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Assault on the 13th Labour

Can you help find the key?

1 April
We are a group of ARG players who have set about the task of finding the key that will unlock the 13th Labour - part of Perplex City.

Perplex City[1], Michael Smith's revolutionary Alternate Reality Game (ARG), needs you (or at least your computers)! A combination of puzzle cards, storytelling, and live events, the game has thrown some incredibly complex tasks at the players - including 13th Labour. This high-scoring card requires the decoding of an RC5-encrypted plaintext which, to quote Smith, "would take about 30,000 computers running in tandem several months to solve"[2]. Code-minded players have created a client, compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux, to attack this task - and are seeking people to run this software on their computers.

The software, available at [3] requires the .NET framework to run, which is available as a freedownload for XP users[4] and via the Mono Project[5] for OS X and Linux. Users can configure how much of their computer's power they want to dedicate to the task via a simple configuration file. The client requires an internet connection to upload completed work units to a central server.

1. http://www.perplexcity.com/
2. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1528282/20060410/index.jhtml?headlines=true
3. http://www.13thlabour.tk/
4. http://msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/downloads/updates/default.aspx
5. http://www.mono-project.com/Downloads

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