Image: Wise Guys Events, Art by Dave Lovejoy (The Last Bookstore)

On The Transmedia Beat: Haunted Phones and An Augmented LA

on Thursday, Oct. 3rd

Two transmedia projects caught my eye this week, one can be played right now and the other is drumming up support on Kickstarter.

First up: Better Than Television's "13 Pennies". This game promises to "haunt your smartphone for the entire month of October."

Built on Robert Pratten's Conductrr platform, "13 Pennies" lets players text chat with characters and leads them on an easter egg hunt across the internet.

Creator Megan Cohen says her indie startup's "goal is for you to feel like you’re always holding Disneyland in the palm of your hand."

"13 Pennies" started on October 1st and will run through Halloween. The price of admission is $15, sounds a little steep when compared to the price of, say, an iPhone game. As of this writing, it works out to a little more than 50 cents a day.

The Bay Area based Cohen brings some serious playwriting cred to the table. She was named one of SF Weekly's Top 11 Theater Artists to Watch in 2013.

From the Bay to LA.

Indie game designers Wise Guys Events, known to gamers who are lucky enough to attend E3 and Indiecade as the guys who run live action games at those events, are raising funds for an "immersive noir adventure" that will take place in Downtown LA.

Here's how the game making duo of Myles Nye and Greg Snyder describe "The Augmented Detective":

We're creating a detective story for you to live out any time you want in downtown LA. Players explore remarkable spots with friends, find clues we hid, and decide which of the characters are on the level or have something to hide.

While the duo is looking to raise $27,820 to produce the game, in the best tradition of crowdfunding the final product will be free to the public.

Don't read this as a slam on "13 Pennies", because it is not intended as such: it is a shame we don't see more crowdfunded projects make their final product free to all. Kudos to Nye and Snyder for using this distribution plan.

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