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The first interactive audio adventure game based on a book by Edward Packard for Alexa and the Google Assistant.
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*Note: Choose Your Own Adventure is a registered trademark of Chooseco LLC, which is not associated in any manner with this product, Edward Packard, or ABQ Interactive.

  Remember those books from the '80s and '90s where you could create your own story by the choices you were making? These were the famous Choose Your Own Adventure®* books, and many were written by the creator of the concept and author of the first book in the series, Edward Packard. 

 It all began about fifty years ago when Edward was making up bedtime stories to tell his kids –– he would make the story about them and give them choices and ask what they would do. How the story continued depended on what choices they made. This turned into Bantam's original Choose Your Own Adventure®* series –– over 100 million copies were sold worldwide between 1979 and 1998.

   Now, fifty years later, through the use of Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, it's become possible to bring back these amazing stories in their original format, the spoken word. Just as Edward’s kids created their own bedtime stories, you'll be able to create your own story with the choices you make. Just ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to start Journey to the Year 3000.
 

 
JOURNEY TO THE YEAR 3000

   The first interactive audio story is Journey to the Year 3000, a space adventure set a thousand years in the future. Beginning with your first choice, you’ll encounter terrifying dangers, weird mysteries, and, if you’re smart and lucky enough to survive, triumphant endings.
   Are you ready to travel to the Year 3000
 

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   YOU: "Take me to Earth!"
 

 
 Journey to the Year 3000 will be available as an Alexa skill and Google Action. The voice app consists of more than 2 hours of recorded narration, sound effects, music and includes more than 32 different endings which will bring you to Venus, Mars, Earth and many other adventures!
 

 
   THE BEGINNING
   Ever since that first time I picked up a book by Edward Packard, I was fascinated by the idea of choosing my own adventures, and the concept stayed with me all my life. So when I began developing voice apps for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa I had one idea in my mind, creating an interactive audio adventure similar to the book I once read.
   I couldn't remember the title, but I discovered the book in the attic at my parents' home –– Your code name is Jonah (Je code naam is Jonas in Dutch), written by Edward Packard. I soon found out the book was part of the Choose Your Own Adventure®* series.
   More motivated then ever, I went online and eventually stumbled upon the website of Edward Packard. I immediately sent him an email about my idea: creating an interactive audio adventure on Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant based on one of his books. To my surprise, I got an e-mail back, and before I knew it we were on our way to creating the first interactive audio adaptation of a classic Choose Your Own Adventure ®* book. 


   THE BOOKS
   I soon found out Edward had not only written the book I'd bought so many years ago. He was the creator of the concept and wrote more than 50 other books in the series. As many as 24 of them were potentially available for our interactive audio project. So I set out to find the best of them all.

  After reading all the books that were available, I concluded that there was one that stood out from the rest. It seemed that Edward did something special with this story, something different that made it especially exciting. It was Journey to the Year 3000, named a "Super Adventure" for a good reason!

*Note: Choose Your Own Adventure is a registered trademark of Chooseco LLC, which is not associated in any manner with this product, Edward Packard, or ABQ Interactive.
 

 

  THE ADAPTATION

   When we finally chose the book for creating our voice adventure the story had to be adapted to meet the time constraints for interactive audio platforms. Edward offered to adapt the story. He even invented a few breakthrough techniques to make the process of adapting a book for interactive audio possible and the adventure more involving and fun than ever before. 
 

Original Journey to the Year 3000 flowchart, by Edward Packard
Original Journey to the Year 3000 flowchart, by Edward Packard

 
   Right now we’re well on our way in making Journey to the Year 3000 possible. The text is already adapted for voice and we've hired a professional voice actor, David Corenswet whom you may know from Netflix's House of Cards, to do the narration. 
   But we’re not there yet: we need your help to cover the production costs, marketing & development, sound, and music so we can make this dream a reality and launch our voice app in April 2019. For your help, we have a lot of great rewards in store. 
REWARDS 
 

 
   THE AUTHOR
 

Edward Packard
Edward Packard

 
   Edward Packard was born in 1931 in Huntington, New York. He graduated from Princeton, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced law before becoming a full-time writer. He conceived of the idea and wrote the prototype and first book for Bantam’s classic Choose Your Own Adventure®* series, and wrote many other books in the series as well as diverse works of fiction and non-fiction, some of which are noted at edwardpackard.com. His latest book, It’s a Miracle It Wasn’t Worse –– Growing Up in the 1930s and 1940s, was published in 2016. In collaboration with ABQ Interactive Edward Packard revised and adapted one of his favorite books, Journey to the Year 3000, into the world’s first interactive audio adaptation of an original Choose Your Own Adventure ®* classic.

  THE NARRATOR


 

David Corenswet
David Corenswet

 
   David Corenswet is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Drama Division and a lifelong reader of the Choose Your Own Adventure ®*  series. An avid audiobook listener, his favorites include those written and read by E.B. White, and the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale.

  TIMELINE


 

 

  WHO ARE WE?    
 

 
   Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant are equipped with powerful speech recognition and language understanding. We leverage these technologies to help companies and authors engage audiences in new and exciting ways. We were the first company in the Netherlands to publish an interactive story for kids in the Actions for Google Program and have extensive experience in developing voice apps for brands and our own portfolio.
Journey to the Year 3000 - Text Copyright © 1987, 2018, by Edward Packard
 

Risks and challenges

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we're more than ready to begin the development and production of Journey to the Year 3000. We have extensive experience in developing immersive voice apps for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. And with the textual adaptation already behind us and the narrator on board, we have no doubt we will publish our Alexa Skill and Google Action in April 2019.

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    THE CHOICE

    Get Journey to the year 3000 on Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and enjoy the story like never before.

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    THE PERFECT CHOICE

    Get JTTY 3000 on Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard + your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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    THE DOUBLE CHOICE

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    THE EXPERIMENTAL CHOICE

    Become a beta tester: Help us develop Journey to the year 3000 and get early access to experience the story from start to finish. You'll receive access to the beta version on the device of your choice and the production version when we're finished + a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard + your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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    THE FASHIONABLE CHOICE

    You will receive a limited edition Journey to the year 3000 t-shirt, a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard and YTTY3000 on the device of your choice + your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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    THE TOUGH CHOICE

    Do you have a tough choice to make? Let Edward Packard help you make it! He'll give his personal opinion on what to do by email. Further, you'll get JTTY3000 on the device of your choice + a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard and your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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    THE ASSISTANTS CHOICE

    Receive an Amazon Alexa Dot 3rd edition or a Google Home Mini signed by Edward Packard + JTTY3000 on the device of your choice + your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits + signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard.

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    THE LIMITED CHOICE

    Receive a copy of the printed book personally inscribed by Edward Packard to the backer + a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard + YTTY3000 on the device of your choice + your name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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    THE ADVENTURER CHOICE

    Come and choose your own adventure with the creators of JTTY3000 in Amsterdam! We'll fly you from New York to Amsterdam and back for a weekend full of adventures and fun in Amsterdam + a limited edition Journey to the year 3000 t-shirt + JTTY3000 on the device of your choice + a signed digital thank you note by Edward Packard + you name immortalized by Alexa's voice in the credits.

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