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For Those Playing the Home Game...

For Those Playing the Home Game…

I’ve been running a little alternative reality game of sorts. It all started with this post from October 2016, and since then I’ve shared more clues, both here and on Instagram and in other undiscovered corners. I’ll continue to do so for the foreseeable future. If you’re a fan of my Bell Forging Cycle and you’ve been wanting more, I’d say it’s worth your time. It’ll lead you to some unusual places. If you’re looking for answers, this post won’t have them. But, I did want to share a few tips:

  • Get others involved, ARGs are meant to be group activities. Often, solutions don’t come to one particular person. When you have more people involved, you can talk through a problem and discover patterns.

  • Details matter, and you’ll eventually benefit from searching Google. Especially after initial have been discovered. Likewise, pay attention to things beyond imagery and coded ciphers. You’ll never know what you’ll find.

  • Along with Google, don’t forget that this blog has a search bar.

  • In the end, ARG organization is up to the players. I’ll continue to provide the content, but you’ll need to keep track of it. Consider engaging with each other in the comment section, launch a subreddit or wiki, or even consider email threads.

Going forward, I don’t intend to address the game openly. The thrill of the reveal is too easy to dampen and I want those taking the time to play to have fun. Good luck, roaders! I can feel that you’re on the verge of discovery. Pathways will open, trails shall be revealed, and dark corners will illuminate.


“Enough prattle. Look west, Guardian.”

—Chapter 30, Red Litten World


K. M. Alexander's Norwescon 39 Ribbons

Norwescon 39 Badge Ribbons

Norwescon 39 is happening in only twenty-five days. This will be my second year attending, and if you’re in the Seattle area March 24-27th, you should come! You can preregister here, only $70 for the four days. It’s a great group of amazing people, and there is a ton to see and do, and plenty of places for you to participate.

If you follow me on Instagram, yesterday I posted a sneak peek of some of the new swag I am bringing to the convention: badge ribbons. Last year I discovered everyone’s affinity for the little things, and I can totally see the draw. They’re fun. Badge ribbons are little pieces of flair you attach to the bottom of your convention badge. They spell out all manner of things. Some are funny, some are silly, some go the way of nostalgia, some are descriptive titles, and some are informative. Throughout the convention, attendees collect these ribbons and attach them to one another, and the length of their ribbon chain grows and grows.

Norwescon Badge Ribbons
Thanks to Newt! (Left) and Loree Parker (Right) for letting me use their photos from Norwescon 38

Loree Parker’s badge was so tall I had to do some fancy photoshop work just to get a portion of her ribbons into the picture, check out the whole thing here. My own badge was a pittance in comparison, only three ribbons (such is the case when you’re trapped at a table. C’est la vie!) Since I am returning this year and a lot more active, I wanted to participate. So, I began brainstorming some ideas for ribbons. What could I bring? Obviously, straight forward advertising on these ribbons is dumb, but I still wanted to tie my ribbons into my books and the Lovecraft mythos in general. I think I settled on a good solution. I am happy to say I will be bringing not one but three ribbons to Norwescon 39. Here they are:

Caravan Master – Silver on Black
Caravan Master Badge Ribbon

Roader – White on BlackRoader Norwescon Badge Ribbon

Shambler – White on BlackShambler Norwescon Badge Ribbon

Like most of my swag, these ribbons are free, but there’s a catch. I’m turning this into a game. Of these three ribbons, you’re only going to get one. To get your hands on these beauties, you’ll need to track me down when I’m at my table on Writers Row (my full schedule is posted here), and you have to ask me about the ribbons. I will then produce THE BOX OF CHOOSING™, and you’ll get to draw a ribbon from the box. Only one ribbon is allowed per attendee, and whatever you draw is your ribbon. We’ll do this until I run out. The Roader and Shambler ribbons are plentiful, but there us only going to be about twenty-five of the rare and elusive Caravan Master ribbons. So, if you see someone lucky enough to get one, give them a sharp salute.

See you in twenty-five days.

#Roaders roll deep.

Roaders roll deep!
Thanks to Brittany, David, Sky, and Kari-Lise for submitting these photos of themselves reading their own copy of The Stars Were Right. Want to get in on the action? From now through the end of April take a photo of yourself reading the book, post it to your favorite social media site (Twitter, Instagram, wherever), tag it: #Roader and link to thestarswereright.com then email me and let me know where it’s posted and I’ll send you a swag pack full of stickers and bookmarks for free!