What are Secret Spots
When I meet someone new to CityXcape, one of the first thing they ask me is to define a secret spot. Although there isn’t a strict definition, I believe most secret spots you will encounter fall under the following 3 categories: 1) A spot where people of a community gets together. 2) A place offering a free resource to people. 3) A tucked away location that offers isolation, an escape from the city. Let’s take a look at each one.
Secret Spot as Community Temple
A good deal of the secret spots out there are get together zones for a community. See the stairs of that building? That’s where skaters hang out. See this cafe by the beach? A lot of writers hangout there. I’m sure you’ve encountered scenarios like this. The key is you would not know unless someone told you, hence why CityXcape considers them secret spots. So as a scout, when you find spots where a community gathers, whether it be artist or tech, put them on CityXcape.
Secret Spot as Free Resource
Would you like a bicycle? I know secret spots that gives them away for free bicycle. Interested in 3D-printing? I know a secret spot that pays you $2500 a month to train you on how to operate them. Need an office space? I know co-working spaces you can use for free at anytime. This list can go on and on. There are ton of free resources available throughout the city, people just don’t know about them.
As a scout, your job is to find these free resources and post them on CityXcape. I get great joy from seeing people’s reaction at the free stuff available to them. It makes me feel cool, and proves that my work as a scout is important.
Secret Spot of Isolation
The last common type of secret spots are those that offer isolation. Sometimes we just want to get away from all the noise. Those secret spots offer the refuge we all periodically need.
Secret spots of isolation are not just places for reflection, they are also great romantic settings. Examples of such secret spots can be a lone bench on a hill with a spectacular view, or a hidden lake inside a park, or a beautiful hotel lounge… You get the point! Find them, post them!
You may be asking how do we keep these secret spots secret? After all, a spot becomes ruined if too many finds out about it. CityXcape uses worlds to hide secret spots. When you download CityXcape, you have to join or create a world- a group with common values. When a secret spot is shared, it is only visible to people in that world. Different worlds, different secret spots. To learn more about this, watch my short video on this topic. I hope you find the world you belong to!