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[TRAILHEAD] Niantic Project
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tmargo
Boot


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Location: San Diego, California USA

[TRAILHEAD] Niantic Project
ARG apparently sponsored by Google

Hi,

This is my first post here so please excuse any mistakes i may make. I've been lurking for a few years & PM'd a couple ARGs in California, but haven't played too many.

Anyways, a friend forwarded me a link to this video:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BUA3SuH2kR4[/youtube]

seems like a trailhead, right? A search on the poster gives you his g+ site where you'll find strange photos in the "contents of device" album. Those lead you to investigate devra bogdanovich & Niantic which could be any of these bizzare things:
people
Connecticut
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niantic_(whaling_vessel)]whaling vessel[/url]
as well as Niantic Cinemas

not sure where to go from there. Nothing shows up when searching ARGNet or unfiction. ideas? and just to be clear, i am not involved in this ARG in any way.

Cheers,
Todd

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:34 pm
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OhWhatProvidence
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YT link doesn't work, even when copypasted. Double check it.
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tmargo
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[TRAILHEAD?] Glitchy phone youtube video
new materials found

http://pastebin.com/JXbvgRnp

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tmargo
Boot


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video link
works for me

strange, i tried using the forum's link. here is the straight URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BUA3SuH2kR4

OhWhatProvidence wrote:
YT link doesn't work, even when copypasted. Double check it.


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OhWhatProvidence
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Okay, poked around some more, it's something from Google and nach, they got permission ahead of time for the panel. :p

This looks awesome, poking more around the site and twitter and things. Hope it has some live events or augmented reality stuff in my area. Seems like a set up for some augreal stuff, esp that phone video.

Found some other videos:
http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1222933&s=06ffa07bd2301494e5dec5e273fad6dd&p=38299787#post38299787

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tmargo
Boot


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Niantic Project
new ARG

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

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tmargo
Boot


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[TRAILHEAD] Niantic Project
new google ARG?

Looks like this is a Google sponsored ARG.
http://www.webpronews.com/the-niantic-project-what-is-google-up-to-this-time-2012-11

Seems to be a promotion for their new Field Trip mobile app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.scout&feature=nav_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDNd

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tmargo
Boot


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[TRAILHEAD] Niantic Project
wiki

There is now a wiki for players:
http://googlearg.schlarp.com/doku.php?id=start

since this is a confirmed ARG, should i start another forum thread for it?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:56 pm
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draghkar
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the woman on the id card has her own g+ site:

https://plus.google.com/102598577258553073047
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tmargo
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[TRAILHEAD] Niantic Project
game locations

Hi all,

For those in (at least) San Francisco & Geneva Switzerland, you should install the Google Field Trip app. I'm betting there might be surprises that will pop up for you...

Here are the other pertinent locations:
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=203685585566952099382.0004cd94033b5f5265661

Cheers,
-todd

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mrshomersimpson
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i do not use Google plus sadly.

I hope i can still participate to a degree.

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draghkar
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The welcome video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wLcaaLyljow#![/youtube]

It shows coordinates at 0:18 which lead to the town of Marva TX

30.302427 -104.02049

2 statues:
STATUE 1: Double L Excentric Gyratory, San Francisco, CA
STATUE 2: The Mechanics Monument, San Francisco, CA

dont know the relevance yet, but maybe you guys can..
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:44 pm
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OhWhatProvidence
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*Marfa, not Marva. Sadly, that's out of my driving range or I would SO go check it out. :/ Hoping there's something closer to my area...>_< It's over on US-67 if anyone wants to check it out.

http://goo.gl/maps/AZXpT

Some creepy-looking BnB?


EDIT: Boyfriend also wanted to mention: "It's one of the places people have claimed to see lights from UFOs"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfa_lights

Woot.
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catherwood
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Re: Niantic Project
new ARG

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:
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.


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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Nexer
Kilroy

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it started at comic con, but nothing really happened untill november 1st ( i'm the one who made the pastebin file) search Niantic project on Google+ one of the comments has a link to the IRC where we are colaborating as well a very nice wiki someone set up.

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