Welcome to Shadowplay.com. My name is Kyle Widner, author of "The Anasazi of Chaco Canyon", and producer of the computer program / video game / simulation of the same name.
My passion for Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi was born from several years of backpacking and hiking the 4-Corners area of the Southwest USA. Now I know what "gold fever" must have felt like, as searching for, then finding, Anasazi ruins that are not in the guide books is akin to finding treasure, and it is very addicting!
I've really struggled with what to call the computer program... it has some game elements, like virtual archaeology, but its not a traditional video game. It's a simulation, but infinitely more fun.
When I finished the book, it was very satisfying, but there was a feeling of wanting "more" I wanted a 3D representation of Chaco circa 1100 AD, a sense of what the place looked and felt like..... to see the dance of light and shadows across canyon and architecture, watch the Sun Dagger at the summer solstice, and a sunset over Pueblo Bonito.
This computer program represents two years of a dedicated team of Chaco lovers and programmers, a labor of passion for everyone involved. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as we enjoyed creating it. Its like a time machine, right on your own computer.