In April, I had the privilege of creating a newly-commissioned art/play piece, “The Silence in Room 1258” for Now Play This, a games festival in London. Situated in an antique desk, the game is a self-paced examination of ephemera from a 1930s Hollywood hotel after a paranormal incident. Continue reading
Excited to announce that I’ll be making a game for the Now Play This festival in London, The Silence in Room 1258, a self-paced examination of ephemera from a 1930s Hollywood hotel after a paranormal incident. It’s an expansion of my interest in storytelling through ephemera and letters, and I can’t wait for festival-goers to be able to sit down with it.
I’ve been on a few podcasts recently, so I wanted to gather them into one place:
Listen To This – I was interviewed by Asher Isbrucker about my “Find Satoshi” project, an attempt to locate a man given only his photograph and first name, part of the Perplex City Alternate Reality Game (ARG) and an experiment in six degrees of separation
Talking To Ghosts – I chat with Wesley Mueller and Michael Kurt about journaling, abandoned spaces in Second Life, the beauty and danger of VR, plot without conflict, and games in physical spaces
Script Lock – a conversation with Max and Nick Folkman and Ian Thomas about moment-driven story design, escape rooms and narrative live action experiences, Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre, environmental storytelling, breaking games, how to write for experiences where you can’t control what the player will do, puzzle design, VR shorthand, and more
“People build these communities without really recognizing what they are, then they suddenly realize, we’re out of money, we’ve changed priorities, we’ve been acquired—they decide to jettison their material,” Scott said. “That’s when we step in. We grab a copy of it for posterity, just because the conversation stops when the data is gone. We take a backup so that somebody can make use of it down the line.”
One of the archives promises that, just because a page isn’t displayed, it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever: “It may simply mean that we haven’t gotten around to restoring it.”
“Your page isn’t gone,” Scott said, when I mentioned my search. “It’s just in a quantum state.”
I also did a follow-up list of articles that explore the same topic, via my newsletter.
For my 29th birthday, my friends threw me a surprise party inspired by the elaborate, enchanting midnight dinners from Erin Morgenstern’s novel The Night Circus. Continue reading