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"Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:51 pm
by RotavatoR
...I don't get it. I'm curious though :3
Who is he?
How could we have realized who he was?
How has he misled us?

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:55 pm
by Sicon112
RotavatoR wrote:...I don't get it. I'm curious though :3
Who is he?
How could we have realized who he was?
How has he misled us?


That was Rick. He admitted to it. Qara has already commented on how it is ironic that he was the one who brought her in in the first place, and translating him as Poirot was her last contribution.

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:18 pm
by Tom
He LOVED making that blog full of red herrings. :D

However, when we asked him to do something game-related on the blog (using it as part of a puzzle), he balked at it because he said it really was his food blog, and he didn't want it taken over by the game.

Blogs like that and Ben's Manga were created initially to preserve the illusion that ezblog.co was a real hosting site, not just a new site that every character JUST HAPPENED to find despite its relatively low Google rank. But Rick wanted a real blog out of it, so he got a real blog.

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:12 am
by Rick Healey
Okay, a bit more explanation, because Tom is *still* somewhat boggled by Experiments in Food Preparation.

First thing's first, I had actually been pondering a cooking blog for some time before I even got involved with the ARG - easily for a couple of years. So if nothing else, I want to stress that nothing illegitimate went into that blog.

That said, I did briefly forget about the blog when I was taking care of other things. But once that all got settled, I got back into it. As to why I made so many allusions to the ARG in something that wasn't fully "connected," a few reasons.

One, even tangentially, I knew it'd always have some connection. If properly maintained, there was the chance that it would add both to the "completeness" of the entire ARG as well as serve as a possible way to draw folks in. The fact that it worked that way, at least in Qara's case, astounded some folks.

Two, seriously, you know how difficult it is to have this many secrets and not be able to share them with anyone? This way, I had a safety valve in which I could drop some things about the game without blowing cover or breaking sequence (people may have missed it, but nothing that I hinted at was technically new; all of it could be gleaned from other sources in-game).

Three, to some extent, I kind of craved the community. I'm one of the veterans of other ARGs on staff (earned my purple leitmark in Perplex City; lurked on several others related to the Slender Man Mythos), and my role on the ARG mostly kept me behind the scenes. Even just the occasional comments you guys dropped, it was still a direct connection. The only other real time I got that was during my turns tweeting as Cheshire (hilariously, shortly after one of my Cheshire tweets, Dryunya compared me to another Cheshire, which was hilarious synchronicity).

Four, I'll admit, there's nothing more pleasing to a puppet master than watching players squirm in confusion. It was amusing to see folks try to figure out what the blog was and not be able to figure it out. And I know I'm not the only puppet master that felt that way.

Five, and perhaps most importantly, I got to do something that I had never seen anyone else *do* in an ARG before. It was an independent work that stood alone from the ARG, and it wasn't ever truly part of the ARG, yet it was an organic outgrowth of the ARG. You didn't need to take any connection to the ARG, and you could still get something out of it. At the very least, Scarab got to go over my vast cookie-making knowledge.

Now, a few extras about it.

One, remember the WMG that supposed that "Cake guy made the cookies" - specifically, the cookies that were sent to narriativedilletante? That's actually 100% correct. I made those lime shortbread cookies. I still have half the batch in my freezer - they're still good. I was actually sad that Qara couldn't get her own package of them, I assume for food allergy reasons. In fairness, though, if Qara does have a list of what she can't eat and sends it to me, since she did earn those cookies, I'll make a batch that she can eat.

Two, the part about drawing the cake blog into the ARG was admittedly a sticking point with me for a bit. The problem was that folks wanted me to talk about opening a restaurant, which Adam would then send a resume to. Said resume would then be posted, which would lead to his site. The reason this didn't happen was twofold. One, I was insistent that I would never lie on that blog. The closest justification anyone could think would be that Adam mistook my blog for a professional chef's blog and sent in a resume in the hopes that there was an opening - it was considered a bit of a weak justification, particularly as I made it clear earlier that I'm a cook, not a chef (a chef runs a kitchen). Two, and this was the killer, was that I pointed out that it's beyond terrible to just post someone else's resume out of the blue. Even if someone was crazy enough to think that I was running a restaurant, nobody would just plaster that resume up on the Internet. At least, I hope not. Push comes to shove, we could never figure out a reason for me to actually post the resume, so those plans were scrapped.

Three, the comment that convinced everyone that I wasn't a puppet master? I never actually said I wasn't. I said that it was given to me as a gift by the friends running the ARG that folks were playing. And that's true - I'm friends with all the puppet masters, because there's a camaraderie that develops when you work on something like this. And it would've been unfair to switch sides, since I did know what was going on with everything. I just made sure not to go into the details on all of that. It was one of my favorite moments in the ARG, because I managed to get folks to believe a lie just by telling the truth.

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:31 am
by narrativedilettante
Rick Healey wrote:One, remember the WMG that supposed that "Cake guy made the cookies" - specifically, the cookies that were sent to narriativedilletante? That's actually 100% correct. I made those lime shortbread cookies.


Thank you for the cookies. They were great!

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:53 am
by Rick Healey
Oh, another thing that I forgot:

You know how folks were sure that I hid a message of some sort in the blog? I hid one, and nobody found it. Should I reveal what it was?

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:54 am
by JackAlsworth
Yesyesyesyesyesyesyes

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:42 am
by RotavatoR
NO
LET'S START LOOKING AGAIN ;_;

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:53 am
by Pixelmage
Uh... We already have a big puzzle to solve... And you guys won't release Morgan's Echo directly... So...
If you wouldn't mind, can you please reveal the hidden message? :P

Sorry RR, but I'm personally stumped and tired and saving my brainpower for that last Cabal puzzle. ;)

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:03 am
by H22
Rick, just wanted to say you were awesome. I'm glad you responded to some of my ideas. :D

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:07 am
by RotavatoR
Pixelmage wrote:Uh... We already have a big puzzle to solve... And you guys won't release Morgan's Echo directly... So...
If you wouldn't mind, can you please reveal the hidden message? :P

Sorry RR, but I'm personally stumped and tired and saving my brainpower for that last Cabal puzzle. ;)

You're acting like we don't have years of time to find the hidden message :\ Are we in a hurry?
Won't it be much more fun to try and find the hidden message after we've solved everything else? I'm not saying that we need to solve it right now...

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:47 am
by Rick Healey
Hmm... I'll wait to see a few more comments, to see if there's a strong vibe saying one way or the other. In the meantime, for a couple of things about the hidden message:

One, it wasn't a hint about any other puzzle. It's a stand-alone.

Two, it is literally only the one hidden message. When folks find it, you'll be able to figure out why I only hid one in there.

Three, none of the other puppet masters knew before this that I threw it in there - feel free to ask them for help finding it (though to be fair, they missed it, too).

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:51 am
by Pixelmage
Pshhh...
Don't ruin my plan RR! You know I enjoy puzzles, I'm just trying to weasel out some good information without having to solve one! Loophole Abuse, remember? :P

Wait... Did I post his openly? Oh silly me... :mrgreen:

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:35 am
by Sophira
Rick Healey wrote:Three, none of the other puppet masters knew before this that I threw it in there - feel free to ask them for help finding it (though to be fair, they missed it, too).


As another puppetmaster, I can confirm that I had no idea there was a hidden message in there. I'm as curious as everybody else now.

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:59 am
by RotavatoR
Sophira wrote:
Rick Healey wrote:Three, none of the other puppet masters knew before this that I threw it in there - feel free to ask them for help finding it (though to be fair, they missed it, too).


As another puppetmaster, I can confirm that I had no idea there was a hidden message in there. I'm as curious as everybody else now.

Which is exactly why it would be fun to crack this one along with all PM's, no matter how easy it is :P
YOU WILL KNOW WHAT WE'VE BEEN THROUGH DAMNIT D':

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:07 pm
by Qara-Xuan Zenith
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT.
I didn't recognize this from the versions of the story I was familiar with, hence my assumptions of COMPLETELY INSANE, but Wikipedia informs me that in the original version, the entire debacle was engineered by Morgan le Fey.
So BAM. Hidden message.
You're going to tell me this isn't it, aren't you? >_<

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:10 pm
by Rick Healey
Sorry Wars, but that isn't it.

This is turning into a real shaggy dog story, isn't it?

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:47 am
by eli_gone_crazy
eventually, we will find it.....right?

you aren't just leading us on a wild goose chase... right?

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:43 pm
by Rick Healey
Well, there are two completely different questions to be answered.

*Can* you find a hidden message in there? Of Scouse. I might be devious with the truth, but I don't lie.

*Will* you find a hidden message that I deliberately hid there? That depends on you guys. Though again, it wasn't a message important to the game.

I actually thought you guys might figure it out in-game. You noticed one thing very odd, but you never really asked why.

Re: "Cake Guy's" latest blog post

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:52 pm
by Qara-Xuan Zenith
When you say not important to the game, do you mean it wasn't plot relevant, or that it had absolutely nothing to do with the game?