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LEGO pod hunt - Chicago, you're next!

ButlerButler 89 episodes or bustRegistered User regular
edited March 2010 in Social Entropy++
UPDATE 15/12/09: The 3rd pod has landed, the 4th pod will be landing in the next couple of days at a LEGO store in Chicago. See the main site and the unfiction.com thread for more details.

The Rundown: LEGO has launched a viral marketing promotion thingy here to promote the upcoming MMO, Lego Universe. The website and video explain most of it, but what it boils down to is this: A set of four latitude-longitude coordinates are released on the website periodically. The four coordinates form a rectangle. Each new rectangle is smaller than the last, until finally you get the exact location of one of these dealies:

pod.jpgpod_02.jpg

A LEGO pod with a minifigure inside it! And a code which you can enter on the site and some stuff happens, but who cares about that, FREE LEGO! And all you have to do is constantly follow this site for when the next coordinates go up and then drop everything and race across town against a bunch of other people to get it.

Mysteries Solved
- The code for the data-plate from the first pod was broken very quickly. It seems to depict the solar system from which they originated, and gives the names of several of the planets (some of them are confirmed locations within LU).

- The sequence of dashes adjacent to the alphabet code on the pod (see below) has also been deciphered. They're just the same series of letters, only written in KIX, a system used by the Dutch postal service for quick scanning of post codes (obviously).
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Mysteries Unsolved
- What is the significance of the blacked out numbers on this page?

- Why does the second of these maps, posted from the B.R.I.C.K. account, show a single point on Easter Island... the same place where Bradford Rant himself went missing in 1985?

- Why are the letters N, E, S, and W highlighted on the data-plate?

And of course...

- Where will the next pod be found?

All non-original discoveries sourced from the unfiction forums.

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    edited November 2009
    man they ain't gonna launch these anywhere near here

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I knew my GPS unit would come in handy one day.

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    ArchArch Neat-o, mosquito! Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
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    PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Let's comb the area.

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    TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Let's comb the area.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    goddammit Joe, you beat me to it!

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    TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You snooze, you looze princess.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    well harrumph :p

    and I love LEGO as much as the next lady but I seriously doubt they're going to plant anything anywhere near me

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    The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
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    edited November 2009
    I might go out and buy some LEGO because I can

    Being an adult >>>>>>>>>>>> being a kid

    edit: t geek well now i have to reboot into windows and i'm not going to get anything done all afternoon THANKS A LOT

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Usagi wrote: »
    well harrumph :p

    and I love LEGO as much as the next lady but I seriously doubt they're going to plant anything anywhere near me

    :C

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    The Geek wrote: »

    omg
    WANT

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Druhim wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    well harrumph :p

    and I love LEGO as much as the next lady but I seriously doubt they're going to plant anything anywhere near me

    :C

    meeeeeeeep

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    UPDATE!

    "Found" on the first pod was a plaque (linked for huge) with coded messages on it. The column on the right is the "alphabet", so a few minutes decoding gives you...
    The Source

    (and the "planets" in order from left to right)

    1. Gnarled Forest

    2. Forbidden Valley

    3. Pet Rock

    4. Avant Gardens

    5. Zorillo Station

    Probably locations in the upcoming MMO? Also the highlighted letters correspond to "E, S, N, W" which either spells "News" or is a reference to the points of the compass.

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    an intriguing internet mystery, butler

    and damn do i love legos

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Second update!

    A clever dick over here worked out that if you click on the map with the location of the first pod you can see other maps submitted by that user, one of which has a more specific set of coordinates!

    This one seems to be centered on Texas so it's looking pretty likely it'll be somewhere in that state.

    EDIT: Strange numbers are hidden in the blacked out parts of this page:

    31324a0d0a
    363536303638
    36393935393732

    Any guesses what they might mean?

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    edited November 2009
    well, if they're hexadecimal, in decimal they're:

    211297111306
    59602170295864
    15262566611236658

    neither of which mean much to me. further coordinates, perhaps?

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Man, every time I see legos in the store I get the urge to buy them because they're so cool but then I look at the price tag and D:
    I don't remember legos being that expensive when I was a kid, and yes I earned money to buy them myself.

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    try viewing source on that page

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Bumped for new coordinates and new and improved OP.

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    Fort1tudeFort1tude Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    if any are landing in NY let me know otherwise damnit i want

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    If you could get hold of one of these pods, I imagine it would go for a fair amount on eBay. There are only seven of them in existence, after all.

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    CatnipCatCatnipCat Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I knew that living in florida would pay off one day

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    MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Where in Florida is this landing

    I am in Florida

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    CatnipCatCatnipCat Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Vertetas I will slash your tires

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    FutoreFutore Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    what whattttt Florida??

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Veretas wrote: »
    Where in Florida is this landing

    I am in Florida

    Well no guarantees at this stage of course

    but since, according to the website, "the pods are attracted to large amounts of LEGO® bricks and/or imagination"

    it is very very likely it will turn up somewhere close to here.

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    StationaryStationary Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Oh man that is like 15 minutes away from me!

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    AlpineAlpine Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I am actually so excited for the Lego MMO

    I wish I was 8 again so I could ask for Lego for Christmas and be taken seriously

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    edited November 2009
    Alpine wrote: »
    I am actually so excited for the Lego MMO

    I wish I was 8 again so I could ask for Lego for Christmas and be taken seriously

    i get lego about every two years because my family knows i enjoy it and i usually don't ask for anything

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    captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Oh shit one of the texas stores is really close to me. I didn't even know that existed.

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    AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    whereabouts in Florida?

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    Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I would by a LEGO set that looked like that in a heartbeat. It looks so neat.

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    MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    CatnipCat wrote: »
    Vertetas I will slash your tires

    That's too bad because I don't have a car! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa

    ahaha

    aha

    ha

    :(

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    MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Also we should have a FloPAX or something

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    edited November 2009
    he is going to slash your chucks

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    mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Veretas wrote: »
    Also we should have a FloPAX or something

    this, except that with my luck it'd end up starting while i was in new york/maryland/paris, the same way nycpax started a little after i went to florida for college

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    CatnipCatCatnipCat Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Veretas wrote: »
    CatnipCat wrote: »
    Vertetas I will slash your tires

    That's too bad because I don't have a car! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa

    ahaha

    aha

    ha

    :(

    Then I'll give you a ride and I'll slash my own tires

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    Skull ManSkull Man RIP KUSU Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    c'moooon georgia

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    KazhiimKazhiim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited November 2009
    there's a legoland in florida, right? The one in denmark was like a block away from the legoland there

    heh

    "block"

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