Beginning Friday February 25th, 2011 at 8:00pm GMT, players will have a chance to participate in and “become a part of an unwritten story”
This is an ARG that’s scheduled to run for a full month, the goal being to have players effectively create and become a part of this “unwritten story”. Then, as the culmination of the ARG, The Design Zoo intends to publish the final story online in the summer of 2011 in what they believe to be the “world’s first crowd sourced ARG novel/story”. The final story will integrate all the players, players’ actions, research and sub plots from the ARG, forming a unique “transmedia book” that all players will feel a part of.
The Black Helix is being touted as being one of the largest Alternate Reality Games to come out of Northern Ireland, and will incorporate online and offline elements, with an interactive narrative, games, phone calls, real world tasks, and a “final role playing event”.
What is The Black Helix? Block the following text to read a sneak-peak of the starting plot.
The story starts with a 27year old PHD science student being kidnapped from her apartment and her whereabouts is now under investigation.
We are looking for individuals and friends to help uncover the truth behind the kidnapping. You must join the hunt both online and offline to discover her whereabouts, but don’t be fooled into thinking that your actions won’t go unnoticed. All is not as it seems.
Do you feel you have what it takes to uncover the truth and become part of an unwritten story?
Word is already spreading — bookmark keep an eye on these websites and resources:
- Primary website – www.theblackhelix.com
- Facebook page – facebook.com/theblackhelix
- Youtube channel – youtube.com/user/theblackhelix
- Community wiki – blackhelix.wikibruce.com
- Twitter account – @blackhelix
The project is supported by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund from the Northern Ireland Arts Council.
The Black Helix is scheduled to launch at 8pm GMT, Friday Feb 25th.
The Black Helix has launched. And with it, the kidnapping:
- You can now create a profile and get involved at theblackhelix.com
- Don’t forget to check in on the community discussion at Unfiction!