Prior to the release of Angel in February 2011, a group of fans decided to create an Alternate Reality Game chronicling the rise of Itex, a megacorporation that played an important role in the plot of the series. I was one of those fans. Together we created images, audio files, and one physical object. The ARG itself happened on the Max-Dan-Wiz forums, where an in-character account interacted with other fans and posted the content we had created.
With the disappearance of MDW, the ARG itself exists only on the Internet Archive. The files I've been able to locate are here. Right now they're not in order; later I'll go back and organize them better.
At the bottom of the page you'll see a list of links - these go to our behind-the-scenes discussion, on our own forum, while we were masterminding the ARG. They should be publicly visible. I'm going to mirror some of the content here later, as well.
Possible changes to this page: to minimize load time, I may end up moving images to a separate page, because there are a lot of them.
An ARG is an event as much as it is a readable text. The event occurred between 15 January and 14 February 2011. Some of the thread where it happened is still viewable via the Internet Archive.
View the thread.
The ARG centered around a fictional college student named Elena Mueller, who received a box of mysterious documents from her uncle, Roland ter Borcht. Seeing the company name "Itex", she Googled it and ended up on MDW, where she proceeded to post about those documents for a month before mysteriously vanishing.
During the ARG, I was the main person behind the "Elena" account; I also created fake documents, did audio editing, and voiced Marian Janssen.
All images are thumbnailed. Click to view them at their original size.
Transcripts of these images are available here.
(Read the English transcript here.)
A conference call recorded in 2005. MP3, 4.63 MB. Read a transcript here.
The ARG couldn't be planned on the same site where it was going to be played out. We did our work on our own offsite forum, which still exists. Our plan was to run the ARG between the 14th of January and the 14th of February, 2011, just before the planned release of Angel.
Planning thread. This was the first thread we made to talk over the idea of creating our own ARG.
The ARG planning group.
Documents and pictures. The files here might have been altered before their final use in the ARG. I don't remember.
Audio (and transcripts). There's a list of audio recordings in the first reply; I'm not sure if the links still work. I'll test them out, then rehost them as-needed.
The ending. This letter was the official "end" of the ARG, and the reveal that it was a fan-made ARG.
Responses to the end of the ARG.
Last update: 2 August 2020.