Every year when I write about GISHWHES, I have comments asking for more information, or from people who think about signing up but aren’t too sure. Hopefully this post will answer some questions and give some solid advice! But first, what is GISHWHES?
g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 5-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!).
That’s pretty much it! People from all over the world take part every year! It’s about a week long (I think the actual time has changed every year) and there are around 200+ items to be attempted.
Each team is made up of 15 people. Now, you can create your own team and fill it up or you can sign up solo and be placed on a random team. Or if say, 3 of you start a team, but don’t fill it, the 3 of you will then be placed on a random team together. In my opinion, there are pros and cons to each. If you go the random way, then you might end up more international members which can be a huge help. But then you might not know anyone else, or what their work ethic is. If you fill your own team, you pretty much know everyone but might be limited on the international aspect. That’s not always the case though. My current team (Team PulpEpidemic) is made up of members from the U.S., Australia, and England.
Random Tip: This truly is an international scavenger hunt. It will be of great help to have international members on your team. The list has had items that could only be completed in Japan, Germany, South America, and Canada, just to name a few. Not to mention, having teammates in different time zones means something is always being worked out!
Shell asked in the comments: How do you guys decide who does what on the list?
Normally everyone will take a look at the list and see what jumps out at them. Our team is pretty well rounded with artists, out going personalities, and even someone who can code. In most cases, it’s pretty natural with who does what. Someone might be great with video editing, someone else might be near a location. It really does work itself out. Of course when you have 2 hours to go, that flies out the window and it becomes a race against time!
I can’t stress this enough. When you have 200 items, and 15 people, the key to keeping sane is being organized. We use a Google spreadsheet to keep track of who’s doing what, how many points the item is worth, and if something has been submitted. It’s really simple but helps a ton! As far as communicating, we use a private Facebook group. Again, something very simple but it saves a lot of time. Especially if you’re dealing with time differences. It let’s us share items before being submitted, update each other on what still needs to be done, and just keep everything on track.
Random Tip: In our experience, it helps to have someone who’s the main submitter. In most cases it’s me! Some items are done on the go, this way we know the item has been submitted and wasn’t missed in the last minutes of the hunt. There’s nothing worse than completing an item but forgetting to submit it!
The most important thing is to really pay attention to the item description. If you aren’t sure on something, ask your teammates. Another thing is quality. You really want your photo or video to stand out. If it’s a photo make sure the subject is clear and it’s obvious what item it’s for. You don’t want to submit something that’s out of focus, or too dark. If the item is a video, make sure it’s steady! You’re not making a found footage movie (unless that’s the item). Oh and SOUND is super important. If “we” can’t hear your touching story then did your touching story happen? In the end, you might not get a lot of items submitted, but you might be awarded extra points for quality, or end up in the coffee table book they put out every year!
Random Tip: Every year there are items that involve kale, and coding of some sort. When you’re putting together your team, keep that in mind! And Stormtroopers!
And that’s it for Part 1! I don’t want these posts to be too long or overwhelming. If you have any questions though leave them in the comments and I’ll make sure to answer them in Part 2!