April 24, 2012
RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn Debuts June 18
Colonial Williamsburg unveils an all-new online/onsite alternate reality game to enhance and expand a visit to the Historic Area this summer. “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” immerses participants in the world of 18th-century espionage as they race to protect the identity of a crucial patriot spy on the eve of the Battle of Yorktown. Based on actual events and real people, the game challenges players as never before to break codes and avoid detection as they navigate their way online and through The Revolutionary City to save the cause of American liberty.
Enhanced and expanded online activities for “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” are designed to engage participants of all ages in the game online before they arrive in Williamsburg. Continuing the game onsite provides Questors with new and exciting activities to pursue while visiting Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” gives players the opportunity to use copies of original 18th-century documents and cipher books — code manuals — that were used by Continental Army commanders to solve the mystery and save the Revolution.
The game begins online where, through a series of graphic episodes and online puzzles, players are introduced to the Revolutionary people and events that set the stage. New graphic episodes will be posted every two weeks prior to the start of the game onsite June 18. If players successfully solve the series of four online clues and text in the final answer, they will receive a helpful hint that provides an advantage when playing onsite. Players may register now to receive further information and begin playing the game online by visiting: www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/revquest.
When they arrive in Williamsburg, players pick up their game materials at Colonial Williamsburg’s Regional Visitor Center. The game is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket and is best played with the use of a cell phone capable of text messaging. To play the game through to conclusion requires approximately 90 minutes to two hours, but playing time does not have to be continuous. Players may spread their playing time throughout their stay as they explore the Historic Area for clues. The game will appeal to families, couples, friends and people of all ages, but is most suitable for players eight years and older.
Successful completion of the game earns Questors an invitation to attend a secret finale ceremony where they will learn about the people and events that inspired the game. Players will also receive a souvenir token of appreciation for their work on behalf of the patriot cause and an address to a hidden website that continues the story online.
“RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” runs on site from June 18 through Sept. 3, and the online game begins April 23. After Questors return home following their Colonial Williamsburg visit, they are encouraged to explore the secret post-game website to learn more about the historical events and people behind the game.
The “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” website, which will include additional graphic episodes, will link to related materials on Colonial Williamsburg’s new website, www.OurAmericanRevolution.org, that provides greater historical context to the game.
“RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn” builds on the success of “RevQuest: Sign of the Rhinoceros,” which attracted more than 10,000 players during 2011 and 9,000 more in the spring of this year.
The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel and Suites is the official hotel of “RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn.”
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.