Well, yesterday was a big day in the geek com oii506xcmmunity! That’s right folks, G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S is coming! If you are not hip to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S it is this: The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. It’s the brainchild of Misha Collins, you know, that angel from Supernatural (Castiel just in case you don’t know).
Today’s news brings a mysterious countdown to the website, and also the MASCOT REVEAL!
You’ll have to forgive my sweet lil Joey, Jack for not sayin hi – he’s in 'time-out pouch'. Inappropriate pricking. https://t.co/aGlbziTW3o
— GISHWHES (@gishwhes) April 20, 2016
Isn’t she just precious? Aww, my favorite is still the elopus, though.
It’s not just a scavenger hunt though, it’s a way to meet new people and build friendships, to perform random acts of kindness, which is also the name of the non-profit Misha Collins runs, and what the registration fee goes towards.
It’s a competitive, but friendly virtual competition. The day the hunt starts, the powers that be release 120+ items. These items are delegated between your 15 teammates, which you can either hunt for through forums, or you can sign up and be paired with random people, it’s you’re choice. Each item has a point value, creativity counts, interpretations can either make you or break you. At the end, the team with the most points wins, and you can also earn additional points by making it into the Hall of Fame, the coffee table book and by helping judge submissions of the worthiness, though the last 3 don’t count towards your team points, just personal points, which no one knows that they’re planning on doing with those.
Just what do you win? An amazing trip to some exotic location in the world and dinner with Misha Collins. Last year it was Viking themed, one year it was a trip to Scotland and dinner with Misha in a haunted castle. You never know what shenanigans will be had!
Personally, this will be my fifth year competing. And every year, the list makes me shake my damn head with the absurdity of some of the items. There are a few givens each year though that you can count on being involved somehow: KALE, something to do with the Queen of England, and some form of clothing made from random shit, like cheese, or flowers, or paper.
G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S attracts tens of thousands of people every year. There are even some celebrities that participate, the most noteworthy being William Shatner. He has the money and pull, but his team has yet to win. Last year it was a competition to make sure he DIDN’T win.
I encourage all who want to participate to keep an out for updates as to when registration opens. It usually stays open for a month or two. The official hunt days have not been announced yet though, but I suspect it to be in August again like it was last year. Registration is usually around $20 for the basics, upwards to hundreds of dollars, but you get a lot of bang for your buck there, he’ll record a voicemail for you and send you a more than likely scandalous Christmas card.
So, what are you waiting for? Go join the hunt and have an abnosome time!