February 8th 2020

GoodBlox Objects Revealed…

About a few weeks ago, Tawny and I were messing around and creating new hat ideas for the community to enjoy. I had also discussed the possibility of a similar event with the community as well. For fun, we decided that we would not only open a portal for Mysterious Objects to pour into the catalog and sell the grab bags for 50 Tickets, but we would also mess with code to open up the portal wider for more objects to pour through our galaxy. The idea was that these object would be similar to a grab bag. People would buy it and then it would morph into something else later.

For the size of our community thus far, I was genuinely surprised to see many of our mysterious objects sold on the in-game catalog. That’s also why we decided to open the portal wider – to let more objects pour through our side of the galaxy.

“Mysterious Objects Sighted on Goodblox!” proclaimed our February 1st News article. We posted the original three Haiku, providing reasonable hints for people trying to figure out what was in each box. These clues ranged from easy to hard. We not only added two more, but we also made an even more mysterious mystery for the third mysterious object.

Haiku #1 (easy)

Threaded fastener,

Twist around; face them! Hold fast –

Lest they be faster.

The first line totally gives it away. It’s a screw. I mean, how many objects can you think of that are “threaded fasteners”, can “twist around” and hold things tight? The poem plays on the fact that the word “fast” has many different meanings.

Figure 1: Screw

Haiku #2 (medium)

Curdled, but dauntless

Struggle for your dignity

But beware of mice

Haiku 2 was slightly more difficult. Most people picked up on the words “curdled” and “mice”, concluding that this was a cheese hat.

Figure 2: Cheese Hat

Haiku #4 (hard)

Dios Achilleus:

One head among thousands when

Illium died in fire

The fourth poem was tricky. It not only contained material that’s suitable for college students taking literature, but it also contained material for those who take an interest to ancient medieval times.

Dios Achilleus is an ancient Greek epithet (it means “Godlike Achilles”) for Achilles. Illium is a name for the famous city of Troy. The haiku references the Iliad, the epic story of the sacking of Troy by a Greek army. Some smart folks believed the box could contain a Greek army helmet. And they were correct.

Figure 3: Hoplite Helm (Coif of Glory)

Haiku #5 (easy)

Sugary, Sweet, Cold,

Fizzing, Drinking, Bubbling,

I can’t get enough

The fifth poem was easier than most of them. Some folks picked up on the words “cold” and “fizzing”, which had people originally conclude that this was going to be a Bloxy Cola and that we were going to be adding Gears to Goodblox. Little did they remember that these objects turn into hats, and our timeline also doesn’t account for wearable tools (gears). Those realized later in our Discord server that we decided to make a joke saying that we were going to be adding gears to Goodblox by using an image file to fuel the joke. Some believed it, but when the real item came out, people knew the truth.

Figure 4: Soda Hat

Haiku #6 (hard)

Like natural swords,

Sway, sway, the windy prairies

They sway like berries

The sixth poem was honestly tricky for some folks. Some discovered that the box was green, and a few picked up on the words “sway” and “berries”, concluding that this was a plant based hat of some sort. Some people thought it was a tree, some people thought it was another Root hat, and some people thought it was a bush. If you think about it though, “natural swords” and “sway”, along with the color green means that these were actually ferns.

Figure 5: Ferns

Mysterious Object III

Now all the riddles are solved, except one. In fact, the real game was just beginning…

Suggestively, there was a paragraph in our blog post which indicated the possibility of a third Mysterious Object after all. After the mysterious quest event, some people started to discover there was a Mysterious Object III in the Recently Updated hats list, and, even more astounding, some people were finding it and it the box in their inventory!

Poem #3 (impossible)

cl0ck to w0rk,

Highly dereferenced.

No tea requested. All g0ne.

This poem talks about the taboo mistake of letting Clockwork roam the web-site where he used a null pointer to wreak havoc on our catalog (which caused a crash), but doesn’t give any real hints as to the nature of Mysterious Object #3.

The Quest

Thus began the quest for Mysterious Object III. The blog post told users where to start looking: one of Telamon’s places, Sword Fights on the Heights.

In this level, people could find a screw that, when touched, would print a cryptic message. If one reached it, the following message would appear:

They fight for glory.

They fight for ampthiton.

A large arena. What awaits?

As you fight for

Death before dishonor.

Some figured out that this pointed to a large arena. But what arenas are there on Goodblox? We turn to GOODBLOX User “GrandMelee” to find out the next clue.

In his level (Grand Melee Arena), people could find a Hoplite Helm that, when touched, would print another cryptic message. If one reached it, the following message would appear:

Atop the crooked mountain.

For a trail of the survivor.

The harsh winds blow,

as you ascend…

Higher and higher!

This is an obvious message. It’s pointing to Clockwork’s level, Mt. Goodblox. It’s a large mountain, so there has to be something there.

In his level, people could find an Idea Symbol that, when touched, would print the eight stages of life coined by a psychologist, Erik Erikson.

Trust versus mistrust.

Autonomy versus shame/doubt.

Initiative versus guilt.

Industry versus inferiority.

Identity versus role confusion.

Intimacy versus isolation.

Generativity versus stagnation.

Ego integrity versus despair.

The eight stages of life, in order, mean these basic virtues: hope, will, purpose, competency, fidelity, love, care, and wisdom. As you can tell, this points to Erik Erikson, a well known psychologist for coining the eight stages of lifespan development. Some folks found a place, Quiet Psychology, belonging to Erik Erikson, which was very similar to Swinburne’s place called “HERE, where the world is quiet”. Both places are where you would go to finish the quest to obtain the third mysterious object – but on Goodblox, the orbs had to be collected in order, and they were scattered in different places compared to Swinburne’s version. Both levels were similar to the Garden of Proserpine, a desolate piece of Underworld real estate. Hidden in the level are 4 spheres which correspond to specific lines of The Garden of Proserpine:

Dead dreams of days forsaken,
Blind buds that snows have shaken,
Wild leaves that winds have taken,
Red strays of ruined springs.

After finding the four spheres in order, you could gain access inside the shrine which contained a very reflective box. Users who found this were told that the prize for finding Mysterious Object III would change depending on how many people found it. So anyone who got this far in the treasure hunt would no longer be willing to share information. It became a very personal quest from this point on. This box told the user to send Erikson a message with the subject “PSYCHOANALYSIS” along with the four collected poems in order. People who did this by last Monday were issued Mysterious Object III later. After Jiquor’s stream, Erikson stopped accepting friends requests because Mysterious Object III was for people who had solved the entire mystery themselves, not people who had obtained the answers from others.

The Winners

To be honest, I didn’t expect anyone to be able to solve my very complex and arcane treasure hunt. However, no fewer than 12 people made it all the way to the end. They completed the puzzle in the following order:

  1. Mehrio
  2. Tawny
  3. cole
  4. blocky
  5. lolo999
  6. akelarre
  7. salmonid
  8. DuckHunt
  9. Person
  10. Zangoose
  11. Cokie
  12. ian
Figure 6: The Final Object

All winners will have discovered at this point that there Mysterious Object III has become The Void Star Gift Box, and they will have in their inventory a fierce-looking Teapot known as The Void Teapot. It’s current market value is 25,000 tickets. The Void Teapot will be on sale in the future; the Gift Box is intended as momento for those who solved these fiendish riddles. There are only 12 copies in existence held by their rightful winners.

Mehrio was rewarded a bonus of 1000 R$ for being the first person to solve the puzzle – and the only person to do it in less than a few hours. Dude, that was really incredible; I have no idea how you did that. Salute!

The Quiet Psychology level is now public and un-copy-locked, if any beta testers are curious to play through it, explore it, or dissect the scripts in it.

~ Jiquor

5 Comments »

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