MathTrek-Game_100x100.jpgMath Trek Research Triangle


Math Trek is an alternate reality game (ARG). You can play it with your group, for one day or a year. Here is how we play in Research Triangle, North Carolina, USA.

The game uses Flickr group for photos.

To join, contact the game master MariaD: droujkova@gmail.com

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Spring II game series 03/15/2011-

Fibonacci the Geek topic quests, first played 03/15/2011


Post your fibs at the Flickr group! http://www.flickr.com/groups/mathtrektriangle/discuss/72157626248010973/
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Peacefully Parkouring Pythagoras topic quests, first played 03/22/2011


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Spring I game series 01/25/2011-02/28/2011

LINES Topic Quests, first played 01/25/2011

The progression to complexity worked well. Everybody was able to find one line, then two lines, then many, and then the abstract idea of the infinite.

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Me and a celebrity line (tag celebrityline)


Between the lines (tag betweenthelines)


Lots of lines (tag lotsoflines)


The edgy line (tag edgyline)


To infinity and beyond (tag infinityline)



SQUARES&FRIENDS topic quests, first played 02/01/2011

Player questions:
Is a circle a polygon? Is a leaf a polygon - it sort of has angles? What is "tessellation"? Why do some shapes tessellate and others do not?

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Square in the sky with diamonds (tag thelonelysquare)

One, two, many (tag triangulation)

A romance in many dimensions (tag polyhedriality)

The nature loves the culture (tag naturalpolygons)

To infinity and beyond (tag tessellations)


SHAPES IN/ON SHAPES topic quests, first played 02/08/2011

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Triangles on triangles (tag: overlap)

Circles in circles (tag: contain)

Scribe: a top 10 profession for 1011AD (tag: inscribe)

Triangulation, reloaded (tag: triangulation)

To infinity and beyond (tag: fibonacciforever)


VARIABLES topic quests, first played 02/15/2011

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Thousands of stars pictures - guess which tag!

ANGLEFUL topic quests, first played 02/21/2011

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Angleful pictures - guess which tag!


CURVES topic quests, first played 02/28/2011

This game had the spell and magic theme. The goal was to make up gestures and words for spells that did something related to particular curves. So, participants got to tell stories and to act them out, based on math prompts.
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Curves pictures - guess which tag!


Gameplay

Topic Quests

Topic quests are the heart of the game. Playing with one math idea for a while means noticing more subtle, more general, more detailed properties of the idea: "growing math eyes."

Topic suggestions

Suggesting a topic is an achievement at Level 3. You can suggest a topic at a meeting or reply to the Flickr discussion.
  • Squares (Sally) - first played 02/01/2011
  • Circles in circles (Biter Freak) - first played 02/08/2011
  • Triangles on triangles (LeapDancer) - first played 02/08/2011
  • Rings (Sauron)
  • Thousands of stars (Sauron)

Achievements for Level ------- (1)


  1. Come to a meeting
  2. Make a Math Trek character
  3. Suggest a level name


Date
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Number of characters who reached Level
January 25th 2011

6






Character creation sheet
MathTrek_CharacterSheet.jpg

Level name suggestions:
  • Red (Le)
  • Orange (Sally) - used for Level 3
  • Heliotrope (Borogove M.D.)
  • Out of order (Leaving Rice) - used for Level 2
  • Sauron (Sauron) - used for Level 4
  • ------- (Pokemon) - used for Level 1
  • WhiteFlower (LeapDancer)
  • Beetle (Maya)
  • RIP JAW (Biter Freak)
  • Mustard's Bane (No-One)
  • Snow (Frosty)
  • Shellhound (Harry)

Achievements for Out of Order Level (2)

  1. Finish a full sheet of Topic Quests
  2. Upload a picture to the game's Flickr Group


Achievements for Orange Level (3)

  1. Finish two full sheets of Topic Quests
  2. Upload five pictures with descriptions, tagged STORY, to the game's Flickr Group
  3. Suggest a Topic for future Topic Quests in this Flickr Discussion or during a meeting

Achievements for Sauron Level (4)

  1. Finish and upload to Flickr three full sheets of Topic Quests
  2. Comment on 5 or more pictures from other participants
  3. Suggest 2 or more quests for any topic in this Flickr Discussion or during a meeting

Character table by levels

Character
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Level
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Started level
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Family playing (optional)
Leaving Rice

2

3

Ghofrani
Borogove M.D

2

3

Droujkov
Sally

2

3

Jones
Pokemon

2

3

Jones
Le

2

3

Meadows
Sauron

2

3

Anon
Biter Freak

1

2

Combs
Leap Dancer

2

3

McMullans
Maya

2

3

Herring
Frosty

1

2

Altman
No-One

1

2

Cross Sugg
Harry

1

2

Henry







a