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What were the spirits trying to say?

Towards the end of the The Ghost in the Machine-based App, the gypsy fortune teller will present you with a clue. It appears to be gibberish, but it’s actually just written in the ROT13 cypher.

ROT13 is a letter-substitution cypher. When you decode the message “CEBCREGL BS OHEAFHZ” it becomes “PROPERTY OF BURNSUM”. Maybe if Lisa had been familiar with this cypher, she wouldn’t have had to have spent twenty-four hours in the library figuring out this mystery.

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8 Comments on “What were the spirits trying to say?”

  1. October 10, 2013 at 1:03 am #

    Was just wondering about this! At a glance, I thought it was simply jumbled words =x

  2. October 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Maybe she should have talked to Martin and gone with him to the Crypto Barn. Waste of an opportunity to use the Squidport. Well for those of us who built the Squidport that is.

    • October 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      That’s a really good point. I completely forgot that the town has a building dedicated to cryptography.

  3. brat-sampson
    October 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    It’s more specific than that, a rot cipher is so called as it rotates each letter a certain amount around the alphabet so a ROT1 would be made by changing a to b, g to h,t to u and so on. ROT13 changes by thirteen so a becomes n, b is o etc. It’s common and simple as in ROT13, all the letters essentially pair off. If b is o, o is b, which is nice to solve. I did learnt some very basic cipher stuff years back, it makes things like this really simple as you at least always know what to try first.

  4. Kandas
    October 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    How in the heck did you figure that one out??

    • promethelax
      October 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      There are a lot of people around who read ROT13 in plain english. People who spent too much time on the internet back when irc was cutting edge. I would not be surprised if the person who pointed this out was one of them, also some people like codes and ROT13 is easily breakable because it is a simple substitution.

      • Kandas
        October 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

        I hadn’t even heard of it until FB posted it here. Yikes.

      • promethelax
        October 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

        Not totally surprising, the tsto community isn’t the ‘typical’ gamer demographic. That is not all members are people who have devoted their lives to virtual interaction and games; instead many of the people playing a just average people playing the game in little glimpses of spare time. Tsto is the definition of a casual game which caters to casual gamers and that is, at least partially, the reason for its success. Hardcore gamers are no longer the most profitable market for game designers and EA has clearly noticed that.

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