You log-into play on the website and are dropped into the virtual world. The aim of the game is to avoid being caught by the runners who are live in the city.
Minimum Requirements PC: 700Mhz CPU, 3D graphics card, sound card and speakers Mac: 500 Mhz G3 Mac and above, Mac OS9+ & OSX 10.2.8+ 3D performance may be poor on machines that only have software rendering. Control-click (right click on PCs) on the 3D window in the game to choose your preferred 3D renderer, usually… Read more »
There are six but only three run at one time.
The runners carry a handheld computer connected to a Global Positioning System receiver. The handheld computer is part of a wireless network. This means that wherever the runners go they are connected to each other and to the virtual world. They can see all the players on their screen.
It’s a live transmission of everything that is said between the runners on their walkie talkies.
If the runner gets within 5m then you are “seen”. Your game is over. The runner announces that they’ve seen you and then takes a photo of the exact spot where they saw you. Within a day or two, those photos will be on this site and you can search for yourself to find where… Read more »
Yes, play as many times as you like.
300m by 300m.
All you need is a mobile phone with SMS. You play by replying to text messages sent to you by the game. To play, you must visit the model town to create a figurine.
Yes, you must visit the model town to create a figurine.
No, you can only register your own mobile phone to play.
About 10 minutes, once you’ve come to the the model town.
No, once you’ve created your figurine you don’t need to come back to the model town. If you do return to the venue you can track the movements of other figurines and see the messages going in and out of the game.
Anyone with a mobile phone can play. See more on the costs for SMS.
You will receive between 2 and 20 messages each day depending on how much you play and where you go in the town. We take great care to make sure you are not overloaded with messages and if you stop sending messages to the game, the number you receive will reduce quickly.
Rider Spoke is the world’s first interactive game on a bike, it mixes art, theatre and location-based technologies.
The Mixed Reality Lab are part of University of Nottingham – it is a world famous interdisciplinary computer science and IT research lab, pursuing leading edge research in interactive media and mixed reality. A dedicated studio facility where computer scientists, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, architects and artists collaborate to explore the potential of mobile and mixed… Read more »
IPerG is an Integrated Project funded under the European Commission’s IST Program. IPerG researches both technical and design aspects of pervasive games. The objective of IPerG is to develop infrastructure, tools and methods for pervasive games. The project started on 1 Sept 2004, and has a duration of 42 months. It has a total of… Read more »
Credit card for deposit. Bike and helmet if you don’t want to rent.
No, unless that is a legal requirement in your country.
18 years old and over is ideal.
Yes, if you are normally safe to cycle.
Yes, there is a cloakroom.
You don’t need to bring anything.
As far as you like, as long as you can get back to the start within the hour time slot.
Don’t worry if you are a little bit late, but it is essential you are back within an hour and a half, or you will ruin the game for the next person playing.
You cannot search for anyone by name, but you can search in a particular location if they tell you where they have hidden their recordings.
You have to answer one question to start the game, after that it is up to you.
Do not worry too much, if you do need help getting back, refer to the map under the saddle, if you are still lost call the number.
Call the emergency number on the phone.
It is possible to record alternative versions in different languages, as well as English we have so far performed versions in Germany and Seoul. Please for more information.
You will be going out onto the streets, making and receiving phonecalls via a mobile phone. The caller will ask you to choose whether you want to be Ulrike or Eamon and will talk to you as if you were that person. You will be given directions during the phonecall and will be asked to… Read more »
About 40 minutes.
You will need to return to the starting point to receive a new phone.
You can always return to the desk whenever you want.
Someone will be watching you and will call you to help get you back on track.
A Machine To See With lasts for about 45 minutes – 1 hour.
To take part you will need to buy a ticket and have a fully charged mobile phone to use throughout the work. We will take your number and call you with your start location on the day of the work.
A Machine To See With is performed in English. However it can be translated and recorded into another language. Please ask for more details.
Yes, by all means make a group booking. But each person must have their own ticket and their own cellphone. You will start one by one, shortly after one another, and your start locations will be different. However, you will all be headed into the same part of the city, and are likely to finish… Read more »
You finish somewhere different from where you started. To walk directly from the finish back to the start will take approximately 10-15 minutes. If you came as a group, you ought to find it easy to meet up at the other end.
No. The directions take you through step by step and not knowing the city is often an advantage as it adds to the excitement.
Yes. If you would like to use your own phone, you are welcome to do so, but will be charged roaming rates for about 40 minutes of calls. We do have a number of loan phones available free of charge – however there is no reservation system for these, and so you may incur a… Read more »
Yes. If your phone is capable of making and receiving voice calls, it will work. If you have call forwarding or any other diverting in place on your number, you will need to let us know so we can test that you are able to call and be called by the system.
Normal laws of the land apply to anything and everything you choose to do whilst you’re outside. So it is extremely unlikely.
The film takes place in your head. We will not be filming, but of course we can’t guarantee that your actions won’t attract attention.
About 30 minutes.
To take part you need to buy a ticket for a given time slot and at the start location you will be told by a member of the team how to use the device provided.
No, we provide you with what you will need to take part.
You can come along with your friends but you go out individually. Several people are out doing the experience at the same time, so if you come with friends you may see each other when you are out.
Ghostwriter is an audio tour by artists Blast Theory, commissioned for The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter which was presented between 2011 and 2012.
To take part you call in and a woman acts as your guide through the museum. She opens up to you as she invites you to walk with her. She describes her life and some of the most important objects in it. Using your keypad you can choose which rooms to explore. You can even… Read more »
Everyone! It’s an unusual, friendly and open piece for all ages and levels of art experience. You can hang up at any time if you want. There is no swearing or mature content.
No. It is a phone call – so it is very difficult for more than one person to be listening to the phone at the same time. More than one person can do it at a time, so a group can all call in at the same time, but people wander off on their own… Read more »
The work is a solitary experience, but about 12 people can take part at any one time.
It lasts roughly 15 minutes.
You do not need to say anything, you just listen to the voice who guides you around parts of the museum.
Yes, you can participate as many times as you want to. If you choose different routes you will hear different things. Every time someone takes part their phone will be charged at standard network rate.
Yes, you can use what you would normally use to make and receive phone calls that you are most comfortable with.
It is an art work for the mobile phone and we advise people to use phones which they normally use.