Cincinnati-Wide and Socially Distant Pirate's Treasure Scavenger Hunt Will Benefit the Freestore Foodbank

This high-tech hunt on Aug. 8 uses staggered start times and virtual clues and challenges via your smartphone to lead you to Old Cap'n Graybeard's buried treasure

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Dress in costume! Look for treasure!

Old Cap'n Graybeard's ghost has returned from Davy Jones' Locker and deposited a hidden treasure map somewhere in downtown Cincinnati.

And Florida-based company Scavengee needs your help to uncover it during a citywide, socially distant Pirates Treasure Hunt. The event takes place starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 8.

Put on your best first mate outfit and get ready for a "high-tech" scavenger hunt. You'll be searching for buried treasure while fending off virtual pirates, collecting pieces of gold and participating in challenges, all using your smartphone as your guide — plus your sense of pirate adventure and imaginary parrot and whatever other buccaneer seadog accessories you bring with you.

“Part scavenger hunt and part mystery adventure, Scavengee uses proprietary technology to layout a virtual ‘where is it’ board game across the city," said Scavengee creator Steve Tishman in a release. “Teams of up to six will explore various sites where our virtual pirates will test your knowledge, powers of deduction, and creativity before providing pieces of the treasure map."

click to enlarge This seems to be a rendering of Old Cap'n Graybeard - Photo:
This seems to be a rendering of Old Cap'n Graybeard

Each group will get parts of the map to help them find the buried treasure. Teams get points for completed challenges, and prizes goes to those with the highest score, best costume and most creative team name.

The event is around three hours long and teams can consist of two to six players. Tickets cost $50 per team and kids under 12 are free. 

Teams can start their hunt anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 8, but must complete their mission by 4 p.m. The staggered start time allows for social distancing. All challenges take place outdoors in large areas for the same reason. The use of face masks is encouraged.

Proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank.

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