On Monday the six-week first phase of the Superstruct experiment came to its conclusion. The Superstruct game website remains open to visitors, but will no longer be updated with new plot points, missions, weekly updates etc. During phase 1 the site received over 50,000 visitors, with almost 7,000 players registering on the site, who between them told over 1,250 stories of their lives in 2019 and created over 500 superstructures in response to the challenges they were facing. Below the cut more details of events in 2019 so far, and a video of the Superstruct awards ceremony. If you want to catch up with the events in 2019, the easiest way is to visit the page for the Superthreat(s) you are most interested in - Power Struggle, Quarantine, Ravenous, Outlaw Planet or Generation Exile - and take a look at the five weekly updates submitted by the Superthreat Guides (me in the case of Power Struggle). These provide link-rich updates on the main happenings around the world of 2019 in each week of phase 1. If you've been following or contributing to Superstruct you might also be interested in the below video presentation of the Superstruct awards and honours, given to some of the most inspirational or astonishing participants in the game to date, and awarded by such luminaries as Tim Kring (creator of the TV series "Heroes"), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), Warren Ellis (comic book writer) and Tim O'Reilly (originator of the Web 2.0 concept), among others.
Superstruct is a new massively-multiplayer online game in which players like you will invent the future of our world. In 2019 the Global Extinction Awareness System (GEAS) has just reported that humanity may face extinction by the year 2042 and people around the world are mobilising to respond (GEAS report available here). There are five intersecting 'Superthreats' which are the main drivers behind this projection, and I will be guiding the community focusing on ameliorating the 'Power Struggle' Superthreat (our post-peak oil energy troubles). Join us.
The first videos from each of the five Superthreats are now live on the Superstruct website, so go hear from people across the globe in 2019 who are already facing down the Superthreats that may haunt all our futures. Two weeks from today the game will be launched by the Institute for the Future. Then it is YOUR turn to tell the story of 2019 and to help invent the future. PS. You can register on the Superstruct website for a reminder on Monday October 6, 2008 when the game officially launches. The game will run for six weeks, but if you register and complete your survival profile within the first 24 hours of launch, you will officially become one of the Founding Players of Superstruct (an honour that will be forever noted in your Superstruct profile)! So plan to get there early and become the first to make your mark in 2019.