8. GAA - FAQS

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  • Who does Games Across Acadiana benefit?

    All proceeds from Games Across Acadiana will benefit Miles Perret Cancer Services (MPCS), a local, nonprofit resource center dedicated to serving the families of Acadiana fighting, surviving, and living with cancer.

  • When does the game begin and end?

    The app will be available for free download on May 20, 2022 at 8:00am (CST); it will be activated for play on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8:00am (CST). The app will be disabled on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 4:00pm (CST).

  • Who can play?

    With the exception of the MPCS Board of Directors and MPCS employees, anyone can play. However, you must be at least 18 years old to claim a prize. If the winner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian may claim the prize on their behalf.

     

     

  • Do I need a play with a team?

    While the app requires you to create a team, you are not required to play with others. You may create a team of one member or join your family and friends in earning points together. But remember - a team can submit only one photo or video per mission. Additionally, any prize won will be awarded to the individual designated as the Team Captain (See below, “Team Captain”). Hint: Your team members may reside anywhere in the world! This is a good way to accomplish Parish Missions.

     


     

  • How do I Join the Hunt?

    1. Download “GooseChase” app from Google Play or the App Store

    2. Create a new account with an email, username, and password of your choice. Note: If you created an account in a previous game, you can log in to that account.

    3. Search for the game:

    • Use game code: 1G8993, or
    • Tap the search icon and enter “2022 Games Across Acadiana” in search bar.

     

    4. Select Team & Join Game

    •  Press “Create Team”
    • Here there are options to:
      • Select a team picture
      • Edit your Team Name (Example: Johnson Family), and
      • Note your access code – if you want others to join your team and participate with separate mobile devices, they will need this code.
    • Once you’ve edited and are ready to move on, press “Create team and join game.”
    OR
    • If you are joining a team that’s already been created, select that team and enter the team’s access code (obtain code from team creator).

    5. Enable notifications. We strongly recommend you allow notifications as we will be sending instructions and bonus opportunities throughout the game. Additionally, we will send the winning teams notifications through the app.

  • How do I play?

    The hunt consists of approximately 65 “missions.”Each mission has a certain point value.The goal of the scavenger hunt is to perform missions so as to accumulate the number of points required to “earn” entries into the prize drawing.A team may earn more than one entry.Theoretically, if all missions are performed (excluding bonus points or bonus entries) a team can earn up to 5 entries. 

    The hunt begins on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8:00am (CST). Upon entering the hunt, you will see a listing of available missions with their point values.You may select any mission you are interested in; missions need not be performed in the order listed.To complete a mission, select it from the list and press the “Snap Evidence” button.The app will request access to your camera or microphone – press “OK.”Once you perform the task associated with the mission, you must submit the evidence (photo, video, or text) as indicated. All photo and video evidence must be captured through the GooseChase application. You cannot upload any photos or videos from your camera roll or capture photos of photographs or computer screens unless otherwise indicated in the mission.  Your submission will be forwarded automatically to the Mission Judges and points will be awarded.  

    Make sure you are completing missions accurately (e.g. “take a picture with a zebra” means take a picture with a real zebra, not next to a zebra on a computer screen). The Mission Judges will review all entries for completion and accuracy. Mission Masters will contact you with any issues; if points are deducted, they will explain the deduction and offer suggestions for a successful resubmission.

  • Team Captain

    While missions may be performed in any order, we suggest that your first mission be “Who’s the Captain?” (500 points). This mission calls for the designation of a team captain. Whether you are a team of one or are playing with friends and family, ALL TEAMS MUST DESIGNATE A TEAM CAPTAIN. Simply press the “Enter Evidence” button, type the first and last name of the team captain, and click on “Submit.” While the name will be visible to you and your team members, it will NOT be visible to the public in the activity feed. Make sure the captain has a photo ID; they will need to present it in order to claim a prize.

  • How many points do I need to be entered into the drawing?

    An entry will be awarded for each 10,000 points earned. No partial entries are awarded. There will be no rounding up.

    • 10,000 points = 1 entry into drawing
    • 20,000 points = 2 entries into drawing
    • 30,000 points = 3 entries into drawing
    • 40,000 points = 4 entries into drawing

     

    Note: the entry is assigned to the team captain (see above, “Team Captain”); team members do not receive individual entries.

    Once the hunt has ended, all entries will be entered into a database and assigned an individualized random ticket number. Entry tickets with team captain’s name, team name, and assigned ticket number(s) will then be printed and placed in a raffle hopper along with the purchased entries.

     

  • Will my submissions (photos, videos, texts) become public?

    Unless otherwise stated (i.e. “Who’s the Captain?” mission), all submissions (photos, videos, text) are posted in real time to the app activity feed. Thus, they are visible to every person participating in the game. DO NOT SUBMIT PERSONAL INFORMATION you consider private (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, YOUR IDENTITY OR HOME ADDRESS). Additionally, participation in the game serves as acceptance of the Terms of Use and consent to the promotional use of said photos, videos or texts without compensation or any additional consent. Participants release and waive any claims and demands against MPCS arising from its use of his/her name, image, or likeness.

  • Why are some submissions in the feed hidden?

     

    From 8:00pm through 8:00am, the activity feed will be hidden from view. During those hours, you can continue to perform missions and submit evidence. Points will be awarded immediately, however, the submissions will not be reviewed for accuracy until the morning. When the feed goes “live" again at 8:00 am, all submissions, including those submitted overnight, will become visible again in the activity feed.

     

  • Can I comment on my photo/video evidence?

     

    Before submitting your evidence, you have the option (and in some missions, the requirement) to caption your photo or video. You also have the option to revise your caption after submission. In the Mission tab, move over to your “Completed” column. Press the three dots (. . .) on the right side of your submission. Press “Edit Caption.”


     

  • Can I comment on photo/video evidence of others?

    You cannot comment on photo/video evidence of others. However, you may “like” other submissions by pressing the thumbs up symbol associated with those submissions

  • Can I revise my photo/video evidence after submission?

    Yes. In the Mission tab, move over to your “Completed” column. Select the mission you would like to revise, and press “Retake Evidence."

     

  • What happens if I go to submit a picture or video and the screen is black?

    Unfortunately, this is an application error. The best thing to do is close out the application and try again. If this happens after you take your picture or video, your evidence may be lost and you will have to try again before the mission is considered complete.

  • How do I know how I am doing in comparison to others?

    Using the navigation tabs at the bottom of your screen, you can keep track of how you are doing via the activity feed and the leaderboard. Both tabs are updated in real time.

  • How do I retrieve messages from the Mission Masters?

    Periodically, the Mission Masters will send you messages. They will arrive via “notifications” and may be retrieved within the app with the “bell” icon on the navigation tab.

  • What if I have a question about a mission?

    Game questions may be submitted via email to huntacadiana@gmail.com. Mission Masters will monitor the email and respond as soon as possible. Additionally, MPCS staff members will be available on each Saturday during the game, from 10am to 2pm in the MPCS lobby, to answer any questions you may have.


  • Does it cost to play?

    It does not cost to play Games Across Acadiana. The application software (GooseChase) is free to download any time and the game will be available for free play June 3 (8:00am) through June 19 (4:00pm).

     

  • What are my chances of winning?

    A random drawing will be held on June 25 at 10:00am. Fifty-one (51) prizes will be awarded. Your chances of winning depend on the total number of qualified entries.

  • Are there other ways to enter the drawing?

    Earning points is not the only way to obtain entries. Additional entries may be purchased for $20 each at shopmilesperret.com or call 337.984.1920. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:00am (CST) and ending Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (CST).

  • Anything new this year?

    Yes! Last year, in the mission “Au Revoir,” we asked for your suggestions. We compiled those ideas and incorporated many of them into this year’s game.

    • The game starts on a Friday this year. Thus you will receive your mission list before the weekend and can make plans accordingly.

    • This year, every Saturday during the game, we will staff the MPCS Lobby with game specialists (10am to 2pm) who can answer your questions.

    • We heard you when you asked for more points for visiting the outlying parishes. This year we have added a 2nd mission in each of the nine (9) outlying parishes MPCS serves. In each parish, in addition to the traditional mission, you will be asked to locate a poster with a giant QR Code and photograph it. For each QR picture submitted your team will be awarded 500 points. Additionally, scan the QR Code in each parish to obtain a unique letter. Once you have obtained all 9 letters, unscramble them to guess the “Parish Mystery Word.” Guess correctly and your team will be awarded 5,000 points.

     • In an effort to recognize those teams that send in inspired submissions, we have developed the Creativity Bonus. See "Are there any ways to get bonus points?" for more information.

    • You certainly are a competitive bunch! If you doubt us, just watch the leaderboard as teams vie for the top spots. While the teams at the top of the leaderboard get the most entries into the raffle, we thought that this year they should get a little extra recognition. In 2022 the top three (3) teams on the leaderboard (after all scores are finalized by the Mission Masters) will be awarded $300, $200, and $100 respectively.

  • Are there any ways to get bonus points?

    An entry into the prize drawing will be awarded for each 10,000 points earned. There are a few ways to boost your scores with bonus points:

    Color Your World — This mission requires a photo be taken of a jar filled with crayons. The jar is located in the MPCS lobby. When you submit the photograph, add a caption to your submission guessing how many crayons are in the jar. The team(s) coming closest to the correct number (without going over) will be awarded 10,000 bonus points! Points will be awarded after the close of the game.

    Change for Miles­ ­— Earn 10,000 bonus points for each full Change for Miles bottle returned to MPCS before June 18, 2:00pm. Empty bottles may be found in the MPCS lobby. Note: Extra points are not awarded immediately; they will be added to your totals within 24 hours of submission.

    Double Points Days —When completing certain missions on their assigned “double points” days, the values for those missions will double. Don’t worry; if you have already completed that mission you can redo the submission on the Double Points Day and receive the extra points. Note: Extra points are not awarded immediately; they will be added to your totals within 24 hours of submission.

    2022 Double Points Days are as follows:

    ■ Sunday, June 5th: Hail, Caesar!

    ■ Thursday, June 7th: Head Games

    ■ Thursday, June 9th: Connectivity

    ■ Monday, June 13th: Sounds of Summer

    ■ Thursday, June 16th: Touch and Go

    Early Bird Registration — All teams that register to play the 2022 Games Across Acadiana (i.e. “Join the  Game”) by 11:59pm (CST) May 20, 2022 will be awarded 500 bonus points.

    Creativity Bonus — This year, by popular demand, we have designed a way to reward those teams that go the extra mile with their submissions. Following the close of the game, an independent committee will review all submissions for the missions “American Spirit,” "Fort-night," and “Insects Rock!” Judging the submissions on creativity and style, the committee will determine the 1st place winner for each of those missions. The 1st place winners will be awarded 10,000 creativity bonus points. The points will be added to their final score after the game has closed.

  • Can MPCS Remove a submission?

    While MPCS does monitor the feed, it is important to know that the feed occurs in real time. MPCS cannot review the submissions prior to them becoming part of the feed; thus, be mindful that other teams could submit content you may feel is offensive, indecent, objectionable, or inappropriate for viewing. MPCS has the ability to remove such content and does so when warranted. MPCS reserves the right to remove any submission it, in its sole discretion, deems objectionable. Should you have concerns about a particular submission, please contact us as huntacadiana@gmail.com.

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  • How many points do I need to be entered into the drawing?

    An entry will be awarded for each 10,000 points earned. No partial entries are awarded. There will be no rounding up.

    • 10,000 points = 1 entry into drawing
    • 20,000 points = 2 entries into drawing
    • 30,000 points = 3 entries into drawing
    • 40,000 points = 4 entries into drawing

     

    Note: the entry is assigned to the team captain (see above, “Team Captain”); team members do not receive individual entries.

    Once the hunt has ended, all entries will be entered into a database and assigned an individualized random ticket number. Entry tickets with team captain’s name, team name, and assigned ticket number(s) will then be printed and placed in a raffle hopper along with the purchased entries.

     

  • Are there other ways to enter the drawing?

    Earning points is not the only way to obtain entries. Additional entries may be purchased for $20 each at shopmilesperret.com or call 337.984.1920. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:00am (CST) and ending Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 11:59pm (CST).

  • How do I earn free entries?

    Free entries can be earned by completing missions within the app.