Through the last month an alternative reality game related to the new Star Trek movie has been leaving clues on websites and in the real world, leading to a story of Romulans running around Earth and a desperate warning to Vulcan. Today the game has come to a close with a video message from Leonard Nimoy thanking participants announcing a winner from the finalists (all of whom are TrekMovie community members).
Nimoy Announces the winner
Leonard Nimoy thanks participants for ‘warning Vulcan’ and awards a hand-made USS Enterprise model to the winner, Matt. The video appeared in widgets from AlertVulcan.com this evening and we have uploaded it to YouTube.
Congrats to Matt!
MAY 12TH STAR TREK ARG REPORT 12 – FINAL
"All Good Things…"
After last week’s update, it was clear that something big would happen for the ARG on May 12th. The community that built up around the game gathered for one last time, and waited. And waited. And waited.
We checked the original binary sites that started the game We checked the chat sites where we first met the intrepid Romulans and learned of their desperate attempt to thwart genocide on a massive scale. We checked www.johannbayer.eu, whose grid puzzle tested the community’s motivation for days. We checked www.AlertVulcan.com, where the community united with the Romulans to amplify a warning message to Vulcan.
Nothing. All the sites remained unchanged.
In some timezones, May 12th turned to May 13th, and community members started to wonder if we made a mistake.
And then — the static cleared, and we were greeted by a message from the prototypical Vulcan: Mr. Spock himself! (above).
The PMs got it right: "hitching," "kosmopol," "Raphael," "Matt," and "WarpTube" all contributed immensely to the game, especially here at TrekMovie. And although the selection was random, I can think of no one more deserving than Matt, whose really plunged into the dynamics of the game, scrutinized the storyline, contributed thoughtful analyses, volunteered to follow through on others’ sometimes hare-brained speculations (mine included!), and made the whole effort more pleasant with his persistence and sense of fairness.
Thank you and well done to everyone who contributed to the community effort that grew around this ARG. It’s been a blast, and made for a richer Star Trek experience!
If you want to follow the game from the beginning, check out the TrekMovie Star Trek ARG Category.