Getting Started with ARGs
If you’re new to alternate reality games and are having trouble getting started, check out ARGNet’s Now Playing list and see if any ongoing games interest you.
Some games may ask you to follow narrative threads from one platform to another. If you see a business card while watching a YouTube video, check to see if the company has an online presence, or try calling the telephone number. Often, the community of players that form around these games can help point you in the right direction. Forums like Unfiction are dedicated to following this kind of experience, although you also might find thriving communities around games on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, and even Google+. Don’t forget to treat both characters and your fellow players with respect, even if you disagree with what they are doing.
Other ARGs focus more on puzzles or challenges for the community to tackle. Is an audio file corrupted with static noises? The sound might be hiding a clue. Puzzles can come in every shape and form: and while there are resources to help with common ciphers you will frequently need to get more creative to tackle the kind of puzzles used in ARGs. Often, these puzzles are explicitly designed to require large groups of people working together to solve.