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lysander
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[Trailhead] Byrdr
Vlambeer(?) ARG; possible marketing tie-in for the game Ridiculous Fishing

This is my first "trailhead" thread, so forgive me if it's a bit cluttered.

http://byrdr.com/ is being advertised as a social media service that will "revolutionize the way you stay in touch with what matters most to you. Share your cool breakfast, your radical fishing trip or your hip party pictures with Byrdr."

Radical Fishing was the first game of the studio that appears to be behind (or at least tied to) the ARG, an indie company called Vlambeer. The domain is registered to Greg Wohlwend, who worked on Ridiculous Fishing.

Subscribers of the mailing list have thus far received these three emails:

This email:
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4965550f9a7d4277f6423cc8e&id=d6bef7b313&e=d89d4e0994

This email (sent directly, not through the glossy Mailchimp format):
Quote:
Suzanne,

I spoke with my lawyer this morning, he found a discrepancy in our tax filing. Specifically that the available balance in the Byrdr checking account is exactly zero dollars. I went in to see my accountant to get this problem squared away, and it turned out she had never even heard of me. have you had this problem before?

Either way we need to get this resolved soon. you may have seen I sent an email blast out to the Byrdr mailing list earlier today, and I don't think it's an understatement to say I made some extremely bold claims about what Byrdr will do for each and every individual who uses it. I mean I really built it up, I'll just say that there was hyperbole involved. This thing needs to deliver on every conceivable level to meet the expectations I've been setting.

Byrdr has an appearance to maintain and if there's any problems on the backend I need to know now so that we can resolve it before someone gets wind. this launch needs to be picture perfect.

I'm sending you a link to the PDF that my lawyer indicated might incriminate us, would you please burn it?
http://byrdr.com/files/attachment.pdf

also please note that the company personal accounts phone number has been changed to 347-408-1151, have that updated in my contact book

Eagler

This e-mail was sent by Byrdrs 'Send To All Contacts'-function from eaglerSPLATbyrdr.com. If you do not wish to be a contact of eaglerSPLATbyrdr.com, click here.


And this follow-up email:
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4965550f9a7d4277f6423cc8e&id=24e4d4c4f4&e=d89d4e0994

Calling the number in the second email leads to a voicemail that prompts for a four-digit employee access code. For a detailed account of which numbers do interesting things (and which ones don't), see this list:
https://gist.github.com/rje/5139444

James Eagler also has a twitter account:
https://twitter.com/JamesEagler

I think that's it so far! Would be fun to have some more people playing, the writing in this game is a riot (at least call the phone number, you won't regret it).

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Phazon Hunter
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Quick googling tells me the phone number is New York registered? Does anyone in that area have the ability to make an audio file out of it, seeing with European providers calling to the States is going to cost me a lot.

The list of codes on github is a file-not-found one btw.

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Adm_BlackCat
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So what is Byrdr?
Quote:
Billy, the protagonist, is crazy. He has a wooden phone on which he receives messages via Byrdr, a social network that exists in the game (Ridiculous Fishing).

Source ~ Control Mag.
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JohnGuller
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Started this thread on reddit yesterday but think this might be a better place for it. http://www.reddit.com/r/IndieGaming/comments/1a481w/ridiculous_fishing_ios_arg_byrdrcom/

Pasting it below:
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Got this e-mail earlier:
http://i.imgur.com/eXoze6K.jpg

has this link in it:
http://byrdr.com/files/attachment.pdf

As well as this Phone Number: 347-408-1151

I've called the number and have gotten some funny responses:

Call it to get a machine, wait to input four digits (you do have to wait).

0000 = Thanks for trying the first in 10,000 numbers

1111 = Suzanne Ballarocco (?)
You can leave a message here, but it cuts you off fairly quickly.
I can't figure out the last name, the googles, they do nothing with that spelling.

1234 = You have reached THE MOON. *click*

There's also a bunch of related twitter accounts:

[@JamesEagler] (http://twitter.com/JamesEagler/)
and [all those he follows ](https://twitter.com/JamesEagler/following)

Anybody getting anywhere with this?

EDIT: There's also these pictures which might just look cool, but looks repeating and might contain some hint for a phone extension:


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BFCG6hXCIAAJVk5.jpg

https://twitter.com/Vlambeer/status/310896714225688577

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BE9XsdQCAAALAzo.jpg

https://twitter.com/Vlambeer/status/310563320585388032


EDIT 2:
New image added:

http://twitter.com/Vlambeer/status/311316545148186625/photo/1

This time re-tweeted by @JamesEagler, which lends credence to the images being a part of the game:

https://twitter.com/jameseagler/status/311331038737600512


EDIT 3:
Looks like Byrdr isn't JUST for the ARG, it's also integrated into the game:
http://www.controlmagazine.net/2013/02/06/1219/

EDIT 4:

In the original "Welcome to Brydr" email, it is signed by Eric Eagler and has this wacky signature (that conforms to the art style of Ridiculous Fishing) that looks like it reads "E.J. Eagler":

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/4965550f9a7d4277f6423cc8e/images/EricEaglerSignature.png

I tried converting ERIC to phone numbers (3742) and using that on the voicemail, backwards and forwards, but neither exist.


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mrshomersimpson
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recieved this email about 5 mins ago...



Quote:
Suzanne,

First, I need your assistance in removing the 'send to all contacts' button from my email client. Byrdr will not have another critical leak like that under my command.

Second, and more importantly, it seems that after that previous leak we've come under investigation from the federal Internal Investigations Department. my statement about Byrdr's credit status tipped the IID and they've come snooping around to make sure Byrdr's a real thing.

I hope I don't have to tell you how critical it is that we nip this one in the bud. in the scope of things, that pdf I sent with the last email is hardly critical, but if the IID digs any deeper they might find something REALLY bad. everything is riding on Byrdr's success. We'll only get once chance to make this work, and it starts with the perception that Byrdr is absolutely real.

Speaking of which, where is Byrdr? Today I went to my computer to check the website and the only file on my entire computer harddrive was this pdf with nothing but a giant letter W. is that Byrdr? I don't believe it is, but I'm sending it to you just in case. If it's not byrdr, would you please burn that, too?
http://byrdr.com/files/file.pdf

When you've resolved these issues, mark them as resolved on my personal management account. after our last security breach I’ve changed my account extension number just to be safe, it’s now the year of my birth. Actually that reminds me, where should I be leaving you phone messages? I can't tell which of your five accounts is the primary one.

Eagler

This e-mail was sent by Byrdrs 'Send To All Contacts'-function from eaglerSPLATbyrdr.com. If you do not wish to be a contact of eaglerSPLATbyrdr.com, click here.


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Distraction
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Got this one shortly after the first

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Byrdr will revolutionize the way you stay in touch with what matters most to you. Share your cool breakfast, your radical fishing trip or your hip party pictures with Byrdr.
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February 29, 2013 - BYRDR OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

ON THE NATURE OF BYRDR'S RELATIONSHIP WITH SECURITY BREACHES AS WELL AS THE NATURE OF REALITY

From the office of James Eagler, Byrdr CEO

After the second leak of important internal Byrdr documents earlier today, we at Byrdr have had to do some soul searching. After considerable discussion, Byrdr is proud to announce that rather than updating its security policies, it will instead be changing the nature of its relationship with security breaches.

From now on, Byrdr will regard security breaches as a healthy and important part of operating a business.

In the spirit of its commitment to openness and connection between all people, Byrdr will be facilitating regular security breaches that leak personal information both about Byrdr and its users. Data leaks are just one more great way in which information is shared with the entire planet, helping Byrdr more effectively realize its goal of an interconnected culture. Security breaches are the future, and the future is Byrdr!

Furthermore, we would like to respond to claims that Byrdr does not exist. We have received a number of inquiries about the questionable nature of Byrdr's existence, likely as a result of information leaked in previous security breaches. To these critics who contend the reality of our claims, Byrdr poses the question: “Okay, but what is reality?”

Byrdr is proud to officially take the position that reality is malleable, a mental construct inside of itself inside of itself. When considering whether or not Byrdr is real, Byrdr advises that you first ask whether you yourself are real, and work backward from there. Beyond this, Byrdr will not be elaborating further on the nature of reality.

I and everyone at Byrdr hope that this official press release has cleared the air of any and all concerns about the status of Byrdr. We look forward to the imminent launch of Byrdr (a real service), and continue to encourage you to use the #ByrdrWillSolveIt hashtag to discuss what major changes you expect in your life as a result of using Byrdr! We are continuing to work to make Byrdr the revolutionary service that has been promised.

Discovery. Failure. Re-discovery. Lunch. Byrdr.


James Eagler, CEO
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http://stfj.net/
http://vlambeer.com/
http://aeiowu.com/
http://strotch.net/

Found these on ridiculousfishing.com. May just be the PMs...but you never know ..

EDIT: I've also sent an email back to Eagler...with a WTF? What information will you be sharing?!
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netsua98
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Found this.



James Eagler
Byrdr

Neude 5
3512 AD Utrecht Utrecht
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Distraction
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Byrdr will revolutionize the way you stay in touch with what matters most to you. Share your cool breakfast, your radical fishing trip or your hip party pictures with Byrdr.
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Hello Byrdr users,

I’m writing a personal appeal to you. I come to you in confidence, knowing that I have your support for what we here at Byrdr are attempting to achieve.

Recently, Byrdr has come under investigation from the Internal Investigations Department. Since the last series of improbable security breaches (after which my secretary has still not removed the ‘Send To All Contacts’ button), the IID has begun investigating Byrdr business practices. This action represents a threat not only to Byrdr, but to the promise of an interconnected world.

I am asking you for your help. We need to convince the IID that not only does Byrdr exist, but that it is functional and vital for the livelihood of all of its users. Please write to the IID at internalinvestigationsdepartmentSPLATyahoo.com and tell them about your incredibly positive experiences using Byrdr.

Even if you have not personally used Byrdr yet, do not let this stop you from speaking highly of it! Can you imagine some of the possible ways in which Byrdr might change your life for the better? Such as helping you finance the construction of your dream condo in the Bahamas, or performing life-saving open heart surgery on your cat? If you tell the IID in all sincerity that Byrdr has helped you achieve these things, all of us will benefit!

It is of the utmost importance that you not share any of this information with the IID, they need to genuinely believe in the positive impact of Byrdr. I have even gone so far as to remove their email from my address book so that they are not included in inevitable future security breaches. I realize that I previously advocated the benefits of regular security breaches, but if there's any cause worth going back on your promises for, it's Byrdr. The IID cannot know about this email, nor Byrdr's looming structural insecurities, nor the fact that every time I look for the actual Byrdr content on my computer all I can find are PDFs of giant letters of the alphabet. The IID does not need to know these things.

Let this be a show of my faith in you. After all, you signed up for Byrdr! There is no one I can trust more with the information that could ruin my company.

The dream fades. Back to work. Again. Byrdr.


James Eagler, CEO
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Time for me to throw Mr Eagler under the bus. I've always wanted to be a bad girl.. Twisted Evil
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Quote:
Time for me to throw Mr Eagler under the bus. I've always wanted to be a bad girl..


HEHEHE high 5*

that made me LOL

I was going to throw him under a bus also but then i thought i would stay silent and positive about him and then when he least expects it.... BLAM.. no more miss nice!

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JohnGuller
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We're making some good headway in that reddit thread:
http://www.reddit.com/r/IndieGaming/comments/1a481w/ridiculous_fishing_ios_arg_byrdrcom/

So far the big breakthroughs have been (Eric) James Eagler's account on the voicemail of 1957.

It's also his password on byrdr.com when you login w/ eaglerSPLATbyrder.com

Trying to login gives an error 8111, which has a new message from Suzanne on the voicemail.

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Distraction
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Not cool..the internal investigation email addy is bad. I keep getting my emails rejected..
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JohnGuller
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Distraction wrote:
Not cool..the internal investigation email addy is bad. I keep getting my emails rejected..

They sent a second e-mail to correct the address. The proper address is internalinvestigationsdeptSPLATyahoo.com

One guy says that he got a response after forwarding the "Personal Appeal" e-mail. I've done the same and have not yet gotten a response.

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Distraction
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JohnGuller wrote:
Distraction wrote:
Not cool..the internal investigation email addy is bad. I keep getting my emails rejected..

They sent a second e-mail to correct the address. The proper address is internalinvestigationsdeptSPLATyahoo.com

One guy says that he got a response after forwarding the "Personal Appeal" e-mail. I've done the same and have not yet gotten a response.


My thanks for the email heads up..

Here is my response...I'm trying to play on the intentional security leaks, until something new comes up

Quote:


The Pakistan reference was a euphemism. However, an email was sent to us, blatantly stating that there will be regular security leaks. Personal and private information will be leaked to the public as a form of " oneness with the world "

I do..however...have a document regarding Byrdr's financial issues. Would you care to see it?

Sent from my iPad

On Mar 12, 2013, at 4:02 PM, Sean Keeper <internalinvestigationsdept> wrote:

The Internal Investigations Department thanks you for spontaneously reaching out regarding the Byrdr investigation. Would you have any evidence to support your claims regarding illegal information streams between Byrdr and Pakistan?

Regards,
Sean Keeper

From: Jennifer
To: internalinvestigationsdeptSPLATyahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:49 PM
Subject: Fwd: My experiences with Byrdr

Please see below.

T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Networ
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: My experiences with Byrdr
From: Jennifer
To: internalinvestigationsdepartmentSPLATyahoo.com
CC:

Do not...under any circumstances..trust Byrdr or its CEO. He is voluntairly causing security links in an effort share information with the world. Do I really want my information shared with some bozo in Pakistan? !?!

Something is strange with Byrdr. Please find out what it is..



EDIT: so, I did some digging around on Eaglers twitter. Check out the people he follows...moonmikey caught my eye...specially this

Quote:
You think you can reach me with a telephone? You'd need an ansible at least!


Thoughts? Sounds like a puzzle to me
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Renna
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Byrdr users:

I write to you with good news and bad news at this late hour.

The good news is that internalinvestigationsdeptSPLATyahoo.com was actually the correct address! I don't know if I'm more stunned that the IID uses Yahoo for their email or that we got it on the second guess. To be honest I had a whole lineup of email addresses I was ready to try, ranging from departmentofinternalinvestigationsSPLATyahoo.com to departmentwhodoestheinvestigationsbutinternallySPLATyahoo.com, and then we had gmail and hotmail accounts, I was ready for the long haul.

But there is also sad news. I was informed by the IID today that Byrdr users have actually sent them evidence incriminating Byrdr. More than one of you forwarded my confidential email to them, along with other documents like the incriminating giant W, to reinforce the notion that Byrdr is unstable. One of you actually made up a fake phone conversation insinuating that I have measles.

To be fair, many of you wrote them glowing recommendations of Byrdr (I was informed of such recommendations as “Thanks to Byrdr I can shatter televisions from a 15 mile distance using only my mind”, “As an amateur elephantologist, they have helped me tremendously in my various ventures” and “There was a time before Byrdr, but I can't remember it properly. It's like when you try to remember back to when there weren't any cars. You can't! People all the time are like, what did we do before cars!”).

This is simply one situation where the destructive actions of a few has ruined it for the many. The IID has deepened its probe into the business practices of Byrdr.

I'll be honest, I don't know how to respond to this. Byrdr is all I have, it's what I've built my life around. You, the users, are the very flesh and bone of that Byrdr is made of. I think of you as a family. Well...I've thought of you as a family. I don't know what to feel any more.

Perhaps Byrdr is not what I thought it was.

I need some time. I will be in touch, but when that will be, I cannot say. There is much I need to consider. I hope you understand, and for those who are still faithful to the Byrdr cause, thank you very much.

Yours in future media,


James Eagler, CEO

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I can confirm that the two new email addys are in fact non-existent. This includes the gmail and hotmail variants.
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