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(Just clarifiying the fact that it's back. In black.)
(full rework of LEVELS as per PM's instructions.)
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| image      = File:Levels icon.jpg
 
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| description = Register if you can.
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| description = Welcome To ARG Academy.
 
| creator    = Unknown
 
| creator    = Unknown
 
| type      = [[List_of_Investigations#Type|Independent]]
 
| type      = [[List_of_Investigations#Type|Independent]]
 
| status    = Active
 
| status    = Active
| discovered = 2016-10-05
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| discovered = 2017-04-19
 
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|YouTube channel
 
|YouTube channel
|style="text-align:center;"|[https://youtu.be/AUmQIm_iS7I LEVELS]
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|style="text-align:center;"|[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEXq-x6G-PYFO07HOuNdS_g LEVELS]
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|Facebook page
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|style="text-align:center;"|[https://www.facebook.com/UnlockYourLevel/ LEVELS]
 
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''Note: This page is dreadfully outdated, and gives information about the first incarnation of this ARG. All discussion about Levels had long ceased on Game Detectives, but now it's back! Still, if you are still interested in participating in Levels, you should probably check out the [http://levels.boards.net/ Levels forums] while this page's being reformatted.''
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LEVELS is a hub for introducing people to ARGs and to teach the community new techniques for ARG-solving. It recognizes itself as an "ARG school," a title that seems to describe it perfectly. Users register with a username and password and are given access to the hub of LEVELS.
 
 
 
 
The first incarnation of '''LEVELS''' was an ARG centered around the [http://levels.your-host.xyz the mysterious LEVELS website]. Little was discovered about this incarnation, but the first site was initially intended to have seven "trials", each of which would grant an appropriate level of access on the LEVELS website.
 
 
 
Once registered, the players were met with challenges to complete/solve.  The puppetmaster made it clear that these challenges were intended to be completed individually, to broaden individuals' own skills and knowledge.  Participants were supposed to complete the registration on their own (to test their skills and abilities), but information sharing for the further challenges is advised.
 
 
 
The LEVELS website went through several iterations, and, most recently, it has been relaunched with new puzzles being added. (Link: https://levels.your-host.xyz/) However, discussion of LEVELS on the Game Detectives Discord server had decreased significantly after the website became a forum, and investigation of LEVELS had since been closed until the website was relaunched.
 
 
 
=Registration=
 
 
 
The website was supposed to provide challenges to registered users; however, the registration itself was a puzzle.  There were intended to be seven different opportunities for registration, each one with a countdown until its end.  Each consecutive level was supposed to be easier to complete, but each one granting the registrant a lower "level" out of 7.
 
 
 
There were supposed to be seven levels of registration - however, the site ran into unforeseen complications, and the registration process had to be cut short after the puzzle for Level 4 was released.  Levels has since moved to a [http://levels.boards.net/ forum], but the website was very recently relaunched.
 
 
 
Solutions to puzzles will not be documented without the puppetmasters' permission.
 
 
 
==Level 7==
 
As of the moment of discovery, the website was in registration for the Level 7 stage. It had server outage later and the closing of this registration was postponed to 2016-10-09T09:00 UTC.
 
 
 
===Solution===
 
 
 
The source for the homepage showed that the background of the page was actually made up of an image, [http://levels.your-host.xyz/wp-content/themes/levels/images/level07.png level07.png]. Hidden within this image was a message:
 
 
 
[[File:level07 message.png]]
 
 
 
For those ready to OPEN the gate to the path of justice, its lady holds the key...
 
 
 
This hint <code>path of justice</code> lead to the [http://levels.your-host.xyz/justice registration page], which is no longer available. This required a registration code, which was hidden in the image through steganography.
 
 
 
Some users noticed that <code>OPEN</code> was in a larger font size than the rest of the text, while others simply recognised the dots in the image; either way, they were lead to [http://www.openstego.com/ OpenStego] as the software used to conceal a file in the image.
 
 
 
A password was required to unlock the file. This password was <code>scales</code>, which is what [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Justice Lady Justice] literally holds. After using this password, contained within the image was the file <code>scales.txt</code>:
 
 
 
Registration Code: [email protected]#2Bu
 
 
 
This registration code, along with a large amount of personal information, could then be used to register for Level 7.
 
 
 
===Members===
 
 
 
40 accounts initially registered for Level 7, and there are currently 29 Level 7 accounts. Those who wish to be public about their level are listed below. Note that the usernames listed here are not necessarily the same as those used on the site itself.
 
 
 
* A4
 
* artemisbot
 
* blaqueice
 
* carnifex
 
* Concerned Hobbit
 
* Crauss
 
* CURIOUS CHILDREN
 
* dubdubchan
 
* <s>DukeBG</s> [permanently suspended]
 
* ecstaticeggplant
 
* Glael
 
* inreality
 
* Kira
 
* Noah
 
* Nyx
 
* Renpy
 
* rileedawg
 
* Sqbika
 
* ViolentKillerChronicles
 
* William_Williams
 
 
 
==Level 6==
 
 
 
Level 6 opened on 2016-10-09 and ended on 2016-10-15T03:00 UTC.
 
 
 
===Solution===
 
 
 
Level 6's puzzle will not be documented without the puppetmasters' permission.
 
 
 
===Members===
 
 
 
65 accounts initially registered for Level 6, and there are currently 61 Level 6 accounts. Those who wish to be public about their level are listed below. Note that the usernames listed here are not necessarily the same as those used on the site itself.
 
 
 
* BeeWok
 
* Connor
 
* Haigen
 
* iamthor
 
* MrJ
 
* Offtheblock
 
* Okabe
 
* ramiro000
 
* xArDDe
 
* tevaum
 
 
 
==Level 5==
 
 
 
Level 5 opened on 2016-10-16 and will end on 2016-10-22T01:00 UTC.
 
 
 
===Solution===
 
 
 
Level 5's puzzle will not be documented without the puppetmasters' permission.
 
 
 
===Members===
 
 
 
56 accounts initially registered for Level 5, and there are currently 56 Level 5 accounts. Those who wish to be public about their level are listed below. Note that the usernames listed here are not necessarily the same as those used on the site itself.
 
  
* CrystalShyps
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==The Beginning==
* DeepThought
 
* draco452
 
* EXTSZombiemaster
 
* Sparton107
 
* iSpy
 
* null
 
  
==Level 4==
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After registering for the puzzle, users are given a page welcoming them to the LEVELS challenge. https://puu.sh/vqpxm/5779d79b0f.png
  
Level 4 opened on 2016-10-22 and will end on 2016-10-28T05:00 UTC.
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''NOTE: the username displayed on the right will be your own personal username and will have no points to begin. The image displayed is of the author's LEVELS welcoming page.''
  
===Solution===
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Astute users will notice the hole on the bottom right of the page. Clicking it leads to a series of dialogue from Lewis Carrol's ''Alice in Wonderland'' accompanied by an animation that leads you to the first round of puzzles, a hallway of doors.
  
Level 4's puzzle will not be documented without the puppetmasters' permission.
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==The Hallway==
  
===Members===
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The hallway has 18 doors that can be clicked on. Behind each door is a puzzle. The solutions to these puzzles will not be documented without express permission from the the puppetmaster of LEVELS.
  
There is currently 1 Level 4 account, but they are not part of the GameDetectives.
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''This page is a work in progress. More details will be added as more is discovered about LEVELS and its contents.''

Revision as of 18:53, 27 April 2017

LEVELS
Active since 2017-04-19
Levels icon.jpg
Welcome To ARG Academy.
Type [[List_of_Investigations#Independent|Independent]]
Creator Unknown
Discovered 2017-04-19

Main Page > List of Investigations > LEVELS

Websites and accounts
Website http://levels.your-host.xyz
Twitter account @UnlockYourLevel
YouTube channel LEVELS
Facebook page LEVELS

LEVELS is a hub for introducing people to ARGs and to teach the community new techniques for ARG-solving. It recognizes itself as an "ARG school," a title that seems to describe it perfectly. Users register with a username and password and are given access to the hub of LEVELS.

The Beginning

After registering for the puzzle, users are given a page welcoming them to the LEVELS challenge. 5779d79b0f.png

NOTE: the username displayed on the right will be your own personal username and will have no points to begin. The image displayed is of the author's LEVELS welcoming page.

Astute users will notice the hole on the bottom right of the page. Clicking it leads to a series of dialogue from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland accompanied by an animation that leads you to the first round of puzzles, a hallway of doors.

The Hallway

The hallway has 18 doors that can be clicked on. Behind each door is a puzzle. The solutions to these puzzles will not be documented without express permission from the the puppetmaster of LEVELS.

This page is a work in progress. More details will be added as more is discovered about LEVELS and its contents.