Pinned [ARG] The Pizza Code Mystery

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    • Hyperbyte wrote:

      Right, but at least I'm getting my point across: stop making lots of threads about the same subject! :) I'll see if I can get your post to the top somehow.

      Update: There, first post. Anything else to whine about while you're at it? ;-)I have removed asm's post. Which makes yours one closer to the top as well.


      Was wondering where it had gone. I don't mind it, but that decoded image is mine (even though the original find is not).

      EDIT: While I'm at it, I thought the unsolved message could be a Playfair cipher, since it has 5 groups of 5 numbers per line, though it has the same number instead of letter problem.

      EDIT2: UnhingedMouse0, I disagree with your transcription of that message. Notice the difference:

      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

      There's an artificial line gap, which could be significant. Also, the other gaps are caused by the limited space in each paper, so I don't think they are relevant.

      The post was edited 3 times, last by asm ().

    • Pyro wrote:

      What's the full text? It looks like some of it isn't binary but I can't make it out.


      The top says "BLACK MESA FILE SYSTEM", the bottom says "MORE NUMBERS", and it the middle it looks like JENNOBEING... thought that obviously makes no sense.

      I feel like stormseeker is the mastermind behind a lot of this, he's been keeping a very close eye on us and he was the one who originally inadvertently tipped me off to the Reddit post.

      asm wrote:

      There's an artificial line gap, which could be significant. Also, the other gaps are caused by the limited space in each paper, so I don't think they are relevant.

      Honestly I feel like the most likely scenario is that none of the breaks matter... but I do see your point. I questioned the legitimacy of your break placement because you had also typoed the first number and misread what clearly said 'Dr', lol. I hadn't noticed that other minute break originally.

      The post was edited 2 times, last by UnhingedMouse0 ().

    • k3nny1550 wrote:


      Binary translation: lol%"§'/¡$§#��67¶�

      If I may offer my own opinion...
      From what I can tell, the binary is separated into 3 parts -
      the first line, which separates itself from the second by ending early;
      the second, third, and fourth lines, for which the hyphens after the second and third lines indicate continuity;
      and the sixth line, which is identical to the first.

      The first part reads "0110110001101111011011000" which, if this internet binary-to-ASCII converter is not wrong, means "lol". This also applies to the last binary code, of course.

      The second part, which transcribed in whole is "01001010010001010100111001001110001100000101111101000010010010011001110010001110000110100001010", which translates to "JENN0_BING".

      I suspect that the previous message is what is written in plain text under the second part.

      I cannot read the second plaintext message, and the third reads "MORE NUMBERS".

      Now, I did a little poking around in the game files yesterday, trying to find some clue as to the as-yet unsolved code, and apparently this "jenn0" has their own uniquely named desk model with matching textures.

      The texture appears to indicate the following is on the desk:
      1. A diagram of the large laser in QE
      2. A note from Dr.Horn to Dr.Foreman saying "Here are today's tasks Please have them in order and on my desk by noon!"
      3. Several colors of generic sticky note
      4. A red "TASKS IN" box and a blue "TASKS OUT" box

      I have yet to locate this desk ingame, though I haven't really tried. I suspect it might be in the QE main laser chamber.

      Honestly, I have no idea what relevance this has to any ARG. It might just be a developer putting his or her signature on their work.
    • UnhingedMouse0 wrote:


      Honestly I feel like the most likely scenario is that none of the breaks matter... but I do see your point. I questioned the legitimacy of your break placement because you had also typoed the first number and misread what clearly said 'Dr', lol. I hadn't noticed that other minute break originally.


      I was somehow very dyslexic yesterday when it came to letters, though I did get all the numbers right. I think I have been overestimating the complexity of this ARG so far, so I agree that break could mean nothing (still, how did it get there? This could, at the very least, tip us about the way that sequence was created - in two parts? Maybe something was removed from in-between?).

      EDIT: I have a feeling it is actually a case of a Vernam cipher, using the first block as the loop-key. Will try it now.

      The post was edited 1 time, last by asm ().

    • 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


      Ok i got Good News Bible , any good thoughts about what every few numbers mean? Posting link to it download.sabda.org/mobile/pdf/GNB.pdf
    • Ok, even if I'm doing this right I have no idea how to convert from numbers to text. I tried several checkboard tables, but none seem to work. Maybe the scheme's got something to do with the plain messages we already have ("to my stfe - dr bon ami" - awkward grammar - or the names from Dr. Bottomley and Dr. Horn) or we are still missing information.

      Here's the first two (partially) decoded lines of the message if my guess is correct:

      * By addition:
      58339 06510 32003 62400 53096
      14151 01839 02655 28900 56305

      * By subtraction:
      96391 80178 90623 06822 75038
      30579 85851 20071 40322 72729

      The post was edited 1 time, last by asm ().

    • UnhingedMouse0 wrote:

      No idea how this is relevant, other than the wireframe-ish images of the test chamber appear to be the same as those seen in Dr. Horn's secret shack, but supposedly there's some significance to the name on the machine. Ideas?


      Well, you were just talking about Stormseeker being the mastermind, and that machine says Stormtron...

      Ramirezoid wrote:

      You're why people murder nerds in the night and snap copies of shitty 90s games in half
    • I've got another clue, maybe. It's in Anomalous Materials (bm_c1a0a) in one of the inaccessible labs (noclip to get there).

      In the upper left-hand corner of the whiteboard there's a string of characters that look a bit like those from Message #1 (Code A) and there's a red note saying "Call Dr. Horn - Biodome Ext 186759", which stands out somewhat since all phone extensions I've seen in BMRF are three digits.

      Context 1

      Context 2



      Edit: no pizzas here though.

      The security guard in the room behind the reception desk mentions a pizza.
    • That coin sorta looks like a Susan B. Anthony dollar, but it's really hard to tell...
      Also want to point out that the 3914 is double underlined, as was Horn's name on the long number message. Might be relevant, might not.

      Pyro wrote:

      Well, you were just talking about Stormseeker being the mastermind, and that machine says Stormtron...


      Oh, of course, and then there's the fact that Storm's real name is Chris Horn... you'd think I would have figured that out before now. I had been meaning to look up if there was actually a Horn on the team. :facepalm:

      According to his Steam Profile: "I'm a level designer on Black Mesa, currently designing Questionable Ethics, Nihilanth, bits of Blast Pit, the Surface Tension cliff vista and Datacore." We have found a lot of the QE stuff as well as a bit on the cliffside... I suggest we dig into Blast Pit some more now.

      theridane wrote:

      I've got another clue, maybe. It's in Anomalous Materials (bm_c1a0a) in one of the inaccessible labs (noclip to get there).

      In the upper left-hand corner of the whiteboard there's a string of characters that look a bit like those from Message #1 (Code A) and there's a red note saying "Call Dr. Horn - Biodome Ext 186759", which stands out somewhat since all phone extensions I've seen in BMRF are three digits.

      The security guard in the room behind the reception desk mentions a pizza.

      Def seems like a promising lead... thought it's such a short bit of 'code' I don't know what it could yield.

      The post was edited 6 times, last by UnhingedMouse0 ().