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Protect the flock! From JP and Hachette!

This is the ending letter that I intend to post after the end of the ARG. Is there anything that you'd like me to change, add, or remove?

 

Well then, I believe that’s it.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank you for your participation in the first MDW fan-made Alternate Reality Game, or ARG for short. The show you’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks has been the product of months of effort rummaging around with Audacity, Photoshop, MS Paint and MS Word that my colleagues and I endured as a labor of love for those who have ever taken the time to look beyond the words of the Maximum Ride novels to the darker plot underneath.

 

I believe some thanks to my co-conspirators are in order:

 

First I’d like to thank Elena, my co-coordinator, excellent character puppetmaster, document writer, audio mixer, and the voice of the one and only Dr. Marian Janssen. Without your cooperation, none of this would have happened, and I’d have never known about the Itex Worldwide symbol.

 

Next, I’d like to thank Monogatari for his work in picture effects and for contributing his voice for Jeb Batchelder. Keep being awesome!

 

I also want to give a huge thanks to Dual for testing the puzzles. You were spot-on about the time it took them to solve each one of them.

 

And Wade the Duck, Phoenix, MusicintheWind, Terra, and Jane, thank you so much for your additions to the voice cast and helpful suggestions over the course of the project (Anne Walker, Scientist 1, Scientist 2, and recordings of Max, respectively).

 

Finally, I’d like to thank all the other facilitators who’ve been working on the inside to help the ARG run smoothly on MDW, and whose suggestions and commentary helped to make for a great story. Come up and take a bow if you want!

 

Doubtlessly, the rest of you out there may be wondering why we put so much effort into what is, essentially, the most elaborate MR fanfic since Reality Check?

The truth of the matter is that we were all extensively frustrated with the lack of effort put into the community by the site owners. Once upon a time, Maximum Ride fans had a single site that provided ARG-like quality posts on a weekly basis. This site, the original Fang’s Blog, was abandoned in favor of random commercial comments by the assorted book characters and a community that, over the past three years, has diminished from in-depth analysis to a ten-thousand-post-long thread of people complaining about how bored they are. What does it say then, when we, thirteen individuals with no budget and schedules squeezed in around secondary school or college, can put on a show like this, while the best efforts of people who are paid to spend time working on this amounts to little more than a handful of cheap posts and the occasional premade flash puzzle on Addictinggames.com?

 

So, Mr. Patterson, Ms. Boxerette, Hachette, and any others of you out there who are responsible for the poor excuse of community rallying and marketing that we’ve seen so far, my colleagues and I address this Alternate Reality Game to you in hopes that you will see it and understand our case. There won’t be any further rallying from me, but know this: we care about your plot, we just want you to care about us.

 

EndOfTheEarth

--The Itexicon ARG Co-coordinater, audio mixer, writer, puzzle and art designer, and voice talent for Dr. Roland ter Borcht.

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Me gusta, forward ho, sounds great, all that.

 

Only thing I did notice is the missing carriage return a few paragraphs from the end.

Which reminds me, how long after the ARG should we wait before posting this?
Elena flips out and leaves, wait like 24 to 48 hours, then post.

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