May – June 2002
Tag: "[A]n interactive web / game / puzzle loosely inspired by the Evan Chan mystery, Lockjaw, the Alias Web Puzzle, etc. It involves fictitious journalism major Clare Oakman." – Puppetmaster Karl
Trailhead: Yahoo! Group Signup
Gametype: Independent


Status: Meltdown.
Synopsis: Notes
Discussion: Yahoo! Group
Discussion: ARGN Forum


Codename:Constellation began on May 30th, 2002, with an announcement by the puppetmaster for signups on an official Yahoo! Group. Unfortunately, the game came to an early conclusion on or about June 15, 2002.

The notable Scryer gave us some thoughts upon the game's end:

While it was a disappointing exercise, Samuel Johnson's observation seems à propos: "A woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on its hinder legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all." I don't know very many thirteen-year-old Wisconsin boys who could put together web pages and custom gifs like this before they even make it into the ninth grade, so there's plenty of time for Karl to reconfigure and do it better next time. Though now that I come to think of it, my son (now aged 34) ripped the cave database out of the Adventure program and replaced it with his own when he was 9. I just had to explain the datafile format to him, and he was off.


Original blurb provided by PuppetMaster Karl prior to the game's launch.

"Clare is losing sleep. She is troubled by something, and stays on the internet for long hours into the night, trying to discover what it is. When she finally discovers it, she realizes she is in over her head – but it is already too late. After mysterious events surrounding Clare's friends get out of hand, it is up to her (and you) to discover what's really going on…"