This just isn't your everyday quest but nonetheless gamers everywhere are rallying to raise the funds to purchase the Roald Amundsen flag that was carried on expeditions to the North and South Poles. Whatever does this have to do with online gaming? As it turns out, Amundsen was a central figure in the initial reveal and story for The Secret World. Now The Secret World community is working hard to buy this flag and deliver it to Funcom and Norway as a source of inspiration for all.
Read on for the press release and full details or visit the Quest For The Flag website!
The gaming community involved in Funcoms recently-revealed online game, The Secret World, (TSW) is rallying support to raise USD$15,000 in donations to bid on Roald Amundsens Expedition Flag. The flag is being sold at auction on May 7th in London with a estimated price tag of USD$10,000 - $13,500.
Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian Explorer, led the first Antarctic expedition to the South Pole and is also the first person to reach both the North and South Poles. This Flag was carried by Amundsen on all his polar expeditions.
The journeys of Roald Amundsen have played a central role in the mysterious story surrounding The Secret World. TSWs Producer and Director, Ragnar Tørnquist, has woven real events related to Amundsens travels with puzzles and mysteries that have required countless hours of research by the community to solve.
The community was alerted to the auction on TSWs website forums at www.darkdemonscrygaia.com. Many discussions ensued, surveys were conducted, and the community sprung into action. The effort is independent of any involvement from Funcom.
The fund raising efforts are being focused on a single Money Bomb day on May 1st, 2009 beginning at 12:01AM EDT (5:01 AM GMT).
Upon winning the the flag at auction, the organizers of the campaign plan to return the Flag to its home in Norway and present it to Ragnar Tørnquist and the Funcom TSW Development Team, to preserve, protect, and provide inspiration for future explorers and dreamers.
The questfortheflag.com website has been created to provide a focal point for the campaign. Donations can be made at the website by clicking on the secure Donate Here! widget. Donations can also be made at the secure ChipIn site, http://tswgivesback.chipin.com/quest-for-the-flag.
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