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I wanted to have a full Agents App wire-frame up by now, but I’ll have to settle for showing an editted-down prototype of a previous version of the project.
To create this self-updating list, I used XSLT to query the user’s personal account XML feed, which was added to from a custom PHP form and the foursquare oAuth.
Now that I focus on it more, I want more versatility with this app as well as a simpler way to manage puzzles than this original set-up provides. Thus, I’m moving the prototype to javascript/JSON-managed Google spreadsheets that will act like a database that seamlessly hooks into and queries Gmail’s labels and email threads.
As for the design, I still plan on including some kind of visual cue of progression (such as percentages or the progress bar I mentioned earlier).
Next up: I’ll get into some hardcore information architecture (IA) to show how the Agents App will receive, respond to and track puzzle solutions.

I wanted to have a full Agents App wire-frame up by now, but I’ll have to settle for showing an editted-down prototype of a previous version of the project.

To create this self-updating list, I used XSLT to query the user’s personal account XML feed, which was added to from a custom PHP form and the foursquare oAuth.

Now that I focus on it more, I want more versatility with this app as well as a simpler way to manage puzzles than this original set-up provides. Thus, I’m moving the prototype to javascript/JSON-managed Google spreadsheets that will act like a database that seamlessly hooks into and queries Gmail’s labels and email threads.

As for the design, I still plan on including some kind of visual cue of progression (such as percentages or the progress bar I mentioned earlier).

Next up: I’ll get into some hardcore information architecture (IA) to show how the Agents App will receive, respond to and track puzzle solutions.

Project status: Agents App

I’m in the beginning stages of a pet project I’m dubbing the Agents App. This web-based app would be a service that 1) receives solutions to puzzles—via email, text, mobile, and a local form—2) immediately responds with a prompt to the next step of the puzzle and/or a reward based on a points system, and 3) sends out and provides that user’s unique score and status based on the responses in different formats (texts, email, HTML, etc.)

The ARG aspect and the gaming mechanics described above are similar to Foursquare, except that it attempts to match key terms for points rather than only geodata.

My current tools:

If anyone knows of a tool or system already like the one above, please let me know.

To come: Inspiration and prototype screenshots