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Video Games / Check out my upcoming game!
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:22:02 PM »
Working hard on my first video game.
Check it out here:
https://www.facebook.com/epicalypse

Liking and sharing is appreciated a lot!

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Active Games / Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:01:29 PM »

I just received below e-mail from sylvanastories[at]gmail[dot]com

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Dearest Friends,

I am coming out a long seclusion because I need your help. I was visiting with friends in Prague when I was encouraged (via gunpoint) to meet with a new client. As I value my life I decided to break my long-standing rule of no new clients and met with a young woman who I will refer to as Natasha, after one of my favorite characters in literature, because you would recognize her real name in an instant.

We sat in small café where we ordered chlebicek and discussed her situation.

“Don’t you think half a dozen armed guards is a little bit of overkill?” I asked.

“Not if you knew who was after me.”

It turned out that what she wanted was protection, since she knew I was in contact with a number of high-profile underworld operators, and a card reading. Since I didn’t have any cards with me she dispatched a member of her entourage to fetch a deck from a local bookstore. I did a simple spread and she was quite agitated with my reading.

“That settles it; I’m moving to my next location. I have a contact there who will get in touch with you.”

“Where will you be going?”

“I can’t say, but I will give you hint. It is a city on the banks of an ancient river which was essential to a core civilization.”

“Well, that narrows it down,” I said sarcastically.

“Like I said, someone will be in touch.”

I told her that I would do my best to raise a few contacts around the globe who might be able to assist her and she said, “We're going to need an army.”

“Who is after you? And why?”

She sighed. “That is something you will have to figure out for yourself. Let me just say that the man who is after me is very powerful, and right now he is determined to wreak havoc on a global scale the likes of which nobody has ever seen.”

I felt a shiver go up my spine. “How?”

“He is a brilliant financial and political prodigy, although he is actually famous for something quite different. He works out in the open as a successful person in his field, but behind the scenes he toys with and manipulates markets, crashing some while sending others skyrocketing, and he bribes politicians, pundits, and writers to create mass chaos.”

“I think I know who you might be talking about. . .”

She cut me off abruptly, “You don’t.”

I nodded thoughtfully. “Okay, well how shall we refer to him?”

“I call him the man without a face.”

“Without a face?”

“I don’t mean that literally, of course. You’ll have to look beneath the surface.” With that she refused to say another word. She gathered up her things and was escorted to a large black SUV by her thugs. I sat for a few minutes in bewildered silence and finished my chlebicek before ordering coffee. Then I took out my notebook and made a list of every person I knew who would be able to help me.

* * *

I am contacting you, dear ones, because I have either worked with you before or because a close friend has recommended you as someone who can be trusted. As a marker of your mission I will eventually ask you to carry a special artifact with you at all times, but we will get that later, after you have passed several tests letting me know the depth of your commitment. I can’t say you won’t be in danger, so there will be no hard feelings if you feel you can’t join the cause at this time.

For now, if you are interested in going further, please send an email to me with the name of a card from the minor arcana and I will give you a reading. If you do not wish to receive my emails, please respond with the word REMOVE in the subject line and I will trouble you no further.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Always,

Winter Sylvana


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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Alien Invasion Conspiracy: Hoax or ARG?
« on: March 30, 2018, 03:01:18 PM »
Creepy voicemails, coordinates and people making it into conspiracies.

As I don’t believe in conspiracies, it leaves two options:

Hoax of ARG?

What do you think?

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Finished Games / Projects / [Official ARG] Ready Player One
« on: March 27, 2018, 11:20:41 AM »
The other threads might be an indie/fan made project. (Nothing wrong with that.)

This link has the info on the confirmed original ARG.

I assume we will soon learn if the other links on this board are (officially) connected and, if so, how it fits in.

https://wiki.gamedetectives.net/index.php?title=Ready_Player_One

Thanks to Michael!

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General META Discussions / Time Keepers Meta
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:28:32 AM »
Players received the following e-mail:
Spoiler: show

Hello Everyone!

As you know, the Time Keepers ARG has been moving forward rather slowly. This is due to the fact that it was originally designed to be much more highly interactive, with some of the puzzles requiring a bit of group think and "big picture" mysteries rather than specific puzzles. I was hoping that players would explore the website a bit more and begin to question to TK Staff members posted on website (Phil, Becca, and Sam). HOWEVER, this is NOT the fault of the players but rather poor design on my part coupled with the failure of the Unforums right before my launch. Everyone who has played has blown me away with their level of dedication and interaction. I want to emphasize that it's an ARG design problem, NOT an audience problem.

I was completely thrilled and happy about the new site arg.world, but don't think the game picked up enough momentum after that. Once again, I completely blame myself for having set up a faulty game structure.

Anyway, the whole point of this rambling post to say that I have some new ideas for how to move forward with Time Keepers. I'm thinking of planning more of a serialized fiction structure with embedded clues that will provide further immersion for the story (communication with various characters and buried details and information), but are not required to follow along.

I am hashing out a new outline this week and should have a big update ready for Thursday. After that I will do weekly updates with a new "episode" every Thursday. These will be posted on the blog and the hidden clues will be revealed via the Destination 000 website. GJ will also continue to send out emails. Feel free to remove yourself from this list by emailing with the word UNSUBCRIBE in the subject line.

Thank you to everyone who has played along! You all are the most wonderful audience and group of players.

-TK PM


What are your thoughts on this?

Personally, I believe there's nothing wrong with the design of the game and this PM has a case of bad luck in regards to the unforums situation.
I'm not a very patient ARG player, so I have tried to play games in the past only to give up pretty quickly. So far this game kept me interested the longest, which, to me, shows it was very well made (and incredibly well written).
It must be disappointing to spend so much time on something and then have so few people play it.
(Not the fault of those people and neither the fault of the design, just a wrong place wrong time thing I guess.)
I also agree that in this situation a serialized approach might be best in a way that new players can read up and jump in and hopefully increase the number of players.

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Movies & TV (Shows) / Game of Thrones theory... (SPOILERS)
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:47:09 PM »

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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Found this on Reddit:
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:05:35 PM »
https://www.reddit.com/r/ARG/comments/6tbtpq/a_message_from_the_secretary_of_the_northern/

http://humanisbeing.com/

Also mentions an e-mail address: secretary@humanisbeing.com

The FAQ mentions this:
(http://humanisbeing.com/history/faq/)

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Is this a game or an “ARG”? We are a Mirror. This is an Aesthetic Experience. This is an Act of Creation. We promote Transformation. We grow in relation to our participants. This is an experiment in evolution, where the All is re-created through individual communion.


What do you think?

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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Possible trailhead: Crimson Mist (incident)
« on: August 15, 2017, 03:33:52 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIWzQRbbALDmYDwSwiaJN3g

Could be a trailhead, of just experimental videos.

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"A few years ago I attended my first conference with an alternate reality game implemented as a way of engaging participants as a learning community, and ever since I’ve been hooked. Amanda Visconti and I ran several conference games at THATCamps involving escaped video game characters and invading aliens. Alternate Reality Games (or ARGs) are built on the idea of a shared story invading the physical world, and can include scenarios of invading aliens, impending apocalypse, or mysteries waiting to be solved."

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/alternate-reality-games-in-the-classroom/54769

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"What began as a marketing tool has now become a lot more useful: playing with alternate realities can solve real problems."

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2008/jul/24/games.internet

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"In the credits on a poster for the Steven Spielberg film A.I. was a mysterious job title: "Sentient Machine Therapist - Jeanine Salla."
Some curious folks did a web search for this woman and found themselves involved in a murder mystery that included messages hidden in movie trailers, bizarre websites, strange phone numbers, and angry emails from fictional people."

http://mentalfloss.com/article/20569/beginners-guide-alternate-reality-games

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"SOMETHING BIG IS COMING UP on September 22. Or September 27, when there will be a lunar eclipse. Or October 8, timed to the Draconid meteor shower. You don’t know what it is, but it definitely has to do with a man named Callum Felderi and the mysterious company that employs him."

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/alternate-reality-games-could-still-take-over-the-world-and-your-life

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