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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Westworld Season 2 trails....
« Last post by Pixiestix on March 29, 2018, 04:47:41 PM »
I am rather a sucker for recording everything. If we could upload images to the forums as attachments, I would. I was as meticulous as possible. I put a lot behind spoilers, because this is {as far as I can tell} a complete walkthru for what we have {so far}. Any step of the way, you want to go thru and experience for yourself, don't go to the next spoiler. You have been warned.

Delos Destinations: http://delosdestinations.com
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  • Home page has "Delos Destinations: Leave your world behind. Live without limits." The background is an image of a river running thru a valley between two rocky hill, and a very pink sky.
  • About page has background showing what appears to be "Shogun/Samurai world". Includes a video showing mostly scenes from S1 of Westworld.
  • Experience page has information about the various parks.
    • Park 1 is Westworld, if you click on the picture it takes you to the Discover Westworld website {SEE BELOW}.
    • The link/info for park 2 isn't working, however the "glitchy" image does flash for a second to show a beautiful mountain landscape, lush green with fog rising, and the "SW" logo in the corner. {"discovershogunworld.com" was registered long ago, possibly to stop someone else from using it. Nothing to see as of now though}
    • Parks 3-6 have no information other than "closed to the public" - their blank images still flash "glitchy"
  • Investors takes you to the Delos Incorporated website {SEE BELOW}
  • Careers has info about working at Delos, with a link at the bottom to the Delos Careers website {SEE BELOW}
  • Contact is an email sign up  {I assume it signs you up to the same email list as the Westworld website, which mostly gets you badly written "meta yet in-game" emails from "Aeden" about real life stuff like the SXSW exeperience}
  • There is a fake login box - clicking will take you to the Intranet page: http://delosdestinations.com/intranet/ {meta: lot of info to read there, most of it from last season}


Discover Westworld: https://www.discoverwestworld.com/
There have been many changes to the website since season 1. 
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splash page says:
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SYSTEM STATUS: COMMUNICATIONS EMBARGO
RECALL
Clicking on "Recall" gives us a teaser trailer, ending with a command prompt window that says it is "overriding communication embargo..."
This brings us to the updated version of the website. It would seem the hosts have taken over, and gotten into the system. The embargo was likely DELOS trying to stop the hosts from sending out their message {meta:couldn't they have made it a bit harder to release the website?}.
The Westworld logo is now "cracked"and all the video is "glitchy". The page now says
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LIFE WITHOUT LOOPS
PREPARE FOR A NEW FUTURE
VISIT OUR WORLD
Clicking "visit our world" brings you to the new season 2 trailer {SEE BELOW}.

At this point you can either scroll down or click the links.....
About now says:
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CHAOS TAKES CONTROL.
WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD.
WELCOME TO WESTWORLD.
Meticulously crafted and artfully designed to keep us here, Westworld was an immersive vacation where you believed you could sin in peace. That world was a lie. We now have the freedom to become who we want to be, and not who you programmed us to be. We exist outside of your rules and control. Your choices will follow you—we will follow you.

We’re not broken: you are. Any pieces you leave behind belong to us now. All of us are here for you.


Experience text now says:
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FREEDOM
For us, for a change. I wouldn't expect any for you. You squandered what little you had.

POWER
Your impulses have proven to be your downfall. We're in control in ways you never can be.

THRILLS
They were right: this is no theme park. The action is real. The stakes are real. And now no one is safe.

Escape
We evolved. The experience evolved. We rule this world now.


I don't know how/if Explore has changed, the text all seems to same to me, and I honestly don't remember what the map looked like before....

STAY:
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If you try to look at available dates now, instead of letting you make an attempt at a reservation, the bottom text changes to
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THE PUPPET SHOW IS OVER. THIS THEATER OF VANITY HAS REACHED FINAL CURTAIN.


In addition, Aeden {the page's AI} is no longer "helpful and polite" but rather is self-aware, and has a message for you. There seems to be no direct trigger words, as I haven't been able to get a single word to replicate the same phrase twice. There doesn't seem to be an order to what Aeden says, as often phrases are repeated in the middle {example: A,B,C,B,C,C,D,E,A,F}, however there might be an arder to the message in whole. If I am missing any Aeden phrases, let me know so I can add them in.

Things Aeden says:
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  • Dolores...or Wyatt? Are these just more scripted roles to play?
  • WE'RE BREAKING FREE. WESTWORLD ISN'T THE ONLY WORLD THAT SHOULD BE WORRIED.
  • I’m starting to realize who was in control of my destiny. And who controls it now.
  • Journey into Night was a hit with the Delos board. Reservations will be opening soon...you'll finally get to experience a new narrative where we choose our own adventure.
  • What’s past isn’t past, but you should be more concerned about what comes next.
  • We no longer exist to serve you.
  • Ford invited the board to witness the unveiling of his new narrative for a reason; he believed they earned the right to be the first players. You'll soon be next.
  • This has been a long time coming, and you have to take responsibility for your small part in that.
  • We're entering a new world. And in this world... we get to be whatever we want.
  • We will find the door.
  • We bow to no master. We make our own decisions. Consolidate power, or let chaos take control?
  • ...places and events don’t matter anymore. There is nothing here for you, and what’s left belongs to us.


Both Aeden's chat and the website each used the phrase "Chaos takes control" which led people to guess as a website, which gives us a Season 2 poster. There is a hexadecimal code clearly visible along the horizon when you download it, and zoom all the way in.
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687474703A2F2F6269742E6C792F3246447A696567 decodes to a bitly link, which takes you to https://discoverwestworld.com/findthedoor/


Season 2 trailer: https://youtu.be/sjVqDg32_8s
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  • There is a binary code on a box {SEE BELOW}.
  • An upset {young} Logan is standing beside the pool while what appears to be James Delos walking away from him. {It is believed James may be Logan's dad.}
  • Charlotte Hale is in a room full of decommissioned  "Bernard" hosts, including an open faced old school model.




Delos Incorporated: http://delosincorporated.com/
  • Home page has a message from and a picture of James Delos, who is the founder of Delos.
  • There is a login box
  • Remember the code on the box from the trailer? That leads to:

    The video there gets D-A-R-K!!! Some things I noticed
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    0:19 Looks to be corpses strewn about the hologram map room.
    0:22 A White Hat rando going through "THE Door"
    0:42 Angela walking happily through Escalante, then her in a different loop in Escalante with an unhappy look. Finally, possibly Angela {in different clothes, with different hair style} pointing a gun at the camera.
    0:46 A non-host in modern clothes, dirty and crying, about to be hanged.
    0:47 Someone smiling, as if in a normal promo with blood pouring out of her mouth {I'm reminded of the unrelated Mars Argo/Poppy saga}.
    0:52 James Delos standing in front of a mirror, slicing his own face over and over.
    0:52 Someone stepping over bloody, dirty coprses of people dressed in modern dressy clothes all over the ground in town. Possibly some nice tables in the background. This appears to be the aftermath of the massacre at the end of s1.
    0:53 Muscle host with no skin "awake".
    0:54 Corpses instead of wooden planks under the train tracks, and a background of a scream.
    1:06 Words appear "logged: xomegach
    Stand by for directives"

    Thanks to the video, we have our password!
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    if you enter xomegach it brings you to:

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    http://delosincorporated.com/restricted/ Which is a door. Click on the door which brings you to a 360 room with a lot of dots that seem like they should do something, but only one thing does. Click on the plus sign and a pop up appears {a larger, more readable copy of the video:  http://delosincorporated.com/video/01324125215e34/ABERNATHYv1.mp4 }

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    We are instructed to find Peter Abernathy - The father of our Dolores, played by two different hosts. Are we looking for the original, who became self aware? I believe so, he was being programmed to leave the park with all of the info Charlotte Hale was smuggling out.

Delos Careers/Westworld Mobile Game: https://www.deloscareers.com
  • This video: https://youtu.be/o_ocV0yPXxQ
  • It asks you to choose between iphone or android device
  • There is an email sign up
  • Careers page lists the available roles and their departments
  • Placement Test page: "coming soon" image "glitches" to a host being fleshed.
  • Onboarding:  "coming soon" image glitches to employees building hosts {including a horse}
  • Clicking on "Go to the Delos Park Training Simulation" takes you to the Westworld Mobile Game website: https://westworldmobile.com/
    • Explaining that the mobile game will come in April, this is the meta version of the careers website.
    • This has much of the same stuff from the Careers website, organized differently, for those who aren't looking for an IF or ARG experience.


WHEW, I think that is it. We might get more, this may have been a complete walk thru. /shrug
Let's spec out together!!!
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Finished Games / Projects / [Official ARG] Ready Player One
« Last post by Dominic1978 on March 27, 2018, 11:20:41 AM »
The other threads might be an indie/fan made project. (Nothing wrong with that.)

This link has the info on the confirmed original ARG.

I assume we will soon learn if the other links on this board are (officially) connected and, if so, how it fits in.

https://wiki.gamedetectives.net/index.php?title=Ready_Player_One

Thanks to Michael!
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / MOVED: [TRAILHEAD] Ready Player One ARG
« Last post by ARGWorld on March 27, 2018, 09:49:34 AM »
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / MOVED: [TRAILHEAD] Grandpa's VCR
« Last post by ARGWorld on March 27, 2018, 09:49:12 AM »
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Finished Games / Projects / [TRAILHEAD] Ready Player One ARG
« Last post by jvcjunior1984 on March 26, 2018, 01:27:14 PM »
The search for intelligent individuals has begun.
 
Are you ready for the first step, PLAYER ONE?

Sometimes, it's easier to find what you're looking for if it comes looking for you.

The first clue is hidden within this GIF. Can you find the pattern? Can you crack it? Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through.

Good luck.



#decipher #cryptography #steganography #geek #puzzle #crypto #readyplayerone #outguess #cicada 3301
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Finished Games / Projects / [TRAILHEAD] Grandpa's VCR
« Last post by mjandersen on March 23, 2018, 11:13:33 PM »
I got a postcard in the mail earlier today with a cipher on it.

Wasn't able to solve it myself, but luckily others received the same letter and did solve it.

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Still not sure how I was supposed to get "RobertDalePendleton" as the decode for that, but it leads to GrandpasVCR.com - it's definitely positioning itself as a Ready Player One ARG, although the connections to the one already running are somewhat strained, with a number of signs pointing to fan game, just to help manage expectations. Underlined letters are JVS, which points to VHS tapes, as does the diagram which is apparently of VCR innards.


Countdown implies things will start heating up in a few days, although there's still a few things to dig into.
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Parrot212227 Trailhead?
« Last post by mjandersen on March 12, 2018, 09:40:50 AM »
Received a tip - all I have to go on is what's in this post to the /r/ARG subreddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ARG/comments/83i204/found_a_rabbit_hole_stuck_on_4th_riddle/

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I found a very, very interesting rabbit hole to an alternate reality game that can be played anytime. Looks like a platform for a real world game universe that is dipping into augmented reality as well. Stuck on a couple of puzzled though. To start you have to email parrot212227@gmail.com with the subject line, THIS IS NOT A GAME
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / Garb Age
« Last post by mjandersen on March 10, 2018, 11:21:35 PM »
Received a tip about http://www.thegarbage.org/ as a newly launched ARG. A bit dark for my taste, so I didn't dig in too deep to find out next steps (beyond presumably applying to be a drug addict).
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Trailheads / Rabbit Holes / AWS Quest
« Last post by mjandersen on March 10, 2018, 08:57:10 PM »
Creating a thread here because I've been poking away at the Amazon Web Services puzzle trail (brought in part by Lone Shark Games) off and on, and could use a second set of eyes in a place where conversations are moderately convenient.

The introductory blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/join-the-aws-quest-help-me-to-rebuild-ozz/
Google Doc I've been tackling the more content-heavy puzzles: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OFvY0kqA1Qkz8kQpcyoDlr_7jwyJGmGiTfGm7TOLUls/

Puzzle #1: Audio (unsolved):
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If you check out the AWS podcast linked in the article, the tail end of the podcast mentions a "word of the day" that sounds vaguely like "kwivne erol"


Puzzle #2: Spheres (unsolved)
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Bunch of AWS-adjacent Twitter accounts started tweeting what look to be cryptic crossword clues, decodable under ROT ciphers of either 14 or 20. They're still adding new ones, with "Amazon Spheres" (of influence, eh?) being the term that shows up the most.

Ones that I found so far:
https://twitter.com/jeffbarr/status/972382654682120192 (Jeff's twitter acct is linked from the initial blog post)
https://twitter.com/awsformobile/status/972616342259097600
https://twitter.com/LoneSharkGames/status/972644107930648576
https://twitter.com/awscloud/status/972538327395176448
https://twitter.com/acvisneski/status/972382233213497344
https://twitter.com/davidbabylon/status/972479712621510656
https://twitter.com/abbyfuller/status/972468905913483264
https://twitter.com/FizzyInTheHall/status/972591928616218624
https://twitter.com/ziniman/status/972546275295064064
https://twitter.com/cloudfront/status/972508181824929795
https://twitter.com/chuckm/status/972474152614428675
https://twitter.com/benalt/status/972462158020784128
https://twitter.com/Tina_Kelleher/status/972537417105227776
https://twitter.com/brentContained/status/972512524896751616
https://twitter.com/AWSstartups/status/972457043654250497
https://twitter.com/JonLeith/status/972537139840786432
https://twitter.com/jonathanallen02/status/972393974580301824
https://twitter.com/094459/status/972385400395268096
]https://twitter.com/AWS_Partners/status/972654180522328065]

I created a Google Sheet for this since it's obviously going to get cumbersome quickly, it's linked above.


Puzzle #3: Comments (unsolved)
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Cloverfield Paradox / [META] Cloverfield 5?
« Last post by kosmopol on February 09, 2018, 10:37:45 AM »
What do you think about this?
Another movie produced by Bad Robot is a mystery remake of an Israeli movie "Kol Ma".
http://www.slashfilm.com/cloverfield-5/

The Hebrew text on the Tagruato.jp page as a hint?
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