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#1 octopuppy

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

This game thread continues where the previous initial experiment left off, now I have a clearer set of rules so let's see if it works:

One player plays the Evil Mastermind (that's me, to start) who nukes the states of the USA 3 at a time, the other players play Hackers who seek to stop the Evil Mastermind. The Evil Mastermind plays by posting commands which activate missile strikes. Each command has a unique password, which is derived from the command by a hashing algorithm. The Evil Mastermind devises a different algorithm at the start of each game, and posts the passwords along with the commands. The Hackers will see the commands and passwords and from this they should try to deduce the hashing algorithm. The Hacker who does this first, and correctly figures out the password to the command "ABORT", stops the Evil Mastermind and wins the game. Anyone can join in at any time as a Hacker.

Now hashing algorithms can be exceedingly difficult to crack, but there are restrictions placed on the kind of algorithm that the Evil Mastermind can use:
Spoiler for Hashing algorithm rules


Commands
There are 51 commands, these being the names of US states (used by the Evil Mastermind to nuke another state), plus the word "ABORT" (used by hackers to stop the Evil Mastermind).
Spoiler for List of commands

Game Play
The Evil Mastermind posts 3 commands at a time, with their passwords. The interval for doing this is undefined, no point in imposing restrictions. The Evil Mastermind chooses the commands, but should generally do requests as soon as possible.
Each Hacker may make one guess at the password for "ABORT" each time the Evil Mastermind posts commands. If someone makes multiple guesses in between clues, only the first one counts, but if they make a mistake and correct it, the Evil Mastermind can accept the correction. There is no need for spoilers when guessing the password, although please use spoilers if you reveal the algorithm. The first one to get the password for "ABORT" wins. Alternatively if you've cracked the algorithm you can just use it to blow up more states if you're that way inclined.


GAME UPDATE: commands posted so far...

OHIO
B99OOB99

OREGON
ACCGEA32

ALABAMA
A0BBB50D

ALASKA
A1ASA949

MISSOURI
430SODEA

IDAHO
A06HD51D

ARKANSAS
94DAN2D2

MICHIGAN
400HIA12

PENNSYLVANIA
4B8NAB49

IOWA
D65AID65

RHODEISLAND
2ABDL425

WESTVIRGINIA
4B0TIB41

TEXAS
5A1AEA52

MAINE
614NAD28

MASSACHUSETTS
434SE870

TENNESSEE
4B0NS3C0

CONNECTICUT
474NIA30

NEWHAMPSHIRE
4A0HH522

KANSAS
434SN2D2

NEWYORK
4B0YY4E6

SOUTHDAKOTA
6F4TK565

MARYLAND
436YL425

VIRGINIA
4A2GIB41

NORTHCAROLINA
4F6TL521

COLORADO
555OR59F

KENTUCKY
430TU890

SOUTHCAROLINA
6F4TL521

NORTHDAKOTA
4F6TK565

ILLINOIS
900IN6D4

VERMONT
4A2MM474

HAWAII
525AW784

LOUISIANA
764IID25

UTAH
AC2HUAC2

INDIANA
942IID25

MINNESOTA
430NS5E5

MISSISSIPPI
430SI966

ARIZONA
A5CZZ5E5

NEWMEXICO
4A0MX591

OKLAHOMA
989AH545

ABORT
A3FRB47E
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#2 octopuppy

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:18 PM

And we begin...

OHIO
B99OOB99

OREGON
ACCGEA32

ALABAMA
A0BBB50D

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:22 PM

Here's the next 3. Any ideas? Any requests?

ALASKA
A1ASA949

MISSOURI
430SODEA

IDAHO
A06HD51D

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 11:47 PM

OK, I'll drop these off and bid you all good night

ARKANSAS
94DAN2D2

MICHIGAN
400HIA12

PENNSYLVANIA
4B8NAB49

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 08:13 AM

No answers! I'm surprised.
I may give it larger intervals between the next few posts, because frankly, I think there's plenty of information now.

IOWA
D65AID65

RHODEISLAND
2ABDL425

WESTVIRGINIA
4B0TIB41

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:12 PM

I request Texas. ..And not just because it's Texas. :P Maine too.
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:36 PM

Two requests?!? Well, since nobody else is asking, why not? But everything comes at a price, so I'll see your Texas, and Maine, and raze you Massachusetts.

TEXAS
5A1AEA52

MAINE
614NAD28

MASSACHUSETTS
434SE870


And the lights... all went down... in Maaaassachusetts...
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:50 PM

Oh, wow, those destroyed my hypothesis entirely.

..I guess I'm studying abroad then. :(

Tennessee out of spite?

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Posted 25 October 2010 - 12:57 PM

Tennessee out of spite?

All right but I'll wait a while, since I'm doing 3 at a time :D
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 04:39 PM

Eugh. I'll trade the 5th character for any other aside from the 4th with anyone else working on this?
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