I just received an interesting letter in the mail.
At first I thought it was a wedding invitation, but then I noticed there was no return address. After opening it, I realized it’s definitely an invitation but that’s about as much as I can figure out. It’s from someone named Selma for an NYC event on October 17th. I feel pretty confidant in stating I have never met anyone named Selma in my life.
I have a suspicion what this might be about but I’ll hold off until I get confirmation. (This isn’t the first cryptic invite sent to the Urban Prankster offices!) I’ve transcribed the copy below.
New York City
The Cardinal Case
Secrets stole I, treasures too;
I invite you to pursue.
How to win my worthy gifts?
I am one of many shifts.
This Hermaea worth shall prove
And the chaff from wheat remove.
Will you my fond pageant see
And earn this purloined property?
Place to place, we’ll celebrate.
Kindly, gentles, save the date.
Remember the Sea of Glass paperweight we mentioned the other week? Well today I got something new in the mail that explains it all. Prototype 161, the new Alternate Reality Game masterminds in New York, are staging their next event on Halloween. Someone from the group sent me a letter announcing the new event. I scanned it and uploaded it here. Also in the envelope was a USB key containing a PDF of the image above. There must be a clue in their somewhere. Fun!
The event costs $40 (someone’s got to pay for all these crazy mailings!) but there’s a discount code in the letter that anyone who reads this blog can use for 20% off. So while not free, it sounds like a really fun Halloween night in NYC if you’re into the whole run around the city on a crazy mission solving puzzles type thing.
There are a couple of cool events happening Saturday.
The first was sent to us by our friends at Newmindspace.
Zombie Unicorn presents (with a little help from Newmindspace): NYC GREAT BIG WHEEL RACE 2008!
Bring your big wheel, trike, skateboard, velocipede, or handmade contraption on wheels along with your superhero costume to race down the Great Hill in Central Park against the greatest big wheelers in town.
You’ll need a helmet and other protective gear. Your vehicle’s seat must, at its lowest point, be lower than 12 inches. That’s low. Wheel size is open. Rubber wheels are strongly discouraged.
Free registration for racing: e-mail flopaint (at) gmail.com. Spectators more than welcome. Standard big wheels are available at indy toy stores & big box retail stores and odder wheeled units are probably available on trash day on your corner.
Meet up at Central Park Drive at 103rd St. on the East side. We’ll take a walk through and then the main event.
Prizes for most original vehicle, costume and 4th place finisher.
NYC Big Wheel Race
Central Park Great Hill (W 103 St. + Central Park W)
Saturday, October 18th 2008 @ 2pm – 4pm
Rain or shine. Free and all ages!
Also happening Saturday: a group in Washington DC is hosting a game of Cruel 2 B Kind, Jane McGonigal‘s game of “benevolent assassination.” More info: Cruel DC
We got an interesting letter in our inbox today informing us of an upcoming event in New York City on July 12. We’re not exactly sure *what* it is, but it sure looks like fun.
We went to the group’s website and found this:
Your story begins here. Prototype161 seeks creative, resourceful, and daring individuals to serve as agents in our ongoing investigations.
You will track down clues, solve puzzles, and interrogate suspects. You’ll scour a city to find the answers. You’ll compete against other agents to solve the case first.
Our most resourceful and successful agents will earn rewards and accolades.
New agent recruitment will take place on the evening of Saturday, July 12th in New York City. If you think you have what it takes, click the button below.
Save the date, New Yorkers! Here’s the letter they sent us: