In Reality

In Reality was an ARG in three parts and a sequel/successor to my first ARG, Mystery of the Emblem. It was the first appearance of the “Window”, an object which allows people to accidentally communicate across time. Like MotE, it is documented on the GameDetectives wiki.

The first part was a trail of ten puzzles set by a woman researching the Window. You can still have a go at it, starting from this reddit post.

The second part appeared to be an entirely separate ARG called Watching You. It was run by four members of a weird organisation, and offered puzzles to train and recruit people for the organisation, which was later revealed to be the mischief-making AWBO! The website is here, and you should keep an eye on it because it just might make a sudden return…

The third and final part brought together the first two parts and MotE (with some references to other ARGs), telling the story of Yukimura, the in-universe puppetmaster of MotE. Regarded as a good story understood by few, it was, uh, interesting. It got kinda cut short, though. Sorry. If you want to try and figure out what happened, the main site is here.

Credits

Several people helped out a lot with this ARG:

biscuitboy1211 Team Look in the Bushes puzzle development (Watching You)

KingFail Team Look in the Bushes puzzle development (Watching You)

Benolot support

gayfarang hosting (Electronic Freedom Society)

Epicmeister location support

MrsButterfly puzzle concept

Thank you a lot also to everyone who took part in any part of the ARG (Mystery of the Emblem, Part 1, Watching You, and Part 3), and to the rest of the GameDetectives staff for being so great!

Teragon Group, Order of the Crimson Temple and Electronic Freedom Society created by gayfarang and used with permission.

Pangent Technologies created by Human Souls.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is created and owned by Nintendo and Monolith Software.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, the Fire Emblem series, and related assets are created and owned by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems.

Crypt of the NecroDancer, Flickers, Kingdom of Loathing, Legend of Dungeon, The Magic Circle, Moon Hunters, Mos Speedrun 2, Neon Struct: Die Augen der Welt (a video game), Soda Drinker Pro, Sokobond and their related assets are created and owned by their respective developers.