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Horrible Histories meets Lonely Planet AND Pokémon GO

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Horrible Histories meets Lonely Planet AND Pokémon GO

Great news from TTT&T Head-quarters: We’ve just completed the first full build of In the Footsteps of Giants, our time-traveling tour to Renaissance Florence, and it's looking great!

As luck would have it, we seem to be launching at exactly the right time too. Who knew?

Last Tuesday, I received this gorgeous message from a young fan, one of the original pilot-testers of Beware Madame la Guillotine. She wrote:

“Sarah, have you seen Pokémon GO? Your Time Traveler Tours are the same thing, only better, because they teach cool facts and skills!”

Her message was like a magical salve. I'd been hacking for many days straight at that point and a fatigue reminiscent of my Kickstarter days had settled in. I'd also been feeling a bit hopeless -- perhaps because of the fatigue? -- in the face of the violence and intolerance that has gripped our world. These enthusiastic words immediately strengthened my resolve to harness today's popular technologies to Turn History On.

Because the risk is too great if we allow the past to be forgotten...

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What Do All Tech-based Projects, from Apple to Zillow, Have in Common?

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What Do All Tech-based Projects, from Apple to Zillow, Have in Common?

Launch Delays. That's what!

And at Time Traveler Tours & Tales (TTT&T), we are no exception. On my trip to the States earlier this month, I gathered members of team TTT&T as well as a dedicated group of major supporters to alpha-test the first iteration of IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS. 

It was exciting. It was fun. It was also very tasty for apropos the Renaissance Italian theme of our launch story app tour, we met at an NYC restaurant: Osteria del Principe. Highly recommended!

Our hope was to be able to turn the app right over to YOU for beta testing. But we encountered two unanticipated technical issues too serious not to fix.

(If you want to know more about what these were, continue reading...) 

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The Most Important Gift I Forgot

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The Most Important Gift I Forgot

I stepped off British Airways flight #0113 into JFK airport last week and was immediately swept up. The energy of New York and the excitement of the holiday season greeted me right along with the rushing people and traffic.

After the past several months working alone from my quiet London home at a convalescent’s pace and in relative isolation, I felt the vitality of both city and season pick me up like a giant hand and propel me into the arms of Team TTT&T and our much-anticipated four-day marathon huddle.

I’m so grateful to be back in the city I still consider “home,” and to be working alongside such talented and generous people again.

Together, we reflected on the successes of the last year, and we brainstormed how to build on them in the three, six, and twelve months ahead.

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A New App Journey Begins: Come with Us to Renaissance Florence

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A New App Journey Begins: Come with Us to Renaissance Florence

Ciao! Buongiorno! This week I write to you from Florence, Italy, where I'm busy hunting for traces of Michelangelo for our coming Kickstarter Campaign video. I'm gathering some lovely donation rewards as well ;).

I began my Italian sojourn at the 2015 Bologna Children's Book Fair, soaking up all there is to be learned from my Dust or Magic colleagues and friends.

As evidenced by the top five Digital Ragazzi Award winners, 2014 will go down in history as the year children's apps broke forth from the boundaries imposed by the page. But 2015 finds the form still searching for how best to incorporate narrative...

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