In the first ever Permanent Alternate Reality Game, you join the ranks of The Black Watchmen, a paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous phenomena beyond human understanding: ritualistic murder, occult secret societies, and the paranormal, to name but a few.
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Very Positive (11 reviews) - 90% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (239 reviews) - 90% of the 239 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 25, 2015

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December 22, 2016

New DLC





Agent, you're expertise are needed immediately for a special operation. The successful completion of Operation ROLLINGVIPER has lead us to uncover a new threat - The Crimson Library, a site found only on the dark web, that shows unimaginable evil. Exposure to this site is known to cause insanity and violent outbursts. With the help of Agent Wheeler and NITE Team 4, you must investigate the source of the site and stop the spread of this madness. In the Alone in the Dark Web DLC, you’ll need to complete all 24 in-client puzzles in a whole new mission set that brings you to the brink of the dark web—and insanity.



This DLC is unlike any previous The Black Watchmen content. We are experimenting with new puzzle mechanics, alternative narrative approaches and human subject… well, let’s just say we’re trying something new, and we would love to get feedback on your experiences. You can tell us all about it, and meet your fellow agents, here.



The difficulty level of the DLC is higher, as it is aimed at more seasoned TBW agents. We encourage all our players to enjoy the DLC, but would suggest not starting with this Spec Ops.



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December 18, 2016

RollingViper





On December 3, a major riot broke out in Abuja, NG causing significant civilian casualties. Local authorities claim the violence erupted suddenly, without warning, across the city. An investigation into the incident revealed the riots began at various Internet cafes in key locations in Abuja, near High Value Targets (HVT) and that the outbursts all began at roughly the same time. Since then, similar riots have broken out in Nairobi, KE, Lusaka, ZM and Monrovia, LR.

Our analysis suggests some aspect of these Internet cafes cause the riots, but we do not yet understand how. NITE Team 4 is mounting an investigation so we can learn more about the exact nature of the link.



All agents must work together in an effort to gather a greater understanding of a selected hot zone from NITE Team 4. For more informations, visit our active com channel.



- 6 days live event (LIVE NOW!)
- Individual and collective missions
- Investigate .onion (TOR) website and technology
- 1h livestream


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Reviews

“If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, The Black Watchmen is an excellent introduction to alternate reality games, successfully merging an engaging fictional world with real-world activities and challenging puzzles that are best solved collaboratively with other players.”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“The puzzles are clever, the storyline is engaging, and the eerie background music and creepy videos help set the stage for sinister happenings.”
5/5 – Gameinformer

“It gains a fantastic sense of a world, a real mystery to sink into, a web of secrets on the web, a sense of being part of something bigger.”
Positive – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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About This Game

Warning:


This is not your typical game: The Black Watchmen is unlike any other game on Steam. You will have the opportunity to complete tasks unique to PARGs. You must be prepared: There is no virtual world, and you have no in-game avatar. You have an agent name, your wits, and the support of the community, that is all. The game exists in the real world, and many times during missions you will be interacting with real world entities (players, businesses, organizations, etc.).

You will not be able to complete this game alone. Only with the help of the community will you be able to rise through the ranks, and become a veteran agent of The Black Watchmen.

Pricing

You are buying Season 1, which gives you access to:
  • 25 in-game missions
  • 65 puzzles to solve
  • 5 hidden missions (unlocked by obtaining “puzzle pieces” or secret answers in-game)
  • Community sandbox missions

Season 2 is an optional DLC and includes:
  • 30 in-game missions featuring an expanded narrative
  • 82 puzzles to solve
  • 5 new hidden missions

The World of The Black Watchmen


The Black Watchmen are a paramilitary group dedicated to protecting the public from dangerous phenomena beyond human understanding: ritualistic murder, occult secret societies, and paranormal activity, to name but a few.

As a global organization, The Black Watchmen offer a wide range of skills and services for covert missions anywhere in the world, on behalf of any group, corporation or government that can afford them. Often called in as a last resort, The Black Watchmen pride themselves on their discretion, strength and efficiency.

To maintain objectivity in the field, you, as an agent, are never informed of the identity of the client. You are given only mission parameters and told how to distinguish friend from foe, but the lines are often blurred…

Gameplay Overview


A traditional video game has clear parameters - it is played on a screen, within a virtual world, and exists solely within that space. A PARG (Permanent Alternate Reality Game), like The Black Watchmen, uses the real world as its game world, blurring the lines between fiction and reality, turning everyday interactions into game mechanics.

Gameplay Features

  • Gameplay: Different missions require different skill-sets.
    • Crack ancient codes and investigate bizarre occurrences
    • Join a squadron of soldiers raiding a rupture site
    • Hack through the virtual defenses of your enemies
    • Research an occult group and uncover hidden connections
  • All Around You: The game is played using coded websites, wikis and real world references.
  • Mission Hub: An interface that acts as a hub for information, mission briefings, puzzles, and more.
  • Agent Map: See the locations of your fellow agents around the world, and keep an eye out for potential location-based missions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    Recommended:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
    Minimum:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1280x720
    Recommended:
    • OS: Latest version
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen resolution 1920x1080
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