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Datastorm 2013 Invitation   [2012]

Datastorm 2013 Invitation Released by :
Genesis Project [web]

Release Date :
28 October 2012

Type :
C64 Invitation

Website :

Released At :

User rating:*********_  8.7/10 (9 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... MagerValp of Genesis Project, M&M
Music .... X-jammer of Genesis Project
Graphics .... redcrab of Genesis Project, Goin' Sideways
Text .... Sixx of Genesis Project, Up Rough

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Contains information on the following event(s) :
Datastorm 2013  Invitation...

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http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/109820/DS2013InvitationFinal.d64 (downloads: 1084)
ftp://ftp.scs-trc.net/pub/c64/Party/2012/X/Datastorm_2013.zip (downloads: 192)

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Hidden Parts Info
Submitted by lft on 7 November 2012
My approach was to first disassemble the code and look for accesses to the keyboard and/or large unused blocks of data. Having figured out how the decryption worked, I calculated backwards from the three verification bytes, and figured out what 12 of the bits in the key must be (at the point where the first verification byte is emitted). This reduced the number of possible keys from 4 billion to 1 million. I wrote a PC tool to unencrypt the data from the invitro with all of those keys and report which one produced the most alphabetic screen codes, and this was the correct one. Now I had the plaintext, but I also ran the decryption algorithm backwards a few steps to arrive at the original keyboard matrix data that would produce the correct key.
Hidden Parts Info
Submitted by CRT on 7 November 2012
I did the Censor cracking, no help or hints from anyone but I started late and it took some hours to understand the code as I didn't know what kind of hidden part to look for at first. I spent the first hours in the real hardware before going crossdev. Don't want to post any spoilers here yet, people might still want the challenge. But I took a similar approach to Trasher.
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Submitted by Trasher on 7 November 2012
Kool invite and especially fun to crack the hidden part! Glad I could run my brute-force-attack in a emu with warp mode.. Would have been still waiting if I only had the original hardware.

There is a key-combo that works in an emu too, but you need to know the seed created on a real c64 (or by brute-force as I did) to be able to calculate it!

You also need to twist your fingers in ways you thought was not possible.

I might just release the brute-force code here somehow, if someone is interested and if it is ok for Magervalp at this time?

Btw. how did lft handle it, no info here at that time. I imagine Censor might have had some help from here, or?!
Hidden Parts Info
Submitted by MagerValp on 5 November 2012
Five extra tickets were hidden in the invitation, accessible after the normal registration filled up.


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Hfr n erny P64 naq ubyq qbja Q, F, gjb, mreb, bar, naq guerr xrlf ng gur fnzr gvzr gb npprff gur uvqqra cneg. Qbrf abg jbex ba IVPR, naq vg'f hayvxryl gung vg jbexf ba bgure rzhyngbef qhr gb ubj xrl tubfgvat jbexf.
Hidden Parts Info
Submitted by MagerValp on 2 November 2012
Hiscore table:

• Lft 2012-11-02
• CRT/Censor Design 2012-11-05
• Trasher/Active 2012-11-06
Hidden Parts Info
Submitted by MagerValp on 1 November 2012
Real hardware required for the *full* experience.
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