So I’ve mentioned several times about my anticipation and roleout of the new ARG, Find the Lost Ring. Well it’s in full swing now. The main meta site has released two trailers (You Tube mirrors 1, 2) as well as some well placed banner ads on You Tube and Live Journal. Those kinds of things are going to constantly bring new people into the game.
Ok, so it’s not Once More With Feeling, but my favorite public chaos group Improv Everywhere recently staged a musical in the foodcourt of a Los Angeles mall. While the customers were certainly in the dark, the mall staff was not – as IE managed to coordinate with wireless mics and the mall’s PA system.
I was going to post on how I just had my first SS of the season, but then I’d be lying. I had my first one *last week* and meant to write about it, but didn’t. So I had my *second* one of the season yesterday and was again inspired.
There has been plenty of coverage about the death of Gary Gygax in the last few days.. a good number of the geeks I know have either posted about it directly, or linked to someone else’s post about it.
Well my hopes about having the new ARG be a big one came true. Later in the day, on Monday, the game started rolling. Unfortunately, in today’s legal-wrangled world, the 4th wall had to be broken slightly by a “Terms and Conditions” link on the bottom of a website which outlined all the legal issues, and in fact mentioned who the sponsor was. I actually found this information out myself, because I was hoping for something big, but here’s a better quote from ARGNet, which not only mentions the primary sponsor but in fact confirms the identity of the lead designer.. who prior to the announcement was also suspected but not yet confirmed:
Here’s hoping that the new ARG that I am following is going to pan out to be a really good one.
I’ve been disappointed in the last several I have joined/lurked on. For whatever reason, they’ve fallen apart or didn’t meet my expectations of puzzles/interaction. This is often the case when they are grassroots ones run by inexperienced puppet masters, or when they are limited in their involvement tool and are more marketing based.