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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cryptogram Answer From The Secret World

Last Week's Cryptogram is from The Secret World.   The Quest is from Dawning of An Endless Night, Tier 7  (I'm not so far along :)


Quest Text:




Whatever it was Joe Slater was talking about, a man called Beaumont seems to have it in his possession.  He stilled the song and moved the mysterious item to a safer place, but he can’t use it yet.  He called it a key, but he has yet to locate the lock, and he cursed the Illuminati and their labyrinths.

UZBKRNRE HK UBX VTR XDBKRE UBX KBDJHCQ BSTYK, B LBC IBDDRW SRBYLTCK XRRLX KT ZBNR HK HC ZHX ATXXRXXHTC. ZR XKHDDRW KZR XTCQ BCW LTNRW KZR LGXKREHTYX HKRL KT B XBMRE ADBIR, SYK ZR IBC’K YXR HK GRK. ZR IBDDRW HK B JRG, SYK ZR ZBX GRK KT DTIBKR KZR DTIJ, BCW ZR IYEXRW KZR HDDYLHCBKH BCW KZRHE DBSGEHCKZX.


It's all clear, right?  I have three more ready and thought I'd put them up every other week since they're so long.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crypto-Questing

Inventory Full had a really great post on quests in EQ2 and GW2  A Quest By Any Other Name.  This got me thinking that I really love questing, and that some games have really excellent quest writing and some are just sort of put out by the Quest-A-Matic Machine.

If I were a serious, analytical person (which I ought to be, but dang, it just isn't me) I could write a nice post about, at the very least---my favorite quests or something. But no. I'm a buffoon from Buffoonville.

Instead, as I was working on a post on my other blog, making the first line of a book into a Cryptogram, something I used to do regularly, I thought BOINK!  I can make Cryptograms from quest text in games I play.

Not only do you, the unsuspecting reader, get to try to solve the Cryptogram, but you get to try to guess what game the quest is from.  OMG.  Laff riot!

I'm a bit stressed, and this is the sort of thing that happens when I'm under duress.  Not pretty.  I'm only drinking ice water, fyi.

Let's do this!



To get started, write out the alphabet on a piece of paper and look for recurring letters in the quest text below, then make educated guesses as to what the words might be.  The words will soon form intriguing sentences.

The Answer will be posted Tuesday November 22.


UZBKRNRE HK UBX VTR XDBKRE UBX KBDJHCQ BSTYK, B LBC IBDDRW SRBYLTCK XRRLX KT ZBNR HK HC ZHX ATXXRXXHTC. ZR XKHDDRW KZR XTCQ BCW LTNRW KZR LGXKREHTYX HKRL KT B XBMRE ADBIR, SYK ZR IBC’K YXR HK GRK. ZR IBDDRW HK B JRG, SYK ZR ZBX GRK KT DTIBKR KZR DTIJ, BCW ZR IYEXRW KZR HDDYLHCBKH BCW KZRHE DBSGEHCKZX. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

I Like Her But I Need To Kill Her

I am excited to be playing the Skyrim Special Edition.  My original game plays merely ok on my PC, but except for some odd lag, it plays much more smoothly with this Remaster.

I am really loving my Elder Scrolls Online character, so I thought I'd try a Breton Mage in Skyrim as well.  I have used a little magic in other Elder Scrolls games, but never have played an entirely magic user.  Having a Claymore at hand resolves fights so efficiently.  Run up on NPC, whack, whack, they're dead, particularly those weak magic users.

The good news is, the Mage is fun to play, though I haven't quite got enough confidence in her skills and my use of them yet.  Getting better with each encounter.

The bad news is, though she looked sort of ok on the character creation screen, my Mage is a crone like horror story.  I just can't play this scary thing.


I play third person view always, and thought she might be doable in a cowl, but no, now she looks like she'd kill you in your sleep.  Even more.


Luckily I'm not far along at all, I'm just working the Whiterun area.  Not much time will be lost starting over, but much will be gained by her well deserved demise.