Monday, 31 December 2007

Find815.com - Sams Story (chapter 1)


The video at fly oceanic has changed to a hacked version with a message from "Sam" about the flight 815 and his missing "Sonya" who was a flight attendant. He points us to www.find815.com where there is a new video to see and that leads you into a few simple puzzles, some extra videos and a whole bunch of stuff.

Sam is on his own mission to find out what happened to flight 815. He has obviously been looking into it a while but is upping his commitment to it due to Oceanic officially giving up their search for the plane (this has time line complexities given the difference in show time and real world time but we won't worry about that for now, this seems to be a very in-show experience this time). Today he received an email from someone out of the blue from someone claiming to be an old friend of Sonya's. They include a photo of Sonya with some clues hidden in it. They are as follows:

  • In her mole she has the words "Black Rock" written.
  • In her right eye she has the words "Christiane 1" written
  • In her left eye she has the words "Sunda Trench" written
  • Around her hairline she has "tell no one, grave consequences" written
At this point Sam tries to reply to the email with "Who are you". This bounces, but examining the header you find that it was apparently from "the-maxwell-group.com" (I heard a strange bit of audio when I clicked on this, I may need to look into it). Sam also finds Sunda Trench on the map (near Christmas Island). So far that is it. The Maxwell group doesn't appear to be an active website yet.

The website let's you sign up to it, to remember your progress there. You can also click on various things on Sam's desk including:
  • His laptop (which let's you review websites and emails that are known to him. You can type in URLs on the browser but it doesn't appear to actually do anything, instead there are sites listed to the left you can click, currently though just Oceanics)
  • His phone (which has no messages at this point)
  • A little notebook thing he has that has information about several of the Lost Characters! Nothing earth shattering there however.
There is strange witting over this screen that looks like some kind of equation (probably just for atmosphere mind).

You can review your progress on the site by clicking the "My progress" banner. It seems there are 9 emails, 2 websites, 1 video, 1 message, 1 activity and 4 clue hunts to this chapter. Currently my list only has found and unreleased squares on it, so I think this is all there is so far.

Finally, There is a timer for continuation in the bottom right of the screen. Seems there are another 46 hours till the next stage. Meaning we won't get anything else until the 2nd of January.

UPDATE: (Good morning, and Happy New Year from Ange!) Dark UFO is reporting an Oceanic billboard spotted in Portland, Oregon (PICTURE).
  • The text of the advert treads, "A new life awaits you in Seoul. Your ultimate destination."
  • Also, a commenter at Dark UFO (foxysmile) is reporting that he/sh can read Korean, and states: "They are just some billboards for coffeeshop, restaurants, or something like that except the red ones on the left! (next to the O from Oceanic) They say "Only 6 people of/among them..." This is unconfirmed right now though.
UPDATE: www.the-maxwell-group.com is live, and has a compass and an area where you can attempt to log in with a username and password. (Thanks to Jess for the heads up and Shellma for the Whois).
  • When log-in is attempted, this message appears: The server is currently being serviced. It is expected to be back in service by 02/01/2008 00:08:15 UTC
  • Domain registration seems to be sketchy on this right now. It looks like it was created yesterday, but worth keeping an eye on. A whois shows:

59 comments:

shellma said...

woooooooooooow!!! this is some cool s**t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Im registered!

Fenris said...

Okay so far I have looked at the picture on Sams laptop and found Black Rock in a mole.

Fenris said...

and Christiane 1 in her right eye.

Fenris said...

and Sunda Trench in the left

Fenris said...

tell no one, grave consequences in her hairline.

After that you can continue the video.

memphish said...

Thanks for the details Fenris and others. I can't see it on the iPhone.

Ange said...

Damn New Years plans and also dumb iPhone are making me miss EVERYTHING! Great job you guys!

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Fenris said...

Okay so that is all done, the next stage was even easier with the email, pretty much scroll down and click the obvious bit.

The email he received was apparently from the-maxwell-group.com but it doesn't seem to be a website, not up yet anyway.

Fenris said...

There is a bit of speech or something when you click the email information. Seems you may have to go through the whole thing again to hear it again so will try and capture it in a sec.

shellma said...

I guess I'm up to speed then. wonder if that will be all tonight. But then it says at the bottom right hand corner...story continues 4649.

Fenris said...

Yeah, I can't find much else. However on Sams desk you can click a little notebook that has some notes on some of the Lost cast.

Plus you can re-read the emails and look Oceanics website if you click his laptop. However you can't go to other sites, even though you can type in the browser url bar. I thought maybe you could get to the maxwell group site from that, but no. I think it's just for review purposes.

You also don't get that wierd sound on the email so I will have a look at that in a bit (just annoying that I have to get there the slow way). The I really should go to bed. But I'll update the front page first.

Fenris said...

You can click his phone too, but there is nothing to see there yet.

jess4ua said...

I can't for the life of me hear what that says when you scroll over the-maxwell-group.com. The music gets too loud!

linus108Nicole said...

ah this is so cool! thanks for posting all this! i am so happy the LOST experience is back!

LostIt said...

Silly me! I was posinting on TLC wondiering where everyone was!

Thanks memphish for sending me in the right direction!

capcom said...

Hey, this is great!

BTW, I just did a post on Christmas island on my blog! Weird.

Fenris said...

I've updated the post now. It's nearly 4am here and while I've sobered up, I am dead tired. So I am going to bed! Aside from perhaps that snippet of audio I doubt anything else will happen tonight.

Night all and Happy New Year for whenever it hits you all.

memphish said...

Thanks Fenris. Nighty-night. So is there nothing in Sam's stuff that indicates a date? The timeline thing is one of my peeved.

Lost 2010 said...

How cool is that! I seem to have found all that I can find for the moment. I thought of the post on Capcom's blog when I saw the bit about Christmas Island.

shellma said...

Happy New Year all you east coasters!

maven said...

I just got here! WOW, great stuff to look through tomorrow. Thanks, Fenris, for all your hardwork.

Happy New Year to those who've gotten to midnight already. It's only 10:17 pm here in LA!

Ange said...

Morning and Happy New Year. I updated the main page with a picture of an Oceanic billboard spotted in Portland, Oregon. You can check out the details there and they also have a small post on Dark UFO. So that's one location off the list:
1. Los Angeles, CA
2. Tustin, CA
3. Ames, IA
4. Miami, FL
5. New York, NY
**6. Portland, OR
7. Knoxville, TN
8. Seoul, South Korea
9. Sydney, Australia
Maven and Capcom you better get going ;). Maybe we can scrape up Ded to hit NYC today for billboards.

Also, Java Trench (AKA Sunda Trench) is part of Sunda Arc located in the Indian Ocean.

Thanks to everyone for posting as it unfurled last night!

shellma said...

Oooohhh! Our first real world clue!!! And I hope that translation is right!! (Although it's kinda spoilerish...)

jess4ua said...

the-maxwell-group.com is up!!!!

ib4uc said...

jess... thanks for the info. Any idea on username/password?

Fenris said...

I put in the other info from the picture Christiane 1 as username and Black Rock as password.

It came up with this:


The server is currently being serviced. It is expected to be back in service by
02/01/2008 00:08:15 UTC

Fenris said...

Okay, I also put in pants and pants as username and password and it got the same thing, I suspect however that when it is active it will be Christiane 1 and Black Rock.

ib4uc said...

fenris... I got that same message. So I take that as January 2, 2008? What does UTC stand for?

jess4ua said...

I tried the different words we found on Sonya yesterday, and they all come up with what Fenris posted. And I guess there are some that think it might be fake. I don't know for sure though.

jess4ua said...

Also, docarzt has a video posted on his site that I have not seen yet. He warns it might be one that is not meant to be found yet. So I don't know it is spoilerish, for the game or not. It is the last one on the page.

ib4uc said...

jess... the video has been taken down already.

shellma said...

The docartz vid has been pulled!!!!!! I need to know!!!!

jess4ua said...

ib4uc- So I am finding out....I saw it though....I am willing to squeeeel, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone. You guys will just have to let me know it you want to know what it was. :D

jess4ua said...

The billboard is interesting too. If the translation is right, I wonder if we will get a piece of a message on each billboard that we will have to put together?

Ange said...

Main page is updated with Maxwell Group information.

shellma said...

That's what I was thinking Jess!!
Wooooow! This is so cool. I was thinking that it wouldn't be as complex as the last ARG, but it seems to be going that direction!

Fenris said...

I think UTC is Coordinated Universal Time. Basically it's just a standard method of measuring time. It uses atomic clocks and leap seconds.

UTC at wiki

maven said...

You guys are doing a great job. By the time I get up all this stuff is found! Of well, the problems of living on the west coast! LOL Off to check everything out....

wopalockapino said...

Do any of you guys use twitter? I would like to keep updated and in touch that way. Go to Twitter.com/mommymadonna and follow me and I'll follow back.

capcom said...

Ugh, I'm up and finally alive. Going to McGhee/Tyson airport to look for billboards as soon as I can.

You all will be the first to know if I find anything. But please don't be too disappointed with my camera skills. :-} Hopefully I'm not the only one in Knox who can take a picture of whatever's there.

Thanks Fenris for doing all this and sharing!

maven said...

Are there more than 2 emails to find? I see Sonya's and the garbled one that mentions the Maxwell Group. Is there anything else yet? My progress chart says there's one more.

Go Capcom! Good luck. LAX is so huge and the area around it is so huge. I wouldn't even know where to begin looking. I know there are several other people elsewhere that mentioned they'd go out and look today, so I'm leaving it to them!

BarbaraJay said...

Hey, Fenris! This is great!

Maven, I think the 3rd email is Sam's reply in Sent mail.

maven said...

Hey guys, Dennis is going to re-do the post over at TLC to direct everyone here and try to keep TLC just for the show/book club (if we're still doing that?)/podcasts. I told him that's a great idea.

maven said...

Thanks, Barbarajay!

Ange said...

Hey gang. Jess(4ua) has been added to the folks that have access to posting here (YAY Jess!). My e-mail address is angebrooke at aol dot com. If you feel like you have the scoop on a possible clue or some pictures you would like post (*ahem Capcom...good luck) please feel free to e-mail me there.

I think if this is going to be the hub, there needs to be a central e-mail that you all can send things to. I need to talk with Fenris and Jess on that and get something going, like a gmail. So please feel free to use my aol until that is sorted and we have a link to an e-mail on the front page.

ib4uc said...

ange, jess, fenris, et al... you guys are the best! Thanks.

maven said...

Yea to Fenris, Ange and Jess! Thanks for all your hard work. I posted at TLC directing everyone here. So maybe we'll see more people coming over.

Kinetic said...

HI ALL!

Fenris is right, the maxwell site looks sketchy. I wouldn't enter your account info from find815.com just yet. Could be a phishing scam.

Looks like someone just realized that ABC didnt register that domain and beat them to it.

The_Ambster said...

Hello Losties! This is Kin's wife! As I was a very good girl last year...Santa Kin got me my very own lap top! I am ready to PLAY!!!!

YAY!!!!

Happy New Years Everyone!

maven said...

On ABC's Lost page there's a link to "pack Sam's bag". It's a logic game to make all the items fit. Apparently, Sam is going to go to the Sunda Trench.

maven said...

Kinetic and Amber: Welcome, so good to see you guys here! Thanks for the heads up on Maxwell.

Kinetic said...

HUGS MAVEN!

Looks like that puzzle on abc.com is part of the "clue Hunt" mentioned in the help file on find815.

Ange said...

NEW POST!

ib4uc said...

Thanks Maven. Just packed his bag and it gave me the clue "MATTHEW" and to take it to Find815.com to get an exclusive season 4 clue.

maven said...

Okay. I got everything to fit! I got a word to use on Find815 to see something else for Season 4.

shellma said...

Kin!!!! Abster!!!!
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
yeah..I thought the maxwell site was fuuny. When Jess and I were first messing around on find815.com, i saw that it wasn't registered yet. Then about 15 minutes later.....it was.
Thanks Mav for the ABC info!!!!

Kimber said...

:) It's good to see the game active again.

scoutpost said...

Wow I didn't even realize I missed a day- LOOK what I missed! I've caught up...although I never could get that garbled email to give me the maxwell-group.com clue. I'm assuming that is why my "activity" box under My Progress is still red. Anyway...
weeeeeeeee! this is fun.

Good to see everyone coming back! Auld lang sine is about old friends coming back together after a long time apart...how apropo!