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 finding Anasazi ruins in an unnamed side canyons is like 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 graphical 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 the canyon and architecture, watch the Sun Dagger at the summer solstice, and a sunset over Pueblo Bonito.
The program represents two years of a crack team wrestling with the bleeding edge of 3D graphics, a labor of passion for everyone involved. Whatever you decide to call it, I hope you enjoy the experience as much as we enjoyed creating it.