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Ian Moore
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: The Mysterious Case of the Adventurous Adventure ... Reply with quote

I got dragged into a caper at the weekend.

I met a mysterious woman known as Welshmam (a.k.a. the Snarling Fox) at Hattie's Cocktail and Cake Commotion (in aid of her upcoming trip to Bosnia to volunteer on Playgroups for some of the children there). I had to attend in my role as the Juicing Gimp (on account of me not being a drinker).

The next day (Sunday) I was called over to help Welshmam and Hattie go treasure hunting around the Gower (local area of natural beauty) in aid of an ARG (Alternate Reality Game wot you play over the internet with people from around the world) that Welshmam has been playing for 2 years now (it isn't set to finish until 2013). The prize for completing this particular ARG is World Peace so I kind of felt duty bound to help out.

It was all very mysterious. 13 books must be recovered for the ARG to be completed. They crop up all around the world and we were searching in the Gower for Book 8 by following the clues.

This involved much traipsing up and down muddy lanes and poking about in beautiful woodlands in search of a ruined chapel that we had glimpsed in a bit of video footage. We visited several locations through the day with no success. After posting details of our failure in the ARG forum a new piece of video footage appeared, clearly shot in the very last location we had visited! Oh the intrigue!

This is the mysterious Welshmam in a roundhouse at said location ...



Me and Hattie returned on Monday evening and we found the marker for where Book 8 was supposed to be buried. We had stood mere metres from that very spot the day before!

We dug in the appropriate place (I got Hattie to do it. It looked like dirty work) and we uncovered an object, but it wasn't Book 8. It was another clue in the form of a wooden jigsaw hand ...



Ah, the fiends! They is playing with our minds! But don't they know I'm already loco?

Such excitement. The wooden hand is now in my possession. But what will happen next? Will I be called upon to go on a mission with it? It's too much fun! Somebody make it stop!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see you being sucked into this. I know I would be. But what can you infer from the hand? I think even Conan-Doyle would be hard pressed with this one. There's a lot of things there (left hand, wedding ring, the jigsaw and the word digital), but what do they mean? Is it a red-herring? Am I going to use any more question marks?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds amazing - you must keep us posted. If I come up with anything I'll let you know
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This particular ARG is called Triskabiblios (Thirteen Books). Itís all very involved but itís also very slow and drawn out. I just happened to Ďstumbleí into it at a moment when I could participate in some adventure. Members who are not able to go on a mission (cos theyíre on the other side of the world at the time, or whatever feeble excuse) tend to feel very envious.

To give you a flavour of what itís about (cos Iíve barely a clue myself) here is an excerpt from a message Incog Neato sent me today when I asked her how many missions she has been on [square brackets are mine]Ö
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Hah! See....you are spoiled from the get go! Wink

There have been very few adventures to 'go' on. 99% of what happens, happens online.

Though, it so happens that I have indeed been on an adventure....I am the one that retrieved Book Zero from the 'American tourist/book collector' (though I believe him to have been 'innocent' gamewise....I am not 100%). That story can be found in the (Book) Zero threads.

Welsh [Welshmam] has actually done more in person that anyone else. It does help that she lives in the same area as the presumed Puppet Master.

Several of us have received snail mail, many have received e-mail. I collected BZ [Book Zero], Welsh went to the 'Monkey Cafe' [in Swansea] and retrieved a cuppa and a message, Angel traveled somewhere by train (but, it was for naught), LBQ met Iz [the Puppet Master] (we think). TDD and Graeme traveled to London and met Toby/retrieved a message. And the 3 of you traveled to The Gower. Off the top of my head....those are the only 'live' things that have occurred.

On the near horizon I expect: to see puzzle pieces sent to players (I am not convinced that the puzzle you have is the one that was alluded to), more clues/puzzles relating to the location of Book Eight, eventual finding of Book Eight.

We have active Triskapeeps in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. There are not so active peeps from The Netherlands, Japan, and South Africa.

This is mostly a puzzle game (riddles/codes/ciphers/puzzles of all sorts)....which is quite ironic since I can't puzzle my way out of a paper bag. Wink

What got me hooked was the art, the books (both real published ones and the ones created for the game), interesting facts/trivia, and, really....the people. Great bunch of folks.

I think those that have lasted this long....are the ones don't apply their own expectations upon the game. We are the ones that don't get overly disappointed when something does not happen! Very Happy

Really, the pacing (snail's pace!) works perfectly for me. I travel A LOT for work (and, when I can, for pleasure)...and don't have unlimited time to spend participating in something that requires...well, unlimited time! If Triska had been like other ARG's and played itself out rapidly (or even all in one year), I don't think I would have been able to keep up. I like the pace of Triska, though, not all do. That is why I always try to be upfront with new folks about it not being a fast paced game. Far far from it.

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For those that are interested hereís a couple of links.

Triskabiblios newcomers guide:

http://www.mikesroom.org/triska/index.php?title=A_Newcomer%27s_Guide_to_Triskabiblios&triska_tw__session=760560a2f6f602a08974855bd476c0bd

The ARG Forum (Immersion Unlimited) where the Trikabiblios message boards are

http://www.immersionunlimited.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooooh Richard, you like puzzles and riddles....
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to get involved but I just daren't go there. I'm having enough trouble finding time to do some gainful employment as it is. It does set my mind ticking over though.
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