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Seej Bloxen, Cryptstone

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Seej Bloxen, Cryptstone by zheng3 Jun 13, 2012
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Summary

"Keeping one's true intentions hidden is best."

--Qie Zi, The Art of Seej

There's a password to a secret Seej model hidden inside the data for the Cryptstone Bloxen. The secret model isn't available on Thingiverse, and only those who break the code can find it.

Cryptanalysis geeks, covert operators, and NSA employees will find the code trivially easy to crack, what with all their fancy algorithms and server farms and such, but the rest of us can probably do it with pencil, paper, and some sweet, sweet brain grease.

The door to The Crypt stands covered in dust at http://crypt.s33j.net. The model lies beyond the door.

Stuck? Need a hint? Follow http://twitter.com/Zheng3_Jim and send me a direct message.

Good luck. Glory XOR doom awaits you.

Instructions

No assembly necessary. Just print and play Seej.

The bloxen_cryptstone_stego.stl is the download for those who want to prove their codebreaking chops. This block will probably print, but your slicing software is likely to squawk at you. Run it through netfabb to make sure it's clean before you try to print. Cleaning the model will wipe out the password.

If you'd rather just have the model without the muss and fuss associated with embedded crypto, download bloxen_cryptstone_clean.stl instead.

If you do manage to crack the code, don't post the password! Use the comments below to help others figure it out without letting the cat out of the bag.

UPDATE 6/25/12!
The original Cryptstone challenge has ended and the Seej model behind the crypt door will be made public later today.

There is a new model behind the door. Have at it, codebreakers.

-=-=-] CopyPasta Seej Verbiage [-=-=-

Seej is a tabletop wargame based around 3D printing. Check out http://s33j.net for rules and more information.

At a minimum, you'll need the Seej starter set: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24013

You can also search Thingiverse for Things with the seej tag.

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Any hint for those that have no idea how to even get started? Or is this the sort of thing that you have to have a working knowledge of crypto techniques?

The most general advice I'd give is to look at the data and see if you can find any unusual patterns in the numbers. That would be a good place to start.

I hand out hints like candy on Twitter. That way we can keep from spoiling the surprise by posting hints in public.

If you're not on Twitter you can email me directly at [email protected] and I'll be happy to help you solve it.

Yeay! I found the secret model! It looks great, but I'm going to be hard-pressed to get enough bloxen printed before game night on Thursday without throwing in extra pieces. :)

Finally! I would sleep now but I must get my legions building bloxen and now a new Seej model. :-D

Seej opponent stare down! -_-

Staring is all you'll be doing behind your pearly white cryptstone. I'll raise my black flag before I ever surrender. -_-

I had a blast! Thanks again!

Great puzzle. Hours of fun. :)

And we helped! :)

Tried cutting the block in various x,y, and z planes to see if anything was hidden inside. It was hollow as far as I could tell.

Looking at the .stl file in a word editor doesn't show anything obvious to me.

?????

thought we had something there!

I hadn't considered putting anything inside the block... I'll have to file that one away for another puzzle.

I've been really impressed with all the Seej models, but now you're giving us a fun puzzle on top of the already-awesome toys?!?! You just don't know when to quit!

Well done, sir, and thanks

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