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[Trailhead] The Black Helix
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rosssei
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Joined: 21 Feb 2011
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 [Trailhead] The Black Helix
New ARG/Countdown has begun - From Northern Ireland

Hey guys,

Just a quick heads up to check out

http://www.theblackhelix.com

and

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Helix/149297681795917?sk=wall

New ARG about to be launched, see you all there.

Ross

[edit - added the "title" to the subject so this thread can be found more easily by the players - kona]

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:56 am
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demonpunk
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Joined: 21 May 2008
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Location: Schenecta' Dreamin' in the 518

The countdown has begun! On 25th February we will be launching one of the largest Alternate Reality Games to come out of Northern Ireland. Over the period of four weeks we will engage players into an interactive narrative full of games, phone calls, real world tasks, live events and much more.

Players will ultimately become part of an unwritten story, as once the ARG is complete we will be publishing the story as what we believe to be the worlds first crowd sourced novel, writing itself as the game unfolds.

If you think you have what it takes, join the cause now to be kept in touch and don’t forget the clock is ticking!

Join the cause! @ Black Helix

This does sound pretty cool. I like the idea of making a novel out of it. I'm definitly down.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:12 am
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Rich Reder
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Joined: 18 Oct 2008
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Location: Cincinnati, OH - Midwest USA


4 days until launch?

I say!

This sounds like something with awesome potential, IF in fact they truly have the means to pull it off. So far I'm the only one who has followed @BlackHelix on Twitter; as the old song goes, "One is the loneliest number..." I'd love some company there!

My main concern, being in Midwest US, is how much if any live action will actually be accessible to me, what with the game originating in Ireland.

Time will (hopefully) tell what develops...

Cheers,
Rich

PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:33 am
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jotadinero
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Hmmm, I'm in the Midwest too. I hope I can see some action on this one.
Just my luck that not one, but two ARG's are starting up, just as I become interested in them! Very Happy

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operator0013
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Joined: 03 Feb 2011
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Yeah I'm in the south but I still have family in Northern Ireland maybe I can bribe a cousin to be our American rep.

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Agent Verne
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Joined: 21 Apr 2010
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Location: UK

Sweet.

I'm not in Ireland, but I am in England so I'm kinda nearby. Hopefully there may be stuff going on in England as part of it.

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knarF
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Joined: 02 Feb 2011
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Location: Midlands UK

Agent Verne wrote:
Sweet.

I'm not in Ireland, but I am in England so I'm kinda nearby. Hopefully there may be stuff going on in England as part of it.

This.
I'm dying to get to go to a real world event.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:50 am
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cyng
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really??? no one is going to bother with the background image....Oh, if I must:
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:01 pm
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hwoami
Boot

Joined: 11 Feb 2011
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cyng wrote:
really??? no one is going to bother with the background image....Oh, if I must:


Where'd u get the image? I dont see it on facebook or their page. Oh, and I'm in. I think.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:28 pm
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cyng
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ahaha....as i mentioned, that was the background image (http://www.theblackhelix.com )

....I did type "levels adjusted in photoshop" in the description of the image, but perhaps I should have explained it more clear in my message body

basically, I just hit "auto level" and that's what i got; I did try to play with the levels manually and dicked around with contrast and such, but it didn't turn anything more than the auto level's did

changing the resolution did not help with detail

the only discernible words I could make out were the sounds of hamburg logo, and Rwanda Clove? with a 204 degrees and 400 beside it

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Rich Reder
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Re: background image

Even before cyng adjusted the resolution, I saw the word "sounds" on the right side...

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operator0013
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Joined: 03 Feb 2011
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took the liberty of isolating and making some adjustments so the lettering was more visible. I'd normally be able to clean it much more but the fact its a gif file and not a jpeg puts limitations on color correction.
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Rich Reder
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Location: Cincinnati, OH - Midwest USA

powers behind the the throne?

For what it's worth, if anything, I've noted on the Helix website that the ARG is supported by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund, the Arts Council of Northern Island, and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Therefore I'm thinking to earn those backers, the designers more than likely will be employing arts - music, literature, painting, sculpture, acting, etc. - as significant components of this experience. In other words, besides the latest media buzz, we may well need some knowledge of higher culture!

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Zobot257
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Joined: 21 Feb 2011
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Location: Wandering...

...TOTALLY getting in on this. I'm too far away to participate in the local ARG, but if I can follow virtually I'm totally going to.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:41 pm
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Tio!
Boot


Joined: 10 Dec 2009
Posts: 26
Location: Brazil

Shirley it has potential.
Will keep an eye on it.

Apparently, none of the people I met on previous ARGs (PIE Theory or Love Letters, anyone?) is aware of this. So I'll be screaming about it.
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