Inanimate Alice, Perpetual Nomads - a VR Experience

"When I first spotted it from the bus, creeping through the desert and tracking and tracing through the landscape, all snake-like, I could almost imagine it covered in huge glistening scales. At least that’s how it seemed from the window of the bus, with the sun burning through the untinted glass and the heat prodding and pushing into my head. Making my thoughts all woozy and weird."

- Jottings from Alice's journal... undated.

Perpetual Nomads

Alice Field is back in a special VR story spanning the gap between Episodes Six and Seven of the award-winning “Inanimate Alice” series. Fans of the series who have been following Alice’s adventures for over ten years will be just as thrilled by this latest chapter entitled Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads. Told through innovative Virtual Reality technology, Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads is scheduled for release in early 2018.

In Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads, Alice strives to remain upbeat in the face of a challenging world filled with environmental upheavals, identity questioning, and geographic displacement. Please visit here to be notified about Perpetual Nomads news, updates and freebies.

Creative Team

  • Ian Harper: Lead Producer and Commercial Director
  • Mez Breeze: Co-Producer, Creative Director and Lead Interactive Writer
  • Andy Campbell: Interactive and VR Designer/Developer
  • Kate Pullinger: Story Consultant
  • Chris Joseph: Technical Director and Co-Project Manager
  • Walter Brecely: Illustrator and 3D Spatial Advisor
  • Esteban Camacho Steffensen: Illustrator
  • Ron Poitras: Canadian Indigenous Cultural Advisor
  • John Patten: Australian Indigenous Cultural Advisor

My name is Alice.
I’m 19 years old.

Inanimate Alice combines text, sound, imagery and game elements to tell the story of a girl growing up dreaming of one day becoming a game designer. An episodic literary work, it is built on a game-like backdrop of incremental complexity that reflects Alice’s age and improving skills as she pursues that ambition. In the early years she travels the world with her parents, spending time in Northern China, Italy, Russia and Saudi Arabia. In between, there are side trips around Australia, to Japan and Indonesia where she gets to go to jungle school. She attends a real school for the first time when she is thirteen and finds that a strange environment. At nineteen she is working at The Last Gas Station in order to pay her way through college. And now she has a job interview in the metropolis – it’s the gig she has been working towards her whole life. The Perpetual Nomads bus journey will take her there.

Classrooms around the world are now using Inanimate Alice as an across-the-curriculum approach to teaching and learning. This is a story for teachers and students who wish to explore the nature of ‘born digital’ narratives. Free from the constraints of print formats, the text becomes dynamic, driving the story forwards, and the ambient sounds complement the immersive nature of the story. The format targets students 10-14 years of age: colourful magazine pages attract younger students, while the later episodes explore more complex themes. Resources and activities help teachers integrate Inanimate Alice into the curriculum.

This is a story of exploration. An adventure. Take a look at the timeline of Alice’s adventures and find the best place to start for you.

  • My class at Wakefield has been using Inanimate Alice the past few weeks and I think it was probably us that spiked the usage for the loop. 🙂 I have 38 year 5/6 students in my literacy group and they are so into Inanimate Alice. I decided to use it in my programme to try to engage the students that ‘don’t like reading’ but they can’t get enough of it now, both online and reading the text only version. The story line offers many options when it comes to guided reading or follow up activities. Some of the reluctant readers have shown a real change in attitude towards reading which has been a great start to the year!

    Kathy Jessop Wakefield, New Zealand
  • I have used the series as an end-of-the-year activity for the past two years. I have created literacy questions for episodes 1-3. I have students watch episode 4, and then answer two short essay type questions. As a final activity, I have students write and produce their own episode 5. It is a perfect activity to complete our year. Students are very engaged while working on the activities. The grade level is 7th.” The following year... “And yes, once again, Alice is providing a quality ending to my 7th grade students’ reading curriculum. Love Alice – perfect end of the year work: focused and fun!

    Merrily Ellis Reading Specialist, Mt. Angel Middle School, Oregon
  • I wanted to let you know you all are doing a wonderful job! Teachers and students alike love Inanimate Alice, and it’s especially good to use with our reluctant readers.

    Megan Hallenbeck Gloversville Middle School, New York
  • 21st century schools must keep up with technology, engage students and create life-long learners. Inanimate Alice does it all. Inanimate Alice is a wonderful combination of audio and visual text features which lures in reluctant readers and leaves them wanting more. Thanks to Inanimate Alice, I was able to bridge the gap and take students from averse, to reading with enthusiasm, in a short period of time!

    Donna Terra Grade 5 Teacher, Morse Pond School, Falmouth, Massachusetts
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