I Never Tire of My Own Voice
Joined: 15 Jan 2008 Posts: 3671 Location: Nederland
The End is the Beginning: 48HIP From Then Until Now This brilliant synopsis of 48HIP was posted at
The Despoiler Gaming Site. Some updates,edits and relevant links have been added to bring any new players up to speed and keep us all in the loop......
In mid-September a post on the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) forums for the upcoming movie Cloverfield lead a small team of forum goers, seemingly by fate, to the 48 Hours website located at 48-hours.net , on which was a picture that seemingly made no sense. Soon the picture on the page changed frequently and the team discovered what this was about. The site turned into a well-made website for a movie titled 48 Hours in Purgatory which was being directed by a man named Brody Hawkins with his team at SKG (Skeleton Key Global) Films such as Veronique who acted as the Office Manager, receiving phone calls and organizing events related to the film, Jagt (pronounced like “jut” but he is commonly referred to as “Jet”) Tanner who on the website is listed as the film editor, as well as a cameraman, and Arkham X who secures and manages location sites.
Shortly after, an In-Game (IG) forum was created at fortyeight.freeforums.org. On the forum end, people were confused and intrigued at the same time. The Puppetmasters (or PMs, referred to IG as the “architects”) seemed to have drawn in the right people. Led by an poster only referring to him/herself as “Trailmaster”, they sought to uncover more about the project. Leith Noweder, one of the most active players on the forum describes the beginning as such:
“I was on the Cloverfield forum at IMDB. Someone posted the site (48 hours.net) there supposedly thinking it was connected. I found the email hidden the source code x SPLAT48-hours.net. I sent the first email to them and kept everyone updated on the responses and everything. A lot of people were interested and it was highly debated on whether or not it was Cloverfield. The forum elected me spokesperson along with Caity….then I think that’s when you came in. Not sure if I have that sequence of events perfect, but yeah, basically that’s how it happened.”
Brody also had begun Brody's BLOG that he set up and was analyzed by the players for any possible clues and theories. The blog showed Brody quite the depressive state, as well as alcoholic tendencies and spoke of his sister who died the day he was going to propose to Veronique (henceforth referred to as V or Ronnie). Brody then became very superstitious and was hesitant to get close to V and became more and more into his new film project which involved paying subjects $10,000 to spend 48 hours in a purgatory the film crew set up. The players found out later that V was the one who came up with the idea.( EDIT:this blog was recently reactivated by Brody)
On Wednesday September 19, 2007, Veronique died in a car accident. Brody was driving the car but he survived with minor injuries while V was declared dead that night and was shipped off to her parents the next day. Brody then became very withdrawn and possibly slightly insane.
On the players’ end, the Trailmaster revealed that another group would be joining the forum and that group (codenamed group thr3e) was from Unfiction. A user on Unfiction, nobuofanxiii received an email from a girl named Sasha Breslaugh saying that she received a DVD with his email address on it. That video was the beginning of the “Bones” section of the story which can be referenced here.
Unfictioners were led to a completely different forum just for them which was led by a “Traildude” who led them to find certain puzzle pieces before they merged into the regular forum.... and any new members are welcome. Members such as “Will”, “Tresbien” and “Amandel” have been very useful as to finding new clues.( EDIT:to name but a few)
Shortly after the merging, Brody writes remembering that V suggested creating a street team, assuring him that it would be successful. He follows up on that advice and asks contacts on the forum (though email, not knowing about the forum of course) such as Idta and Leith to set up a street team website and help promote the film. A page is set up at www.48hoursonthestreet.com which is....in use as of now.
Brody then started talking about this Suicide Girl he met that looked just like V but with a lot of tattoos across her body. Her name was Serena and Brody made her his newest subject which was subject number 6. The players then found videos from a user called “Isshestillalive” on youtube showing various videos about the project, each relaying a little bit of information but mainly the shocking question which was is she really still alive and how is that possible?
Since the merging, the search for the 15 puzzle pieces has been underway and as of press time 14 have been found. Trailmaster has reported that it is placed with many people across the net and has hinted at asking users at places such as Unfiction to see if they received any clues regarding the last piece.( EDIT:puzzle piece #15 was found in a VORDIJK video.)
A guest tip at Unfiction’s Bones thread has led players to www.48hoursinpurgatory.com which has messages left by Jagt but in the year 2009 which is a rift in time as Trailmaster has explained. As explained by Jagt, after the film came out it was widely praised and won many awards, including Best Documentary. Soon after however, Brody and Arkham both were nowhere to be found. Jagt tells the players though email that he wants to recruit the old Street Team (from 2007) to help distribute a “director’s cut” of the film, saying that he needs to show the world the truth about the film.
As of now one puzzle piece is the only thing standing in progress’ way. The completed puzzle will unlock the website at www.skgfilms.com which has been reported to be the next step in the game.( EDIT:SKG is presently locked again)
Since the game has began there are many references to Cloverfield and Stephen King books as well as lyrics from bands such as Faith No More, 30 Seconds to Mars and Sixx A.M. For all of you out there wondering, Cloverfield is officially non-related to the game, despite the coincidences.
At this time there is also speculation that this ARG is actually promoting a real film with the same name. A look on major studios’ upcoming releases shows no film of that name has been announced which makes it likely that if it does exist, it will be an indie film. Nothing has been denied or confirmed at this point.
As of now it’s been quiet on the forum front, maybe the winds will pick up soon. Only time will tell and the only time here….is 48 hours.
Since this well-received article was posted,we've learned that 48HIP is indeed an Indie film with it's own listing at Movieset. Also,Kristin Chalmers who is an aspiring journalist/filmmaker is keenly interested in re-interviewing the 48HIP "subjects". Her progress is detailed in Kristin Chalmers’ Weblog.
While some have recently been in contact with Brody,others fear that he is now or soon will be missing. His labile emotional state has been questioned by Bremmy Milton at his site, The Search for Brody Hawkins
Happily,we're still graciously guided by TrailMaster at a new,well organized IG Forum. There is even a Media Room to view all the current 48HIP videos and everyone is welcome to join or just come and have a look around.
During the last few days I've been fine tuning and adjusting broken links in that informative article and checking my own new links for relevance. Moreover,any additional links and/or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks y'all.....
** Moved to appropriate forum section -- jamesi
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Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:01 am
Joined: 22 Jun 2007 Posts: 1427 Location: Burlington, Vermont
The game is NOT dead! Words from Trailmaster on the forum this morning:
It's been a sleepless night here in the digitarium. As the characters take a big breath to awaken the world of 48 HiP fagain, I thought I'd step willingly and boldly forward and talk about this experience. Consider it my two cents.
Some of you played ARG's before 48 Hours and many of you since have taken them up. Some of them do well at story-telling or promoting something. Some build communities. And some manage both.
That said, I can't help but feel that what we have here is special. What we've been given is special.
We have seen frustrated love, both in the story and our community. We have seen humans fall from the top to the bottom, again in both the narrative and our lives together. We've seen betrayal of trust AND experienced it.
We've also seen the seeds redemption, the helping hands of total strangers, in each of the worlds we inhabit.
These characters are part of us, whether we like it or not. I'm sure there are numerous casual observers who can't feel it, but many of us - even some who've left with a bitter taste in their mouths - walk around on this ball of dirt with Ronnie's laments, Brody's kinship with Job and numerous other things notched into our psyche. It's not just a story, it's a metaphor and it's malleable enough to fit each of us in a way we can use to our benefit.
Who will ever see a New England Patriots logo without thinking of Brody? Or listen to The Heroin Diaries without a devastated, but artfully strong filmmaker standing just around the corner?
And there's much more to come. This game has raised some awareness of a film which, in real life, has been a battle for the film-makers. But more than that, in my opinion at least, it has given us self-awareness. Things are not always black and white, good and evil - as simple as that would be.
We have a community that transcends a game. We have a story in our souls that goes beyond a fancy commercial. And the tellers of the story have given us all the chance to walk around in a world not unlike our own and leave us better and deeper and "more" than we ever were.
And it's not over. But be assured of one thing. This is not a game. This is a mirror and a microscope. A miracle and a sleeper.
Do you have what it takes to face your inner demons?
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Fri May 02, 2008 4:50 am
Joined: 13 Jan 2008 Posts: 236 Location: Tennessee
Sun May 04, 2008 1:50 am
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Thu May 08, 2008 7:53 am
Joined: 09 Jun 2006 Posts: 1432
Newcomers Please Join Our In-Game Forum Newcomers, if you've read this thread, now you're ready to join us at our in-game forum here:
http://www.48-hours.net/purgatorium/ It's better organized than here and should help you get up to speed quickly. Welcome!
Thu May 15, 2008 7:21 pm
Joined: 25 Apr 2008 Posts: 45
I think we should mention H2H in here, at least in passing.It seems to be a big part in 48hip
Mon May 26, 2008 3:23 pm
Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 1601 Location: With Rorschach
Maybe not a big part, more like a tangent
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Mon May 26, 2008 9:38 pm
Joined: 22 Jun 2007 Posts: 1427 Location: Burlington, Vermont
It acts as a sidestory. If the admins wish, the threads may be moved here. Otherwise it can be let be for now.
However, if you see fit to create a summary of what has happened in HTH and make a thread of it, I think that could act as reference as long as you deem it so.
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Mon May 26, 2008 9:39 pm
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