Well there comes a time in every bloggers blife where he must move on to new and greater blogs. Fortuneately this is not that time. And I doubt it will ever happen.
So recently I, and by I I mean Pandawlf, has been doing a lot of development with Edg3. And as such we welcome him to the Pandawlf team as the guy who does the coding. In turn I am now blogging on his site http://www.realdev.co.za/ , and my blog can be found at http://www.realdev.co.za/karuji/
So now a lot of my development based posts will be there. But worry not good people I'll post all of it here with all the explicitives ;)
Also forgive the lack of image on this post, Edg3 has yet to get a logo for RealDev.
Friday, June 11, 2010
So for those of you who do not know what an ARG is. Wiki it. It stands for Alternate Reality Game, not Argentina.
So the Number13 ARG is the first ARG in South Africa. And it so happened to occur at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) which I seem to go to a lot, don't ask me why. The ARG began by the hacking of the university Multimedia website. A link to a strange website was found, and down the rabbit hole we went.
The basis behind the ARG was that someguy (better known to the players as Kael) sister or girlfriend. Was kidnapped by stone masons for the ritual of a virgin sacrifice. I suppose at the point of virgin sacrifice the sister makes more sense so she is his sister.
Kael sends the players around on a bunch or arbitrary quests to save his sister. Since a never ending quest to save his girlfriend would be lame. So off we go solving encrypted puzzles with recording devices, hard riddles and since most people doing this were studying Computer Science. Laptops.
(On the note of laptops I might at the humorous part of me not having a single programming compiler IDE or anything on my now stolen laptop since I couldn't have been bothered to re-installed when i was getting my lovely new netbook)
So now we run around campus and discover the scary amount of stone mason stuff on campus. We also learn that Kael doesn't really want to save his sister since he only wants clever people running around doing stuff, In the end his sister in fact died in the ritual and we consumed her body make of delicious snackage and soft drink.
Not bad for something that lasted from the 14th of April to the 13th of May.
If you want more info try:
http://www.number13.co.za/ (The mysterious website)
http://num13.pbworks.com/ (The player wiki)
http://www.dreamfoundry.co.za/archives/1299 (A blog by someone who isn't me)