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(Boing Boing)   Man goes on quest to find 12 hidden treasures from a 1982 treasure hunt book, of which only two have ever been found, and he's open to some help along the way   (boingboing.net) divider line 108
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2014-07-15 03:29:19 PM  
Damn the art is so 80's Amazing!  I want the book just for the art.
 
2014-07-15 04:39:25 PM  
then 10 aren't hidden, are they?
 
2014-07-15 04:39:32 PM  
d.gr-assets.com
 
2014-07-15 04:40:35 PM  
err....then two aren't hidden
 
2014-07-15 04:42:59 PM  
I ain't going on any hunt for no damn keys unless someone gives me something to take with me!
It's too dangerous to go alone!!!
 
2014-07-15 04:44:23 PM  
My guess, whomever was supposed to hide the other ten gems, either took them for themselves, or they were randomly discovered over the years by strangers who did not know their relationship to the book.
 
2014-07-15 04:44:46 PM  

cretinbob


err....then two aren't hidden


Exactly: he's on a quest to find 10 hidden treasures.
 
2014-07-15 04:44:50 PM  
This was how they had to troll in the olden days.
There aren't any other keys.
 
2014-07-15 04:45:18 PM  
So, if I have clues that lead to one or more keys, I'm supposed to help this guy out?  If the lotto numbers come to me via magical winged unicorn fairy, I ain't sharin' them with nobody.
/DNRTFA completely
 
2014-07-15 04:46:31 PM  
Just a word of advice, don't tell anyone you found the blue star on the bottle caps. You tend to die horribly.
 
2014-07-15 04:46:59 PM  
Would the artist have had a clue where the stuff is or was he simply told what to paint?

Regardless, it's probably full of references no one understands any more.  "Three hectares past the spot where Genesis played their first gig, by the light of a Dancing Queen"
 
2014-07-15 04:47:01 PM  
Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?
 
2014-07-15 04:49:53 PM  
blogs.houstonpress.com
Willing to help
 
2014-07-15 04:49:56 PM  
Sounds neat, I second Ennuipoet above, I want the book just for the art, the contest is just an extra bonus.
 
2014-07-15 04:50:25 PM  
So according to TFA the gems you were supposed to recieve are MIA too. I'm one for a good quest and all but if I'm not getting treasure or a randy wench I aint going.
 
2014-07-15 04:50:49 PM  

hardinparamedic: Just a word of advice, don't tell anyone you found the blue star on the bottle caps. You tend to die horribly.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-07-15 04:51:18 PM  

buntz: I ain't going on any hunt for no damn keys unless someone gives me something to take with me!
It's too dangerous to go alone!!!


Fine....
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-15 04:52:09 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?


*Void where prohibited.

/problem solved
 
2014-07-15 04:52:54 PM  

groppet


So according to TFA the gems you were supposed to recieve are MIA too.


I know there are lots of words and such, but you could try reading all of TFA:


My first call was to Preiss's widow and what she said got my heart racing again, the way I felt when I first saw that book in the Bedford library so many years ago. She had just seen the gems, again. They weren't lost. As far as she was concerned, the game was still on!
 
2014-07-15 04:54:04 PM  
 
2014-07-15 04:55:10 PM  

foo monkey: [d.gr-assets.com image 313x475]


i heart that book sooooo much
 
2014-07-15 04:59:31 PM  
Why does she have Gallifreyan on her dress?
media.boingboing.net
 
2014-07-15 05:00:57 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: groppet

So according to TFA the gems you were supposed to recieve are MIA too.


I know there are lots of words and such, but you could try reading all of TFA:


My first call was to Preiss's widow and what she said got my heart racing again, the way I felt when I first saw that book in the Bedford library so many years ago. She had just seen the gems, again. They weren't lost. As far as she was concerned, the game was still on!


Sorry end of the day rush, stupid payroll people and damn scanners!
 
2014-07-15 05:01:00 PM  

Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?


Sometimes that stuff backfires.

i2.wp.com
 
2014-07-15 05:02:58 PM  
There's only one man who can help him now

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2014-07-15 05:04:37 PM  
My 1982 treasure hunt would include Heather Thomas.
 
2014-07-15 05:07:03 PM  
If the other keys actually exist this would be a pretty fun hobby.
 
2014-07-15 05:07:54 PM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: My guess, whomever was supposed to hide the other ten gems, either took them for themselves, or they were randomly discovered over the years by strangers who did not know their relationship to the book.


Or you could actually read the article before making comments.
 
2014-07-15 05:09:14 PM  
Does anyone remember this?

thumbs2.ebaystatic.com
 
2014-07-15 05:10:03 PM  
You know what?

I hid a key and it doesn't open a damn thing.
 
2014-07-15 05:10:56 PM  

cretinbob: err....then two aren't hidden


Well, I don't see them.
 
2014-07-15 05:11:02 PM  

CruJones: Regardless, it's probably full of references no one understands any more. "Three hectares past the spot where Genesis played their first gig, by the light of a Dancing Queen"


My favorite part about the album sleeve for Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass' "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" is a quote from a fan. To explain the wide swath of people who like the music, someone claims (paraphrasing) "Even the lady from the washing machine commercial is here!"


I'm sorry, what the fark does that mean?!  You're referencing a commercial from 1965!  It's 2014! You're probably dead!
 
2014-07-15 05:11:13 PM  

Salmon: My 1982 treasure hunt would include Heather Thomas.


...in that awesome white bikini...
 
2014-07-15 05:12:55 PM  
The Secret: A Treasure Hunt! was published in 1982. It's creator, Byron Preiss, was inspired by the book, Masquerade, which was published in the U.K. in 1979.

Back in grade school, where you still had story time after lunch, we started in on the "Masquerade", it was really cool, and I think the teacher was kinda sorta trying to get 5th graders(Or whatever grade I was in, I just always remember middle school when I think about it) to help her find this treasure. I hadn't heard about the one in TFA, but it helped me remember the one. I like this idea though, and Masquerade had a nice little story in it as the plot.

Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?


Are you honestly representing what is available? Are the clues legit? Does the prize really exist? Do people get to keep the prize if they find it? As long as you aren't trying to screw people, and you aren't doing it where it's illegal, I think it's pretty safe. Normally, to have a contest with a drawing, here in the US, you have to make it possible to play without buying anything, but since the clues are the book in one of these, I don't think it matters. I really DO think it comes down to if you are accurately representing the payout at the end.
 
2014-07-15 05:16:19 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Exactly: he's on a quest to find 10 hidden treasures.


I don't get out of bed unless 13 treasures are involved.

cdn.mos.totalfilm.com

// and maybe some minga melons
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2014-07-15 05:17:01 PM  

hardinparamedic: Just a word of advice, don't tell anyone you found the blue star on the bottle caps. You tend to die horribly.


Not even those nice super mutants I met at Black Mountain?
 
2014-07-15 05:18:27 PM  

beezeltown: Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?

*Void where prohibited.

/problem solved


You could just hire a law talking guy to provide an iron clad legal disclosure, and go to town. It is a contest of skill and perfectly legal.
 
2014-07-15 05:19:43 PM  

MBooda: Why does she have Gallifreyan on her dress?
[media.boingboing.net image 850x1344]

It is a blue dress.  That might just be Bill stains.

 
2014-07-15 05:21:27 PM  

MBooda: Why does she have Gallifreyan on her dress?
[media.boingboing.net image 850x1344]


The 'Masquerade' book had cooler illustrations, IMHO.
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-15 05:22:30 PM  

hardinparamedic: Just a word of advice, don't tell anyone you found the blue star on the bottle caps. You tend to die horribly.


Not if you kill them first.
 
2014-07-15 05:23:44 PM  

special20: This was how they had to troll in the olden days.
There aren't any other keys.


It bears repeating.
 
2014-07-15 05:23:47 PM  

Tom_Slick: beezeltown: Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?

*Void where prohibited.

/problem solved

You could just hire a law talking guy to provide an iron clad legal disclosure, and go to town. It is a contest of skill and perfectly legal.


Hey, thank you, you and all, these law talkin' fellers are pretty high-fallutin', but I run a legit game here in dreamland, I might give this a go.
 
2014-07-15 05:23:55 PM  
Aw, man.  I just spent almost a year moseying from the west coast to the east coast and it didn't occur to me to bury any treasures along the way.  Could have buried a silver round at each stop and figured out how to make a treasure hunt out of it later.
 
2014-07-15 05:24:19 PM  
Good luck we're all counting on you.
 
2014-07-15 05:27:29 PM  
There was a key in Cleaveland but not Pittsburgh?

I don't know if I'd even want such treasure. Ready Player One it ain't.
 
2014-07-15 05:28:22 PM  
When I think of '80s treasure hunts I think of the "Find the Cap'n" that Cap'n Crunch did.
 
2014-07-15 05:29:17 PM  

fusillade762: Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?

Sometimes that stuff backfires.


That's not a TU-22 Backfire, that's a Harrier

/so, so sorry
 
2014-07-15 05:32:33 PM  

jtown: I just spent almost a year moseying from the west coast to the east coast and it didn't occur to me to bury any treasures along the way.


Good.

Sane people hold contests while enjoying the treasure above ground in escrow.
 
2014-07-15 05:42:50 PM  

groppet: So according to TFA the gems you were supposed to recieve are MIA too. I'm one for a good quest and all but if I'm not getting treasure or a randy wench I aint going.


Reading comprehension is important to finding the keys.
So you're in no danger of finding them anyway.

/RTFA
 
2014-07-15 05:43:54 PM  

beezeltown: Hector Remarkable: Someone help me out here with the rules and the laws. I know you can't just say, "I'm having a raffle for no other reason than to make myself money - I have ten thousand dollars for a prize, and I'm selling 100,000 tickets at 1 dollar apiece." - because there are rules and laws and things to protect people from scams.

But why can't I just bury 10,000 dollars somewhere and sell a book with really hard clues to 100,000 treasure-seekers at 1 dollar a piece? Or something like that. Aren't there rules and laws?

*Void where prohibited.

/problem solved


Games of skill = legal. Games of chance = gambling. It's how the dog track in West Memphis, Arkansas lets you pull the lever on the slot machine twice, and hold what you want, like video poker. You know, because that totally makes it a skill.

/you can also play blackjack at a table with chips, but your cards are dealt on a little screen
//stupid
///and drinks are $1 because state law prohibits free drinks
 
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