VCARA SCREAM Quest: Archival Nightmare in Colonial Boston
On May 8, 2017, VCARA launched and hosted a tour of its first SCREAM (Students Creating REal Archival Memories) Quest: Archival Nightmare in Colonial Boston.
Over the spring, iSchool students and VCARA members Alyse Dunavant-Jones, Julie Grundvig, and Melissa Ward gamified VCARA Village on iSchool Island in Second Life into a spooky quest to collect freebies, solve clues, and learn the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement on Access to Research Materials in Archives and Special Collections Libraries, a seven part statement applicable to both archives and special library students.
The quest was inspired by virtual world quests like Brant Knutzen's Medieval Quest. Special thanks go to alumni Chris Nelson and Lori Harris for assisting with clues, props, and planning; alumna Kerri Keil for photographing the Quest Tour; and to alumna Marie Vans and student Amanda Comeau for naming the Quest. Appreciation also goes to the rest of the VCARA team for support and testing!
**Spoiler Alert** The following blog post outlines and presents images from VCARA's SCREAM Quest: Archival Nightmare in Colonial Boston. To participate in the Quest in Second Life, log into your viewer and begin at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/14/229/32
For help joining Second Life, refer to our VCARA for Newbies post.
Adventurers may decide to change into their colonial clothing at this point. They may also set their SL viewer’s Sun Position setting to midnight. Upon finding the second scroll, adventurers receive the first part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their second clue.
Ships safely follow the path of light.
You’ll find the clue where the keeper sleeps.
Careful, though - the way is steep!
Upon finding the third scroll, adventurers receive the second part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their third clue.
A place to rest and to think.
Head up to the lantern room for the fine view –
Find the place with the best bread and brew.
To the right over the courthouse will lead you there,
It’s only the darkness you must beware.
Upon finding the fourth scroll, adventurers receive the third part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their fourth clue.
A lovely place for a midnight lark.
Together the ghosts and the fireflies dance,
A perfect place for true romance.
You’ll find your deepest heart’s desire,
While warming yourself over the glowing fire.
Upon finding the fifth scroll, adventurers receive the fourth part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their fifth clue.
The place to buy beds, bathtubs and more.
It’s all for the taking, so feel free to shop.
And when you are through, make your way to the top.
Through a small door, just follow the stairs,
The needle is sharp so please take care!
This clue is especially difficult for larger avatars! The house is quite cozy, and some adventurers may need to shrink down or use their view settings to find the scroll. Bonus: almost everything in the house is free with a click! Upon finding the sixth scroll, adventurers receive the fifth part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their sixth clue.
You must hurry quickly, don’t delay.
Fly like a crow to your nest
Bravery and a keen eye will serve you best.
Upon finding the seventh scroll, adventurers receive the sixth part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their seventh clue.
This is the creepiest part of the quest; adventurers find themselves in an underwater cavern and must navigate carefully! Upon finding the eighth scroll, adventurers receive the final part of the ACRL/SAA Joint Statement and their final clue.
After finding their way back to daylight, adventurers find themselves in VCARA’s Resource Center greeted by a rock identical to the one that started them on the quest. This rock’s hover text reads: “End of SCREAM Quest – Congratulations!” Upon touching the rock, adventurers receive information about the Resource Center, a link back to VCARA Village, and credits for the Quest.
We hope you have enjoyed this taste of VCARA's Spring 2017 creation. To explore the Archival Nightmare in Colonial Boston quest for yourself, log into Second Life and come to iSchool Island for a visit (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SJSU%20SLIS/14/229/32)!
For information about joining VCARA in Second Life, please refer to our VCARA for Newbies blog post. To request an orientation to Second Life and/or VCARA, please email Alyse Dunavant-Jones (email@example.com). To follow VCARA on social media, check out our VCARA on Social Media page.
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