An interactive mystery game you experience with help from your phone by finding clues hidden around downtown Los Angeles. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 31, 2013.
About this project
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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.
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).
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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