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'Twas the DaybeforeAnnouncment, when all through the forum
Not a creature was stirring, except for Kathis;
The patches were hung by the server with care,
In hopes that everything wonderful would be here;

The players were nestled all snug in their beds,
Except for the Overseas players who were farming heads;
And Finnian in his 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just about settled down for a long night's nap,
 

When across the room there came a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Maximized the window and saw the test crash.
 

The things we had worked on were throwing up errors
breaking left right and center without giving a care,
when all hope seemed lost who did I spot,
my wonderful team of staff, which were a curious lot,
 

"Now, KAITLEYN! now, DONUT! now, HIBI and MAENIEL!
On, CHRYSANTHOS! on LINUS! on, RETRO and GWYNIEL!
To the test servers! to the Test servers client!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
 

Away they coded, away they tested, 
fixing all the broken things that had gathered.
Coding Left and testing right,
fixing everything that broke in sight.
 

They spoke not a word, but went straight to their work,
And fixed all the scripts; then turned with a jerk,
and as quickly as they came, the scripts compose,
and moved their mouse the button marked close.
 

And now the scripts they seem to be ready,
the patches seems steady.
But there is something the left for you players you see
for there is a gift right under the Christmas tree
For in this poem there is a code for you to find
find it and redeem it and you will be rewarded in-kind
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So ya fun time's it's that time again we have an advent calendar 
I had a bit of fun with this one, I HAD a plan for this years in how we'll be doing it, but we'll see if that plan can fall through. 

 

In the meantime the first code is there. 
 

 

 

SOLUTION DaybeforeAnnouncment

HOW TO SOLVE:  it was italicized under the tree image

HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 8

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Dec 2nd is listed in the announcement but 

 

SOLUTION : AfreebieCode

HOW TO SOLVE:  Go to the announcement and get the code there. 

HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 14

 

already at the 3rd so I may as well post that here too

 

I am english so I read top to bottom, left to right. The code is the garbage letters. 

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SOLUTION : XWTLOGZNX

HOW TO SOLVE:  Find all the words and what ever was left starting from the upper left, to the bottom right, right to left, get all the left over letters

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HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 11

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From the top to the bottom, Grab the letters to make the code

 

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SOLUTION : t52skemafh

HOW TO SOLVE:  Go through the maze, any letter you run across add that to your code. 

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HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 11

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I like to see everything in rose color tinted glasses...

Not really, I do have irlens but red hurts my eyes, 

there are 3 ways to solve this one.

 

1. own one of those red color glasses, or a red tinted candy wrapper, or a 3d glasses and close an eye, or a red overlay... you get the idea.

2. Get a program that lets you to turn off the green and blue color channels, (I like gimp it's free....)

3. squint very very hard....

 

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Good luck with this  one :D 

 

Hopefully your enjoying the little mini activities I thought this would be more fun than last year where it's more of a scavenger hunt across our medias 


 

SOLUTION : HardcodeNo?

HOW TO SOLVE:  find a way to read the message that is hidden under the red, which can be simply removing leaving the red channel, or filtering through a red filter.

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HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 13

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On the 6th day of christmas my true love gave me an odd puzzle?

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and a example....

 

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I particularly like puzzles and things like this, It's a shame that I was too young when Perplex city was being a thing :< I heard of it and saw some cards but not but being a kid you never got the money to buy them. 

 

So enjoy the puzzles and activities.

 

SOLUTION tmfeadsyq

HOW TO SOLVE:  This particular code is known as Puzzle code https://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/puzzlecode.htm however not knowing that you still would be able to solve it since each Letter of the alphabet is represented as a 1 for 1. Each piece followed a rule, and knowing that rule makes this way too easy, however that is why I provided an example so you would be able to deduce the rule, and some of you had, A+  to you that did, and for those that attempted a B, because you did your best! :D


Translating my puzzle would result the following (each [ ] is a peice)
I had a lot of spaces on the outside because it looked niced. 

[S][o][ ][m][a][n][y][ ][c][o][d][e][s][ ]
[I][ ][c][o][u][l][d][ ][d][o][ ][ ][ ]
[t][h][e][ ][c][o][d][e][ ][i][s][ ]
[T][M][F][E][A][D][S][Y][Q][ ][ ]
[T][H][I][S][ ][I][S][ ][F][U][N][ ]
[ ][ ][ ][ ]   [ ][ ]   [ ][ ][ ]

HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 5

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On the 7th days of christmas, 5 people solved the puzzle above, so here is an easy one

 

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True kathis fact, he is bad at spelling, so I didn't really try to make a "unscramble this word, inside the other words" type of puzzle ...yet... so ya go in order. 
 

SOLUTION : sguthfvagur

HOW TO SOLVE: Unscramble the letters into words and then wherever the green boxes were you just took that letter to make the code. 
The words are as follows

Chri[s]tmas
Porin[g]
L[u]tie
San[t]aclaus
Nort[h]Pole
Is[f]orsvar
superNo[v]ice  
JellyR[a]narokOnline
Sin[g]leUnionArmy
M[u]sic
Peart[r]ee

HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 0

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On the 8th day of christmas...Kathis went shopping?

Contact Lenses[1]    4,000,000
Khalitzburg Card    3,000,000
Charmer's Rose    14,999,999
Elemental Sword[3]    80,000,000
Berserk    8,000,000
Angel Wing Ears[1]    7,000,000
Nydhorgg's Shadow Garb[1]    29,999,999
Condor Card    499,999
Costume Long Tongue    2,999,999
Orleans's Glove[1]    3,000,000
Nydhorgg's Shadow Garb[1]    29,999,999
Studded Knuckles[3]    1,399,999
Lude Mask    3,000,000
Wizardry Staff    10,000,000
Diabolus Boots[1]    500,000
Monocle[1]    4,999,999
Lude Mask    3,000,000
Costume Light Darkness Crown    3,999,999
Diabolus Boots[1]    500,000

 

But where is the code? oh it's there...Just gotta remember that codes don't make words all the time.

besides, its only 19 letters

 

 

SOLUTION : CKCEBANCCONSLWDMLCD

HOW TO SOLVE: Using Acrostic method, you take the first letter of each sentence, once done you got your code, granted, the redeeming codes don't need to be words, (and it's better to not since they require to be unique.)
HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 0

 

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On the Ninth day  Kathis pulled out a Perplex City card 

 

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Bored, on a cold winter's day, Otto and Pip decided to set me
a puzzle. The cut out six snowflakes, and then made six
identical copies. Their challenge was to match the pairs up.

they say every snowflake is unique

 

#L#+1L#+2L...#+5L

 

 

SOLUTION : 1A2E3F4B5C6D

HOW TO SOLVE:  It's hard to describe,  it's a matter of matching the patterns. It becomes easier when you break the snowflakes into 12 parts and try to match up the pattern from there, (6 is easy to figure out. and half of that.)  You can also match 2 of them easily, the D and the c just by looking at them .


HOW MANY SOLVED IT: 9

 

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On the 10th day we had to make a tree, 3 trees.

 

 

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Put the pieces in the place and read from left to right, to bottom, (here's a hint the ones with the red ornaments go on the bottom)

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