It seems we finally have lift-off. Today (20/08/2008) I received this e-mail:
ATTENTION ALL RECRUITS
RE: OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF TESTING
Today is the most wonderful of days.
It marks the launch of the Dharma Initiative's Volunteer Recruitment Program.
Having completed the eligibility test you can now download your official Dharma Initiative ID card. Simply go to My Profile and download your card. Carry it with pride.
Today you will also be able to commence our extensive testing program that will assess your suitability for a range of research roles within the Dharma Initiative.
Many years ago I was asked to help rebuild this noble community of scientific inquiry. With its genuinely altruistic vision, I understood that a vibrant volunteer cohort would be a fundamental part of this effort.
Together, with my dedicated recruiting team, I have searched the globe for the best and brightest to join us, to form the foundations of the newly reconstituted Dharma Initiative.
Today we lay that foundation. So that together we can guide the world to a better tomorrow.
Hans Van Eeghen
Head of Recruiting
The Dharma Initiative
First things first, I went and checked the official site this e-mail exists on to see if Ruckus Guy had embedded any messages in the Source Code. There was something odd there. ‘Batteries Ice Pint’. Didn’t look like a message from Ruckus Guy to me. Someone, somewhere online anagrammed this word and came back with ‘Patience Is Bitter’.
That seems to me a cheeky remark left by the creators of the ARG who have probably come under fire for the time its taken to get this thing underway. The irony of this joke won’t be lost on me by the end of this piece. . .
I downloaded my Dharma Card by the way. It’s not as grand as it sounds, being an Adobe document with front and back pictures of a credit-card sized image. The idea is you cut it out, stick to the two together and, I guess, laminate the thing together and “carry it with pride”. Pardon me, but I won’t be bothering. I’m into this game, but I’m not THAT into it! Here’s my card all the same.
But what of the game itself? Well, hearing that the testing was ready to begin, I went to http://www.dharmawantsyou.com/ and decided to go and see what was what. . . And found that I could not log on.
I waited and I waited. . .
And I wondered if something had perhaps happened to the servers of the ARG. . .
And then I decided I had had enough of waiting. . .
I guess I’ll just have to try again at a later date, when the mass influx of people trying to play the game has died down or the servers’ capability has increased.
(My thanks to the people at DarkUFO for the amusing pictures above as other people like me found humour in their plight at waiting for this blasted ARG. Patience IS bitterness indeed!)