Two weeks ago, selected members of the UnFiction message boards were sent mysterious emails from someone calling themselves “The Composer”. The emails were quickly solved — each email contained part of a coded message — and the game was on. Over the course of eleven short days, players were led to a security site, interacted via Instant Messaging, and were introduced to the story of Renata Isle.
As it turns out, the mystery has been solved, for now. On an in-game site, players have learned that they were part of a pre-game activity for upcoming ARG “Renata Isle”. The explanation promises bigger and better things to come on the “17th of the second,” which is assumed to mean February 17th of this year. There is also a teaser page that provides some basic details for the upcoming game.
From reactions in the discussion thread, this pre-game was quite enjoyable to be a part of. We will check back in on this on the 17th and see what happens with “Renata Isle”.
AWARE is currently in a live pregame. If you’dÂ like to jump in and get up to speed, a newÂ Wiki Guide is being maintained by the playersÂ here. In addition, there is now an AWARE Forum set up at Unfiction, along with an IRC chatÂ channel: #ruaware on chat-solutions.org. AWARE is picking up steam and looks toÂ be a very innovative ARG, alreadyÂ having hadÂ an established player at UnfictionÂ turn outÂ to be an in-game character, orÂ so it seems.
In other news, there have been some interestingÂ sites discovered lately. Stop by the Godsend Institute and take a look at the fine job done inÂ creating a very realistic site, completeÂ with a real address and phone number, andÂ no obvious disclaimer, although there isÂ one there if you look hard enough for it. Â The promotional departments in HollywoodÂ are getting so close, but not taking thingsÂ any further, which is disappointing.
Also, if you’re a fan of Cyan/Ubisoft’s URU:Â Ages Beyond Myst, you’ll probably find www.pathoftheshell.com an interesting distraction while you waitÂ for the next expansion pack. There is a GuideÂ for this mini-game here.
ARGN welcomes two new affiliate sites: metaurchins.org and varin.org. Metaurchins is an online book project aboutÂ the Project MU (Metacortechs) ARG, currentlyÂ being worked on by numerous players. A veryÂ interesting read so far. Varin.org is a veryÂ nice site dedicated to gaming in general,Â and includes quite a bit about AlternateÂ Reality Games. Be sure to check them bothÂ out.
The folks behind the upcoming ARG Acheron (www.acheron.us) have announced a PM chat to talk about their upcoming game, scheduled to launch this summer. Acheron PM William Walrath will be in attendance as a representative to answer any question and give us a preview of what’s in store.
This moderated chat will take place on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 9:00 pm EDT / 6:00 pm PDT in #acheron on irc.chat-solutions.org. For browser-based access, java IRC applets can be found at http://www.acheron.us/chat.html or http://www.unfiction.com/chat.
Stop by Acheron for more information, and watch the forums at Unfiction for further details.