Where we've been...trying to find the hornet's nest
October 7, 2009 - 4:17pm
It's nice to have a puzzle that we didn't all figure out right away...but it's driving me a little crazy, too. :-) So, I thought I'd try and collect my thoughts. I'll try to walk the fine line of putting thoughts and ideas together without giving things away (such that it causes this post to be deleted).
PTI - This site appears to be "out of game", by which I mean no clues have been on the site itself (though we've gotten hints from achievements PTI developers had). I say "appears" because of the YouTube post by picturetheimpossible.
SCP - Completely "in game". The site of the hidden society. Multiple clues originated here. The data has been static so far (the "Progress" page still talks about the Clothesline Festival from week 1). Apart from the D&C/RIT footer at the bottom of each, the pages are pretty free form so things can be hidden anywhere. Also, since the URL for each page is .html, there could be hidden pages that we don't see yet.
Clockwork - Completely "in game". The site of the Watchmaker/Clockwork. Multiple clues originated here. The blog is updated at various intervals and provides a way to communicate "in game" with Watchmaker/Clockwork. The form of the pages is by WordPress, so expect to just see hidden things in the header, in the posts or under the "Pages" heading.
PTP (the "under construction" site) - Completely "in game". Another site by Watchmaker/Clockwork and it seems to be his little playground. We haven't seen links within that site to know how they'll be structured (just the couple of images on the page), so things could be hiding anywhere.
Twitter - Tangential site (users SCP_rochester and ptigame) - Ability to communicate "in game" with SCP. Could be other "in game" users out there that we don't know about.
YouTube - Tangential site (users SocialCollaboration and picturetheimpossible) - One clue was found here. Could be other "in game" users out there that we don't know about.
ShortText - Tangential site. Watchmaker/Clockwork put the encoded documents on this site for us to see. Other documents could be posted there as well.
Watchmaker/Clockwork - Seems to think SCP, and the group behind it, is at least corrupt or possibly nefarious. Feels the need to stay hidden and wants us to be his investigators.
Tobia Sentinel - Thus far unseen found of SCP, though we interact with his people via Twitter. Claims to be a social activist group doing what's best for Rochester (however they decide what that is).
Marquis - The host of the Picture the Impossible party. Maybe related to SCP (SCP says it supports the game...and maybe this game is the test for prospective SCP members).
Where does this leave us for finding the latest hornet's nest?
- It could be a brand new site that we're supposed to figure out from his clues.
- He hacked the SCP site, so it could be something hidden on the existing pages or a new page we haven't found yet.
- It could be that he put the documents somewhere for us to find (either on the PTP site or on ShortText).
- Maybe something in his message is a clue (anagrams or synonyms for "hornet's nest" or the like).
- "Security Department" is the only thing with capitals (apart from the beginning of a sentence)...maybe that's something...
- He uses "wondering" once and "wonder" twice...maybe that's something...