Vanessa B Baylen
  • Orillia, Ontario
  • Canada
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Location
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Affiliation (company, school, group, e.g.)
Aardfard's Treasure Hunt
Affiliation URL
www.aardfard.com
Most people know me as a (check all that apply) ...
Game Designer, Artist, Writer, Entrepreneur, The Best Project Manager Ever, Inventor, Researcher
When it comes to my game-making career, I'm ...
a seasoned vet (6-9 games)
Kinds of games I’m best known for making or want to be known for making someday (check all that apply) ...
Social games, Alternate reality games, Art and Experimental games, Educational games, Workplace / enterprise / productivity games, You should add another category!
Will collaborate for
Creative fulfillment and fun, Experience and mentorship, Money, Big money, A chance at a Nobel Prize
Anything else you want to say about the kinds of projects or people or organizations you’d like to work with?
Just moved from Australia to Canada and want to get involved in projects over here. ARGs, interactive storytelling, something book-based (like The Clock Without A Face, or Masquerade). I’ve done murder mysteries, treasure hunts, live events, and online experiences... and I'm keen to try new things, too!!
Games you’ve worked on ...
My interactive murder mystery events: Evidence (2003), Ambition (2004), House (2004), Passport (2008), Silent Night (2011). My best known game: “Death By Chocolate: an interactive murder mystery with chocolate tasting” (2007-2010). Also a puzzle-game with pirates: “Aardfard’s Treasure Hunt” (2011).
What abilities would you bring to a collaboration?
1) I’m an ideas person. Whether you just want to bounce them around, or assign me something creative to do, I get along well with ideas. Warning: ambitious, expensive ideas come quickly to my mind.
2) I’m a writer. Often accused of writing too much (or, in kind terms, I’m a novelist).
3) As you can tell by the numbering, I’m organised. Co-ordinating a large project is my secret superpower.
4) Possess communication skills, both verbal and written.
5) I’ve done a fair bit of collaboration (mostly in the drivers seat); I prefer deeply including the people I work with, having them “own” the aspect they’re working on, and getting them just as passionate as I am.
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http://twitter.com/VanessaBBaylen

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At 3:55am on October 19, 2019, mrs abiola bawuah said…

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on this email( ubabawauh@gmail.com ) for the full details,
Have a nice day

Thanks God bless.
Mrs Abiola.

ARGs and SPAM

So I got an email through Gameful that someone posted a comment on my wall. Of course when I went to look and reply, it was gone.

It said:

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on:(mr.mordzifafrank010gmail.com) for the full details.
Have a nice day
Thanks God bless.
Mr Mordzifa.

Now I can only HOPE that this is an ARG and that it's a clever way to do a rabbit hole. I did a search for "mr mordzifa frank" and it had all sorts of posts on networks such as I Love Etsy and Sherlock Holmes, all talking about being from Ghana and looking for a business relationship. Which of course does sound decidedly spam-full, but again: how better to subvert gamers expectations and play that line between?

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ARGs and SPAM

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 1:24pm 9 Comments

So I got an email through Gameful that someone posted a comment on my wall. Of course when I went to look and reply, it was gone.

It said:

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me…

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