Note: This primer has recently been updated for the most up-to-date & useful information.
To start, you’ll want to check out AncientSocieties’ “getting started” webpage for useful information.
FIRST and most important: It appears that the clues & game for the Endgame ARG (which the character “Stella” runs) are SEPARATE from the clues & puzzles in the book. Now, as to whether the Stella ARG will help at all with finding the $500k book prize, I’m not sure. But know that they are separate games. The book puzzles include web links in the book itself, alchemy pages, and a lot of other stuff.
This post is about getting started in both ARGs.
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Kepler is tied to the BOOK puzzles. KeplerFuturistics.com is the first place you need to go to get started. Turn the big coin around (make sure you turn it COMPLETELY) and you’ll be given a chance to register for the game. YES, you must register to be eligible for the prize.
Note: Some people are having trouble turning the coin. Make sure you don’t have an adblocker or anything that could stop a pop-up. Try a different browser if you keep having problems. To make sure that your computer will work with the book puzzles and the Kepler website, go here (http://get.webgl.org/) and make sure the cube spins!
The Kepler site is important. It might be a means for tracking your progress. As you move ahead, different circles will light up, indicating your progress in the book game.
Connecting with Stella – The First Part of the Prequel ARG
The prequel ARG – Stella’s story – is separate from the book puzzles. To get started with this game, visit AncientSocieties.com and email Stella. Go to “About me” and send her a message. It can be about anything! You’ll get a puzzle to solve. Once you solve the puzzle, add it to the end of the short link: stl.la/haiku. (Note: The secret video for this puzzle is now publicly available on the Ancient Societies website.)
Check out the Ancient Societies’ links about the mythology of the bloodlines, because you never know when this information will come in handy.
Other Puzzles in Stella’s ARG
I’m listing a few of Stella’s puzzles, to give you an idea of how the system works:
On October 9, Stella posted a message that you can find on the Ancient Societies website. If you don’t have time to solve it, the answer is here (highlight next to read): st.la/revolutionaries
On October 10, Stella posted this puzzle: http://www.ancientsocieties.com/clip/
The answer is reported to be (highlight to read): 1812overture
On October 11, she posted this one: http://www.ancientsocieties.com/convo/
Here are some clues to the Oct. 11 puzzle to help you along:
- You’re looking for a number that leads to a webpage.
- Think resistor color coding…
- Consider taking actual resistor numbers and adding them together…
- Want the number? Highlight here: 12,121,212
- Stella provided a clue for the many people who got stuck at this point, after figuring out the number: “Sometimes, when I can’t quite reach my goal, I meditate on the answer.”
- Still stuck? Here’s another clue. To connect to a website, label the units… How does that connect to meditation? Highlight for another clue: ohms
- Still stuck? OK, here’s the answer: stl.la/12121212ohms
What do you think that screenshot means?
(UPDATE) Endgame’s journey will continue with new Endgame prequels that you can pre-order now. Check this new post for details.