SOURCE: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

July 19, 2011 12:46 ET

Colonial Williamsburg Debuts New Alternate Reality Game for Limited Time Only

"RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros" Blends 21st-Century Technology With 18th-Century Conspiracy

WILLIAMSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2011) - On July 15, Colonial Williamsburg launched "RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros," an interactive alternate reality game that challenges players to explore secret hiding places, meet mysterious characters, unlock clues and decipher codes to solve a mystery. Players age eight and up attempt to complete spy missions in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. The goal is to avert a crisis that could change the entire course of the American Revolution. The game is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, and requires a cell phone capable of text messaging.

"RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros" gives Questors a chance to search for clues in the Historic Area's environment, including its buildings, signage, and costumed interpreters, all while using cell phone technology to text in for messages from a mysterious character known only as "368." Based on historical facts, the storyline educates young visitors about the sacrifices and difficult decisions individuals must make for both America's liberty and personal freedom. "RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros" also teaches the vital role of active citizenship in both the 18th century and the 21st century.

Players are encouraged to get a head start on the game online at home before arriving in Williamsburg. When families arrive at Colonial Williamsburg's Visitor Center, players pick up their free game materials when purchasing their admissions ticket. "RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros" takes approximately 90 minutes, but playing time does not have to be continuous. Families may spread their game experience throughout their stay so they can make the most of their visit in trade shops, taverns, and exploring summer activities throughout the Historic Area.

Only those who successfully finish the game will be guided via text messaging to a special meeting with a person of the past in a secret location, and will receive a take-home souvenir token of thanks for saving the revolution. These accomplished Questors will then be directed to a hidden website where the story continues.

Player registration is open online at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/revquest. The game concludes on August 31, 2011.

The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites is the official hotel of "RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros." Kids can learn more at the Woodlands Fun Zone, and families can enjoy the value-loaded Summer Bounce Package (including admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA) for an even-more affordable experience.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination dedicated to the preservation, restoration, interpretation, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg, VA. Guests are invited to be part of the story as they enjoy: educational and entertaining programming in the Historic Area and at the Art Museums; the WILLIAMSBURG brand and shopping experience; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg; the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; fine dining; and the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels. www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

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