Am I allowed to ask questions on Worldbuilding for an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) that I'm creating?
We don't have any particular prohibitions on asking worldbuilding questions related to an ARG. However, like any other Stack Exchange site, questions need to be more than topically adjacent to be permitted. The standard requirements for any Stack Exchange still apply. A question needs to:
- Not be a duplicate
- Be about building a fictional world
- Be clearly asked
- Not be too broad
- Not be too opinion based
We also have a custom close reason for questions about building a story, or about the actions and decisions of a character or organization. While we don't have a custom close reason, questions about 3rd party worlds, i.e. any world that you yourself didn't build, are considered to not be about worldbuilding for the purposes of this site. You can read more about the specifics by searching meta, or visiting the help center.
How can I determine if my question about worldbuilding for an ARG is appropriate?
The two common problems I've seen from other questions related to games are; asking about game design, and mechanics, instead of about the world of the game, and asking for brainstorming, or idea generation.
Game design and mechanics are off topic for this site. If you want to thematically incorporate the rules of your game into your world, we can help with that, as long as the focus is on the game world. If a valid answer to your question need to include novel mechanics for your game or modifications to existing mechanics, rather than treating the mechanics as a fixed quantity, your question is off topic for this site.
We're also not here to build your world for you. Brainstorming and idea generation are explicitly called out in our help center as inappropriate for this site. The more specific your question, and the smaller the possibility space of valid answers the better.
As long as your question is otherwise suitable for this site, the fact that it's related to an ARG should not be an issue. If you're still unsure whether your question is appropriate, you can use our sandbox, as Tortliena suggested to get feedback on a post before posting it to the main site.
You're allowed to ask for help developing your world. You are not allowed to ask for help developing your game.
There's an important distinction between the game and the world and it's not always obvious. For example, you might ask (and someone once did ask) what sounds the player should hear to indicate a particular world event is occurring? Such a question is actually off-topic because even though it sounds like a question about the world, it's actually a question about game mechanics.
Here's the rule of thumb:
We help you create and consistently use rules governing an imaginary world of your own creation wherein an infinite number of stories may be told (or games played).
We do not help you write stories or build games.
In your case it's a bit more difficult, because ARGs are fictional stories, not fictional worlds
From the link you provide we learn the following:
An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive networked narrative that uses the real world as a platform and employs transmedia storytelling to deliver a story that may be altered by players' ideas or actions.
Here's the problem: on this Stack, "alternate reality" means the Real World with changes in the underlying physics rule set. "Alternate history" is the Real World with changes in the underlying cultural rule set. If either of those are what you're trying to achieve, we can help you.
For example, while we do allow Real World questions on this site, those questions are expected to be in the context of developing and consistently using the rules of an imaginary world. Thus, it's reasonable to ask about fictional interplanetary space travel from the perspective of Real World physics.
But it's not acceptable to ask a Real World physics question with a Real World application that would be as easily asked on Physics.SE.
And that's a potential show stopper for you. Because as I understand it, ARGs are games based in the Real World. All those rules are already developed and known — you just need to ask about them on the appropriate Stack. And since we don't answer story questions, you quite literally may not have a question you can ask here.