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First version of Pawn Takes Pawn

Pawn Takes Pawn is a viral website that was part of an ARG leading to the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and its pre-launch marketing campaign.

The ARG also involved Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Mobile.

Contents

Box and slides[edit | edit source]

In early August 2020, Activision sent a box to different Youtubers and Media outlets, such as CharlieIntel, Chaos, NoahJ456, butters, Hayashii, PrestigeIsKey or Mark Medina from IGN among others. The boxes were to be open on August 10, 2020 at 12PM ET.

The boxes contain a slide projector, each with different models sent, with 10 slides and a manifest. The manifest read:

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS:

These are TOP SECRET documents containing compartmentalized information essential to national security.

You are requested to immediately distribute the provided intelligence to your operatives in the field. These materials are to be used in the investigation of Site [REDACTED] in the Ural Mountains.

[REDACTED]

Please ensure that your package contains the documents listed in the column marked MANIFEST.

You will also be supplied a PROJECTOR to aid in distributing the materials.

AUTHORIZED BY: [REDACTED]
— Manifest

The slides contained different types of codes as well as five numbered map displaying London (1), Paris (2), New York (3), Moscow (4) and Tokyo (5). Some slides also contained part of the Summit minimap from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

List of slides[edit | edit source]


Summit[edit | edit source]

The minimap of Summit and the mention of a site in the Ural Mountains led people to investigate on the map in Black Ops 4. People found new screen displays which were similar to some of the slides. The five cities were also linked to five clocks on the map showing different hours. The numbers associated with a city were found on the map with each number having a different color. The colors were identical to the colors used in some of the slides.

By overlapping specific slides on top of the Summit clocks, a sentence was found: "BISH YOU WERE HERE".

The phrase "Bish you were here" was a reference to the World Chess Championship 1972 between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.[1]

Using the remaining slides and overlapping them with the new screen displays found on the map and an image posted by Treyarch on Instagram, a sentenced was deciphered: "TURN ELEVEN WHITE".

The phrase "Turn eleven white" was a reference to the first game between Fischer (Black) and Spassky (White) where Spassky took Fischer's pawn with another pawn during the eleventh turn.

Website (First version, Aug. 10 - 20)[edit | edit source]

Discovery of the site[edit | edit source]

The image posted by Treyarch also contained a 13-word phrase with only the letter "K" shown at the seventh position. People found out that the mysterious phrase was "Pawn Takes Pawn", the move made by Spassky.

The website http://pawntakespawn.com/tv was quickly discovered and associated with Activision. The website featured an image of a CRT, an acoustic coupler, a black pawn and a white pawn, an old computer and a VCR flashing "8-14" and "12:00" indicating the next step would happen on August 14, 2020 at 12PM ET.

Second update (August 12)[edit | edit source]

On August 12, 2020, the website was updated and a post-it note was added at the bottom of the CRT. The note read "/TANGLEDWEB" which led to a new page http://pawntakespawn.com/tangledweb featuring a note.

Wars are won not just on the battlefield, but behind closed doors.

Tactics. Maneuvers. Strategies.

All pieces of a complex puzzle that means the difference between life and death - conquering or being conquered.

Codes. Signals. Ciphers.

Secret communications used by enemies and allies for thousands of years.

The plot unfolding now is decades in the making. It will not be unraveled overnight.

While some battles can be won swiftly, others will take days to unfold.

You have found the first piece of many.
Relish the journey. It's all part of the game.

The spoils of victory come not to those in haste, but to those who know -

"Every battle is won before it is ever fought."

Know your history.
— /TANGLEDWEB note

Third update (August 14)[edit | edit source]

On August 14, the website was updated with a VHS tape called "1961-62 v.1" added on top of the VCR. The post-it note was also updated with "/EMC2" which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/emc2 featuring a small note displaying "8/14 - DAY ONE: 1961-62".

1961-62 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS could be interacted with and, when pressed, would change place and enter the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured between 1961 and 1962.

The video included reports of the Laotian Civil War and Algerian War, important snow falls in Chicago and San Francisco, the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, the meeting between Kennedy and British prime minister Harold Macmillan, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Vienna summit between Kennedy and Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev, the Berlin Crisis, Kennedy before Congress about the "Urgent National Needs", the reenactement of the Inauguration of Abrahma Lincoln, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and its aftermath, Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to travel into space, the launch of Mercury-Redstone 3 and Alan Shepard becoming the first american to travel into space, the Albany Movement led by Martin Luther King, the detonation of the Tsar Bomba, Kennedy witnessing the launch of an ICBM from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Ole Miss riot, the Congo Crisis, the funeral of Eleanor Roosevelt, the "We choose to go to the Moon" speech, the visit of Kennedy to the Marshall Space Flight Center with Wernher von Braun, the Project Gemini, Chiang Kai-shek celebrating in Taiwan the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of the Qing dynasty, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Sino-Indian War, the Vietnam War

The numbers 37, 25 and 48 would appear in the video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-H6-49285163".

Warzone[edit | edit source]

This code was related to Call of Duty: Warzone and pointed to a location in H6 which was in the Verdansk Farmland. A locked door with a keypad could be found in a barn at this location. When the code 49285163 was entered, the door would open allowing the players to look inside.

Inside the room, players found, among some loots, several pieces of papers and figured out they were ciphers that needed to be solved.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

Once the players opened the door and found the ciphers, the /EMC2 page was updated to feature a new version of the note displaying "8/15 - DAY TWO: [REDACTED]" with a fallen black pawn.

Fourth update (August 15)[edit | edit source]

On August 15, the website was updated with a second VHS tape called "1968-69 v.1" added on top of the previous VHS renamed "1961-62 v.2". The "/EMC2" note was updated to display "8/15 - DAY TWO: 1968-69".

1968-69 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS, when interacted with, would insert itself in the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured between 1968 and 1969.

The numbers 06, 25, 11, 19 and 16 would appear in the "1968-69 v.1" video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-B5-87624851".

1961-62 v.2[edit | edit source]

Four new numbers (08, 15, 60, 63) were also added in the video from the VHS tape "1961-62 v.2". The numbers 08, 37, 15, 25, 60, 48, and 63 would appear throughout the video.

Warzone[edit | edit source]

The "WZ-B5-87624851" code was once again related to Warzone and pointed to a location in B5 which was in the western part of Verdansk. Bunker 03 could be found in this location. When the code 87624851 was entered, the bunker would open allowing the players to look inside.

Inside Bunker 03, players found, among some loots, another set ciphers that needed to be solved. The Bunker 03 also featured an elevator, unavailable however, as well as a bust of Vladimir Lenin on a desk with a code on the back of the bust.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

After the players entered Bunker 03, the /EMC2 page was updated to feature a new version of the note displaying "8/16 - DAY THREE: [REDACTED]" with a fallen white pawn.

Fifth update (August 16)[edit | edit source]

On August 16, the website was updated with a third VHS tape called "1972-73 v.1" added on top of the previous ones. The other VHS were renamed "1968-69 v.2" and "1961-62 v.3". The "/EMC2" note was updated to display "8/16 - DAY THREE: 1972-73".

1972-73 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS, when interacted with, would insert itself in the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured between 1972 and 1973.

The numbers 07, 25, 09, 54, 07, 50 and 02 would appear in the "1972-73 v.1" video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-H8-72948531".

1968-69 v.2[edit | edit source]

Six new numbers (15, 24, 18, 12, 13, 01) were also added in the video from the second VHS tape renamed "1968-69 v.2". The numbers 15, 06, 24, 25, 18, 11, 12, 19, 13, 01 and 16 would appear throughout the video.

1961-62 v.3[edit | edit source]

Five new numbers (60, 15, 93, 08, 28) were also added in the video from the first VHS tape renamed "1961-62 v.3". The numbers 60, 08, 15, 93, 37, 15, 08, 25, 60, 48, 63 and 28 would appear. throughout the video.

Warzone[edit | edit source]

The "WZ-H8-72948531" code was once again related to Warzone and pointed to a location in H8 which was located west of the Zordaya Prison in Verdansk. A small hut could be found in this location. When the code 72948531 was entered, the hut would open allowing the players to look inside.

Inside the swamp hut, players found, among some loots, another set ciphers that needed to be solved. The chassis of a RC-XD with a remote controller and several batteries could also be found.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

After the players entered the hut and retrieved all the numbers from the tapes, the /EMC2 page was updated to feature a new version of the note displaying "8/17 - DAY FOUR: [REDACTED]" with a second fallen black pawn.

Sixth update (August 17)[edit | edit source]

On August 17, the website was updated with a fourth VHS tape called "1977-78 v.1" added on top of the previous ones. The other VHS were renamed "1972-73 v.2", "1968-69 v.3" and "1961-62 v.4". The "/EMC2" note was updated to display "8/17 - DAY FOUR: 1977-78".

1977-78 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS, when interacted with, would insert itself in the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured between 1977 and 1978.

The numbers 03, 02, 07, 08, 05, 01, 01, 07 would appear in the "1977-78 v.1" video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-B7-97264138".

1972-73 v.2[edit | edit source]

Five new numbers (54, 06, 50, 59, 25) were also added in the video from the second VHS tape renamed "1972-73 v.2". The numbers 07, 25, 54, 09, 06, 54, 50, 07, 59, 25, 50, 02 would appear throughout the video.

1968-69 v.3[edit | edit source]

Four new numbers (09, 10, 04, 22) were also added in the video from the second VHS tape renamed "1968-69 v.3". The numbers 15, 09, 06, 10, 24, 04, 25, 18, 11, 12, 22, 19, 13, 01 and 16 would appear throughout the video.

1961-62 v.4[edit | edit source]

Four new numbers (52, 71, 37, 18) were also added in the video from the first VHS tape renamed "1961-62 v.4". The numbers 60, 08, 52, 15, 93, 37, 71, 15, 08, 25, 37, 60, 48, 18, 63 and 28 would appear throughout the video.

Warzone[edit | edit source]

The "WZ-B7-97264138" code was once again related to Warzone and pointed to a location in B7 which was in the western part of Verdansk. Bunker 01 could be found in this location. When the code 97264138 was entered, the bunker would open allowing the players to look inside.

Inside Bunker 01, players found, among some loots, another set ciphers that needed to be solved. The interior of Bunker 01 was similar to the one from Bunker 03 and also featured an elevator. Several wheels of a RC-XD as well as batteries could also be found on a desk.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

After the players entered Bunker 01, the /EMC2 page was updated to feature a new version of the note displaying "8/18 - DAY FIVE: [REDACTED]" with a second fallen white pawn.

Seventh update (August 18)[edit | edit source]

On August 18, the website was updated with a fifth VHS tape called "1979 v.1" added on top of the previous ones. The other VHS were renamed "1977-78 v.2", "1972-73 v.3", "1968-69 v.4" and "1961-62 v.5". The "/EMC2" note was updated to display "8/18 - DAY FIVE: 1979".

1979 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS, when interacted with, would insert itself in the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured in 1979

The numbers 02, 00, 03, 03, 06, 01, 09, 07, 00, 09, 04 and 01 would appear in the "1979 v.1" video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-F4-27495810"

1977-78 v.2[edit | edit source]

Six new numbers (07, 08, 00, 02, 08, 00) were also added in the video from the fourth VHS tape renamed "1977-78 v.2". The numbers 03, 07, 02, 07, 08, 08, 00, 05, 02, 08, 01, 00, 01, 07 would appear throughout the video.

1972-73 v.3[edit | edit source]

Three new numbers (51, 22, 25) were also added in the video from the third VHS tape renamed "1972-73 v.3". The numbers 07, 51, 25, 54, 09, 06, 22, 54, 50, 25, 07, 59, 25, 50 and 02 would appear throughout the video.

1968-69 v.4[edit | edit source]

Two new numbers (12, 13) were also added in the video from the second VHS tape renamed "1968-69 v.4". The numbers 15, 09, 12, 06, 10, 24, 04, 25, 18, 11, 13, 12, 22, 19, 13, 01 and 16 would appear throughout the video.

1961-62 v.5[edit | edit source]

Two new numbers (80, 80) were also added in the video from the first VHS tape renamed "1961-62 v.5". The numbers 60, 08, 52, 80, 15, 93, 37, 71, 15, 08, 25, 37, 80, 60, 48, 18, 63 and 28 would appear throughout the video.

Warzone[edit | edit source]

The "WZ-F4-27495810" code was once again related to Warzone and pointed to a location in F4 which was north of Tavorsk District in Verdansk. A small shack could be found in this location next to the TV Station. When the code 27495810 was entered, the shack would open allowing the players to look inside.

Inside the shack, players found, among some loots, another set ciphers that needed to be solved. A map of Verdansk could also been seen on one of the walls.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

After the players entered the shack and retrieved all the numbers from the tapes, the /EMC2 page was updated to feature a new version of the note displaying "8/19 - DAY SIX: [REDACTED]" with a second fallen black pawn.

Eighth update (August 19)[edit | edit source]

On August 19, the website was updated with a sixth VHS tape called "1981 v.1" added on top of the previous ones. The other VHS were renamed "1979 v.2", "1977-78 v.3", "1972-73 v.4", "1968-69 v.5" and "1961-62 v.6". The "/EMC2" note was updated to display "8/19 - DAY SIX: 1981".

Several numbers, 274058, were added to the acoustic coupler.

A new page also became available, https://pawntakespawn.com/11thhour featuring a note. A few hours later a small note saying "Timing is everything" was added to the "/11thhour" page.

A Tangled Web We Weave - Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967
Playing Against Einstein's Theory - Fischer vs Tal, 1961
The 11th Hour - Saidy vs Fischer, 1964

Three of the most famous matches of all time.

Chess is a game of war played out in the open. Every move seen. No hidden information. Rules established and followed for centuries.

Real wars have no such etiquette.

Liars. Spies. Moles. Double agents. Secrets bought and sold, leaked and stolen. No one is to be trusted.

To emerge victorious, we must be resourceful, strategic, and adaptable. Perseverance is KEY - Here's the one you've been waiting for.
— /11thHour note.

1981 v.1[edit | edit source]

The VHS, when interacted with, would insert itself in the VCR. The CRT would then display a 20-minute video about events that occured in 1981.

The numbers 01, 03, 02, 02, 03, 04, 01, 01, 02, 01, 03, 01, 02, 02, 06, 02, 03, 04, 03, 01, 05, 01, 02 and 01 would appear in the "1981 v.1" video. The VCR also flashed the code "WZ-F8-60274513".

1979 v.2[edit | edit source]

Eleven new numbers (09, 01, 07, 07, 01, 06, 03, 07, 07, 08, 05) were also added in the video from the fifth VHS tape renamed "1979 v.2". The numbers 02, 00, 09, 01, 03, 03, 06, 01, 07, 07, 01, 06, 03, 09, 07, 07, 07, 00, 08, 05, 09, 04 and 01 would appear throughout the video.

1977-78 v.3[edit | edit source]

Ten new numbers (04, 01, 03, 05, 08, 09, 05, 08, 03, 04) were also added in the video from the fourth VHS tape renamed "1977-78 v.3". The numbers 04, 03, 07, 01, 03, 02, 07, 08, 08, 05, 00, 08, 05, 02, 09, 08, 01, 05, 08, 03, 00, 01, 04 and 07 would appear throughout the video.

1972-73 v.4[edit | edit source]

Nine new numbers (07, 50, 02, 54, 25, 57, 25, 58, 25) were also added in the video from the third VHS tape renamed "1972-73 v.4". The numbers 07, 50, 07, 51, 02, 25, 54, 54, 25, 09, 57, 06, 22, 54, 25, 50, 25, 07, 59, 58, 25, 50, 25 and 02 would appear throughout the video.

1968-69 v.5[edit | edit source]

Seven new numbers (13, 21, 11, 05, 17, 07, 02) were also added in the video from the second VHS tape renamed "1968-69 v.5". The numbers 15, 09, 13, 21, 12, 06, 10, 24, 04, 11, 05, 17, 25, 18, 07, 11, 13, 12, 22, 19, 13, 01, 16 and 02 would appear throughout the video.

1961-62 v.6[edit | edit source]

Six new numbers (48, 80, 92, 81, 38, 93) were also added in the video from the first VHS tape renamed "1961-62 v.6". The numbers 60, 08, 52, 48, 80, 15, 93, 37, 71, 15, 80, 08, 92, 25, 81, 37, 80, 38, 60, 48, 93, 18, 63 and 28 would appear throughout the video.

Warzone[edit | edit source]

The "WZ-F8-60274513" code was once again related to Warzone and pointed to a location in F8 which was south of Tavorsk District in Verdansk. Bunker 10 could be found in this location. When the code 60274513 was entered, the bunker would open allowing the players to look inside.

Similarly to Bunker 01 and Bunker 03, the interior of Bunker 10 featured several desks and an elevator. But Bunker 10 also featured an additional room with a view to a missile silo and a Soviet ICBM. Players also found, among some loots, the remaining set of ciphers that needed to be solved.

Ciphers[edit | edit source]

Ninth update (August 20)[edit | edit source]

On August 20, the website was updated again. The VHS tapes were removed and the lights turned off.


Solving the Ciphers[edit | edit source]

Once all the VHS tapes were released and the numbers in the videos retrieved, the community started solving the ciphers found in the Warzone bunkers and shacks.

Using the "/11thHour" note from the website, they linked each VHS and numbers to a specific cipher.

  • The numbers in the 1961-62 VHS tape (Green) would be used for the PSG cipher (Green)
  • The numbers in the 1981 VHS tape (Yellow) would be used for the Chemical cipher (Blue)
  • The numbers in the 1979 VHS tape (Red) would be used for the (λ) & f cipher (Purple)
  • The numbers in the 1968-69 VHS tape (Orange) would be used for the Nix-Charge cipher (Yellow)
  • The numbers in the 1972-73 VHS tape (Blue) would be used for the Nix-Stack cipher (Red)
  • The numbers in the 1977-78 VHS tape (Purple) would be used for the Venona cipher (Orange)

PSG[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone four parts for the PSG cipher.

Some of the parts featured locations found in the Warzone map Verdansk: "Quarry", "Boneyard" and "Prison". The locations indicated the order for the PSG cipher parts. When the parts are put over the Verdansk map, they formed a Four-square cipher.

The code from the 1961-62 VHS tape was then used as a decription key:

60, 08, 52, 48, 80, 15, 93, 37, 71, 15, 80, 08, 92, 25, 81, 37, 80, 38, 60, 48, 93, 18, 63, 28

The numbers need to be entered alternatively in the top-right and bottom-left squares. The rows and columns of the large square is numbered 0 to 9.

60 is entered as Row 6 and Column 0, which reads as E on the top-right square.
08 is entered as Row 0 and Column 8, which reads as M on the bottom-left square.

To decipher 60 and 08, one needs to find the letter crossed by E and M in the top-left square first, then in the bottom-right square. In this case, it is A and R.

Once the all the numbers were deciphered, the solution found was AROPBDTOGCATMEINDTERRUSR

Chemical[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone two parts for the Chemical cipher.

To solve this cipher, the formula of the chemical compounds need to be written using the Hill system where the atom C is followed by H in the first place and the other atoms that follow are written in an alphabetical order.

The code from the 1981 VHS tape was then used as to solve the cipher:

01, 03, 02, 02, 03, 04, 01, 01, 02, 01, 03, 01, 02, 02, 06, 02, 03, 04, 03, 01, 05, 01, 02, 01

Each number representes the position of an atom in the formulas, with the first number (01) being the atom in the first position in the first formula, C. The second number (03) is the atom in the third position of the second formula, W.

Once all the numbers were deciphered, the solution found was: CWHHNYHIBBIHOHSIOSNCSHNH

(λ) & f[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone five parts of the cipher.

The code from the 1979 VHS tape was used to identify the first part of the cipher:

02, 00, 09, 01, 03, 03, 06, 01, 07, 07, 01, 06, 03, 09, 07, 07, 07, 00, 08, 05, 09, 04, 01

The code was related to the frequencies used in a Dual-tone multi-frequency signaling or DTMF.

[1]209 Hz, 1336 Hz, 1[4]77 Hz, 163X Hz, [6]97 Hz, 770 Hz, 85[2] Hz and 941 Hz

As such, the first part depicted a keypad that needed to be filled with numbers from 0 to 9 as well as * and # symbols. The fourth column was unused.

To solve the ciphers, the first three parts of the cipher have to be combined. The last two parts are used to obtain a phone number. Each letter from the military alphabet matches a number on the first part. To determine the specific number, one need to look at the number crossed by two identical military letters.

Following the order found in the fourth and fifth parts of the cipher, a phone number was discovered: +1 (831) 290 - 6578.

When the phone was called, an automated voice asked for a 6-digit code. The code was found on the acoustic coupler in the main page of the website on August 19: 274058.

After entering the 274058 code, the automated voice recited several letters in the military alphabet[2] which gave the solution: OATAILMHSKGREDEIECMNOEEE


A missing number, 03, was omitted from the 1979 VHS tape where it should have appeared at 8:25. This led to a slight offset in the letters of the solution where the last E wasn't tied to any number. When 03 is reintroduced in the code in the thirteenth position (between 06 and 03), the final letter E was now tied with the last number, 01.

Nix-Charge[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone four parts for the Nix-Charge cipher.

To solve the Nix-Charge cipher, the code from the 1968-69 VHS tape needs to be turn into letters following the alphabet where A=1, B=2, etc.

15, 09, 13, 21, 12, 06, 10, 24, 04, 11, 05, 17, 25, 18, 07, 11, 13, 12, 22, 19, 13, 01, 16, 02

After the numbers are changed into letters:

OIMULFJXDKEQYRGKMLVSMAPB

The third and fourth parts of the Nix-Charge need to be overlap and each letter need to be put in each square.

To solve decipher the letters, one need to look at each square to find if a square is "Silver" (Negative Effects) or "Flat Black" (Positive Effects).

A "Silver" square indicates that the number featured on the nixie tube needs to be substracted from the number associated with the letter (O = 15, I = 09, etc.). A "Flat Black" square indicates that the number featured on the nixie tube needs to be added to the number associated with the letter. The resulting number is then converted to a letter using the alphabet (A=1, B=2, etc.)

Examples:

  • The letter O is on a "Silver" square. The number featured on the nixie tube is 3. This means the number 3 will be substracted from the number associated with O, which is 15 in this case. 15 - 3 equals 12 which is turned into the letter L.
  • The letter M is on a "Flat Black" square. The number featured on the nixie tube is 6. This means the number 6 will be added to the number associated with M, which is 13 in this case. 13 + 6 equals 19 which is turned into the letter S.

Once all the numbers were deciphered, the solution found was: LDSNUGOTFTETWNFSRIRLODRA

Nix-Stack[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone three parts for the Nix-Stack cipher.

The second part of the cipher indicates the order numbers in the nixie tubes for a Russian model named ИH-12A (IN-12A). The order for this model is, from the front to the back, 3 8 9 4 0 5 7 2 6 1.

This order of numbers was then put in the third part of the cipher. This allows turning numbers into different ones.

The code from the 1972-73 VHS tape is used in this cipher:

07, 50, 07, 51, 02, 25, 54, 54, 25, 09, 57, 06, 22, 54, 25, 50, 25, 07, 59, 58, 25, 50, 25, 02

The numbers simply need to be converted into new numbers using the IN-12A order featured in the third part of the ciphers (0=1, 1 = 6, etc).

19, 01, 19, 06, 12, 20, 05, 05, 20, 13, 09, 14, 22, 05, 20, 01, 20, 19, 03, 08, 20, 01, 20, 12

The new numbers are then turned into letters following the alphabetical order (A=1, B=2, etc).

Once all the numbers were deciphered, the solution found was: SASFLTEETMINVETATSCHTATL

Venona[edit | edit source]

The community found in Warzone four parts for the Venona cipher. The Venona cipher is a reference to the Venona project, a US counterintelligence program.

To solve the Venona cipher, the community used the phrase "RESUME COVER AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTION" visible inside Bunker 11 in Verdansk to get the numbers from the third part of the cipher and enter them in the second part.

The numbers then have to be put in four sections of five numbers. The code "J4722" then needs to be put in front of the numbers. This code came from the Warzone victory screen inside the helicopter.

The letter J is omitted to be used for the decription, leaving the code: 472206432518235478661164

The code from the 1977-78 VHS tape was then used for an addition with the previous code.

04, 03, 07, 01, 03, 02, 07, 08, 08, 05, 00, 08, 05, 02, 09, 08, 01, 05, 08, 03, 00, 01, 04, 07

The first 0 of each number had to be removed. Only the single number is kept, the tens are discarded.

  472206432518235478661164
 + 437132788508529815830147
 _________________________
  809338110016754283491201

To decipher the result, one need to look into the fourth part of the Venona cipher and check the J column as each number matches a specific letter. Example: 8 = L, 0 = I, etc.

Once all the numbers were deciphered, the solution found was: LITAALEEIIESCODGLADTEGIE


Know Your History teaser[edit | edit source]

Once all the ciphers were solved, the "/11thHour" page was updated to feature a note displaying "Timing is everything". The page was then updated a second time to display a torn paper with several timestamps on it.

This led the community to use all the timestamps when the numbers appeared in the six VHS tapes. It was found that each number appeared every 5 seconds from 2:05 to 14:00.

When all the numbers from the VHS tapes were written in the order they appeared and then converted to the letters tied to those numbers in the solutions of the ciphers, the solution found was:

SALCOLDAWARSISNTHFOUGHTPONLAABATTLEFIELDYTHETTIMEHBOMBEISGTICKINGAWITHMEVEROESECONDFTHEIDISASTERNISDCOMINGTCLOSERHANDECLOSERTTHERDANGERUISTREALH

Two phrases were hidden inside the solution. The first sentence was:

SALCOLDAWARSISNTHFOUGHTPONLAABATTLEFIELDYTHETTIMEHBOMBEISGTICKINGAWITHMEVEROESECONDFTHEIDISASTERNISDCOMINGTCLOSERHANDECLOSERTTHERDANGERUISTREALH
"A Cold War isn't fought on a battlefield. The time bomb is ticking with ever[y] second. The disaster is coming closer and closer. The danger is real"

And the second sentence was:

SALCOLDAWARSISNTHFOUGHTPONLAABATTLEFIELDYTHETTIMEHBOMBEISGTICKINGAWITHMEVEROESECONDFTHEIDISASTERNISDCOMINGTCLOSERHANDECLOSERTTHERDANGERUISTREALH
"Slash. Play the game. Find the truth."

The second phrase led to a new page on the Pawn Takes Pawn website, https://pawntakespawn.com/playthegamefindthetruth, which featured a teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War called "Know Your History".

Once the teaser was found, the "/EMC2" page was updated to feature a film reel with the date "Aug 26" written on it. The date for the reveal of Black Ops Cold War.

Website (Second version, Aug. 30 - 31)[edit | edit source]

On August 30, 2020, the Pawn Takes Pawn website was updated following a short clip broadcasted during the Call of Duty League Championship 2020 which ended with "It's time to learn the truth. Pawn Takes Pawn".

A new page became available https://pawntakespawn.com/codecave/ alongside the /tv page from the first version of the website. The /codecave featured a computer with the game Zork against its monitor, a miniature of the Verdansk stadium, a printer, a lamp with a dog tag and a shelf with a rubber duck and a clock on it. People were also able to register an account and sign-in.

The printer could be interacted with and led to the page https://pawntakespawn.com/codecave/dotmatrix which featured a long note giving instructions to the players on how to get specific achievements inside Zork.

Welcome to the Underground.

What could be more fitting to kick off the unraveling of a maze of secrets than THE maze of secrets?

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ZZZZZZZZZZZ   ZZZZZZZZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZ  ZZZZZ  ZZZZ
     ZZZZ    ZZZZ    ZZZZ ZZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZZ ZZZZ
    ZZZZ     ZZZZ    ZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZ    ZZZZZZZZZ
   ZZZZ      ZZZZ    ZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZ    ZZZZZZZZZ
  ZZZZ       ZZZZ    ZZZZ ZZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZ  ZZZZ
 ZZZZZZZZZZZ  ZZZZZZZZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZ  ZZZZ   ZZZZ
ZZZZZZZZZZZZ   ZZZZZZZZ   ZZZZ    ZZZZ ZZZZ    ZZZZ

To launch the game, go to TERMINAL 0, type: ZORK, and press ENTER.

Here is a guide to get you started on your journey:

Achievement: Easter Egg From the beginning of the game (“West of House”), go North to “North of House”, head North again to the “Forest Path”, and go Up the tree. You should see a bird’s nest with a large egg inside. “Take”, “Grab”, or “Get” the egg to earn your first achievement!

Achievement: With Great Effort Now that you have the egg, climb back Down the tree. Then head South to “North of House”, and East to “Behind House”. There, you will see a window that is slightly ajar. Open the window to allow entry, then go West into the house to earn your second achievement!

Achievement: Bat Repellent You should now be in the Kitchen, where you will find a closed brown sack. Open the sack to reveal a lunch and a clove of garlic. Take the garlic to earn your next achievement - plus, you’ll need it later!

Achievement: Dungeon Delver Go West from the Kitchen into the Living Room, and take the lamp from off the trophy case. For now, resist the urge to take the sword, as you’re not quite strong enough to wield it yet. Now, move the rug to reveal a trap door, open the trap door, and go Down the steps into the darkness.

Achievement: Night Vision After a brief but nasty surprise, simply turn on your lantern to light up the room!

Good luck.
— /dotmatrix note

The computer on the /codecave page could be interacted with. When doing so, players could find a terminal requiring an input. When using the code found on the post-it note on the computer "ZORK" players were able to start a game of Zork.

By signing-in and following the instructions found on the /dotmatrix note, players could unlock 7 achievements which the last one "Zork Adventurer" inviting players to provide their mailing address for the "next piece of the puzzle".

Players were also able to play the entire Zork game to complete it, earning 29 achievements along the way. Once a player completed the game, they earned one last achievement called "Escaped From Zork".

This achievement led to another page https://pawntakespawn.com/pitchblack which featured a new note.

It's pitch black.

Just like the operations that happen in secret everyday. In every corner of the world, forces compete and collude - the line blurred between enemy and ally.

Good job on making out of the dungeon alive.

More to come.
— /pitchblack note

Second update (August 31)[edit | edit source]

On August 31, the /tv page was update and a VHS title "We are all pawns" was added on top of the VCR. When the tape was put in the VCR, it played the short clip broadcasted during the Call of Duty Championship.

Postcards[edit | edit source]

Starting September 4, 2020, several people who entered their mailing address on the website received postcards from Activision.

15 different postcards were sent, the front of the postcard featured the logo of ZORK with a code to redeem a 30th achievement on the website called "You've got mail". Depending on the card number the phrase above the ZORK logo would change, some postcard also featured parts of a QR code.

The back of the postcards either featured part of the ZORK map consisting of the map of the Underground, the map of the House and Forest and the map of the Maze with a word or the image of an item found in ZORK such as the sapphire-incrusted bracelet.

List of cards[edit | edit source]

Website Pages[edit | edit source]

Using the words found on the back of the postcards, the community discovered several new pages on Pawn Takes Pawn.

/sacredbeetle[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/sacredbeetle featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the first incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "Construct map from". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Maze(7), Forest Path, Grating Room, Shaft Room, Frigid River(3)
- Maze(15), Forest Path, Bat Room, Frigid River(4); Atlantis Room, South of House
- Bat Room, Up a Tree, Maze(14), East of Chasm
- Mine Entrance, Gallery, Stream, Dam, Drafty Room, Altar
- Stone Barrow, Maze(13)
- Cyclops Room, Rocky Ledge, Engravings Cave, Atlantis Room
- Strange Passage, Mine Entrance, Drafty Room, Frigid River(5), Frigid River(1), Grating Room
- Atlantis Room, South of House, Rocky Ledge, Treasure Room
- Mine Entrance, Gallery
- Squeaky Room, Ladder Top, Sandy Cave, Cella, Squeaky Room
- Maze(5), North of House, Troll Room, Squeaky Room
— Incantation #1

The incantation read: Machination.

/hallowedbones[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/hallowedbones featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the second incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "Printed intelligence travel". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Coal Mine(3), Sandy Cave
- Maze(11), Forest(1), Land of the Dead, Shaft Room
- Bat Room, Up a Tree, South of House, Atlantis Room, Narrow Passage, Maze(7)
- Behind House, Maze(8)
- Cold Passage, Attic, Maze(14), Torch Room, Deep Canyon, Grating Room
- Squeaky Room, Mirror Room(South), Stream, Maintenance Room, Frigid River(4), Shaft Room
- Forest(1), Forest(2), Forest Path, Maze(7)
— Incantation #2

The incantation read: Insight.

/sanctified[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/sanctified featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the third incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "As the crow flies". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Ladder Bottom, Canyon View, Mirror Room(North), Egyptian Room
- Maze(15), North of House, Mine Entrance, Twisting Passage, South of House, Entrance to Hades
- Forest(1), Maze(11)
- Forest(4), Strange Passage, Frigid River(3), Dam Lobby, Canyon Bottom, Machine Room, Smelly Room, Forest (4)
- West of House, Maze(9), Mirror Room(South), Mirror Room(North)
- Forest Path, Coal Mine(4), Bat Room, East of Chasm
- Twisting Passage, Behind House, Maze(14), Winding Passage, Maze(14), Maze(1), Deep Canyon
— Incantation #3

The incantation read: Tribute.

/preciousmetal[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/preciousmetal featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the fourth incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "Bring six pictured". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Shaft Room, Forest(4), Canyon Bottom, Dam Lobby, Frigid River(5), Treasure Room
- Maze(15), Up a Tree, Gas Room, Dam, Maze(4)
- Egyptian Room, Maze(8), Forest(2), Coal Mine(1), Forest(2), Forest(3), Reservoir North
- Twisting Passage, Canyon View, Cyclops Room, Narrow Passage
- South of House, Maintenance Room, End of Rainbow, Strange Passage
- Land of The Dead, Maze(3), Stream View, Mirror Room(North), Living Room, Maze(10)
- North of House, Maze(7), Gallery, Squeaky Room
- Treasure Room, Canyon View, Maze(7), Inside the Barrow, Maze(12)
— Incantation #4

The incantation read: Spectrum.

/magnificentblue[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/magnificentblue featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the fifth incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "Treasures to trophy case". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Maze(10), Forest(1), Mine Entrance, Entrance to Hades, North-South Passage, Maze(2)
- North of House, Strange Passage, Timber Room
- Gallery, Mine Entrance, Up a Tree, Maze(1), Stream View, Maze(1), Maze(8)
- Mirror Room(South), Rocky Ledge, Atlantis Room, Mine Entrance, Forest(4), Treasure Room
- Dam Lobby, Frigid River(4)
- Slide Room, North of House, Maze(14), Dome Room
- Coal Mine(1), Forest Path, Maze(1), Reservoir South, Maze(1), Maze(8), Egyptian Room
— Incantation #5

The incantation read: Avarice.

/triquest[edit | edit source]

The page https://pawntakespawn.com/triquest featured a page from the book The Great Underground Empire: A history as well as the sixth incantation.

Several letters were highlighted in the text from the book which read as "And recite incantations". The incantation was a series lines with rooms featured in the game ZORK. By connecting all the rooms of each line in the order shown on the incantation, letters were formed.

- Gallery, Bat Room, Coal Mine(4), Forest(2)
- Drafty Room, Mine Entrance, Stream, Dam, Stream, Winding Passage, Egyptian Room
- Temple, Atlantis Room, Cyclops Room, Living Room, Maze(10)
- Maze(15), Maze(4), Chasm, Mirror Room(North), Living Room, Maze(4)
- Land of The Dead, Maze(8), Maze(1), North-South Passage, Maze(1), North of House, Cold Passage
- Maintenance Room, End of Rainbow, Troll Room, White Cliffs Beach(North), Egyptian Room, Treasure Room
- North of House, Ladder Top, Mine Entrance, Cellar
— Incantation #6

The incantation read: Tempest.


ZORK[edit | edit source]

The /triquest page featured an instruction at the bottom of the page that read: "Say "reconnoiter" in the Great Underground to unlock the use of the six incantations". After entering "reconnoiter" in the terminal, the following phrase appeared:

"You utter the word "reconnoiter" and the world seems to subtly shift. You get the feeling that a host of new possibilities have become available to you."

With the sentence formed by the 6 pages: "Construct map from printed intelligence. Travel as the crow flies. Bring six pictured treasures to the trophy case and recite incantations" and the six treasures featured on the postcards, the community unlocked new sentences in the game by putting the Jeweled Scarab, the Pot of Gold, the Crystal Trident of Poseidon, the Sapphire Bracelet, the Bag of Coins and the Crystal Skull from Hades inside the trophy case and typing the six incantations.

When entering Machination:

"You hold the scarab in the palm of your hand and speak the word MACHINATION. You watch in wonder as its wings click open, revealing a scintillating pattern of interlocking, ticking gears. As they click in sequence, they move into place to spell out the word FUGAZIFILE."

When entering Insight:

"You look into the eyes of the crystal skull and speak the word INSIGHT. Blinding light emanates from the skull, filling the room until all you can see are the shining eyes of the skull. In a voice which rattles your teeth, it speaks the word BURNBAG before the light dies down."

When entering Tribute:

"You pluck a handful of coins from the bag and speak the word TRIBUTE. The painting of the ferryman on the western wall moves, as he reaches from the canvas to accept your offering. Satisfied, he unties the ferry from the dock and paddles away. In his wake, the waves spell out the word INTELFIRE."

When entering Spectrum:

"You set the pot of gold down on the ground and speak the word SPECTRUM. A rainbow pours from the mouth of the pot, splashing against the northern wall. As the colors drip and evaporate from the wall, they leave behind residue in the shape of a word: INFOHAX."

When entering Avarice:

"You slip the bracelet onto your wrist and speak the word AVARICE. You feel a searing pain as the links suddenly heat up, and you tear it off. Burnt into your flesh is the word SHREDITALL."

When entering Tempest:

"You grasp the haft of the crystal trident and speak the word TEMPEST. Sparks crackle along its length, arcing between the tines, before firing a bolt of lightning at the eastern wall. When the sparks clear, the word GRIDSQUARE has been scorched into the wall next to the kitchen doorway."

Putting the new words together formed the phrase: "FUGAZIFILE, BURNBAG, INTELFIRE, INFOHAX, SHREDITALL, GRIDSQUARE. Players also unlocked an achievement for each incantation entered.

"Iron Curtain" Truck Skin[edit | edit source]

On the front of the postcards 3, 6, 8, 12, 13 and 15 were parts of a QR code, when put together the QR code led to the page https://pawntakespawn.com/invisibletruths. The page asked for 6 codes to be entered to unlock the page.

After entering the codes found in Zork following the incantations, the page became available and a new achievement called "Advanced Pawn" was available for the players.

The achievement led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/advancedpawn which contained a unique code to be redeemed on the Call of Duty website. The code awarded the players with the Epic "Iron Curtain" Vehicle Skin for the Cargo Truck available in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.

Crates[edit | edit source]

On September 22, 2020, several influencers received crates from Activision which contained various items and instructions.

T1-A Crate[edit | edit source]

The T1-A Crate was received by Jackfrags which contained a Bolex 160 Macrozoom video camera, an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction and a USB drive.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 1

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Copy term1.zip from the provided drive to your desktop. Unzip the file. Open the resulting folder and run TERM1.exe.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    INFILTRATION (44 34 23 21 15 13 22 14 14)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] LoadSignal-R463 [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T1 Instruction Note

Entering INFILTRATION in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 44 meaning Row 4, Column 4; 34 meaning Row 3, Column 4; etc gave the password SHORTFALL.

Entering SHORTFALL in the TERM1.exe opened Terminal 1 which required a command. After entering LoadSignal-R463 in the terminal, an image of the pot of gold from ZORK was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

T2-A Crate[edit | edit source]

The T2-A Crate was received by MrDalekJD which contained a Kodak Brownie Super 27 photo camera, a message that read "The most important weapon in any war is information. Secrets hide inside everything.", an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction and a USB drive.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 2

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Copy term2.zip from the provided drive to your desktop. Unzip the file. Open the resulting folder and run TERM2.exe.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    [REDACTED]
    EYES ONLY (42 22 12 21 14 22 25)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] CounterProliferation-G63Y [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T2-A Instruction Note

Entering EYES ONLY in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 42 meaning Row 4, Column 2; 22 meaning Row 2, Column 2; etc gave the password PAYLOAD.

Entering PAYLOAD in the TERM2.exe opened Terminal 2 which required a command. After entering CounterProliferation-G63Y in the terminal, the phrase "PTP/WAVESOFATTACK" was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

T3-A Crate[edit | edit source]

The T3-A Crate was received by MarleyThirteen which contained a cassette deck, a message that read "The most important weapon in any war is information. Secrets hide inside everything.", an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction and a USB drive.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 3

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Copy term3.zip from the provided drive to your desktop. Unzip the file. Open the resulting folder and run TERM3.exe.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    CLEARANCE (13 34 22 14 15 25 35)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] WarningIntelligence-V769 [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T3 Instruction Note

Entering CLEARANCE in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 13 meaning Row 1, Column 3; 34 meaning Row 3, Column 4; etc gave the password EMBARGO.

Entering EMBARGO in the TERM3.exe opened Terminal 3 which required a command. After entering WarningIntelligence-V769 in the terminal, the phrase "PTP/WAVESOFATTACK" was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

T4-A & T4-B Crates[edit | edit source]

The T4-A and T4-B Crates were received by NoahJ456 which contained a Tandy 1000 SX computer with a monitor, a boot disk and a software disk, a guide, an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 4

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Use the START HERE GUIDE to ensure proper setup of your computer terminal.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    [REDACTED]
    PROPAGANDA (12 13 35 35 23 14 24 34)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] CombinedArmsTeam-LW83 [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T4-A Instruction Note

Entering PROPAGANDA in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 12 meaning Row 1, Column 2; 13 meaning Row 1, Column 3; etc gave the password ROLLBACK.

Entering ROLLBACK in the computer opened Terminal 4 which required a command. After entering CombinedArmsTeam-LW83 in the terminal, the phrase "PTP/WAVESOFATTACK" was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

T5-A & T5-B Crates[edit | edit source]

The T5-A and T5-B Crates were received by Drift0r which contained a Tandy 1000 SX computer with a monitor, a boot disk and a software disk, a guide, an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 5

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Use the START HERE GUIDE to ensure proper setup of your computer terminal.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    [REDACTED]
    HANDLER (32 13 25 15 45 21 13 24 21)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] TaskingOrder-F48P [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T5-A Instruction Note

Entering HANDLER in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 32 meaning Row 3, Column 2; 13 meaning Row 1, Column 3; etc gave the password INFLUENCE.

Entering INFLUENCE in the computer opened Terminal 5 which required a command. After entering TaskingOrder-F48P in the terminal, the phrase "PTP/WAVESOFATTACK" was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

T6-A & T6-B Crates[edit | edit source]

The T6-A and T6-B Crates were received by ShawnJ Gaming which contained a Tandy 1000 EX computer with a monitor, a boot disk and a software disk, a guide, an empty Polybius square, a note with instruction.

RESTRICTED

CONTROL NO: 6

SUBJECT: TERMINAL LOGIN AND INTRODUCTORY COMMAND

  1. Use the START HERE GUIDE to ensure proper setup of your computer terminal.
  2. To determine your terminal's passcode, use the provided Polybius Cipher in combination with the keyphrase and coordinates below:
    [REDACTED]
    DEAD DROP (31 15 44 34 32 41 12)
    [REDACTED]
  3. Once you have logged in, refer to this documentation for a breakdown of your unit's usable commands. [REDACTED]
  4. [REDACTED] As you acquire commands for your terminal, each one will return an intel when entered into the program. [REDACTED]
  5. [REDACTED] returned intel may require supporting ressources to properly interpret and utilize. [REDACTED] immediately disseminate evidence of retrieved intel with your operatives. [REDACTED] Constellation-MU93 [REDACTED]
Classified by: [REDACTED]
Exempt from General Declassification
— T6-A Instruction Note

Entering DEAD DROP in the Polybius Square and reading the letters using the coordinates with 31 meaning Row 3, Column 1; 15 meaning Row 1, Column 5; etc gave the password HOTLINE.

Entering HOTLINE in the computer opened Terminal 6 which required a command. After entering Constellation-MU93 in the terminal, the phrase "PTP/WAVESOFATTACK" was displayed with the message "The pieces are in play"

Website (Third version, Sept. 22 - 28)[edit | edit source]

Following the instructions found in the crates sent to influencers, a new page was discovered on the Pawn Takes Pawn website: https://pawntakespawn.com/wavesofattack. The page indicated to access the "/tv" page on September 23rd, 2020 at 12PM EST.

The website also received a small update adding some effects to the terminal monitor.

Second update (September 23)[edit | edit source]

On September 23rd, the /tv page was updated with a second VHS titled "Open-Drop-Save-Restore" added on top of the previous one. When the tape was put in the VCR, it short clip was played with several commands flashing on the screen.

The /dotmatrix page was also updated with another note:

..........


09.23

While some crawl through tunnels and fight in the trenches, others dodge bullets in the sky.

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To begin your airborne mission, find the gameboards in TERMINALS 1-6. The following guidelines will aid in decoding efforts:

STEP ONE - Modify Boards
- Columns and Rows Wrap Around When Shifted

STEP TWO - Apply Grids
- Black Plus Black Equals Color
- Black Plus Color Equals Black
- Color Plus Color Equals Color

Once the gameboards have been properly modified and assembled, they will reveal your next instructions.
— /dotmatrix#002 note

Each command featured in the "Open-Drop-Save-Restore" was relate to one of the terminals received by the influencers depending on their color:

  • Terminal 1 (ZONEOFFIRE-Z6T3, IRREGULARWARFARE-TP22, CLIMATECHANGE-M7H6)
  • Terminal 2 (AIRSUPPORT-P63E, SCHEMEOFMANEUVER-R9U4, CHIEFOFFIRES-Q672)
  • Terminal 3 (TACTICALQUESTIONING-RF82, ALERTORDER-D273, BEACHMASTERUNIT-K87J)
  • Terminal 4 (RESCUEESCORT-R2E7, CONTAMINATIONMITIGATION-E694, HOMELAND-T3P9)
  • Terminal 5 (GROUNDOPERATIONS-EU92, CONTACTPROCEDURE-L342, CIVILEMERGENCY-X7R4)
  • Terminal 6 (NAVSPECWARCOM-B736, COUNTERINSURGENCY-J7V4, UNANTICIPATEDTARGET-HG73)

Depending on the commands various screenshots of Chopper Command, images of items from ZORK, four boards and different grids were displayed on the terminals.

Terminal Command Text Image
Terminal 1 ZONEOFFIRE-Z6T3 The sides of this brick hearth are caked with ash Command ZoneOfFire Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 1 IRREGULARWARFARE-TP22 Modification Grid Command IrregularWarfare Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 1 CLIMATECHANGE-M7H6 Cadet Level Command CimateChange Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 AIRSUPPORT-P63E A pile of bricks lays on the ground Command AirSupport Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 SCHEMEOFMANEUVER-R9U4 Based Boards Command SchemeOfManeuver Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 CHIEFOFFIRES-Q672 Cadet Level Command ChiefOfFires Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 TACTICALQUESTIONING-RF82 There is a massive bellows in the room Command TacticalQuestioning Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 ALERTORDER-D273 Modification Grid Command AlertOrder Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 BEACHMASTERUNIT-K87J Cadet Level Command BeachMasterUnit Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 RESCUEESCORT-R2E7 Thousands of red eyes watch you Command RescueEscort Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 CONTAMINATIONMITIGATION-E694 Board Modifiers Command ContaminationMitigation Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 HOMELAND-T3P9 Cadet Level Command Homeland Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 GROUNDOPERATIONS-EU92 It looks like something is written on the spire Command GroundOperations Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 CONTACTPROCEDURE-L342 Modification Grid Command ContactProcedure Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 CIVILEMERGENCY-X7R4 Cadet Level Command CivilEmergency Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 NAVSPECWARCOM-B736 There is a cable with a handwritten label Command NavSpecWarcom Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 COUNTERINSURGENCY-J7V4 Modification Grid Command CounterInsurgency Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 UNANTICIPATEDTARGET-HG73 Cadet Level Command UnanticipatedTarget Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png

Taking the boards and applying the specific grids to them using the /dotmatrix#002 note revealed a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/dustoff.

The page featured a note with instructions.

AIRBORNE JUMP ORDERS:
- Scanner stack to reveal rendezvous point.
- Reserve heli count indicates pilot manual page.
- Heli latitude positioning and direction indicate order and jump direction.
- White helicopters jump twice.
- Yellow helicopters jump three times.
- Mission score indicates letter index.
— /dustoff note

By stacking all the long range scanners images received from the various commands, a new page was uncovered https://pawntakespawn.com/batdecoder which featured a manual for the Chopper Command game.

Following the instructions found on the /dustoff note, applying them to each of the redacted lines from the manual and rearranging the results led to the discovery of the password "BONUSSTAGEUNLOCKED". After submitting the password on the /dustoff page a new page was unlocked https://pawntakespawn.com/fireandair. The page invited people to return to ZORK.

Typing AUTOGYRO in ZORK added four new rooms in the game, Hearth, Spire Firepit, Bat Cave and Bellows Room with the message:

You utter the word "autogyro" and the world seems to subtly shift. You get the feeling that a host of new possibilities have become available to you.

The players, with a light source, would then have to go to the Engravings Room and type "ILLUMINATE" which would reveal an order: "Star, Circle, Plus, Square, Triangle", doing so would reward them with the "Altered Perception" achievement. They would then go to the Kitchen and enter the "Hearth" where they could take 5 bricks and place them in the same order, doing so would reward them with the "Clairvoyant" achievement and a message "CovertConflagration". They would then go to the Bat Cave, with the garlic in their inventory, and retrieve a power cable with a label.

The label read:

24V-DC power cable for use with Fialka encryption machine. Passcode: ADVENTURE.

The description of the machine lead to the discovery of a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/latincyrillic. Using the page the word ADVENTURE was converted into OBMYTEHKY.

They would then need to go to the Bellows Room and plug the power cable in the machine. The players would then enter the word OBMYTEHKY which rewarded them with the "Codebreaker" achievement. Inside the room, they would have to pump the bellows and return in the Bat Cave. Doing so would reward them with the "Chemical Warfare" achievement and a message "ForcefulGale".

"CovertConflagration" and "ForcefulGale" were the two keys that would need to be entered on the /fireandaire page the next day.

Third update (September 24)[edit | edit source]

On September 24, a new page was found after submitting the words "CovertConflagration" and "ForcefulGale" on the r/fireandair page which rewarded the player with the "Master of the Fire and Air" achievement. The page was https://pawntakespawn.com/vanguard which featured new commands.

Once the commands were entered in the terminals, 6 different images of Chopper Command were displayed.

Terminal Command Text Image
Terminal 1 DECEPTIONGOAL-F346 Commander Level Command DeceptionGoal Terminal1 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 HOSTILEINTENT-N629 Commander Level Command HostileIntent Terminal2 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 ISOLATEDPERSONNEL-W763 Commander Level Command IsolatedPersonel Terminal3 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 PSYCHOLOGICALOPERATIONS-Z783 Commander Level Command PsychologicalOperations Terminal4 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 LISTENINGWATCH-G678 Commander Level Command ListeningWatch Terminal5 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 STABILITYACTIVITIES-M94U Commander Level Command StabilitiesActivity Terminal6 September24 PawnTakesPawn.png

After combining the images from Terminal 2 and Terminal 4, a new page was found https://pawntakespawn.com/vcharlie. The note on the page was related to Victor Charlie.

Reference#121534358296175742

Tranmission # 14-15. Designate: X-RAY

Intel suggests Soviet presence [REDACTED], Vietnam.

[REDACTED] Kravchenko running ops with VC and NVA forces.

Mason and SOG team to find evidence and eliminate Kravchenko.

1200 hrs, February 9, 1968

  1. After escaping the NVA push into Hue City, SOG unit X-RAY [comprised of [REDACTED] and Bowman] headed north by air toward the surmised location of [REDACTED] recovered from Hue City. Viet Cong forces [REDACTED] helicopter shared by Mason and Woods over southern Vietnamese DMZ.
  2. Mason and Woods survived and [REDACTED] They [REDACTED] with Bowman and SOG to commence the assault into the [REDACTED] house Kravchenko's operation. Once SOG dispatched all aboveground resistance, Mason and SOG operative Swift [REDACTED] "rat's nest" tunnels underneath the camp in search of Kravchenko.
  3. 3 Radio communications with [REDACTED] became unreliable once they fully descended into [REDACTED] Mason's debriefing statement, a [REDACTED] fatally stabbed Swift before Mason could respond. Mason attempted to contact Woods but failed to establish a [REDACTED] Mason then [REDACTED] tunnels, engaging VC hostiles and eventually locating an abandoned compound.
  4. Mason confirmed that the compound was [REDACTED] began to collect intelligence, but was forced to flee once he determined that the compound was rigged to explode. As Mason [REDACTED] Woods managed to re-establish radio connection with Mason and coordinate extraction.
  5. Mason emerged from the tunnels to a cliffside, where he engaged more VC combatants. Woods and Bowman arrived in a helicopter, which they [REDACTED] the cliffside so that Mason could grab onto the skids for extraction.
End Tranmission
— /vcharlie note

Using the same method found in /dustoff on the /vcharlie note with the help of the reference number, a new page was found https://pawntakespawn.com/subterraneansignal which required 6 codes. The 6 codes are featured in the Chopper Command screenshots from the terminals: CHECKPOINT, LOADOUT, COOLDOWN, SIDEQUEST, KILLSCREEN, CLOUDBOUNCE

After entering the 6 codes from the commands entered in the terminals, a new page was found https://pawntakespawn.com/extractioncomplete which rewarded players with the "Knight's Tour" achievement. The page featured a note, a letter as well as a map and an audio file.

The letter read:

M-
There is a developing situation at Lubyanka. They found something in the archives. Something from the War. I'm not sure about the Collegium, but several of the Deputy Chairmen are recommending that the Committee authorize a ground operation. I will try to find out what I can, but this is very worrying. These are very serious men, but I have never seen looks on their faces like I have in recent days.
Tatyana
— /extractioncomplete letter

The audio file read:

I know you're scared, but I need you to be brave... again. Tatyana has the package, but I'm worried about her. She hasn't been back to Lubyanka since she took it.. bad mistake. Her superiors are not stupid men, they will notice her absence. It is most unlike her. They will bring her in for interrogation. As soon as she hears the words "the KGB has irrefutable evidence that you have been actively engaged in anti-Soviet activities", she'll talk. But that won't stop them. Go to her house, get the package, whether she wants you to or not. I'm working with people in the West who can help us, help you... I want you to know, that whatever happens, your actions will save many lives.
— /extractioncomplete audio file

The "Knight's Tour" achievement led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/knightstour which contained a unique code to be redeemed on the Call of Duty website. The code awarded the players with the Epic "Mako" Vehicle Skin for the Tac Rover available in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.

Fourth update (September 25)[edit | edit source]

On September 25, the website was update with a new page available https://pawntakespawn.com/codecave/securitysafe which required a 15-digit code.

A new note was also added to the /dotmatrix page.

..........


09.25

Bombs drop from the sky and go Kaboom! Liberation for some, for others their doom.

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Pay close attention to the Mad Bomber’s moves to unlock the next phase of your journey. Once you find commands for TERMINALS 1-6, use them with the following:

STEP ONE
- Sift through the particles to crack the safe.
STEP TWO
- Use intel to set your crosshairs on the terminal bombing patterns.
STEP 3
- Detonate the secrets to reveal your next assignment in the Underground.
— /dotmatrix#003 note

The small Mad Bomber on top of the terminal in the /codecave page moved along the terminal monitor stopping at different marks. Each mark represented a letter of the alphabet. This led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/lockedandloaded which featured several commands for the 6 terminals received by the influencers.

Terminal Command Text Image
Terminal 1 NEEDTOKNOW-H998 A dried out riverbed sits beneath an immobile water wheel Command NeedToKnow Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 1 JUMPMASTER-L39A Use with safe sequence Command JumpMaster Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 1 TOXICINDUSTRIALCHEMICAL-D927 Conversion chart Command ToxicIndustrialChemical Terminal1 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 SHOOTLOOKSHOOT-A499 There is a ceramic garden gnome sticking out of the sand Command ShootLookShoot Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 CANNIBALIZE-Z377 Trace down from city walls Command Cannibalize Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 MIDCOURSEPHASE-C4H6 And apply to Command MidCoursePhase Terminal2 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 WEAPONEER-B73L Four roughly hewn stone blocks hang from the ceiling Command Weaponeer Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 COMBATCAMERA-G49B Read from bottom up Command CombatCamera Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 PRIMEBEEF-L730 Into standard Command PrimeBeef Terminal3 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 UNITYOFCOMMAND-Y4T9 You stand at the foot of a towering silo Command UnityOfCommand Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 ASCENTPHASE-J742 Explosions remove all bombs across Command AscentPhase Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 COLLATERALDAMAGE-G83V Sort particles Command CollateralDamage Terminal4 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 CATASTROPHICEVENT-C32V A lever juts from a block in the ground Command CatastrophicEvent Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 AREAOFINFLUENCE-A762 Each level produces one result Command AreaOfInfluence Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 PATHWAYDEFEAT-X2K3 Organization Command PathwayDefeat Terminal5 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 CONTINGENCYBASING-G832 You see a large weathered water pump Command ContingencyBasing Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 BLASTINGAGENT-F842 ptpslashresult Command BlastingAgent Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 COMBATPOWER-VW83 For safe release Command CombatPower Terminal6 PawnTakesPawn.png

After entering the commands, the terminals displayed several sreenshots from the game "Kaboom!" as well as several images related to Zork and various particles with a table. The table from Terminal 6 represented the Standard Model of particle physics. By arranging the different particles in the same manner than the Standard Model into the table for Terminal 6, each particle could be turned into a number.

Following the order shown by the small bar on top of each screenshot related to the particles, the numbers were turned into the 15-digit code used to open the safe: 431 371 688 520 954.

Inside the safe, two images were found. The two images were related to various reticles found on the walls of the Verdansk stadium in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Using the Director Key and uncovering all the reticles found in the stadium, each reticle was linked to a letter.

Applying the Reticle Cipher over the Kaboom! screenshots found in the terminals and linking each bomb with the correct reticle/letter from bottom to top led to the discovery of 6 new pages, each of them featuring a bomb.

A word was written in the center of each clock, which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/tickticktickboom featuring a note with symbols and a drawing of the stadium.

The symbols on the note can be found within the Verdansk stadium and are ordered clockwise. Each clock featured in the previous image displayed three different hands pointing to a number as well as different numbers of dots in the middle. The dots represented the order in which the clocks are to be used. By placing each hand (hour hand, minute hand, second hand) in the same place as the symbols on the stadium drawing, words can be formed.

On the /detlatango page, the hour hand pointed to 7, the minute hand to 1 and the second hand to 2. Stacking the clock over the drawing and reading which letter matched the hour, minute and second hands for each symbol formed the word "TWI".

Doing this with the other pages led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/twistedanomalies which invited people to return to ZORK.

The note on the /twistedanomalies page led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/decayedanddegraded which featured three pictures related to the Zombies mode.

Typing BOMBARDIER in ZORK added six new rooms in the game, Pump Station, Field of Silos, Sand Silo, Stone Chamber, Riverbed and Putrid Swamp with the message:

You utter the word "bombardier" and the world seems to subtly shift. You get the feeling that a host of new possibilities have become available to you.

Armed with the lantern or the torch, the players will need to go to the Maintenance Room to retrieve a vial of fuel before going to the Stone Chamber to pull the lever with the letter E missing. They then needed to go to the Pump Station, fill the pump with the vial of fuel and turn on the pump. Doing so would reward them with the "Primed and Ready" achievement.

Then they would need to go to the Sand Silo and pull the lever with the letter S missing before going to the Field of Silos and pull the lever with the letter W missing. The players would then have to return to the Stone Chamber and pull the lever with the letter E missing once again. Doing so would reward them with the "Block and Chain" achievement and a message:

You notice that the boulder in the middle of the pressure plates now has a word engraved on its surface: "DISSIPATE".

The players would then go to the Riverbed which rewarded them with the "Perfect Alignment" achievement and another message:

The three sections of the wheel have aligned, which has also lined up the letters into something readable. Oddly, however, the resulting sequence is gibberish:
XszmtrmtGrwvh

Entering the Putrid Swamp gave the players another message:

There is a ceramic garden gnome sticking out of the sand, newly revealed after draining the water. It holds a sign in one hand in which a message is written in decaying paint:
ABCDEFGHIJKLM
ZYXWVUTSRQPON

Deciphering "XszmtrmtGrwvh" using the code found on the ceramic garden gnome gave the password: "ChangingTides"

The players would then return to the Sand Silo and type the word "Dissipate" which rewarded them with the "Grain Drain" achievement and a final message:

You say "DISSIPATE" and watch through the windows as the sand begins to drain out of the silo. Once it is completely depleted, the door to the silo slowly swings open to reveal a message:
StonySilence

The words "ChangingTides" and "StonySilence" were the two keys that would need to be entered on the /twistedanomalies page on September 28.

Fifth update (September 28)[edit | edit source]

On September 28, a new page was found after submitting the words "ChangingTides" and "StonySilence" on the /twistedanomalies page which rewarded players with the "Master of Water and Earth" achievement. The page was https://pawntakespawn.com/shapedcharge which featured new commands.

Terminal Command Text Image
Terminal 1 DECONTAMINATION-E72K Bucket Brigade Command Decontamination Terminal1 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 2 THEATEROFWAR-V734 Bucket Brigade Command TheaterOfWar Terminal2 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 3 CASUALTYEVACUATION-BZ39 Bucket Brigade Command CasualtyEvacuation Terminal3 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 4 PROTECTEDEMBLEMS-C348 Bucket Brigade Command ProtectedEmblems Terminal4 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 5 DANGEROUSCARGO-Q874 Bucket Brigade Command DangerousCargo Terminal5 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png
Terminal 6 TERMINATIONCRITERIA-U48F Bucket Brigade Command TerminationCriteria Terminal6 September28 PawnTakesPawn.png

After assembling the Kaboom! screenshots, the players had to follow the instructions displayed on the images. By crossing each bomb between a letter on the same level, depending on which half of the image the bombs were, with the city skyline. By putting each letter in the same order as displayed in one of the screenshots, the words TARGETS ELIMINATED were found.

This led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/targetseliminated which required 6 codes to be submitted, the 6 words found on the images from the terminals: DIRTYBOMB, SHELLSHOCK, MUNITIONS, FUZEDELAY, HOWITZER and MAGNITUDE.

Entering the 6 words led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/kinghunt which rewarded the players with the "King Hunt" achievement. The page featured a note as well as two images, an audio file.

The audio file read:

Don't speak, just listen. They know what you did, they're on their way to you right now. So if you want to live, don't waste time being sentimental. The cat will be fine. The only thing that matters is the tape. I will coordinate with Requiem to arrange extraction, but for now, you have to stay hidden. Go to Misha's old farmhouse and hide in the barn - don't worry, the rats are not as big as you remember. Stay there 'til morning. Then, call me from the payphone by the station. We will get you out, I pr--. Good luck.
— /kinghunt audio file

The page also featured a video which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/truthbomb with a short video showing Soviets soldiers being attacked by zombies and announcing the reveal of Black Ops Cold War's Zombies mode on September 30th, 2020.

The Club[edit | edit source]

On October 15th, the eleventh season for Call of Duty: Mobile, Anniversary, was released which inculded a social hub called The Club. Inside the Club were two posters, one of Chopper Command and the other of a pawn. When using a Glowstick to hit the two posters, players were rewarded with codes to be redeemed on the Pawn Takes Pawn website.

Another set of codes could be earned by hitting the number 3 on the dartboard 5 times in a row as well as hitting four bottles scattered around the club with a soccer ball within a limited time.

Website (Fourth version)[edit | edit source]

On October 17th, the /tv page was updated with a third VHS titled "What You're Made Of" added on top of the previous one.

The /dotmatrix page was also updated with another note:

..........

10.17

The stakes are high in this game we play. The world as the chess board, where the hunter becomes the hunted. Turn after turn. One skirmish after another.

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- Your next assignment will take you across the globe.
- Use the instructions sent to your inbox to find the trailhead.
- From there, you'll have to make the call on where to go next.
- Though you can never go wrong starting in the West.
— /dotmatrix#004 note

An email called "Order from disorder" was also sent to the players who linked their email address to the website which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/deepcover.

The next stage of our journey is upon us. Here is your DECOMPILER KEY and instructions.

Find your SEQUENCE COMPILER at:

pawntakespawn.com/deepcover

and execute the following instructions-

  • Follow entrance arrow to first magenta cell.
  • From that cell, jump to another magenta cell that you haven't visited (in a straight horizontal or vertical line only).
  • Continue until all magenta cells have been visited (only once per cell), creating a path that leads to the exit arrow.
  • Apply the order of magenta cells visited to the DECOMPILER KEY above. This will give you a 9-digit data retreival sequence.
  • Call the provided number and follow the instructions. (Charges may apply)
HAPPY HACKING.
— October 17th email

The email also contained an image using a similar design as 1985 video game Hacker that needed to be used with the image found in the /deepcover page.

Following the instructions, players could find a 9-digit Decompiler Key which, in this case, was 677997992. At the bottom of the page, one could find a phone number and a 5-digit access code. When calling the number, an automated voice asked for the access code followed by the Decompiler Key. After both the code and the key were verified, the /deepcover page was updated which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/bestlaidplans and rewarded players with "Access Granted" achievement.

The /bestlaidplans page featured several images including a postcard from Miami, a map of the Moscow Metro system, reports about Crash Site and Numbers.

The back of the Miami postcard led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/insertcoin which ask for the name of the arcade game featured in the Black Ops Cold War map. After entering the name "FISHING DERBY" a new page was found https://pawntakespawn.com/shardsofhistory which required a code.

Following the timeline found in the Visitor's Center on the Miami map and the back of the Miami postcard from /bestlaidplans where "3-4" meant "3rd word, 4th letter", "1-1" meant "1st word, 1st letter", "3-6" meant "3rd word, 6th letter", etc. A new code was found: HTLINGUALCHAOS which led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/setinthewest and rewarded players with the "Set in the West" achievement.

Using the metro map from /bestlaidplans and the metro map found on the Moscow map, a new page was found https://pawntakespawn.com/funambulist which required a code. Following the instructions using the chess board found on the Moscow map, the code "PSEUDOSACRIFICE" was found. When entered, it led to a new page https://pawntakespawn.com/riseinthe