July 14, 2011
Colonial Williamsburg Debuts Alternative Reality Game
Colonial Williamsburg launches “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros,” an interactive alternative reality game Friday, July 15. The game challenges players to explore secret hiding places, meet mysterious characters, unlock clues and decipher codes to solve a mystery. Players age eight and up attempt to complete spy missions in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The goal is to avert a crisis that could change the entire course of the American Revolution. The game is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, and requires a cell phone capable of text messaging. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)
“RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” gives Questors a chance to search for clues in the Historic Area including its buildings, signs and among costumed interpreters, all while using cell phone technology to receive text messages from a mysterious character known only as “368.” Based on historical facts, the storyline educates young visitors about the sacrifices and difficult decisions individuals must make for both America’s liberty and personal freedom. “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” also teaches the vital role of active citizenship in both the 18th and 21st centuries.
Players are encouraged to get a head start on the game online at home before arriving in Williamsburg on the “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” webpage, which includes letters from “368,” a clue to be texted using the player’s cell phone and additional information about spying in the 18th century. When families arrive at Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, players pick up their free game materials when purchasing their admissions tickets. “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros” takes approximately 90 minutes, but families may spread their game experience throughout their stay so they can make the most of their visit in trade shops, taverns and exploring summer activities throughout the Historic Area.
Only those who successfully finish the game will be guided via text messaging to a special meeting with a costumed staff person in a secret location and receive a take-home souvenir token of thanks for saving the revolution. These accomplished Questors will then be directed to a hidden website where the story continues.
Player registration is open online now at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/revquest. The first game clue is now available online. The game concludes August 31, 2011.
The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites is the official hotel of “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros.”
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.