- Artifact is a real book... one copy, unique.. an atlas or some other choice to be discussed.
- We have a description of the book as a simple XML object with a number of keyword=value pairs. New pairs can be added. The initial pairs include a description of the book, its current keeper as a unique name from amongst the identified game players, and a current location.
- The book can be moved physically, and its XML description is updated by the sender to indicate it has no known location and who the sender and recipient are. They are responsible between them to trace and retrieve the artifact if it is lost in transit. Recipient and that the artifact is "In transit". The descriptor is update when the artifact is received at the recipient location.
- The book can be moved virtually at the request of a player - within the rules of the game - with the agreement of the current physical keeper who updates the XML description.
- ONLY the physical keeper can update the XML description. If in transit it cannot be updated by anyone (see process for lost artifacts).
- The XML description is updated on an "Artifact Location Page" in a wiki page as it moves or as the XML style description alters. The history of that page shows its route.
- At each location, physical or virtual, a player must add a post it note, annotation or URL to resources they wish to add to augment the contents of the book.
- A rule of the game is that the physical artifact, and hence its XML description, must end up where it started.
- Personal details should be excluded from the annotations and on-line details for personal security. Annotations should be generic, and could be location orientated, such as drawing attention to interesting locations in your own vicinity, or something appropriate to the aim of the game.
- The annotations can be physical and only summarised on-line, or could be an on-line resource described by one or more URLs involving various media including but not limited to video (e.g. YouTube) , images (Flickr), audio, text, HTML, pages, etc, etc.
Current Artifact Location Page Sample