The Transtemporal Detective Agency
Experimental Interactive Transmedia
Potential players primarily discover the TDA through posters placed around the city. There are multiple versions, each describing something different, from literal to abstract. Most contain a “temporal” aspect or directly invite would be ‘detectives’ to investigate a case involving a local robot ‘Berty’ gone missing. Posters and stickers were placed at the initial launch, but only a handful remain in their original locations. Currently, a majority of players learn of the game through word of mouth or stumbling upon it the initial installation.
Visiting the Agency
Times to Remember
The guide cards come both flat and pre-folded. Players may choose the pre-folded or use the tape inside and fold along the lines to complete their own. Both are viable, and the folded triangles serve to give a more palpable structure to the cards and their function, which provide a map of the rest of the investigation.
Hitting the Streets
The Hidden Cupboard
A Secret at the Sideshop
If they are diligent, players will notice a small stack of envelopes hidden amongst a shelf of other items with the symbol printed plainly on the front. They are allowed to take one, free of charge, with or without the clerk becoming aware of their mission. Upon opening the envelope, players find a strange, postcard sized image with a hole through it and curious text on the back.
Looking through Berty’s Eyes
Hiding among the Stacks
‘Kairos’ is what players eventually find mentioned as what matters most at the end of Gek’s story. Kairos is an ancient Greek word referring to the right or opportune moment. Players must use the word as the password for logging into the login section of the TDA website.
Players land in a basic community forum. They can read a welcome message from Detective Donatien, find a collection of TDA reference materials, and a listing of the existing TDA Divisions. The TDA has an active division in Black Rock City, although it was temporary and appears to have discovered no new information.
The forum marks the end of the adventure. Players are invited to visit and monitor the TDA forum for updates or developments, but no major discoveries have occurred since its inception. Until then, the TDA continues to remain open and well maintained.
Less than a hundred agents have completed the investigation in the eighteen months since it became operational. The low number may be due to its niche and esoteric appearance, or lack of initial investment of interest by the players. Although, the project still attracts new members and has received a large amount of positive feedback. The largest criticism has been its open-ended conclusion, but a second installment is currently in development.