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SpaceBass
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 [TRAILHEAD] Tom Tooman
...an anonymous package.

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EmmanuelGoldstein
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Well it's mssng an I. And those 'barcodes' either have one too many or one too few digits. AFAIK there's 10 and 12 digits barcodes but no 11, if you discount the variable length ones which done look like this.
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Chronus_Valtiel
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Location: Some house I found. The people in it are really annoying.

*kneels worships the very ground Spacebass treads for finding a fresh Trailhead*

Now THIS. THIS is interesting.

A close inspection shows me a cryptic letter by a certain "Tom 2man (Tom Tooman) with a large bold shape heavily shaded on the back.
And an interesting clue on the PS:
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The PS states "Always look for what you are mssng." Doesn't that shape on the back look like a huge letter "I"?


Three pairs of seemingly identical bar codes in numbers and some strange system, (it can't be braille, can it?) each of which are littered with stars, and with missing digits.

And the envelope it came in. Complete with return address.

Being that it was delivered by mail, there go any source pages or registration checks that would otherwise have proved useful.

Well.... that's all I got.
Anyone else have another $0.02?

EDIT: Could you guys send us a flip side to any of these pictures?
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EmmanuelGoldstein
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Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Basically one dot is a one, a zero is a cicle, a 5 is a bar, a six is a bar with dot, 7 bar with 2dots . . realtively simple pattern.


As for the barcodes:

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They're different. Since the in the scans they weren't square I couldn't rotate them exact but I did notice 4 differences. Find them circled in this pic: http://bayimg.com/aAFGCaABD

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Chronus_Valtiel
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Location: Some house I found. The people in it are really annoying.

Boy am I relieved that I threw in "seemingly".
This is my first truly fresh and promising Trailhead, so be gentle Embarassed

EDIT:I can finally see the code translation, now.
I really have to stop trying to think at 3 AM.
XD night, y'all!
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EmmanuelGoldstein
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Chronus_Valtiel wrote:
Boy am I relieved that I threw in "seemingly".
This is my first truly fresh and promising Trailhead, so be gentle Embarassed

EDIT:I can finally see the code translation, now.
I really have to stop trying to think at 3 AM.
XD night, y'all!


Eh, dont feel bad, had to throw em in a image editor to finally see the difference.
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That shadowy shape on the letter looks like a spade to me.
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nbnewell
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Image from the letter.....

Envelope:

Also Return address is Lame Deer, MT 59043, but postmarked from North Platte, NE 69101?!?!?!?!


Look closely at the top edge of the envelope, I see shading that may match the image on the letter.
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Mother Maya

The odd versions on the numbers on the set of the stickers on the right look like the Maya Numerals to me (attached image from Wikipedia via the GFDL). And this would fit nicely with the mention of the sun god on the letter.
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Will 2.0
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In mayan, (Great job on that by the way) the numbers match the ones on the left side. Still...

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rose
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Woo, nice job in starting a wiki for this already. Soon PMs will learn that they can set up accounts and wikis to announce launches on their own there. Keeping unfiction free from any TOS violations of PMs posting about their own game.

It doesn't have to be new launches either. This is a place where PMs or BTS people can post about an ongoing game. That way they don't have to break the ToS here at unfiction.

This despoiler site is growing on me.

Although the name isn't my favorite. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:41 pm
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Hey guys, sorry to burst your bubble on the strange shadowy shape on the reverse of the letter, but that's just part of the lid of my scanner showing through the thin paper. Wink

ETA: http://random.despoiler.org is just a miscellaneous wiki, not directed at this particular game. It was just a convenient place to post the pics. Wink
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Chronus_Valtiel
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XDDDDD THAT is hilarious.
I literally lmaoed when you said that.

So, our only clue so far, is the fact that this is related to Mayan Culture in some way. (the mayan numbers on the bar codes)
Toonan mentions the sun god, and the Mayan Sun God is named Kin or Kinich Ahau, according to http://www.jaguar-sun.com/gods-2.html

So.... We have a Mayan ARG?

EDIT: Just a stab, but it might be of note: The 0 isn't in Maya.... Could be nothin'....
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Luemnus
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Could the 'stars' and other things within the bar code be the shape of a constellation, perhaps?

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Shiningfist
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Luemnus wrote:
Could the 'stars' and other things within the bar code be the shape of a constellation, perhaps?


Already traced them, didn't turn out to any constellation that I know of

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