The Project was an experimental Alternate Reality Game that combined transmedia storytelling, performative role-playing, and live gameplay. The game unfolded both online and through site-specific events in Chicago from April 1-25, 2013. Over the course of these three and a half weeks, visitors explored what at first appear to be three unrelated conspiracy groups (known as Ilinx, Ortgeist, and SONOS). A collective of players encountered a series of initiation and play events that told a story about a portal to another world. This world was discovered through challenging games, audiovisual media, responsive environments, and interactions with characters. All of the events were related to a larger undertaking known only as "The Project." Along the way, visitors discovered a deeper myth about strange phenomena known as the Sandbox and the Anomal.
For more information about The Project and related work by creators Patrick Jagoda (Professor of English & New Media at the University of Chicago) and Sha Xin Wei (Professor of Fine Arts and Computer Science at Concordia University), see: http://graycenter.uchicago.edu/experiments/alternate-reality-a-pervasive-play-project
This work was made possible through generous support from the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, a collaborative fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the University of Chicago.