The results for the 2018 Resolution Contest are now available! All participants did amazingly, and our judges loved reading the majority of the entries.
Everyone who participated is a winner, but these are our top three choices:


In First Place
After I Lost to the Demon King by FullxTilt

Description: A beleaguered adventurer enters a bar in the dead of night. By the next morning, he’s become a public menace as the new town drunk. But what circumstances led him to give up his sword for the drink? And what’s with that ominous title on the cover of this book?


In Second Place
Act As If by Vernaculate
Coming very close to nabbing first place.


Description: It's a new session in college. And once again as my new year's resolution I want to improve my social skills.
To do away with this needless anxiety.
But for some reason, I just, can't.
Until, mysteriously, I start receiving messages from an unknown sender, telling me what to do.

 

In Third Place 
To Gain What Is Lost by Acederequiza

Description: A wealthy man thought he had it all; fame, wealth, reputation and most importantly his life. But he was wrong. Lying on the hospital's bed, his began to have a second thought of his life and where it had led him on the verge of losing everything; most importantly his family.

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As for the more recent Easter Event Penguin Hunt Rescue Event:

If you participated, a Bronze, Silver or Gold achievement has been handed out to you according to how many penguins you found and how difficult it was to find each penguin.
You can check this spreadsheet for more details on which of your discovered penguins counted. [Use CTRL+F to find your username]  

Total number of participants: 433 
Many of the penguins have returned home after the event ended.

1 Penguin, in the banner: Found by 263 people
First finder: ElalE
Found in the description of the event in the home page, in the blog, and when searching the blog by the blog tag.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the notification: Found by 172 people
First Finder: Sykral
Found in the notification (bell) on the top right of pages on the site. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

3 Penguins, just standing there: Found by 286 people
First Finder: ElalE
Under WANTED  in the main blog post about the event

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the comment by Wing: Found by 173 people
First Finder: ElalE
In the comment of the main event blog post https://royalroadl.com/blog/12/easter-event-search-party stating Hint #2 [The penguins are sometimes hiding in plain sight]

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the blog tag: Found by 217 people
First Finder: The Aimless Passerby
On the right side of every blog post, under [tags] in the duration of the event, a penguin was available.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the URL: Found by 43 people
First Finder: Knightsshade 
If you followed the blog tag, you would be redirected to page https://royalroadl.com/blog?tag=🐧 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the Santa Tag: Found by 68 people
First Finder:  TheGreatWhiteNortherner
Under the previous event blog post, a second penguin tag was hiding.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the FAQ: Found by 185 people
First Finder: IWannaBeATiger
If you searched for "Easter Event" or "Penguin" in the Frequently asked questions section, you would have found the penguins.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the Chat announcement: Found by 74 people
First Finder: Mighty Moushie 
You can still find in the #announcements channel of the chat, a penguin just standing there.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the Chat announcement emoji reaction: Found by 22 people
First Finder: Mighty Moushie
Under the announcement post about the event, there is a penguin emoji reaction. 

1 Penguin, in the Member List: Found by 269 people
First Finder:  Soufdeboef
A penguin was hiding in the member list search bar. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the Reviewing Rules forum: Found by 18 people
First Finder: unkxz
Forum > Official > reviewing rules.  

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the bookshelf: Found by 161 people
First Finder: Soufdeboef
In your bookshelf page, you could see a penguin standing in the page header. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, in the Advanced Search feature: Found by 207 people
First Finder: ElalE 
In the Advanced Search feature, a penguin was hiding after [order by] 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Penguin, on the Reddit page: Found by 9 people
First Finder: SexRobomb
An empty subReddit that belongs to RoyalRoad - (finders were not expected) 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 Giant Penguin, in the Source Code: Found by 30 people
First Finder: CoconutWater
On any page on the site, if you clicked [rigth-mouse click] then [view-page source] then scrolled to the bottom. You would've been able to find the giant penguin.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 penguin, in the GformFound by 144 people
First Finder: TheSwicky
When you open the form to tell us where you found the penguin, another penguin was hiding in the rules.

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 penguin, on the Facebook pageFound by 22 people
First Finder: Theimpgovernor
The penguin was just standing there, in the announcement. If you followed the page when the event started, you would've seen the penguin when the late announcement with new hints arrived. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 penguin, on the Twitter pageFound by 22 people
First Finder: Shance
The penguin was just standing there, in the announcement. If you followed the page when the event started, you would've seen the penguin when the late announcement with new hints arrived. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

3 penguins, in the imageFound by 13 people
First Finder: Sirantulas/That guy
If you listen carefully to the video hint, you will be able to hear when a long beep "-" appears, and when a shorter one "." does. Accordingly, by writing down what you listened to under such a format you will get something like this ".-. --- -.-- .- .-.. .-. --- .- -.. .-.. " which was already given as a hint in the comment of the video.
Then by googling "Morse Code to Text" you will find the answer which leads to royalroadl.com/pages/penguin
In this page, you will find an image with 3 penguins hiding in it (the triplets). 
Fun Fact: the robot in the video was just there to distract and confuse. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

1 penguin, in the TabFound by 9 people
First Finder: Sirantulas/That guy
Same as the above, the tab of royalroadl.com/pages/penguin includes a penguin. 

 

1 penguin, in the cow Level #Hint 1Found by 4 people
First Finder: SexRobomb
This explanation should help you to decipher the code, even if you have no prior knowledge of how to
Step 1: NATO/Military code to text [Basically the first letter of every word is a letter.  Unless the word is a number, then it translates directly to a number] 

If you googled the code itself, you would find the results all directing toward the Nato/Military code. Also, in the comment section of the blog itself, many users asked about it, and Wing (the admin) confirmed it. 
So we end up with 
“Romeo, Mike, Nine, One, Bravo, Mike, Quebec, Golf, Alpha, Whiskey, Four, Golf, Delta, Golf, Hotel, Lima, India, Echo, November, Victor, Delta, Yankee, Bravo, Mike, Zulu, X-Ray, Zulu, Lima, Bravo, Alpha, =, = “ 
Meaning Rm91bmqgaw4gdghlienvdybmzxzlba==
Step 2: Since the == doesn't translate from NATO. Look for "which code ends with ="
The majority of the searches on google would result with Base64 
Step 3: Google for "Base64 to Text" - you will find that the results are still half gibberish. But, if you read the hints carefully it says "the second level of the code is case sensitive".
So, all you have to do is keep trying each letter either as capital or small letter. Until you end up with the results being "Rm91bmQgaW4gdGhlIENvdyBMZXZlbA==" which translates to "Found in Cow level." 
From there, simply search for the fiction "Cow Level", made by an ancient mod in honour of April fools 2016. On the last comment page, you will find a comment by Wing that includes the penguin. 

 

As for Penguin 27 - he decided to fool everyone and just stay home. While everyone was searching for him, he was NOT hiding in honour of April Fools day. (meaning only 26 penguins were actually hidden).

 

I hope you enjoyed the event - If you have any questions about this, please ask here or on the facebook page under the video.

 

Comments(21)

Darn those penguins! XD

I think there was a small miscommunication. I can almost guarantee that After I Lost to the Demon King was not judged by the first chapter. My contest entry was sent via google doc (the entire <10k word story) and then I posted it to RRL after the deadline. When I was choosing my prize, I asked to have the RRL version shown because it's easier to read. 

So I was the first to figure out the Morse code? Nice!

So was this not a hidden penguin? Or was this a penguin so unknown that the hostess herself didn't know about it?

Great! Thanks for doing this Wing and all who were involved.

 

I'm curious how Bronze, Silver, and Gold were defined, and what # of penguins each award was. :)

    Wing
    Admin

    "You can check this spreadsheet for more details on which of your discovered penguins counted. [Use CTRL+F to find your username] " 

    The spreadsheet has another description of each penguin location and how many points each one/group is worth. You can check your username and find exactly what counted for you. 
    The break from Bronze to silver is 300+ points, and Gold is 500+ points. 

and here i thought you picture counted wing.

Lol, I figured there’d be one on the cow level. Never got around to marking down all the obvious and possibly joke ones, though. It’s a shame.

    Wing
    Admin

    So many people thought it would be at the Cow Level. Even had people telling me "I am disappointed you didn't hide anything in the Cow level". 
    Hilarious! 
    But, I guess hiding it well enough even there did the trick. Unless you know I hid it there, you wouldn't have the will to keep searching. 

ACK. I failed! So vexing! Well, it was fun. I made a mistake in how the penguins looked aw... Oh well.

thanks RRL for the fun event!

YAY, I was the first for many. (I may be a little late.)

The Penguins... Bahahahaha.... I was just reading in passing but those penguins' circumstances made me smile. Awesome. I was mentally entertained.

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