Over the weekend there has been a lot of activity with the Star Trek ARG. There are Romulans popping up all around the world and new clues coming every day now. And once again TrekMovie puts it all together to bring you all the latest on this viral event around the new Star Trek movie.
APRIL 24th STAR TREK ARG REPORT 8
NOTE: if you are new to the Star Trek ARG see ‘Quick review’ at the bottom of this article
April 24 Clue 1: Romulan spotted in Tokyo
After more recent Star Trek Dance Parties on thecobrasnake.com didn’t yield new clues, community members were somewhat surprised late Friday to find a Romulan in Tokyo!
This Romulan is probably the mysterious "O" (aka PHPChatUser5), who was previously identified as a woman, and who had told "Fe" and "Al" that she would have their locations by Saturday and to look for her in one of their "spots" (see 4/23 update chat transcript). Although "O" writes in English, she is in Tokyo, suggesting that she’s there to "handle" Sargash, the Japanese-speaking PHPChatUser1 who has gone crazy.
Community members used the coordinates from the sheet "O" is holding to confirm two drop locations this past weekend: the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin. The time on the sheet indicates 4:00pm, but ambiguous language in the chat made it unclear if the drop would occur on Saturday or Sunday.
April 25 Clue 2: "Fe" updates Twitter background, revealing new QR code
While community members mulled over PHPChatUser4’s new profile picture on Twitter, "Author of The Vulcan Neck Pinch for Fathers" (thankfully, "ATVNPF" for short), noticed that he had also changed his Twitter background, apparently to all-black. However, someone noticed something faint in the middle of the image, and with a little Photoshop work, revealed yet another QR code!
"Raphael" was first to decode the message: PHOENIX:01-20. Like Apus, Chamaeleon, and Indus, Phoenix is also a constellation created by Petrus Plancius and first depicted by Johann Bayer. "Al" is now the only team member without an associated constellation.
April 26 Clue Smorgasbord: Strange Happenings in Berlin and Madrid
The folks at Unfiction were able to send people to the Berlin drop location on Saturday at the specified time. After waiting around for a bit and taking pictures, they decided that the drop was meant to be on Sunday. Here’s a report from the next day, courtesy of "Siedler" at Unfiction:
Now we are back from the ARG Event at the Tacheles.
When we arrived at the location, the place looked like the day before. There was nothing special at the area. During 15 min we tried to find some wlan hotspots and other bluetooth devices. So the search result was only our own mobiles.
Then our eyes saw a couple that had a little flyer in his hands. They showed him inconspicuously some times in our direction, but we couldn´t see the content from the flyer.
Suddenly in front of the Tacheles a woman tried to distributed the flyers to some persons. We went to her and got the flyers. She gave us the information that we have to go a little way around the block. There waited another woman with the flyers. She directed us in a backyard. There were a lot of graffitis. On the ground we found some pictures, which were done with a pattern. It was the same like on the flyer. We searched a long time in this area, but found only a messy doss [sic] from a hobo. As we wanted to go home a sprayer came and fabricated new graffitis with a pattern.
A young woman came also and looked for the romulaner [sic] too. Her interests was the “sleepingplace” of the hobo. Not till then we saw the green “blood” in the sleeping bag. We found the right place! We made a lot of pictures. Also this woman told me that her friend got one or two messages. We assume that the PMs tried to sent it with bluetooth to us but it doesn´t worked.So they have to gave the message on this way. She will send it with Email to me. Nearly this message sounds: “Someone tried to cower. He can do it no more, because they will find him. He will go away”. That was all and we went at home. http://s495.photobucket.com/albums/rr314/siedler_2005/Startrek/?start=all
(Note: "PM" is ARG lingo for "Puppet Master": the people behind the game)
People who called the phone number heard this otherworldly recording (thanks "LtPiper" for the recording):
The parties known as "Iron" and "Aluminium" are an extreme public threat. It is your duty to supply us with any information regarding their whereabouts. Failure to do so will result in every horror being inflicted upon you and your kind, and your planet will be destroyed. Save yourselves. Contain the threat.
(that’s "LtPiper" at the end of the recording!)
Meanwhile, in Madrid …
While it seemed like no one related to TrekMovie or Unfiction was able to make it for the Madrid event, Twitterer "colgado47" claims he was able to make it, and posted this cryptic video:
#startrekarg bluetooth madrid http://bit.ly/tQfft (?????)
There’s speculation that colgado47 is with the "Puppet Masters" and sent along the video when no one was able to make it to the museum in Madrid.
Back in Berlin …
"Siedler" received the message promised by the woman he mentioned in his update above (she, too, is suspected to be a member of the "Puppet Masters") via email … another video!
"Amujan" translates the text in the video as:
Kaleh, i’m sick and tired of having to live outside. I’m sleeping in the vivcinity of the position, where you received this message at. People are spraying graffiti and throwing away their old furniture here, it’s digusting. I won’t hide anymore. They’re onto me anyway. I can as well enjoy the time I have left to live.
"Raphael," a veritable ARG workhorse, pieced together snippets of QR code in the Madrid and Berlin videos, yielding 4,NOM4D5,C1U3:. Perhaps l33t for "a nomads clue?"
April 26th and 27th: "Alice" tweets about johannbayer.eu, Daoud’s idea
"Alice," almost certainly a "Puppet Master" posing as a player, mentioned the controversial johannbayer.eu site on Saturday in response to several tweets:
#startrekarg I still haven’t cracked http://www.johannbayer.eu , but I’m still trying!
By acknowleding the site, does Alice put to rest questions of whether or not it’s in-game? Who knows?
@tvdw Looking over old ideas – http://tinyurl.com/co7t2p
@tvdw looking at #112…this seems to be the right direction. So…surely we already have everything we need?
APUS has four letters. 01 + 4 = 05
CHAMAELEON has ten letters. 13 + 10 = 23
Analysis: what now?
Much of the community around this ARG is focusing their efforts on cracking johannbayer.eu by using the constellation: number combinations found in QR codes. However, there are still several open questions.
- What is the meaning of the "232fr" at the Curbridge crash site?
- Where is Ca?
- Did O "handle" Si?
- Are these Romulans here to aid us, or to destroy the planet?
I was generally offline this weekend, so I put this update together with much assistance from "Matt," "ATVNPF," and "Raphael." Thanks, guys!
Star Trek ARG – A quick review
The Star Trek Alternative Reality Game began a couple of weeks ago after some fans spotted URLs on the walls of ‘Star Trek Dance Party’ photos up at thecobrasnake.com, these clues led to more sites, which in turn led to more clues. Here are the previous TrekMovie articles on the Star Trek ARG:
- April 10th – first article identifying ‘binary’ sites
- April 15th Update, identifying ‘Malak0’
- April 17th Update: more ‘PHP chat’
- April 20th Update: Twitter conversation leads to "APUS:01-05"
- April 21st Update: Malak0 posts video of dropped device, leading to "CHAMAELEON:13-23"
- April 23rd Update: More Chatter + Romulans in UK
- April 24th Report: Live drop location, new site identified, crash site photos
Also, all TrekMovie articles regarding this are now in a single Star Trek ARG Category.
What do you think? — and A NOTE before you comment
Before you post clues or speculation in the comments below, check the previous TrekMovie articles (including comments) to be sure they haven’t already been covered.
Star Trek ARG Chat & Forum
TM community member "Tom" hosts the very active ARG chat where much of the problem-solving is taking place. He has set up a forum for posting clues and speculation. It also includes links to the chat.
- ARG site Unfiction also has a thread dedicated to the game
- Thread at startrekmovie.com
- This Star Trek ARG wiki is a great place to get caught up on the chats and their translations
Any new clues or theories? Let us know!
but again, be sure to check previous posts to make sure they haven’t been covered. If you really think you are on to something, send in a clue to tips [at]
trekmovie [dot] com. However, please keep tips to new (at least semi) verified clues, and not just speculation, that is what the comments are for.