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Posted 2006-11-20 by Tony Walsh
Alternate reality games meet the world of Second Life next week, in an event hosted by Jerry Paffendorf, with 42 Entertainment's Elan Lee (i love bees), Mind Candy's Adrian Hon (Perplex City), and myself. Join us for a discussion on the intersection of alternate reality games and virtual worlds as part of the ongoing SL Future Salon series, on Monday, November 27, between 4and 5pm Pacific. I've been interested in mashing up ARGs with virtual worlds ever since a clue for a Second Life ARG was found here at Clickable Culture last year.

Last spring and summer, I worked as game designer and writer on The Ocular Effect (a.k.a. "The Fallen ARG") with Xenophile Media and Double Twenty Productions. In 2004 and 2005 I was the game designer and a contributing writer for the ReGenesis Extended Reality Game season 1 and 2 with Xenophile. Last summer, I volunteered as an independent puzzle designer for Waking City with TorGame. My work in the ARG field has pushed against the accepted definitions of the form. I see virtual worlds as an untapped, but highly suitable realm for extending ARG play. I haven't had a venue to discuss the possibilities yet, which one reason why I'm looking forward to next Monday's Salon. The other reason is that I get to swap ideas with some of the brightest minds in alternate reality gaming -- and that includes many of the audience members who have expressed interest in attending as avatars. Keep your eyes on the SL Future Salon blog or Yahoo! Group for further details.
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Comment posted by Gary Hayes
November 21, 2006 @ 6:12 pm
Hi Tony,

Sounds great. Any possibility of folks in SL actually attending this, in otherwords at the very least a skype stream and a representative avie in world - especially for q/a back and forth.

and of course dont forget our conversation based on my long post on VARGs back in May about this very topic!

URL again

Link to ARGS in Virtual Spaces


BTW Met up with Evan J down here in Australia - nice to chew the fat on these sorts of of extensions of reality games...
Comment posted by Gary Hayes
November 21, 2006 @ 6:34 pm
Oh forgot, my POV inworld blog JustVirtual contains a few trailheads ;-) and the last post itself is actually an 'inworld' guide to creating a simple quest game - which we actually ran as a 'scavenger hunt' styley Mini ARG (which we have run a few times on my LAMP Labs - this one was unique in that it contained references to and from the real world with both being inter-dependent - great fun! This cross VARG, miniARG, cross-over game has real potential, would like to tell you more ;-)

Best Gary
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
November 22, 2006 @ 9:58 am
Gary, thanks for the links, I'm making a list of reading material to hand out at the discussion, and these are great. Also see Bryan Alexander's recent consideration of the SLARG. Also I just received a tip from a reader about Uru Live incorporating some potential ARG-like hooks.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
November 22, 2006 @ 10:09 am
P.S., The SL Future Salon is normally open for avatar participation, I fully expect there to be a few dozen folks in-world. Usually there is an audio stream as well.
Comment posted by Jerry Paffendorf
November 27, 2006 @ 3:42 am
Hey Gary, yes, the guests will have avatars inworld talking on Skype and the audio URL will be made available to people at the event. One better on pasting the stream elswhere for overflow, Destroy Television will be there streaming video, chat, and audio from the salon. If I were attending instead of hosting, I'd probably be tuning in from DTV in one of my browser tabs :).

See you at the salon,
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