Any treasure may contain items of greater or lesser value; gold coins are obviously worth more than copper pennies, but the distinction is not always so obvious. Part of the challenge is to determine which things are really valuable and which are not.
Clues to the hiding place of the treasure will be featured in a special edition newspaper, the Treasure Gazette, which will be sold at designated locations around the community. Proceeds from the sales of this newspaper will go to benefit a charity or other worthwhile cause. Additional clues to the treasure will be provided at sponsoring merchant locations, in local newspaper stories, and in subsequent publications of Treasure Gazette. PALLADIAN Interactive Theatre will continue releasing additional clues until someone finds the treasure chest.
The cost of publishing the newspaper will be paid for with advertising sold to local merchants. There will be three levels of advertising support -- 'Advertisers,' 'Sponsors,' and 'Patrons.' The latter will not only have their ads in Treasure Gazette newspaper, but will also have unique clues to display at their places of business. Treasure hunters will need to visit these merchants to take advantage of these specialized clues.
"Some people will simply enjoy working the crossword puzzles, word searches, codes, cyphers, and other puzzles or reading the stories," said Andersen. "Of course, if you are a truly dedicated treasure hunter, you are welcome to focus all your time and energy on finding the treasure."
The story line associated with the treasure is customized to the locale in which the treasure hunt is held. "In Missouri, we base the clues on legends of lost Spanish silver minds," said Andersen. "In Florida, it's pirate treasure. And in Iowa, it's the Hoofengoofers."
Never heard of Hoofengoofers? -- most people haven't. Hoofengoofers are the "little people" who inhabit the Des Moines River Valley. They are Central Iowa's answer to gnomes, leprechauns, and nisser. "Trolls are known to inhabit the hills and forests of Northeast Iowa," said Andersen. "Out here in the prairies, we have Hoofengoofers."
Legends and stories about Hoofengoofers will be included in Treasure Gazette, and the treasure hunt will be entitled "Hoard of the Hoofengoofers." The Hoofengoofer stories will also include clues to the location of the treasure.
The Hoard of the Hoofengoofers gives you the opportunity to help support a worthwhile cause while solving puzzles and clues while searching for a real treasure of substantial value.