Warning! Fossil Zone!
These pages were created starting in May 1997 and finishing about a year later. This was the heyday of the +ORC tutorials. Things have changed a lot since then. +ORC disappeared from the scene sometime in late 1997, and now Fravia has retired. I'm leaving these pages as they were a year or two ago. Please don't expect the links to work. As time goes on, more and more will break. However, the +ORC pages are a record of the +ORC riddle and the attempts of many people to solve it.
Please also note, the riddles here are very old and I for one am no longer trying to solve them. Treat the pages as a historical record :-)
The tools page is still updated from time to time, though that too is showing its age.
DN (aka Basilisk) November 1999
6 June 98: New Riddle - not from +ORC, but a nice one to get your teeth into: here. I have no idea where it leads, and I haven't cracked it. (Thanks to Alex).
26 June 98: Cracked... Well, I haven't cracked it, but I think Hackmore Readrite has. Look here.
See also the updates
page to see changes within pages.
|orc1||The main and original essay on +ORC, the man and the Riddle||30 April 97||31 May 97|
|a priori||Is there a pattern of "fives" associated with the Riddle?||8 June 97|
|barcode||A look at barcodes to see if they tell us anything about the Riddle||5 May 97|
|cipher?||Is the Riddle a substitution cipher?||14 June 97|
|contact?||Contacting +ORC: he's back... and a message for him from +daQ||18 July 97||9 Oct 97|
|dead?||Is +ORC dead?? [+ message from +daQ]||18 June 97||19 June 97|
|hack||The URL numbering system - a note from Hackmore Readrite||10 May 97|
|helm||Other heraldic texts and how they compare with the +ORC Riddle||11 May 97|
|hugh||Another analysis of +ORC, from the mysterious "Hugh" [+ more]||7 May 97||20 June 97|
|Janos||A message on the Riddle from the Owl||29 May 97|
|LOST!||A new Riddle clue, lost!?||28 May 97|
|Mdragon||A new contribution about +ORC as a writer||28 May 97|
|Mdragn2||More Heraldic source information||31 May 97|
|others||Comments and ideas on the Riddle from other +ORC seekers||2 May 97||3 May 97|
|preamble||A message from +ORC himself, with a clue about the Riddle||5 May 97|
|simple||An essay on thinking simple. Is this the end?||10 June 97|
|sniff||Large Scale URL sniffing||20 May 97|
|snippets||Short ideas on +ORC and the Riddle - starting points||14 May 97||28 July 97|
|targets||A look at the possible URLs to make searching easier||9 May 97||11 May 97|
|Tolkien||The Tolkien connection - an exercise in missing information||20 May 97|
|tools||Reviews of some very good URL-sniffing tools||21 June 97||6 Mar 98|
|tries||Some thoughts on other ways to solve the Riddle||12 May 97|
|updates||Where to find the changes, as they happen. Check what's new.||5 May 97||4 Nov 97|
|Trinidad||Special treat: Basilisk's Trinidad Punch - for summer nights||16 May 97|
|???||What's happening? Excuses, excuses...||19 May 97||8 Oct 97|
|test||Having trouble reading the fonts? Let me know what you'd prefer.||13 May 97|
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