72 and Stylin’ in 1627

 

 

We’re going to the shops with 72. Yep, 72.

 

That’s how many copies of the Gold Edition (replete with Time Tribe Membership swag and cryptic story clues) will soon be nestled into their very own display rack in the Plimoth Plantation gift shop.

 

It’s our very first retail placement, and there’s nowhere we’d rather be.

 

HUZZAH!

 

For those who don’t know it, Plimoth Plantation is one of the United States’ premier living history museums.

 

That means it’s one of those carefully recreated landscapes that you stroll through, ducking at will into replica buildings to have a look around. Costumed actors come and go about their daily tasks, happy to chat, bringing us as close as we’ve yet worked out to time travel in modern life.

 

The Plantation’s  main focus is interpreting the Colonial English and Native American cultures that collided in the 17th-century Plymouth Colony (Plimoth being one of the most popular of various spellings the colonists themselves used).

 

But Plimoth Plantation is equally committed to igniting the spark of interest in history more generally, and how historians and archaeologists DO their work.

 

And that makes it absolutely the perfect partner for us.

 

 

 


Good to be an Academics’ Choice

We’re thrilled to share that The Time Tribe  is an

Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award winner!

 

 

Even more exciting than the shiny golden seal?

 

What our Academics’ Choice  reviewers had to say:

 

“the graphic-rich adventure quickly enraptured my 6th grade students”

 

“my daughter was immediately charmed and excited by the plot”

 

“incredible musical scores”

 

“a mystery novel, critical thinking course, and history textbook rolled into one gigantic game”

 

In a word, HUZZAH!!

 

More good stuff  in the full review, here.

 

 


Join us at READS Collaborative

We’re excited to be an invited vendor at the 3rd Annual READS Collaborative Assistive Technology Open House, taking place on May 16, from 10-3.

 

 

Where?

 

105 E Grove Street

Middleboro, MA

 

Come by and check out some great offerings for students with non-traditional needs!

 

Be there or be square.

 

 


Loving this one

 

 

We sure hope you like this bunch of flowers on a Roman intaglio we’ve got for you, straight from the collections of Museum of London.

 

They’re not quite sure what it represents: an ancient Interflora delivery man? Or possibly a Roman Morrissey (as he hasn’t got a stitch to wear)?

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all!

 

 


It’s good to be chosen…

… by

   

Thank you for including The Time Tribe in your Top 100 Sites/Apps for 2013.

 

 

Huzzah!

 

 

 

 


What we’re thankful for…

 

The Time Tribe has been placed on SIX shortlists for holiday season reviews and 2013 Awards consideration, as reported by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers / Navgtr!

 

    • Art Direction

 

    • Character Design

 

    • Control Design

 

    • Costume Design

 

    • Game Design

 

    • Musical Score

 

HUZZAH!

 

And happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!

 

 


The times, they are a-changin…

 

Version 2.0 is coming in early January, 2014. Huzzah!!

 

The major difference between the current live version and 2.0 is the payment system.

 

We’re replacing the current freemium model with a free trial + purchase. Rather than unlocking bonus quests and dialogue options piecemeal, using ingots each time,  you’ll unlock each and every quest – and all bonus story content – by purchasing the episode, once.

 

You’ll still receive a pack of ingots, yours to spend entirely as you choose, now that all quests and dialogue options are unlocked for you.  So start thinking about how you’ll spend your discretionary ingots!  On gameplay hints?  The perfect heraldry item for your Coat of Arms?  The latest bauble for your Chamber? Perhaps a donation to one of our fabulous  Charity Partners:  The Harry Potter Alliance or World Leadership Foundation?  The choice is yours, and we can’t wait to see what you decide!

 

Two options to buy Episode 1:

 

Gold

This is the real deal.  Unlock the full game experience and bring the world of the Time Tribe to vivid, breathing life in your  world!

 

You’ll get all of the Episode 1 quests and dialogue options, online or on iPad, PLUS a premium mailer packed with print documents and collectibles to pull you deep into the inner world of the characters, and the story world they inhabit.

 

Pore over letters, emails, and radio scripts written by Lewis, Kate, Will and Iris. Not to mention unknown people who seem to have written, well, earlier in time … Decipher cryptic journal entries, maps, and other documents that tie back into the game as you’ll experience it online. Exclusive story clues, gameplay hints, bonus virtual items for your Profile and Chamber, real world activities – they’re all here, just waiting to be discovered!

 

You’ll also receive a Time Tribe membership pack with deluxe wax-sealed welcome letter, real timekey with velvet storage pouch, game invitations to share with friends, a membership card, and a folder to store all of your game documents, for Episode 1 and beyond.  Plus, 80 ingots to spend however you like in the game!

 

Silver

Silver unlocks all of the Episode 1 quests and dialogue options, online or on iPad. Plus 30 ingots to spend as you like in the game!

 

Other changes afoot…

In case you missed our earlier posts on coming changes, chronos no longer restricts the number of actions you can take during a given time period (so play your hearts out).

 

Also, we are drafting materials to support educational use of  The Time Tribe, in traditional classrooms and beyond.

 

In sum:

 

We are very, very excited about these changes, and believe they will create a game that is simpler, more enjoyable, and more enriching to play. We know already from your feedback that many who have tried the game agree!

 

That’s about it for now.  Other than that we hope to see you at the Keep in 2014!

 

 

 


One of Scholastic’s best of 2013!

 

Please join our excitement at being featured in Scholastic Instructor magazine, as a Teachers’ Pick for Best Learning Resources of 2013!!

 

This honor has opened new avenues of communication with teachers, administrators, librarians, and IT Specialists serving Elementary through High School grades, and we are hard at work developing an educator resource pack that we plan to launch along with beta version 2.0, in mid-November.

 

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!

 

 

 


Parents’ Choice Nod!!

We’re thrilled to announce that The Time Tribe has been named a PARENTS’ CHOICE SILVER HONOR AWARD WINNER for 2013!

 

 

Widely-viewed as the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’  for kids’ toys, games, and apps, the Parents’ Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest nonprofit group dedicated to evaluating and recommending the best new products on the market.

 

We’re honored and delighted to be recognized as such by the Parents’ Choice Committees!

 

Ok, go celebrate now, fellow Tribers. That’s what we’ll be doing!

 

 

 

 


First look at iPad app!

Here it is, test-running on Karen’s iPad

 

Release is planned for November in conjunction with browser version 2.0, so before you know it, YOU can be playing The Time Tribe  on YOUR  iPad, picking up right where you left off playing online!

 

Stay tuned for official release announcement, coming soon…