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Title: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 12:11:12 pm
Included is a file that details the Shivans' transmissions before, during and after the Great War and the Second Incursion. I hope you understand them because it details their tactics and objectives.

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Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 12:15:55 pm
how is this supposed to be related to bp
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 12:17:22 pm
This is an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) in progress. This campaign, inside that VP file, currently no extension, designed to work on Blue Planet.

But there's an audio file that contains hidden data that relates to BP.

EDIT: I've forgot to add the link on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/cvb7cc/freespace_arg_for_something_new_heres_a_starting/) to promote this.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 12:30:53 pm
Mmmmmhhh could you please post things like that elsewhere next time?
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 12:35:54 pm
Yeah, as I've said it before it is an ARG in progress. It is a cross-mod ARG, and the first of its kind.

Mmmmmhhh could you please post things like that elsewhere next time?

Yes, I wanted to do an ARG for two reasons: Firstly, I wanted to start small before committing myself in big projects (such as Shattered Stars and the untitled UGSF total conversion). Secondly, I wanted to explore new avenues of ARG using mini-campaigns.

But where are the places I could post ARG things like that?
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 12:37:19 pm
Arts and Talents board.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 12:42:13 pm
Other than that? Or that only?

In any case, the VP file doesn't have a file extension, and y'all probably need to add the ".VP" extension to that. Then, drop into the FS2 folder. Run it and I am sure there will be surprises, including a "music" file that contains some interesting data.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 12:44:55 pm
There only.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 12:51:01 pm
Thank you for your info, Nightmare.

Have y'all get this file inside that 7z file running in FS2? If so, please post your findings here.

BTW, this ARG is inspired by the July 2011 ARG based on a HL2:EP2 map containing a tiny, decrepit room with a heavily distorted image of a face and an audio file (https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/iyr59/arg_for_something_new_maybe_from_valve_heres_a/).
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: The E on August 25, 2019, 01:05:42 pm
This has no place in the BP board.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Colonol Dekker on August 25, 2019, 01:57:18 pm
 Ehhhh, nothing for me to see here..

:warp:
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 02:08:13 pm
This has no place in the BP board.

As Nightmare said, the Arts and Talents board is the suitable place. Do you agree?

Ehhhh, nothing for me to see here..

:warp:

Check the file. Inside there is a VP file. Extract it out and give it a .VP extension. Then extract its contents out. I am sure there's some cool audio that, when fed into a spectrograph, revealed some cool data, including one that's related to BP of course....

After all this is the ARG... I started it myself.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 02:09:11 pm
Did you remove the content on the reddit post yourself or did one of the r/gaming mods level it?
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 02:10:21 pm
I'm pretty sure The_E approves of that though he put it into Releases w/o warning.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: The E on August 25, 2019, 02:21:01 pm
Sure, arts & talents it is
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 25, 2019, 02:39:52 pm
Did you remove the content on the reddit post yourself or did one of the r/gaming mods level it?

I did not remove the content on the reddit post, but I don't know yet whether the r/gaming mods approve it to appear on the subreddit itself.

I'm pretty sure The_E approves of that though he put it into Releases w/o warning.

I'm hoping that The_E approves of this campaign/ARG.

Sure, arts & talents it is

I agree.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 25, 2019, 02:51:39 pm
Ok. So there's this message. It sounds like one Shivan is calling another one via mobile phone, only to find out that the he/she/it is on the toilet. They have some shit chitchat and say "OK, I talk to you later".

I really don't get what the point about this is.

One suggestion: before continuing with this, you should ask whether people are interested in this.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 26, 2019, 02:50:32 am
Ok. So there's this message. It sounds like one Shivan is calling another one via mobile phone, only to find out that the he/she/it is on the toilet. They have some shit chitchat and say "OK, I talk to you later".

I really don't get what the point about this is.

One suggestion: before continuing with this, you should ask whether people are interested in this.
I presume you mean that the Shivans are calling for help, sending out a distress signal, what you mean.

By the way, you should consider this be a hint of what is to come.

Where am I supposed to ask whether people are interested in this? I've asked this before, on this forum (https://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php?topic=95813.0) and on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/freespace/comments/cmfybs/freespace_arg/). They seem to be interested in this.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: The E on August 26, 2019, 04:00:32 am
They seem to be interested in this.

You may be mistaking a general interest in more FreeSpace content with a specific interest in FreeSpace content produced by you.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 26, 2019, 04:54:12 am
They seem to be interested in this.

You may be mistaking a general interest in more FreeSpace content with a specific interest in FreeSpace content produced by you.
You mean that I may be mistaking a general interest in more FS content with a specific interest in the Shattered Stars project or the UGSF total conversion, but the former is likely.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on August 26, 2019, 07:41:58 am
Quote from: some poor guy in the reddit thread
Shattered Stars looks to be interesting for sure.

Awwwww... :(
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on August 26, 2019, 10:43:30 am
Therefore, this ARG is Shattered Stars-related. This is not meant to be trolling.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Colonol Dekker on August 26, 2019, 11:30:52 am
Please don't be offended, but to endear shattered stars to the freespace community, it needs to improve.   You need to Improve as a content creator too, maybe release single missions WITHOUT ADDITIONAL ASSETS for a while and LISTEN TO FEEDBACK.


This constructive criticism has been sincere and well intended and requires no feedback.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Bryan See on September 09, 2019, 11:13:45 am
Please don't be offended, but to endear shattered stars to the freespace community, it needs to improve.   You need to Improve as a content creator too, maybe release single missions WITHOUT ADDITIONAL ASSETS for a while and LISTEN TO FEEDBACK.


This constructive criticism has been sincere and well intended and requires no feedback.

I take note. I wanted to do an ARG. But not here. On the Arts and Talents.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on September 09, 2019, 11:18:33 am
I massively doubt that interest in your ARG will be bigger if you start it on a semi-dead board.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Colonol Dekker on September 09, 2019, 12:40:18 pm
Maybe work on the mission quality first before focusing on marketing.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on September 09, 2019, 12:42:39 pm
Actually this ARG is independent of his other projects.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Colonol Dekker on September 10, 2019, 03:40:03 am
Genuinely surprised.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on September 10, 2019, 07:21:04 am
Well they're not always connected.
Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Asteroth on October 14, 2019, 05:14:39 pm
Hmm... what else are you hiding Bryan?

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Title: Re: Undisclosed Shivan Transmissions
Post by: Nightmare on October 14, 2019, 05:49:07 pm
There's actually something meaningful in that message? :eek: