Monday, September 1, 2014

"Wear Your Goggles to the Gold Rush" Launched Today 12 noon EST

Ruby O'Degee's 1st Mount Bethel Mystery storybuild launched today, and just in time.  There was an apparent homicide committed last night at one of most public venues in Oakes Valley. The Grape Stomp Theater is owned  by the Thomas & Daniels Estate and Wine Vineyard.  Bryce Thomas and Bob Daniels are devastated by the news.   Investments in their estate restoration fund will surely plummet.  And there is all the mess and traffic that comes with a murder investigation.

"Surely this fellow, Box Hoglens is (was) a well meaning guy" said Thomas.  "His latest headset invention will change the way folks live their lives, much like the smart phone.  Did he realize everyone would want a piece of his action, including a lot of open simmers?"

Sorry to anyone associated with the Hoglens family.   Beverly Tellerman has been tree calling all night to find his next of kin.   Mr. Hoglens didn't seem to have any.

Between the matter of the homicide and other Oakes Valley dramas, Lester Tellerman, retired private investigator (PI) has his hands and flat feet full.   He needs help soon to solve this crime.  There are rewards, the occasional pat on the back and a Google community set up for wannabe sleuths.   The Office of Circumlocution is looking forward to hearing from them soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

"Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush" Launches 9/1/2014

Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush.   All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder.   A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended.  Rather clues and story are  collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it.  It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way.

There are limited rules, lots of clues and souvenirs, plus the opportunity to write your own 200 word short story and have it bound.  Add it to the Mount Bethel Lending Library shelf.  Add it to your own.  It is your story.

For those sleuths who want to discuss the investigation without giving away spoilers there is a community already set  up for you to use.   Because the cozy mystery is part of the Lakewater Project, you can earn a Realm Master sword, a grand prize fit for a master crime writer, and the completion of one more step to earn an OAR of your own.  It is all win-win.

Midtown Arts Museum and the Lakewater Project are underwritten by, a non-profit educational concern.  Ruby O'Degee, fictive curator and age writer is a member of the Devokan Trust, a group of dedicated storybuilders.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Story is Afoot - Mount Bethel Mysteries "Wear Goggles to the Gold Rush"

Today the suspects lined up to confirm their stories with the local Oakes Valley Police Department and Midtown Arts Museum curator, Ruby O'Degee.   Their suspicious alibis are found to the right of the blog.

Ruby thought it would be challenging to assemble the badge laid out on the coffee table by the Midtown Ladies Guild.  Her clues were the corpse of a headset inventor wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, a yellow chalk line, a bloody hand print, a photograph taken near the location of the crime, and a pile of crime scene tape.   After she coughed loudly enough for the ladies to notice her shock at their lack of emotion - -  brought to her mind the tale of  Arsenic and Old Lace, Ruby went to work.

It was a good deal more fun than she expected.  Now the badge is ready to offer any Realm Master who solves the Mount Bethel Mystery, Wear Goggles and the Gold Rush, once it opens for solving sometime in August.   Below you will find a photo of the badge.  Ruby is pleased that one of her Oakes Valley vineyard owners is going to get nabbed.   They are complainers in the world she wrote at the request of Mrs. Sophia Diego, who is still disgusted there is yet no putt-putt golf or indoor water park in the region.  

A Very Rules for Experiencing "Wear Goggles to the Gold Rush"

A Mount Bethel Mystery

This murder mystery is played differently than most virtual mystery games.   When you arrive at the scene, the murder already happened, and it is the explorer's job to find the killer.   The explorer/visitor will have 3 full months to investigate the crime.  You will have all sorts of help.   Every resident in Oakes Valley is sure someone else killed the Virtual Goggle headset inventor.  When you find the suspects and the witnesses, expect a different story told from their perspective  (See their original stories here.  Click on the links).

Since the mystery experience will take you awhile, you are asked to solve the crime by November 30, 2014.  Read the instructions carefully and follow the rules.  Before long you will find prizes, collect clues,  earn your Oakes Valley Realm Master Badge, and write your own 200-250 page mystery book.  Yours to share with the Mount Bethel Mystery Lending Library and keep to give away or sell.   What you write on notecards will turn into a bound HUD book that anyone and everyone in the metaverse is sure to read.   The Midtown Ladies Guild guarantees it.

In addition to earning a sleuth's parachute and backpack filled with crime solving tools, you will take the deed to your own Wine Country cottage, based on the very cottages that you can rent for a stay in Napa Valley.

Since the world is being readied for the mystery solving experience, it is now closed to visits until September 1, 2014.   There will be no cost to enter the world.  Hypergrid visitors are most definitely welcome to join in the fun.

*The storybuild game is an honor system game.  There is no financial reward involved.   Prizes are worthy,  and include certification, but not worth "cheating" to get.   Please don't share spoilers, allow everyone to have fun.
  1. Explorers must play out the Mystery Game and show examples of work in order to receive their Realm Master Badge, but they are not required to determine which scenario is correct from the pack of mystery scenarios.  Prize badge and detective parachute

  1. Sleuth candidates must  complete the badge game, and write a 200-250 word narrative to be considered for the extra sleuth award.   Book will be bound and shown by the Mount Bethel Mystery Bookstore, book given to Sleuth to sell or give away.  Upon turning in the 200-250 word story, sleuth will receive pack of likely scenarios to consider and choose the correct one to win the grand prize, A furnished cottage/corpse and tape.

  1. Mystery opens September 1, 2014, closes November 30, 2014.   Prizes will be awarded as sleuths earn them,  Winners will be posted in the Mount Bethel Mystery Store, and will be interviewed for the next edition of Oakes Valley Sheet, in time for the special holiday mystery coming next.