#301 Posted by PutALittleEnglishOnIt (7 posts) -

It must be something within what they sent us, or else why would they tell us not to throw anything away, it may or may not be cipher related but it most certainly is related to the envelopes and their contents in some way.

And for all those people who keep saying you can solve this even if you didn't buy, they must be wrong as I have not read that anywhere from CAH only from people in forums and based on the above info we must need what they sent us to solve it therefor we must need to purchase or know someone who did in order to solve it.

#302 Posted by ErkMeister (10 posts) -

I just do not see what else it could be besides the lights... because it said it was hidden across the 12 gifts right unless it had something to do with the random gifts we got that had nothing to really do with CAH.

#303 Posted by BooDoug187 (339 posts) -

Quick question: Is anyone else missing one or more "gifts?" I still havent gotten day 9. Im in the US and got all the other ones.

#304 Edited by kiapurity (26 posts) -

I finally got my missing envelopes. I just saw the tumblr post from CAH guys who said that there's definitely a puzzle and that the cipher does explain it-- that it's still the damn envelopes.

(And that no one's solved it yet so far)

#305 Posted by Lava (661 posts) -

I finished getting all my envelopes yesterday and I've been trying to see if there are hidden letters in the pictures that would make a URL or something. I also have a friend who has been tirelessly working to see if there is a code in the lights. Some way or another this thing'll get solved.

#306 Edited by Chtasm (445 posts) -

Quick question: Is anyone else missing one or more "gifts?" I still havent gotten day 9. Im in the US and got all the other ones.

Me too, same day. West coaster, US here.

#307 Posted by DwigtK (136 posts) -

In Canada, I still only have envelopes 3,6,8. Kind of sucks, but I am being patient.

#308 Posted by crazynick (7 posts) -

Out of curiosity did everyone receive 3 pieces of coal?

#309 Posted by timE1985 (16 posts) -
#310 Posted by Chtasm (445 posts) -

Out of curiosity did everyone receive 3 pieces of coal?

Indeed I did.

#311 Posted by Lava (661 posts) -

@crazynick: Yes I did

After reading through a bunch of stuff on reddit and looking at my own envelopes it seems as though everyone's time stamps on the back of the envelope in the lower left are identical. I am assuming that this is merely a post office thing but one can never be so sure with CAH. Maybe it's something to look deeper into. Too late to try and think too hard about it now.

#312 Posted by PutALittleEnglishOnIt (7 posts) -

Myself and my girlfriend had some ideas about the possible Roman Numerals found on some of the dioramas and some of the envelopes etc and how they may relate to solving part of the puzzle.

I wrote a whole piece about it very detailed on my blog, http://www.paleoi.com/F (click skip ad top right hand corner to get right to my blog post).

Perhaps the ramblings I jotted down and calculations I did may be of use to someone, or they may end up being utter nonsense and a wild Goose chase.

We have all but the Day 6 envelope, so there may be some spoilers mentioned or hinted at somewhere in the text I wrote even though I didn't outright mention what comes in any envelope etc, so if you don't want to know about stuff you haven't seen yet then don't read it until you have received everything).

Hope its ok that I linked to my blog, just didn't feel like copying it all into here and rewording bits since it was written for my blog.

Thanks and hope it helps someone progress, as at this point I would like to see some progression with solving this even if it is not me that wins lol.

#313 Posted by noboners (72 posts) -

Out of curiosity, has anyone tried using the same cipher on anything else related to the gifts? For me, it has all been nonsense but maybe someone else can see something I can't.

#314 Posted by misswench (9 posts) -

What about the picture puns??? I feel like they play into this

#315 Posted by timE1985 (16 posts) -

@lava said:

@crazynick: Yes I did

After reading through a bunch of stuff on reddit and looking at my own envelopes it seems as though everyone's time stamps on the back of the envelope in the lower left are identical. I am assuming that this is merely a post office thing but one can never be so sure with CAH. Maybe it's something to look deeper into. Too late to try and think too hard about it now.

Definitely this. It has been confirmed by Redditors that this has been done by CAH and PRIOR to sealing the envelopes. There is almost undoubtedly something here.

http://www.reddit.com/r/holidaybullshit/comments/1u20x0/possible_new_theory_need_confirmation/

#316 Posted by Kinkie_Pie (5 posts) -

Someone on Reddit figured out the first clue. It's a website hidden in the envelope pictures.

#317 Posted by Lava (661 posts) -

Reddit is going crazy. Some guy claims that Max told him not to say anything and some messages got deleted. Something about a URL and maybe a BBS? Trying to follow everything that is going on is crazy. I think until Max says something we have to assume everything is still up in the air.

#318 Posted by misswench (9 posts) -

Are there any sections of lights on the envelopes that match up???

#319 Posted by Chtasm (445 posts) -

Got my Day 9 today. Turns out it was delivered to the wrong address and re-routed back to my house. I laugh because the envelope has 9 voluptuous dancing women on it and I can only wonder what the original recipient thought my mail was.

#320 Posted by PutALittleEnglishOnIt (7 posts) -

Has anyone else noticed the orange colored barcode on the back of a few of the envelopes, not sure if its anything but you would think that a mailing getting barcoded would be done exactly the same for each but i see some from MA and some from CA with this orange barcode and I see others without it, specifically 6, 7, 11 and 12 have it the rest don't does anyone elses match? or are they all random and probably mean nothing.

I like the ideas of something spelling out a site or youtube url or something, possibly using the letters or numbers found on the envelopes within the pictures, or videos, or even the time stamps on the back which many people claim are not needed not real and were added by CAH so could be part of the puzzle.

Whats this about a website posted on reddit? anyone have more info on this and what it was all about or anything?

#321 Edited by PutALittleEnglishOnIt (7 posts) -

I see the people posting on reddit are all currently about the possibilities of the numbers on the time stamp being translated through flag semaphore into FEEL FOR GREEN and various theories on what that means to do with the donors envelope, or green lights, or somehow translating green lights into braille and other stuff.

Also a winning looking page that requires some clues to be entered in order to win, http://butbeforeikillyoumrbondimustshowyouthetruemeaningofchristmas.com/

Two 11 character clues that led you to the page are required but where we get them from I don't know.

Some info being discussed here among other threads http://www.reddit.com/r/holidaybullshit/comments/1u6nkg/two_11_character_clues_and_what_the_url_means/

#322 Posted by DrCripto (7 posts) -

I think there might be something in the day 10 envelope

The letter from Jordano has some spelling mistakes. I don't know if a real kid wrote it or the CAH guys wrote it and included some clues in the letter.

#323 Posted by Gorilla_Corn (32 posts) -

I was just going over all of my gifts, when on the back of one of the posters (getting really high) I noticed what appears to be little lines of what could be text, but I can't make anything out. Has anybody else come across this? Or maybe the drawer I was holding everything in rubbed something off onto the poster?

#324 Posted by Gorilla_Corn (32 posts) -

I also feel like the lights have a major part to do with solving this puzzle, seeing as how if you go to that win page, there are lights all over the page. Only four colors though, which I feel would cancel the thought that there are five colors. Did anybody ever come up with some cypher or something for those lights?

#325 Edited by Brackynews (4045 posts) -
#326 Posted by Geveeso (26 posts) -

@brackynews: The Black Monolith was my favorite gaming experience of 2012.

Let's get Reddit and Giant Bomb together on this. If that requires me being an intermediary, so be it.

#327 Posted by Gorilla_Corn (32 posts) -

@geveeso: I feel like that's probably the best idea. I got really deep into the Reddit conversations yesterday and I think alot of those guys have some good ideas.

#328 Posted by ossuary (23 posts) -

I just received two of my gifts TODAY (fuck you, Canada Post). Sadly, one of those two gifts was gift number 1, so I just now found out about the puzzle. Took me about 20 minutes to solve the cipher, then I started cursing non-stop, since I'd already damaged and thrown out three of my other envelopes. And I'm still missing 2 gifts. I'll probably never get the lump of coal, which would have been hilarious. (fuck YOU, Canada Customs.)

#329 Posted by Gorilla_Corn (32 posts) -

@ossuary: I'm still waiting on my day 12, which in my opinion is the best gift.

#330 Posted by None_Braver (85 posts) -

Hmm, some of the people are really into breaking the code. I'll just wait until it is cracked but it better not be "be sure to drink your ovaltine".

#331 Edited by misswench (9 posts) -
#332 Posted by StudioErebus (45 posts) -

So I still haven't gotten day 12, I'm thinking I'm never getting it. Anyone else still missing any days?

#333 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

Still missing several days. The whole thing was a huge bummer given how poorly the shipping went and how each thing was just cards. Thanks to sites like lootcrate.com I was expecting something cool and random.

#334 Posted by ArcadiaExeter (82 posts) -

I have gotten all of the gifts but has anyone solved the puzzle yet?

#335 Posted by BooDoug187 (339 posts) -

Still havent gotten Day 9. There was an email on the FAQ about missing days, I havent heard from them yet.

#336 Edited by chiablo (902 posts) -

I have a feeling that if nobody's figured it out by now, it'll go unsolved until they drop some pretty major hints. When Valve does an ARG (like the Portal 2 stuff) it got solved pretty quickly because it was open to everyone, by restricting the audience to 100,000 people, the pool of dedicated people is much smaller.

#337 Posted by crazynick (7 posts) -

Anyone have any updates about this? It doesn't appear that anyone has solved it yet

#338 Edited by Hailinel (23891 posts) -

Probably the most CAH-appropriate result that could possibly come from this is if it's revealed that there was never a solution to the puzzle in the first place.

#339 Posted by misswench (9 posts) -

@hailinel: Some people had said that and CAH has said on multiple occasions that yes there is a puzzle. Sooo unless they are outright lying to us..

#340 Posted by VaultBoy (194 posts) -

CAH posted a new hint today.

http://cah.tumblr.com/post/75534748661/one-last-bit-of-holiday-bullshit#notes

#341 Posted by billymagnum (719 posts) -

oh god just tell us the answer already

#342 Posted by crazynick (7 posts) -

Looks like another 'clue' was posted a few days ago... http://cah.tumblr.com/

#343 Posted by billymagnum (719 posts) -