Asheville-based video game-maker Curious Sense has launched its unique video game, Grateful Dead Game – The Epic Tour. Here’s more from loyal reader Adam:

Hi Jason

Thought you’d like to know that Asheville-based digital studio, Curious Sense, today launched Grateful Dead Game – The Epic Tour. Phase 1 is a “gathering of the tribe” where we’re asking fans to vote on the Dead’s most “epic shows.” At the end of January the 10 most epic shows, as voted by the fans, will be the itinerary for the Epic Tour. We’re making an adventure out of getting to the shows. Basketball legend, Bill Walton, the world’s biggest Dead Head (7ft tall, 700 shows under his belt) did the voice-over for our web video:

Thanks,

Adam

And here’s more about the game from gratefuldeadgame.com:

The Epic Tour is a social game playable on online and mobile devices; it’s a trip through Grateful Dead time and space in which we will re-imagine ten of the Dead’s most Epic Shows.  In the Game World, each Epic Show is a Planet in Space. Players in The Epic Tourare in an adventure game trying to get to every show of the tour.

As a social game, the community of players faces a common challenge: in The Epic Tourit’s a tug-of-war between The Dark and Light. Darkness in the Game World is undiscovered, empty, or unkind places. The community of players works together to shine the Love Light in places where there is Darkness. Light represents the collective positive vibe of the Grateful Dead experience: the music, fun, community, celebration, cooperation, individualism, hope, freedom, escape, and joy. Light is brought by acts of kindness to other players, by cooperation, and by cultivating gardens of flowers.

n December 2011, we launched a pre-order for The Epic Tour. Hosted atGratefulDeadGame.com, the beginning of the trip has players gearing up for the tour, designing their Dancing Bear Character with millions of design combinations, and taking snapshots with the ever-growing group of gathered Dead Heads. We’re at Dead Central Station, where the Space Rail will take players on tour, as soon as we know where we’re going. The players will decide the shows on The Epic Tour by browsing a catalog of all Grateful Dead concerts and tagging all the shows they deem to be “epic.” On January 31, 2012 the top ten shows, as voted by the fans, will become the itinerary for The Epic Tour. The train will leave the station in April 2012 heading for the first of a 10-show virtual tour.

Between December and April, Curious Sense, producers of The Epic Tour, will roll out new features, content, and games on a monthly basis.

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