Want something else to work on
now? There are several interesting codes around the web -- far too
many for me to list them all, but here are a few in particular that I tried
and found both solvable and enjoyable. Have fun! And if you
do solve any of them, please send me an Email
or an IM
(maybe even in haiku format?). I'd be interested in hearing from
PhreakNIC v3.0 Code - Written by jonnyX for the Nashville convention in 1999
Code - Written by jonnyX for AtlantaCon 2001
Code - Giezr of se2600 wrote this in April 2001. An impressive
journey, especially for his first code!
The PhreakNIC5 Code (November 2001) - Or at least the first part of it, since jonnyX has been hinting that there
would be more (but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you). This part is solvable though, provided
that you also have access to the PhreakNIC5 convention materials such as the
PhreakNIC5 T-shirt designs and the PhreakNIC5 badges, and aren't averse
to dealing with a couple typos and being, erm, "creative" when it comes to opening a password-protected zip file!
Defence Signals Directorate, Australia - Check out Puzzle #2 on the lefthand side.
- BlindPhreak's "Don't Cheat" Code - After solving the PhreakNIC v3.0 and Unus Codes, BlindPhreak was inspired to write one of his own in 2001. It's still pretty rough, but has some good parts in it. There's one section though that everyone still needs a hint to get past, so if you get stuck, feel free to check with me for the hint.
- Adrenaline's First Code (January 2002) - This is a St. Louis 2600 member who wrote his first code while he was bored because his mom had grounded him from the internet . It's got a nice flow to it and shows some interesting talent. Let's hope he can continue to write codes even when he's not grounded!
- The SC2600 Code (January 2002) - Written by Xacid, founder of the South Carolina 2600 chapter.
- The Elonka Code v1.0 (February 1, 2002) - Everyone kept bugging me to write one of my own, so I threw this one together one afternoon to have something to take to the St. Louis 2600 meeting. It was written to be solvable by anyone -- an experienced cryptographer can probably go through it in an hour or two, though beginners might have to fiddle with it for a couple days. It uses several of the same techniques as the PhreakNIC v3.0 Code, so check my tutorial if you get stuck. But it's also got a couple other twists that I think you'll enjoy.
(page last updated: 2/2/2002)