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- Introduction and Start of Conference Jonathan Waite (JW), ARGNet, and Sean Stacey (SS), Unfiction
Credits: Introduction and Schedule, ARG Fest-o-con 2007, San Francisco, CA
JW: Hello, I'm Jonathan Waite from ARGNet. *applause*
SS: I'm Sean Stacey from Unfiction. *applause*
JW: I'd like to give you a few notes this morning and get things started. We are gonna get to our first panel in about ten minutes so we're pretty much right on schedule. So let's, let's get to it then.
- JW and SS hold up signs with their respective site logos that read, "ARGNet, #1 ARG Site on the Internet," and "Unfiction, #1 ARG Site on the Internet." They look at each other and at each other's signs.
JW: Um. Sorry.
- They pause and look at each other.
JW: No, you gotta roll with the punches, babe.
SS: I know. *pause* You were supposed to..
Whose Pen is This
JW: Okay, thank you. The schedule this morning is in your information package but we're just gonna go over it quickly and if you have any questions you can ask them at this time.
SS: Oh, I got a question.
- SS removes pen from pocket and holds it up.
SS: Whose pen is this?
JW: Well, it would be your pen wouldn't it? You just..
SS: Well no, actually I found it out in the hall, um, earlier--Well, I didn't actually find it, a friend of mine told me it was out in the hall and then told me to come tell you guys because you like mysteries and stuff.
Audience: Has the pen been kidnapped?
SS: Whose pen is this?
JW: You found a pen in the hallway...
SS: It's a pretty nice pen. It says "Hoover Dam" on it.
JW: Does someone need our help? *laughter*
SS: Somebody probably lost this pen because they went missing! And we have to find them.
JW: I got this weird instant message this morning...*laughter*...and it said, it was like Pig-Latin or some other cipher that i didn't understand but needed help with, and it said, "I lost my Hoover Dam pen at the lobby."
SS: Did it have a link to a blog?
JW: It did. *laughter* On Blogspot.
JW: Obviously, you know, we're not going to launch an ARG today, but there are a lot of great people here who have launched a lot of great ARGs that are still running today, that have run in the past, and i think there's a couple more coming up this weekend that are gonna be very interesting. So, let's get right to the schedule then and stop our shenanigans.
JW: (Cont.) The first panel this morning is "Developing an ARG," moderated by Sean, and the panelists are going to include Adam - if we can just get you to raise your hand as we call your name - Adam Brackin from Fundi - Foon-dee Technologies?
Adam Brackin: That's correct.
JW: I'm pronouncing that correctly today? Brian Clark, GMD Studios; Adrian Hon, who just got here - welcome, Adrian - Evan Jones, Stitch Media; Dave Szulborski, ARG Studios - good morning, Dave; and Jan Libby, who...
SS: Indie Puppetmaster.
JW: Indie Puppetmaster extraordinaire.
SS: That panel's gonna be focused on developing Alternate Reality Games. We have a couple more panels later about running an ARG. The next one after the first panel, moderated by Krystyn Wells from Unfiction. Panelists are Jackie Kerr from Unfiction - I don't know if she's in here yet, actually; Sam Levigne, from San Francisco Zero, SF0--
JW: Sam here this morning?
Audience: Not yet.
JW: Not yet.
SS: Okay, well, good thing he's not on the first panel then. Kristen Rutherford.
JW: Kristen's here. *points*
JW: (Cont.) Just before we break for lunch, there's gonna be a roundtable discussion led by 42 Entertainment. Elan Lee, who's here; Steve Peters--
Elan Lee: He's not here yet.
JW: He's not here. You guys--
Audience member: Beat him up too much last night.
Brian Clark: Is that his pen? *laughter*
JW: No, no, because then the pen would be done entirely in Flash, you see. *laughter*
JW: (Cont.) Don't tell him I said that, though! *waggling finger*
JW: (Cont.) Uh, Sean Stewart?
Elan Lee: He's not here yet.
JW: And Jim Stewartson.
Elan Lee: Not here yet.
JW: You're here all by yourself.
Elan Lee: It's just me, it's just me. Sorry, yeah.
SS: By the way, noon at lunch: you guys are on your own for lunch, we don't have any food provided. But there is a restaurant downstairs, there's a lot of restaurants around the area, there's an In-n-Out Burger.... *points behind*
Audience: Downstairs doesn't serve lunch.
SS: Downstairs *doesn't* serve lunch?
Audience: They do not.
Someone Else: In the other building.
JW: Yeah, Will and I took a walk around this morning, there's a lots of pizza restaurants, there's an Italian place just down the road, there's probably <unintelligible> so whatever you're into. We have an hour, so we're gonna break at noon and come back at one and get things kicking. And that's one o'clock sharp, eh? That's not one o'clock uh--
SS: 42 Time.
JW: 42 Time.
SS: The next panel after lunch, Running an Alternate Reality Game Part 2, with moderator Brian Clark from GMD Studios. Panelists are Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried from Lonelygirl15, which should be interesting. I think it's the first time that they've spoken publicly about Lonelygirl.
JW: Are Miles and Greg here?
Audience: I don't think so.
SS: And Glenn Rubenstein from Op Aphid, which is the official Alternate Reality Game spinoff I guess from Lonelygirl.
JW: And Panel 4, I'm gonna moderate this afternoon, which is about defining ARGs and the future of ARGs. Panelists are gonna be Brian Clark, Adrian Hon, Jane McGonigal - who's already here this morning - Sean Stacey, Brooke Thompson?
Audience: Not here yet.
JW: I gave them a wake-up call too, I knocked on the door. And Evan Jones. And then our Keynote Address, this afternoon at 3:30 is, "Play Our Game: Trusting Strangers and Eating their Candy," Sean Stewart and Elan Lee from 42 Entertainment. And then after that, it's a free-for-all, right?
SS: After that, yeah, the FestQuest is gonna start about a half an hour after the conference ends. We have *exactly* a half an hour get out of here and clean up this room, so we're gonna need a little bit of efficiency there I think...and cooperation.
JW: Yeah. Sean Stewart is still interested in signing books after the keynote, yes? That's good, because I brought mine. Um, we'll be signing things too, so...
Audience: With the pen? *laughter*
Someone Else: How many zeros are in that number...
JW: I think she wants us to sign checks. *laughter*
Last Minute Instructions
JW: Just a couple quick notes : the bingo cards that we have given you, if you don't have one, um, Dave, there are some over...
David Tenenbaum: There are more available at the desk over there.
JW: Okay, so if you don't have a bingo card yet, you can grab one later this morning... but that's for the bingo. And we do want to thank Brian, where's Brian, BrianEnigma went out of his way to make this terrific bingo game for us.
SS: By the way, when you call out your bingos, you know this is people in the sessions, the panels. It doesn't count if you ask a question with the buzzword in it.
SS: And, please, do not call out your bingo during the sessions, just wait between sessions.
JW: Yeah. There'll be little breaks between the sessions and that's a good time to call out bingo.
JW: Speaking of which: cell phones, laptops, pagers, turn the noise off please, we don't want any interruptions. *checks his phone and turns the sound off. looks at SS* That's in case you want to phone me.
SS: Finally, uh, there is a photo contest, you'll have a little thing in your registration package that has to do with the bingo symbols as well as something else but I didn't look.. *trails off*
Audience: Let's get started.
JW: Yeah, now just before we break for our first panel, let's recognize two very important people. First of all, wonderful lanyards, Marie Lamb? Thank you very much. *applause* And, uh, the woman that really organized this all and kicked our asses, there she is. *points* Rose. *thunderous applause*
JW: (Cont.) I guess with that, enjoy your morning and afternoon, and hopefully we get a chance to see all of you at some point today and have a chit-chat. I know that anyone who saw us last night was less than impressed because we were a little inebriated.
Audience: More than a little actually.
JW: So, any questions about schedule, bingo, et cetera et cetera?
Audience: Is the bingo blackout?
JW: Oh, yeah, is it one line, is it small kite--
SS: No, we're goin' for small kite. Nah.
JW: No, it's one line.
Audience: What corner is your postage stamp?
JW: Yeah. You worked in a casino! All right? Well, that's good.
Let's Get Ready to Rumble
SS: Let's get everyone else up here, Adam, Adrian, Evan, Dave, Jan, Brian? Come on up.