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L.A. Has A New Immersive Mystery Game That Lasts All Year
There's a strange mystery game launching in Los Angeles, where players will be plunged into a year-long, interactive adventure. Most whodunit games last over the course of a dinner. The Lost Tears Of Kali is an immersive game that will be played both online and off over the next year. Those who sign up here will receive an email today (though you may join and catch up at any time).
The game comes from The Gentleman Proper, a design studio that's worked on, among other projects, the meticulous aesthetic of the Houston Brothers bars (Breakroom 86,Good Times at Davey Wayne's, No Vacancy, etc.). Christian Marcus of The Gentleman Proper told LAist that he and his fiancée/business partner Erika Diehl had been thinking about doing an immersive game for three years, but the inspiration came when the pair got engaged. 'The Lost Tears of Kali' stars the two as a Hollywood couple in 1932 to 1933. It's set in the fictitious city of Empire Falls and revolves around a $2 million ruby and diamond necklace originating from India known as, you guessed it, 'The Lost Tears of Kali.' (Every good tale needs a MacGuffin, right?)
Players will be able to explore Empire Falls further via an online point and click game. New pieces will be revealed each week. For example, you can click on the newsstand and read what's been going on in town, including "crimes that may or may not be connected," Marcus said. Or, you could click on the movie theatre to see a short film. There will be clues and puzzles to solve, and many suspects and story arcs will emerge the deeper you get.
There will also be at least a dozen events that players will be invited to where additional plot points will emerge.
"If there's a museum opening [in Empire Falls], for example, then there will be a museum opening party and people will be invited," Marcus said.
These events will take place mostly at various Houston Brothers bars around town, though Marcus revealed to us that at least one will be a 30s-themed polo outing. Marcus said there will also be some events on the East Coast, though the exact location for now is a mystery. The first event will take place in August. (If you miss an event, you can visit the newsstand the following day to find out what happened.)
The basic gameplay will be free, though players who get really into the game can also sign up to receive evidence in the mail. At the end of the year, the mystery will reach a resolution.
On The Gentleman Proper's Youtube Channel, there is a video you can watch that's a brief introduction to Empire Falls. There are many blurry, black and white shots of the coast, and jazzy nightclubs where you might spot our glamorous protagonists.
To play, sign up here.