Is there some widespread enthusiasm for this stuff in the community that I hadn't recognized, when reading back through previous stories? There's like two people who even seem to know how to decode stuff out of base64, etc (or care enough to do so) - I'm one of those two, and I just got back recently, so I doubt it was for my benefit, since I also doubt anyone knew that about me. Is there some other reason the entire storyline (such as it is, and what there is of it) seems be advancing on the basis of something only a couple people care about/can do? It makes for a bottleneck, if nothing else - and devolves on only a couple of players' current interests in order for anything to continue on. I hate to be "in the news" all the time for something I'm not really all that interested in - but I decode their stuff because only Hammer and I seem to know how - and Hammer only plays every few weeks, if that. I'd hate to contribute to that bottleneck, and reinforce a reputation of being a "GM's pet" - especially when I'd really prefer everyone not to be reliant on whether I happen to be around at a particular time. Am I missing something? If I'm decoding "happy halloween" and JPR ads for Cromforge, I'd prefer to spend my time more wisely, as it's limited. The Solrain signal puzzle had an interesting ending, if somewhat irrelevant in any practical terms - but getting one interesting factoid out of five or so doesn't seem to be an efficient investment of my time - and a first principle of game design (at least in modern gaming) is "don't waste a player's time".