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Mixed Alternate Reality Game 'OLD FOREST'




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Published on Mar 9, 2008

Forty people play a cross-reality, mini ARG (Alternate Reality Game) locative story quest as part of the 8th LAMP residential in Marysville, Victoria, Australia.

The video shows mostly one of the four teams doing the challenge. The mirror build in SL of the old house where we had the workshop, has clues within puzzles that point you to real world locations and real world locations pointing back to Second Life as part of a quest to uncover the truth. Based on a fictional story by Gary about early settlers, an ancient spell book, witches, the war and evacuated school children, the quest moves into the grounds, secret parts of the building, a nearby sculpture garden and ends in a chanting fire ceremony. Other media involved included live mobile phone, role playing, walkie talkies, framed photographs (with hidden phone numbers), websites, cards, placed props/objects. Many seen in the video.

An 89MB medium rez version is available at

Produced and devised: Gary Hayes
Writing: Matt Costello & Gary Hayes
Print design: Catherine Gleeson
Second Life creation & machinima: Gary Hayes
Live action camera: Peter Giles
Editing: Gary Hayes
Music composed: Gary Hayes

More details on ARG on the LAMP wiki here:

Special thanks to:
Bruno's Sculpture Garden
Marylands Conferences
Brett Robertson, Cassandra Joslyn, Peter Giles & Rachael Hainsworth for support
AFTRS LAMP (Australian Film TV and Radio School)
and especially all the participants and mentors on the 8th LAMP residential


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