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[Trailhead] Bond 007 - Skyfall Viral
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notgordian
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[Trailhead] Bond 007 - Skyfall Viral
Formerly "Bird-Watching in Innsbruck"

I received an odd package in the mail today that included a postcard from "J" and a Sony IC Recorder with an 18-second sound clip of birds chirping.

http://www.argn.com/2012/10/an_ornithological_puzzle_worth_tweeting_about/

Postcard said the following:

Quote:
Greetings from Innsbruck, Michael.

Spied this fellow building his nest unusually high in a tree. I believe that means the snow will be better here this year. Including a recording of his lovely little song for your enjoyment.

Do with it what you will.

Cheers, J


Sound file, with the original file name, is attached below. Based on the Innsbruck reference (Austria), I think the bird pictured is a barn swallow. Tried running it through a spectrograph in Audacity and basic audio tweaks (speeding up, slowing down) but nothing jumped out at me yet. Any audiophiles out there with good ideas?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:46 pm
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addlepated
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Look at the filename!

http://50.112.251.215/
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:02 pm
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thebruce
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Check the source!

Same website: http://royalsis.co.uk
Plus some other hidden messages...
Looks like you have to speak to passphrase to unlock and enter


I also got the package today, unfortunately couldn't report it right away Razz

Michael, did you see the number on your package? Mine was #8
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:22 pm
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enaxor
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I played the birdsong file after allowing access to my webcam and microphone and was granted access.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:34 pm
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mapmaker
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thebruce wrote:
Looks like you have to speak to passphrase to unlock and enter

You don't have to speak anything...
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Play the birds!

But past that I have no interaction with anything whatsoever, especially anything governmental or secretive. Wink

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notgordian
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thebruce wrote:
Michael, did you see the number on your package? Mine was #8


Other than my apartment number, only number I could see was on a yellow sticker with the number "0" on it. Didn't think that was significant, though.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:19 pm
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addlepated
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Spoiler (Rollover to View):
So this is a promotion for Skyfall, in case anyone didn't see it fly past on their screen during the login sequence.

After logging in, you're taken to an interactive fiction bit. You're directing another agent. She has a Sony VAIO (tm) laptop, a Sony Xperia (tm) phone, and an exploding watch. Bad guys are after her. You have a limited amount of time to neutralize the bad guys and get the agent to safety.

There are catacombs nearby, which seems like the right choice to go to.

You can ask for a map. The room she gets to says the tunnel is fragile. There are some pipes there that she can attach the watch there. There is also a rusted shut drain. That's as far as I managed to get before the bad guys broke in and offed her.

I have to say that interactive fiction has come a long way since Zork!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:24 pm
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notgordian
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Mission One next steps:

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
After attaching the explosives to the pipes, you can hide by the drains and use the explosives to kill the agents as they walk by. That still isn't the optimal solution, as you should be able to do it without killing them...email you get at the end suggests using darkness to your advantage.


Mission Two spoilers:

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Only one I nailed on the first time: if you follow the guy you're tailing, you can slip your cellphone in his bag and let MI6 handle it from there. Go back to the hotel, check behind the bar, and hook up your laptop to the USB cable -- it'll show you a prism. Tell the agent to cut the wires in the order of the rainbow.


EDIT TO ADD: I swapped out the audio file on argn.com for a YouTube video with the sound file (along with the photo image included with the audio file) so that access to the campaign isn't contingent on the pittance I pay for hosting, and confirmed that it works.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:38 pm
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Adm_BlackCat
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For successful mission one follow the above, but
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
put the laptop by the sign (decoy) before hiding and blowing up the watch.

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GuestUser17
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Better solution for Mission 1

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
go to gate
put watch on pipes
put laptop by sign
go to drain
blow up pipes

Posted a minute too late but I'll leave this up as exact instructions for those too lazy to think about it. Smile

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GuestUser17
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Mission 2 steps

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
go to lobby
locate man
follow him
follow him
follow him
put phone in car
go to lobby
go to bar
connect laptop
cut wires in order of colors on screen


PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:45 pm
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netsua98
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Guys help?! The audio scanner doesn't take it when I play the birds?! help please.
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GuestUser17
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Mission 3 steps

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
revolution square
get tape
tape phone to bullet hole
connect laptop to phone
listen to phone
what does voice say
shoot through door
disarm
disarm terminal
41302 (not sure this is unique but it is in Romanian if you need to translate the code you hear above.)

Edited to provide optimal solution.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:01 pm
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GuestUser17
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netsua98 wrote:
Guys help?! The audio scanner doesn't take it when I play the birds?! help please.

Use another machine? Play the audio from a different device? Different browser maybe? Not sure what else to suggest - it worked fine for me on Safari on a Mac.

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notgordian
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netsua98 wrote:
Guys help?! The audio scanner doesn't take it when I play the birds?! help please.


I've found that I have better luck using the computer's internal speakers to recognize the file: whenever I try to hold a microphone up to the external speakers, the audio recognition (presumably something Shazam-ish) didn't work.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:15 pm
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