Randonautica is a new geocaching adventure app that can lead players on an journey throughout their surrounding world. Using a quantum number generator, Randonautica can assist players in exploring new places they may have never discovered before. Randonautica can be a little daunting for a first-time user, so we’ve constructed a little primer if you’re looking to become a Randonaut.
What is Randonautica?
Released back in February 2020, Randonautica is a GPS geocaching “choose your own adventure” app. The game generates “anomalies” in your surrounding area using “theoretical mind matter interaction”. It utilizes “quantum entropy” to “test the strange entanglement of consciousness with observable reality”.
This description is straight from the app’s introduction, and it might sound like a lot of jargon that flies right over your head, but basically what you need to know is that Randonautica encourages players to get out and explore parts of their surrounding world.
The developers of Randonautica really stress that the app isn’t just about physical adventure, but also about the mental journey as well. The app highly suggests that you start your adventure with an intention – whether that is to find something spooky, to find something new and refreshing, or just to simply get some exercise, having an intention is part of the experience.
If you’re looking to break from your daily routine or just want to see things that you maybe haven’t seen before, Randonautica is the perfect tool to get you adventuring. The app is available for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
Going on your First Adventure
The first time you launch the app you’ll be greeted with a short introduction explaining the basics of the app. It does a decent job at showing you the ropes, but there is still a lot of jargon that you won’t understand the first time around. That’s OK, you’ll get it once you just go out and explore.
First off, you’ll need to decide how far you want to journey from your starting point, which is probably your home. Enable location access for the game and you’ll see a pin where you are located a blue circle around you.
The blue circle indicates where you want the app to search for anomalies, or points of interest. You can pinch your screen to adjust how far your want the radius to be – it can be as big as 10 kilometers and as little as 1 kilometer from your origin point. Note that you can change the radius unit from kilometers to miles in the settings.
Next, you’ll have to decide on what kind of zone you want to explore!
Anomalies versus Blind Spots
Anomalies are the first kind of points you can generate. These are your main go-to points if you want to explore the world around you, so start with these. The app uses its own quantum generator to generate a cluster of random points, at which point the numbers are laid across your radius like pins on a map. The three types of anomalies are: attractors, voids, and power anomalies.
Attractors are “improbably dense clusters of random points,” which basically translates to points of interest where you are most likely to run into something new and unexpected that is related to your intention. Attractors have numerous quantum points on the map landing in the same relative area, hence the “attraction”. If you don’t know what to pick, attractors are a good choice to start out with.
Voids are the opposite of attractors, as they are clusters with low density. Where as attractors have lots of points in the same area, voids have significantly less points in the area, like something is repelling the points. This doesn’t mean you will not find anything – it’s just a different way of reading the quantum generator.
The third option are power anomalies. Every time you generate a point, they will be listed with a power rating. The power rating is how dense the area actually is in comparison to the amount of points, which basically translates to how many points of interest will be in the anomaly. Choosing the power option will generate either an attractor or void with the highest power, meaning that you are almost bound to find something interesting!
The idea here is that our minds may have some kind of influence over the quantum generator, which is why it’s recommended to use Randonautica with an intention, as you may find the experience much more fruitful.
The other type of point the app can generate is a blind spot. There are two types of blind spots: quantum and pseudo. Quantum blind spots are generated again with the help of the quantum generator, and these spots are design to be places that you would have never gone before. If you’re feeling truly adventurous, a quantum blind spot is a way to find something you probably haven’t seen before.
The other type is the pseudo blind spot, which is a randomly generated point that is completely unrelated to anything else. A pseudo blind spot will send you all over the place, so expect the unexpected.
Keep an eye on your Owl Tokens
Owl Tokens are the currency of Randonautica. You start every day with 30 tokens, and almost all of the generated points cost tokens. You can purchase more with real money, or you can simply wait until the next day.
Every time you generate a point, you’ll use some of your tokens. Here is a complete list of how many tokens each point costs:
- Attractor: 2 owl tokens
- Void: 2 owl tokens
- Power anomaly: 3 owl tokens
- Quantum blind spot: 1 owl token
- Pseudo blind spot: free
Closing Randonaut Tips
Quantum numbers, intentions, mind-matter interactions… it can be a lot to take in. Whether or not you believe that the randomly generated points of interest are influenced by your own mental state, the fact remains that Randonautica can still be a tool for exciting new adventures.
We highly recommend just trying out the app for yourself and see where it takes you. We recommend trying all types of points at least once to see what you’ll come across, and make sure you try to have an intent.
Be safe when you are randonauting! Use common sense and make sure not to trespass or venture into dangerous areas. If something doesn’t look right, try a different point. Bring a portable phone charger if you have one, bring a friend, and make sure to hydrate!
Be sure to make liberal use of the bookmarking feature. Any time you generate a new point, you can bookmark it to check out later. You can generate a bunch of points at home, and then explore them at a later time.
The world of Randonautica awaits!