2017 May 31

Espionage: The Art of the Agent

Upon arriving at the supposed hand-off site, each agent received these instructions for the Hunt.

ESPIONAGE ETIQUETTE

  1. You will receive all information from your control officer (at 65-24, x.394). Should intelligence acquired in the field lead you to a certain location, your first step is to find the nearest public phone at that site and then dial your control officer from it. When calling, state your name and organization and then announce: “I am dialing xxx-xxxx (i.e., the phone number of the phone FROM WHICH YOU ARE CALLING).”
    1. If you are calling from an incorrect phone, you will be told that you have a wrong number.
    2. Some sites have multiple public phone locales. NOT ALL PHONE LOCALES ARE ACCEPTABLE. You will have been provided with enough information to select the correct one.
      1. If a given phone locale has a cluster of two or more phones, any of those phones is acceptable.
    3. YOU MAY NOT RELAY FALSE INFORMATION TO OR WITHHOLD INFORMATION FROM YOUR TEAMMATES IF YOU ARE THE AGENT ON THE PHONE (i.e., receiving information from control).
    4. Should you encounter trouble of any kind, call from any phone and just say “HELP!”
      1. This includes missing phones, closed buildings, obnoxious officials, or even (God forbid) a missing microfilm.
  2. You are licensed to kill. While you should not abuse this privilege, there may come a time when it is necessary for you to eradicate a threat to the completion of your mission.
    1. You should be equipped with an H2O pistol, which is accurate at a range of 0–15 feet.
      1. If you have been shot, you are effectively dead and may not assist or hinder any other agent.
        1. And please don't be childish about it.
    2. Please note that telephones are neutral safety zones. NO ONE MAY BE SHOT WHILE AT A TELEPHONE.
    3. Shooting is the ONLY WAY to eliminate, exterminate, eradicate, slay, deathify, dispatch, finish, destroy, remove, croak, erase, murder, assassinate, purge, liquidate, slaughter, butcher, massacre, decimate, or otherwise kill an agent. Physical violence will not be tolerated.
  3. Lunch is up to you.

SECRETS TO SPY SUCCESS

  1. Take complete notes. Even if you're not the “on-phone” agent, there will come a time when you may wish to go over some clues in private (see II below). Be careful while copying information—one wrong letter could lead to failure.
    1. Keep your information straight. Each location will generally have two separate clues; one will lead you on to a new location, while the other will help you pinpoint the microfilm.
  2. Keep in mind that the teams are for convenience only—once you have all the information in your possession, it's time to strike out ON YOUR OWN.
    1. One suggestion would be to split up right after visiting the last clue location and work out the puzzle individually. This would allow you to set off for the microfilm without being followed.
    2. If someone is following you, lose them! They could shoot you and take the microfilm for themselves. (Of course, YOU could shoot THEM…)
      1. Conversely, if you see someone heading off on their own, follow them! They could lead you to microfilm. Confused yet?

Good luck!