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February/March 2015 SPACE Update:

Now that we have a few more caches released, we can reveal few more details about the final few SPACE caches. As of this moment, we have 12 SPACE caches left to release. Our plan is to sporadically release all but 5 over the next few months. After that, we will stop releasing caches for approximately a month or so to allow time for everyone to catch up and get on a (roughly) equal standing and to allow us to place the final 5 caches and make preparations for the final - which will also be the 5.0/5.0. The final 5 caches will all be released on the same day this summer. We anticipate this to be sometime between the Summer solstice and Labor Day Weekend - we will decide on a date as we get closer to the end of the series. The weather this winter will likely play a large factor in deciding the final release date. We hope you continue to enjoy the series, be sure to keep an eye on the SPACE rankings on spacecaching.org. Live long and prosper!

January 2015 SPACE Update

Well, here we are in 2015. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 3 years now since we first launched the SPACE2081 series. As of this moment, we plan to have all 81 SPACE2081 caches released by the end of the summer. That said, we still have 13 more caches left to place as of this moment, including one replacement for an archived cache (2.0/1.5 Spaceballs). The SPACE crew has been very active over the past few months, and every single remaining square on the D/T grid has a solid concept for a cache behind it. Over the next several months, we are going to work at warp speed releasing them and we will be providing more details to this soon. Live long and prosper!

March 2013 Update

Well, here we are with a new year (we had advance notice that the Mayans were wrong from our alien friends), two million caches, and hopefully the finale to the Space2081 series.

Last year was an amazing year for SPACE.  We published over half of the caches in the series, and the favorite points we received from you seemed to support that we were successful in placing many high-quality caches.

Now, at the beginning of 2013, we currently have at least a half dozen caches either placed or in various stages of development and placement. With the winter months and all kinds of personal life nonsense we haven't been publishing as much as we would like, but we have always stressed that this series is about quality over quantity, so we are taking our time to make sure we keep that high level of quality.

One thing we would like to improve upon is our response time to maintenance.  Unfortunately, with some of the complexity of our series it can be difficult to find time to make that half mile trek over hill, dale, creek, and cliff. We promise we will do a better job in 2013.

One of the great things to me that occurred this winter is how clearly this became a group effort. When life got busy the Space team got together and tackled maintenance problems and new caches as a team.  I always knew that this series would be a success but that theory was proved over this winter because of the quality and dedication of all the Space cadets.

And finally, to all the finders, thank you. Your logs and favorite points fuel the SPACEship. We truly enjoy reading about the trials and tribulations of the tough hide, terrain, and of course puzzles.

We have some fun surprises for the next part of the series and of course, the finale. So, stay tuned, enjoy the outside, and most importantly make sure to get those extra FTF points to help your Space2081 ranking.

The Chancellor

June Update

Well, the dog days of summer are upon us right??  Apparently not with this weather we have been having.  Seems like a good time to head out and get some more SPACE 2081 Caches.  That being said we would like to use this space to give brief updates to the group and the series.  So, I will begin with the most important part the caches.

Caches:

We are extremely happy with the caches we have out so far.  19 in total and counting.  Still a long way from 81 but a good start.  As we have mentioned before there is no set schedule for cache releases.  We don't want to force cache releases and make the quality suffer.  With a lot of the easier caches already released there may be a little downtime in between caches.  The good news is that will give a lot of people a chance to catch up. 

We are trying to up the quality and difficulty at the same time.  This will of course take some time.  We hope people are not getting frustrated with some of the more difficult caches.  The group took a long hard look at what the standard difficulty and terrain criteria are and we are aiming to fit that mold.  Not every cache should be easy.  There will be caches that require special equipment, teamwork, or just an investment in time for a thorough search.

We encourage people to visit the website forums for assistance.  There are a number of people plugged in and if you need assistance with a particular cache we always help out (except for maybe those that haven't been found yet).

Leaders:

Trowel32 is still holding a slight lead for the first place spot.  Up until last week's caches were published she was the only cacher to find al 17 currently published.  There was an unfortunate DNF on Green, Not Easy It Is Being and the Area 51 puzzle seems to be giving even the most  masterful puzzle solvers a tough time.  But hopefully she can knock those two out and soon and claim the perfect record again.

Team Degoldy and Supremepredator are locked into second and third place.  Degoldy with the slightest lead thanks to his FTF.

The rest of the top ten is filled with the usual suspects who seem to be keeping pace as the new caches come out. 

It has also been nice to see some new names enter the ranking as they have seemed to discover the series including HBWG, BTDT, M&W, Caver Bill, and Rebel Cruzer.  We hope they continue to enjoy the series and climb the rankings.

Website:

We continue to add some new great features.  In the near future we hope to add a features page which will give a brief description of each of the unique pages.  Our goal is to provide a website which can be a home for cachers as well as place for them to view their SPACE 2081 stats.

The core of the site is the forums.  They are a place to ask for hints.  Discuss puzzles with other cachers and maybe even plan a caching excursion to make that team effort on a particularly difficult cache.  We have lots of plans for the forums but just like with anything the activity takes time to build.  So, register today and see what going on.

We have recently added a great feature with is the interactive cache map.  You can go to the map and see all of the 2081 caches and click on them to go direct to the cache page or 2081 stats.  There is of course the rankings page which we hope is unique in how it ranks finders with extra weight going to harder caches and FTFs.  And lastly there is the individual finder page where you can check your status on the grid or any other finder for that matter.

Well, thanks for checking in.  Please feel free to send any feedback (good or bad).  You can email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just post a message in the forums.

 

The Chancellor

 

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