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Dateline: Dec. 15, 2002: TerraQuest: New CEO Interview and Game Updates

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Mind-Quest has been busy promoting and enhancing their innovative game, Terraquest. The game scope has expanded to include real world websites.

[www.mind-quest.com Mind-Quest] CEO, Keith Griffin was interviewed by Steve Peters at Unfiction about [www.terraquest1.com TerraQuest]. He covered a number of topics and gave a small behind-the-scenes peek at the concept behind the game.

TQ also seems to have refined their view on cooperative play. Initially, they actively discouraged such play, but the current statement appears more neutral.

TQ has also started offering a three-day free trial of the game to allow prospective players to experience the game and whet their appetites for the real thing.

Most excitedly, TQ has expanded the game scope to include related websites in the real world. When you are logged into LARS, the information managemer for TQ, and visit a related site, you will find additional characters and clues in the LARS console.


About the Game
TerraQuest will be divided into six game periods, each approximately one month in length. Each game period a new clue set will be released. The clue sets will incorporate a variety of media types (exhibits), which will provide the starting points and continuation of threads already in place. These threads will lead you down different paths. Some of these paths will lead to critical information, some will not become important until later game periods, and some will be nothing more than red-herrings. The game is pay-to-play with registration fees increasing until the final period. It is currently $25 to play.

Dateline Dec. 10, 2002: Interview with Landau, Luckman, and Lake

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Ok, I want to know what LiqidCrack, X-Men, and the Library of Congress have in common! To that end, I managed to track down a representative claiming to be from Landau, Luckman, and Lake, Attorneys At Law and asked them a few questions:

WB: What can you tell me about the source of the messages?

LLL: Our founders had some interesting clients from when we were founded in the early 19th century. We’ve always held on to our status as one of the best law firms in the world by making sure jobs get done. For the messages recently recieved through a source, we can only say they’ve been with us for a long time and only now were we instructed to forward them.

WB: How long have you had them?

LLL: No Comment

WB: What do they mean?

LLL: We don’t know. Nor are we inclined to dig through them.

WB: Who told you to release them?

LLL: Our client’s instructions. The client remains anonymous.

WB: Is there anything you can tell me about your client?

LLL: He paid us well.

WB: Is there more information you are still holding?

LLL: That we cannot say. One of the founders brought the case with them

WB: How were the recipients selected?

LLL: Carefully. The person who brought us the case… they chose the list.

WB: What more will LLL be releasing soon?

LLL: We’re sorry we can’t release anymore information than that. And we must cut this short as we are going to be quite busy.

Busy indeed. And with that, I’m left with more questions than answers.

Dateline Dec. 8, 2002: Chat Transcript with Push, Nevada’s PM Doug TenNapel

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Unfiction, in cooperation with ARGN hosted a chat with the main PuppetMaster and Puzzle creator for Push, Nevada. The PM, Doug TenNapel covered a lot of ground and announced his next project.

The chat:
SpaceBass welcome Doug
TenNapel I’m here
TenNapel Hi I’m Doug TenNapel, I created the puzzles for Push Nevada
SpaceBass Before we start repeating people, I have a list of questions from those who weren’t able to make the chat
SpaceBass First of all, I’d like to welcome Doug TenNapel and thank him for taking the time to come out and chat with us. We really appreciate any opportunity to pick the brain of a puppetmaster.
TenNapel Yeah! glad to be here.
SpaceBass Before we start taking questions from the audience, I’ll start out with one question that I know a lot of people want answered, and then we’ll start voicing people to ask their own questions.
SpaceBass So, to start: What is the connection between NoahBoddy and Push, NV?
TenNapel Wow, I’m not gonna know a lot of that suff…
TenNapel …Push was separated between fiction and real world puzzle…
TenNapel If there was a connection, it would go in after the fact probably by our web content guy Steve Edwards…
TenNapel …Noah was a plant that we could control…
TenNapel … bleed out clues and keep track of our most “dangerous” audience members.
SpaceBass Let me follow-up quickly..if Noah was a plant, does that mean the NoahBoddy game that started after Push ended is indeed run by people who were involved with Push?
TenNapel I don’t know. I know that we had plants we control but I couldn’t keep track of who was real and who was not…
TenNapel …if he was or was not a plant, it wouldn’t surprize me!
TenNapel …that may sound like a lame answer…
TenNapel …but after a while the Push production got huge I didn’t always know what one arm of the production was doing. Next?
SpaceBass Okay, thanks. Let’s go to the audience. Our first questioner is Push.
TenNapel I like your name already.
Push Doug, will there be a DVD set of Push?
TenNapel I have no idea. I know that the Exec producer Sean Baily was talking about it so who knows. As the puzzle guy, I wouldn’t necessarily be involved with that unless it was to create new puzzles or remove old puzzles from the set. Next?
Push Was your delay last weekend caused by Watermark?
TenNapel Push, Good ONE!…
TenNapel …my delay last weekend was caused by my own incompetence… so I blame Watermark! Next?
Tien_Le Welcome, Doug, thanks for joining us. Who was Enoch? and followup…who were Enoch’s ‘contacts’?
TenNapel Hmmm this is going to be difficult…
TenNapel …it’s like Shatner at a Star Trek convention…
vpisteve heh
TenNapel …I’m not perfectly familiar with the drama of Push so try to question me about the puzzle work. They really are separate parts of the show…
TenNapel …I know some things about the narrative but I tried to stick close to weaving puzzles into the show. Next?
vpisteve can you explain in a little more detail your role, just so folks are clear on exactly what your contribution to everything was
TenNapel Sure…
vpisteve how did it all work for you?
TenNapel I was involved with the very start of the show…
TenNapel …like the week after Ben and Sean pitched Push to ABC I was meeting with Sean…
TenNapel …I helped craft some of the elements of the pilot and the overall arc of the season…
TenNapel …but once we got going I left working on the dramatic elements of the show…
TenNapel … they brought in writers and directors to do that…
TenNapel …I had worked on Push for 1.5 years BEFORE prodtuction started…
vpisteve wow
TenNapel …so I had a ton of puzzle notes to craft. That’s me. I created the puzzles FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE ONLY…
TenNapel …the dramatic puzzles (non-prize money stuff in the mystery of the show) was primarily handled by Sean Baily and Steve Edwards…
TenNapel …Edwards and I shared an office at the studio so we worked together a lot, towards the end he was helping me with a lot of puzzle stuff.
catherwood was the web interactivity side of things restricted by the goals of TV group and their “game integration team” on what could and could not happen beyond the show and the $million game?
TenNapel Wow…
TenNapel …the drama of the TV restricted everything.
TenNapel …push had to work as good TV first…
TenNapel …so there were lots of web ideas and puzzle ideas we had that just couldn’t be done because it was too intrusive or required too much work that sucked away from the TV show…
TenNapel … further, lawyers…
TenNapel …need I say more?
the42guy How did the final solve [”vongilnail”] due to cancellation differ from the original solve? Follow up: Do you think if Push had been scheduled on a different night (it was against “CSI”), it might have survived?
TenNapel … good questions…
TenNapel …I always knew that vongilnail would be the final answer…
TenNapel … We had cleared 10 different phone numbers from 10 locations under different names to make sure they couldn’t get traced back to LivePlanet…
TenNapel …I had hoped that Von Gil Nail could be worked into the narrative of the show so I presented the name to Sean Baily…
TenNapel … it was too late to create the character but we knew that name would come down the pipe, when the series got canned we just had to incorporate the clues from the cancelled shows into the last episode…
TenNapel …it was kind of an exciting challenge!…
the42guy yah, that was an interesting ending. :)
TenNapel …I love solving puzzles and this was a real life puzzle to solve…
TenNapel …I dont think Push would have survived…
TenNapel …it’s the wrong show at the wrong time in life…
TenNapel …perhaps another season or HBO or a feature would have worked but I personally don’t blame CSI on our troubles. Next
Diandra I noticed that some of the puzzles in Push (for example the touch-tone dialing puzzle and the puzzle to remove the static from the audio clips) were very similar to puzzles in Majestic. Were any of the same people involved in both ventures…or was it merely coincidence? If it was coincidence, were you (at some point) aware of the similarities?
TenNapel …I know that we all liked the idea of Majestic…
TenNapel … and perhaps Majestic tanking would have been an omen for us to listen to…
TenNapel … but I don’t recall having that kind of direct contact with any of the Majestic developers…
TenNapel …those are pretty common game/puzzle elements so I doubt there’s any deliberate borrowing.
Curlay Are the scripts actually written for the ‘rest of the season’, and/or are the shows produced?
Curlay I know you said mostly the puzzle end
TenNapel The scripts were written through like 11 episodes…
Curlay Out of how many? 15, were there?
TenNapel We produced 2 episodes that were not shown I think. Next?
kingohugs Some of the web “only” stuff was quite entertaining, and seemed to promise some great story line material…if the show had lasted, was there talk of seeing things like the Skate Park or RoadRunners brought into the TV plot late in the season or in the (ideally) following season?
TenNapel There were originally 13 episodes…
TenNapel We were always looking for ways to intermingle fantasy elements with real life elements…
TenNapel …I’m not sure what would have happened but we were always borrowing stuff from each other. Next?
imbri What were the expectations for the online element and were you overwhelmed/underwhelmed by the internet response? After the experience is there anything that you would do differently? What and how?
TenNapel Underwhelmed on all accounts…
TenNapel …I’m not sure how to fix whatever went wrong, I think only time will allow us the opportunity to take another crack at blending TV with internet…
TenNapel …we were just too early for this kind of thing on a broad general audience basis. Next?
Gupfee I was wondering if there were more plans for underused elements like highwatertrucking.com that didn’t get implemented because of the show’s early cancellation?
Gupfee and the follow-up would be what was the best thing we never saw?
TenNapel There are no plans I’m aware of to implement anything now…
Gupfee not now, during the run of the show, I meant
TenNapel …perhaps if the show got big we would have tapped more stuff we planted in the show earlier.
TenNapel …The best thing…
TenNapel …you never saw the show parts where Jim Prufrock takes down Push…
Gupfee can you elaborate on that?
TenNapel …the scripts had him utterly dismantel the town and the remnants were burned to the ground!
TenNapel …during the run of the show…
TenNapel …you missed seeing all of the fun we had making the thing!
TenNapel …great crew, I grew to love those people. Good people.
Tien_Le what was going to be the clue for ‘underwear’? And why was Peter Pan a clue?
TenNapel …good one
TenNapel …Underwear was me having fun…
Tien_Le so we weren’t going to see all the Push characters in their skiveys?
TenNapel … it was a pun where one of the characters says, “The money’s under the bed.” and another character bends down to look under the bed (and there is no money there but he is showing his underwear) and the character says, “Under Where?!”…
SpaceBass lol
Tien_Le LOL
TenNapel …Peter Pan was our clue that Disney/ABC was a bit involved with Watermark…
TenNapel …The reason why Push was aired on ABC, owned by Disney was because perhaps Watermark owned every TV network…
Tien_Le thank you
TenNapel …I think we already did see all of the Push characters in their skivies!
the42guy 3 follow ups: So if the DVD is made, is it possible to see the unaired eps or read unaired scripts? So Jim, at home, - how did he figure out he was still being manipulated and go back to Push? And was the final clue originally going to air during Mondey Night football?
TenNapel I would think that the unaried eps would be included in the DVD release. I know there’s still some tidy-up work to do on those eps but the hard part is done on those episodes….
TenNapel …Jim figured it out when everything was too perfect…
TenNapel …His auditor instincts kicked in when his own life looked like a classic set-up…
TenNapel …yes the original clue was going to be aired during MNF…
the42guy whats the % chance of a DVD anyhow? And will it be announced if made… I noticed the book seems to have been cancelled.
TenNapel …We had to have a national simulcast to fairly disperse the last clue of the show to all timezones!…
the42guy aah.
TenNapel …I have no idea about the DVD. I’m sure if it gets made they will tell everyone they can about it!…Next?
kingohugs How much monitoring of the Internet groups, BESIDES the Enoch Yahoo group did you conduct? And as a follow up: Where you surprised by what you saw? Any outlandish speculation in terms of overall plot or individual puzzles that stuck out in your mind?
TenNapel …We looked at as many groups as possible…
TenNapel …I didn’t really care what specifically was being discussed, I just wanted to make sure that at least some people were getting my puzzles!…
TenNapel …my fear was that I had made all of these puzzles and nobody would get it! Next?
SpaceBass I have some questions from people who couldn’t make it today.
SpaceBass kxmom11x asked: Were there any specific events that changed or altered the course of the game? (excluding cancellation, of course) From the PM’s point of view, what was the most memorable event of the show/game?
TenNapel …nothing really changed the course of the game other that the lawyers…
TenNapel …it’s very difficult to make a “legally fair” game when there are so many different kinds of people creating different kinds of law suits…
TenNapel …Truly our litigous society ruined the puzzles the most…
vpisteve :(
TenNapel …As I said the most memorable event was working with this incredible crew around the clock… next?
SpaceBass Yux asked: Did the holes punched into the bible work much like a piano roll?
TenNapel …I think so, it was a special kind of card reading machine that would convert the Bible code into a codebreaker that implicated Watermark or something. Next?
catherwood (flups to the message boards question)-is this how you found out that the large flash header image on enochpushdialectic needed to be replaced with a static image? did it disturb you to read about people using Flash decompilers to find flaws with the hidden morse code in the headers? (flup) did you see people inventing puzzles which never existed? Or missing puzzles that were too well hidden?
TenNapel …I didn’t catch the flash stuff…
TenNapel …didn’t really care too much about what people invented or didn’t get (though there was a LOT of inventing!)…
TenNapel …I was only concerned that the “core” players were following my puzzles. They followed just fine so I was satisfied with that part of the show. Next?
Push 3 follow ups: What did you think of Derek Cecil’s performance of Jim , What was the hardest puzzle you crafted, and What sort of puzzles did you hide in the opening titles of the show?
TenNapel I like Derek as Jim…
TenNapel …it wasn’t what I’d expected, but he was a fresh face with a fresh take on the character…
TenNapel …toward the end I couldn’t imagine another kind of Jim, Derek owned that character…
TenNapel …the hardest ones usually went by so fast that I thought someone would have to tape it to get it. I didn’t want this show to only possibly be won buy a guy with TIVO…
TenNapel …I tended to only hide word or heavily graphic images in the title. If it was too hard for production to cram into the shoot that week it probably went into the credits. Next?
Diandra Were any of the additional puzzles for the unaired episodes created? If so, will we ever get to see them? If not, can you describe those we missed?
TenNapel There were tons of puzzles that were created that didn’t make it into the show and others that didnt make it due to the cancellation…
Diandra by “ever get to see them”…do you think they would be included on the DVD?
TenNapel …You will never see those puzzles. They are probably too long and complicated to share here…
TenNapel …I doubt if they will be on the DVD unless they include my sketchbook (could happen)…
TenNapel …one funny clue I came up with…
TenNapel …was for the work “longitude”…
TenNapel …it just had an old man wearing a T-Shirt that read, “I’m width stupid”. Next?
jamesi hey there… do you have any plans to get involved with a web-based campaign or game of some sort?
vpisteve heh
TenNapel No plans…
TenNapel …I’m always consulting in the games industry but I prefer my work on the drama side of things. Can I plug my project?
SpaceBass feel free
TenNapel CREATURE TECH!
SpaceBass What about “Gear”?
TenNapel I wrote a graphic novel called Creature Tech that New Regency picked up as a live action movie!
TenNapel …I’m writing the script…
vpisteve i do have an absentee creature tech question
TenNapel …everyone go buy the Creature Tech Graphic Novel on Amazon…
TenNapel GEAR is being made at Nickelodeon…
TenNapel …I’m working on the pilot…
vpisteve from Liqidcrack: Congratulations on the CreatureTech deal can you give us any more information? And will there be a followup to CreatureTech?
TenNapel I’m writing the C-Tech script…
TenNapel …I submitted the outline and it is APPROVED!…
TenNapel …I’m putting the final touches on the rough draft and getting ready to submit…
TenNapel …I don’t know if there’ll be a follow up to C-Tech, I gotta time my comics very carefully since they are so time consuming…
TenNapel …there are definitely more Creature Tech stories in me but it takes a long time to tell them. Next?
vpisteve how’re you doing on time? got time for a few more questions?
TenNapel I’ll take 3 more questions.
vpisteve what was the original pushtimes site? and will you forgive us for finding it too soon? :)
TenNapel We always wanted people to find Pushtimes…
TenNapel …those of you who found it early where a great confirmation that our evil plan was operational!. Next?
vpisteve heh
SpaceBass I have a few absentee questions from another player
SpaceBass ngajengai asked: Did the number 10623 refer to the date of Ernie Padgett’s unassisted triple play on 10/6/23 and if so, was it a point of reference of some kind? Were the characters using baseball gestures to signal information to the audience? Because I think I could see them, but couldn’t put together the system… Also, I think I also recognized some ASL and some finger-spelling… Am I out in left field with these questions?
TenNapel There was some sign language going on but I don’t remember much of it getting into the show…
TenNapel …I don’t know anything about baseball so I doubt if that stuff was there. Next?
kingohugs With the use of Bodnick as a late episode clue, can we gather that he was not dead? How was he to be Hinted at?
TenNapel We thought of bringing him back, but I mostly wanted to use his name as a tribute to the character. There was a chance that he would survive but I;m not sure…Last question please!
Tien_Le was the number 47 used specially in each episode
TenNapel No. Hey gang, in closing, Wasn’t it great that Mark Nakamoto won a million bucks without having to eat any bugs?!
SpaceBass lol
vpisteve heh
imbri heh
TenNapel Thanks gang
SpaceBass Thanks again for taking the time out for us Doug.
jamesi thanks to you
SpaceBass And good luck with Creature Tech!
TenNapel I gotta go now. Thanks especially to Steve for your patience
SpaceBass I’m heading to Amazon right now ;)
vpisteve yeah doug. thanks so much
Gupfee Come back and visit any time!
TenNapel YEehaw! Go TECH!

Dateline Nov. 24, 2002: Noah Boddy: Character Chat Transcript with Lady Selene

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The players had a very, um, interesting chat with Lady Selene this afternoon. Our thanks goes to Bundas who provided deaddrop.us with the transcript. You can find Bundas original transcript at [http://www.geocities.com/jborse/noahboddy] THE DREAM
LADY SELENE: Thank you for being here, I am sure that you all have so much you want to discuss. So do I, I’ve had another dream.
LADY SELENE: I was in a small enclosed space.
HMMINGBIRD1948: a closet? a small room?
LADY SELENE: It could have been a closet, or an underground room, or maybe even a mausoleum
WUUD: or a cellar, maybe?
LADY SELENE: perhaps, but it was cold, and I was in a great deal of pain
BUNDAS what type of pain?
LADY SELENE: everything hurt, but most of all, my back.
WUUD: was anyone there with you?
LADY SELENE: it felt as though there were a great many people, but I knew I was alone and in the dream, I even felt as if I were imagining the people around me and I knew I needed to get out of there. so I wandered through the darkeness until finally I found my way into a meadow. In the meadow was a little boy, a child really, a baby. And he looked at me, and as he smiled, blood pooled out of his mouth. And I knew it was him, the Boddy that the Reverend speaks of. And as he reached his tiny hand out for me, I awoke. I fear he may be aware of me now. That makes it even more important that we discuss things.
CASE_JUSTIN: When did you dream this?
LADY SELENE: Last night.
CASE_JUSTIN: Could you describe the boy,,, baby… thing for us please? images, impressions…
LADY SELENE: The form of a child is often that of innocence, the blood exposes a corruption of that innocence. He could be of any age.
HMMINGBIRD1948: the man at the corner of h & v-whom the rev met-blood pooled out os his mouth too-onto a ’star’-any connection???
CEMGATE: or do you just feel “EVIL” from him?
WUUD: is there any other way to recognise him besides the blood?
LADY SELENE: Yes, I believe the Reverend had a similar experience on H&V. Whether real or imagined, I cannot tell simply from the journal. Impressions of the boy.. Very young, blond hair, blue eyes, a few months old… and he was wet
JGFAMA: wet?
CEMGATE: wow that’s young
LADY SELENE: As far as Evil, and what Noah Boddy is involved in, I am not yet aware of the process.
MARIAANGELICA: tim?
LADY SELENE: But it clearly is a transformation of some kind. A transformation that is preying on the innocent. As for the blood, it’s not yet clear in my sight but it does feel connected to his motivations and his desire for power at the cost of others’ spirit.
KISBUNDAS: so is noah boddy a child, or does he just take the form/shape of a child in your visions…not being blessed with visions myself, I’m not sure how these things generally work
LADY SELENE: about the boy.. He was young, but I sensed much more evil than what could possibly be from an actual baby.
BUNDAS can you remember anything about his eyes? aside from being blue…
LADY SELENE: They were deep and concious and very aware
CHAS: Going back, you mentioned feeling pain in the dream; physical, psychic or a combination? Can you provide more detail?
LADY SELENE: physical pain, an overwhelming abomination radiating from the lower back.
JGFAMA: has the pain subsided?
HMMINGBIRD1948: what do u think the pain in your back symbolizes??
CHAS: He did not touch you there, did he?
LADY SELENE: Pain in the back: the pain was only during the dream. And no, he never touched me in the dream… Had he done so, I don’t think I would be here today to talk to you. The pain felt present, as though it was not a symbol, but a memory.

WHAT SHE KNOWS ABOUT NOAH BODDY

CEMGATE: Do you know “what” Noah Boddy is, do you know what he’s doing…the process he’s involved in?
WUUD: do you feel him getting closer?
LADY SELENE: He remains in the North, and it is possible that he does not yet know where I am, after all, he did not reach me before the dream ended. But I do think he’s searching.
HZ1P: how can we help?what can we do?
HMMINGBIRD1948: North??? northen California????
LADY SELENE: Yes, I believe Northern California
JGFAMA: it’s ok birdy!
REXBURTON: what do you think the blood is a symbol of?
HMMINGBIRD1948: yikes now far noth in cali-please??
LADY SELENE: I’m not sure how far.
HMMINGBIRD1948: i am in no cal
CEMGATE: Do you know “what” Noah Boddy is, do you know what he’s doing, the “process” he’s involved in?
DORTREK1: Is The Rev’s situation similar to that in the Stephen King book, “The Stand”?
LADY SELENE: I am not familiar with “The Stand” so I do not know

ABOUT MIKE THE REPORTER

DORTREK1: Do you think that Mike is a good person and will help The Rev?
LADY SELENE: Mike is an unknown to me, I have meditated upon him, and have felt nothing. Nither good, nor evil, not indifferent. He may be a psychic block.
BUNDAS what is a psychic block?
LADY SELENE: There are those who are naturally able to defend again being “read” on a psychic level
BUNDAS is that done conciously or subconciously?
LADY SELENE: They are generally cynical and disbelieving people.. Doubting Thomases if you will.

READING/VISION OF 2 MEN

JGFAMA: You mention in your journal that you did a reading for a man who seemed to turn into 2 men…can you tell us more about this and the man?
LADY SELENE: I will get to the ones who asked, and then we shall go one at a time to make sure we get everyone… Now, about the reading…
HMMINGBIRD1948: ty
LADY SELENE: As I said in my journal, when the reading began, the cards came out in sequential order… Something I have never seen happen before, or since.
JGFAMA: care to explain? sorry,, if I’m out of turn
LADY SELENE: And when I looked up at him, there were two men sitting next to each other, neither of whom looked like the gentleman who was actually sitting there.
LADY SELENE: One of them was very old, and the other one was in his teens.
LADY SELENE: The older one was clearly dominant in regards to the younger one, they were a couple.. somehow… and I don’t mean sexually… They were connected. I blinked, and they were both gone
CHAS: Followup clarification please, did you also see him as well?
LADY SELENE: Not for those couple of seconds.
CHAS: ty
LADY SELENE: I can only conjecture that they were relatives, or family members, strongly connected to him in some fashion. The younger one, certainly, had some relationship to him. Younger brother perhaps.
GUPFEE: why is there no entry in your journal for June?
Q CONTINUUM: Is Noah Boddy human? Have you fought an evil entity before? Can you explain why you are caught up in this?
LADY SELENE: Is Noah Boddy human? I assume so. Dark energy abounds, and sometimes can become aware. When that happens, it must be neutralized.
SOME BODDY: do you sense the father knows of your existence and search for him?
LADY SELENE: Of course he does.
BUNDAS Selene: you seem very certain that the Reverend is aware of you…how can you be so sure? Have you met formally?
LADY SELENE: I have never “met” the reverend, and have only seen him twice. Once in my dream. Once on the bus from Denver. But he has mentioned me in his journal, so he is at least aware that I exist. Whether he has tracked me down as your group did, I am not sure. But he has clearly read your group’s messages, so very well may know of me from there. He has not yet emailed me however, but did give that information to you.
WUUD: an old flasher, a young boy, how will we know Boddy when we find him? And what about the people he has control over?
LADY SELENE: And that most likely explains why I am caught up in this. The Goddess has blessed me greatly but such power comes with responsibility. To find him, I would start looking for those who control aspects of society: power, corporation, money. The legal system, politics, medicine…CHAS: But Lady, doesn’t Wica say you must embarce the dark side within as well? How are you to recignize the difference?
LADY SELENE: For myself, I have read numerous instances of dark power being practiced against mankind. Vlad the Impaler, Rasputin, Attilla the Hun, even Hitler. All of them attempted to harness dark energy for their own gain.
CEMGATE: Is there a precedent for what is happening with Boddy in any ancient literature or vision of times past? And if so are there ways known to combat Boddy effectively once found?
LADY SELENE: Noah Boddy in the past… The Reverend apparently thinks that what is happening with Noah Boddy has some connection to the bible.

WHY SHE STOPPED PRACTICING DIVINATION

SASSY: Selene, why did you stop practicing divination?
LADY SELENE: Now the divination question, and why I don’t practice. The last time I attempted such I was given a very clear metaphorical fork in the road. Until the issue of Noah Boddy is decided… There is no future to divine…
DORTREK1: very scarey

THE TAROT CARDS

GRACE: Hi Lady Selene, in your reading, what was the significance of the cards in sequential order?
LADY SELENE: Significance of sequential cards… A Tarot deck, for those who don’t know, is very similar to a modern playing card deck.
LADY SELENE: There are suits, 4 of them, as well as Major Arcana cards which are similar to face cards of modern standard decks. Now imagine shuffling a normal deck and drawing out the 1,2,3,4,5… all of clubs
SASSY: oooh, yikes
JGFAMA: are you ok sassy?
LADY SELENE: The odds against that are staggering. And in the case of a Tarot deck, where the psychic energy of both reader and questioner are invested in the reading…
SASSY: the odds are pretty high against that
LADY SELENE: The odds are even worse. It has never happened to me, and I am still studying the significance of the order myself.
dnbmathguy something like 1 in 312500000
JGFAMA: alright mathguy
SASSY: The Royal Flush of Tarot
JGFAMA: do you get it Sassy?
SASSY: yeah
MARIAANGELICA: What type of spread did you do
LADY SELENE: The stronger energy is of the one getting the reading, the reader uses her energy merely to help focus. Many spreads are useful.
CHAS: Who’s energy is stronger, or are they equal?
GRACE: If I may ask? what was the first impression of the significance of the order?
MARIAANGELICA: which one for that reading
LADY SELENE: The one I did that day was the standard cross, the most basic, 10 cards, and yes that meant 10 sequential cards.
JGFAMA: All ten? or the first four?
LADY SELENE: All 10
JGFAMA: Oh, I thought it was only four!
LADY SELENE: First impression of the significance of the order, and then we’ll move on…
CHAS: What do coins represent?
LADY SELENE: The cards that come up are based on a certain randomness, but are a reflection of an ordered energy that surrounds the person who is being read.
LADY SELENE: The randomness is part of life, and a tarot reading is designed to make sense out of that randomness
ALH1213: don’t coins or sometime called Penticles represent finance
LADY SELENE: Having 10 cards in sequential order is a perfect structure, there is no randomness there. It should be impossible.
SASSY: So, basically this dude has an intense, step by step plan before him?
LADY SELENE: After all, think of a card trick magician… They can make cards come out in any order they want to… but they’re CHEATING to do so.. and that was my first impression, that somebody, somewhere, was cheating…
JGFAMA: to send you a messgae? good or bad?
SASSY: oooh
LADY SELENE: I will be happy to post a bit more on the Tarot on my site tonight for all
WUUD: or to send you a sign? Have you seen this guy since?
JGFAMA: that would be great
DORTREK1: Thank you, Selene
CHAS: ty
LADY SELENE: I don’t believe it was to send me a sign, I believe the cards were indeed telling of the person… but it could be.
CASE_JUSTIN: Is there any way we can help you in your fight? Any friends or info we could look up?
JGFAMA: could he have been our noah boddy?
LADY SELENE: One mustn’t ignore a sign as significant as that, I am still working on it.
LADY SELENE: No, that much is certain.
JGFAMA: ok
LADY SELENE: But a connection, possibly.
MARIAANGELICA: were any of the cards in reverse key
LADY SELENE: I have not seen him since.
JGFAMA: he may be able to help…earth energy
LADY SELENE: None were reverse
Q CONTINUUM: If you meet up with Abednego, Mike, the Librarian (and others), how might your group attempt to defeat Noah Boddy?
CEMGATE: good ?
LADY SELENE: I do not follow the Judeo-Christian believe system, but I know that some in your group do. The more we can find out within Abednego’s journal, the better.
LADY SELENE: I am sure there is more within there than has currently been found.
WUUD: so you’re saying that there is a method to the madness?
CEMGATE: yes…I think we’re sure there is too….lol
LADY SELENE: Defeating Noah Boddy would depend on who he is.. But I do want to talk about the Librarian…
FIVECENTDAD: Lady, the reverend seems to think you are the “librarian”. Do you have idea why he might believe this? Could it be from when he saw you in Denver?
LADY SELENE: And then we will go to some who have not yet asked questions.
LADY SELENE: Perfect. I am not the Librarian, and I do not think from reading his journal that he thinks that I am.
LADY SELENE: I know that I was mentioned in the same entry that he speaks of the Librarian, but I believe that reference was independent to me.
FIVECENTDAD: But he used YOUR address when asking “where’s the librarian?” Maybe he thinks you should know, or can find out?
LADY SELENE: The REverend’s thought processes in those journals clearly bounce from place to place. Perhaps I can find out. But if so, I don’t know how yet. But when I read that journal, I gained an impression…
MOA-NIGHT: Did you get the impression, from the Reverend’s latest entry, that he wishes for us to call the Librarian, much like he had us contact you?
LADY SELENE: There is a suburb, a gated community, where nothing bad ever happens.
WUUD: some gate–where is it?
FIVECENTDAD: In So. Cal.?
LADY SELENE: The community is South East of me, a desert town, a place where the warmth washes over you.
SASSY: Sun City
WUUD: how far inland?
SASSY: Arizona
LADY SELENE: And somewhere inside that community, someone writes with a quill pen, surrounded by parchment…
FIVECENTDAD: A scribe? I KNEW it! :-)
DORTREK1: Perhaps a monastery
LADY SELENE: My impressions are not an exact science, but I can rarely sense things to such geographical accuracy much beyond lets say my State or so. Yes I did answer about the divination.
FIVECENTDAD: Sas, I think Sun City would be NE, rather than SE.
CHAS: unwise to spec here
LADY SELENE: Who has a question that has not already asked one?
ROOBYFISH: i don’t think mine showed up.
LADY SELENE: what was yours?
ROOBYFISH: about the rev’s madness?
LADY SELENE: go ahead and as again.
MARYJO_IN_MASS: Lady - what made you sick as a child. What disease?
LADY SELENE: rooby first, then I will go into that gladly.
FIVECENTDAD: Do you get any sense that the librarian possesses a psychic ability, such as your own? Sorry, do mine last please.
ROOBYFISH: about the rev’s madness?
LADY SELENE: hello rooby, we’re waiting for you.
WUUD: do you sense a religious community or maybe a univercity?
ROOBYFISH: sorry, it booted me again.
LADY SELENE: Go ahead rooby
ROOBYFISH: do you think that the rev’s madness is caused purely by his knwledge of moah boddy, or is there another factor?
LADY SELENE: That’s a good question… Did the answer come out about the journal?
JGFAMA: no
MARYJO_IN_MASS: no
JGFAMA: we have that’s a good question…
LADY SELENE: I think my statements are too long for this to handle, was disconnected again. One more time.
JGFAMA: all we have is that’s a good question. some body doesn’t want this reply posted!
LADY SELENE: Without speaking to the Reverend I cannot be sure.
LADY SELENE: I think the speculation on your group is correct, something in Stanley’s journal has triggered knowledge in the Reverend… he is feeling an intense personal guilt about it.
WUUD: I think maybe Boddy is interfereing-everyone concentrate
JGFAMA: hello
LADY SELENE: It is entirely possible, this many people talking about him could very well draw his attention.
ROOBYFISH: do you think that his madness is essential to his communication with you, noah or the librarian?
BUNDAS Do you sense his presence here tonight?
JGFAMA: foggy here in PA
LADY SELENE: It is possible that his madness is essential. History has often related the ability of the mad, or the touched, or those with visions. All of them have a greater sense of the unknown. I do not sense his presence as of yet, but I do sense a gathering energy.
FIVECENTDAD: I think the Rev. feels NB is in No. Cal. I worry for my parents in Redding.
JGFAMA: and Birdy up there some where
LADY SELENE: About the librarian’s psychic ability?
JGFAMA: can we stop/reverse the energy
LADY SELENE: The only impressions that I have received of the librarian is that of careful, methodical, and patient.
LADY SELENE: Whether the librarian has psychic ability I do not know.
WUUD: we may need to use the librarians ability.
LADY SELENE: Yes, I have some to backtrack on. Then I will take others.
WUUD: is the librarian in the gated community?
SASSY: …and is the gate for the whole town?

CHILDHOOD SICKNESS

MARYJO_IN_MASS: Lady, you were going to tell me about your illness as a child.
LADY SELENE: About my childhood sickness… When I was quite young, I was diagnosed with leukemia. I was quite severly sick for quite sime time.
MARYJO_IN_MASS: how did they treat you?
LADY SELENE: The doctors attempted all of the standard procedures, bone marrow, radiation…
MARYJO_IN_MASS: Did you have any near death experiences?
LADY SELENE: Nothing worked until the healer showed up. Standard medical practices were looking bleak, as were the doctors. As I mentioned in my biography, when the faith healer touched me and I saw a beautiful woman who gave me her message…
MARYJO_IN_MASS: yes i remember that
LADY SELENE: it was at that time that the doctors had near given up on me. I flatlined. They were reluctant to revive me. As the illness was in advanced levels. And I was so young and in pain nearly all the time.
MARYJO_IN_MASS: I can’t imagine how you suffered
LADY SELENE: If it hadn’t been for the healer it would certainly have been over…
calvin you are still in pain torn in two are you not?
LADY SELENE: the pain was completely removed when i was given my sfasddsfgasdfkjkjereitklasdfnadflwkefqj0934u5034jtasgasd
WUUD: are you still in contact with the healer-we may need his help.
LADY SELENE: fdskngsadfkjoiwer0239as m,xcvnsdf42r0sdfaslkdfasdf
HMMINGBIRD1948: ooopssssssss
LADY SELENE: gnrowefsdfasdf
HMMINGBIRD1948: um……….
LADY SELENE: hello there.
HMMINGBIRD1948: gibberish?
HMMINGBIRD1948: yikes !!!!!!!
ROOBYFISH: selene?
WUUD: are you OK/
HMMINGBIRD1948: is it just on my screen-or everyone’s?
GUPFEE: methinks the lady is channeling a bad typist
MARYJO_IN_MASS: what as that?
HMMINGBIRD1948: uh ohhhhhh
CASE_JUSTIN: Hello our Lady, how do you feel?
DORTREK1: Maybe another CODE
HMMINGBIRD1948: bad interference-dark stuff-this is not good
LADY SELENE: you seem to think that there is hope and there is none.
HMMINGBIRD1948: hmmmmmmmmm………..??????????
CASE_JUSTIN: Hello Noah
LADY SELENE: you seem to think that Selene can stop this and she cannot.
HMMINGBIRD1948: OH MY
DORTREK1: Selene has been overpowered
HMMINGBIRD1948: YOU GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leigh where are you
WUUD: But we all can together!!!!
LADY SELENE: you seem to think that you all have a chance and there is nothing that can be done there is nothing that can be done to stop him he is everything and all things and the world will fall to him
FIVECENTDAD: No, she can’t by herself! But we all together can… so beat it, boddy!
MOA-NIGHT: And who might you be?
CASE_JUSTIN: you won’t overpower all of us
ROOBYFISH: abednego?
HMMINGBIRD1948: U BAD EVIL I DON’T LIKE U
HMMINGBIRD1948: WE ARE STRONGER THAN U
LADY SELENE: you have no power over Noah. He can destroy everyone if he wishes and he will come to everyone in time.
Leigh my thoughts also, abednego types very similar
LADY SELENE: There is nothing to fear. Noah Boddy is watching after all
HMMINGBIRD1948: WHITE MAGIC IS STRONGER THAN BLACK U JERK
CASE_JUSTIN: who are you?
LADY SELENE: Selene will fall to Noah. The Father will fall to Noah. The librarian will fall to Noah
WUUD: Lady, are you all right?
LADY SELENE: We are you
HMMINGBIRD1948: bad bad evil evil
JGFAMA: I think it was the question about her being torn in two
HMMINGBIRD1948: we are stronger than U
LADY SELENE: There is no escape
GUPFEE: /me gets out her garlic necklace
CHAS: WE do not believe you!!!!
LADY SELENE: There is no choice
LADY SELENE: There is no salvation
FIVECENTDAD: Only if you separate us can we fall. And you will not do that.
LADY SELENE: Purgatory is not what it once was asdasdgasdfnaweorh23590u34515412rfasdfasdr
HMMINGBIRD1948: yes there is escape and choice and free will
LADY SELENE: asdfjq034tsdgklhasdg[a0235rq24rfasdf
calvin you have nuch to share, look into the future and see, eye see
LADY SELENE: nv0asdfqh04hrasdfhasdgasdga
SASSY: Lmao1
FIVECENTDAD: Lady coming back, I think….
HMMINGBIRD1948: we as a group are stronger than this evil entity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JGFAMA: I hope!
LADY SELENE: Oh…my…
Leigh are you ok
JGFAMA: are U ok?
HMMINGBIRD1948: oh my
DORTREK1: Are you all right, Selene?
HMMINGBIRD1948: Lady Selene?????
CASE_JUSTIN: be carfull Selene, Noah is on to you
SASSY: If pea soup omes out of my computer, I am loggin off.
HMMINGBIRD1948: prove to us that it is U
DORTREK1: LOL
LADY SELENE: yes… I am okay., but feeling strange
JGFAMA: I’m with Sassy
LADY SELENE: what happened?
LADY SELENE: WOW
DORTREK1: You were channelling an evil entity
SASSY: You got possessed by demons
HMMINGBIRD1948: Selene NB tool control of u
FIVECENTDAD: It seemed NB took over for a bit.
LADY SELENE: let me copy this transcript first
SASSY: Dman spooks
HMMINGBIRD1948: we fought him off tho !!!!!!!!
HMMINGBIRD1948: woooo wooooo wooooo wooooo wo
FIVECENTDAD: He was espousing dire threats. But we didn’t fall for it.
HMMINGBIRD1948: bad bad NB
JGFAMA: PLEASE HURRY BEFORE IT GOES AWAY MAGICALLY
SASSY: No pea soup or head spinning tho, so don’t be embarrassed.
HMMINGBIRD1948: we are stronger!! indeed!
HMMINGBIRD1948: white magic strong here
MOA-NIGHT: It wasn’t NB, or if it was, he must be controlled by something greater.
LADY SELENE: I think I should copy this and look at it further…
HMMINGBIRD1948: I DID A SPELL
DORTREK1: It said “we are you”
GUPFEE: urge to burst out laughing strong here
HMMINGBIRD1948: NB is near where I live
CASE_JUSTIN: I would tend to agree moa-Night
HMMINGBIRD1948: lol
calvin you never answer the question, you are still in pain and torn in two
JGFAMA: be strong birdy
LADY SELENE: I believe I will go now, much to do, much to do…
HMMINGBIRD1948: birdy strong birdy strong
ROOBYFISH: calvin, watcha doin?
BUNDAS do take care Lady Selene
SASSY: Just about the only thing he DIDN’T say was, “I see dead people!’
CASE_JUSTIN: Blessed Be.
LADY SELENE: I will make sure this gets on to the group later.
FIVECENTDAD: I don’t blame you after that episode. Take care of yourself.
LADY SELENE: Blessed be all.
ROOBYFISH: be safe
JGFAMA: trying to see what is going on
DORTREK1: Surround yourself with the Pure White light,Selene
LADY SELENE: I need to meditate on what just happened.
MARIAANGELICA: bye and thank you
WUUD: Blessed Be!!
DORTREK1: Take all precautions for your safety
DORTREK1: Blessed be!
LADY SELENE: I will contact you again, I will contact everyone again… And take care of yourselves in the mean time.
DORTREK1: you too!
HMMINGBIRD1948: BLESSED BE AND MERRY PARY WE WILL ALL HELP U WITH OUR WHITE MAGIC
WUUD: be safe.
JGFAMA: take care
SASSY: Um….what the fruitcake does Merry Pary mean?
HMMINGBIRD1948: doing a spell of protection for selene now
FIVECENTDAD: LOL, Sassy.
calvin eye will see you all later
JGFAMA: [please post transcript as soon as possible…where will you post it?
HMMINGBIRD1948: MERRY PART birdy is a bad bad bad typer
GUPFEE: Elvis has left the astral plane
JGFAMA: yikes
HMMINGBIRD1948: only have 2 tiny little bird footy and oly 3 nails on each litle foot-what do u expect?
SASSY: Was it Elvis or Regan?
DORTREK1: Hope it’s not another blasted CODE
JGFAMA: what just happened here?
BUNDAS I have a modified transcript (E.g. sorted into categories of questions and responses that I’ll post at: [http://www.geocities.com/jborse/noahboddy] in about a half hour.

Dateline Nov. 22, 2002: Push, Nevada PM, Doug TenNapel In Upcoming Live Chat

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

ARGN and Unfiction are pleased to host a live chat with Doug TenNapel, the consulting producer who wrote/designed all of the puzzle material for Push, Nevada, on Sunday, Dec. 1st [2002] at 8:00 pm EST / 5:00 pm PST.

Join us live at the live chat as we get our chance to talk to Mr. TenNapel about all the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Push NV mystery.

Before working on Push NV, Doug TenNapel got his start in television as an animator for the cartoon version of “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” Later, he got into video games and created both the “Earthworm Jim” game and subsequent television show. He also worked on “Neverhood.” His upcoming TV effort, entitled “Gear,” is based on his graphic novel of the same name, published by Fireman Press. Mr. TenNapel has dozens of comic book, video game, animation, and television credits, and he also wrote, directed, and played a part in the 2000 movie Mothman.

The chat will be held in #unfiction on the Chat-Solutions network. For those of you without an IRC client, #unfiction can be accessed via the browser-based java applet [www.argn.com/chat.htm]. Please try to arrive a little early. This will be a moderated chat. Chat and question guidelines will be posted on the unfiction.com forums shortly.

Dateline Nov. 15, 2002: Terraquest: Gamespy interview fills in some blanks

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The game still hasn’t launched, but the hype machine is in full swing. Among other things, see how Keith from Mind-Quest dodges the inevitable Majestic comparison. It seems that Terraquest isn’t really targeting the ARG community. To quote Keith, “We as a company will not promote or host either chat rooms or bulletin boards, and the main reason why is that we have to maintain a neutral position in this - you can’t give anyone an advantage at any point in time. We don’t recommend using them because of the simple fact that you are competing against the same people you are going to be talking to - and in that scenario who do you trust? Is the information you get going to be accurate?”

I’m thinking Keith is going to be in for a surprise.

The game will be played through the LARS interface and includes zoomable still shots from multiple angles, WAV audio files, video and webcam shots (presumably live video??) and 3D shots that can be rotated and examined in detail.

If the article or the Terraquest website [www.terraquest1.com] convince you to play, you can register right away. Game play is expected to begin any time.

Get the entire interview at http://www.gamespydaily.com/news/fullstory.asp?id=4343 GameSpyDaily.

Dateline Nov. 14, 2002: Search4e: Gamesfirst interviews Dana Bruno

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

As part of an ongoing media blitz, Dana Bruno, offers herself up to Shawn Rider to a glimpse into her past and the continuing investigation Search4e [www.search4e.org].

Dana gives some great background on her history, what happened to her partners and the Newsdogs organization [www.newsdogs.com], and explains her relationship to the other primary investigators over at True Crime Press [www.truecrimepress.com].

It’s a great read. You can find it featured on their home page archive or here.

Dateline Nov. 5, 2002: Search4e: Unfiction interview with Lars Fontaine

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Spacebass had an absolutely hilarious interview with our boy Lars from True Crime Press posted at unfiction.com.

The interview, conducted on Monday by email and posted here, covers Heather’s boy toy assistant and how he relates to the office structure at TCP.

Lars sets a new standard for eloquence and insightfulness as he discusses the goings on at True Crime Press and offers a little peek into the people in Search4e.

I hope Lars sticks around. His perspective adds a gossipy element to the story and offers an inside look of what is in store for us. He’ll make a great mole and, if the promised picture arrives, I’m sure he’ll do his part to ensure the oft neglected gender in computer gaming remains ensconced in the mysterious search for Eb Sobian.

Dateline Nov. 1, 2002: EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Search4E PM, Alex Beck

Friday, May 1st, 2009

I had the privilege to spend some time online with Alex Beck. He is the man responsible for putting together search4e and took a little time to fill in some background and give us a peek behind the scenes.

Search4e is a non-linear, interactive story played online. It involves the search for Ed Sobian and is filled with intrigue, puzzles and potentially prizes. It started around April 2002 as a test and is officially going live this evening.

We have about 120 players following the story already and it’s already proven itself to be a compelling story.

wb: Hi Alex!
wb: Thanks for taking the time to chat. I really appreciate it, especially on such an important day.
wb: Why don’t we start with some brief background information.
Can you give me a little background on who you are and how you became involved with the search for Ed Sobian?
Alex Beck:: Sure. Hold on.
Alex Beck:: I’m a former producer with a number of small ad agencies in Boston and NYC. I spent some time in London and Berlin. I’ve done a number of meetings and events and it was through this work that I came to know Steve [Massarsky] and Waldemar [Korzeniowsky] — and it was through them that I was introduced to search4e.
wb: What was it about Search4e that caught your interest?
Alex Beck:: I have a lot of friends involved in traditional forms of entertainment and there’s an aspect of it that feels like the same thing over and over. This felt entirely different and new. I mean a whole new form of entertainment that we were inventing as we go. It’s not that often in life that you can feel like you’re actually on the cutting edge… and there I was. So here I am. With lots of big plans for the future.
wb: How would you describe this new form of entertainment?
Alex Beck:: Highly interactive. In many ways, the players actually influence the direction of the story. It’s also a combination, and in some ways a culmination, of the capabilities of multiple media. The fact that this simply couldn’t have happened or taken off even two, three years ago is something I find very exciting: that this is uniquely native to and suited to the Web.
Alex Beck:: Let me add this. When I say “highly interactive,” I mean that if players show a lot of interest in a certain character or part of the story line, theyr’e bound to get it. We’re flexible and that feels right.
wb: That cutting edge is often called the “bleeding edge.” It’s tough treading new ground. What kind of things have you run into that were unexpected?
Alex Beck:: Yes, we’re all a bit scarred and battle weary, but the wounds are already healing nicely. We’re dealing with a melding of technology and information and content and navigation and it doesn’t always blend seamlessly, especially first time around. Things take longer than we’d like or expect. But we have a great team and we’re on target for launch tonight.
wb: If I understand correctly, Second State is a joint venture between BPictures and Bizincu. How does that all fit together?
Alex Beck:: Second State is not a joint venture. It’s a standalone and it’s a partnership between Steve and Waldemar. But you’re correct that these business entities fit into their past and to some extent present existences.
wb: Who’s brainchild was Second State and the Search4e? How did you identify the opportunity and get it all started?
Alex Beck:: It wasn’t me who identified the opportunity, although I was quick to jump on it when it was offered. It was originally Waldemar’s idea, and he and Steve have been working together to modify it and shape it into what you’ll be seeing tonight.
wb: The beta period has been running since April making Search4E the longest running venture of it’s kind (even though it hasn’t officially started). Is all the information and research that’s been done still important or are we starting with a clean slate?
Alex Beck:: Definitely don’t wipe the slate. Search4e is continuing and ongoing. The launch signals a reorganization of material and information as well as the introduction of new material that we’re pretty excited about.
Alex Beck:: For example, wait until you see the opening trailer.
wb: Cool. We’re all very excited about the launch as well.
wb: The press release mentioned a lot of exciting possibilities and a tie-in with Lycos. It seems this genre is pretty boundless. What kind of things can investigators expect to see?
Alex Beck:: There are lots of plans for other deals as well. With Lycos we’re waiting for word about doing a Jeremy Denauer chat next week. I think part of the newness of this effort and this form of entertainment is that people (i.e. big companies) are open to talking and the prospect of various kinds of partnership, but the specifics are not yet set in stone. We have an educational burden to show these companies that there’s really an audience for this kind of entertainment, and that people will be attracted to it.
Alex Beck:: In fact, that’s where players come in. Because on some level we count on you guys to get out there and preach the gospel.
wb: Who is Jeremy Denauer?
Alex Beck:: Who is Jeremy… hold on.
Alex Beck:: Check Collective Detective today or this evening. Jeremy is a former cop and FBI agent who’s been engaged by TCP to serve as lead investigator and add a measure of professionalism to the archiving of material around here.
wb: Are you also responsible for search4e.org?
wb: Everyone is anxious to have access to the notebook and other features.
Alex Beck:: To the extent of my own capabilities. I have certain responsibilities, but there’s a team. Everyone reports to me and I report to Steve and Waldemar. But this is an open-door operation, so it’s safe to say that everyone reports to everyone.
Alex Beck:: That’s great to hear — that people are anxious to see what’s new about the launch. We worked hard on the notebook and are anxious to get feedback.
wb: Can we expect all of the features on search4e.org to be live with the official launch?
Alex Beck:: Well, as you know this is a dynamic project. It will always be a work in progress. So it’s not like we launch and that’s it. So you can expect many, but certainly not all of the features that we have planned for the coming months. What fun would it be if we gave you everything at once?
wb: Which features will be available tonight?
Alex Beck:: Certainly the notebook. The trailer. A new intro page. An option in terms of ways to navigate the site and acquire information. New boards. And more.
Alex Beck:: What did you take away from beta period that you think might be helpful for us to know?
wb: Are you familiar with other similar games like The Beast?
Alex Beck:: I am familiar but it’s the creatives who have to be and are much more familiar than I am. I’m more product manager than game designer, but from a personal point of view I’ve noted a see saw effect of early games trying to establish the right balance between story, game and interactivity. So far I don’t think any have hit it and I think we’rve addressed many of the problems and are moving in the right direction.
wb: To answer your question, the more real you can make the players, websites, and events, the more immersive the entire story becomes. You guys have done a great job expanding the characters for us. The players have to have a pretty clear understanding of what we mean when we talk about the curtain or it blows the suspension of disbelief that goes along with this type of adventure.
Alex Beck:: That’s great to hear. We’re working hard to ensure that this kind of verisimiltude continues.
wb: For those that are new to the search, what do you suggest they do to get up to speed?
Alex Beck:: I think getting up to speed is going to be a lot easier with the new user interface and Jeremy. We’re also all incredibly grateful to the players for the sites they’ve put together, like sobiak.com and and beth’s files. We’re also launching a board exclusively for newbies, and we hope that some of you will be there to guide them.
wb: We certainly will. I’m sure you guys are considering what’s next. Do you have any plans to use the Search4e story in any other media?
Alex Beck:: Definitely. Already working on film deals, for one.
wb: Are you going to wait to see how this plays out before you start on any other projects?
Alex Beck:: We’re certainly not opposed to concurrent — in fact, ideally there would be crossover elements. Oh — Steve just walked by and said to say hi to you and that I should get back to work because we’re launching tonight and the moments are clicking. One more question, if you like?
wb: One last question I promised I would ask, Have you ever met Ed Sobian? :D
Alex Beck:: =P~ Not that I’m aware of.
wb: Alex, thanks very much for your time. If you think of anything else you would like me to include, let me know and I’ll post it as a followup. I really appreciate everything all of you have done and we all look forward to a great experience!
Alex Beck:: Thanks so much, WB.

Dateline Oct. 31, 2002: Chat Transcript with Alias Technical Consultant Rick Orci

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Rick Orci, technical consultand and writer for ABC’s hit show Alias joined about 65 or so fans to chat last night at aliasfour.com. There were some great spoilers about the show and a few hints dropped about the online game. Click the Read More link for transcripts related to the game and a link to the full transcript.

Abridged Chat Transcript: 10/30/02
Chat with Bob Orci, Alias Technical Consultant
Hosted At: The Alias Four
Note: Full transcript can be found here

[rmsilver7]: ok heres a pre-asked question:
[rmsilver7]: Do the highlighted letters (location names) have a purpose other than the visual affect?
[RickOrci]: Last year, they were an encryption key for the webpuzzle at the end of the year.
[RickOrci]: This year…
[RickOrci]: They may serve a purpose… and should PROBABLY be kept track of.
[RickOrci]: I’m sure Mandaking wrote them down already.
[RickOrci]: I recognize half the names in here.
[RickOrci]: Clearly I spend too much time online.

[Kerlo]: Hello! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us tonight! I was wondering if there will be any more plot lines with Ana Espionsa? I noticed that the actress has a lead role in another tv show. Also i just wanted to say that I really like the show and you can actually tell that alot of effort was put into the writing!
[RickOrci]: Hey Kerlo.
[RickOrci]: Thanks Kerlo!
[RickOrci]: We actually wanted to get Ana back… but sadly, she’s on firefly now. However, she may serve a role in an Alias video game we’re developing.
[RickOrci]: Hopefully we’ll get her back at some point.

[rmsilver7]: Ohh also, since Weiss is the one talking in the diolaouge does that mean he isnt killed off at all??
[rmsilver7]: this season?
[RickOrci]: I heard rumors that he’s recovering nicely and may be ready for duty soon.

[rmsilver7]: OK, heres another pre asked one: Is there a mythos behind the number 47 peculiar to alias which differs from the “star trek” lore?
[RickOrci]: The recurrance of the number 47 is purely a coincidence.
[RickOrci]: If you believe in coincidences.

[RickOrci]: Hey Manda!
[Mandaking2000]: Hi Rick My question is of course web puzzle related… Last year did the puzzle progress as you all had planned it or did we miss the boat on somethings… and also is the game this year going to be structured the whole time!!
[RickOrci]: Last year it was originally budgeted as merely a “web presence”, a few sites by Eric Scott. However,
[RickOrci]: by mid-season we’d run out of money… So Jesse Alexander and I pulled together all the free resources of the net and improvised a new chapter every few weeks.
[RickOrci]: It progressed very unexpectedly.
[RickOrci]: Especially when you guys started creating private forums

[AliasJunkie]: Now is www.conspiracychick.com start of new webgame?
[RickOrci]: We couldn’t track player progress… so we had to create aliases as players and ifiltrate them
[RickOrci]: I could go on forever about that… It was a blast.
[RickOrci]: conspiracychick was a way to shout out to last season’s best players.
[RickOrci]: And to notify them about their “sleeper status”…
[RickOrci]: More to come…

[Transcript by: Riika Magnus of Secret Life of Alias]
[Edited for deaddrop.us by Bill Shaw]

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