|06-21-2012, 08:58 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2009
2012 Summer ARG Summary [Meet the Pyro Day 1]
2012 Summer ARG Summary*
An updated summary of our current knowledge on the ARG
Click if you don't know what ARG stands for
Valve's Portal 2 ARG
TF2 Wiki ARG Page:
6/19/12, random items were added to the game;
not mentioned in update files.
Level 1 Banana Peel
Where did the banana go? Sit down for this next part, because WE HAVE NO IDEA. Admit it, that's kind of mysterious."
Level 1 Plank
This barn door plank doesn't look mysterious at all, until you view it at an atomic level. Hey, there's a horse there next to all those atoms. They're taking turns riding the horse. Man, how did a horse get there? Pretty darn mysterious.
Level 1 Secret Diary
Unlike other games we could mention, owning this won't trigger a sound file narrating secret diary entries. Why? Because we RESPECT THE PRIVACY of our characters. What are they hiding? Truly we live in MYSTERIOUS TIMES.
Level 1 Capacitor
How did it get damaged? Who damaged it? What is a capacitor? Better get your tickets ready, because the mystery train is leaving the station. Or did it already leave? Another mystery!
Barn Door Plank
Numbers/letters on the capacitor represented 6/22 (June 22nd) and
V1500 representing V = 5, 1500 divided by 5 = 300 = 300th TF2 Update.
6/20/12, Medic/Spy set equipped (Nine Pipe Problem + Private Eye)
reveals partial coding on random item icons in backpack.
Added MD5 hash records to mystery solving time attribute.
The set is based on the fictional sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The name is a reference to the detective's famous phrase: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
Sherlock Holmes unfinished item quote: "... the ... .hi.h ..." "... yea. in, .e.r out ..." "... may ... .n ..."Thi.k o. ..." "... deed. of he.l.sh .rue. .y ... noic : .y ... non. .he w.se.." "... such .lace., .a.d …"
Sherlock Holmes finished item quote: "Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser."
6/21/12, the same day, an update occured allowing craft of 2
Banana Peels to recieve an error message.
Banana error #1
Banana error #2
Banana error #3
Banana error #4
Banana error #5
Banana error #6
Banana error #7
Banana error #8
Minutes later, these codes were being surveyed on Ned_Ballad's
official thread and used to decode the HEX and QR images into portions of text.
Submit banana codes here http://xpaw.ru/tf2-magic/
Central Steam group http://steamcommunity.com/groups/tf2summerarg
Combining 7 and 8 QR codes
The errors spit out a unique code, this code seems to be connected to a png that we have to decode. The png seems to form a QR code.
<+Lagg> Guys, there is a 100% reliable way you can see how many PNGs there are 14:20
<+Lagg> Assuming you collect all the codes, search for 0x89 0x50 0x4E 0x47 0x0D 0x0A 0x1A 0x0A 14:21
<+Lagg> For every one of those that appear, there is one PNG image in the stream.
Error numbers vary, and the code is different always, but the error code stops at 8.
Error number changes every time.
Code Survey Info:
The Official Steam group for the ARG then posted various other QR
QR Site: http://xkeeper.net/private/portal/tf2.php
List of speculated possiblities with these .pngs:
http://puu.sh/CIYu (Credit to Rammite)
http://i.imgur.com/J7KaP.jpg (Credit to Shradow)
Complete Image: http://i.imgur.com/GdMVg.png
6/21/12 at almost midnight, the TF2 Blog
updated with a Steam Workshop tutorial. This gave information on
how to create and model a TF2 item.
This post gives a sneak peak at the new
weapon, the Scorch Shot. Speculation tells us it's for the Meet
The Pyro update possibly coming soon.
Posted at the bottom there's a YouTube video. At 7:08 in the
video, tabs of numerous song titles/artists are visible. This includes a song by
Goldfish and Gorillaz, relating to the goldfish from the ARG, the Pyro mask being in
one of the song's music videos and the lyrics talking about heat in portions.
Speculation brings us back to Poopy Joe, a character mentioned in
the War! Update years ago. The mystery continues.
6/22/12 midday, Panzer posted a thread reguarding the new Valve
and Adult Swim team project dated for next week. When registering on Adult Swim, a
friendly Pyro is there to greet you, not by coincidence. Some believe this is ARG
related and others say it's Meet the Pyro itself. Time will tell.
Adult Swim/Valve Site Description:
Coming Next Week Adult Swim & Valve
are teaming up for something that you'll probably enjoy. To learn how their video game peanut butter will be getting in our network's chocolate, come back next week.
Also: you'll want to sign up for the newsletter. You've been warned.
6/22/12, the TF2 Blog updated again with Pyro dialogue. It was
almost immediatly discovered that the Pyro speaks in morse code; longer mmmmmphs
equal dashes and shorter mphs equal dots. Once decoded, it spelt out MONDAY.
This is when Meet the Pyro will possibly be released.
Mmmmph mmmmph, mmmmm mmmmmp mmmmmph. Mmmmmph mpm! Mmmmmph mph mm! Hm mmmmmph, hmmmmph mm mmmmmph mmmmmph! translates -- --- -. -.. .- -.--
6/23/12 the TF2 Official Wiki updated with signs that the Pyro
had visited. Scorched piles of ash replacing class icons, besides the Pyro of
course, and burn holes in the ARG icon. This has been proven a hoax and hype for the
upcoming update. (TF2 Wiki link at top of thread)
The decoded HEX/QR pages have hints as to where Saxton Hale sent
Poopy Joe in the rocket. This is provided on page 204 when Saxton Hale is trying to
remember the name of the location. "Or Bar. It could've started with Bar. Or Ber.
The Wooden Padlocked Beam bears a resemblance to the ones seen at Barnblitz.
"After he got back safe and sound, of course, we sent the little guy on an all expense paid vacation for his service to America. For all I know, he's still there." - Hale
Information needed to approve/disapprove:
>Confirmed location: Barnblitz
>Multiple user exploration
6/25/12, the TF2 Blog updated with the announcement of Pyro Mania
Day 1 and the Official Meet the Pyro Countdown. The Meet the Pyro video now has been
dated for June 27th.
At the bottom of the Pyromania page, clicking the banana brings you
to the continuation of pages 204 and 205 of the decoded recent QR Codes/Hex. And
lastly, secret coding under the Day 3 gauge on the Pyromania page reveals the
partially visible text, 'Do No... Until You Watch The...' hinting at MtP.
http://i.imgur.com/jc2jh.jpg (Text removed 5PM EST)
6/25/12 in the afternoon, Marshazzle and Ngulezian speculated
page 834 of the narrative backstory page. (See above links)
3/4 of the way down the article page, nearly the entire script is being blocked out
with black highlighting. 'Ms. XXXXX. Very well. For XXXXX years I have been
stockpiling Australium to XXXXX and also XXXXX thus preventing XXXXX in order to
XXXXX eighteen perfect idiots to XXXXX. (gasps)
We've translated this to, 'Ms. XXXXX. Very well. For XXXXX years I have been
stockpiling Australium to transport a suitcase nuke full of recalled Mann Co.
Australium to American monkeynaut Poopy Joe’s rocket (quoted and pieced in from
Day 1 Update description*) and also blast off and hunt down Soviet space chimp
Vladimir Bananas (same reason applies*) thus preventing the opposing team
from achieving their goals in order to undoubtedly, in the most righteous,
sophisticated respect, unify two teams (Blue & Red) as trained mercinaries, and hire
these eighteen perfect idiots (referring to the nine classes per team) to
attempt to get the necessary fuel up a preposterously slow-moving elevator and into
Poopy Joe’s Australium-powered rocket to the stars. (same reason applies)
6/26/12 noon, the Official Pyromania Countdown timer changed its background to a Pyro holding the Scorch Shot.
Minutes later, a can was added at the bottom of the screen to the
right of the banana, leaving middle space. Clicking this brings you to a small
exerpt of a Soldier book titled, 'Soldier Needs A Home.'
Minutes after, again, Day 2 was released. This shows new weapons
for the Scout, Sniper, Soldier, and Pyro.
Got feedback/ideas? PM me:
*This thread will continue to be updated as more information is
availible. Currently, this is a summary for the entire process of the ARG so far. I
am in no way intending on stealing user's information; I am merely giving users the
option to get direct information from one source based off of every speculation
And on future notice...
Keep researching: For SCIENCE!
Last edited by Marshazzle: 06-26-2012 at 12:46 PM. Reason: Title change.
|06-21-2012, 09:10 PM||#6|
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|06-21-2012, 09:13 PM||#8|
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|06-21-2012, 09:17 PM||#10|
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Also I don't know if anyone has posted this anywhere yet but I tried crafting bananas with the fruit shoot set (sniper hat with apple). Got nothin'. Thought they would be related somehow.
|06-21-2012, 09:23 PM||#12|
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|06-21-2012, 09:24 PM||#13|
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|06-21-2012, 09:27 PM||#14|
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If I'm reading between the lines properly (pun intended), I believe the term "nation's entire supply of Australium" is contained in the entry.