The Rez

A Podcast to Save the Future.

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Welcome to join The Rez dot com! Play some games, send some messages to Sav and Preen, and help save the future!
For Young People
Hey gang, Preen & I need your help with some cool stuff here …
For Parents & Teachers
JEF has lots of words and info here about well-being …
the REZ

Things in the future are great… on the surface.

Any time you want you can change your body any way you can imagine. Purple skin, no problem. Pointy ears, no problem. Wings, or fins, or two-meter hair, whatever you want to look like you can have… if you have the credits.

And JEF, the helpful AI that runs things, makes sure that everyone stays happy by buying Omni Burgers, crystal unicorns, approved-knowledge downloads and other odd stuff.

But scratch that shiny surface and things aren’t really so nice. People are a bit sad and lonely and can’t actually talk to each other. And while they’re always connected online none of those connections really means anything. But Sav (a geeky outcast who misses her Gran) and Preen (a one-time mega-influencer now trying to make good) have a plan to fix things.  It's called ‘The Rez’.

With help of Gran’s old phone they’re able to communicate to the kids of the 2020s, and they’re asking us for tips about ‘kindness’ and ‘friendship’ that can bring people closer together, bring down JEF, help people think and do for themselves, and generally make the world a better place.

But JEF thinks things are just fine as they are and will do anything to stop them….

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Message from Sav
Hey - you there?
    The REZ Comic
    JEF News
    Breaking News Live!
    22 October 2021
    02 : 05
    Remember, it’s all about you!
    21 October 2021
    06 : 48
    Friend packs are now on sale! Get all the support you need for 50% less!
    Dial in the secret code number and tap the 'TRY HACK' button to reveal Sav's Granny's happiness hack.
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    Gran

    A hacker, a coder, and a maker who remembers "The Time Before," Gran mysteriously disappeared when Sav was little.  But she’s left Sav and Preen and old "phone" with recorded secrets about "kindness" and "friendship" that she says can save the world.  She also fancies herself something of joker.

    JEF

    The Judiciously Engineered Friend, JEF is a crafty and clever AI who thinks as long as people keep buying stuff they should be happy.  JEF will do anything to defend a world where only things it can measure with its algorithms, like followers, XPs, ‘chieves’ (achievements), credits (money) and Omni Burgers, have any value.  JEF is very anxious about the "Wilds," where its signal doesn’t quite reach.

    Krispy

    No one in the Build-a-Block Bunch works harder than Krispy.  She doesn’t have the credits to buy all the fancy new skins for her creations so she has to do everything by hand.  That’s a bit embarrassing for her… until the famous Preen della Preen shows up to help.

    Nye

    The inventor of an incredible new socializing and friendship app called GabFace, NYE has figured out a way to connect everyone in the world… and to score and assess their conversations.  What could possibly be wrong with that?  (And does NYE look familiar?)

    Preen

    A self-centered influencer, Preen had it all:  deluxe pad, upside-down waterfall, crystal unicorn, the latest body mods, and lots of fake praise from fake friends.  Then a bad hair day makes everything start to wobble and sends him looking for something better with real people.

    Sav

    Shy, lonely and a bit nerdy, but great at splicing together bits of old tech, Sav lives in your bulk-standard hab with her bulk standard Dad.  She misses her Gran who disappeared some time ago, doesn’t like her life much, and sometimes can’t understand her new flashy friend, Preen.

    Sav’s dad

    Well "Barny" is his real name, which no one can seem to get right.  He’s a bit sad and miserable, and Preen’s biggest fan.  More worried about chasing chieves and getting attention, he’s not the best dad in the world and is easily tricked into helping JEF when he knows he shouldn’t.

    Tam

    Books and reading about the past are what Tam lives for.  He’s also a huge follower of "The Rez," the secret casts of Preen and Sav.  Tam really wants to build a "school" in an old library, but he doesn’t have many students (or much patience when Preen volunteers).  But all Tam’s "un-JEF-ed" knowledge means the drones are after him.

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    Make the Rez even better
    Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the adventures of Sav and Preen in the podcast, comic book and on this website. Now, Pastlings, we’ve got a favour to ask you…
    Can you help us make the next version of The Rez even better by taking this cool survey all about how you now feel about your understanding of the way people relate to each other?
    First, can you just tell us what parts of The Rez you used? (tick all the ones that apply)
    After The Rez, I feel I understand the importance of kindness… (choose just one answer)
    After The Rez, I would be able to explain what kindness is to someone who didn’t know what it was...
    Listening to The Rez has made me want to be kinder to other people...
    After The Rez, I feel I can tell if someone is a real/good friend...
    After The Rez, I recognise that talking about your feelings is an important part of friendship...
    After The Rez, I recognise that being around other children at school is important...
    After The Rez, I think it’s important to do things I’m interested in rather than just what everyone else is doing...
    After The Rez, I feel proud of myself when I have worked hard on something...
    After The Rez, I recognise the importance of working with others...
    After The Rez, I recognise that, when I’m feeling lonely, letting other people know can make me feel better...
    After The Rez, I recognise that trying to connect with other people usually makes people feel better...
    After The Rez, I can see that focusing on the way you look doesn’t really make you happier...
    After The Rez, I can see that focusing on how much stuff you have doesn’t really make you happier...
    Thank You!
    Your answers will help us make the next REZ adventure as good as we can.