Dateline Nov. 27, 2002: JadedMedia Experience Ready to Launch

March 23rd, 2010

Prepare yourselves for some puzzles and undoubtably a bit of mayhem from the PuzzleMasters at JadedMedia. Their latest series of puzzles, the JadedMedia Experience, launches on December 1. Be sure to [register] to get access to the game and receive announcements as new puzzles are released. JadedMedia has assembled a team of Puzzle Masters who are probably slaving away for your gaming pleasure as you read this.

The puzzles are being created in the same spirit as the amazingly addictive and critically acclaimed puzzle series at [http://www.epscilon.com]. There will be a minimum of six puzzles in the series spaced out over whatever timeframe makes sense for the players. It’s expected that new puzzles will be released between a week and a month apart.

So far, over 20 players have pre-registered. JadedMedia has sponsored a number of puzzles in the past geared towards the immersive gaming audience.

about jadedmedia

jadedmedia is an online project put together by a team of collaborators. the intention is to keep you guessing by helping you see what you already know. the project has been put together by friends, colleagues, and allies. it is an alternative to what you would normally do in a place that is not even there.

jadedmedia started out as a lie. it evolved into a half-truth. in its present form, it can hide the lies through half-truths, or it can expose the half-truths through lies. it’s all up to the eye of the beholder.

jadedmedia is a beautiful thing in the ugliest sense. it is the high, the low, the far, the near, the up, the down. it is a veritable fountain of information, but it’s really not saying much of anything,

jadedmedia is what you make of it. you are the beholder.

Dateline Nov. 25, 2002: Chasing The Wish: Next Update: 11/26/02

March 23rd, 2010

Pre-registrant’s for Chasing The Wish received their latest update last night. CTW will be releasing the next site update on 11/26/02 and will have a mini-puzzle to whet our appetites available on 11/30/02.

CTW is also offering two levels of play depending upon how much information you are willing to provide. If you give full contact information, you can opt-in for a fully immersive experience potentially including phone calls, real world objects, and more. Both play options are free for all to play.

Update:

This Tuesday, November 26th, the [http://www.chasingthewish.com] site will be updated with new information about registration options and requirements as well as information for those who want to get involved behind the scenes with Chasing The Wish. There will also be new details posted Tuesday about a mini puzzle/contest coming this Saturday, November 30th.

Here’s a little “sneak peek” at what will be posted Tuesday:

1) Registration is on track to begin in the next week or two. Because Chasing The Wish will incorporate real world items and activities, players will be asked to submit contact information - e-mail, street address, phone numbers etc. This information will be used for game design and implementation purposes only and will absolutely not be sold, given, or shared with anyone. See the Privacy Policy posted at the chasingthewish.com site for specific details.

There will be a couple of different options for registering, however. If you don’t feel comfortable submitting personal information, you will be able to sign up to play by submitting only e-mail contact information, but it will not be the same experience as people who choose the full registration. Also, for those who do submit the complete registration information, you can still choose either a “full contact” or “limited contact” option. “Full contact” means we will call you, send letters, packages, etc and possibly plant items or artifacts close to your location. “Limited contact” means that your interaction will be restricted to the internet; we will not call or send things to your house. It’s different than the e-mail only registration in that it still provides us geographic data that will allow for real world objects and events to be possibly incorporated near you.

2) The Chasing The Wish mini puzzle/contest will begin this Saturday November 30th at a time to be announced. It will consist of several stages/tasks and the first people to solve the puzzles and complete the final task will win hot-off-the-press Chasing The Wish merchandise. Details will be sent via e-mail to all pre-registered players before Saturday November 30th.

Thanks again and stay tuned. We’re just getting started.

Chasing The Wish
A place you cannot go, a secret you cannot know.

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

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. 23, 2002: Changes Afoot at Collective Detective

March 16th, 2010

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change. This week, Collective Detective added MMORPG campaigns to their growing repertoire of cases. Less than three months old, cd.org started with a handful of cases covering Alternate Reality Gaming (Immersive Campaigning in their vocabulary) and treasure hunting. Along came Push, Nevada, which swelled the ranks of players to over 1,000. With Push in an untimely grave and no clear successor, Collective Detective took an unprecedented move and has begun to promote cases for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) with one case already open for the beta test of The Sims Online and plans for Star Wars Galaxies not far behind.

MMORPG games have a number of similarities to traditional ARG projects, so I cornered a few people at cd.org to find out what they thought about the new case. Frankenpaula, a beta tester for the Sims Online and one of the most prominent players in the Search4e, was quite excited about the new case. For her, it is all about the community. She felt she has found a great group of people to interact with online and is happy to be able to expand that interaction into other games.

I caught up with Josh Babetski, founder of Collective Detective and we chatted about the direction he’s taking CD.ORG.

WB The sims online case was a surprise for me, was that part of your original plan or a recent development?
taxicafe Well, there were always plans to sub-divide the cases into categories, when CD was being designed though what they were was still an unknown. It’s foolish to try and predict where the genre will take itself or to try and shoehorn it, but things like MMORPGS and the like were in the back of our head.WB MMORPGs are a vastly larger market. Both FP and Cort are really looking forward to how cd can enhance the community aspects of playing those games. Do you see other benefits CD offers to that player base?
taxicafe Mostly that you can log onto CD from work, you can’t log into Sims, EQ, etc. :-)
But there’s already a long tradition of community outside of these fictional worlds. They have guilds, clans, groups, drinking buddies, what have you. We enjoy what we call Immersive because it puts the world of the story into our world, this is just a slight change of actually diving INTO theirs.

WB What other genres do you see as a good fit for CD?
taxicafe I think time will dictate that. This genre’s a pup. I think a year from now we’ll perceive it in a whole new way that we do now. Just like it’s evolved dramatically in the Year from the Beast. So you have to blend pro-active growth but don’t fight the tide.
WB You already have a strong group of treasure hunters. I see RPG and other games that are going online fitting in as well.
taxicafe Like if there’s ever a point of enough people interested in a Case for Xbox/PS2 online gaming, we’d set one up.

taxicafe Not only that, but beefing up more social resources are important as well.
WB What do you mean by social resources?
taxicafe Inter-CD tournaments, things like that. Not to mention the development of the detective section so you can find CD members in your area. I think the first step will be getting the Detective resources finished so you can find all the detectives in say the Tampa area.
WB Sort of like sanctioned events?
taxicafe More informal, but if there was a demand for a Halo club or something, we might have a competition. As for real-world we definitely will organize a Collective Detective Cookout or something at some point.

WB It seems though that you’ve expanded past the genre. ARG or immersive campaigning (call it what you will) is really only one part of CD.
taxicafe That’s only if you have a tunnel vision of what the genre is or should be. Time Hunt is a fundamanetally different campaign than Push. Push was really not the same kind of campaign as the Beast.
WB so you see the genre as something that encompasses treasure hunting, MMORPG, and whatever Push was?
taxicafe I see the genre as a collective experience, wherever that may take the participants. I know you guys are hung up on this “ARG” term and that there’s anothter camp the has a mantra of “it is NOT a game,” but it boils down like this: Immersive is an umbrella for a very weird mix and match underneath. If I’m part of a murder mystery train troupe and we have part of our story on a web site. If I’m part of the Sims world, but introduce events and stories from real life.
Defining a genre by whether or not the Beast did it (phone, fax, email, websites) limits your ability to grow it. Besides its the community that really matters. The success of the genre hinges on the fact that people interact and collaborate and hang out in some capacity long after one story ends. “Join for the case, stay for the community” I think Headmocker said it.
WB That’s a pretty good motto there.
taxicafe (credit where due.)

Dateline Nov. 22, 2002: Deaddrop Announces Week In Review Newsletter

March 16th, 2010

We just issued our second weekly newsletter today. You can find it here: Vol. 1, Issue 2.

Our free newsletter, entitled the deaddrop Week In Review, covers the happenings for all ongoing games, updates for games in the pipe, genre news, and offers a schedule of upcoming events.’, ‘You can find our inaugural newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1, online as well.

We will always have the latest edition in the links block on our homepage. If you want an email notification when the newsletter is available, you can sign up for it as part of your free registration to deaddrop.us. The email notice is only sent if you opt in for newsletter messages.

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

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. 21, 2002: Terraquest launch marred by early bugs

March 16th, 2010

After two missed starts, Mind Quest manages to get their inaugural game out of the gate. The countdown timer for TerraQuest started yesterday, but 3 hours after the scheduled start, some players are still unable to login.

Early entrants experienced numerous bugs including the inability to login to play. It appears that the MySQL database was somehow misconfigured leaving preregistered players in the cold. As of two hours past the launch time, an informal poll of players in two separate chat channels indicated that fewer than 25% of registered players had access.

For those that did manage to start the game, numerous bugs were reported with key features in the game. One player, who paid $10 for an Express Analysis, was informed that a response could take up to two hours. Originally, the game developers promised to respond to these paid requests within 10 minutes. Part of a winning game strategy is to determine which clues need express analyses. The first player to submit the correct answer for each game period wins $25,000. Because each player is limited to five express requests per game period, judicious use of these paid responses could easily net a player the prize.

Equally troubling was the response that several players received indicating that they had already submitted their answer for this game period and were ineligible to submit any more answers until the next game period. Unless fixed, this bug essentially disqualifies the player from a prize in the current game period.

Other bugs reported include the inability to log back in after successfully logging in once and then properly logging out. For those that could log back in, some reported that the requests they submitted were missing and it appeared they needed to start over.

One other interesting anomaly was discovered prior to the official launch. The countdown timer was based on the observer’s system clock. By turning the clock on your computer forward, you had an early peek at the login screen located at lars.terraquest1.com. It is unknown whether the login was actually active, but this type of error opens the door for a serious security breach that could potentially color any claims to prize money.

The players who were able to successfully start the game and navigate through the interface reported that the environment was very rich graphically and were excited about the opportunity to play.

Dateline Nov. 20, 2002: Terraquest Announces Launch, Part 2

March 16th, 2010

If it feels like deja vu, well, it is. The original announcement on Nov. 4 had lots of details. This one is more of a stealth launch since the counter is buried on a page with an obscure link.

You can get an exact countdown to the launch here [www.terraquest1.com/status.html].

According to their current press release, “TerraQuest is the flagship game developed by MindQuest Entertainment, LLC. TerraQuest is an interactive game that will be played over a period of approximately six months, which is a cross between a mystery and a scavenger hunt. TerraQuest is a game of skill that depends on the intellect and skill of the player instead of random chance. TerraQuest is offering a minimum prize fund of $250,000 in most jurisdictions [some are inexplicably limited to half, others are ineligible for the prize], and the more people who play, the greater the prize fund becomes. It will be divided into six rounds or game periods, each of which will last for approximately 30-45 days. In order to play TerraQuest, an eligible individual must pay an entry fee.”

The game is focused on solo play and cooperation between players is being actively discouraged.

Dateline Nov. 18, 2002: ARGN Becomes a true network

March 16th, 2010

In support of our mission and dedication to Alternate Reality Gaming, deaddrop.us is pleased to announce it’s charter affiliation with the newly released Alternate Reality Gaming Network.

We have also started our new, weekly newsletter, ARG Week In Review with summaries of games in progress and news from the past week.

The Alternate Reality Gaming Network is becoming just that — a true network of independent sites contributing to Alternate Reality Gaming. More than just a simple webring, ARGN will always point you to quality, complementary places to go.

ARGN will become the hub for this new affiliation of sites, a place where you will always be able to find a listing of interesting places to go and an archive of ARGs gone by.

In addition, there will be access to web-based chat with a listing of cool channels to join, and we are sponsoring a mailing list whereby you can always stay informed of news and announcements of new and suspected ARGs.

Our continued mission is to promote the growth of ARG, aka immersive gaming community. By stimulating growth, everyone benefits. As with any new genre, the community is faced with a chicken and egg problem. We take a long term view and plan to provide an ongoing program of articles and features geared to both players and puppetmasters.

Our newest feature will appear weekly on Friday. Entitled ARG Week In Review, it covers the previous weeks news and updates to games in progress. You can find our first issue here.

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

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.