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    • [ARG] The Pizza Code Mystery

      Due to a busy life I have not been able to keep up with the overwhelming
      amount of information for this ARG and thus this first post is no longer up
      to date. You should use the following wiki from now on. Thanks.
      -Unhinged


      Wiki:
      thepizzaisalie.wikia.com/wiki/…zza_Code_Mystery_ARG_Wiki


      Join us on IRC:
      webchat.quakenet.org/
      "BMS-ARG"

      Follow the Blog:
      thepizzacodemystery.blogspot.co.uk/

      Tempus omnia revelant



      Protip: If you do not know what an ARG is, read THIS.

      If you find anything new that you think might apply, submit it!

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      In Game:

      CODES (so far):
      Code A - 1001
      Code B - 0851*
      Code C - 3914
      Code D - 0914


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      Code A + Message

      Source Code

      1. I HAVE HIDDEN FOUR
      2. CODES ABCD FOR ACCESS
      3. TO MY SITE - DO KONAMI
      4. CODE A
      5. ONE ZERO ZERO ONE

      [INDENT]
      • Implies that the final portion of this ARG will be web-based as we are gaining access to a 'Site.'
      • Found as a texture behind a blocked door in Questionable Ethics.
      • A Pig-Pen Cipher was used to encode the message.
      • The message was originally encoded INCORRECTLY, so that the third line translated to "TO MY SFTE - DR BON AMI" and it made no sense.
      [/INDENT]

      (Discovered/Screens by spupy)
      (Decoded by MrMuffins)

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      Code B

      3 'Abstract Paintings' were found in the canteen seating area of Questionable Ethics. When overlayed they form another 4 digit code: 0851.

      [INDENT][/INDENT]

      (Discovered and Decoded by Meaneh)

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      Code C + Message

      Source Code

      1. VICTOR WOULD
      2. LIKE THIS
      3. EXTENSION
      4. CODE C - 3914

      [INDENT][/INDENT]

      (Discovered and Decoded by coggy9)
      (The meaning of the code was figured out by PanMieszko/phlOgistOn while on IRC)
      (Screenshot gallery by GalaxySwift)

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      Message+Code D - SECOM Cipher

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      The VIC Cipher - Main Code

      Source Code

      1. DR BOTTOMLEY
      2. 31529 63776 21295 33399 44534
      3. 97341 68095 91847 99899 47843
      4. 91327 76794 07031 80431 91909
      5. 02118 97319 80497 17819 91998
      6. 59314 91931 41651 49161 97998
      7. 43089 11933 13937 48491 89198
      8. 98878 29905 90941 84992 89313
      9. 27810 43844 11818 39111 19562
      10. 74899 49301 99848 05075 50994
      11. 47717 11522 89919 13139 93187
      12. 87339 89438 64933 23042 09364
      13. 38899 25012 93143 93496 10193
      14. 68393 99855 90591 22893 84499
      15. 88299 23898 73571 38537 15395
      16. 81199 28050 39045 51198 32189
      17. 91192 71948 45160 15835 13817
      18. 89530 19314 97313 00149 44841
      19. 39991 95319 03338 19887 71111
      20. 82261 19390 95231 31788 08497
      21. 97784 11139 39519 34949 93559
      22. 35177 10951 18199 31599 70923
      23. 15122 98343 94109 31461
      24. DR HORN
      Show All

      [INDENT]
      • This is a SECOM Cipher - Determined from the Code C Message (Extension of a VIC Cipher).
      • Presumed to be the main/final code (far from it ;)).
      • Found in Laser Lab in Questionable Ethics, on a whiteboard next to another message about pizza.
      • Dr. Bottomley's name was underlined once while Dr. Horn's was underlined twice. May be significant. (Also note the arrows next to Bottomley's name.)
      [/INDENT]

      A VIC Cipher Online Decoder
      Various Decoders including a SECOM decoder/encoder

      (Discovered by UnhingedMouse0)

      DECRYPTED MESSAGE - Password = "laseroptroniclinearinducercannon"
      IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT RESEARCH INTO POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE BRIDGING METHODS MAY BE SUPPORTED BY THE INCLUSION AND APPLICATION OF THE LASER OPTRONIC LINEAR INDUCER ARRAY TO ACT AS AN AXIS MODULATOR FOR REGULATION AND FOCUSING AN UNKNOWN ENERGY FORM WAS DETECTED WHILST INVESTIGATING THIS HYPOTHESIS PLEASE USE CODE D 0914 TO COMPLETE THE SEQUENCE ON MY SITE


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      The VIC Cipher - 'SONG' Input (Likely, but not confirmed.)

      The code deciphered.

      Source Code

      1. Translates to the Latin phrase: lapis philosophorum
      2. In English: "The Philosopher's Stone"


      [INDENT]
      • Chain of Death Cipher was used.
      • Found in a really obscure comic from the 1930s called "The Shadow." [Pages 25 & 83]
      • A How-To [Page 25] for deciphering was found and used.
      • Seeing as this is exactly 20 characters it could be the song input. It could also reference a Van Morrison song.
      [/INDENT]

      (Discovered by theridane)
      (Decoded by Nefarious)

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      HALOS FILE - UNSOLVED

      Source Code

      1. B32B003A 35BADD66 577C24C1 4FC91906 4346D131 A7C54BB8 2FFE03E0 22615777
      2. 247923DC 21F62CD4 182E91C3 B267B545 ABCAEDAF 0261510D 4EEA1E87 CD33C7C7
      3. 7131309C C4280EB4 243D1154 F044F9CF 6296D9BF F7397E43 90987FE6 3203DA0D
      4. E40278B3 A54F5DDC 6975FA04 F749849E 1A62595A 9F630B07 95913DE0 153E3AAC
      5. 388C45FB 9D850CFE 913541D6 C08398F2 C88332A8 2FDF0028 1D62FCDC 4FE7E46A
      6. E90C51C5 C806B411 64E33AB9 2C96862E 068B0C16 C09990B8 381A00DA 7915B67F
      7. E4A20F59 9B0F1B6D 481913C7 B9538CEE 639144F4 1561BA92 E4FE751D 1E242CD8
      8. 8F51D695 51988713 6A7C15AA BD7B4004 49220141 30A91F17 0F66CCB3 C139463A
      9. 7E909A37 AA863FB2 7805FC97 31C09C8C 79067E79 930A4065 46B24C9A 629B26C2
      10. CE2A4BE4 8F589A37 5FEB731F C4AB225C 11848CF8 9E291FB2 7133970C 06361847
      11. 4A892801 EDD68F54 698C5E5B 506746F6 765A6F7F 1225DEA4 DA1140FE B60F6507
      12. 45241C69 3695883D CB21E6FB FEFBB85A 29919480 36A52B5D
      Show All


      See - HALOS FILE

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      The Web-Based Tip About Code A:

      Phlogiston had the idea that there may be a web-based element to this ARG. He also set up an IRC channel to discuss/brainstorm. Shortly thereafter he received two sets of messages from the same IP host.

      Source Code

      1. [01:51] * Dr_Horn ([email protected]) has joined channel #BMS-ARG
      2. [01:51] <phlOgistOn> hello Dr Horn.....
      3. [01:51] <Dr_Horn> The Pizza Is A LIE
      4. [01:52] * Dr_Horn ([email protected]) Quit (Quit: Page closed)


      Source Code

      1. [03:40] <Watcher__|afk> UHJveHlob3N0QC04NC05LTEyMy0xNjQuZHNsZ2IuY29tLy9jbG 9zZWQucHJveHkuYWNjZXB0ZWQvLz9PVFIsMSwzLD9PVFI6W0kt LS1NSS1HIFRSLS1TTUktLS1PT-iAtIFVOLS0tV04gUyMjUkNFX SBPVFI6ficvLyBEci8vLyN+YCAgQi4uQW1pIH4jIyMgfiBOb3Q gIyN+YW1pLi4uIHtpbnRlcnJ1cHR9CgorKiYqJiMvLyMvLyBLT 0 4gICwsLW1pIEMtZGUuIERyIEgtLU4gI35+IERvbl9fIyMjIExF VCBISU0gX18gZmkjZC4uLi4udXMgLiB7RHIgV2VsIyN9fn4gW1 Rlcm1pbmFsLl0gfn4gW1RyYW5z bWlzc2lvbiBFbmRzXQ==
      2. [03:41] <Watcher__|afk> UHJveHlob3N0QC04NC05LTEyMy0xNjQuZHNsZ2IuY29tLy9jbG 9zZWQucHJveHkuYWNjZXB0ZWQvLz9PVFIsMSwzLD9PVFI6W0kt LS1NSS1HIFRSLS1TTUktLS1PT-iAtIFVOLS0tV04gUyMjUkNFX SBPVFI6ficvLyBEci8vLyN+YCAgQi4uQW1pIH4jIyMgfiBOb3Q gIyN+YW1pLi4uIHtpbnRlcnJ1cHR9CgorKiYqJiMvLyMvLyBLT 0 4gICwsLW1pIEMtZGUuIERyIEgtLU4gI35+IERvbl9fIyMjIExF VCBISU0gX18gZmkjZC4uLi4udXMgLiB7RHIgV2VsIyN9fn4gW1 Rlcm1pbmFsLl0gfn4gW1RyYW5z bWlzc2lvbiBFbmRzXQ==
      3. [03:41] <Watcher__|afk> UHJveHlob3N0QC04NC05LTEyMy0xNjQuZHNsZ2IuY29tLy9jbG 9zZWQucHJveHkuYWNjZXB0ZWQvLz9PVFIsMSwzLD9PVFI6W0kt LS1NSS1HIFRSLS1TTUktLS1PT-iAtIFVOLS0tV04gUyMjUkNFX SBPVFI6ficvLyBEci8vLyN+YCAgQi4uQW1pIH4jIyMgfiBOb3Q gIyN+YW1pLi4uIHtpbnRlcnJ1cHR9CgorKiYqJiMvLyMvLyBLT 0 4gICwsLW1pIEMtZGUuIERyIEgtLU4gI35+IERvbl9fIyMjIExF VCBISU0gX18gZmkjZC4uLi4udXMgLiB7RHIgV2VsIyN9fn4gW1 Rlcm1pbmFsLl0gfn4gW1RyYW5z bWlzc2lvbiBFbmRzXQ==
      4. [03:41] * Watcher__|afk ([email protected]) Quit (Quit: Page closed)


      He originally thought they were from someone trolling us, but he posted them here anyway.

      asm realized the message used base64 encoding and decoded the message. He too thought it was still a troll.

      Source Code

      1. Proxyhost@-84-9-123-164.dslgb.com//closed.proxy.accepted//?OTR,1,3,?OTR:[I---MI-G TR--SMI---ON - UN---WN S##RCE] OTR:~'// Dr///#~` B..Ami ~### ~ Not ##~ami... {interrupt}
      2. +*&*&#//#// KON ,,-mi C-de. Dr H--N #~~ Don__### LET HIM __ fi#d.....us . {Dr Wel##}~~ [Terminal.] ~~ [Transmission Ends]


      Attempting to fill in the blanks after the fact, we get:

      Source Code

      1. INCOMING TRANSMISSION - UNKNOWN SOURCE
      2. Dr BonAmi is Not ami its
      3. KONami Code. Dr HORN
      4. Don't LET HIM find us. Dr Welsh


      Thankfully, Meaneh persisted and noticed what he thought was a reference to Konami Code. He took a look at stormseeker's website and found a hidden Konami Code there.
      An IRC go'er, PanMieszko, helped put the code INTO stormseeker's website which then redirected immediately to:

      terminal.blackmesasource.com/

      Message From the Site wrote:


      It has come to my attention that strange messages have been appearing throughout Black Mesa, and have been causing somewhat of a conunDrum concerning what has become known as "The Pizza Code Mystery".

      I have long suspected that there was something stRange going on during the development of this facility. The unexplained disappearances, misappropriation of funds regarding cheesy oven-baked bread products and an ominous feeling that something is constantly watching this all from the shadows, Have added up to create something that needs solving, and sOlving fast.

      As a result, I am offering a small reward to the first peRson that can solve this mystery and provide me with the answers I need. Together, I'm sure you caN crack this.


      He also noted that if you read the out of place capital letters it spells out DR HORN.


      [INDENT]
      • This seems to have been created with the intent to point out that the first message was incorrectly encoded (or was it...).
      • This also confirmed that more people than just stormseeker are involved in all this.
      [/INDENT]

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      ADDITIONAL MESSAGES

      IRC Clue 1 (SOLVED)
      IRC Clue 2 (SOLVED)
      IRC Clue 3 (SOLVED)
      IRC Clue 4 (SOLVED)
      IRC Clue 5 (SOLVED)
      IRC Clue 6 (SOLVED)


      Random Additional Knowledge:

      [INDENT][/INDENT]

      A nifty resource: All the White Board textures.

      The Strange EXT's we keep finding:
      [INDENT]
      • Dr. J. D. Marcel - 1187.463
      • Anomalous Materials - 01433
      • Dr Horn (Biodome) - 186759
      [/INDENT]

      Handy Info
      [INDENT]
      • Halos
      • BenallohPaillier
      • CongratulationsyouwonthePIZZA
      • BMRF.us (site down, due to unforseen circumstances)
      [/INDENT]
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      STORYLINE SO FAR

      ??? (You'll have to write this yourselves ;) - It might help...)

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      NB - This will not lead to Xen being released early.
      This will not lead to a release date for HL3.
      Attempts to hack anything will lead to me closing this down, it is not within the spirit of the game.
      [COLOR="DarkOrange"]I've been around for a while...

      [/COLOR]

      Post was edited 82 times, last by UnhingedMouse0: Updates. 12/12/12 ().

    • [The Official Black Mesa ARG Thread]

      I made a thread about this on reddit, read here. It basically started when I found this code behind a malfunctioning door.

      Here is the info copy-pasted from my reddit post.
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      What do we have now?

      In this thread I posted a picture of some code that is found behind an inaccessible door. The users MrMuffins and bradcah did good job recognizing the type of code used and what it says:

      I have hidden four
      codes abcd for access
      to my S.F.T.E [possibly acronym for Society of Flight Test Engineers]-dr bon ami [good friend]
      code a
      one zero zero one

      or

      "I have hidden four / codes 'abcd' for access / to my 'SFTE' - DRBONAMI / codes / ONE ZERO ZERO ONE"

      User unhi apparently gives confirmation that this is indeed an ARG, but the first and easiest code found is not yet completely cracked. He also found another potential code and did some detective work.

      It seems to revolve around pizzas. There is one of the pizza-heavy secret rooms. There are other secret rooms containing pizza.

      How can you help?
      NOTE: involves cheats, so not everyone will like it!
      We need to find the other 3 codes, and any potential clues around. I'm on chapter 8 or 9, so I probably missed a lot. If you feel like exploring secret rooms, this is how I do it:
      - Open options panel -> keyboard -> advanced -> enable developer console.
      - Open the developer console with whatever key you have it set in they keyboard settings panel of the game.
      - When starting up the game (every time you start it) type in console "sv_cheats 1" to enable the use of cheats. This command by itself does not alter your game experience.
      - Type in console "bind n noclip". You can chose any key you want instead of "n". Pressing the key will toggle noclip.
      Be reasonable with noclip! Don't cheat, don't spoil yourself, don't get stuck; quicksave before exploring, as some areas will instakill you if you noclip there; going too far crashes the game.

      Of most interest are locked/broken doors that apparently have rooms on the other side. You can also try inaccessible catwalks and observation rooms, but be sure not to go somewhere that you should be later on in the game and spoil what lies ahead.


      I will update this post as new information arrives.
    • Copying this over from the other thread:

      Anyway, on one of the whiteboards in QE, there was a seemingly meaningless chemical formula or something in the bottom right with "don't tell Junek!" (Meaning Dr. D. Junek, who I believe is a shoutout to a certain team member) written next to it. I couldn't figure out what it meant, but it might be relevant here. I think it was in optronics.

      Good job compiling everything, I really hope to see this through.

      Ramirezoid;348564 wrote:

      You're why people murder nerds in the night and snap copies of shitty 90s games in half
    • Oh lovely, a thread merge... so now my post is back in the middle of the thread, which defeats the whole purpose of my having created a new thread in the first place. :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

      Also, because my other post disappeared which said this --- no one pay attention to asm's post, the data he posted is wrong.

      I was wondering that as well Sarge, but I honestly don't know enough about the bible to figure out any relation. I also don't think that would be the best idea though since even the same book can be very different depending on the edition.
      [COLOR="DarkOrange"]I've been around for a while...

      [/COLOR]

      Post was edited 2 times, last by UnhingedMouse0 ().

    • Have you guys seen this yet? It's a secret room in Surface Tension. I don't read these forums much so excuse me if it's been posted already.



      I have no idea if this actually has anything to do with it (or if it's even been posted previously), but it's the only defining thing in this room (other than tons of food and soda).

      I made a post on how to reach it here: facepunch.com/showthread.php?t…3&viewfull=1#post37698833

      It might be completely irrelevant though.
    • UnhingedMouse0 wrote:

      How do you get to it? / Which part of ST is it in? - It's got Dr. Horn's picture, so I'd say it's definitely relevant to some extent.

      You can't use that keypad can you? lol


      [WARNING SPOILERS]

      I don't believe you can use the keypad no. I too found this secret on my first play through by accident. You have to hit the switch first on the opposite end of the trail, where the health and HEV charger are, and the two soldiers across a small jump with a barnacle in the middle. Then run back to the other end, and drop down a few ledges to the little cave, whereabouts you will be teleported there.

      Related:
      1) Someone should check this out for me since i'm at work right now and can't screenshot it for you, but there is another secret room in Q.E. underneath the staircase leading up to where you get the Tau/Gauss Gun. From what i can gather, you have to noclip to get there, but there is a "blocky" scientist with his head missing (he looks like a lego scientist), and a radio which when used plays a series of weird beeping noises (almost like a code), as well as pizza and the infamous "the pizza is a lie" blood smeared on the wall.

      2) There is the blood smear and a pizza in several other locations i found, including (You have to noclip to access these):
      - Behind the fenced area to the left of the HECU getting attacked by snarks next to the black car with it's headlights on. (Yeah, that one)
      - In Lambda Complex before in the area with the spies/black ops (as I call them), just before you go up the spiral staircase (with the optional lift) at the back of that area, it's behind one of the two dead ends on the right side (i think it's the one with the water dripping from the ceiling)

      *Hope this excites someone, I'll post more as i remember them.

      Post was edited 3 times, last by The Master ().

    • Ok.

      Since this is my first post in here , i wanna to say hello to everybody. Even that i didnt finish the game , i`ll try to help with this ARG :) . I'm searching some clues on the good news bible. What u think about this code?

      31529 63776 21295 33399 44534
      97341 68095 91847 99899 47843
      91327 76794 07031 80431 91909
      02118 97319 80497 17819 91998
      59314 91931 41651 49161 97998
      43089 11933 13937 48491 89198

      98878 29905 90941 84992 89313
      27810 43844 11818 39111 19562
      74899 49301 99848 05075 50994
      47717 11522 89919 13139 93187
      87339 89438 64933 23042 09364
      38899 25012 93143 93496 10193
      68393 99855 90591 22893 84499
      88299 23898 73571 38537 15395
      81199 28050 39045 51198 32189

      91192 71948 45160 15835 13817
      89530 19314 97313 00149 44841
      39991 95319 03338 19887 71111
      82261 19390 95231 31788 08497
      97784 11139 39519 34949 93559
      35177 10951 18199 31599 70923
      15122 98343 94109 31461
    • Related:
      1) Someone should check this out for me since i'm at work right now and can't screenshot it for you, but there is another secret room in Q.E. underneath the staircase leading up to where you get the Tau/Gauss Gun. From what i can gather, you have to noclip to get there, but there is a "blocky" scientist with his head missing (he looks like a lego scientist), and a radio which when used plays a series of weird beeping noises (almost like a code), as well as pizza and the infamous "the pizza is a lie" blood smeared on the wall.



      Found it and took some screencaps:
      imgur album

      I also recorded a demo... Is there a way to make that into a video?

      EDIT: Video: youtu.be/aWmxNn250hw

      EDIT: I also heard the sound you were talking about. I know it can be made into an image, although I don't have the software to do so. Based on the video in the above post, it's the same sound that was found in the game files and has allready been made into an image.
      Just another drifting galaxy...

      Post was edited 1 time, last by GalaxySwift ().

    • The Master wrote:



      Related:
      1) Someone should check this out for me since i'm at work right now and can't screenshot it for you, but there is another secret room in Q.E. underneath the staircase leading up to where you get the Tau/Gauss Gun. From what i can gather, you have to noclip to get there, but there is a "blocky" scientist with his head missing (he looks like a lego scientist), and a radio which when used plays a series of weird beeping noises (almost like a code), as well as pizza and the infamous "the pizza is a lie" blood smeared on the wall.

      2) There is the blood smear and a pizza in several other locations i found, including (You have to noclip to access these):
      - Behind the fenced area to the left of the HECU getting attacked by snarks next to the black car with it's headlights on. (Yeah, that one)
      - In Lambda Complex before in the area with the spies/black ops (as I call them), just before you go up the spiral staircase (with the optional lift) at the back of that area, it's behind one of the two dead ends on the right side (i think it's the one with the water dripping from the ceiling)

      *Hope this excites someone, I'll post more as i remember them.

      Yeah, first one has been found, it was Code C, though nice to know where it actually is in-game.

      As for the others I'll def have to check them out. OBE mentioned his favorite secret being near the snarked HECU soldier, you might have found it.

      GalaxySwift wrote:

      Found it and took some screencaps:
      imgur album

      I also recorded a demo... Is there a way to make that into a video?

      EDIT: I also heard the sound you were talking about. I know it can be made into an image, although I don't have the software to do so. Based on the video in the above post, it's the same sound that was found in the game files and has allready been made into an image.

      Only way I know to turn a demo into a video is to play it back and FRAPS it, lol.

      The 247 isnt related to this unfortunately, that's just the reactor core portal order. I knew that was visible somewhere, guess that's where.

      'Lego Guy' is awesome... hahaha
      [COLOR="DarkOrange"]I've been around for a while...

      [/COLOR]

      Post was edited 1 time, last by UnhingedMouse0 ().