge! The Mad Dash series game will give players the more general foundation of the game with a surprise here and there during their 2hr experience. The Hustle series for corporate events/games will add many more secrets / cryptic challenges that will give players and more diverse and competitive experience of the game. Them Hustle series will be available starting Jan 10th just in time for Season 14!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Phase 2" update..

So as we are at the half way point of our 13th season a lot has happened in the last 2 months! We went ahead with our "Phase 2" project of adding 3 new Cashunt cities that will offer regular everyday games (charleston sc, chicago, and philadelphia) The response has been great and multiple games have been conducted in the new branch cities already!  Also we now offer 2 new Boston related games The Boston Park Dash ( for field trips/families) and the Havahad Sq Hustle a game that takes place all around the Harvard Sq area. The funny thing with those two new Boston locations is that we never noticed the potential of both those areas and they are making for exciting fun new Boston "game boards " So with that said a lot of cool things so far and as we place the pieces of our "Phase 3" project this fall.. all I can say is....a part of it is going to come from way out of left field, but we have to remain hush on that until that happens ;) This year's version of our game books have been our best yet, A LOT of hidden secrets are imbedded in the pages, that increases the excitement of the game when they are discovered by our players.  Also we want to thank our players for us recieveing our 3rd 5 star certificate of excellence from tripadvisor! That doesn't not happen without you! Thanks!

Friday, May 17, 2013

A funny story when a bunch Cashunt student players met the Mayor and Mr Kennedy.

I had to share this story that was sent to us today.. it recalls when a Cashunt team needed to take a picture with the Mayor to obtain some points and who they had to push away in order to get it.  Thank you Sharon!

Chris,

I can't thank you enough for all the tremendous outings for my students and colleagues.
Your organization and professionalism have made our scavenger hunt in Boston the most requested activity of our students and families. In the midst of all the exploration for clues and fun-filled engagement with the public my kids have learned so much about the history of Boston. My most memorable hunt was the one were the kids were in search of Mayor Menino to score big time photos. They wanted to maximize their points so they could take a detour to Mike's Pastries. On their route to the North End they stumbled across the dedication of the green space dedicated to Rose Kennedy.
As they recognized Menino, the large group of nearly ten students and their chaperones decended on the scene requesting photos. As Menino and the other dignataries step in for the photo with our kids our kids did the thing only teens could do. They asked everyone to step out of the photo, "We only need Mayor Menino for points." this was said to the mortification of the chaperones. Ted Kennedy and Dival Patrick kindly stepped out of the photo. For the kids it was about the game. -- Today that group of students are in college and I just recently overheard their discussing their naiveté at that time and but the memory of all the things they learned.
It's hard to believe we are approaching eight years of working together. I look forward to bringing more students and families your way. Thanks for great service and lasting memories.




Sharon Harris


Partnered Success
College & Life Skills Coaching


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CASHUNT Charleston: My Visit

It has been a craaazzzzyy few months with our expansion of the Cashunt brand..but well worth the ride.  As you might already know we have expanded to 3 new cities (Philadelphia, Chicago, and Charleston, SC). After returning from Charleston I was really impressed with a city that I was really all not to familiar with.  There is history on every block that is really under the radar in the American history that we were taught in school. The weather, the beauty of the architecture,and  the southern hospitality of the people of Charleston we amazing...not to mention the food as well.  Last week was our first game in Charleston and the results and the reviews were fantastic! Our Charleston facilitator Brian Simms of Charleston Sole coordinated our Cashunt Charleston Mad Dash and inputed his knowledge of the Charleston area into the game  and made you view this great city in a whole different way.  So on that note if you have not visited the city of Charleston, SC make it a point to do so...it is really a very cool experience and a really nice place to get to know. For more information about our games in the Charleston SC area just go to to www.cashunt.com and go to Cashunt Charleston.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cashunt Chicago and Cashunt Charleston are Born


We have been pretty busy as of late with what we would like to call Phase 3 of Cashunt!  We have been talking to several cities about becoming new locations of the Cashunt brand that will have regularly played games 7 days a week just like our anchor city (Boston) for the past 13 seasons.  We decided to select only 3 cities this year to make that happen, and the two of the three we would like to announce are Cashunt Charlestion in the beautiful area of Charleston SC and Cashunt Chicago in the amazing city of Chicago Il!

Both these cities bring a unique flavor that we believe would be a fantastic fit for the Cashunt brand and bring a new exciting and fresh alternative to the public!

With that said we still have on more city to announce but we are going to keep that under wraps until next month ;)

Cheers!
Chris

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Two New Cities Will Soon Be Announced!

These past few weeks we have been sooooo busy going into what we are calling "Phase 2".  Phase 2 is basically the expansion of the Cashunt brand to other major cities around the country.  After long interviews with a few desired areas we will soon announce two new cities that will be new branches of Cashunt.  Each city will offer 3 of the top Cashunt games in their city through out the season..those games will be that cities version of the Cashunt's Mad Dash, Bridal Dash, and the Birthday Dash!
     We have been so excited about this process for some time now and knowing we are couple of months away from this being reality is fantastic!  With that said we will be announcing these 2 new cities in the coming weeks, maybe even earlier..stay tuned!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Our Facilitator Program Begins..

     Through the past few years we have receive various interest for people from other markets to facilitate our cashunt games. We had thought about it and really did not want to jump on to something without being completely ready for the next step.  As you might have already seen in a previous blog post that we will be offering franchises we will also be offering a facilitator program for those that are not looking to franchise but are willing to have the fun and exciting job of facilitating our Cashunt games.  What we are looking for people that are outgoing and are a people person to coordinate our games in their desired area.
    The key thing to keep in mind is that we are not just going to agree to any place just for the sake of bringing the brand and product to another city.  The location is obviously key in the factor of a "walkable" city that has great surrounding areas and attractions around it.  That way it enhances the areas and makes the game ever so challenging and detailed.  The experience is always key to our clients and the relationship to our games and coordinators.  We are not a clipboard and a sheet of paper type of company, our image is professional in all areas: the coordinator,  the game materials, and the pre and post game experiences.
    The other thing to know is once we assign a facilitator to that area it is theirs and theirs alone. So the facilitator will not be sharing the area with another Cashunt facilitator..they would be exclusive to that area alone.  With that said if you are interested in facilitating our Cashunt games..feel free and call us at 866-276-4733 and we can provide you with all the details.  If you are looking for a fun and exciting job or you are currently an existing tour business and want to add on to library of services..consider Cashunt a top ranked scavenger hunt experience now in our 13th season!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

St Patty's Dashunt Returns for Season 13!

 
Our specialty seasonal games are always popular but our annual St Patty's Dashunt is always up there when it comes to this unique game in and around the St Patrick's holiday in Boston!  The St. Patty's Dashunt is a game that has the foundation of a cashunt game and is built upon a Boston St Patrick Theme! 
    Now in our 13th Season this game is only offered during the dates of March 1st right to March 17th ( March 17th is already SOLD OUT)..we have talked about this being a regular season game..but I personally think it's best played in and around the  March holiday.  The game is great for people that want to have some..fun, laughs, and love a little competition.  This game is not at all a "pub crawl" but just a fun alternative city game..which is what all the cashunt games are all about!  You can save the alcohol for after the game ;) If you want more information about this game feel free and speak to a game coordinator and he/she can fill you in with all the details!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Game For Field Trips, Kids and Families!



In Season 13 Of Cashunt we are introducing a NEW! game to our Boston Game Library.. which is Cashunt’s Boston Park Hunters!   The Boston Park Hunt is a 2 hr game that all takes place in the 3 major park areas in Boston (Boston Common, Public Garden, and The Esplanade!)  We will take your group and split them into teams as they search and solve the fun challenges we have in store for them in these amazing and historic parks!  This is a fun alternative that we are sure everyone will enjoy and that will be talked about for sometime after their game expereince. This game is fantastic for kids, families and field trips for schools and camps)  Games Start off in April and go till September!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW Public Game: Boston Mad Dash Deluxe!


   First of all I hope everybody is back on track after the Blizzard we had this past weekend.  When it comes to our library of games mostly all of our games are private and only one is public, which is the Boston Mad Dash.  With that said we are going to offer another one of our games that can be played either as a private and a public game and  that will be the popular Boston Mad Dash Deluxe.  The BMDD has been a popular staple in private events now for the past 3 years..so we thought it would be a perfect fit for a public game.
    The BMDD is a 3 1/2 hour event that starts off from Harvard Square and ends off in the Faneuil Hall area.  The public version of the game will be offered on the first Sunday of each month starting on May 5th thru September 8.  You will be able to purchase tickets online through eventbrite.com, active.com, and boston.com.  As always public games will always be public vs public event..we only allow 10 teams of 4 to each game..the only thing you need to bring is comfortable shoes and a team name.. we provide all the materials and fun:)  If you have any questions about the event you can call our office at 866-276-4733 and speak with a game coordinator from 10am to 5pm mon through friday.  If you already have played the Boston Mad Dash...well you haven't seen nothing yet ;)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Storm Update for Boston Weekend

Due to the "Blizzard Conditions" in Boston Friday and Saturday. We will be rescheduling all of games. You gotta love New England :(

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Our Game-Booklets Are Coming "ALIVE!" Again This Season!



  Last year we tried to make the game have more of a "post game appeal" after one has competed in one of our Cashunt games.  So what we decided to do with the game design of the book is to put some hidden codes within, which could be activated at any given moment  (days, weeks, or even months) after one has played an actual Cashunt.  Initally people that play a Cashunt game will be handed their game materials back at the end of their experience, so they can keep the booklets as a souvenir.
  So as we noticed more so with repeat players, that they tend to keep all the game booklets from different seasons , we thought..let's have the game booklet take on a life of itself.   With that said we placed hidden clues within the game booklets that would be hidden to the naked eye and be more visible once we "activate them".  Once activated it will give our players a chance to find the clue in the game booklet, that will eventually lead them to a voucher hidden somewhere in the city for a cool prize. (last year it was tickets to a sporting event..this year might be the same)  What's the catch?  Zilch! You just have to have played a Cashunt game in the current season and to have kept the game booklet from your game.
   Some people in the biz..thought this was crazy..it's not, it's giving back to the players that have put us on the map.  It's simple, I strongly appreciate our clients business and we want to reward them with something unique.  So it's an element of surprise when it comes to the spotanaity of the promotion and the challenge that sets forth for a whole new game.
   How it would work would be simple we would use the power of social media through many different streams to connect to our current season's players past and present and send out a "teaser".  That "teaser" will notify them with in the next 10 days there will be a clue to where a voucher has been hidden that will reward them 2 tickets to a sporting event. ( The catch the clue to the location is hidden within your game booklet)  So we tried it out..skeptical if it would work at first..and within each of the 4 times we ran this promo within a current season…the voucher would be found no later than an hour.
     So as the saying goes "if it ain't broke…" and with that said.. we are doing it again.  We want our player's Cashunt experience to be one that is memorable and will go a long way..that is ultimately the goal.  So at the end of the day..once you think you have finished your game experience…there is still game to be played ;)   Don't lose your books Cashunters and good luck!

Cheers!

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Power of Play is Important!

  I think as people grow older they forget that they were kids at one point and they say that playing is "kid stuff".…  Really…Really…well as it turns out those our the same people that are all grown up and play indoor soccer, dodgeball, hockey, and I can go on and on.  Let me ask those individuals "don't those games fall under the umbrella of kid stuff?  Come on!  The power of play is so important when comes to mental stimulation be it a board or video game because it enhances strategy and problem solving.  Also the physical stimulation..it doesn't matter if it is a race or a rec league.. it's excersize  and it puts you in an escapism mode, which I believe is extremely important these days.
   The power of play is important in all aspects of life, it takes you away from your normal life and makes you focus on something that is fun, challenging and at times rewarding..there is nothing wrong with it.  I think the people out there that are "too serious" have to relax a little bit and remember that they still are just a kid..just all grown up.  When they do and they practice with the "power of play" I will guarantee for that moment..they will never..EVER say that "play" is kid stuff.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Put A Ring On It With a "DASH" ;)

   During our 11th season of our game our office  started getting calls from certain individuals that wanted to use one of our game platforms as a disguise for a wedding proposal.  When I spoke to the very first gentleman that was thinking about this idea..the first thing I said to myself was "how the heck am I going to pull this off!"  So I turned it down…then after I took his information and got to thinking about it after we both got off the phone..  I took out my sketch book out and suddenly found myself designing a game that would be solely customized to a wedding proposal.  After a day I called that particular gentleman up..and I simply said that we are on!
   So after several weeks of customizing, scouting, designing, and planning the ultimate ending to this particular game …which was a wedding proposal..it was game day. Our client had brought some friends and family to play as well as his unsuspecting girlfriend..and they played what appeared to be a "typical" Cashunt.  Forget the boyfriend being nervous…I was sweating bullets as if I was the one ready to propose.  The only thought that kept coming into my head was …"what if she says no?" Luckily everything went smoothly..she said yes, everybody enjoy the competition of the game, and ultimately the ending was really the "icing on the cake".
   Now at the time we were well into our 11th year  of doing our games and this was the first time we had received that type of call, but oddly enough after that event had passed the phone started to ring requesting the same thing!  We did 5 wedding proposal games that year and after they were done I simply said…no more..  It was way too nerve racking (mind you all the girls had said yes) but let me tell you as a coordinator my blood pressure must have been through the roof one each one!
   So now as I write this (January 2013) we have created a game that is by far  "less stressful".  You might ask, why did I decide to go back when I said…I'm done?  Well it's simple.. the phone calls started again last quarter for this type of situation.  After really listening to the client and talking to my team I came to realization we should come out with an interview process to see if the game/proposal would make sense for us to coordinate it….just to give us a better idea (how long have you been together?,  what kind of person is she?, that type of stuff)
   With that said we are happy to once again announce that we will be offering this type of service in Season 13..with a new game that is specifically designed for this type of event.  The name of the game will have an unsuspecting title so it will not give anything away…but it will defiantly be  a memorable game to say the least.  I can say one thing…it will be interesting ;)

CD

New Cashunt Bridal Dash Trailer Season 13


We have a lot of fun games and surprises in store in Season 13!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Teambuilding game to get "JUMBO SIZED"

When it comes to our games we always like to keep adding more to them year after year to give our new players and returning players the ultimate experience.  This year we have really retooled our Teambuilding game that we offer to our new and returning corporate clients.  The biggest challenge when it comes to a returning corporate client is making it different on the fly and make it look ever so different from their last competition with us.   It can be nerve racking but also a lot of fun at the same time delivering it.
   So as we do every year we reinvent ourselves and this year our team building game will be "jumbo sized" to give our players an overwhelming experience where they will not know what to do first..which will make the game ever so challenging and exciting.  We are also going to make it a little longer from the past so instead of a 2hr game it will be 2 1/2 to 3hrs of playing time and also it will cover much more ground, giving our players a HUGE playing field.  The "less is more" effect does not work with Cashunt..more is more,  our players have spoken and we have listened.
    The elements of a Cashunt game will still hold true in our new team building product but will offer a lot more than what was normally offered.  For example for years Cashunt has been a 6 challenge competition that any part of those 6 challenges can be played at anytime within the time that given. Now with the additional hidden challenges in the new game booklets,  that can reach to 10 or even 11 challenges just in one game!  In conclusion…it always about the experience and the execution, and that's what makes players come back for more.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CASHUNT CHAMPIONSHIP XIII in "Havahd Squah"

    This year's Championship will be held on October 27th and usually for the past 3 years we have held it in Salem Ma during Haunted Happenings which is always so much fun.  But this year we are changing it up a little bit, we will be hosting the game in Harvard Square and the Back Bay area.  What changed our mind was after researching the Harvard Square area for our new game "The Havad Yahd Dash" we thought it would be the ideal place to host our championship there because there is soooo much detail in that area alone.  Also by including the Back Bay area it just expands the game so much more…the bigger the area the better.
    As we did last year our finals will only include our 2 top teams of the year..we think it becomes so much more competitive when you have it that way..when we had it as the "final four" for the past 11 seasons something lacked and it just didn't seem right..but by doing it this way ..it just works like a well oiled machine.   At the end of the day having the top 2 teams going for our trophy sounds a lot better :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Turn your imagination into reality..with 3D Printing.


If you told me 15 years ago we will be talking to each other on our computers or cell phones and looking at each other at the same time through those devices I would say …that's "Jetson's Stuff"  But now we have Skype and FaceTime and we do just that through our computers, phones and now in with our TV's.  Now if I told you that you can create a 3 Dimensional item from a computer using a 3D printer…what would you say to that?  After researching 3D printing my jaw dropped as to what it does and what creative things you can do with it.  Granted it might be a little costly today but it is bound that the prices will drop and we will all have one of these printers in our households very soon! Check out You Tube Video above and get inspired and welcome to the "Jetson Age" :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Update on Team Photos and Videos:

 Starting Feb 1 all team photos and videos will stay on our servers for only 30 days.  So after your game make sure you download them before they expire.  If you have any questions please call the office at 866-276-4733 and speak with your game coordinator

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Don't reinvent the wheel…tweak it


I can't tell you how many times in the past 15 years when I am at some sort of gathering that I'm new to my surroundings,  I feel funny but also different.   You know how it goes you get to know the people around you no matter if it's a birthday, wedding, christening etc.  and somewhere in the conversasion the ultimate question comes up…."what do you do for a living?"
   When that question comes up in most circles you will  hear….I'm in sales, construction, a nurse, a manager, secretary, attorney, etc..but when it comes to me and I say.."The scavenger hunt business"  the music stops… "you are in what?! and you make money doing that that?"  To my answers "scavenger hunt business and yes it is my career " Once I break that barrier to that question…there is this whole interest to further explore my profession which might lead into a contact.
   With all do respect all the other professions listed above..they are all fantastic occupations but in the end they are typical..people will not tend to further question what it is you do.  But if you take a current profession and tweak it a bit and make it different…well that is a whole new ball of wax.  It will be as if you have opened a new door..keep in mind mostly every profession can lead to a new and different road..which will make it more exciting and sometimes even... revolutanary. In order to be different you don't need to build  a new wheel..you are just tweaking the one you are already rolling.
    So be different, think about how you can spin your current career.  Because when it is different  then people are going to be curious and curiosity might lead you to many new roads you think you would have never traveled.  But keep this in mind..if you approach your boss and he or she says…it's a bad idea, well that's when you break free and start thinking about being an entrepreneur. In the end I have always said if I was in a room filled with all different but typical occupations surrounding me and there was also a guy or a girl that worked as an acrobat in the circus..who do you think I would find more intriguing :)

Be Different!

Monday, January 14, 2013

If it isn't broke…sticking with what works for us.

   So here we are 2 weeks into our 13th season and the new design has been played by  (handful of games / 10 different teams) and the result was positive…WHEW!  As I had mentioned in the previous post about reinvention…it's always good to be fresh..but in the same instance (the "reinvention") has to work or it will backfire and then we will have a downslide.  Fortunately other than a couple of suggestions about "additions" to the game..straight A's across the board!  Thank you!
     Some people in the past have suggested to take the game more into the virtual world and have the game done all by smartphone.  Look I know that exists and the companies that are using that platform are doing very well and more power to them…Cashunt is not that.  The only tech aspect we are using on our game is only 10% and that is through QR codes..other than that it's all physical materials. 
      Call us old school but I believe our clients still want their "host" and still want the physical materials that come along with the game..people still want to "touch" the product.  Having people just download an app that you can play anywhere (no coordinator, materials, etc) and where you have to pay for it..is just not us.  It all about the experience and the energy of the initial game, that make people talk about it, and I am saying that for everything that is a physical business be it tour, show, etc.
       Now as several of you know that have played a Cashunt game in the past, that the game is always changing throughout the year :) With that said we have a few more tricks up our sleeve  and it will make the game "bigger" in a playable sense.  So in our case when we think we're done with designing…..a week later while we are waiting at a red light and an idea pops up, then we turn the car around any go back to the office and add it in :)  
              

Friday, January 4, 2013

Time For Reinvention…Again ;)


 First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!  We hope you all enjoyed your holiday season, it's always a great time but it just goes by too fast..   So new year  and for us new season, which we are excited about as you can imagine.  With that said it's that time again for "reinvention", which has become an annual tradition here at  Cashunt for the past several years.  The goal is pretty simple…change some of the game  and make it fresh which includes the game's foundation and design.  So with that said I just looked at the new design and I am pleased and excited for this years version.
     You maybe be asking what is the difference from the past few years, (that question is usually brought up by repeat players that have played the game before).  With out letting the "cat out of the bag" and sounding a tad vague,  what we can tell you is that the game is no longer "6 challenges rolled into on zany game" it's much more than that!
     Last season we decided to experiment with the usage  of QR codes and having the game books have more "depth"  with the inclusion of the Cashunt website during an actual game.  Also we really loved the idea of "secrets" that we included in our team game materials that would lead teams to new hidden challenges throughout the city.  Let's say the experiment was a huge success and now has a pretty big presence in our games.
     The game book design for this season was inspired by the "silver age" comic time line of the 1960's.  We really had a fun time putting the game book design together and added a lot of "double take" sections .. let's just say a couple of additional twists and turns :)  Another thing we are keeping this season is by making the game booklets "valid" during the game season and can be used for some cool prizes for our quarterly promotions, throughout the year. Making the actual game booklet have a shelf life of 1 year.  (Last year we gave away tickets to the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Revolution to some players taking advantage of their game booklets and these promotions).
      We would love to tell you more about it but we just …can't, but we are really happy with this season's end result.   Our goal every year is to give our players "the wow factor" by the quality of the material, the product, and ultimately the experience…I think we have again achieved that once more!  This game booklets will debut on Jan 6 to kick off Season 13!