THE EYES OF TIME News:
ESPAÑOLA — The history of Northern New Mexico is the gateway to a new adventure game designed to engage youth and families in an interactive experience of time travel.
Starting at the O’Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiu, the game is a new way to share cultural stories through a scavenger hunt into the continuum of time.
The Eyes of Time is a self-guided puzzle game in which participants are tasked with deactivating scattered pieces of an exploded time machine. The game begins at the O’Keeffe: Welcome Center gift shop. Upon purchasing the map, players receive their initial time-traveler training.
The experience expands across the grounds of the Abiquiu Inn, then down the road a quarter-mile to Bode’s General Store. It is also connected to two additional games in nearby Ghost Ranch and Albuquerque.
Created by the community, for the community, the game was developed by a local collective dedicated to creating time-traveling adventure games throughout Northern New Mexico.
Highlighting local history with a touch of mysticism, the Eyes of Time offers a storyline approach found in alternate reality games. It is the brainchild of Devon Hoffman, a local artist-activist who creates art programs to engage youth and their families.
“I saw a big gap between the history of this area and the future. I wanted to develop a bridge that can be created by the person playing the game, a fun, informative way to link the future and the past,” Hoffman said.
The goal of the game is to activate public spaces in a new way while revealing unique local stories and creating memorable fun for youth, families—and anyone brave enough to take a trip through time!
Players may encounter mysterious beings who are on the other side of our Continuum, peeking in. It’s an activity for groups, teams or even couples and can take about an hour or a bit longer to play. The Eyes of Time Maps are available at the O’Keeffe: Welcome Center gift shop for only $5.
To learn more, contact Devon Hoffman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.