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Analog: The Alternate Reality Game (Canceled)

An original subscription box; a mix of live mystery games, Alternate Reality Games and a novel with story a that will blow your mind!

Analog: The Alternate Reality Game (Canceled)

An original subscription box; a mix of live mystery games, Alternate Reality Games and a novel with story a that will blow your mind!

$775
pledged of $10,500pledged of $10,500 goal
11
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 29 2019
Last updated October 29, 2019

About

The Story Behind the Story

Analog: The Alternate Reality Game has been an idea rumbling around in my head for a few years now. I got the 'bug' a few years ago when my brother bought me a subscription to Hunt a Killer (a subscription box sent to you every month from a serial killer). I couldn't believe how original and exciting this idea was and I was chomping at the bit every month to get my new box and get into solving new puzzles. This was my introduction to cryptography as well which is now a full-time hobby. Then, I was introduced to the ARG (alternate reality game). Most of them are sponsored 'treasure hunts' or 'puzzle games' with large story arcs sometimes spanning the globe and usually require many people coming together in forums to figure out the puzzles and the stories. 

I'd spent enough time on these puzzles and ciphers and ARGs that I finally got to the point that I wanted to make my own - but my idea was to marry the two genres. What if there was a monthly series arc that had a narrative, like a film or movie, where the player or players get to be the protagonist? There would be a forum where people could meet up and share ideas and theories and include many mediums in its delivery - physical photos, newspaper articles, props, websites, and anything else that makes it feel like the game is as real as possible. 

My hobbies have always been all over the map - photography, film making, story writing, creating original ciphers and puzzles and creating music. This project will give me the opportunity to engage and utilize all of my interests to ultimately entertain others.

I have already start the game and have the first few boxes completed. The problem now is that it is becoming restrictive to finance sourcing all of the items and the upkeep of all of the websites (the first box has 12 independent websites alone!). 

The Story

Most of the story is meant to be kept secret as it is a journey with many surprises. You are an unwitting participant who finds a mysterious box at your doorstep and you're not sure who it's from. This mysterious stranger has a need to be very secretive because we learn that whatever information he has, he's got to keep secret over the internet. Although he utilizes the internet, it is masked because it needs a 'human touch', or 'analog aspect' in order to proceed to the truth. The props are also part of the analog aspect. 

It is about secrecy, intelligence, wits and creativity. Each box is like a short story of a novel that is inherent to the overarching narrative. This differs from most other games like this in that with several puzzles there are more than one way to solve them - and they mostly are not digital. 

Another interesting aspect of the game is that you can and will have to revisit old websites and objects as the story progresses. There are many things embedded in the websites that are enigmatic and hidden until you know more of the story. Because of this there is a very important aspect that the game has and that is replayability. Most games of this nature cannot promise that. On top of that, Certain websites will be cloned for seasoned players and although the websites will stay relatively the same, there will be subtle differences that I create that gives them another piece to the puzzle and a more difficult way of solving it.

I want to give you a taste of some of the game by showing (and playing) certain elements that might give you an idea of the breadth and tone of the game. Listen, watch and check everything out below: 

Box #1
A One Time Pad creator included in one of the boxes
Enigma and Classified Documents
Wooden Cryptography Box
Newspaper Clipping
Die Gahenna!
The Forum
Finger Binary
One of the Patent Schematics that will be included in one of the boxes
Cryptic Photos
A rich backstory with cryptic inclusions
Realistic retro art
Compelling Artwork
Who Would Destroy Such a Masterpiece?
Enigmatic Clue
Hidden meanings and messages abound
Welcome Letter

 A TEASER Video on the project

 Professional voice-over for one of the boxes

The Website

I hope that this intrigues you because this experience so far has been the best working experience of my life. My hope is that I can receive funding so that I can keep the websites up and running for the foreseeable future, I can source and keep an inventory of any and all of the required objects for the boxes and so I may deliver the best possible product that I can.

Thanks for your support!

Zach Epstein

Creator of Analog: The ARG

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are that I am running out of personal funding for this and it will have to be discontinued if I do not raise some capital.

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    A Digital Fingerprint tote bag

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    Wooden Cryptography Box and Enigma Print

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    Crypto Box, Enigma Print, Props, T-shirt

    This is a kit that is made on wooden planks and comes unassembled. It is easily assembled and becomes a safe where you can set your own code. Also included is a limited custom Enigma print and a black T-shirt with the Analog: The ARG logo as well as some uniquely created props from boxes from the game.

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    Box #1, #2 and #3

    Receive Box #1, #2 and #3 of the game itself! This will include everything any player would receive if they bought a subscription. It also includes the Cryptography Box, Digital tote bag, physical prints and T-shirt (as well as every object already included in the boxes for the game)

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    The 6 box series and All Other Rewards

    You will receive the entire series of Boxes 1-6 plus all other previous rewards.

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    The Uber Analog

    All 6 boxes and previous awards. A script of the entire story arc. A secret script that reveals all of the subtextual elements not readily obvious in the game. A progression map and an entirely otherwise unavailable solution kit (should you need it or want it).

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    • Box #3
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    • Box #5
    • Box #6
    • Script of the entire story arc
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