Those of you who hang out in the Don't like bots? thread may have noticed my fondness for puzzles. So here I am, making a dedicated thread. No guarantees how often I'll have a new puzzle, but I'll try to do them on a regular basis. They tend to be small and simple compared to others I've seen here, but I hope people enjoy working them out!

Puzzle Ended: We Three Keys

We three keys obfuscated are,
Bearing gift(links) to near and to far.
Dungeon-diving, war is thriving,
Action games we all are.

(Apologies for the terrible lyrics. Please don't hurt me.)


As you might guess, there are three giveaways hidden in this verse. (For those who would like to know: Crawl, Squad, and Mr. Shifty.)

Hint 1

See the image below for a portrait of the three kings "keys".
(Base image: Throne king icon by Delapouite, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0)

Hint 2

As in music, sometimes cryptography involves transposition.


Solution

Working backwards through the hints:

Hint 2: The three codes for the giveaways were scrambled using a simple transposition cypher. This means you don't have to change any letters or numbers, only the order they are arranged in.

Hint 1: The picture contains three kings, each colored in stripes. Look carefully and you will notice there are three colors, each occurring five times. They represent the three giveaway codes, each containing five characters.

Solution: Take the three codes "hidden" in the verse and assign each character to a different color according to the sequence in the image. I made a chart because I like charts, but there are other ways to do it:

        rwRO0   N6LGJ   svDkR
RED     r--O-   -6--J   --D--  --> rO6JD
GREEN   -w--0   --L--   s--k-  --> w0Lsk
BLUE    --R--   N--G-   -v--R  --> RNGvR

Plug those codes into the giveaway URL and you get Crawl, Squad, and Mr. Shifty.


I hope you all enjoyed the puzzle. I'm moving soon and won't have much time for at least a month, but I'll be back with more sooner or later. Good luck all, and have fun out there!

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3 weeks ago
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Huh. Not as simple as it would seem to me. Just tested 400+ possibilities on two different theories, no luck so far. hmmmmm

(Edit: Thanks for the puzzle!)

3 weeks ago
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I haven't the faintest notion what I am looking at, so I think I will take my small brain and leave these obviously big-brain premises, in which I feel rather ill at ease.

The puzzle seems interesting, though. I just wish I wasn't totally clueless. :)

3 weeks ago
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Try checking in again next week. It's looking likely there will be hints by then. :)

3 weeks ago
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I made a note to look again, yeah. :)

3 weeks ago
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I think more people would be interested if we knew the games. It's not fun to spend hours solving a puzzle to find out that you already own or don't want the games. Unless you are just solving the puzzle for the fun of doing the puzzle, but those people would still solve it even if the games are shown and they don't want them.

I spent about 15 minutes trying to solve it, but it's hard to invest more time when I have over 15 thousand games blocked which means I most likely won't be interested in entering anyway. If there is something I want, I might invest a few hours or even work on it for many days if I am really interested in a game.

3 weeks ago
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Fair enough. I've added the names to the original post, spoilered for those who would rather be surprised.

3 weeks ago
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Thanks :)

2 weeks ago
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I own the games but bump for a nice puzzle

2 weeks ago
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Reply me on 13th 😅

2 weeks ago
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First hint is available. :)

2 weeks ago
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Please say the solution at the end of the GA 🙏

1 week ago
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I always do!

1 week ago
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Thanks 💗 ~

1 week ago
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The solution is posted now.

1 week ago
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I was very close!!!, I almost did it, but in something I will have failed. But I knew that this way was the solution.
Thank you, Droj for remember me 😄

1 week ago
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Bumped for first hint!

2 weeks ago
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Well this narrowed down the field a bit, but still not solved. Looks like I'm going to have to wait for hint two. Either there's guesswork involved in this puzzle, or I'm just missing a fairly substantial clue.

2 weeks ago
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Derp. Clue was /almost/ exactly what I thought it was. >-<. Solved.

2 weeks ago
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let's hope you get your minimum 5 entries for these ;)

2 weeks ago
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Bump for solved!

2 weeks ago
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Bump for "solved"... but I still don't understand how the GAs are hidden in the verses. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Technically the first three words are part of the verse? Yeah I probably should have put quotes around "hidden". lol

2 weeks ago
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Bump for solved! Nice verses ;D

2 weeks ago
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bump

2 weeks ago
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Bump for solved. Thanks!

2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
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I figured it out, but the links still redirect me to the main page. What's up with that?

2 weeks ago
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Then you haven't figured it out. I had the same problem. You're almost there. Keep at it!

2 weeks ago
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It could very well be a slash or something I am forgetting...

2 weeks ago
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Second hint added.

2 weeks ago
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bump

2 weeks ago
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Added for a question.

1 week ago
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Accepted, fire away!

1 week ago
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Thanks! Good puzzle!

1 week ago
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Bump!

1 week ago
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Are you going to post the solution?

1 week ago
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I usually like to. The giveaways are now ended, so I've added the solution to the main post.

1 week ago
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OK... That ordering is unexpected. I thought the characters in read would follow the position of the red color in each king

1 week ago
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When I went to the king icon, the image was black and white. And only one king. I tried other transpositions, dunno from where you say "The picture contains three kings, each colored in stripes.". So I'm still puzzled. I missed a step but dunno how or where.

1 week ago
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It sounds like you're looking at the base image link. That's the original icon before I messed with it, adding all those colors. The picture for the puzzle was at the bottom of the post itself, in the "View attached image." (I've added it to this post too, for reference.) A little weird, but that's just how SteamGifts handles images.

I see where the confusion came from though, and will try to make the difference between images for puzzles, and attribution clearer in the future.

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