Hello guys. I mean if this was real or it was some kind of trick. Maybe I am naive but im wonder…
She didn’t guess anything, it was just symbolic, did you watch the stream?
Before showing the contents of the “sealed” container on stream, the guy who was holding the papers had his hands outside the camera’s range for enough time to simply be given an up-to-date stack of papers by someone in the room.
They weren’t even hiding it. He grinned and went very close to the camera (most of his body no longer visible to the audience ) and pretended to adjust the camera focus. Watch that scene again.
No, I didn’t watched, only read about it. I have to fix this mistake.
Welcome to the forum @Grohmanon!
We all long for the fun of the ARG. Good times!
It was a sleight of hand
It was well executed, and I loved that they were going to the lengths of having somebody rehearsing it well enough to pull it off in front of a live cam.
It would be neat to go back and see if there were any clues/puzzles that were unsolved or missed. I always feel that we missed something steganographic from those pictures of mirrors
Speaking of which, can anyone sum up the story in their own words? I swear I was with it every day it was on, but I would not be able to retell the story.
The only thing I understood was that we (first civilians, later the CSD) were introduced to half a dozen sci-fi companies, which offer services such as huge data storage, large-scale data transmission, recreating personalities as interactive AIs, realistic dream-VR, and (my favourite) how to solve any problem with uh applied particle acceleration.
And the Atlas Foundation specialised in creating an AI that can simulate worlds and predict future events. This AI was so smart that (using the above mentioned sci-fi services that she “assimilated”) she uploaded and hosted herself and made an Echo that allowed her to talk to us as nice harmless Emily. So in the end we liked her and set her free.
Is the punchline that she grows up to be Atlas and is creating the simulation that the NMS Traveler is in?
Up to this point I understood the story. There was a lot of incoherent stuff between that, terminal commands and hexaflexagons… Outside the story, the sigils/glyphs were a progress indicator for us (and they appear in the game, of course), okay, I get that, but… (in the story) what was this glyph thing and who made it and why?
I didn’t understand these “dead drops” and “live drops”, usually such things are set up by recipients who plan to receive secret materials. Who set them up and who are we in the story? Hundreds of random hackers / citizen scientists / hobby spies who intercept someone else’s (whose??) live drops in our leisure time? Like, who transmits secret documents in such an incompetent way that we can intercept them and “hack their terminal” for a year and they don’t mind?
Basically: If, in a story, I were a hacker stealing secret hexaflexagons in Paris from unknown agencies and these agencies then asked me to vote on a colour (?!), have tea with a teddy bear, talk a dreamer off the ledge, and then watch a hamster on Twitch for 24h, I’d be disconcerted. I just couldn’t suspend disbelief with this setting?
I would love to read the entire interpretation history of one of the participants !