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[UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:53:59 PM »
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January 30, 2018:


TRAILS:

  • tagruato.jp (discussion): The main site of the ARG and the homepage of Tagruato. It appears to have been hacked or otherwise corrupted. The first press release showing in the background of the site was dated January 18, 2018; the second press release was dated January 22, 2022. Considering the future dates of the press releases seen so far, and the presence of the "ARCHIVE" menu link on the site, it seems likely that the tagruato.jp we are seeing in the present is somehow actually from the future.

    There has also been a loading bar on every update to the site with an error message box. It appears that every update has advanced the progress that the loading bar makes before resetting; once there are enough updates to fill up the loading bar, the true site may become accessible, though it is not clear when this might be.

  • 04182028.com (discussion): The site discovered using the target date of Tagruato's energy initiative. The site shows distorted excerpts of videos of an interview with Professor Mark Stambler in which he warns about Tagruato and the Cloverfield Energy Initiative. In two of the interview excerpts, the book he authored is mentioned but the name of it is not clearly discernable. It's possible that this book will play a key role in this ARG. It's unclear what time perios these videos are from -- whether they are present-day or in the future like tagruato.jp.

  • Slusho! package (discussion): The package from Slusho! contained the Slusho! bobblehead, the Tagruato pamphlet, a Japanese-language newspaper, and a certificate of authenticity. The newspaper appears to be cosmetic only, as it is a real circulating newspaper without any apparent markings. It is unclear what the "Caution: No sudden movement." message on the certificate is meant to imply, and whether the bobblehead has any secrets. The return address of the package does not exist, but there is an intersection between two roads in Tonopah, Arizona that are similar to that address. As of January 28th, multiple users searched the area around that intersection and did not find anything related to the ARG.

  • @TheMarkStambler: The Twitter account of Professor Mark Stambler. On January 24, this account tweeted that it was receiving harassing email related to a "hoax" and that he had contacted university police. Three days later, 04182028.com updated and referred to Mark Stambler for the first time as "Professor". Three days after that, 04182028.com updated once again and used the words "social media hoax" for the first time. On January 30, Mark Stambler tweeted about the lamp and that he had contacted NYPD. Minutes later, the Slusho! truck tweeted (for the first time in over half a year) that it would begin an east coast tour, seemingly confirming the New York location.

    Mark Stambler's second tweet acknowledged that the videos looked like him, but that they were obviously faked. This implies that the videos are indeed from the future, and that Mark Stambler believes them to be fake because he has not yet done those interviews.

  • @SLUSHOTRUCK: The Twitter account of the Slusho! truck. This truck was active last year; solvers of its puzzle received the Slusho! package referenced earlier on January 27. It tweeted for the first time this year on January 30 that it would begin an east coast tour.



UPDATES:

JANUARY 18, 2018

  • On the 10th anniversary of the release of Cloverfield, u/cookiimr discovers that tagruato.jp has been updated, with an error message. Behind the error message is text which is roughly transcribed as:

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    TOKYO Ė January 18, 2018

    Tagruato has begun development on a revolutionary new energy technology. In what CEO Ganu Yoshida called a technological great leap forward for our planet. This renewable technology will take at least 4 year to complete with along with another six years. International regulatory bodies to bring the powerful revolutionary energy source by April 18 2028.

    The error message itself:
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    06110-.,&0tm_auth=6lOH7iMgYrWnr6ciiW69zg&gt6_pre2028%-66*nt--d0--18.=--..,.,n-006102687396

JANUARY 19, 2018

  • u/jnutttzzz then made this post stating his discovery of http://04182028.com/, which he found via the date in the message (similar to the original 1-18-08.com URL).  This is proven to be in-game by /u/blueonred in this post.

    On the site is an 11 second video which consists 300+ frames with grids, distorted images and even a man. u/annarborjack slowed down the video, where you can clearly see a person's face in a couple of frames. Partial transcription:

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    That is why im trying to warn you about the dangers of what Tagruato is trying to do 

  • Meanwhile tagruato.jp updates, with the error message changing slightly and the background becoming blurrier. Additionally, a new "ARCHIVE" menu link appears on the top right of the page that was not there in the previous ARGs. The error message (view the changes at the original post):
     
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    06110-.,&0tm_auth=iiWcii7iMgYrWnr6ciiW69zg&gt6_pre2028%-66*nt--d0--18.=--..,.,n-00610268739661


JANUARY 23, 2018


JANUARY 24, 2018

  • 04182028.com updates again with a new video. There are slightly different frames of the same person as in the original video, but the audio appears to an excerpt from the beginning of an interview.

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    Welcome to the show... Cloverfield Station... joining us today... controversy... Mark Stambler, author of the book...

  • tagruato.jp updates and reverts back to the glitchy appearance from before with a different error message in the foreground and a distorted press release in the background. The "ARCHIVE" menu link on the top right becomes clearer/highlighted. The error message says:

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    Expected(col;load;running?-HUI239BT?live%--D*nt--d0--17.=--..,.,n-00102087393)

    The press release is partially transcribed as:

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    OSLO - Jan 22, 2022 ... exciting new agreement between the Tagruato Corporation ... Norway, Tagruato ... renewable energy, Cloverfield Energy ... Oslo One and Norway Renewable - remains ...eak ... for its Energy Revolution, activated April 18, 2028

    NEW ORDERS ADDED AT RECORD PACE

    Tagruato Corporation announcement ... Sao Paulo Hydroelectric


JANUARY 27, 2018

  • tagruato.jp updates once again with a new image showing a burned pamphlet about Tagruato's Cloverfield Energy Initiative. Handwritten on top of the pamphlet is a message seemingly written by a member of T.I.D.O. Wave:

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    Someone needs to stop this from happening!!! This is nothing but a cover for a reckless experiment that will reset the world's grid. Stop this to save the world. T.I.D.O. Wave

  • Meanwhile, people who solved the Slusho! truck puzzle at Comic-Con in 2017 begin to receive packages containing a Slusho! bobblehead, a certificate of authenticity, a Japanese-language newspaper, and the same Tagruato energy pamphlet as seen on tagruato.jp. Initial photographs of the contents were posted by u/man_with_pie / u/narciee. High resolution scans of pamphlet and certificate were later posted as well during an AMA about the package.

    The Slusho! certificate of authenticity curiously says "Caution: No sudden movement". The pamphlet contents:

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    WE REMAKE THE WORLD - JANUARY 2018 UPDATES

    THE CLOVERFIELD ENERGY INITIATIVE

    Brought to you by the Future Energy Development Committee

    Shared Energy For a Shared World

    The Tagruato Corporation is excited to announce The Cloverfield Energy Initiative (CEI), a revolutionary new partnership that brings together top scientists, leading energy providers, and world governments as part of one coalition, dedicated to reshaping the way we power the world.

    Through better connection, grid integration, and clean energy solutions, the Cloverfield Energy Initiative will embark on a decade-long venture designed to revolutionize our infrastructure, ushering in a new era of unprecedented energy efficiency.

    This exciting new exchange whill go live on April 18, 2028, a date lead scientist, Rafu Funaki, is calling "Initiation Day."

    There are also excerpts about Yoshida Medical Research and Bold Futura:

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    YOSHIDA MEDICAL

    As a part of several exciting new bio-prospecting endeavors, Yoshida Medical has recently finished development on its latest fleet of dive vehicles, allowing for further exploration and sample recovery at unprecedented depths.

    The new dive fleet will also help Yoshida Medical in mapping future Seabed Nector sites, as well as continuing its research in the Quantum Biology space.

    BOLD FUTURA

    Bold Futura is pleased to announce that 2017 was a year of record-setting profits, thanks to our work in the developing field of Exo-meteorology. In conjunction with a leading American aerospace and space transport company, Bold Futura has positioned itself on the cutting edge of weather-related technology in this exciting new area of space exploration.

    In other space news, Bold Futura is continuing its revolutionary work in the field of centrifugal force-based artificial gravity.

    The return address on the package indicates an address in Tonopah, Arizona that does not exist. Tonopah is the site of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and was also one of the stops of the Slusho! truck. Though the return address does not exist, there is an intersection in Tonopah that is similar to the non-existent address that was thought to have contained a dead drop, but as of January 28, nothing has been found there.

  • 04182028.com also updates with a new video with clearer audio and consistent images of the person seen in the previous two videos. A partial transcript:

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    Interviewer: Your thoughts, Professor Mark Stambler?

    MS: ...because of Tagruato ... Everything that's happened, I was right. CEI was a lie, just like I predicted in my book, the Clover-


JANUARY 30, 2018
  • 04182028.com updates with a new video, which appears to be a recording of someone talking about a social media hoax and potentially providing a clue to a physical location. Partial transcript:

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    ... this is a social media hoax ... social medium, my email ... why does this have to happen again ... third floor, by the lamp.

  • The Twitter account @TheMarkStambler updates with a new tweet that appears to confirm that it is in-game. The account previously tweeted about a "hoax" and notifying university police, as well as that the "videos" look like him but are not real. The original tweet mentioned university before the January 27 video update to 04182028.com in which Mark Stambler was referred to as a Professor for the first time.

    The latest tweet references the lamp mentioned in the 04182028.com video and gives a clue to the location:

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    I donít know who you are, or what you want, but the only way you could know about the lamp is if youíre watching me. Iíve notified NYPD. Last warning, leave me alone.

     onsidering the timing of the tweet, mentions of "university" and "hoax" before the relevant video updates, and the subsequent Slusho! truck update mentioned below, it is thought that this Twitter account is in-game. Mark Stambler is likely a physics professor at a New York area university.

  • Minutes after Mark Stambler's tweet, the Twitter account @SLUSHOTRUCK that ran the Slusho! truck promotion last year tweets that it will begin an east coast tour, providing further evidence that the New York location hinted at by @TheMarkStambler is correct and that the Twitter account is in-game.

  • tagruato.jp updates with a new [https://i.imgur.com/MCuzzH9.jpg]error message in the foreground[/url] and a new document in the background.

    The error message is a line of code indicating a loop that runs ten times, but doesn't seem to have any meaning:

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    Expected(col:cookie:running?=for (int idx = 1; idx <= 10; ++idx){long range = (long)aEnd - (long)aStart + 1;)

    The document has Hebrew characters and a picture of a road, as well as more handwritten comments by T.I.D.O. Wave again. Partial transcript of the handwritten comments:

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    Tagruato's real reason to steal the rest of the world's energy. They've spent twenty years [...] to open it. Not worth the cost to the world. T.I.D.O. Wave

    The year 2007 and the number 30 appears on the document as well; this may indicate that the underlying Hebrew document is from 2007, which fits in with the "twenty years" timeline presented by the handwritten comments if the message is from the future.

    Users on /r/translator attempted to translate the Hebrew in the document; they say that the document appears to be about a temporary road closure of Highway 90 near Qumran/the Dead Sea on January 30, 2007, and the reactions of residents affected by the closure.



MISCELLANEOUS:

  • The movie still does not have an official title or trailer. Given current rumors, it is not even clear whether the current release date (April 20) or distributor (Paramount) are accurate.

Thanks so much to all the users who found and followed leads, transcribed videos, and otherwise contributed to this post. Thanks to u/Rickyhaverland for summaries of the original few updates to this ARG.

Note: this post references some Reddit posts (found in the /r/cloververse subreddit) or Reddit users (denoted by u/username).
« Last Edit: January 30, 2018, 08:29:42 PM by kg »

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Re: [UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 03:12:58 PM »
Thank you so much! Awesome work here!

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Re: [UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
I agree. This is incredible and a great help to those who want to start playing.
Thanks so much, KG!

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Re: [UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 08:35:09 PM »
Excellent! Thank you!!

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Re: [UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2018, 11:28:53 PM »
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Re: [UPDATES] Main Story, Updates, and Trails
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 10:56:02 PM »
Thanks! 8)