Adam Zurn, a history buff, pop culture enthusiast and creator of Uncharted Lancaster, a local history website featuring DIY-style adventure games, will no doubt be grateful if you imagine the following sentence uttered in the voice of the narrator-trailer of the epic blockbuster.
In April of this year, get ready for an epic Easter egg hunt.
Zurn, a technology teacher at the Lampeter-Strasbourg school district during the day and a friendly Indiana Jones at night (and on weekends), has collaborated with the Lancaster County Preservation Foundation, where he also sits on the board for five weeks. Hunting-style adventure game starting April 9th.
The theme of Easter eggs plays a holiday of spring, but the game also has hidden elements known as “Easter eggs” – an idea popularized by video games, movies and books and similar to “Ready Player First” by Ernest Klein – which are only Lancaster County history buffs or amateurs. adventure movies can learn and appreciate. Some of these Easter eggs are just for fun, but some can help give clues.
Proceeds from the game will go to a plan to preserve the trust by digitizing their archives.
“The slogan we use is,‘ Find the treasure, save the treasure, ’” Zurn says. “As long as you find this treasure, you will help preserve valuable archives for future generations.”
Daniel Kepperling, the trust’s executive director, estimates the cost of digitizing work could be around $ 200,000.
“We want to digitize (records) so that they are accessible to the community,” says Kepperling. “But also to help save them in the event of a fire or flood.”
Kepperling says she appreciated Zurna’s ability to attract people to trust through his garbage hunt, savvy social media and innovative marketing ideas.
“It attracts people who don’t necessarily know they’re conservationists, but they are,” Kepperling says.
How to play
Somewhere in Lancaster County is hidden a 3D-printed Easter egg containing a code to redeem a 27-pound treasure chest loaded with $ 1,500 coins. Every Saturday at 7 a.m. for five weeks a new mystery is revealed Uncharted Lancaster website, Facebook and Instagram pages. The puzzle will lead to a place where you can find the answer to the question, and this answer is the password for another clue that unlocks part of the GPS coordinates.
The game is open to all, but Zurn says anyone who is really serious about winning should consider purchasing an official playing card, which also includes membership in the Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust.
The official playing card is a copy of the Lancaster County map measuring 18 by 24 inches, developed by William Wagner in 1821. It can be sent for $ 40 on the sites Uncharted Lancaster and Historic Preservation Trust. Players can purchase a card for a small discount of $ 35 in person at the Historic Preservation Trust, 123 N. Prince St., from 5pm to 9pm on the first Friday, April 1st.
“This is the first official map of Lancaster County with its iconic diamond shape that we know today,” says Zurn. “You can try to solve (puzzles and hints of the game), but it’s basically impossible without a map.”
The first mystery will appear on the Uncharted Lancaster website and on social media at 7am on April 9th. New puzzles and coordinates will appear every Saturday until the final hint is released on May 7th.
New and improved
This is the second year that Zurn has collaborated with the trust for a history-based game in the style of garbage hunting. Last year, according to Caperling, the game brought 200 members to the Trust and raised $ 3,600 after spending.
“It was a good time. I had a lot of fun, and people had a lot of fun, and I thought it would be good to do it again, ”says Zurn.
Last year Zurn introduced a six-week game, but Donna Longenecker; her two sons, Jake and Josh; and family friend Emily Crocker hacked the code during the first weekend of the game and demanded a cash prize of $ 1,000 and a work of art worth $ 2,000. (Due to popular demand, Zurn and the Trust eventually offered a second-place prize of $ 200 and continued the game.)
“I have a saying,‘ There’s always someone who knows more kung fu than you do, ’and that definitely happened last year,” Zurn says. “I didn’t expect people to put so much energy into searching.”
Zurn immediately returned to work on this year’s game. This time, he says he designed it so that players won’t be able to figure out the final location of the prize until a hint is released last week.
“I’ve been working on it for a few months,” Zurn says. “I’m just exploring places and working on these little riddles and poems – trying to rhyme things.”
One of Zurn’s biggest challenges is traveling to different banks and collecting enough $ 1 coins.
“I started collecting coins as soon as last year’s treasure hunt was over,” says Zurn. “I think I need nine more now. This is a serious lutbox. “