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LEVELS
Kilroy


Joined: 18 Mar 2017
Posts: 1

[Trailhead] LEVELS
We hope no one minds if we leave this here...


https://levels.your-host.xyz/

IT HAS BEGUN

_______________________________________________

TO THE MODS: We are aware there is another topic on your forum about our project. However it primarily discusses events prior to our temporary shut-down, and what we are now is nothing like we were then. (Nor is that topic even titled with our correct name.) Discussion here would be much more appropriate, as people would not have to bypass 10+ pages of incorrect information to find what is now valid.

Additionally, many still believe that we never resumed our project, and though that topic is still active, when searching for us on Google, the date that displays does not reflect this, as it is dated previous to our shut-down.

We ask that you please contact us before deleting or merging this topic. We are simply attempting to correct the outdated and incorrect information we are finding and, today, to announce a significant addition to our project. We appreciate your assistance with these attempts.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:42 pm
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OCDCoder
Greenhorn


Joined: 20 May 2015
Posts: 8

 Yes, please!

My vote is for keeping this topic. That last one is really confusing.

Also, the puzzle pieces are by far not the only thing you're going to find once you start looking. Very Happy

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:55 pm
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emato
Unfettered


Joined: 06 Aug 2007
Posts: 333
Location: Florida

“Curiouser and curiouser!”

Yeah!!! We needed a new topic on this. LEVELS has had a major reboot! When checking out the homepage, here is a minor spoiler so you won't miss it.

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Call the phone number!


An enjoy! See you on the other side!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:08 pm
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OCDCoder
Greenhorn


Joined: 20 May 2015
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Ok, a bit of background. A while back, this Twitter account showed up:
https://twitter.com/Anti_Lotophagi

The trail from that account eventually led to here:
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https://twitter.com/Valin_Steel


LEVELS has claimed from the beginning that he's not part of their project. (The thing they're doing now is the first really ARG-like thing they've done.) He was in their Discord channel before they shut down and started his Twitter account, I think, the day after they shut down. He's been poking at them there, other places, and even showed up in Discord at the Game Detectives ARG awards and made some sarcastic comment to them. (The video he posted on Twitter was in response to LEVELS, we think, getting their host to shut down his original website.)

Today, someone has been posting this all over the place:
https://imgur.com/a/9WnVQ

I'm about to check the image itself, but I just noticed the file name. And am having a big decoding FAIL because it doesn't seem to be simple hex.

So if anyone wants to join in that fun...

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:23 pm
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emato
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Quote:
Today, someone has been posting this all over the place:
https://imgur.com/a/9WnVQ


Ohhhh.... ok, so far I managed to pull out from the center of the image this:
http://imgur.com/a/1CGyJ

I don't know if it's a bar code or morse? I need some help with this![/img]
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:58 pm
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OCDCoder
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Joined: 20 May 2015
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I got the file name.

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It's the sha1 hash for "trailheads."


I am so far failing completely on that Morse or barcode or whatever that is, though. And I haven't even begun to examine the rest of that image.

But I have seven puzzle pieces so far!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:59 pm
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Zobot257
Entrenched

Joined: 21 Feb 2011
Posts: 805
Location: Wandering...

Hey, new thread! We should totally keep this. For the reasons they listed above. This is really a new project, and I honestly don't think the old thread was very productive anyway. We can post details here if need be about what's been going on?

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:22 pm
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Kate615
Boot

Joined: 19 Nov 2016
Posts: 10

Oooh, I'd love a new LEVELS thread to keep track of/solve the stuff that's currently going on. (me with all my like 2 posts thus far, I know I know...)

I can see that the
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stuff in the middle of the image
looks like a
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1D barcode once you crop/recolor


And then that translates to
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http://pastebin.com/raw/SmFP18hm


But google seems to indicate that GnuPG only goes up to like version 2 something right now?

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OCDCoder
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Joined: 20 May 2015
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Yeah, this is from their website:

There are two major flavours of GnuPG:
  • 2.1.19 is the modern version with support for ECC and many other new features,
  • 2.0.30 is the stable version from an often used branch. This branch will reach end-of-life on 2017-12-31.
Unrelated to that, it would appear that all the new info brought our "friend" Valin out of hiding:
http://www.valin-steel.com/

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reesylou
Decorated

Joined: 07 May 2003
Posts: 260

I second, third, whatever.. keeping this thread. There is so much going on with Levels, and it is not the same as the "Level 7" stuff that happened last year.

I think my favourite thing is the collection of NPCs behind it all: there are a number of very distinct personalities (love D!!!) and some very indistinct motivations.

I don't get to play as much as I want to, coz life!.... but that isn't a big issue as there are good hints and catch up info available. Come and join us all beating our head against the wall trying to work it all out.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:37 am
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ev.user
Kilroy

Joined: 19 Mar 2017
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Re: “Curiouser and curiouser!”

emato wrote:
Yeah!!! We needed a new topic on this. LEVELS has had a major reboot! When checking out the homepage, here is a minor spoiler so you won't miss it.

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Call the phone number!


An enjoy! See you on the other side!


How very, very clever. Does anyone have the skill to parse the white noise and see if there's anything below the surface?

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ev.user
Kilroy

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OCDCoder wrote:
I got the file name.

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It's the sha1 hash for "trailheads."


I am so far failing completely on that Morse or barcode or whatever that is, though. And I haven't even begun to examine the rest of that image.

But I have seven puzzle pieces so far!


This sounds WAY too easy but one of the search terms for the image is "steganography." I've been trying to find a functioning freeware program that could desteg the file but I'm not having much luck - Camoflage and Windows10 don't get along. Anyone have something reliable?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:19 pm
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Kate615
Boot

Joined: 19 Nov 2016
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I'm not sure if this is a new thing or still part of the same thing, but I figure no one ELSE wants to transcribe it.

If you
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wait on the home page
you'll get text appearing and disappearing.

The transcription of said text:

0010001001000010011101010111010000100000010010010010000001100100011011110110
1110001001110111010000100000011101110110000101101110011101000010000001110100
0110111100100000011001110110111100100000011000010110110101101111011011100110
0111001000000110110101100001011001000010000001110000011001010110111101110000
0110110001100101001011000010001000100000010000010110110001101001011000110110
0101001000000111001001100101011011010110000101110010011010110110010101100100
0010111000001101000010100010001001001111011010000010110000100000011110010110
1111011101010010000001100011011000010110111000100111011101000010000001101000
0110010101101100011100000010000001110100011010000110000101110100001011000010
0010001000000111001101100001011010010110010000100000011101000110100001100101
0010000001000011011000010111010000111010001000000010001001110111011001010010
0111011100100110010100100000011000010110110001101100001000000110110101100001
0110010000100000011010000110010101110010011001010010111000100000010010010010
0111011011010010000001101101011000010110010000101110001000000101100101101111
0111010100100111011100100110010100100000011011010110000101100100001011100010
0010000011010000101000100010010010000110111101110111001000000110010001101111
0010000001111001011011110111010100100000011010110110111001101111011101110010
0000010010010010011101101101001000000110110101100001011001000011111100100010
0010000001110011011000010110100101100100001000000100000101101100011010010110
0011011001010010111000001101000010100010001001011001011011110111010100100000
0110110101110101011100110111010000100000011000100110010100101100001000100010
0000011100110110000101101001011001000010000001110100011010000110010100100000
0100001101100001011101000010110000100000001000100110111101110010001000000111
1001011011110111010100100000011101110110111101110101011011000110010001101110
0010011101110100001000000110100001100001011101100110010100100000011000110110
1111011011010110010100100000011010000110010101110010011001010010111000100010

If you then
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remove the line breaks and translate binary to ascii
you get
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"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."


Which goes with the phone message, as far as I can tell.

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Jung
Veteran

Joined: 24 May 2009
Posts: 96
Location: Barcelona

Puzzle pieces

Levels is dropping puzzle pieces (like the one at the top of this thread) everywhere: ARG communities, Facebook, G +, imgur, hidden pages in its own site...

List of the puzzle pieces found so far:
    sorted by number: 128, 243, 312, 389, 468, 526, 612, 854

The hunt is on.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:31 am
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Kate615
Boot

Joined: 19 Nov 2016
Posts: 10

Also There Are Keys

In addition to the puzzle pieces, there have been three (as far as I know) images of keys sent to various players, with the text "to you, for all".

The images are kind of big, but the writing on the keys is as follows:

@1?@>8/9E/?E1.58;1:8151@-/8@

GEZDEMBRGMZDOMJQHAYTGMJY
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That one was solved; it's base32 -> numbers -> 0=a, 1=b


#!^8@$!13#@@14!@!32!$!52#&*

We don't know what the keys are for yet, although it's been implied that the when we solve the keys it will be more clear.

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