I got a PS4 over Christmas and I’m looking forward to the platform exclusive The Order: 1886 so much so I’ve pre-ordered it despite me vowing not to pre-order a game again after BF4.
It doesn’t seemed to have had great previews from the gaming press but hey it looks good with it’s cool steam punk Victorian setting. It’s a linear, 3rd person story driven game so will it be as good as The Last of Us?
I’ve just seen an interesting post from DualShockers about a teaser faux blog investigating the secret society from the game’s setting from a possible descendant in our time. I like these kind of things so have spent time translating the coded message in one of the posts using their key.
Interesting; in the post about Darwin there is a code OTP 54614 which when copied and pasted into something else showed OTP 546-14.
As a guess it could mean On The Page in that book. As it doesn’t have 54,000 pages I guess it’s page 546 and either word or line 14?
Word = structures
Line = how these difficulties can be mastered
Hmmm none the wiser, nor on the key, cipher or hash in the New Year’s page: UcrxtfwvRahfzVuyzwXspgbIsfedXgys
So a mention of Frank Miller who possibly created the one time pad system and his book published in 1882 (nicely done! :)) as a relevant cipher system could point to either the above number being a translation code or that line or word taken out of Darwin’s book be a key?
YES! I’m sure OTP equals one time pad so 54614 is the key!?!?!? The string of letters is the ciphertext I need to decrypt. But isn’t the key for a one time pad meant to be the same length as the text? I need to find the full text of Frank Miller’s book.
Well assuming A=0 and Z=25:
Ucrxt fwvRa hfzVu yzwXs pgbIs fedXg ys
Hmmm that’s not going to work?
I tried converting the line discovered in update 1 into it’s corresponding code/word using Frank Miller’s book via the link to Google books. Trouble is not all of the book is digitised so it started to fail at the second word
how = 05555 / Grootetls(?)
I don’t think that’s it.
I’m resisting at the moment to search on other people’s attempts as I’d like to crack this on my own as I’ve never really done any cracking.
Ahh you got to love browsers! Seems Opera 12 and Chrome show the OTP number mentioned in Darwin’s post differently to Firefox. As Firefox and the Copy+paste show the same thing I will assume that the one time pad is either the word or line I found on page 546.
So the code is 32 characters long, if I understand the one time pad system it should be the same length as as crypto text. The word is 10 characters and the line is 33, aarrrggghhh!!! I’m going to double check. Btw page 546 is part of Chapter 14!
Oh the next translation shown in pictures of the journal are:
More updates, one of which gave an email address to the missing Ian, what the hell, I emailed it asking for help on this encryption problem, worth a shot?
And how cool is that, I have a reply:
Hello,I’m travelling and will only have sporadic access to my email. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I’m able.Cheers,Ian2334441531 2433142411 432415424211 4411332234 3443131142 4234321534 541133251515
mpk zmktcl yl azepsvzcp xzu clo ylacpofup, yzgz zcfzup clot gcwz ozmcz. Ul dlx gcwz klozgzwuly dl espcxtep afsvzx, mpk zmktcl yl azcpeyp aczmwpxp t azepsvzcp dl gleczx ezvzx wupel. Fdacvzd ocfrts tdeclztglyul vzul xp actgwlcp, mzwup up ol dp vzynpyectclx yl dlolsyut clo. Gctupoyzdet df acpgpwtvp. Mtwz vzuf actupoyzde ol ul xzrf ozactyupet xzutx dfmzcntxl, ul uf xzclx zdeglctet. Xt dp mzctxz kl dgp
- yl x 3
- ul x 3 (starts a sentence)
- dl x 2
- xp x 1
- up x 1
- ol x 2
- dp x 2
- df x 1
- uf x 1
- xt x 1 (starts a sentence)
- kl x 1
There’s also “T” on it’s own, so I’ll assume that is an “a” or “i”. If that’s correct then XT that starts a sentence doesn’t seem to make sense? Interestingly “d” and “u” start the most two letter words and “l” ends 5!
I don’t have time to work on this, trying to grind the ED luxuries trade loop before it disappears. More code has been released and someone’s decoded it already. It was a mix of Caesar Cipher, one time padding and keyed vigenere code.
All the codes in the blog decrypted makes (to copy BraXzy’s post):
Section 1: NOTTHE (First One-Time Pad clue)
Section 2: HISTORY (Square cipher – Ians Email)
Section 3: YOUKNOWNE (Ian’s Gibbersih)
Section 4: WTRUTHATGMAILDOTCOM (Final blog post)
Not the history you know new truth at gmail dot com
People have emailed variations of above as an email address and not got any reply. Some poor person could be being spammed to hell right now! 🙂
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