Sunday, October 22, 2006

:: ENDGAME ::

It kills me to type these words, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to shut down the game. I just don't have time to keep it up anymore... and certain negative reactions have completely destroyed my self esteem. I sincerely apologize to those who were still interested in the game and the storyline, but it's just too much for me to continue updating.

For anyone still interested, here's how the story was planned out:

Video from Eyeofthesnake showing Emmy in a single-cell room, sobbing. Flip to man who might be Stan Cherry, lying on the ground. Then show a map of the country, with California outlined in red.

Luc runs away to go find Emmy, claiming he got an email with GPS coordinates to the Eye of the Snake hideout.

He is captured by the Eye of the Snake, but they make him blog as if he was still free.

They force HIM to take the shot, let Emmy go, and she writes one final post on his page about the whole ordeal and her side of the experience. That's the end.

Again, I'm really sorry that my first foray into the world of puppetmastering didn't pan out. I had a blast while it was still going on, but I think it's time I've moved on. I've definitely learned what kind of puzzles work and which ones don't, and what kind of plot twists are acceptable to the online ARG-playing community. I've learned good ways of launching a game (which definitely do NOT include spamming message boards) and I've learned that shills=bad. If the game is good, people will play. If it's not, then it doesn't finish correctly. Sorry!

Puppetmaster a.k.a. Mr. L.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sorry I Haven't Blogged In A While...

...but I had nothing to blog about. I'm getting worried. I haven't heard anything from the kidnappers in a few days... ever since that note was left on my doorstep. I realized that the capitalized letters led to a blog from Janice Moss, supposedly one of the kidnappers. http://www.eyeofthewolf.blogspot.com. I dunno what all that means, but I guess I should pay attention to it.

I'm really sorry I've left you all out in the dark lately. I've been trying to catch up with school, and I haven't been doing so well. The twins are both sick with something (possibly pneumonia, which is creeping me out.) I haven't spoken to Jake; whenever I see him coming in the hallway I go the other way. It's still really awkward; the more I think about what he did, the more I think he was under the influence of one of the Eye of the Snake.

So, I'm sorry, but that's about it for now. As soon as I get word of something from the kidnappers, I'll let you know. I'm guessing, from the Eye of the Wolf blog, that they're getting settled into wherever they moved to.

Hopefully I'll have something to write soon!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Seattle Roll Call Is Closing!

I am shocked.  Yesterday, Seattle Roll Call put up an announcement on its website that they're closing because of the disappearance of Stan Cherry.  I'm certain The Eye of the Snake has him.  What else could it be?  They said he disappeared on Thursday, which was the same night they told me to "BEGIN" and filmed me from outside my house.  Ugh.  Things are getting scary. 
 
Now that they've left Seattle, they're not going to be able to kidnap anyone else close to me.  That's a plus, I guess, but I really hope they're not going to hurt the ones they've already taken.  I have been trying not to think lately of what I'll feel like if this is all for nothing, and they inject Emmy anyway at the end.  I'm going to be furious... and possibly a bit suicidal...
 
Everything else seems to have been quiet today.  I noticed the Eye of the Snake YouTube has another image link in the Channel Title field... another profile... another clue that leads nowhere new.  I guess it's good to know more about the people who took Emmy, but what if it's fake?  What if it's an alias?  What if it doesn't really matter?  What if they're trying to frame normal 4400s?  It's kind of weird, though, that both profiles we've gotten so far have people with tattoos of animals on their left arms. 
 
People today are asking me when Emmy's going to get better.  It's frustrating.  I really wish I could ask somebody REAL for help, but we all know that's not going to happen.  I need to do this by myself with people I've never met (and who've never met Emmy.) 
 
So, I have to go for today.  If you see anything let me know.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

A Note On The Porch

Sorry for leaving you hanging like that, but I was afraid it was the Eye of the Snake. Yeah, I'm really paranoid right now.

I got to the door and saw a woman running down the street. She was too far away to chase, so I gave up. There was a piece of paper lying on the porch. I typed it out, exactly as it is on the paper, in a post on the forum. As usual, you need the password... I'm sorry to do this to you. I'll give you a hint for the LAST password, which I don't think anyone's found yet. Your clue is in my profile on the forum.

Anyway, back to Jake. Woah... lights are flickring... Ok that's good. Better. Thought I was going to lose power.

So, when I said I hadn't seen Emmy in a while, and that's why I was upset, Jake looked like he didn't believe me. He asked if I would please go to the dance.

I said no, of course. I'd already decided that I wouldn't.

"Come on Luc. Please?" he whined. He was starting to freak me out, to be honest. "I want you to be there, Luc."

I backed away from him, but he came at me. To my utter shock, he started rubbing his hands on my chest and groaning a little. "Luc, come to the dance with me."

I turned and ran. I don't know what happened to him or why he went all freaky, but he decided he wanted me to be his date. And that is NOT ok. I don't know if the Eye of the Snake was controlling him or something. Maybe one of them can control moods... they made him love me. And it really freaked me out.

So last night I sat at home, alone, again. Emmy is going to be so upset that we missed Homecoming; that's the reason I asked her out to begin with. We wanted to go to homecoming together. But, now that can't happen.

I'm depressed just thinking about it... but I have to go start deciphering that note from the Eye of the Snake. It's probably important... these things always are. Good luck with the password, and when you get it, let me know what you think of the note.

They're Watching Me...

I am really freaked out right now. I went on to the Eye of the Snake GeoCities website and I found a link to a video on ZippyVideos (which I've never heard of before...) It's a movie called "isuponyou," presumably from the Eye of the Snake. The title fits nicely with the title of their first video. Eyeofthesnakeisuponyou.

The problem is, the video is of me! It looks like it was taken from outside the living room window. You can see me sitting at the computer, looking pretty distressed. I remember that night really well. It was Thursday. The reason I look so upset is because the computer wasn't working right and I was supposed to be on AIM talking to the kidnappers. To think that they were outside, watching me, just really creeps me out.

One mystery is solved, though. Remember that clue from the OF14 website? "Look in the place where it's difficult to see and you'll realize this is all about yourself?" Or something? Well, I found the link to the video in hidden text, and it's a video about ME. All about me.

Which is really creepy.

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So. Yesterday.

After I finished posting, I called Jake. He convinced me to go over to his house, so I did. He lives a few blocks away, so I walked. Mom was really glad to see me get out of the house, but whatever. I wore a light jacket, because it was raining. As usual.

Jake lives in a really nice house. It's big with a carved wooden door and something like seven bedrooms. The strange thing is, he only lives with his parents. He's got two older brothers, but they went off to college three or four years ago. Anyway, that's besides the point. I knocked on the door and stood there, waiting for an answer. For a while I was terrified that they had gotten Jake too, but then the door opened. Jake's mother stood there. She has really pretty red hair, big green eyes, and lots of freckles. Irish, in case you couldn't guess.

"Luc!" she said when she saw me. I smiled, trying to smooth the hair on top of my head. "Jake's in his room."

I walked inside and went upstairs like I'd been there a million times before, which of course I have. Jake pretty much owns the entire second floor; it used to belong to his brothers but when they left his parents gave it to him. He's got a game room, a bedroom, a TV room, and a room full of exercise equipment like a treadmill and a set of weights. Yesterday, he was in the TV room. It was turned to the news.

The anchor was saying something about a drug bust on the other side of the city. When Jake saw I was there, he turned the TV off and patted the couch next to him. I went over and sat down.

"Now, Luc," he said. "I want to know what's up."

"Nothing," I said. "I'm just bummed cause I haven't seen Emmy in a while."

... I just saw someone outside the window. I'll be right back.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

I Found Stuff On My Own!!!

I think for the first time, I've found a clue on my own without the rest of you telling me about it. That's really a good sign, and my ego has been significantly inflated. XD

Here it is...

The description of the eyeofthesnake video on YouTube was changed. I don't know how long ago, but it was changed. It says "43gk2di" now. That reminded me of the image clue from the Seattle Roll Call website a few days ago, so I tried http://www.tinypic.com/43gk2di. Guess what? It works! It's the first profile from their video, a lot bigger so you can actually read the blurry writing. Here's what I make of it.

NAME: Carl Steuner (?)
RETURNEE NUMBER: 3714
BORN: February 2nd, 1953
ABDUCTED: Febraury 3rd, 1975
ABILITY: Unknown
HEIGHT: 6'2"
WEIGHT: 165 (?) lbs
HAIR COLOR: Dirty blonde
EYE COLOR: Forest Green
DISTINGUISHING MARK: Tattoo of snake on left arm
SURVIVING FAMILY: None

What do you think? Is that what you see?

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Last night after the football game ended, Jake called me. (We lost, by the way.) Jake wanted to know why I wasn't there. I told him I wasn't feeling that great and I needed to catch up on homework. That's kind of true, although I didn't catch up on my homework. In fact, I don't think I did any real work for school at all this week. I've been too preoccupied with this whole kidnapping thing. Anyway, Jake sounded concerned. He said he wants to hang out today before the dance (he doesn't know I'm not going). I'm not sure if I want to go over his house, though. He might try some kind of intervention or whatever.

I asked my father if Stan Cherry was there the other night when he played at SRC. He said he wasn't, and he was really surprised. I'm beginning to think the Eye of the Snake might have gotten to him, too... Linda's claim that he's got pneumonia sounds too much like my excuse for Emmy to seem real. I'm almost afraid we're going to see Stan tied to a post in eyeofthesnake's next video...

Well, I've gotta go decide what I'm doing about later.

I'll write soon... if not tonight, then tomorrow. Until then, keep your eye out for something. ANYthing. We need everything we can get! : > )

Friday, October 13, 2006

I Can Hear The Fireworks

There are loud explosions outside... I'm assuming it's fireworks from the homecoming game. They have fireworks every year, and every year the fireworks are amazing. And yet here I sit, home, alone.

Dav, great job working on those profiles from the video. I tend to agree with what you've gotten there. That's better than I can do, anyway. We'll just have to see if we get some kind of confirmation from The Eye of the Snake.

Today, after I got home, Mom let me know that Carol (our friend with cancer) went in for a CAT Scan. She has several tumors, but they think they can remove them safely. We need to hope the cancer hasn't metasticized (did I spell that right?), and then this should be over. She might not need chemo after all. Mom also asked me if everything has been all right lately. She said while I was at school today someone called, but when she answered they hung up. The Caller ID (which was blocked those times Emmy called) said Linda Fontaine. I'm really glad she didn't talk to my mother... Mom would be furious if she finds out I've been keeping this a secret from her.

Tomorrow, Emmy will have been gone for a week.

I'm sitting here waiting for something to happen. I'm considering going on AIM tonight, but I'm afraid of what I'll find. What if eye14of14snake14 is on? What if they tell me they've injected Emmy and killed her mother?

What if I'm supposed to go on and I don't?

What if...

I'm hoping nothing more happens tonight. I really need sleep. Badly. Tonight is my night for that.

Tonight Is The Homecoming Football Game

Ok. It seems like the jerks over at the Eye of the Snake headquarters
(wherever the hell they are) finally got their video to load on YouTube. It
seems like this is definitely the beginning of something bigger. That video
has what sounds like reversed audio in the background. Can someone reverse
it and post a link on the forums for me? I don't have the ability to do
that on my computer. And... can you read that information at the end? The
fuzzy, far away writing? I'm going stir-crazy trying to figure out what it
says. And the morse code. Ugh. It blinks too fast for me to write it down
to translate. How do they expect me to-

I'm not going to think about that. I have a problem. Tonight is the
homecoming football game for my school... and I don't have a date. Tomorrow
is the dance... and I don't have a date. Everyone is going to want to know
why Emmy couldn't make it, and I don't know if "pneumonia" is going to cut
it anymore. So, I've decided I'm not going to go because Emmy is gone. I
don't trust myself going alone, because I would most definitely wind up
alone with some skank out in the parking lot trying to cheer myself up, and
I can't do that to Emmy's memory. No! Emmy. I can't do that to Emmy.

God, I'm an idiot.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Youtube User Is

I realized that BUYS TIE OUR USE anagrams to youtube user is, which was found in hidden text on the Eye of the Snake website. So I checked out the Eye of the Snake youtube, and something's happening over there. Their profile keeps changing, and sometimes there's a video that says it's been removed and sometimes there isn't.

So, keep your eye on it. When it works, it seems like it's going to be important. BEGIN... like begin working on the video?

An Interesting Night

Ok, well, the excitement is just beginning. No pun intended, of course.

Remember that virus I told you about a few days ago? Well, it prevented me from opening AIM until about 6:45. I was terrified that I had missed something important, but I guess not. I had a great time chatting with BARWhitney, DavFlamerock, and CoolDrew101. Thanks, guys... you really helped lighten my mood and made me not as nervous.

Well, at about 7:15 I got an IM from eye14of14snake14 that said "-... . --. .. -." If you know your morse code, that's "BEGIN." Whatever that means. I was really angry. They forced me to get on AIM to talk to them, and then just this? Begin. Whoo. I've already begun, kidnappers. What more can I do?

Then, about five minutes later, the phone rang. It was Emmy. My heart leapt into my throat as she said "Buys tie our use." And the line went dead before I could say anything to her. She sounded like she had been sobbing, and it broke my heart to hear it.

Now, everyone, we need to start making the rounds, checking all of the known sources for clues... I'm really hoping this turns out to be more than BEGIN and BUYS TIE OUR USE. I was stressed all day about this, and that's all I get? :x

I'm going to start searching the trails for clues. If you have anything... ANYTHING... please either post it on the forum or leave me a comment on this post. I'm really sorry that wasn't more exciting, all. The kidnappers are really starting to piss me off.

I've Been Thrown In Prison Again

I fell asleep last night almost as soon as my head hit the pillow, for once. I slept from 10 until about 4, and then I was awake for the rest of the night. That's the most sleep I've gotten since Emmy's kidnapping, though. I actually feel semi- good today. And then I remember that one of my best friends has cancer, and my mood is shot to hell.

I couldn't force myself to throw up again this morning, so here I sit in Computer Literacy. I'm Computer Literate, and much more so than anyone else in the class. If only they knew... But, it's a required elective (oxymoron there, huh?), so here I am.

I got a threatening email this morning from Linda Fontaine. She said you guys have sent her emails claiming she's responsible for Emmy's kidnapping?! You can't do that! She may or may not be connected, but you have no idea how angry she is. I copy/pasted the email into a post on the forum, but again, you're going to have to find the password. Sorry. This one is easy, though.

As six thirty gets closer (although I have a long way to go) I get more and more nervous. I don't know what they're going to tell me when I sign on to AIM, but I'm sure it won't be good. I look forward to talking with you guys in real-time, though. None of this back-and-forth emailing and commenting. We'll actually be talking with each other.

So, I have to go type endless rows of

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Talk to you all later.