Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project


{{I=New DHARMA.png=200=right=The Initiative's new 21st Century logo.}}
The '''''Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project''''', also simply known as '''"the Project"''', was the third ''Lost'' alternate reality game taking place between Season 4 and Season 5 of ''Lost''. It concerned an attempt by an unknown source to revive the DHARMA Initiative. The game was developed by the ''Lost'' writers{{source needed}}, in conjunction with Australian marketing agency Hoodlum (who were also behind the ''Find 815'' game). The game began on May 29, 2008, when an advertisement for Octagon Global Recruiting aired during {{ep}}, and finished on November 18, 2008, when the assessment dossiers were released.

The game involved participants applying to join the new DHARMA Initiative at Comic Con 2008 and the website DharmaWantsYou.com, where participants took part in various DharmaWantsYou.com tests. At the conclusion of the game, each participant received a Volunteer Assessment Dossier which contained their results and allotted job. However, due to financial issues the DHARMA Initiative was canceled. As a replacement, the Dharma Special Access website was opened as an exclusive to game participants.

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse stated in an The Lostpedia InterviewCarlton Cuse & Damon LindelofForeshadowing the arrival of Sawyer's group in DHARMA times in Season 5. Indeed, the only real direct canonical revelation was the Dharma booth video showing Pierre Chang being filmed. The unseen cameraman in the film is generally accepted to be Daniel Faraday. This scene has not been shown in the main show and, considering Daniel Faraday is now dead, and Pierre Chang has now lost one hand, the video is outdated and does not fit in with the main show timeline. Chang also found out the truth arguably too late in the course of the Season to have filmed the video with Faraday, and fans would expect to have seen this being filmed on the show at any rate considering it seems like such an important scene. Consequently the canon of this video, and the ARG as a whole, is highly questionable. 

On May 29, 2008, at the end of the last commercial break of {{ep}} an advertisement for Octagon Global Recruiting aired. At approximately the same time, http//www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com/site/ octagonglobalrecruting.com opened. Both the ad and the website announced that a recruiting session in San Diego would be held from July 24-27, 2008, the same time and venue as Comic Con.


===The video===
The following video was shown at Comic-Con, and later "surfaced" on YouTube, of Dan Bronson being taken to the Dharma booth at Comic Con, secretly taping what he saw and running off just in time to show everyone at the ''Lost'' panel.
FileLOST - Secret Candle==Reception==
The Project was negatively received by the ''Lost'' fan community.  Commonly disliked elements were the long wait periods between activities http//www.docarzt.com/2008/08/05/hoodlum-apparently-has-a-severely-frozen-donkey-wheel/ http//www.lostargs.com/2008/08/hoodlum-disappoints-again.html (with some sites creating their own games to pass the time http//www.audiblylost.com/2008/08/lost-fans-tired-of-waiting-for-abcs-arg.html), technical issues http//lostoctagonglobalrecruiting.blogspot.com/2008/08/dharmawantsyouhoodlum-server-room.html, a lack of storyline http//lostoctagonglobalrecruiting.blogspot.com/2008/10/whats-biggest-problem-you-have-with-arg.html, the uninteresting and simplistic nature of the gamehttp//forums.buddytv.com/dharma-wants-you-arg/72021-just-so-frustrating.html http//internet-bard.com/archives/follow-up-on-losts-arg-what-went-wrong-guys/, and the sudden and out-of-tone ending http//forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27061&sid=ac3c912bf09800185ca06d810af7d782.

==Revelations about ''Lost''==
*The Asian man in the orientation films' real name is discovered for the first time Pierre Chang.
*Chang was killed in the Purge.
*Chang had some sort of contact with the present, as he knew of several world events from the 21st Century.

{{I=Blog OGR ComicCon.JPG=200=right=DHARMA release form, which revealed the ARG's title.}}
*The title of the ARG was not known at the start of its run. Initially, it was referred to as Octagon Global Recruiting to reflect the name of the original website. However, a Dharma release form given out to participants at the Dharma recruitment booth at Comic-Con revealed the true title of the ARG given by ABC, "the Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project". The form also refers to the ARG as simply "the Project", though it has remained unclear whether this is an actual abbreviation of the title or simply coincidental legal jargon on the form. 
*The official title for the game failed to catch on with fans, with most referring to it as "Dharma Wants You" or simply the abbreviations "OGR" or "DWY".
*The new reconstitution of the DHARMA Initiative does not use the word Dharma as a capitalized acronym. This could simply be an oversight by the game's writers, or could be indicative that the project was no longer focusing on "heuristics and research on material applications", keeping the name Dharma for sentimental sake.
*The release form's arrangement of the trigrams in the new Dharma logo coincide with the arrangement of the classic logo.  All other representations of this logo (Comic-Con, DharmaWantsYou.com) have had the arrangement rotated one quarter-turn clockwise.
*According to Carlton Cuse in the first Dharmaspecialaccess.com video, Dharmawantsyou.com had approximately 147,000 accounts.

==Remaining questions==
*Who was running the Dharma Initiative, and are they still connected to the Hanso Foundation?
*Who was RuckusGuy?
*Why was Dan Bronson suspicious of the new Dharma Initiative?

==External links==
===In-game websites===
*http//www.dharmawantsyou.com DharmaWantsYou.com
*http//www.octagonglobalrecruting.com Octagonglobalrecruiting.com
*http//www.dharmaspecialaccess.com Dharmaspecialaccess.com
*http//ajiraairways.com/ Ajira Airways mentioned in Damon and Carlton's 12.29.2008 transmission
*http//abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=mb&cat=125448 Dharma Wants You message boards - hosted at ABC's website

===Fan websites===
*http//lostoctagonglobalrecruiting.blogspot.com/ The Project on DarkUFO
*http//www.docarzt.com/category/lost-news/dharma-wants-you/ The Project on DocArzt
*http//forum.lostpedia.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55 The Project forum on Lostpedia Forums
*http//the-odi.blogspot.com/search/label/Octagon%20Global%20Recruiting The Project on The ODI


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