Well they are back. I have really liked challenge caches. I know some of you do not, but I enjoy setting goals and working towards them. They are something that I do not dive into a ton, but I do like to have something to work towards other than the next number. I would rather go find 7-8 caches that are interesting, than grab 200 for the next milestone.
Now you actually have to meet the challenge before placing. I am not a big fan of this, but it helps the reviewer know if it is just a crazy challenge or not. Meh, I can live with it.
You have to have a checker from project-gc.com I am not a huge fan of project gc, but I don't hate it. I wish they had allowed GSAK as well. However I understand that they do not want people to have to download anything. Hopefully new online checkers will arise.
No more Alphabet Soup
One of the most notable changes is caches based on titles and GC codes will go away. These made up a lot in my area. They are easily changed, manipulated, caches are placed to foil them, owners try to not include caches placed after. It just became an appeals mess, and a logistical nightmare if you were following many. I will miss them, but apparently many will not.
No more puzzles to find them.
They need to be at the coordinates, or have a visible waypoint. Not a huge change, but new. I hated the hidden ones, or the ones that you have to contact the owner. They seem to never respond.
One Year Streak Limit
I did this locally anyway, but I know there is one for a three year streak out there somewhere.
No More Blackout Challenges
No more caches based on you getting every cache in an area. Another one I hated. One hard or missing cache and you were stuck. It encouraged people to try and get those archived.
You cant start a challenge at a specific date. Every find must count. That may leave out those that have found a lot. They may have found all the caches needed.
Well, thats it for how. I will see about more later after I get questions and think some more.