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!