The End, played in May 2017, is currently at capacity. Thank you for your interest, and follow the project here: https://swimpony.org/current-projects/the-end/
 
We'd like to survey you, to help you determine if The End is what you're looking for. We'll start with some basic contact information, then we'll tell you some more about the game.

No one answer precludes you from being able to participate,
so be honest!

We do NOT sell or share your information, and you can 'unsubscribe' from our emails at any time.


What's your first name?

 
What's your last name, {{answer_36321780}}?

 
Ok, great.

 
Email Address?

 
Street Address?

 
City?

 
State?

 
Zip Code?

 
Phone number? (only enter numbers, no dashes or parentheticals)

 
How did you find out about The End?

 
Check which forms of communication you use frequently (at least three times per week).


 
We, the gamemakers of The End, believe that a stigma and anxiety associated with death can create feelings of helplessness and powerlessness.

We believe, too, that there are few opportunities to consider our eventual end until we must face it imminently. As such, we desire to create an experience that allows audiences space for this kind of reflection.

What do you think so far?

 
Picture this.

On May 1, 2017, you arrive home to find a package in your mailbox: inside is a unique deck of cards and an invitation to a celebration a month away. You look at the cards – beautiful, perhaps a little cryptic, filled with exciting symbols and some simple words. 

As a player you will use this set of 52 cards as a key to unlock this unusual four-week choose-your-own-adventure experience.

Each day The End asks you to devote a little time (like, 10 minutes) to consider mortality in a different way with the support of a personal guide who can offer you advice about how to navigate the game.

Are you curious about what you'll be asked to do?


 
A card may prompt you to complete:

a solo mediation at home...

a fun guessing game played with someone over the phone...

a short letter written on a lunch break and mailed off to a friend...

a text conversation about your dream vacation...

a ten minute walk through a cemetery guided by a person on the phone...

and maybe even a conversation with a stranger in a local café about your unrealized dreams...

Does anything particularly appeal to you?

 
Players of The End are people who

are in conversation with themselves...

are up for adventure...

ask burning questions...

and are interested in thinking about mortality.

Does that sound like you, {{answer_36321780}}?

     
 
Can you commit an average of 10 - 15 minutes a day May 1 - 28, 2017?

 
Will you be traveling away from Philly
for work or vacation in May?

 
Most activities take place within the city limits. Is this a problem for you?

 
Do you regularly send and receive photos on your phone?


 
The moment the first card is played is the beginning.
The party is the ending
The game is everything that happens between."

 
How often do you willingly go outside your comfort zone?





 
Are you ready to
dig deep,
ask the big questions,
and blow your own mind?





 
There are times when The End is playful and enjoyable. However, The End also examines (sometimes intensely) the following topics: your death, the sensation of dying, the end of consciousness, imagining physical pain, terminal diagnoses, funerals, 

 

Rate your comfort level with the following activities:

Meditating

 
Receiving a tarot card reading.

 
Thinking about your own death

 
Writing a bucket list.

 
Seeing images of hospitals.

 
Reflecting on your past.

 
Receiving a call from a stranger.

 
Talking to a stranger.

 
Visiting a cemetery.

 
Role playing a doctor appointment.

 
Listening to something through headphones.

 
Imagining funerals or memorials.

 
Thinking about an afterlife.

 
This isn't your only chance. The End will come again.

Take a moment to reflect on if this is the type of experience you're looking for at this time in your life.

Your answers to the following questions don't necessarily disqualify you. If you answer "yes" we will likely follow up with you to discuss.

Are you mourning the recent death of someone very close to you?

     
 
Have you experienced many losses in your life?

 
Do you have a history of depression?

     
 
In the past four months, have you experienced panic attacks?

     
 
In the past four months, have you wished you were dead or wished you could go to sleep and not wake up? 

     
 
In the past year, have you planned or made an attempt to end your life?

     
 
Is now a time when you have people or professionals to turn to if you need emotional support?

Are there people or professionals you turn to when you need emotional support?

 
If you or someone you love is having troubling thoughts, The National Suicide Hotline is available 24 hours per day at 1-800-273-8255.

 
We offer The End from a spirit of
generosity,
craft,
and care.

We have also aimed for a sense of play: leaving enough randomness, variation, and surprise to keep those who participate engaged and challenged.

We expect some moments of The End will be hard. We hope it is equally rewarding, and at times even fun.

Above all, we aim to inspire agency and offer a structured container for audience members to bear witness to their own individual experience.

The End is a system, one that is only operational when actively engaged.

The End is a solo journey, though not one made in isolation.

The End won’t judge or attempt to explain the inexplicable, but instead reflects back the discoveries you have made.  

Perhaps the bottom line is that we want you to find yourself at the center of your own existence and experiences. We attend to you (in order to remind you) that it is your life that you are watching.

Ultimately, we imagine The End will be what you make it, that the meaning of The End will be up to you. 

DEFINING THE MISSION BETTER.

So, {{answer_36321780}}. In your own words, why do you want to play The End?

 
{{answer_36321780}}, you are awesome.
Thank you for your time today.
I hoped you liked this and want to do it some more.

Do me a favor.

Take a deep breath.

Notice one thing in the room around you that you didn't notice before. 

Reflect.

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