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Earth Key found, the game plays on with EndGame: Sky Key starting October 20th

skykey
Went to the local bookstore looking for another book and walked out instead with a copy of Sky Key – the second novel in the EndGame series.

In the EndGame novels, there are twelve characters each representing a different line of people chosen to play a game to save the entire human race and earth. Along with the main story there are puzzles printed within the novel which lead into an online treasure hunt. The first person to solve all the puzzles wins a large cash prize. To catch up on Intervirals’ writeup of the first EndGame novel – click here.

What happened with EndGame: The Calling (or the first novel)?
Last week the EndGame authors travelled to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to award astrophysicist Froylan Moreno with the $500,000 cash prize. Here’s an article on Moreno winning the prize but it’s interesting to see that Masquerade by Kit Williams was an inspiration for one of the EndGame authors.

But there’s another novel?
Yes! Just released on October 6th, Sky Key is the next novel in the series and has been released by HarperCollins.

What’s October 20th then?
That’s the official date when the EndGame: Sky Key online treasure hunt begins, which means there’s six days to finish reading the second novel and get a head start on cracking those puzzles.

Can I win a million dollars this time?
Uh, unfortunately not – the prize pool seems to have dwindled since last time. While reports last year pointed to an increased prize pool – $1 million for the second novel and $1.5 million for the third novel – it doesn’t look to be true. In the terms and conditions of the Sky Key novel, there’s a $250,000 prize pool with the winner only receiving $100,000 and subsequent runner ups getting smaller cash prizes.

How do I start the Sky Key online treasure hunt?
Good question. Still trying to figure that one out too.

On page four there’s an image of a lined notebook with an encrypted string of characters.

Essa 🙂

Unlock End Game: What’s End Game: The Calling and solve the clues which lead to a $500,000 treasure key

end game - ancient truth and the calling

Intervirals Spotlight: The Unlocked Series
Here’s Part Two of Intervirals’ discussion into End Game: part alternate reality game, part armchair treasure hunt. Or check out yesterday’s Part One blog to see what we’re talking about from the beginning.

What is End Game: The Calling?end game - book
The 480 page novel written by James Frey, published by HarperCollins and where the actual events of End Game begin to emerge plus further back story is revealed. It turns out there are twelve ancient societies who each choose a person between the ages of 13 to 20 to represent them. Once the chosen person turns 20, the society selects a new End Game player for their blood line.

At any one time, there are twelve chosen people selected to play End Game and who await for the day where a signal comes for the game to start. In turn, twelve meteorites approach Earth at the same time hurtling over the skies and crash land near enough to each of the twelve players to indicate to them – End Game has officially started.

What is actually End Game?
The twelve chosen players must search the world over for three hidden keys – the first player to discover all three keys wins End Game. However the first player is also the last alive player standing, as they must eliminate the eleven other competitors by using training tactics they have learnt while growing up. In addition, the winner of End Game saves their ancient society and blood line from destruction.

Where do I fit into End Game: The Calling and what about the $500,000 key?
In association with the novel, there is also clues hidden throughout it which when solved leads to additional puzzles and websites on the internet. You, the reader must solve the clues, discover the websites and you’ll get the chance to find a key which will lead to a $500,000 prize on display at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, USA. There’s a 24/7 livestream of the prize here if you’re curious.

If you solve the clues in the second End Game novel, there’s a chance to win $1,000,000 million in prize money and another chance to win $1,500,000 million in prize money if you solve the clues throughout the third novel. Both these novels have not been published as of yet, only the first novel has been published.

How do I start my treasure hunt for the $500,000 key?
Here’s the starting point for End Game: The Calling – https://keplerfuturistics.com/
– You will also need a Gmail account to register your participation in the game, so the organisers can find you if you win the end prize and probably a copy of the novel too.

Final Notes
The end game is for the alternate reality game, the novels and the mobile app game to all pull together in a few years to create the overall End Game universe and experience for players.

“Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.”

end game - map

Is anyone following End Game: Ancient Truths or End Game: The Calling? How have you found the experience? Share your thoughts below. Or check out the forums here.

– Essa 🙂

Sources for End Game:
http://endgame-arg.wikia.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endgame:_The_Calling
http://endgameancienttruth.com/
http://thisisendgame.com/
http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/7/6927605/welcome-to-endgame-google-worldwide-augmented-reality-game

Part of The Unlocked Series @ Intervirals.