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Revision as of 10:16, 29 January 2007 by Doublecross (Updated page in the light of the weekend's discoveries)
- A mysterious ad on the IE Blog leads to a countdown timer
- The Countdown page asks for keys.
- Several Keys have been found by using any of five cipher keys, either posted online or sent to bloggers.
- Several keys were solved by using the contents of a Puzzle Box Package, mailed to various people. The contents include a video.
- These keys have frequently been accompanied by extravagant gifts (laptops, media center computers, etc.) from Loki, the "Enigma Director", and all come from Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, WA.
- The countdown expires Jan 8th 2007 at 6:30PM PST. A decompile of the Flash app on the main page reveals the location as the fountains in front of the Bellagio. This time and location coincides with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is expected that this is when the game will officially start.
- Several new countdowns are behind a particular key, listing various cities and times of additional live events.
- A new video from lokivanishes is discovered on YouTube, giving a new key.
- Scattered reports are arriving that the Microsoft CES Keynote includes more details about prizes.
- Registration available and rules and prizes posted. There's also a [FAQ] with more hints.
- The rules page lists a secret Meta Puzzle with an instant-win prize for the first to solve it. The prize is their name inscribed on each of a new AMD processor model to be released soon. Several clues in the puzzles, events, and in the original video could relate to the Meta Puzzle.
- Another clue from Loki surfaces at the bell desk of The Orleans hotel in Vegas, pointing to the location the event at the Bellagio Fountains.
- All of the events now have GPS coordinates. They are noted here on the Countdowns page.
- Jan 8th 2007: The Las Vegas Event has occurred, giving us a Video and Puzzle Box 1 has been unlocked. After all the puzzles are solved, Loki gives us a video: loki_time . At the end of the video a url is flashed on the screen pointing to a side contest to get your name printed on AMD Athlon 64 FX processors. Thus begins the Meta Puzzle.
- Jan 13th. 2007: The first of the two multi-city events occurred today, leaving us with Puzzle Box 2, clues written in the sky , and a new video (magicweb) after solving them all. The White Box Phenomenon has been connected to the Meta Puzzle through the Collection Plate directory.
- Jan 20th. 2007: The second of the two multi-city events occurs today, leaving us with Puzzle Box 3 and clues projected on buildings.
- Solving all of the puzzles gives yet another video. At its end, the words "/more_answers" flashes. Going to http://www.vanishingpointgame.com/more_answers, one finds a tracker of the puzzles completed.
- Jan 27th 2007: A special VIP party is being held for the last clue. To go you must be 18 or older and be able to get to the Seattle, WA event. The invitation was presented on the website.Media:SeattleInvite.jpg It gave instructions to RSVP via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "yes" in the body. A reply email was received.Media:SeattleInviteReply.JPG
- Jan 27th 2007: Identity of Loki: Finally evidence on who loki really is. Real name is Minae Noji. She is an actress at General Hospital. I guess this means everything she told us has a meaning. Here is a link to her myspace profile. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=54234975
- Jan 27th 2007: The fourth box opens and all puzzles are now available to be solved and all white boxes to be identified.
- After clicking on all the white boxes and returning to the 'collectionplate' page, you are faced with a scrambled image, which when reassembled gives the coat of arms of the Odessa Oblast.
- After solving all the puzzles and returning to the 'more answers' page, you are faced with a crossword puzzle. When all the words are found, only 6B617261 is left. Screenshots Media:cross1.jpg, Media:cross2.jpg, Media:cross3.jpg, Media:cross4.jpg
- At the end of the video for solving puzzle box four the link '/roamingroaming' is given. The page is a clue to some place if you follow the distances from an unknown source. The word "TANLI" is at the bottom of the page, which I assume is "LATIN". Maybe the starting place is ROME?
- The video for solving puzzle box four asks you to visit '/lokiv'. This provides a video for the final part of the meta puzzle. Four Lokis sit in four directors' chairs and ask you to find their name(s). See lokiv for further information.