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The Cache of Wolfenstien Enigma

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Hidden : 12/2/2012
Difficulty:
4.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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As the cache name suggests, this cache is a tribute to both the game Castle Wolfenstien, the grandaddy of all FPS (First Person Shooter) games, and the German Enigma cipher machine.

This cache is not located at the posted coordinates. A U-boat will not be required to find this cache.

To find the location of this cache you must decode a message you found that may have been captured from the Nazis by B.J. Blazcowitz himself. This message will be in exactly the same format as all Enigma encrypted wartime messages sent by the German Army during World War II in 1941 (and later), except that it will be in English and use modern map coordinates (WGS84).

To solve this cache you will not need to use or have any knowledge of any of the Castle Wolfenstien computer games, however you will need to have access to a Wehrmacht three rotor Enigma cipher machine or an accurate simulation of one.

Castle Wolfenstien was an obscure maze exploration game when it was first put out in 1981. The game did not become popular until Wolfenstien 3-D was published in 1992. That game was the world's first FPS (First Person Shooter) game. I would recommend playing it's later sequels like Return to Castle Wolfenstien (2001) and Wolfenstien (2009) or Wolfenstien: The New Order (2013) they are much better games, but they should be, with all the advances in computer gaming technology that have come out in the last 20 years. If you would like to watch a short documentry on this iconic game and its influnce on decades of computer gaming click here.

The original Wolfenstien 3-D is still around, back in the day it was translated to over a dozen game platforms and PC. You can still play the original version online for free here, and there are versions of it for your iPhone, iPod, iPad or Android smart phones now too.
Warning: Possession of the game Wolfenstien 3-D is illegal in Germany (because the game contains some Nazi imagery), please don't click the links to play or download it if you live there.

The Enigma cipher machine was patented by Arthur Scherbius over 100 years ago in 1918. Without clues even modern computers still have difficulty breaking these messages. Click these links to download an excellent Enigma Simulator or to read the Enigma message procedures click here for another good Enigma message overview. If you need an online simulator, Universal Enigma is not as much fun to use as a real enigma or the standalone simulator but it gets the job done.

If you enjoyed using the Enigma machine or if you just want to learn more about it's history and how it was broken during WWII, here is a link to a fascinating Nova Documentary on the Enigma Machine. and Part 2 of the Documentary on the Enigma Machine.



You bought an old WWII footlocker mainly because when you dusted it off you noticed the name "Capt. B.J. Blazcowitz" was still faintly written on it. You thought it would be amusing to use it to store your old computer games because that is the same name as the hero in all of the Castle Wolfenstien computer games. However, when you got it home you discovered it had a false bottom that concealed three pieces of paper: A captured Enigma message pad, an enigma key sheet for the "SS Special Project Group" and a secret military briefing. Can you decode this message and determine if a wildly popular computer game is actually based on stranger than fiction real life events or will you find that you have been the victim of a very elaborate hoax.






Here is that message in standard format:

2345 = 1tle = 1tl = 248 = GPS GFG =

IBGZC EOSIL EBVXT CDFTE SRJCA
UYLXP JTCUR KWVKJ SQVUF DXSGB
PFFWK YXLPX ZFPQT EOCPW IYXCF
VNZGQ BLPYN LQNJV SQJZE GSYTN
DLWUJ VGPHS DSDYZ QETMM GIDMU
RNSHE VKKJE CIUVB ISYGH FMZBO
TFIDU GQGGP PRZNV FLQZG AFGRJ
ZKIYN QEWIY GKPCP LDEFY LXAQU
HKWPY MFZZJ LZVUB LIDXN OWTTX
HGRYN CXOMB GLJYU UURNY UMN







If you would like to print out the 3 clues or examine them in greater detail click here for a PDF file.



The people who originally broke the Enigma codes during WWII were under great pressure to be fast and accurate because many people's lives depended on their work. If you are first to break the code and find this cache you will find an unactivated Silver 2005 Delaware Geocachers Geocoin as your reward.

Congratulations to Mike Ott for being First to Find this cache.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vs lbh oernx gur pbqr, or fher gung lbh ybt gur pnpur.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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  • Enigma message padA pad used by the Enigma operator to record its output for the radio operator to send.
  • Mission BriefingThe only known briefing file from a military mission that was so secret it is unknown to history.

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