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Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:10 pm
by ljbade
Huh that's cool. I re-watched/re-read all the Obduction stuff recently (just trying to relive the dream yaknow) and I noticed the coffee=food connection, but didn't pick up the whole 11 thing. That Vine is cool, just trying to soak up every bit of what Cyan's offices look like... the sort of atmosphere there... I really wish I was a fly so I could sneak in there and watch them make Obduction...

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:57 am
by Visian_Thistle
Ryan has tweeted at least three UFO sightings now.

http://bit.ly/1catq2Q
http://bit.ly/1d7CqGC (this one was a retweet from somebody else)
http://bit.ly/1jGyyBd

He's also made reference to an old story about Columbus possibly seeing a UFO: pic.twitter.com/XkQoZxG9sq

The sightings are from various locations around the country. All the featured sightings (leaving aside the Christopher Columbus one) were very recent and involve some sort of orb-like appearance. Obviously these are possible seeds, but I wonder if there is any other clue we are meant to pick up from this.

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:58 am
by Rhee
/me waits for January 6, 2013..........groooooooan..........

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:05 am
by rRicard
I want to be in the club.
Would someone here be so kind, for the sake of us "outsiders" to the kewl jargon of online forums and URU,
please put into words what "A R G" is? It took me months to figure out what "Huru" and "Tpots" were, too.

Thanks...

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:44 am
by Rhee
ARG is Alternate Reality Game, Ricard. Prior to and during the Kickstarter campaign, the folks at Cyan were dribbling little clues out in front of us that first of all led us to the title of the game Obduction, and later revealed some tiny goodies about what will be in the game itself! It required a variety of different methods to solve , so more than just one skill set was required and the community at large was able to work together on it. We're at a stand still right now, either because there are no new clues or hints to guide us, or because what clues we have we haven't drawn the necessary conclusions from. Read through the Wiki and get up to speed and maybe you'll see something we've missed!

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:51 am
by ccstat
Hi rRicard, and welcome!
Yes, we do have quite a few abbreviations/other lingo that may not make sense without some background. Some, like Tpots ("the path of the shell", an URU game expansion) are unique to this community. Others, including ARG, are more general.

ARG stands for "Alternate Reality Game" Essentially, ARGs are about solving puzzles around elements from the game/movie/story, placed in the real-world. They reveal backstory or side stories to what will unfold in the main release, and often involve going to specific locations to see/receive information. You can find good examples in the Wikipedia article or on Google. Cyan did an ARG called "preafter" prior to the initial URU release. That ARG involved a series of puzzles, each culminating in a GPS coordinate. Players went to those coordinates and found a symbol that had been placed there, and pictures of them with it triggered the next stage of the game. (There is a recent discussion of preafter on the mystonline forums. The thread focuses on one symbol that was never found, but gives some good background on how the whole thing played out.)

We are expecting something similar in connection with Obduction. The puzzle trail from the kickstarter campaign (summarized on this wiki page) is probably just the first step, but gives a taste for how things might go.

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:47 am
by rRicard
Thanks very much ccstat! ...kind regards,

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:49 am
by rRicard
Ooops! I didn't mean to miss Rhee! Thanks Rhee!

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:37 am
by ccstat
Visian_Thistle wrote:Ryan has tweeted at least three UFO sightings now.
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The sightings are from various locations around the country. All the featured sightings (leaving aside the Christopher Columbus one) were very recent and involve some sort of orb-like appearance. Obviously these are possible seeds, but I wonder if there is any other clue we are meant to pick up from this.

My feeling is these are just color, not clues. The sighting tweets are mixed in with everyday stuff clearly defying his apparent relocation to Hunrath, making me think that this twitter account is probably not a chosen venue for ARG material (at least right now). Also, the GPS info in the sighting links are all marked as approximate since they took place at or near private residences--nowhere to go to. And unless the sightings were initially posted by Cyan (which I doubt, especially given the retweet) the text won't be worth parsing for clues either.

I'm guessing Rhee is right and we won't get underway until Jan 6

Q

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:50 pm
by Ainia
Hey fellow Obductees!

It appears greydragon returned on the 20th or so of November. I tweeted him when I saw his post about the Cyan Obduction party, to ask him about his trip, and he responded rather cryptically:

Ryan Warzecha ‏@ryanwarzecha 20 Nov
It's a pretty fun night for the Obduction crew. I hope to have pictures :)

Ainia DaFente ‏@AiniaDaFente 20 Nov
@ryanwarzecha Hey, you're back! How was the trip? Did you find Salazar Jack? Pictures, we want pictures!! :D

Ryan Warzecha ‏@ryanwarzecha 21 Nov
@AiniaDaFente Oh the story I have to tell :)

So far, I haven't succeeded in prying anything further from him, though... Dunno if pestering will help or hurt the cause. ;)

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:35 am
by Rhee
So. Y'all ready for Monday? I SURE AM.

/cut to Rocky-style montage of various mind-sharpening exercises

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:07 pm
by Pavitra
I am so ready for this.

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:29 pm
by KathAveara
Half an hour guys!

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:34 pm
by Pavitra
Is there a realtime chat hangout where we can congregate? Mystlore, GoW, Seltani?

Re: Obduction ARG - Continuing the Quest

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:00 pm
by KathAveara
Um, it's gone negative.