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[TRAILHEAD?]Received a strange package from "Mr. Veritas"...
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Macavity
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[TRAILHEAD?]Received a strange package from "Mr. Veritas"...
Looks like it's connected to the old Project Enemy Unknown/Citizen Skywatch ARGs

---List of relevant websites---

www.erasethetruth.com - Promotional website for 2K Marin's The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (though there may be something hidden there; see "Current Mysteries").

www.twitter.com/AliceChulski - The Twitter feed of one Alice Chulski, whose grandmother appears to have been involved in Bureau activities; Alice found a few things in her grandmother's trunk that were also in packages received by several people; however, she also found a couple of Dictaphone belts.


---CURRENT MYSTERIES---

1) Who has folder #6, and what is the word on it? So far we have the following:

From folders 1-5: "www.erasethetruth.com Security Access Code Alpha"
Folders 7, 8 and 9: "Bravo Clearance Granted"

Given what we have so far, I think it's safe to say that the security access code is "Alpha, [Unknown], Bravo". We still need the word from the sixth folder to be certain of this, though.

2) Alice's Dictaphone belts - What's recorded on them, and how can we find a way to recover the recordings?

3) Mysterious phone number in the live-action trailer for the game: 415-507-7616. When called, it plays a distorted recording of Stompy Jones' "Don't Lie To Me"; the distortion grows worse the more you listen.

4) On the same phone where the phone number was found is the number 37452. Apparently an extension, but so far we've had no luck getting to it - so why is it there and so clearly visible?

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On Monday, FedEx left a package on my doorstep while I was at work - a package addressed to me from someone calling himself "Mr. Veritas".

Inside, I found a cardboard "Banker's Box"-brand file box marked CONFIDENTIAL - BURN AFTER OPENING... and inside that, I found a bunch of cross-shredded documents.

But hidden amongst the shredded papers were some intact (and relatively-intact) ones, as well as some unusual items. Here's a list of what I found:

* A folder containing an after-action report from an incident in Pima, New Mexico (as well as a postcard from same).
* A heavily-redacted memo entitled XCOM Internal SITREP.
* Part of a test to determine whether or not someone is a "Sleepwalker" (someone who's under alien control, perhaps?).
* A map of Rosemont, GA with strange markings on it.
* A segment of 8mm film attached to a sheet of paper with a message on it.
* A clear glass ashtray with some dried black gunk on it (black gunk which appears to have some kind of silvery inclusions when viewed from the bottom).
* A bottle with a mysterious black fluid in it.
* A Zippo lighter with the words "ERADITE VERUM" engraved on it.
* And most curious of all, a small green flyer from the Internal Defense Directorate.

And here's a photographic record of the package and its contents, as well as some enlargements I made of the 8mm film.

So, what do you make of it? Looks to me like Citizen Skywatch (or something related to it, at least) is kicking back into gear...

[EDIT] So far, it seems that the words on the folders in the packages that Mr. Veritas sent out are part of a message.

Here's what's been compiled so far:

#1 - erasethetruth.com (source: Codex's Compendium - http://www.codexscompendium.tumblr.com)
#2 - SECURITY (source: Matt Lees of VideoGamer.com - see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3xqroeWX44)
#3 - ACCESS (source: Rowan - @rowan72 on Twitter)
#4 - CODE (source: http://www.damonx.com/unboxing-buzz-kit-mysterieux-pour-xcom-the-bureau/)
#5 - ALPHA (source: http://www.gamereactor.dk/grtv/?id=103651&sid=dc974e8cc2047de1225f398dc765df24)
#6 - Unknown
#7 - BRAVO (source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g95aa2l_BtE; confirmed by GuestUser17)
#8 - CLEARANCE (source: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/04/22/2768681.aspx)
#9 - GRANTED (my folder)

[EDIT2] We also have an IRC channel now: #CitizenSkywatch #EraseTheTruth on irc.chat-solutions.org

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MrToasty
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@ARGMuseum tweeted a couple more hits yesterday.

Quote:
Confidential! Photos of the package received by @rowan72 - http://bit.ly/XS79Ct #CitizenSkywatch

Quote:
Citizen Skywatch packages received believed connected to #XCOM - @VideoGamerCom reports http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3xqroeWX44


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Macavity
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MrToasty wrote:
@ARGMuseum tweeted a couple more hits yesterday.

Quote:
Confidential! Photos of the package received by @rowan72 - http://bit.ly/XS79Ct #CitizenSkywatch

Quote:
Citizen Skywatch packages received believed connected to #XCOM - @VideoGamerCom reports http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3xqroeWX44


...The plot thickens!
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GuestUser17
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Well Citizen One's last communications did say he would return. Smile BTW - I could not locate Rosemont anywhere except on the XCOM wiki - http://xcom.wikia.com/wiki/Rosemont,_Georgia. Looking on that site there is a possibility this is for a new XCOM shooter/rpg.

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Macavity
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GuestUser17 wrote:
Well Citizen One's last communications did say he would return. Smile BTW - I could not locate Rosemont anywhere except on the XCOM wiki - http://xcom.wikia.com/wiki/Rosemont,_Georgia. Looking on that site there is a possibility this is for a new XCOM shooter/rpg.


I wonder if Mr. Veritas is our old friend Citizen One.

Also, apparently Rowan and somebody she knows got one, as did a guy name of Matt Lees of VideoGamer.com (who did a video about the package he got).

Interesting tidbit I picked up: apparently the folders in each package were labeled differently; Rowan's was number 3, a friend of hers who also got a package had a folder labeled 1, and Matt Lees apparently got folder #2.

Mine is folder #9, which means there are at least five other folders out there.

Also, there were words that accompanied each number. Here's what Rowan and I have so far:

#1 - erasethetruth.com (currently offline with a placeholder page)
#2 - SECURITY(?) - the video isn't clear
#3 - ACCESS (Rowan's folder)
#9 - GRANTED (My folder)
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booba
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Good find Macavity and Rowan!

#4 can be found here:

http://www.damonx.com/unboxing-buzz-kit-mysterieux-pour-xcom-the-bureau/

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MrToasty
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Mr. Veritas YT channel?
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcEspj4NE1P15voR7D4rGEQ
booba wrote:
Good find Macavity and Rowan!

#4 can be found here:

http://www.damonx.com/unboxing-buzz-kit-mysterieux-pour-xcom-the-bureau/

Looks to be CODE on that folder.

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Macavity
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So:

1 - erasethetruth.com
2 - SECURITY
3 - ACCESS
4 - CODE
5-8 - ???
9 - GRANTED

Interesting...
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booba
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#5 here? Not really clear enough..

http://www.lazygamer.net/general-news/the-xcom-shooter-may-still-be-alive/

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booba wrote:
#5 here? Not really clear enough..

http://www.lazygamer.net/general-news/the-xcom-shooter-may-still-be-alive/

Ha, just tweeted that to Rowan and came back to post here. Nipping at each other's heels again Wink

ETA - looks like ACCESS?

ETA2 - if so, #3 and not #5?

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booba
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Yeah, identical to Rowan's Sad
Sure looks it starts acc..


accept ?
account ?

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#8 CLEARANCE here:
http://www.pc-gaming-news.com/classified-xcom-evidence-comes-our-way/
Original source: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/04/22/2768681.aspx

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1 - erasethetruth.com
2 - SECURITY
3 - ACCESS
4 - CODE
5 - ALPHA
6 -
7 -
8 - CLEARANCE
9 - GRANTED

eta: updated
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http://www.gamereactor.dk/grtv/?id=103651&sid=dc974e8cc2047de1225f398dc765df24

#5 ALPHA

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Are these packages just being sent to the press or to all those who previously joined Citizen Skywatch, too? I was a member of that and still am, so I'd like to know for sure just so I can keep my eye out!

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