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[Lost Ring] tee hee hee

  • Posted on June 4, 2008 at 9:48 am

Back in April…

Me: …? …um. Oh crap. You guys. I have been looking at some stuff here and, uh, I think maybe Renata may be hanging with Theo. [translation for non-players: I have reason to believe that this person we were thinking is a lost ally may have jumped ship and joined up with the bad guys]

Some other people: oh that is crazy talk.

Me: …huh. Well, okay, it made sense to me at the time, maybe not, carry on. *gently pokes the issue a couple more times, then lets it go*

This week:

James the Theo Dude: Oh yeah, Renata kind of recruited me. [translation for non-players: yep, she sure did]

Me: XD *quietly marks her question thread in in-game forum on the subject “answered”*

Attention, ladies and germs:

  • Posted on April 3, 2008 at 11:34 am

This is Kenny Tachibana.

y helo thar, Kenny

I’m working on Jeff.

And now that I have your attention, I would like to take a moment of your time to spread some propaganda information. As you are probably tired of hearing about, I have been following an ARG called The Lost Ring. Well, things have progressed to a point where people are now gathering in meatspace to play the “lost sport” that’s been revealed bit by bit in the story.

In a nutshell: the lost sport involves one person, blindfolded, navigating a labyrinth. The walls of the labyrinth itself are people, who hum to guide the runner along. The tl;dr version is here; if this is relevant to your interests you might also want to see some reports from people who’ve already done it. As the wiki points out, we don’t have all the information about the game itself yet and some of what’s on the rules page there could turn out to be wrong. But there’s enough to start trying it out, which is why I am now spewing propaganda at you because holy crap I want to try this.

Space is not an issue. I live within sight of a huge park with plenty of good spots to lay out at least a 3 or 5 circuit labyrinth. Participation is. To do a proper labyrinth run, you need at least ten people–one runner, one referee, and eight for the wall (although some folks seem to have done it with less). I see one dude on the players’ Google map in Houston and that’s it. This makes me sad.

Even if you aren’t interested in the ARG proper, or hey, even if you don’t live near me, I think this sounds awesome and like a fun thing to try out just for the hell of it.


Bruxelles Artifact GET

  • Posted on March 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Translation and link here.

We’re still not sure exactly what happened with that one or why it took so long to surface, and what appears to be our Big Evil has made his/her/its debut by stealing a piece of the Codex that’s already been found. Exactly what good that’s supposed to do him/her/it I don’t know, seeing as how basically the entire Interweb has .pdf copies of it by now, but whatever.


  • Posted on March 24, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Holy crap, we got bluebonnets.

look at these fuckin’ bluebonnets

Also: .22 pistol + confetti eggs = fun for the whole family! Airsoft pistol + confetti eggs = not quite as much fun, but the eggs did last longer. It took between five and eight direct hits to do more than poke a hole in the shell.

Finally, obligatory Lost Ring dorkery as I’m catching up with what I missed over the weekend:

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Lost Ring dorkery

  • Posted on March 20, 2008 at 11:57 am

Me: *is idly watching Omphaputer globe spin around while engraving things*

Globe: *has what appears to be a red dot nobody’s mentioned, somewhere in the northwest US/southwest Canada region maybe but it’s hard to tell because the damn thing does not stop ever, does not give you anything to go on but patterns of little lights shaped more or less like continents, and twirls around to the worst possible angle whenever you see something you’d like to examine more closely*

Me: !!! *squint*

Red Dot: *is still there*

Me: omg new dot! *races to forums to see if anyone else has noticed*

Forums: *say nothing about OMG NEW DOT IN US/CANADA*

Me: OMG! *pulls up Google Maps, starts feeding cities to Omphaputer* Seattle? Vancouver? Calgary? Redmond? Tacoma?

Omphaputer: nope nope nope nope nope


Omphaputer: lol nope

Me: *squint* Okay, right, it’s a little too far southeast, maybe it’s–

Red Dot: *is Boise*

Boise: *was discovered eons ago*

Me: …….well, shit. n/m. *goes back to watching globe spin*

Apparently people have found red dots in what looks like Chile and possibly Morocco, but nobody seems to have figured out a city that works for either of them.

Also, whoever found the Bruxelles artifact and quietly fed the recovery code to the Omphaputer without telling a soul? Obviously you aren’t just a non-player who happened to stumble upon a strange document hidden behind an ink etching on the wall, you knew what you had and what to do with it or the Omphaputer wouldn’t be saying “RECOVERED.”


(If you are the individual or individuals playing Eli Hunt and him quietly grabbing a piece of the Codex and keeping it to himself is part of the game, well played and please disregard)

Kio la fiki!?

  • Posted on March 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

So I’ve been piddlefarting around with this Lost Ring deal. If you haven’t been keeping up with it, a huge huge huge part of the plot involves six athletes waking up in labyrinths with amnesia and weird tattoos in Esperanto, and an equally huge part of the plot involves finding strange documents, also in Esperanto. Well, you’ve got people who speak seven different languages here, so it makes sense.

And so, I thought “hey, you know, I’ve kind of thought Esperanto was interesting for some time but never really got around to learning anything about it, maybe this would be a good time?” and found this website called lernu.

And they have what is basically an Esperanto for Dummies course you can take via Interwebs, with sound clips and everything. That’s great. I go through the first couple lessons, no problem, Saluton, mi estas Sarah, mi fartas tre bone (although I felt bad about being twelve and giggling at the word “fartas,” I was glad to find out that just “kiel vi?” is an acceptable way to say “‘sup” and the state of being is an acceptable way to answer, except there’s still something about “tre bone” that makes me giggle a little)… and so on.

So in the lesson, there are two people you’re talking to and hearing from, and a few lessons in they’re joined by a third person who introduces herself as Lisa. Great! Saluton, Lisa! Kiel vi? Tre bone!

And then you click “next.”

The page says “And then Lisa says to you…” There is a sound player. There is no translation box for what that player is about to say to you.  Okay, well, it’s got to be something really elementary!

Me: *click*
Lisa: *MURO DE TEKSTO* (if there is a better way to say “wall of text” in Esperanto I’d love to have it)

I click “next,” still wondering what the fuck just happened here.

The page says: “Apparently Lisa doesn’t realize you’re new to Esperanto.”

“NO SHIT,” I say.

The next lesson: how to say “I don’t understand” and “I am a n00b.”

A lesson or so later, Lisa throws more words you don’t understand at you. That lesson covers how you ask someone what the hell they’re talking about.  Then Lisa gives you a form to fill out, takes you to a reception office, and just leaves you there.

Conclusion: Lisa is kind of a bitch.

But anyway, I am now as fluent in Esperanto as I am in Spanish and Japanese. That being, I can introduce myself, tell you I don’t understand what you’re saying, and insult you. GO TEAM ME ahahah oh god

(by the way: I’m guessing the subject there is a good approximation of “what the fuck,” yes, one of the first things I did was go straight to the swears, what of it)


  • Posted on March 17, 2008 at 11:52 am

So. Those of you playing The Lost Ring: did you happen to notice this?


Someone with better photoshoppery skills than me may need to have a crack at the original image, because I can bring the text up but I can hardly read shit on it.

Those of you not playing The Lost Ring: God said “share.” Here, have some brainstretchy.

[UPDATE: hi, I’m a tool.]

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