Conspiracy for Good – Dead Drop – Santa Monica, CA

Game: Conspiracy for Good
Type: Dead Drop
Location: 1720 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA (34.01234, -118.46598)
Date: dropped sometime before July 7, 2010
Status: Concluded

There has been a series of “Points of Interest” appearing on the Conspiracy for Good’s Map page. It has been determined that there are Blackwell Briggs Database Extraction CDs being hidden at these locations. Three (Germany, Denmark and Sweden) have already been picked up. A fourth was discovered last night (July 7th) in Santa Monica with the address of 1720 Ocean Park Blvd.

There has been no confirmation that this CD has been retrieved. It doesn’t appear as if the completed Points of Interest are marked off on the map, but no one has reported anything about the Santa Monica drop to either the chat or the Unfiction forums, so it’s possible that it is still active.

At least two of the previous drops were fairly well hidden, so make sure you look around. Stefan posted video of his find to Youtube. jchillerup posted pictures of his cache that he found after a hint from imnotamember1 on Youtube.

If you do manage to get this cache, please make sure to let the other non-members of the CFG know so that multiple people don’t try to find it after it’s been claimed.

Further Information: Conspiracy for GoodConspiracy4GoodWikiUnfiction forumPoints of Interest thread on UnfictionIRC Chat

Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff – Santa Monica, CA

Game: Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff
Type: Contest
Location: Santa Monica, CA?
Date: August 21, 2009
Status: Concluded

ff_vanish_promo4_f Wired magazine has been holding a contest to find one of their writers who has gone “missing” for a month. Evan Ratliff has been on the run since August 15th and today has been the first time his pursuers have received credible intelligence as to his whereabouts.

At 1:42 EDT, Nicholas Thompson, Evan’s editor at Wired, tweeted that Evan’s ATM card had been used.

Breaking!!! $3000 deposited, and $300 withdrawn twice from ATM. 1300th 4th street, Santa Monica . #vanish

Evan knows that his credit card and ATM usage is being monitored, so he won’t be in the area for long, so if you want to win the $5000 prize being offered, you’ll have to be quick. To win, you have to a: take a picture of Evan Ratliff, b: tell him the codework “Fluke”, c: receive a code word back from Evan and d: email the new code word and the picture to Sound simple enough?

Update: @VanishingAct01 has done some cold calling of restaurants in the area and apparently found a gentleman matching Evan’s description at Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica (1906 Ocean Ave). Could be something, could be nothing, but if you’re in the area, I’d check it out.

Further information: Original Wired article — All Vanish articles at WiredWho to Follow on Twitter article — The Search for Evan Ratliff Facebook group

Something in the Sea – Live Event

Game: Something in the Sea
Type: Live Event
Location: Australia / Germany / Italy / Netherlands / France / England / Spain / Long Island / Vancouver / Santa Monica
Date: August 8, 2009
Status: Concluded

Something in the Sea, the campaign for BioShock2, wants everyone to go to one of 10 beaches around the world this Saturday morning. Two memos and a map have appeared on that tell when and where something will be happening this Saturday.

As far as I can determine, these are the coordinates – in the order of sunrise on August 8th. According to what I have learned, the tides may carry in valuable information at approx. sunrise at these times.

6:41 AM Bondi Beach (Sydney, Australia) 33° 53′S 151° 16′E
5:43 AM Travemunde (Baltic Beach – Lubeck, Germany) 53° 57′N 10° 52′E
6:03 AM Rimini Beach (Italy) 44° 4′N 12° 34′E
6:15 AM Scheveningen Beach (The Hague, Netherlands) 52° 7′N 4° 17′E
6:28 AM Bay of Angels (Nice, France) 43° 41′N 7° 15′E
5:37 AM Brighton Beach (England) 50° 49′N 0° 8′W
6:54 AM Barceloneta Beach (Spain) 41° 22′N 2° 11′E
5:58 AM Jones Beach (New York, U.S.) 40° 35′N 73° 30′W
5:55 AM Kitsilano Beach (Vancouver, Can.) 49° 16′N 123° 9′W
6:11 AM Santa Monica (California, U.S.) 34° 0′N 118° 29′W

The buzz in the Unfiction forums seems to be that there will be swag to be had at the locations, along with possible character meets, so you should have a pretty good time if you go, despite it occurring way to early in the morning. If you can, take pictures and/or video of what happens so that the people who are unable to go can live vicariously through you. And if you’re attending the Jones Beach event, say hi to my friend Siege (if he goes, that is).

Further Information: SomethingInTheSea.comUnfiction thread

Thanks to Limer in IRC for telling me about this event.