Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 23, 2014
Anybody remember the “Dream Park” series by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes? It was basically about a massive high-tech theme park for LARPing (before that was such a thing). Since then, we’ve seen variations on that idea in real life come about in small ways. But it looks like somebody’s going for it in a big way just a few miles from where I live, though they are going much more low-tech. Called “Evermore,” and labeled an “adventure park,” it’s a heavily themed location featuring interactive adventures and events. To be honest, I don’t know how they are really going to pull this off, but I’m pleased someone is bold enough to try.
From visiting their elaborate booth at Comic Con and talking to one of the staff, it is planned to be sort of an old-world European setting more-or-less based in the Victorian era… but with things like beached pirate ships, caves, and castles. And restaurants, eventually a hotel, etc. Not exactly “Steampunk,” though the Victorian-esque setting would certainly lend itself to this. They have a number of people from theater, film, “haunted house,” and even the video game industry experience working with them, so it sure sounds like they have the people necessary to put it together.
My wife calls it “A Thanksgiving Point for geeks.” Again, I’m not sure how they are going to do on the execution, but the concept is pretty awesome:
While the trailer doesn’t have too much info, here’s an interview with some of the staff (you may recognize the heading of casting from the movie Unicorn City ).
Hopefully, about 14 or 15 months from now, I’ll provide a post with pictures about how this all turned out. At least “Phase 1.”
Anyway, for more information, you can visit their website. It’s still a little sparse, but I imagine that will start to change in a few months as they start ramping up their marketing efforts:
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