Inquisitive minds want to know
Over the past few months we have received a number of questions about Immagix and The Treasure Chronicles. We thought now would be a good time to answer some of those as directly as possible and to give everyone some insight into what comes next for us (and for you - our audience).
Question 1: "What exactly is it that you are going to be doing?" "Is it a contest?" "Is it a video game?" "How does this all work?" (Yes, those are more than one question but they have the same answer)
To quote Albert Einstein: “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
With that in mind, we'll try to distill down the essence of what we're doing during the first season of The Treasure Chronicles.
At the core, we're simply allowing the audience to direct our stories through an online vote. Watch the show and at the end of the episode you will be given a number of choices. You will vote for what you think the heroes should do.
Your vote counts, but so does everyone else's. In fact, which way the story goes for the next episode is decided by the majority vote.
As you vote, you gain points based upon how accurate your decision was in keeping our heroes on the right track. You'll need those points to potentially win rewards - maybe even the grand prize.
That's it. Watch, vote, convince others to vote your way, and win (hopefully). So simple a six year old could understand it.
Question 2: "This sounds like those Choose Your Own AdventureTM books that I read as a kid. Are you affiliated with them?"
We have absolutely no connection to the Choose Your Own Adventure people (Though it looks like the Choose Your Own Adventure people sold the rights to Fox so maybe they're planning something similar to what we have in mind). The original Choose Your Own Adventure stories were fun, but our approach is quite different.
What is it about us that makes us different?
1. We are a different medium - video. Video presents some obvious challenges, versus telling an interactive story in a book, but it also presents us with some great opportunities. Let's face it, when you read the books, you knew you could always "change your mind" if you found out you'd taken a wrong turn. That won't be the case with our story. This risk will be much higher.
2. We intend to bring the same kind of adventure and fun as those books, but we are aimed at an adult audience. Our stories have elements of history, survival, intrigue, and adventure. They might make you think a bit. There's also the prize aspect of the show and unfortunately, the law in most places won't allow anyone under 18 to win.
3. You don't actually get to choose you own adventure with us. You can certainly vote whichever way you like, but the majority rules so you'll have to do your best to convince others that your decision is the right one.
4. You will have a chance to get something tangible back from participating - rewards! We'll certainly have the physical rewards, but we'll also have the rewards that come with being recognized for contributing and for being the best treasure hunter in the series.
Question 3: "Will you be doing a real scavenger hunt?"
Our stories are fictional. There are no hidden treasures at the locations so please don't dig, disturb, trespass, or break any laws searching for something that is not there.
That being said, we have some interesting ideas for connecting the real world with our series.
We have plans to actually introduce geocaching and scavenger hunt events as a means to score bonus TQ points.
Question 4: "Are you really giving away stuff?"
Yes! We will be rewarding our top treasure hunters each episode and at the end of the season. Each episode we'll be giving away something different and there may be more than one prize awarded.
The grand prize for our paying members will only be limited by the number of people who join. That's right - as people join, the reward grows. The sky is the limit, so tell all of your friends to join.
Question 5: "When is this all going to happen?"
January will start off with a bang with some cool new content. We'll begin with a clues video that might have you wondering if we've lost our minds. Rest assured that this video holds some vital information that might help you come out on top during our first season.
Next, you'll get a chance to meet our outstanding cast in our up close and personal interview series. We'll even give you a chance to ask them something.
We'll also launch a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign in February. Our goal with this campaign is to engage and grow our audience. Plain and simple, our concept will not work without an engaged audience. We need to have members who will vote and drive our stories. We need members to show us that the audience is ready to turn into active participants instead of couch potatoes.