Welcome to ARGFest-o-Con.com, the website for the yearly event dealing with Alternate Reality Games and everything Transmedia. It’s also a major networking event for both ARG community members, industry professional and enthusiasts in general.

Currently we’re working very hard getting the plans for ARGFest 2010 together. See below for all available news on this process!

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 1:35 pm.

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ARGFest Design Challenge

ARGFest 2010 planning is underway! We’re getting really excited about things and we want to share, but before we can do that - we need a website. Oh, sure, we could just go out and get ourselves any ol’ WordPress theme, but where’s the fun in that? We want something special & unique, something that stands out, something that tells the world to take us serious because we seriously know how to have fun. And, when we were thinking about what this site might be we knew that we wanted to throw it out to the community. We’ve seen some of your sites, we know what you can do. The questions is, can you do it for ARGFest?

So, here’s the deal. You have until October 1st to send us a design for the site. That’s a full three weeks three weeks away, so we know you’ll come up with something great. A decision will be made by October 5th and we want to have the site up by the end of October - giving another three weeks to polish up the design and get the site built. A schedule like that even leaves you time to catch up with your favorite ARG!

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1) The theme of ARGFest is going to be Think, Play, Do! We will want icons for each of those and it’d be nice if the overall design had some think-y, play-y, do-y sort of feel to it (yeah, we don’t know what that means in a design, either… but smart, active, and fun might be a start)

2) We want the design be clean & simple and professional yet fun. It might help to take a look at other conference and/or festival sorts of websites to get a feel of what they do. Here are a few examples, mostly taken from recent twittering activity: PAX, Picnic, Power to the Pixel, SXSW.

3) The site uses WordPress, so the winning design will have to be converted into a WP Theme. That means experience with WordPress is a plus. It is not a requirement, though. If a design blows us away, we may be able to pair you up with someone able to make the templates or find an existing theme that could be modified. That said, if you’re experienced with Wordpress themes & templates, let us know! Depending on the design chosen, we may need you! (especially if you’ll be able to work on the theme in October)

4) While the vast majority of the site is run on WordPress, not all of it is. So we’ll need the design to be able to work outside of it.

5) It would be nice to have some of the elements of the site that we can use off of the web - for example, in templates for PDFs, powerpoint slides, and print materials. If you want to make a couple of comps with these things in mind, that’d be great!

We’ve put together a simple design document which contains the above plus a few extras - like a site map, which might help in any navigation design. Feel free to download it from here

So, you’ve got three weeks to flesh out some ideas and give us some mockups (details on how to do this will be available closer to the end of the month). If your design rocks the most, we’ll let you know on October 5 and then we’ve got about three more weeks to get it up on the web. We’ll be busy busting out the content for the site, but will do what we can to make your design happen (if that means sending you some virtual brownies as you pound out the theme and make the graphics all perfect or if it means helping you find someone to write the them and then sending you both virtual brownies, we’ll do it!) If all goes as planned, we’ll have the site up by late October. Yay!

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 3:27 pm.

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Where’s ARGFest?

Now that we’ve all recovered from ARGFest 2009, it’s time to start looking forward to ARGFest 2010. We’ve got some big plans! Some amazing plans! But before we can get into any of that, we need to know where in the heck it will be.

That’s where you come in…

If you think you know the perfect city to play host to ARGFest 2010, then we need you to prove it. We’ve put together an RFP which will walk you through most of the things that we will need to consider as we move forward. Please… fill it out. And then send it back to us sometime before September 25.

The selected location will be announced sometime in early October.

Download the ARGFest 2010 Location RFP and get started!
RFP - ARGFest 2010 Location

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 9:05 am.

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Wrapping it up

Wow! What a weekend, huh? Another ARGFest-o-Con has come and gone with no known fatalities! That’s at least twice now!

We hope that you’re looking forward to next year. We need your help to make it even better than this year and we’ve created a survey for this purpose. Don’t worry if you didn’t attend ARGFest 2009; you can still help! The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

We really appreciate your input and know that it’ll help us make ARGFest 2010 amazing. Thanks in advance!

Posted 10 years, 7 months ago at 3:26 pm.

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ARGFest weekend almost over!

ARGFest weekend is almost over, and we had a blast! We sure hope you did too!

For those still in Portland, the last event on our schedule is the Stragglers’ Supper at PF Changs, 1139 NW Couch St. Meet up at the restaurant at 6:00!

Stragglers’ Supper is presented by The Contingency Foundation.

Posted 10 years, 8 months ago at 3:57 pm.

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Here There Be Monsters

Who knew there were dragons living on Mt. Tabor? It’s even more surprising that they live in the South Park Blocks. There are a lot more surprises in store for those who want to download this mobile ARG, The Hidden Park ($6.99), from Apple’s App Store.

The game has been set up specifically in Portland for ARGFest-o-Conners, so choose a park and get along. Check out the South Park Blocks for an easy go of it, or head over to Mt. Tabor for a slightly more strenuous hike. And if you don’t have an iPhone 3G, find someone who does…or steal one. Seriously, the game is that good.

Posted 10 years, 8 months ago at 10:31 am.

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and this year’s official t-shirt is…

Must Love ARGFest submitted by Rowan!


Congratulations! to Rowan and everyone else that submitted designs. There were some truly great designs and we had a really tough time choosing the three finalists. And the votes were close between those three. Really, good job everyone!

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 10:49 pm.

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Unce, Tice, Fee Times a Mady

With less than a month to go, have we mentioned how excited we’re getting about ARGFest-o-Con 2009? It’s all we can do not to use superfluous exclamation points! Pointlessly!

If you haven’t yet been sold on the idea of coming to ARGFest, maybe a couple of updates can convince you! Did you see that we’ve announced our Keynote Speaker, Jordan Weisman? Then why are you still reading and not registering immediately?! Sometimes you baffle us.

Afraid it might cost too much to stay in Portland for the weekend? Fear no further, for our venue hotel has graciously lowered our group rate to the insane starting price of just $119 per night! Don’t worry if you have already booked a room at our previously announced rates starting at $135 per night, we’ve got you covered too! Check out the updates to our hotel Booking page for details.

How can you beat that? If you were already planning on staying for the weekend, you just saved yourself almost $50 for a three-night visit! Heck, you might as well turn that profit around and support ARGFest by joining the Order of the Trout and for just ten of those measly smackers you’ve saved, you too could have your name up in lights as our honored benefactor!

In fact, with that kind of unexpected scratch in your pocket, you might as well sign up a second time, like SpaceBass did, and see what it’s like to be a part of A Tail of Two Trouts. Child’s play, you say? What if you joined a whopping THREE times and felt the power of Three Trouts Anchovy?

Rest assured, there is no level of Troutly donations for which we cannot produce an appropriate pun. We can go all day, with our Four on the Flounder! We just can’t promise those puns will be funny!

Okay, we should probably stop now.

Five Golden Prawns!!

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 6:02 pm.

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Humans and Androids Welcome

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Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 5:36 pm.

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ARGFest T-Shirt Design Contest (polls closed)

The submissions are in and after a long heated battle the ARGFest 2009 committee members have narrowed it down to just three nominees. And, the nominees are…

in no particular* order….

And the winner is….

To be decided by you! That’s right. You! (and all of the other people who come to the site and vote between now and July 1st**). So be careful, be thoughtful, and vote on the t-shirt that you deem worthy to carry the title of The Official ARGFest-o-Con 2009 T-Shirt.

(Voting is now closed & results will be posted shortly. Thanks for voting!)

* ok, so you caught us… they’re in alphabetical order. But they always say no particular order in the awards shows and we wanted to be all fancy sounding and it’s not like ARGers would ever note these things. Right?

** July 1st being 11:59pm on June 30th or as soon as one of us remembers to turn off the voting after that which will probably actually be the morning of the 1st and, hopefully, sometime before the meeting that night.

Posted 10 years, 9 months ago at 3:01 pm.

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