Solve a murder in the future by diving into its Wikipedia
Have you ever lost yourself in a wiki rabbit hole? Imagine doing that for the Wikipedia of the year 2049. This is Neurocracy, an interactive narrative experience that offers an anthology of compelling sci-fi stories connected across an online encyclopedia. It is both a crowdsourced alternate reality game and an epistolary hypertext novel, opening with a high-profile assassination that you must investigate.
Neurocracy builds a speculative world directly on top of our own, exploring the fascinating and terrifying car crash of technology and humanity. The diverse articles on Omnipedia depict an all-too-near future where networked brain implants are as commonplace as smartphones, and equally suited to mass surveillance. In this neurometric panopticon, your thoughts can betray you, but there are ways around that.
Neurocracy invites you to explore the articles of Omnipedia as they evolve over ten weekly episodes, and find clues between the lines to solve a murder. Each episode is a snapshot of a single day’s events, with articles uploaded and edited live in response to your working theories. This creates a TTRPG-like dialogue between developers and players as we tell the stories of Neurocracy to each other.
Neurocracy offers an array of tools and resources to empower your collaborative investigations: a community forum (shaped like Talk Pages) to discuss clues and theories, and a dynamic conspiracy board that draws information directly from Omnipedia. Using these tools enables you to leverage your collective imaginations and play an active role in building the world of Neurocracy together.
"Ambitious, confident writing | part experimental game, part murder-mystery novella, part postmodern exploration of how we take in stories" -- The Guardian
"A compelling exercise in collaborative, online sleuthing | perfectly nails the feeling of losing yourself in a Wikipedia rabbit hole" -- Waypoint
"A multifaceted mystery that cries out for a Pepe Silvia conspiracy board | the project has cultivated a tight-knit community that eagerly shares theories" -- The Verge
Neurocracy’s ten weekly episodes were first released during the summer of 2021 to critical acclaim. On July 12th, we started an updated ten-episode run with new stories and systems called 🌐 Neurocracy 2.049 🌐
When you purchase a copy ofNeurocracy 2.049, you're getting an app that functions as both a custom interface to browse Omnipedia and a tool for making conspiracy boards that we can use for a weekly overview of what connections players are making.
Omnipedia remains freely accessible as a website on any browser, but using the app enables you to directly feed all of Omnipedia's content into your conspiracy board, and ensures that your investigation into the game’s mysteries will affect their outcome. It turns Neurocracy 2.049 into something you can truly make your own.
Disclaimer: the app is designed specifically to browse the Omnipedia website. We cannot guarantee its safety when using it to browse other sites!
Hi there! I'm CJ—I'm working on a master list of interface drama and would like to include your game as an interface drama. I've been reaching out to devs of the game to confirm that I have accurate tagging.
Right now, the tags on Neurocracy are:
I was thinking of perhaps adding "in-browser" as a tag, though the game is half in-browser, half-downloadable.
Hi! Thank you for adding Neurocracy to your list. The tags mystery and in-browser, make sense cause Omnipedia is always viewed in an internet browser. Our downloadable tool is a custom browser with added functionality. Unlike most of the games on your list, Neurocracy has a strong emphasis on players chatting together, sharing discoveries and theories. Perhaps a tag like community-driven could reflect that?
This looks super cool, but I'm kinda confused. It says that 10 episodes were released back in 2021 and there's a new run of 10 episodes happening now, but I don't really get what this entails. Like, do new episodes build on old ones, or do new episodes replace everything from the previous one? Is there a way to start with the older episodes and work from there, or is everyone seeing the current one and the game just goes offline once the season is over?
Really interested in trying this out, I just can't tell if it's something like Destiny or not (i.e. old content gets removed, and if you weren't there at the start, then there's no way to see it).
Edit: For context, I've never played one of these evolving community-driven games before. I'm sure if I had, these terms would make a lot more sense lol
In 2021, we released 10 episodes that displayed how the world of Neurocracy evolved between October 1st and October 10th 2049. This year, for Neurocracy 2.049, we’re also releasing 10 episodes that take place in the same timeframe. Each episode is very similar to the previous, so it’s not necessary to have read the original 2021 episodes to appreciate the Neurocracy 2.049 ones.
The main differences are that:
There’s new content for each episode
Some content has been slightly changed
We have a forum where players can talk about their investigations and theories
We have an official App, that lets you make your own detective-style “conspiracy boards” and share them with the whole community
This new release is here so new players have a chance to experience the live release of Neurocracy, as well as surprise players from 2 years ago. If this is your first time, you’re more than welcome to join us. Hope that answers your question!
Hi! Thanks a lot for notifying us. After looking into it, it seems like it’s an issue coming from the engine, where some libraries are not correctly packaged. The only fix for now seems to install the libraries yourself, with this command (given below). Can you try that and tell me how it goes? Thanks!