SOAP: An Alternate Reality Game Engine

I am pleased to announce the release of SOAP v1.0. The [S]UNY [O]swego [A]RG [P]ackage is an alternate reality game (ARG) engine. Built on the open source platforms WordPress and BuddyPress, it is a bundle of pre-existing plugins and custom modifications that allow anyone who can install and host WordPress to run “what if” simulations […]

Grant for Alternate Reality Simulations Project

I received an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)  from SUNY’s Office of the Provost. The project is called Alternate Reality Simulations as Learning Tools, and the grant amount is $20,000 (plus $5,000 campus matching). Below is some information about the project from the proposal. [Update: Here’s a Campus Update item about the grant.] a multiplayer scenario analysis

My colleague Pat Clark and I are conducting a multiplayer scenario analysis (similar to an Alternate Reality Game) to explore the topic of racism on campus. It’s called We seek to involve our community (although the rest of you can observe) in a constructive dialogue about what we can do, individually and collectively, to […]

Save Oswego! – An Alternate Reality Game

I’m currently coordinating a second (s)ARG. Here’s the info: What would you do if you were not able to graduate because of cuts to SUNY Oswego’s budget? Stop panicking…. start acting! Save Oswego! is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) developed as a class project for the courses Social Networks and the Web and Videogame Theory […]

Gold Farming and the Geopolitics of Trade: The ARG

I’m going to be coordinating a couple of ARGs this Spring. Here’s the announcement for the first one. Please join us! ‘Stop Gold Farming!’ is an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) developed for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. It could be called an experiment in collective storytelling, a radical new media project, or an internet […]