Six to Start

Wanderlust

During SXSW, the team over at Six to Start went and launched a fun locative storytelling platform called Wanderlust. It's a clever idea -- it uses the venue type of a place Foursquare instead of a precise location. So the story might ask you to visit a park to read the next bit of story, but it doesn't have to be, say, Central Park -- it can be any park in the world. It's a web application instead of an iPhone/Droid app, so (if I understand correctly) you can use it on any mobile device with a web browser and GPS. And the best part is you can write your own stories for Wanderlust, too!

I've already had the great privilege to write just a tiny story myself, along with creators the likes of Naomi Alderman and Adrian Hon. Mine is Ivy. I'm honestly a bit nervous about it, because it's very much like the kinds of things I write when nobody is looking. If you happen to go through it, do let me know what you think!

On another note, I've been dipping my fingers into a lot of pies lately, and as a result I've been doing a lot of promoting at the expense of meatier content. Alas, time is short. But I now have a glut of stuff to write about, so things around Deus Ex M should be getting a little more interesting again.

In the coming days, I'll be writing more on the Transmedia Artists Guild, the Hazel Project, a post mortem on Ready for the Big Chill, a summary of my transmedia ethics talk at SXSW, annnnnd yes, I'm sorry, a couple more project launches. But hey, I can't keep this pace up forever...


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The Shadow War

In case you haven't already heard, my pals at Six to Start have announced a new project. Shadow Wars is an ARG intertwined with the Young Bond series of books. It's aimed at kids 9 and up.

I'm fascinated by the age group targeted here, and looking forward to seeing how the game plays out with that in mind. I suspect this is going to be a fairly low-time-commitment, easy-challenge sort of game compared to other ARGs, for starters; it'll be interesting to see how that age demographic informs the design aesthetic in other ways, too.

And hey, as marketing ARGs go, there aren't many properties cooler to play with than James Bond. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one launch.


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