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tmargo
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Re: Niantic Project
new ARG

OK, i updated the title of this thread to be more definitive. I wasn't sure if that was PC or if we're supposed to start a new high level CF forum for live games.

the game seems to have just started on the 1st of this month. There were a couple of trailheads posted online earlier as well as a live event at Comic-Con in July 2012, but those appear to have been just laying a thin foundation. The action is quickly unfolding now. So far there has been something new posted to either the Project Niantic site or other social media platforms every day for the last 3 days. glad i was able to help bring it to this forum Smile

catherwood wrote:
tmargo wrote:
OK, this is definitely an ARG. check this out:
http://www.nianticproject.com/


tmargo (or an admin) should change the thread title to Niantic Project (and remove the ? as a known trailhead)

Zoom in on Tycho poster 1 of 5 and you'll see cipher text.
Code:
+1 Tibqfst, mjlf boz puifs qbsbtjuf bmxbzt tffl ofx
iptut jo psefs up fyqboe uifjs ljohepn. Uifsf't pof
mbx zpv dbo iboh zpvs ibu po, fwfszxifsf. Fwfsz
gpsn pg mjgf xbout up uisjwf.

It is wicked easy solve:
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Shapers, like any other parasite always seek new
hosts in order to expand their kingdom. There's one
law you can hang your hat on, everywhere. Every
form of life wants to thrive.


p.s. How old is this campaign? I just poked around the wiki (linked above) and it seems a lot of stuff has already been found and solved by others. The "Word of the Day" only started up on November 1st, but the tumblr for Tycho talks about going to Comic-Con and was last updated three months ago. How did we miss being on the leading edge of this one?
(says the girl without a smart phone or a Google account)


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JumboTron
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Tycho poster 5 of 5 cipher text:
Code:
jajwd tujwfynts wjfhmjx f wnxp-fxxjxxrjsy xyflj. fy ymnx utnsy, rd ijyjwrnsfynts nx ymfy Snfsynh nx hfzxnsl rtwj ywtzgqj ymfs ny nx btwym


Caeser shift 5 decodes to:
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every operation reaches a risk-assessment stage. at this point, my determination is that Niantic is causing more trouble than it is worth


PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:14 am
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spoonhead99
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Re: Niantic Project
new ARG

catherwood wrote:


Zoom in on Tycho poster 1 of 5 and you'll see cipher text.
Code:
+1 Tibqfst, mjlf boz puifs qbsbtjuf bmxbzt tffl ofx
iptut jo psefs up fyqboe uifjs ljohepn. Uifsf't pof
mbx zpv dbo iboh zpvs ibu po, fwfszxifsf. Fwfsz
gpsn pg mjgf xbout up uisjwf.

It is wicked easy solve:
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Shapers, like any other parasite always seek new
hosts in order to expand their kingdom. There's one
law you can hang your hat on, everywhere. Every
form of life wants to thrive.



From Tycho's blog we have
2 of 5
Quote:
+2 Vjku ngf vq c fkuv vwtdkpi rgtkqf. Ycu K c rncikctkuv?
Dwv kh uq htqo yjqo? Yjgtg fkf oa kfgcu eqog htqo?
Yjgtg fkf cpadqfa'u kfgcu eqog htqo?
pkcpvkertqlgev.eqo


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This led to a dist turbing period. Was I a plagiarist?
But if so from whom? Where did my ideas come from?
Where did anybody's ideas come from?
nianticproject.com


3 of 5
Quote:
+3 L dp qrw txdolilhg wr whvwlib derxw Vkdshu Wkhrub,
exw L nqrz vrph sodfhv duh vshfldo.
Juhdw Flwlhv duh qhduob irxqghg rq soffhv wkdw duh
vwurqj zlwk d fhuwdlq wbsh ri AP.
qldqwlfsurmhfw.frp


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I am not qualified to testify about Shaper Theory,
but I know some places are special.
Great Cities are nearly founded on places
that are strong with a certain type of XM.
nianticproject.com



4 of 5
Quote:
+4 Alex mj xlic evi epviehc eqsrk yw,
fyx ai hsr'x viepmdi mx, figeywi ai hsr'x xlmro sj xliq
ew pmji jsvqw ex epp? Erh xli oic asvh livi mw "xlmro".
E xlsyklx zmvyw.
rmerxmgtvsnigx.gsq


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What if they are already among us,
but we don't realize it, because we don't think of
them as life forms at all? And the key word here is "think".
A thought virus. nianticproject.com


As Jumbotron mentioned
5 of 5
Quote:
+5 jajwd tujwfynts wjfhmjx f wnxp-fxxjxxrjsy xyflj.
fy ymnx utnsy, rd ijyjwrnsfynts nx ymfy Snfsynh nx hfzxnsl
rtwj ywtzgqj ymfs ny nx btwym


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every operation reaches a risk-assessment stage.
at this point, my determination is that Niantic is causing
more trouble than it is worth


Interestingly Tycho could be referencing Tycho Brahe, astronomer.
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tmargo
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Niantic Project
new locations discovered

Hi all,

We've found the source data driving the XM Survey plots. These have many locations, but a few interesting POIs pop out to me. Buildings 39 & 41 at CERN in Geneva which appear to be hotels for CERN visitors. Also, there is one point outside the Geneva cluster with the highest magnitude. My guess is that is where ADA is located where Loeb is headed.

btw, all findings are being stored on the wiki here:
http://googlearg.schlarp.com/start

Cheers,
-todd

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PinkCloud
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Hello from Switzerland

hi there! Just stumbled over this today and have to wait till tomorrow to catch up. But I just wanted to say: looks great, and if I can be of help location-wise, I live in Zurich, three hours away from Geneva. Am verrry curious about how Switzerland is incorporated in this ARG, since there is not exactly much happening here ARGwise!
Smile
cheers
PinkCloud

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yodergames
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Hard to see code.

I also just found this ARG today and was looking around. When I was looking at the "Threats and Opportunities" paper and see at the bottom of the page a blacked out area has a very hard to see #MVVgckTP1UQgUKUBBSWFhEV does anyone know about that?

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GuestUser17
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Nov.6 Word of the Day

http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=00wod06
If you scroll down to the bottom of the page in dark letters you will find:

Rme syufram ni gs qdw rm amzsmnikw szsk mssese ni hs xdalsfse amni lnims bik rff nags. Mi, A ndamv an al amluakrnaim ndrn qrl xrunokse hw ndsls rmxasmn gamel. Qdafs A xrmmin ukizs an, ik szsm ukslsmn r qikvamc dwuindslal, goxd fsll r nsln, A lolusxn ndrn qkanamc anlsfb gacdn drzs hssm r nkrmleagsmlaimrf cabn...

Xsknramfw an xrmmin hs esmase ndrn nds aesr ib ukslskzamc ndiocdn bik uilnskanw drl hssm dsfubof ni iok Ldrusk bkasmel.

Synkrxn bkig Xrkkas Xrguhsff Marmnax Ukipsxn Fic

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Using a substitution cipher I decoded to:
AND EXPLAIN TO ME WHY AN INVENTORY EVER NEEDED TO BE CHISELED INTO STONE FOR ALL TIME. NO, I THINK IT IS INSPIRATION THAT WAS CAPTURED BY THESE ANCIENT MINDS. WHILE I CANNOT PROVE IT, OR EVEN PRESENT A WORKING HYPOTHESIS, MUCH LESS A TEST, I SUSPECT THAT WRITING ITSELF MIGHT HAVE BEEN A TRANSDIMENSIONAL GIFT...

CERTAINLY IT CANNOT BE DENIED THAT THE IDEA OF PRESERVING THOUGHT FOR POSTERITY HAS BEEN HELPFUL TO OUR SHAPER FRIENDS.

EXTRACT FROM CARRIE CAMPBELL NIANTIC PROJECT LOG


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tmargo
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yup, someone figured out the meaning of that hidden text in the redacted file. it is
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reversed base64 for “THEY ARE AMONG US”


We're still struggling with breaking the 04_ada.jpg circle code:


I know there are some great codebreakers here, so please help! Here's the current thoughts so far.

Cheers,
-todd

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teh_lisa
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I swear that in some link from the past couple of days, there was a forum (or maybe I found it when I was googling?) that had solved the circle code. I will have to try and find it again.
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I never did see, where did the circle image come from in the first place?

I'd done some looking at it unwrapped by using Polar->Rectangular filter in Photoshop but nothing jumped out at me yet.

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teh_lisa
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Ok, so it was in the wiki I saw a solve, but it is only partial. My bad.

ETA: I don't know if this is new, but if you scroll all the way down on the word of the day, there is this:

Rme syufram ni gs qdw rm amzsmnikw szsk mssese ni hs xdalsfse amni lnims bik rff nags. Mi, A ndamv an al amluakrnaim ndrn qrl xrunokse hw ndsls rmxasmn gamel. Qdafs A xrmmin ukizs an, ik szsm ukslsmn r qikvamc dwuindslal, goxd fsll r nsln, A lolusxn ndrn qkanamc anlsfb gacdn drzs hssm r nkrmleagsmlaimrf cabn...

Xsknramfw an xrmmin hs esmase ndrn nds aesr ib ukslskzamc ndiocdn bik uilnskanw drl hssm dsfubof ni iok Ldrusk bkasmel.

Synkrxn bkig Xrkkas Xrguhsff Marmnax Ukipsxn Fic
Ok that was solved. How about the one at the bottom of the Thought of the Day? I can't get it to rot out so it must be something else.

Quote:
Nds Srkfw Scwunarml olse r lwlnsg ib uaxnikarf daskicfwudaxl rl r qkannsm frmcorcs. Nkreanaimrf ndamvamc hsfaszsl frmcorcs qrl hrlaxrffw poln rm amzsmnikw lwlnsg ik r ksxaus lwlnsg.

Hon A lss ligsndamc eabbsksmn. Bik amlnrmxs, ims ib nds bakln nrhfsnl ksrel 'Giomnraml ib Facdn' rme A xrmmin kslaln xigurkamc ndrn ni iok gieskm ximxsun ib 'Nds Smfacdnsmse.'

Grwhs an al r xiamxaesmxs, hon dimslnfw, A rg min amxfamse ni hsfaszs am nds syalnsmxs ib nkos xiamxaesmxs. Xiamxaesmxs al favs r lnsq, qs vmiq nds bfrzik, qs poln ei min vmiq nds amckseasmnl

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Substitution

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The Early Egyptians used a system of pictorial hieroglyphics as a written language. Traditional thinking believes language was basically just an inventory system or a recipe system. But I see something different. For instance, one of the first tablets reads 'Mountains of Light' and I cannot resist comparing that to our modern concept of 'The Enlightened.' Maybe it is a coincidence, but honestly, I am not inclined to believe in the existence of true coincidence. Coincidence is like a stew, we know the flavor, we just do not know the ingredients


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teh_lisa
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booba wrote:
Substitution

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The Early Egyptians used a system of pictorial hieroglyphics as a written language. Traditional thinking believes language was basically just an inventory system or a recipe system. But I see something different. For instance, one of the first tablets reads 'Mountains of Light' and I cannot resist comparing that to our modern concept of 'The Enlightened.' Maybe it is a coincidence, but honestly, I am not inclined to believe in the existence of true coincidence. Coincidence is like a stew, we know the flavor, we just do not know the ingredients


Thanks! Haven't really participated in an ARG since SilverLadder, so my decrypting skills are lazy atm. Do we have a good substitution solver linked on unfiction under tools or something? Like where I find the rot-it solver?
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MrToasty wrote:
I never did see, where did the circle image come from in the first place?

I'd done some looking at it unwrapped by using Polar->Rectangular filter in Photoshop but nothing jumped out at me yet.

I'm curious as well. I thought I saw it in one of the official sites before, but can't find it now. The only place I did find it is here: http://googlearg.schlarp.com/investigation:images with solve.

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On the Niantic front page slide the date scroller up to the 4th November or higher and click the red ribbon connecting two of the pictures. I think that is where the circle image came from.
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