What is a Meta-Reality Experience?
Our Meta-Reality experience is built on game mechanics we know and love. It takes inspiration from adventure and role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft; ARGs like the Tension Experience and Jejune Institute; and strategic, tactical and simulation games like The Sims and Civilization.
The difference that marks a meta-reality experience, and what makes Modern Masters special, is that these game mechanics are integrated with activities in the real-world. The events that we see on the news, the changing of the seasons, as well as the actions you and your friends take will all will be incorporated in the narrative. These will all drive the experience forward. A Meta-Reality experience blurs the line between reality and game in order to re-create reality. We take seriously the saying, “reality is what you make it.”
Who is this project for?
Modern Masters is for anyone 18 years and older who wants to unlock their hidden human powers. We’re all tired of being told we are helpless. We’re tired of being boxed in by conventional values and beliefs. We’re curious about esoteric traditions, we seek the Truth, and we desire empowerment. We seek a community of like-minded individuals to explore and grow with.
When will the project be released?
The Modern Masters Meta-Reality Experience has already launched in its Prologue: The Gathering phase. To explore it, select the “Enter Meta-Reality” button at the top of the ModernMasters.org home page. We will continue to release more features, and quests from a variety of Mentors in stages. While lessons and imaginative exercises created by Mentors are an integral aspect of the game, we anticipate that to launch of our next game-play sequence, called Introduction:The Mists, in June 2017.
How much time will the project require out of my life?
Experiencing what Modern Masters has to offer will take as little or as much time as you want. Progression happens mainly through the completion of quests. These quests may be short—a few activities over the course of a day. Or long—a week of various practices. For nearly all quests the pace is up to you. Events will intersperse these quests. In some cases, participation in them will be determined by the level each member has reached. Thus, there will be occasional time constraints and motivating forces for completing quests.
In all interaction with Modern Masters, what you get out of the project depends on what you put into it. More time spent in the world of Modern Masters yields more interesting and meaningful experiences. More fun and magic, and more time spent creating community and making new friends.
What will be the monthly subscription cost?
Modern Masters will operate on a subscription model once the full project is launched. We are not certain what the exact cost will be at this time. However, we anticipate it will cost around $5 per month for basic Ally-level membership. That being said, we’ve designed our project to be available to every person who wants to play it. There will be opportunities for becoming a member at discounted rates.
How do I change my subscription?
To cancel your monthly $5.00 Ally-Level subscription, please see your account page. Your monthly payment will be canceled at the end of your subscription month, and your credit card will not be charged again thereafter.
To upgrade or change your level of support, please see your account page.
To delete your account, please see your account page.
Will the project be available internationally?
We’re aiming to make Modern Masters an international project. However, some of the location-based elements we want to include will make this difficult and costly at first. Once we have the main structure of Modern Masters set up and functioning, we’ll focus on making it the experience equally exciting internationally.
Will the project be available in other languages besides English?
We do plan on making the experience available in alternate languages. However, the exact timing of this will depend on our growth and resources. If you have interest in assisting with translations, please contact us.
What will the quests be about and how ‘real’ are they?
Some quests will focus on personal and spiritual training. These will include magic, mindfulness, and intuition exercises. Others will focus on practical world skills like healing, growing and crafting. Still others will be about community development and social organizations. Finally, some quests are part of narrative game play. These will take the form of puzzle-solving and geo-caching, among other things. The subject matter of these quests will be very diverse and will be guided by the interest of players.
Some quests are a central part of the experience, where the reward or result of questing ties into the Modern Masters narrative and furthers the plot. We’ve designed others for more ‘real-world’ spiritual and skill growth. The result of these quests corresponds to the amount of time and attention put into them. Players can expect to earn points and level up with the completion of each and every quest.
Will there be competitive features in the Modern Masters experience?
We are considering introducing some kind of competitive play into the Modern Masters experience. However, we don’t yet have specific plans as to what form this will take.
Will there be a way to enter the Modern Masters system with friends?
Yes! Upon committing to become a full member one can enter the project as a ‘Meld’ or ‘Coterie.’ A Meld is a group of 1-3 members that will complete quests both together and individually. A Coterie is a group of 4-13 members who will complete quests both together and individually.
Coteries are also the first in a structure of groups with the ability to design elements of their own organization. These elements range from colors and flags to political and economic structures. Each type of group will gain points and unlock abilities together in addition to the points gained by an individual player.
What are Modern Masters Credits?
Credits are the currency that will be used in the ever-expanding Modern Masters Universe. They can be earned a number of ways:
- Through the completion of steps in a quest
- Through receiving donations for one’s contributions to the Modern Masters world
- Through selling goods or services in the Modern Masters Souq (Marketplace)
They can be used through donating to other members or by buying goods and services. Donation of credits is intended to be a method to show recognition for contributions of time and talent. It should not be considered payment. Rather, a user of content choses how many credits to donate to the author of the content based on their level of appreciation for the content.