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Issue #5 and The Secret World ARG

Issue #5 and The Secret World ARG

Published on: Dec 19, 2012 at 17:15
Updated on: Dec 19, 2012 at 16:58
By TJSonntag | More infos about the MMORPG The Secret World

Content update patch

Issue #5: The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn is now live in The Secret World, and you can expect all the usual updates with this content patch. As it’s the first actual DLC since the game went FTP, however, you’ll need to get in game and claim it from the Cash Shop before you can access the missions.

Speaking of the missions, here’s what’s new:

  • The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn: a full mission line with tons of mystery and story.
  • The Uncertainty Principle: the mission to the new Quantum Brace Auxiliary weapon has now been activated. To get started in this mission, talk to Moose in Kingsmouth.
  • From Carthage to Cairo: Tanis in the Scorched Desert needs help in covering her tracks in her involvement of a certain shipment.
  • Obstructive Persons: help Alina Florea in The Shadowy Forest with her plans to leave Morninglight.

Issue #5 also introduces a number of new changes in the game, including a new Shortcut Bar! This in-game UI addition allows you to place inventory items on your hot bar and then link those slots to hot keys. No longer will you have to cobble together an item bar and click for your potions and usable items. Other, less important additions include fixes to the chainsaw mission, the Ground Zero tutorial event and the maximum number of Gear Manager slots: it’s now 100.

Looking for the full patch notes? You’ll find them right here on the official The Secret World website.

Alternate Reality Game (ARG)

If you haven’t been playing along with the ARG on The Secret World’s website, it’s not too late to get caught up! If you signed up and got an email, voicemail or text, follow the directions to arrive at That website redirects to the Siutation Room at The Secret World.

Once here, click on the first mission. Download the PDF and follow the instructions to create a hacking simulation. Make sure you click the screen to end your mission, and then claim your reward! Move on to mission #2, and you’ll discover you have a choice on how to complete it. Reflex involves clicking an X on the screen, math is just that (but you won’t have time to use a calculator), and the investigation mission is the most interesting. The communication and morse missions require you to fail them repeatedly until you have the source material. Now you can solve the puzzles and be ready to copy them back into the answer spaces.

On the Investigation portion, search with your provided information: Russian, general secretary, April 8 and November 16. The Wikipedia page for Russian general secretaries lists them all; simply press Ctrl+F to search for 8 April and you’ll have your three-word answer.

For part two, search for the term “Guyana” with the provided account number. Look for a word that stands out with the required number of letters. For part three, search for the terms “FBI” and “No. Q.” You’ll find a report numbered FBI No. Q042. Enter the missing part to provide the answer.

Finally, let’s walk through the third mission. This one is all investigation, and you’ll be advised that the final part of the mission will require a community effort. That’s okay, because the community has already done the work on that for you! Begin by right-clicking on the photograph and using Google to reverse image search. Once you discover who’s in the photo, combine the name with the “Melinda” provided and search again. You’re looking for an organization name.

For the next part, you’ll be searching for the year 1913 and the name of the city shown on the map. This should lead you to another organization: Rockefeller Foundation. After that, look for the name of the company that uses the abbreviation “MON” on the NYSE. Enter the full company name.

If you’ve been following along, you already know to search for the patent number. Enter the name of the product that matches the correct number of letters, “Syngenta Crop.” For the very last part, the community discovered the code U83DI; enter that to complete your mission.

This guide should have you up to speed on The Secret World’s ARG event. Be sure to check back frequently and we’ll provide all the news and updates on Funcom’s conspiracy themed MMO.



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About the author:
TJ Sonntag has owned various Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and Microsoft consoles, most of which were purchased for an exclusive survival horror game or RPG. She has been playing World of Warcraft since July of 2006, as well as dabbling in several other MMOs such as Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings: Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online and Warhammer: Age of Reckoning. TJ has participated in the closed and open betas for Aion, Rift, and several WoW expansions. She also participates in several FTP MMO betas, and has been leveling a member of each Secret Society in The Secret World.

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