Storyline & Pregame: Hidden Info, Bonus Clues
1. Who is Shelby Logan?
n., as in "Leonard Shelby", main character from the film
Memento, who has lost his long term memory and can only remember
things that have happened in the short term. His entire past
is a mystery, and he struggles to follow clues he left behind for
himself in order to understand who he is and what has happened to bring
him here. Some of his methods include: polaroid photographs,
handwritten notes, tattoos.
n., as in "Logan-5", main character from the film and novel
Logan's Run, Logan is doomed to die when he reaches age 30, and
decides to take a massive risk to escape the institution and survive via
2. Function codes and other numerical meanings
Of course we tried to make the function codes provide a hint as to what was
actually happening... if you could figure them out!
2274 – the first function code. your "PIP
information request" to determine information about Shelby Logan.
2216 – function code for calling back
with registration information if you missed the WITSEC call.
2084 – function code for setting up your Emergency
437875 – function code for accessing the COMINT Satellite system
In letters this says "IDPTRK"
or IDP Track
26 – function code for reporting an access number (clue found)
26 = "AN" = Access Number
42 – function code for getting WITSEC Research (clue help)
42 = "GC" = Game
secured storage item
#1, in each captain's
Protected Individual Profile page.
ASIN number for the Logan's
Run DVD. (search for B00004VVNB removing the "secure storage" from
secured storage item #2.
ASIN number for the Memento
DVD. (search for B00003CXZ4, removing the "secure storage" from the
– secured storage item
ASIN number for the "Great Outdoors" DVD. (search for
B783227884, removing the "secure storage" from the
– secured storage item
ASIN number for the Shawshank
Redemption DVD. (search for B0000399WI, removing "secure storage"...)
1027, 102767, 10271967 – function code for clever players
Shelby's birthdate (10/27/1967)
Message: "Clever player. Hopefully
you are able to deduce that this date has significance in the present as
well as in the past. Think of it as a deadline for completion."
4263, 8434263 – function code for clever players
4263 = "GAME", 8434263 = "THEGAME"
Message: "Clever player. Your
instincts are correct. This hotline serves a purpose beyond protecting
and you seem to know its other reason for existence. We have noted your
discovery of this function code.
Do visit this code again for new information in the future."
The person who registered the web site http://witsec.us
was named "Santiago Mishet". (Deducible by doing a WHOIS.)
An anagram for "This is not
(Despite our care in registering witsec.us in an untraceable way, as far
as we know nobody tried to contact Santiago.)
3. Bonus clues in the pregame.
a. When is the Game: Shelby's Birthday Puzzle.
The first mystery team's need to solve is to find something out about Shelby
Logan. They know his name and a phone number with function 2274...
and when they finally access that function code, it directs them to
Shelby's Protected Individual Profile page. This is all the
If you refresh the page over and over, you'll see that Shelby had a number of
aliases. Each of these aliases is a real person, and the social security
number is real. Searching for these people-- if you use the Social
Security Death Database-- reveals that they all had the same birthday:
10/27/67. All of these people-- including Shelby-- will turn 35 on October
27, 2002. Hence, Shelby's deadline for preventing deaccession and saving
his life. The date the Game will end.
Voiceprint authentication phrase.
Every team received a voiceprint authentication phrase that included a random
set of words from the military alphabet (ie, whiskey, charlie, delta, etc.), but
with the last word in the phrase selected to be "GULF". This is definitely
out of place, as the correct word in the military alphabet should be GOLF.
Hint: be prepared for "golf" somewhere in the game... and of course
that hint is relevant in solving the clue recieved at Nellis Dunes ATVs.
We suppose this is the reason why the Black Team decided to bring golf equipment
and showed it off on the dry lake bed before the game...
c. Satellite scanning system.
Placing frequent calls in the middle of the night could produce a random “Extra
information available” message. Four teams successfully found this, and it provided yet another function code
that in a few days instructed you to bring an 8-track player.
d. Credit Card charges.
All captain’s credit cards were charged an inexpensive SCUBA accessory (usually
a keychain). The invoice included an additional hint in the company or
“other” field, indicating “c-card” and “snorkel gear”. Yes, law enforcement
agencies got involved when the first dive shop feared fraud! But most
teams also successfuly produced their c-cards at the Middle Boulder Island
location and were issued SCUBA gear.
e. Numeric Text at the bottom of Secured Storage item #3:
This is an incredibly simple cipher... reference the letter in the alphabet
that corresponds to each number: BRING A TENT. (We wanted
everyone to get this!)
f. Anagram in HTML comment
If you View Source on http://witsec.us/ you
will see an HTML comment that changes on every refresh:
- <!-- ONELUSC TEGHNPISOA -->
- <!-- ESUOLCN PEOGHSATNI -->
This of course translates to "NOCLUES ONTHISPAGE".
It was originally going to say "NOCLUES ONTHISPAGE YET" but we couldn't think of
a clue to put on this page!
Shelby's Opening Video
Shelby Logan's opening video contains a number of hints and
- Shelby says that his disillusionment with the Agency has partially stemmed
from the observation that (at around 1:20 in the video) "it seems the
founding principles of our nation have been lost in a maze of bureaucracy".
This, of course, is a hint to the clue
teams would much-later pick up at the Prison. (Yes, we know this is obscure!)
- At 3:30 or so in the video, Shelby has
memory-flashbacks to some places he had visited (which, of course, the teams
would also later visit): Redstone Dune Trail, Bungy Landing Pool,
Argentena Mine, American Gun Club, White Domes, Southern Nevada Correctional
Facility, Goodsprings Cemetery. If you look closely at these video frames,
you can clearly see photos of these sites.
Shelby's Soundtrack was handed out at the very beginning of
the game, and contained some adrenaline-pumping tunes that definitely fit the
high-energy adventure of our teams' mission. Of course, there was more to
it than that. We know at least two teams (Red and Yellow) figured out that
there was a strong correlation between songs and locations, and used this to
gauge where they were at and what might be coming next... did your
|1. Shelby’s theme.
2. “Little Guitars”. Van Halen
3, “Absurd”, Fluke.
4. “Back in Black”, Ratt.
5. "I Can't Drive 55"
6. “Highway to Hell” mix
7. "Born to Run"
8. Guns ‘n Roses (what song)
9. “Illumination,” Moby.
10. "Wild Boys," Duran Duran
11. "I Stand Alone", Godsmith
12. "Wild Side", Motley Crue.
14. Underground Mix
15. "Elevation," U2
16. "Jump", Van Halen
17. "Bodies", from XXX Soundtrack
|Just a theme.
From "Diver Down" for Middle Boulder Island. (also, the chorus--
which was removed--
sings “etch-a-sketch” repeatedly)
Contains a reference to Tin Tin. Also salutes the NIT game which
"Atom Bomb" as theme.
Black Island, of course!
By Sammy Hagar, the "Red Rocker", for Redstone Dune Trail.
Hell alludes to "Valley of Fire". Second
part of the mix contains Ratt, for Templeton.
For Nellis Dunes ATVs -- references engine between the legs
Obviously... American Gun Club
Because the Fremont Street Experience is so illuminating...
You did during the Weakest Link Split-up.
On the Wild Side Tattoo
Southern Nevada Correctional Facility
In two parts... Ben Folds Five "Underground" and Ja Rule, "Six Feet
Goodsprings and Argentena
For the Shawshank Redemption tunnel: references a mole digging in a
hole, as well as reaching great heights
Duh. AJ Hackett Bungee. At least one team feared that a
skydive was coming...
End of Bungee, finish line. Sings out "Let the bodies hit the
ground", as in you are so tired now!
At Mouses Tank, Valley of Fire State Park, teams
picked up Shelby Logan's long-lost-pal, Templeton. (See Location page
for information.) A puzzling dilemma -- how could a rat be hiding a
All teams scanned Templeton's body for
markings... none were to be found. Additionally, he hadn't been
tattooed or fed the clue. Subsequent hints that came from location
after location via the phone system indicated that the clue was inside, that
an "Avid" searcher might find it, and so on... in fact
the clue was embedded inside Templeton via a microchip that bore the number
of the decryption key needed to enable the device. You simply needed
to take Templeton to a 24-hour veterinary hospital and have him scanned.
Two veterinary hospitals in the Las Vegas
area were equipped with the necessary scanning equipment, and in fact the
Game made a small donation of an additional scanner to one of these clinics
to ensure they'd have the right format scanner. We were appreciative
of their cooperation! Many teams thought that the key-inside-the-rat
was one of the coolest puzzles of the event.
After the Game was over, the rats were
returned to the pet shop where they had been purchased, now liberated from
their fate as "feed rats" and destined to become pets in a good
The Game in a Post-9/11 World
In the months before the Game began, a few of the teams sent email to Game
Control and expressed concern about the viability of a Game since the events of
9/11 had made "unusual occurrences" at best unnerving for local law
enforcement or for team safety.
was a consideration we had accounted for early on in preparing for the event.
We organizers took relatively extraordinary precautions to reduce the
probability teams would encounter issues as they undertook out-of-the-ordinary
challenges. The list below indicates our gratitude to the parties who
granted us permits or otherwise authorized us to make use of their facilities or
locations so that Shelby Logan's Run could be
Boulder City Nevada - permit for use of the Eldorado
Dry Lake Bed for overnight camping for all teams and helicopter flights.
Boulder City Police & Fire Departments - both notified and on
alert since the teams were on the lakebed all night and as
helis came in the morning.
Hoover Dam - dam police department cooperation and notification of
equipment-packed vans driving to and over the dam (had we not told
them they said they almost certainly would have turned away a few
of the vans considering they were so packed with high tech gear).
Lake Mead Nat'l Recreation Area - Special Use Permit and Ranger
notification for clue retrieval at the dam,
underwater at Middle Boulder Island, and on Black Island
Valley of Fire State Park - Special Use Permit for using the park
facility after dark and permission to use Mouses
as the site for Templeton
American Gun Club - cooperation in allowing use of their facility &
staff after closing time
Street Experience - cooperation in putting our clue on the screen.
- permission and cooperation to fasten our clue to the roof of the Big Shot
Cobalt, Wild Side Tattoo - permission to use their businesses for a
"special event", staff assistance for clue distribution
State of Nevada (Department of Corrections) - special permission granted
and staff on site for our use of the SNCF prison facility
citizenry - permission to use the cemetary after
Hackett Bungy - use of their facility for a