After weeks of our pleading in the ARG Netcast series for player input on games, given the fact that we just don’t have the time, resources or energy to be actively participating in all 173 (seemingly) alternate reality games going on at any given time, Karl “Thunderwolf” Smith was kind enough to step up to the plate and offer up an abbreviated summary of the Meigeist ARG that is currently turning heads and creating buzz. Here’s Karl with the latest:
Hi guys, I’ve just listened to your latest podcast, and so I’m writing in on behalf of all of us currently playing Meigeist. I’m really impressed with the game so far – the puzzles have been coming in steadily, we’ve had 10 already and the game’s not even been up and running a month. They’ve started off fairly easy and have gradually been picking up… a nice learning curve for new ARGonauts. The level of interaction has been very high; many people have received letters and phone calls, voice mail messages, picture-texts, the works. It’s shaping up to be very action packed, and we’ve all got our fingers crossed for live events too. Obviously as it’s being run here in the UK a lot of the events are in a GMT time frame, but people outside the UK have received letters and phone calls too, so it’s certainly not limited to UK players only.
As far as the storyline goes, it’s certainly starting to heat up now. What started as a search for a missing cat has started delving into the realms of hypnotism and mind control. There’s some great characters too. We all care about Eva, and so now we’re all worried after her latest video blog… has she disappeared for good? Add to that Bryan Wilson, the professor with a heart of gold who may well have a sinister hidden agenda, and the enigmatic Keir Jones, who is now apparently being surveilled by the very people he was keeping tabs on… but can we really trust him?
No game would be complete without crazy conspiracy theories, and Pat and Dave from timehole.co.uk seem to be experts on crazy conspiracy theories… or perhaps they’re just crazy. They have set up the welovebeef.co.uk website. Originally thought to be just an I Love Bees parody, there have been hints dropped by pat and dave that we love beef is a grass-roots arg. An ARG within an ARG? we shall have to see but it sounds great and I for one can’t wait to find out where that takes us. Whether it happens or not, Pat and Dave continue to keep us all amused with their hilarious videos. “COVER YOURSELF IN GRASS!”
We still have 6 weeks or so left on this one, and there’s literally stuff happening every day, so there’s never been a better time to get involved, so if you guys wanna spread the word it’d rock. After hearing your podcast I spend all night tidying up the wiki, bringing it up to date and adding a “proper” story section. Check it out over at www.meigeist.com, and if you guys have any more questions about the game, feel free to email me, or head over to the unforums. We’re all having a blast right now and the general vibe is that Meigeist is shaping up to be an absolute belter.
Karl, sir, you indeed rock. Thanks for this intimate and timely look at what is shaping up to be a great gaming experience.