From all the Alice and Smith team, we wish all our Black Watchmen members a great Christmas and happy holidays from the bottom of our heart.
This last year has been full of unique experiences and we are proud that you believed in us and in our dream of building this permanent ARG for 2015! Looking back, we actually managed to setup our communication channel, gather an incredible community base, launch our forums and start our first alpha test with promising technology! (Unity, Playfab and Photon Server)
We made substantial progress at the backend level, got the situation room humming again, and soon we will show you the mission engine in its full glory.
On the reward logistics, we are still waiting on some of the items and will ship them as soon as we can. The sketch took longer than expected, the same with the comic book, but we are looking forward to clear that up in January so we can all enjoy our physical and virtual Black Watchmen goodies!
Finally, it is important for us to mention that we have been blessed with a wonderful community. You have all been extremely supportive and managed to motivate us a great deal! A big thank you goes to the moderation squad who gave us an incredible hand in the setup of our forums and community rules, giving us new forces for fighting waves of bots and spam (and helping new players of course)!
January will see the kickoff and official start of our content writing team. With the help of OCDCoder (http://forums.blackwatchmen.com/index.php?members/ocdcoder.282/), we now aim to produce no less than 30 to 40 missions in season 1. There are still open spots if you are a talented artist, writer our designer and wish to join The Black Watchmen creative team.
To conclude, I want to say we have the chance together to do something really unique. After 9 years of ARG production, we came to a crossroads where we dreamt of a permanent platform to live and express the unique storytelling and interactive environment that we only found in an Alternate Reality Game medium. A game that can truly reach you and sweep you off your feet, leaving you with stories that you will cherish and share for years to come. We have already started to leave our mark just by trying this insane project; let’s not stop there and instead let’s show the world the power of a crazy community solving the most intriguing, complex and maddening puzzle of all time.
On this note we will leave you with our new audio Introduction theme for The Black Watchmen. Hope you like it!
- The Puppet Master