Q & A

GENERAL

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 7-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!).

Thousands of participants from more than 100 countries build their own teams with friends or are placed on 15-person teams (of new friends!) and for one week, through laughter, sweat and tears (of joy of course), they acquire Items on a fun, inspiring and sometimes jaw-dropping scavenger hunt list. The team that scavenges the most items with the highest quality of submissions joins Misha Collins on an all-expenses paid trip to an exotic locale. All the other teams walk away with a heightened perspective on their capabilities, and memories of an amazing week. Prior Winners journeyed to Rome, a haunted castle in Scotland, an island off the coast of British Columbia, and a pirate ship in Croatia. This year the Winning Team will be joining Misha Collins in Hawaii for stars, surf and space adventures! (we’re not sure what this is, but pictures will be posted!).

So what exactly is it?

It’s basically a week-long scavenger hunt where we present Hunters from all over the planet a list of fun, wild, amazing and kind tasks to create or accomplish. You can complete many of these tasks at home or you can go out into the world  to complete them – it’s up to you!

But you’re not completing them alone! You will be part of a team of 15 people. During registration, you can either invite friends to build a team or we can join you into an amazing team of other individuals – most of our registrants choose this route to make new global friends.

When we post the list on August 5th, your team would divvy up and accomplish these tasks (we call them “items”) over the course of 1 week. They include making incredible crazy art, performing crazy acts, and partaking in heart-warming community service projects. Once you complete a task you either photograph or video it (we tell you which on the item list) and upload a link to it on our site. You receive “points” for every item you accomplish. The team with the most points by the end of the week gets to join the Founder of the Hunt, actor Misha Collins, to some exotic location for an all expenses paid trip.

Many of the participants claim the Hunt is a life-changing experience that either pulled them out of their shell and completely changed their lives, or drove them insane… many others say it’s simply a great way to spend a week of their summer (or winter for those Gishers on the other half of the planet).

Whatever the case, come Gish with us!

 

What’s it like to participate in gishwhes?

All you need is a camera (mobile phone will do!), access to the Internet, and the desire to be part of an amazing global community. As part of a global team of 15 players – you can form a team on your own with friends (and you don’t need 14 other friends – you can form a partial team and we’ll build out the rest of your team with other players), or, if you want to make new friends, we can group you in an amazing team (if you don’t want to form a team yourself) at the end of registration.

On August 5th, we will post a crazy, wild and kind task list of things for everyone to do. There are some items that you need to find, and others that you must create. Accordingly, a team can be comprised of individuals who love to get out there and mix it up in the world as well as those that are more comfortable in their own house “creating items”.  You will for sure gain new friends (online and offline), become more creative, more outgoing, and likely never look at food the same way again. And through our kindness items, you also will do some pretty great things for yourself and your community.

You then work with your team and divvy up the item list based on what each of you want to do. Then you go do it and then upload the results (images or videos) on our website for points. After the Hunt is over, our judges and Misha go through all of the submissions and add bonus points (for extra awesome items) and sometimes deduct points (for items where individuals may have cheated). Misha then appoints and anoints the winning team and takes them somewhere spectacular and exotic for an all-expenses paid trip. Past trips have been to a haunted castle in Scotland, Rome, and a pirate ship in Croatia. This year the Winning Team will be joining Misha Collins in Hawaii for stars, surf and space adventures!

Can I upgrade my registration tier later, and how long do I have to do that?

Yes! You can upgrade at any time (until you can’t) and pay the difference between the levels. Gishbot usually closes down the registration tier upgrade functionality shortly after the end of the Hunt. Misha’s advisor (a.k.a. “Babysitter”) Miss Jean Louis makes the choice on the final date.

When will I receive the items I paid for during registration?

We typically send out these items with the shwag shwop items, around November.

Can I volunteer for gishwhes?

Thank you for wanting to! When we need volunteers we’ll recruit on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so keep an eye on those. At some point, after yesterday, information will also be forthcoming about how to join FEGVEP, our First Ever gishwhes Volunteer Extraordinaire Program.

GISHPOINTS

What are GISHPOINTS?

GISHPOINTS are loyalty program points and are NOT the same as hunt points! They do not affect any team’s chances of winning. For more info about GISHPOINTS, please see this page.

I should have received some GISHPOINTS but I don’t see them?

We will award GISHPOINTS for the hunt and for FEGVEP at a later date. Much like deserts, they’ll be worth the wait. (And yes, we do mean deserts; the kind with sand and camels.)

If I have multiple accounts, can I transfer my GISHPOINTS from one to another?

There is currently no way to transfer GISHPOINTS from an existing account to a new one, but that’s not to say there never will be. Which is not to say there will be.

TECHNICAL ISSUES

The site won’t let me login!

Please be sure you’re using your username, not your email address. If you can’t remember your username, send yourself a password reset email; it’ll contain your username as well.

HUNT QUESTIONS

We missed the deadline; can we still submit our item?

We know there are teams every year that don’t manage to submit all of their items before the deadline due to technical difficulties or extenuating circumstances, but to keep the hunt fair for everyone we can’t make special allowances for anyone, sorry! We know it sucks that you worked so hard on them and can’t submit them, but you’re welcome to post your items online for the world to see!

Can we see which items our team has submitted?

You will no longer be able to see the item list now that the hunt is over so hopefully your team kept track of which items were submitted!

Still have a question that wasn’t answered here? Fill in the contact form below! However, please note that if you ask for clarification on any rule, commandment, or item, you will not receive a response as we are not permitted to assist on these. Use your own judgment and do as you see fit!