Just a brief update regarding a few bits of information that Storm provided during a conversation today. Here's the pertinent info from our conversation:
[EVIL]GunslingersRequiem: 1. Were you really Code_ / 0418 from the forums? 2. Should we spend more effort constructing the story in the game rather than focusing so closely on the web-based clues?
[BMS] stormseeker: 1. yep 2. a bit of both. I suspect if all else fails, something will come along and assist
To recap, Storm really was Code_ / 0418, so we could definitely take his
PM at face value at least in the sense that we are probably on the
right track with the encryption methods we've considered. Second, the
web-based clues are relevant, but we also need to spend some time
in the game continuing to look for clues that may assist with the HALOS
file and possibly other future assets of the ARG. That said, I have
included a new page entitled "Steam Release Clues"
under the "In-Game Clues" heading on the front page of the wiki. Please
do not hesitate to post whatever you may find that looks important, for we
can always weed out (as a collaborative effort) those things we deem
unnecessary, or redirect information we already have to their proper
places on the ARG. Furthermore, you are all of course always welcome to
contribute any thoughts you have to the blog and continue to submit key/keyphrase ideas
you come up with. I have a list already in the works, and once I hit a
certain threshold I will begin posting them to the wiki in alphabetical
Storm also mentioned that, if we are still unable to come up with a solution prior to a certain time, something may
assist us down the road. However, I think we should continue to focus
our efforts on what we have rather than simply play the waiting game. We
owe him at least that much.