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We have prizes available. They will be awarded monthly through at least the end of the year. The more points you get, the more chances you have to win a prize. We hope that this game will be neverending especially if you add your own secrets for others to find.
Material here has been gathered from many online sources such as the Town of Newmarket website, the Newmarket Historical Society, The History Hound, Jackie Playter, Peggy McChesney, a Newmarket essay contest winner.
|GET STARTED||Start by logging in. Click [Play Live] to find secrets near you now. Click [Explore] to explore any community by map.|
|GPS/LOCATION SERVICES||Must be turned on to detect secrets. Learn How|
|HOW||Explore the Map to find secrets. When in Live Mode, the game will show you pictures of any secrets nearby (usually within about 100 feet). Click a secret to answer it's question. Get points for correct answers.|
|CREATE||Add your own secrets to the game at any time. Secrets are a combination of a picture, a question and an answer. When creating a secret, the answer must not be in the picture.
Find the answer first, then take a picture of something nearby and add your question.
|GPS FOR PHOTOS||The current location is attached to your photo. Always take the photo while you are on-site, never at home, as you don't want people visiting you!|
|WHAT MAKES A GOOD QUESTION AND ANSWER?||Look around and find something that has letters and/or numbers, or something that can be described with a single word or two.
Be sneaky. Zoom in on words to keep the answer out of the picture. The answer must be visible nearby the picture location.
NOTE: You can supply multiple (comma-separated) answers.
NOTE: The secret object must be permanent - ask yourself if the object will not be there in a few weeks. If so, don't use it as the secret.
Examples of answers: House numbers. Street numbers. Words on signs. Statues, sculptures and permanent artwork. Fixtures like meters. Things with serial numbers. Words just out of sight in your picture.
|POINTS||There is a range of points for secrets from 10 to 50. If the answer is simple, give your question 10 points. Otherwise, give suitable points based on complexity.|
|WHY ZOOM NOT CENTERED||When you click or double click the map, the centerpoint will be the middle GeoHash, often surrounded by its neighbours.|
|WHAT ARE GEOHASHES?||GeoHashes are rectangular areas on a map that contain secrets. They are similar to geofences. We use geohashes of approximately 30 metres in live mode, except if within a mall or inside area, in which case we use 150 metres (since GPS doesn't work well inside).|
|EXAMPLES OF REAL QUESTIONS?||Use the map and visit the Toronto Ontario area. Examine the secrets to get a sense of the questions.|
|INVOLVE YOUR BUSINESS||Add a picture that is next to your business along with an engaging question to get people to come into your premises.|
Do create your own new secrets in your community - this encourages others to participate frequently. Do involve your business with a photo and question that entices people to come into your store or restaurant.
Don't create secrets from home - all pictures are automatically encoded with your current location, so you don't want people to come to your front door to look for your secret.
To play from home, set proximity to 100KM and choose red-bordered secrets.
To find additional secret locations, click [Neighbourhoods] and use the map:
double click, scroll or zoom to narrow down your search. The map shows approximate secret locations.
This web app checks for new secrets every time you move into a new area (usually every 30 metres) or every 30 seconds.
IMPORTANT:Your device must have Location Services turned on. Learn How.
(To play from home, set Proximity to 100KM.)
Detect Secrets Within: Proximity