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(Potential) ARG and Transmedia Projects => Trailheads / Rabbit Holes => Topic started by: Dominic1978 on April 10, 2019, 07:24:52 AM

Title: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Dominic1978 on April 10, 2019, 07:24:52 AM
Dear Friends,

A history lesson: The word strategy come from the ancient Greek, "strategia," which means "the art of command." It is a high level plan to achieve your goals under the conditions of uncertainty.

It is also defined as:
a comprehensive way to try to pursue political ends, including the threat or actual use of force, in a dialectic of wills in a military conflict, in which both adversaries interact.

Strategy can be found in military theory, game theory, politics, and legal defense. It has been written about and studied since 500 BC.

Never face your enemies without a strategy. Our next story tells what happens when you do:

https://sylvanastories.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/a-new-season-a-new-story

All my love always,
Winter Sylvana
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on April 11, 2019, 07:19:33 AM
THX for posting the trailhead email with a link to the new Story. UPDATE: Now there's also a LOCKED section. The key to unlock the post there can be  found on Winter's twitter: https://twitter.com/wintersylvana (https://twitter.com/wintersylvana) along with a separate, pretty tarot card jpeg puzzle. Cyas...
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 11, 2019, 10:59:51 AM
Couple of updates to me from Winter after the locked session:

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Excellent work! Now you must help Katia find the Bishop, whoever that may be. Your comment about the lockers is apt, but that move lays further across the board. Not sure where Katia should go next, on the UT Austin college campus. I've included sections about people and maps on the site. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

As a reward for your hard work, I'll give you one more clue:
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FIN


All my best,
Winter

I couldn't find that location on the map of UT Texas even when checking the directory.

https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/campus/buildings/nlogon/facilities/UTM/
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Jeet on April 12, 2019, 09:17:03 AM
I got the same email as Russell but my clue was different.
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PHY
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 12, 2019, 03:46:39 PM
What did you get Amandel?
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on April 12, 2019, 05:37:51 PM
What did you get Amandel?
Hi and OOPS! I didn't get a clue. Sorry to disappoint. Winter seems steadfast on wanting only the Bishop=3 answer. Wondering why tho.

EDIT: Below is the PW for Locked2 which I only got as I enjoy films much more than chess. (Hint)
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wargames
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 15, 2019, 07:46:50 AM
Good catch Amandel and I believe the next answer is :

Spoiler: show

FOLLOW

First
Over
Lowest
Lower
On
Wet
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Jeet on April 15, 2019, 10:09:40 AM
I had two responses from Winter in my email this morning.

One pertains to the next part of the story posted today as I had suggested Katia visit the UT chess club and she had answered:

"Funny you should mention this, as Katia has come across a flyer for this."

In another email I had suggested that Katia visit the UT University Catholic Center where she might find a bishop, to which she replied:

"This is a great idea! I will pass this along to Katia.

I've also been thinking about Tarot for some reason."

That I think refers to
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Hierophant who is sometimes called "the pope card" or in other cases depicted as a Christian bishop
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 15, 2019, 01:39:11 PM
So a few of my thoughts in case someone finds more than I have.

1. We now have a full name for Tim and the latest clue I think points to a Twitter handle which I have yet to find.

2. Both Tim and Grace are not listed on the people page of the blog which is odd

3. The FIN and PHY and the college map feel like they should have played more of a role. I was working on the assumption of Finance/Fine arts and Physics...
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on April 16, 2019, 10:50:39 AM
Good News! Happy Phantom, one of the original Cardkeepers, is awaiting an admin OK for her account here to kick in.
Until then she's asked me to post her CLUE for Locked-1 which I've done below:

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ACC
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: ARGWorld on April 16, 2019, 12:16:36 PM
Hi everyone, I had to lock down the registration a while ago due to an invasion of spam bots, as some of you may remember.
Due to other obligations, I'm not on a lot. So, if you have a friend waiting activation, reach out to me through FB Messenger, Twitter etc. etc.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 16, 2019, 05:37:32 PM
Thanks Amandel! So accountancy as well for the mapping..

Welcome back Happy Phantom!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 18, 2019, 03:41:41 AM
Apologies for double post but a new update and further musings:

A message from Winter in regards to the last clue was "complete the phrase" and a new Twitter picture from all the presidents men. The phrase in question is therefore
Spoiler: show
follow the money
.

When the money was first found, there were two items, a rook and an ID card for Grace Szabo. I still haven't found an account for her but there was a chess grandmaster called László Szabó....

Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on April 18, 2019, 03:14:36 PM
Hi. Here's Winter's Locked-2 2nd email reply to me.
1776 (Winter's Locked-2 email reply)

Also, will someone verify that the small print on Father Tom's flyer reads: IGH0(zero) I0 FCBAGO F. Thanks for all the info & clues from y'all
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Jeet on April 19, 2019, 10:24:42 AM
That's what it looks like to me too, Amandel.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: HappyPhantom on April 19, 2019, 10:37:44 AM
Hello all! Late to the party as usual. Thank you Amandel, and admin for the speedy membership process and to Russell for the warm welcome.  :D

I read them as all zeros, Amandel, but I can never quite tell.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on April 24, 2019, 11:20:50 AM
Grateful and THX for the verifying which was still a boggle until Winter's latest post, 'Library Day', where Laura suggests ISBN. So, I turned that letter string into 13numbers with 3zeroes.

The result (9780906321706 ISBN) gave 'The Wealth of Nations' by Adam Smith & helps to open up "Desperado" on Sylvana Stories.

Spoiler: Desperado solve • show
The answer is: wealthofnations (case sensitive) & it's Breaking News  ;)
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on April 26, 2019, 09:25:11 AM
Nice catch Amandel.

That also covers the 1776 date =)

Emailing Father Tom elicits the following message:

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I have temporarily relocated to Paris, France. Please do not attempt to contact me further. I may or may not post weekly updates here. Father Tom [IHS]
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on May 03, 2019, 06:10:20 AM
TY Russell for the 1776 connex. All the updates & additions on Sylvana Stoies are a feast, incl. a beautiful image of The Fool tarot card. 
 
Wondering if another tarot card might be the "key" ( the symbol that Winter tweeted) I got purely lucky with "The Students" PW. It's the first result that kept popping up on my Google search for "student + teacher +tarot". This entry is a must-read imo. Cyas.

Spoiler: The Students PW • show
PW is: hierophant (case sensitive)

EDIT: Just realized that this card was already on my brain b/c Jeet (Hi Pia!) mentioned its importance & meaning on Page1. So THANKS!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Dominic1978 on May 03, 2019, 06:47:12 AM
New e-mail:

Dearest Friends,

The time has come for the Card Keeper training to begin. Your first challenge is a simple one. Respond to this email and let me know the answer to the following questions:

1. What is one thing you would like to direct less attention to?
2. What is one thing you would like to direct more attention to?

Within 24-48 hours of completing this challenge you will receive your first reward.

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please reply to this email and type UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

Thank you!

All of my best always,
Winter Sylvana
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: HappyPhantom on May 06, 2019, 10:23:03 PM
Here was my reward... Not quite sure what to do with it yet. I thought it looked like a part of a qr code, in which case I thought I  should share in case there were other partials. It was titled "switch.jpg"
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Jeet on May 07, 2019, 06:39:08 PM
Mine was same as yours, Happy Phantom, and also "switch.jpg". The only thing that stands out to me as unusual is all are rectangles but one is a square. What that means tho, I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on May 07, 2019, 06:58:45 PM
Meant to post this earlier but was away all weekend:

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Tower - From the major arcana


So the only thing outstanding is the board from the email and the board from the blog : https://sylvanastories.wordpress.com/board/

The email image is not a complete 8*8 grid (it is 7*7) my second thought was that it was a binary conversion but not enough characters.... ???
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on May 07, 2019, 07:53:43 PM
Hi all. Winter sent me the exact monochrome image (switch.jpg~interesting title) and I'm smitten with HP's take that it's a partial QR code. Panting like a puppy there might be something "hidden" I had analysed the image at http://www.imageforensic.org/ (http://www.imageforensic.org/) (a useful tool) but it's the cleanest Jpeg EVAH.  ;D

Mega props, Russell, on the Codes solve that I'm just now seeing. Reading the exciting Iza update there before sleepyville for me.
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on May 07, 2019, 09:02:51 PM
My next thought was to find any 49 character messages we have received so far and use the board as a grille cipher. Sadly haven't found a message yet to lay underneath.

The fact that the image is called switch.jpg still makes me want to use binary though!
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Russell on May 14, 2019, 11:04:03 AM
Ok so i went back to the switch image today as i still found it odd that one of the squares was double height, After fiddling around with the contrast/ brightness a cross appears on the right as attached.

Looks like a flag, but i dont know a flag with the cross on the right.  in which case are we supposed to "switch" it the other way round?
Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: Dominic1978 on May 23, 2019, 08:07:36 PM
New e-mail:

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Dearest Friends,

How can we achieve our goals? By this, I don't just mean personal goals (more on that with the next challenge), but rather our larger goals, our lofty goals. What would you do if you had great ambition?

Some people believe that the pure of heart, the good, will ultimately prevail, but others believe that more difficult, and more complicated tactics, are called for. Perhaps even nefarious and aggressive moves. What we have to ask ourselves, is do the means justify the ends?

We cannot be outwardly ruthless, nor consistently good. We cannot be weak, but we also cannot steamroll our enemies--they are too powerful for that.

Rather, we play the long game. We see the game as a whole, from beginning to end, and then we make the moves we need to make to achieve our end game.

All my love always,
Winter

Title: Re: Winter Sylvana - A new season, a new story (e-mail)
Post by: amandel on May 23, 2019, 09:05:44 PM
Have missed y'all so very much. Looks like there are a lot of puzzles/clues in Winter's latest post and in the title (Of Principalities) of her email that Dominic (Thanks!) posted above. I solved the easiest one on the new tarot card that I've attached. Cyas...

Spoiler: Strength tarot card solve • show
It's just ROT 18 (Strength tarot card nbr). It decodes to "Musée de l'Armée" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Museum_(Paris) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Museum_(Paris))

EDIT: Wondering if Winter's email title is a lead to Napoleon's "Principality of Elba". His tomb is in the former church, le Dôme des Invalides. which is within the location found from the Strength Tarot Card. https://bit.ly/2VNCYgE (https://bit.ly/2VNCYgE)