ARG Netcast, Episode 12

argnetcast.jpgEpisode 12 of the ARG Netcast series is supersized! Why, you might ask? The answer lies within the netcast itself, with three monster discussions on ginormous topics that found their way into this week’s agenda. So, if you don’t want to hear about how the Receda Cube was found in Perplex City, or how the Deus City creative team has responded to one of their players, or about the true meaning of This Is Not A Game, then stay away! However, for those interested, listen in as the panel consisting of Jackie Kerr, Jessica Price Brooke Thompson, Sean C. Stacey and Jonathan Waite and first-time panelist Nicko Demeter discuss these topics, and more. Note: we’re having substantial problems with audio lately, so we’re sorry for the quality of this netcast, which is not the best. Subscribe to the ARG Netcast feed through FeedBurner or via iTunes.

Game News

  • Oh joyous day, the Receda Cube has been found! Of course, we talk about the center of attention in the Perplex City game, which officially ended (Season One, anyway) with the discovery of the Cube by Andy Darley, an admired and loved Unfiction forums member (Rand0m). Darley writes about his adventure here, and here. Also, here and here. Finally, here is the end of his tale. He’s a great storyteller. Aside from Darley’s discovery, we dish on how clues might have been given to one particular group and not the overall player base, and wonder why Violet was Combed Thunderclap, and how she knew about months in advance of the site being registered.
  • Deus City has responded to a player who offered suggestions, help and bug reports by asking her to leave the game, citing Terms of Service violations. We’ve got the details! We also discuss how players might become confused by the gameplay, given that two of the characters in the game are real people.

  • The Human Pet has a neat new video with some interesting plot twists. We’re curious as to when we’ll find out more about the present, as the back story stuff is nice but we’re ready for more.
  • Puzzle of the week: Secret Human Pet Code! Get your, um, Human Pet Decoder Rings! The code is: VMRLFFS 8:32 BWDJFVS. See this thread at the Unfiction forums for more details.
  • Thanks to tips from Sylvia and molecularr, we know about the cool swag players are getting as part of the Monster Hunter Club. Also, how cool are these promos for the game by Dee Snider of Fangoria Radio (and of Twisted Sister fame)!
  • There’s a live event planned for the Meigeist ARG! It will take place on February 18th in Bristol! We’re still very much loving Meigeist from afar, which is kind of sad, because we’d really love to be playing this one.
  • The Vanishing Point game had a chat with 42 Entertainment but, alas, it was postponed. Another chat took place… yesterday, but we talked about it like it would be taking place… tomorrow. to be fair, we did record on Sunday, so technically, we’re right on both counts.
  • There was a game called Beast of Black River. It’s over now, because the puppetmaster has met an untimely (fake, we hope) death. Well, at least it didn’t implode.
  • The Million Penguin Project is an ambitious multi-author novel project that is ahead of its time. Read the site and form your own opinion if you don’t believe us.
  • We welcome new writers at ARGNet. You might be surprised at who we managed to sign on.

Topic discussion

  • TINAG. This Is Not A Game. What does it all mean? Lucky for you, we have authorities on the topic who are more than happy to talk about it.
  • Viral marketing and the skeptics it’s creating. Sean brings in news of a stealthy Canadian hair products viral marketing campaign that had people arching eyebrows right from the get-go.

Listener Email

  • molecularr sends in a great update about Monster Hunter Club that will be part of an update article at ARGNet later this week.
  • Sylvia updates us as Meigeist and MHC continue to impress fans and players.

The End

  • As the netcast was running a tad long, we tried to rush this through. We did mention ARGFest (all panel members will be attending) and the Colts’ win at SuperBowl XLI. There’s also a super secret announcement about ARGFest and the Netcast series.

Contact us at our special netcast email address, [email protected] with your tips, suggestions, concerns and submissions. Call us on our ARGNet voicemail at 630-274-5425.


  1. Larry Eisner

    Just a quick note, to tell you all that the addition of Nicko Demeter was AWESOME. This was my favorite netcast yet. Honestly. Even with the audio issues. (although this one was better than last week, audio-wise.)

    Seriously, make Nicko a regular contributor if at all possible.

    Great job, peeps… I miss y’all! 🙂

  2. marc

    Quite frankly I’m disgusted with the attitude of the panel this week. It seems that they consider themselves the ‘authority’ on the ARG genre and therefore they have free reign to make biased, uneducated decisions about matters they know nothing about, then tell the whole world about their jaded opinions.

    I think it’s sad that TIAG talks of perplex city have taken over this episode, and detracted from the glory that is endgame, and congratulations for Andy. Personal gripes with puppetmasters should be taken up with puppetmasters.

    And as for the section on deus city..I’m not even going to bother asking if you know both sides of the story.

    I think an appology is needed. It’s very easy to criticise, but it’s ironic that the panel seem to hold the authoritive opinion, when they’re always so increadibly wrong. Do any of them actually play any of the games mentioned this week?

  3. European Chris

    It’s a bit sad that the week an ARG gives away £100,000 to a player you spend 20mins slagging off Perplex city without highlighting any positive aspects of it.

    You’re not trying to ‘dump’ on Mind Candy however can’t think of a single good thing to say and start talking about the date websites were registered (what a dull thing to talk about); it all struck me as a little humourless.

  4. KGBrAm

    Great point from Larry Eisner there. It’s the same old song and dance from these ‘authorities’.

  5. konamouse

    I’m afraid to say that I have only just started reading Dave’s book Through the Rabbit Hole. I think it provides a great analogy for TINAG, ARG, and other information about the genre.

    His first book “This is Not a Game” is still available via

    I highly recommend both.