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WHAT IS THIS?

THE DEATHBED PUPPETEER is a GAME that will take 25 years to design before its release in 2023. It will play out over the course of one year and players will be able to sign up for the experience on this website.

The game will traverse the globe and participants will be able to find and keep various treasures from my life. These special items will fit together and tell the story of my life, my family and my friendships.

WHEN WILL THIS LAUNCH?

DEATHBED PUPPETEER will begin at midnight, on the 18th of July, 2023 when I, Michael Borys, have lived beyond 64 years. If I am dead by this time, an appointed person will launch the game as long as I have died of natural causes and the game design is complete.

WHAT ABOUT CHANGING TECHNOLOGY?

The year is 2009 — the world is changing rapidly. And as I come closer to my death, technology and means of data capture will continue to evolve at a breakneck pace. We are gathering e-mail addresses now, but if that mode of communication becomes obsolete over the next 2.5 decades, you will be pinged in order to gather your newer forms of contact information.

WHY ARE PEOPLE BUILDING THIS GAME?

I get no greater thrill than to watch participants experience a design that I helped create. THE DEATHBED PUPPETEER may be ambitious, but I want to witness how it plays out before leaving this Earth.

By 2023 the Alternate Reality Game will have either evolved or died off, but the concept of finding hidden treasure is evergreen. I am lucky to have a handful of today's finest artists, game designers and storytellers involved with this endeavor. They have offered to imbed game pieces and clues into mainstream paintings, books, music and graphics that have yet to be designed. They will help to create permanent fixtures in the world around us that will be yours and your children's playing field. For the next 20+ years, we will design THE DEATHBED PUPPETEER.



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