Dateline Feb. 28, 2003: Chasing The Wish Goes Live in a Big Way

December 2nd, 2010

It’s often said be careful what you wish for. The wishes of the greater ARG community were fulfilled with the official launch of Chasing The Wish late last night.

[www.chasingthewish.com Chasing The Wish], so long anticipated, delivered as promised last night with the following email:

Hi:
Please, even though you don’t know me, I pray that you will take the time to read this message. I’m in trouble and have no one else to turn to.
A mutual friend suggested you as somehow who might be able and willing to help me, and said you were someone who was good at solving mysteries and researching things on the web. You see, my wife and daughter are dead and it’s all my fault. No, not like you’re probably thinking;
I loved them and would never do anything to hurt them. But there’s been a terrible accident. And now they’re both gone. But you see, I know this sounds crazy, it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I was promised everything would be OK but it’s all gone terribly, terribly wrong.I can’t explain here but if you are willing to try and help, I’ve hidden some information at my website, www.synthasia.com. I had to hide it because people are looking for any excuse and evidence they can find to prove me crazy.
In fact, that’s why I’m sending you this now. I’m actually being committed to some kind of mental facility, tonight, against my will. The doctors have come a couple fo times to the door and I’ve ignored them but I’m certain they will be back any minute, with the police probably to gain them access. They think I’m crazy because of what has happened and what I know. But I can’t explain here; I’m not sure if the court orders they have allow them access to my e-mail or not.

Take a good look at my site; sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.
There’s a journal of sorts there that I’ve hastily thrown together in the last few weeks,
even before the accident. Things haven’t been good for quite a while now.

If you decide to help, I may need someone to access my e-mails, as I may not be able to and I’ve tried to contact some people lately whomay be able to help me besides you. I’ve set-up a form of access . . .
Damn, someone’s at the door. I have to go. I must send as many e-mails as I can, quickly. Please help me. This isn’t right. I promise, somehow I can explain it all to you but you must help me first.

Desperate,
Dale Sprague
dale@synthasia.com

The journey starts at [www.synthasia.com] and looks to be a thoroughly compelling and vast experience. Players have already identified six in-game websites and one real website that was initially considered in-game (yours truly fell for it :/). There are also numerous email addresses, phone numbers, puzzles and more.

A concise summary of the story so far along with a short trail can be found on unfiction. Diandra was kind enough to post a Getting Started message for newbies to help those unfamiliar with this style of gaming get off on the right foot.

The game is expected to last about six months. At last count, almost 40 people were actively chatting in the respective #ctw channels of [www.collectivedetective.org Collective Detective] and Unfiction.

Game On!!

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