“Postmaster’s Challenge,” a new feature on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Web site, offers online visitors a chance to “master the post” through an interactive trivia game in which players answer questions about postal history.
Each “Postmaster’s Challenge” round consists of 11 questions on a variety of topics including general postal history knowledge, transportation history and stamp collecting. Players who answer all the questions correctly earn the 1 million “postage credits” needed to win the game. Players are given three opportunities to “ask a postal clerk” for answer help; if a player gives a wrong answer, the correct one is provided so the player can use that knowledge to earn more points the next time around.
Third Wave Digital, an interactive media and digital design firm based in Macon, Georgia, created “Postmaster’s Challenge” for the National Postal Museum on a pro bono basis.
“We are grateful to the design team at Third Wave Digital for their work on this project,” said Nancy Pope, the museum’s historian. “It adds an engaging, exciting dimension to the museum’s ‘Activity Zone’ Web site.”
The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., in the Old City Post Office Building across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the museum’s Web site at postalmuseum.si.edu.
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