Playable Fiction’s Orientation Experience

We know universities and colleges are looking beyond traditional orientation events to more holistically engage students while creating a more inclusive community during your orientation experience.

For Orientation, we deliver a customized 1-3 day experience for your students while also providing:

An Active Approach

Start your students off right! Rather than passively experiencing orientation through events planned for them, tours of things they might need to see, students use the campus, and its services to achieve their goals.

A Collaborative Approach

The experience is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, and one that is best solved with others. Puzzles are designed to let everyone shine, The game even allows for spectators, allowing reticent players to jump in, and out, when they feel they can contribute.

A Social Experience

People who play together, stay together. Working on challenges and sharing victories forms strong bonds between players, and allows for the formation of more natural friendships. Here players are social because they want to be, not because they are sorted into a group.

A Sense of Agency and Accomplishment

Games are for winning and no one makes a game that can’t be beaten. Every success; every goal met; every location visited is because of a student’s plan. Every moment of the game is tied to a memory of being capable.

Agency. Social Skills and a Friend Group. Collaboration. An Active Understanding of the Campus

And an engaging, entertaining time!

An Orientation Event that ‘RISES ABOVE THE ORDINARY!’

“I never expected to ‘play the campus’ – what an amazing experience, it was SO MUCH FUN and I made new friends.” ~ University Student

What is The Scavenged?

The Scavenged is the umbrella setting for our interactive experience games. The central concepts a mysterious group operating outside of space/time. They identify apocalyptic timelines and try to save them by contacting the ancestors of known survivors – our players – and set them to work discovering the cause of the apocalypse, and trying to stop it.

This setting allows us to create stories across many genres, and we have spy, existential horror, and sci-fi drama games already.

These experiences are known as Alternative Reality Games. We create a reality very close to our own, with one narrative twist (You’re trying to save the world!).

Games are then played in the real world using fake websites, emails and text messages, as well as real items – like burner phones, usb sticks, locked boxes, etc. hidden in the world.

We guarantee your students will be entertained, energized, challenged, and empowered!

Why let Playable Fiction loose in your carefully planned Orientation?

We understand the significant role you play in planning and executing a successful Orientation. We believe in creating meaningful moments that are remembered long after the interactive game experience is played!

We are experienced in making games like these. Individually, our team has made games for remote players on a social network, on the streets of Copenhagen, questing + game design courses and camps, and a 5 day rock festival. Collectively we have made games for students on campuses in Virginia, Washington, and Florida, and even a mini-experience for a group of conference attendees as part of a presentation.

  • We are skilled at making players feel seen, and appreciated.
  • We create engaging narratives with room for players to change it up through their actions.
  • We can create a defining Orientation event.
  • With a proven model (flexible yet structured).
  • Created by an experienced design team.
  • We build dynamic, interactive fun with a purpose.

And we create something of VALUE. Bot to us, and the students: an entertaining ‘bonding experience,’ a sense of accomplishment, the joy of figuring out something that wasn’t required, a chance to meet new people, and cooperate in beating the game —- not each other.

Join us in our mission to change the lives of 75,000 students by helping them develop soft skills, make social connections, and become more confident through unique interactive orientation experiences by 2025.

What can you expect when you hire Playable Fiction?

Peace of mind knowing that we design and deliver a high-quality customized 1-3 interactive experience that students will talk about in the years to come! Imagine how this defining experience will skyrocket your reputation.

Choosing an event for orientation is an IMPORTANT DECISION. Our goal is to bring a UNIQUE EXPERIENCE to your students. We want their formative experience of your university to be filled with joy and excitement!

To arrive at the best interactive experience game for your campus, we use a human centered design process:

  • Initial meeting with your designated contact or team. Before we work, we need to understand what you need before we start work. In this meeting we listen to your goals, needs and concerns and discuss possibilities of play.
  • Second meeting – we share the vision/details of the choices of interactive experience games, allowing you to give us feedback, make a choice, and request revisions or additional content.
  • We finalize the game and take care of the rest! We highly encourage your orientation team to join the game and get to know and play with your students in a different context.

Level One

Virtual/Hybrid Campus Interactive Event


Level Two

Fully Immersive Campus Interactive Event


Add-Ons: $5,000

Student Involvement Team

Include a 5 person student team to help facilitate and contribute to the interactive experience.

Polished Final Report

Send us your data and we will create your final report of impact that goes beyond student satisfaction.

Media Package

Professional video documentary of the student experience. Free to use in ways that support your work, social media, and recruiting efforts.

Experiential Learning Component

Work alongside and co-create a context for students to work alongside Playable Fiction in a game design project.


Why Playable Fiction is the Ideal Choice for Your Orientation

We Understand Orientation Challenges

Orientation is stuck in a rut? Students enter their orientation experience expecting traditional events and social experiences. We know that changing this can be incredibly exciting for your students.

Engage those hard to reach students, with an enticing storyline and a compelling puzzle to solve.

Data: We can provide you with engagement reports of the impact the event had on your student body.

After years of lockdowns, everyone is on the lookout for new ways or events to connect again.

Get to Know Us

Founder, CEO – Mary Kayler, Ph.D.

As an award winning educator and facilitator she understands how to transform peoples’ lives. Mary is affectionately called ‘fire starter’ and is considered a visionary; her depth of expertise and creativity inspires educators to take an innovative approach in addressing engagement challenges for meaningful learning.

Creative Game Designer – Adam Mayes

With 30 years of experience in the field, within the game industry, working in university game design schools; he seamlessly works across many fields and disciplines. Adam is a leading expert in using games as an innovative technology for finding solutions to pressing problems.

Adam is recognized as a ‘go to’ ‘visionary’ ‘mentor’ and transforms students’ lives.

Take Action: We Are Ready to Help!


To learn more about our customized approach and create an opportunity to ask your questions and share your goals and challenges in a no-pressure environment. We thrive in designing creative solutions – come join us as we create immersive experiences with extraordinary results!

Send an Email to Mary Kayler: saptiva@gmail.com

Phone: +1 703-606-5121