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An interactive mystery game you experience with help from your phone by finding clues hidden around downtown Los Angeles. Read more

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An interactive mystery game you experience with help from your phone by finding clues hidden around downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA Games
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For updates on the future of this project, please visit www.theaugmenteddetective.com. Thank you for all your support.

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  • If the campaign is funded successfully, the game will be available for free in downtown Los Angeles to anyone who wants to play it.

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  • We are giving away a downloadable PDF of the rules to Mr. Smee to anyone who pledges $5 OR MORE. Once you have the rules, you can play Mr. Smee with items you have around the house (e.g. poker chips, pennies, gold doubloons).

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  • The short answer is, no. This incarnation of Augmented Detective will only be playable by physically traveling to the locations of the hidden clues around downtown.

    For people who don't live in LA but might visit someday, our hope is that the game could be an attraction for out-of-towners the same way Disneyland is. But... not like Disneyland. I simply mean, you're coming into town for something, you might set aside a day (part of a day really) to experience the game. Especially given the proximity of the game zone to LA Convention Center, it seems like Augmented Detective could be a big draw to people who come in from out of town for E3 or IndieCade. Many of those same people gripe about what a crummy city LA is. Our Kickstarter campaign is an opportunity for those same people to contribute to something in LA that isn't crummy, and then come to the city and enjoy it.

    For people who don't live here and who won't visit, I think the value is to put something in the world that wasn't there before: if you are a game lover, and if this kind of project resonates with you, then helping us produce the game increases the playfulness and the mystery in the world. Think of it like a piece of public art by an artist whose work you like (if you don't like our work, then we probably shouldn't count on your contribution). Whether or not you go see it yourself in person, it just being there will still affect you: we all know how small the world has become thanks to the internet, so maybe your LA friends will get to participate thanks to your pledge. Furthermore, if this campaign is a success (and we're nearly at $12K!) then we could do it again in your city. Portland OR? Williamsburg NY? Rolling Fork NE?

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    11 backers

    WHY THANK YOU!
    One hundred pennies worth of gratitude from Myles and Greg PLUS you'll receive all backer updates, including notice when the game goes live.

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    8 backers

    THANK-YOU VIDEO.
    You'll be namechecked in our Thank You video update, but by your first name only. So it could be anyone named Erin, or Aaron for that matter.

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    26 backers

    MR. SMEE - You will receive a digital download of the rules to Mr. Smee our social game that lets you become the pirates on the Jolly Roger after Captain Hook is eaten by the crocodile. You have all the pieces you need to play at home already; the rules will tell you how to do it. This reward will come with every pledge at OR ABOVE the $5 level.

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    22 backers

    PREMIUM THANK-YOU VIDEO.
    You'll be especially thanked in our Premium Thank You video update, by first and last name and an adjective of your choosing, e.g. "Remarkable Erin Dean."

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    23 backers

    INVITATION ARTIFACT - We won't tell you when the game goes live. Instead, you will receive notification through some form of collectible, in-game communication. Just what that means will remain a surprise. Who doesn't like surprises?

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    42 backers

    ADVANCED EASTER EGG
    We'll tell you the location of extra content/clues/story relating to the finished game, available before the rest of the game goes live. Plus Invitation Artifact.

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    EARLY BIRD DETECTIVE - You had to get up pretty early in the morning to snag the detective kit at this price. You'll get a Wise Guys Events notepad and versatile mustache pencil/disguise, for all your sleuthing solutions. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    40 backers Limited (60 left of 100)

    NIGHT OWL DETECTIVE KIT. You didn't get up early, but you still get a Wise Guys Events notepad and versatile mustache pencil/disguise, for all your sleuthing solutions. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    48 backers Limited (152 left of 200)

    CHESTACHE TEE.
    Become part of our street team with your own Wise Guys Events T-shirt, available in any color you want as long as it's yellow. h/t to Henry Ford. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    *NEW* *EXCLUSIVE* *SHIRTLESS MEN* In the final hours of the campaign, we're baring it all and offering "QUEENS" the sensational new card game designed for bachelorette parties, but playable anywhere. See the game in action here: http://youtu.be/FOyCzxRZFvc

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    15 backers All gone!

    SKULK AROUND DOWNTOWN.
    Join Myles and Greg the Wise Guys for an Historic Walking Tour of the Historic Core courtesy of the LA Conservancy and Wise Guys. Gab about downtown's history, mysteries, or whatever. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    3 backers Limited (12 left of 15)

    MORE SKULKING AROUND DOWNTOWN. This reward was so popular, we're giving more opportunities to enjoy it. Join Myles and Greg the Wise Guys for an Historic Walking Tour of the Historic Core courtesy of the LA Conservancy and Wise Guys. Gab about downtown's history, mysteries, or whatever. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    $100 reward

    10 backers Limited (20 left of 30)

    ELITE GUMSHOE STATUS.
    Be a premiere player. You'll get to experience the finished game before anybody else. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    $100 reward

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    BEND AN ELBOW WITH THE WISE GUYS. We'll take you out for drinks at a downtown LA location, divey or ritzy, featured in the finished game. We'll get a little sentimental and talk about downtown, mysteries, dames, games, or whatever you like. Must be used before June 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)

    ASTRONAUTS VS. LUMBERJACKS PICNIC AND GAME. You and a friend will join us for a catered picnic lunch in Barnsdall Art Park. Menu selected by Myles, the Wise Guy with a sweet tooth. After lunch, we will split players up into teams to experience the Astronauts Vs. Lumberjacks game in Los Feliz Village, played on the ARIS platform. To learn more about this game, visit bit.ly/galacticgrove. This game is an example of what we can do with a geo game that we bootstrapped. Your money will help us build a better game, but also supply you with deviled eggs and brownies. Date of picnic TBD in spring 2014. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    SF BAY AREA: COME TO OUR PARTY. You and a friend are invited to the annual Wise Guys friends and family holiday party. Previous events have included Camera Assassins on the UC Berkeley campus and Dot Racing and No Match Catch in a church in El Cerrito. We don't know what we're doing this year, but it's going to be a doozy. Come and celebrate! There'll be drinks, refreshments, and good sports who want to play games with you. Date in December TBD in SF Bay Area (probably East Bay). Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    BE A PLAY-TESTER. For extra-elite gumshoe status, play a beta version of the game. Your perspective will help us iron out the wrinkles and squash out the bugs. Your input will help shape the finished product of the game. With great power comes great responsibility. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    BACHELORETTE BLOW-OUT. Our immensely popular, mail-order, all-inclusive bachelorette experience is now available as a Kickstarter premium! Support the Wise Guys and make planning a bachelorette party e-a-s-y. All you do is invite the guests and select the location: we send you everything you need for an evening of fun and games, Wise Guys style (but for ladies). So simple, you can play even if you're drunk! Support the Wise Guys while crossing "Plan bachelorette party" off your list! Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    LAUNCH PARTY. You and a guest (friend or frenemy) are invited to our launch party when we finish building this game. We will be exhausted, but not too exhausted to party. Location TBD in LA but it will probably be somewhere downtown. Since it is a mystery game, someone will probably be murdered at this party, but since Kickstarter won't allow us to do a raffle, the victim will have to be selected based on criteria such as who deserves it most. It will probably be Greg. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    EARLY BIRD WISE GUYS PARTY GAME - Be one of the first three to donate at this level and Wise Guys will bring your choice of Dot Racing, The December Game, No Match Catch, Pickpocket Junction, Prize Ribbons, or Werewolf (see descriptions below) to your party and host it for your guests' entertainment. You can't get this deal anywhere else. Must be in LA, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    DOT RACING AT YOUR PARTY. Wise Guys will bring its smash hit party game of knots, dots, and (if you like) shots to your home or function. Guests race to the finish line on our custom made 20-foot multi-colored polka dot racecourse. It's a familiar party game with a competitive twist, and we've got the only one in the world. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    PICKPOCKET JUNCTION AT YOUR PARTY. Add a touch of trench coat grabass to your next gathering: the Wise Guys will bring its outrageously gropey game of trains, brains, and ill-gotten gains to your party. "One of the top cultural moments of the year." - Jane McGonigal. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    PRIZE RIBBONS AT YOUR PARTY. You've just arrived at a party. You've been handed a sealed envelope. Inside is a playing card, or something even more mysterious. What's it all about? Our super-silly team building puzzle mystery party game will get guests mixing and mingling and having a great time. Solving the puzzle is only the beginning. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    THE DECEMBER GAME AT YOUR PARTY. Ripping paper! Wrapping paper! We love presents, but we hate Secret Santa. Let the Wise Guys bring its special gift-exchanged themed game to your family, office, church, or professional group's holiday party. It's the game where it's better to give than to receive. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used between December 2013 and December 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    WEREWOLF AT YOUR PARTY. Pull the circles into a chair and get ready to start screaming at each other. Sometimes called "Mafia," Werewolf might just be a perfect game. It's certainly the opportunity to commit the perfect crime. Can you escape detection? Or masquerade as an innocent villager? The Wise Guys add humor and a biting wit to this classic strategy game. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    NO-MATCH CATCH AT YOUR PARTY. The hilarious physical game where you have to use your head. If you loved "Double Dare" you'll love this bright and colorful game that kids and adults can play together. Best for outdoors. We'll bring it to your party and host the game for your guests' enjoyment. Must be in LA area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    LEGENDARY PLAYER STATUS. Your name will appear somewhere in the game. We can't reveal too much about where, but it will be part of a really cool artifact, and it will be somewhere that even non-players may encounter it. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    PARTY GAME IN ORANGE COUNTY: YOUR CHOICE. Pick from Dot Racing, Pickpocket Junction, Prize Ribbons, No Match Catch, the December Game, or Werewolf: your choice! Greg and Myles will physically drive our bodies from LA to Orange County to play this game at your party, wingding, or clambake! (Sorry, no hootenannies. Insurance issues, liability, etc.) Must be in OC area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    PARTY GAME IN SAN DIEGO: YOUR CHOICE. Take your pick of No Match Catch, The December Game, Prize Ribbons, Dot Racing, Pickpocket Junction, or Werewolf. Must be in San Diego area, as judged by us. Must be used in calendar year 2014. Plus Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    STORYTELLING PIONEER LUNCHEON. Have lunch with Wise Guys Myles and Greg and Steve Peters. Steve has a legendary CV as a game designer, transmedia storyteller, ARG innovator, and dapper gentleman around town. Let's get some tacos (or waffles or whatever) and gab about games, ARGs, movies, or whatever you like. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    SURVIVOR GURU LUNCHEON. Have lunch with Wise Guys Myles and Greg and John Kirhoffer. John is the challenge producer of Survivor and has worked on every episode of every season. He is a television icon and rock legend in his own mind. Let's get burgers (or dim sum or whatever) and talk about Survivor, games, KISS, Howard Stern, or whatever you like. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    PEERLESS PLAYER STATUS. Have a character named after you. Live forever through immersive fiction. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    EXCLUSIVE PLAYER STATUS. Appear in the background of our game's video content. Get gussied up in your best vintage noir threads. We'll provide copy for your reel. Just thank us in your Oscar acceptance speech. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    LOVER OF THE ARTS. Dave Lovejoy, an artist based in downtown Los Angeles, is contributing to the finished game in some way (we're being secretive on purpose). You can receive a piece of Dave's art, A Rainy Day at the Locksmith's, as featured in the description to the left. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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    BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: HIGH VISIBILITY. Take out a full-page ad that will appear... somewhere in the game. Where exactly? Once again, we plead the veil of mystery. This ad will be viewed by all the players of the game plus scores of visitors and residents of LA who don't know anything about the game. Promote your business, web site, podcast, start up, or professional group.
    Ad is poster-sized; we will help you design it along with the assistance of our graphic design team, to keep it in the vintage noir style even if your product is a 2T hard drive. Plus Detective Kit, Easter Egg and Invitation Artifact.

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