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millerbilly1

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The Same Old Tricks
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:00:01 PM »
So, for the last few months I've been kind of going back and forth on beginning to plan an ARG. I've been rehashing old favorites, absorbing every webseries I can find and trying to break them apart analytically. It's really got me thinking that the medium needs some real new blood on the independent side of things. By independent I mean those of us who can't hide secrets in games, movies and other mass market media. Those of us stuck using youtube, imgur, twitter and reddit as playgrounds. I've noticed a lot of reliance on common ciphers and codes.

Let's take the inside man trying to get the word out storyline, as an example.
In this day and age why would anyone trying to conceal information from the person they've stole it from use morse code, base64 or any single shift cipher? These sorts of things would be broken instantly by any sort of agency or company. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Like most potential creators though, I'm lost on what that new thing could be and wanted to open it up for discussion. If anyone is interested I would love to chat about these cliches and how to update them.

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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 09:07:11 AM »
So, for the last few months I've been kind of going back and forth on beginning to plan an ARG. I've been rehashing old favorites, absorbing every webseries I can find and trying to break them apart analytically. It's really got me thinking that the medium needs some real new blood on the independent side of things. By independent I mean those of us who can't hide secrets in games, movies and other mass market media. Those of us stuck using youtube, imgur, twitter and reddit as playgrounds. I've noticed a lot of reliance on common ciphers and codes.

Let's take the inside man trying to get the word out storyline, as an example.
In this day and age why would anyone trying to conceal information from the person they've stole it from use morse code, base64 or any single shift cipher? These sorts of things would be broken instantly by any sort of agency or company. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Like most potential creators though, I'm lost on what that new thing could be and wanted to open it up for discussion. If anyone is interested I would love to chat about these cliches and how to update them.
Unfortunately, any new method can only be used once, because once the code is broken, it's broken. I think game masters rely on these old methods due to nostalgia. The "feel," of an ARG. I would love to see a new way, though.

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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 01:46:34 PM »
I'm very new to the world of ARG's so this may have already been used but I was thinking that ASCII tables could be encoded into DNA sequences. For example you could have A=00 G=01 C=10 and T=11. Then some text such as "DNA Test" would become:

GAGA GATC GAAG ACAA GGGA GCGG GTAT GTGA

You could then take your DNA sequence and create a 2D or 3D rendering of it that the player would have to decode. The DNA sequence above would look like (The letter could be left off the redering to make it more difficult to decode):



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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 08:33:58 PM »
I'm very new to the world of ARG's so this may have already been used but I was thinking that ASCII tables could be encoded into DNA sequences. For example you could have A=00 G=01 C=10 and T=11. Then some text such as "DNA Test" would become:

GAGA GATC GAAG ACAA GGGA GCGG GTAT GTGA

You could then take your DNA sequence and create a 2D or 3D rendering of it that the player would have to decode. The DNA sequence above would look like (The letter could be left off the redering to make it more difficult to decode):


That is very cool. What kind of ARG would it go with?

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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 05:39:01 AM »
I don't know? Maybe some alien/human hybrid conspiracy theory type stuff like an X-Files inspired world.

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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2018, 04:05:04 AM »
Could work in a Laboratory/Secret Research story too. Like a Scientist trying to sneak out information to the public to show that the company is doing something evil.

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Re: The Same Old Tricks
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 07:02:31 PM »
I'm very new to the world of ARG's so this may have already been used but I was thinking that ASCII tables could be encoded into DNA sequences. For example you could have A=00 G=01 C=10 and T=11. Then some text such as "DNA Test" would become:

GAGA GATC GAAG ACAA GGGA GCGG GTAT GTGA

You could then take your DNA sequence and create a 2D or 3D rendering of it that the player would have to decode. The DNA sequence above would look like (The letter could be left off the redering to make it more difficult to decode):



I really like this concept! Not one I've seen before myself, but I'll have to keep my eye open now to see if it comes up anywhere ;)