In February 2008, I made the following comment in a META discussion on the UF Forums:
Personally, I’d be more interested as a player to see a database of ‘instant’ player contact information (phone, IM, email) where one player could quickly pinpoint ARGers in a specific location and have them sent information on the missions – no matter where those missions took place.
Every time I saw another live event happening in an ARG, this idea of a player database came back to me. But I never felt that I had the technical skills to pull off what I wanted that would a: make it easy for people to submit/edit their information and b: make it easy for myself to use it. So, I put it into the “pipe dream” file and tried not to think about it too much.
Fast forward to April 2009 and an ARG called Charlotte. We were given the chance of a live event in NYC on Easter Sunday. Now, holding an event on a holiday with less than 24 hours notice is bad enough, but it is notoriously hard to find anyone in NYC for events on short notice. You’d think in a city of 8 million people there would be more than a few ARGers who would do anything for a chance at a live event/swag. And maybe there are – but you can never find any when you want them.
After asking on the forums and IRC for volunteers, a number of us started Twittering looking for anyone who could now look for a deaddrop in Central Park (since the original live event was scrapped). It was then that it dawned on me that I could use Twitter as way to broadcast live event information in real time. It wasn’t as focused as I originally wanted, and I wouldn’t necessarily have the contact with players in the field that I wanted, but it was a start.
So I registered @arg_deaddrop on Twitter. It’s my hope that ARG players with Twitter accounts will follow @arg_deaddrop to find out if a live event/deaddrop is happening near them and send in information on games with events so that more players can be a part of real world events.
@ARG_Deaddrop is only going to be as good as the people who follow it. Without a wide audience, it will be no better than asking in IRC or in the dedicated game forums for volunteers. And without tips from players from all the of the various games occurring at any one time, there won’t be anything for people to help out with. So please take a few minutes to do the following:
1. Follow @ARG_Deaddrop
2. Reply or DM @ARG_Deaddrop with information on upcoming events
3. Reply if you are heading out on a published mission
4. Reply or DM when the mission is complete
Events can happen at any time and in any part of the world – even outside of the big cities. So please don’t ignore signing up just because “nothing ever happens where I live.” One day, it just might, and won’t you be sad when you find out that it did but you weren’t playing that particular game on that particular day and missed out.