- 1 November 20, 2018
- 2 November 21, 2018
- 3 November 22 - December 7, 2018
- 4 December 8, 2018
- 5 December 11, 2018
- 6 December 14, 2018
- 7 December 20, 2018
- 8 January 8, 2019
- 9 January 9, 2019
- 10 January 23, 2019
- 11 January 24, 2019
- 12 January 25, 2019
- 13 February 4, 2019
- 14 February 5, 2019
- 15 February 7, 2019
- 16 February 14, 2019
- 17 February 15, 2019
- 18 February 21, 2019
- 19 February 27, 2019
November 20, 2018
The Steam version of the Version 1.0.4 update released on November 20, 2018. On that day, The Shopkeeper chatted in Soleil's Twitch stream of The Messenger. The Shopkeeper revealed the existence of an unknown character named "The Archivist."
November 21, 2018
In the PC version of The Messenger, the dialogue files are easily accessed from a folder called "StreamingAssets."
- Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Messenger\TheMessenger_Data\StreamingAssets
- GOG:C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\The Messenger\TheMessenger_Data\StreamingAssets
Before the Version 1.0.4 update, there were only 3 dialogue files.
- Credits.tsv, which contains the credits.
- Loc.tsv, which contains cutscene text, Quarble death text, menu text, and some credits-related text.
- LocDialog.tsv, which contains the character dialogue and generic narration box text.
The Version 1.0.4 update introduced 2 new dialogue files.
- Loc_Plus.tsv, which contains various menu texts involving some of the newly-introduced features (button rebinding, New Game +, Prophet hints in the map, and the Jukebox).
- LocDialog_Plus.tsv, which contains new generic narration box text, Shopkeeper text, and Quarble text.
However, the "LocDialog_Plus.tsv" file has a secret message, hidden hundreds of empty lines below the normal game dialogue. This message does not ever appear within the game itself and is only found within the game files.
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP_BEGIN||ARCHIVIST_HELP_BEGIN||THE_ARCHIVIST||...all these parallel universes...I...went too far...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP||ARCHIVIST_HELP||THE_ARCHIVIST||...I am lost in time, lost in space...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP||ARCHIVIST_HELP||THE_ARCHIVIST||...I see a portal, I think it leads to the void...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP||ARCHIVIST_HELP||THE_ARCHIVIST||...if someone can hear me, I need help...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP||ARCHIVIST_HELP||THE_ARCHIVIST||...the portal to the void must be opened from your side...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP||ARCHIVIST_HELP||THE_ARCHIVIST||...use the voodoo magic word, it was etched in stone somewhere in the tropics...|
|???||ARCHIVIST_HELP_END||ARCHIVIST_HELP_END||THE_ARCHIVIST||...I HEAR THEM COMING, HURRY!!!|
When The Archivist's secret dialogue in the dialogue files was discovered by Soleil, a new text channel in the official The Messenger Discord appeared, called #the-void. This text channel acted mysteriously, popping in and out of existence and sometimes floating up and down the list of channels. Pictures could not be uploaded to this channel, unlike with the other text channels.
When members posted a few comments into #the-void, #the-void would disable the ability to post further comments. It would disappear and return at random times, with any previous messages completely erased. This repeated several times until eventually, no one could comment in #the-void, except for Soleil, who was silently granted a Discord role called "Loremaster." This role was required to be allowed to comment in #the-void.
November 22 - December 7, 2018
#the-void text channel continued to act mysteriously. It would frequently pop in and out of existence, occasionally floating up and down the list of channels, and if commented in even once, would force-disable any further comments until its next reappearance. Whenever it reappeared, any previous messages posted within it were completely erased.
December 8, 2018
The first Picnic Panic DLC trailer was released on December 8, 2018. The trailer showcases Ninja's adventures in the tropics. And at the 0:22 mark of the trailer, a splash text image titled "VOODOO MAGIC" appears in large stylized letters, corresponding to The Archivist's message, "...use the voodoo magic word, it was etched in stone somewhere in the tropics..." After the words "VOODOO MAGIC" appear in the trailer, Ninja jumps through a circular time rift, transforming the world from 8-bit to 16-bit. He runs forward, passing by a stone slab in the background. This stone slab has runes etched into it, using the in-game alphabet. When translated, the stone slab reads "TUWHERA."
When #the-void reappeared, the word "TUWHERA" was posted into it. A new member named "TheArchivist" joined the Discord, a person with the "Loremaster" role.
|TheArchivist||Thank you, Messenger Soleil.....|
|TheArchivist||To finally return to the void.....|
|TheArchivist||I need to rest for now, but I will be back to offer answers...|
A few minutes later, #the-void disappeared, and The Archivist left the server.
From then onward, The Archivist used #the-void channel as a means to communicate with the community. No one could post in #the-void channel except for The Archivist, but members could add Discord emoticons as reactions to his comments. Furthermore, after The Archivist finished posting messages in #the-void for the day, he would completely leave the server. Each time, he would join solely to post his messages, then leave the server. The #join-log text channel, which recorded anyone new who joined the server, would also display whenever The Archivist re-joined.
December 11, 2018
#the-void reappeared but did not erase the conversation from December 8, 2018. #the-void remained stabilized, no longer disappearing or moving up and down the channel list. The "Loremaster" role was removed from Soleil, as the role was transferred back to The Archivist.
|TheArchivist||The void has stabilized, thank you for assuming the temporary role of Loremaster.|
|TheArchivist||I will need your instinct as we dig through the archives together, you will need to consort and decide on which subjects to explore.|
|TheArchivist||If you know to cooperate, I believe we can finally solve this.|
|TheArchivist||I shall return soon. GODSPEED, MESSENGERS!|
December 14, 2018
December 20, 2018
January 8, 2019
January 9, 2019
January 23, 2019
An overwhelming number of VoteO votes overtook the poll before proper discussions about the vote could take place. Some discussions took place about the preference of VoteX by some of the more active members, but the poll was already extremely lopsided towards VoteO and looked like there was no chance for the other poll options. Multiple members expressed disappointment about the lack of proper discussion. This caused The Archivist to message Thierry to restrict access to #the-void, making #the-void only viewable to members with the "Ninja" Discord role.
However, The Archivist kept messaging Thierry even after this change was made. The Archivist made another request, to reset the vote in #the-void.
|Thierry||Wow I can't get any work done today, boss keeps messaging|
|Thierry||The Archivist has decided to reset the vote, and keep the void hidden to those who are not Ninjas, but demands that discussions still take place in public channels so that other potential high profile Messengers may be recruited.|
|Thierry||So I guess it's up to you all to have it stay this way|
But a few minutes later, The Archivist expressed his anger.
|Thierry||uh-oh, boss is mad|
The Archivist deleted his original poll, replacing it with a new, unfavorable poll.
During this stretch of time, the votes fluctuated many times, in an attempt to keep balance. When the balance was tipped, many members cooperated together, offering to remove their vote or to add their vote to the appropriate poll option. Members coordinated together to figure out the best way to keep the poll in balance while also getting as many people as possible to participate in the vote so that they could all share the vanity role, "Voidmender."
As discussions took place in the #ninjas text channel, one member, Kammesennin, offered to give up his vote if it came down to the wire.
|3:47 PM (EST)||Kammesennin||The role is incentive. People WILL vote. Let's just keep doing what we've been doing and stay organized to maintain that tie.|
|3:47 PM||Kammesennin||I am willing to lose the role in order to maintain the tie if it comes down to it.|
Kammesennin received a private message from The Archivist.
|This is the beginning of your direct message history with @TheArchivist.|
|3:47 PM (EST)||TheArchivist||Everything has a price. Let your heart know for sure that once it is paid, it will be as if nothing happened.|
|3:48 PM||Kammesennin||Of course. Nothing is without cost... but if the cost is only upon myself and for the sake of the whole... then how could I say no to the bill?|
|3:48 PM||Clyde [BOT]||Your message could not be delivered because you don't share a server with the recipient or you disabled direct messages on your shared server, recipient is only accepting direct messages from friends, or you were blocked by the recipient.|
Only you can see this — delete this message.
As time drew closer to the deadline, The Archivist began a countdown, and the voting became more frantic.
|5:35 PM (EST)||TheArchivist||@everyone 10 minutes left.|
|5:40 PM||TheArchivist||@everyone 5 minutes left.|
|5:42 PM||TheArchivist||@everyone 3 minutes left.|
|5:44 PM||TheArchivist||@everyone 1 minute left.|
At 5:45 PM, #the-void channel completely disappeared. Time passed with unease, as votes had changed during the last few moments, and it was unclear if someone had tipped the balance at the last second. But a few minutes later, members noticed that those who participated in the vote had a new vanity role, "Voidmender," which shared the same green color as The Archivist's "Loremaster" role. Those who participated but sacrificed their vote in order to keep the vote in balance, did not receive the vanity role, "Voidmender."
About half an hour later, #the-void came back. All messages posted in #the-void during January 23, 2019, were completely removed and replaced with the following message.
|6:12 PM (EST)||TheArchivist||And so The Void has been mended. Congratulations Messengers, your display of sacrifice and dedication to one another makes me hopeful for what lies ahead.|
Though today's events were erased from the timeline, I trust the lesson learned will live on in your hearts.
I will return soon to present once more the opportunity that was missed earlier.
Some time later that day, The Archivist was kind enough to award those who participated but sacrificed their vote the "Voidmender" role anyways. From that day forward, #the-void would remain only visible to members with the "Ninja" role.
The next day on January 24, 2019, the reasoning for The Archivist's anger the previous day was described more clearly by Thierry in the #ninjas text channel.
|Thierry||yes, but the need for ninjas only to be able to vote couldn't be resolved|
|Thierry||causing yesterday's crusis|
|Thierry||it's what caused problems yesterday, the overwhelming number of inactives quickly voting on something they don't fully understand invalidates the vote of those truly invested|
|Thierry||and that's not fair|
During all of the void-related shenanigans and the critical void-mending vote on January 23, 2019, KuningasEST was streaming a speedrun of The Messenger on Twitch. It was also KuningasEST's birthday. The Shopkeeper dropped by KuningasEST's Twitch stream to wish him a happy birthday. She explained that she got Suses to bake KuningasEST a pixel cake, and that it would be delivered to the official Discord.
In the official Discord, the pixel cake was delivered to KuningasEST.
|Thierry||Woah @KuningasEST, look what just came in!|
January 24, 2019
January 25, 2019
|TheArchivist||@everyone I can only provide information if your intentions are clear. Please it make it so, so that this opportunity isn't missed a second time.|
I will return soon.
|TheArchivist||@everyone And so you wish to know more about me, the one who, in an attempt to solve it all, ended up causing it all.|
It is still much too soon to unveil my full story, but I will now share a very important piece of information I was hoping to save for later:
Before I took upon myself to roam alternate realities in an effort to catalog the complete space-time compendium looking for a solution, I was known as The Alchemist.
While I acknowledge your decision and recognize that you have earned this piece of information, it is paramount that you ponder why I first needed you to witness Ninja's story.
I must retire for now.
February 4, 2019
|TheArchivist||@everyone Greetings, Messengers.|
Today I have selected three books from The Archives, so that you may decide together which you would like to see an excerpt from.
I trust by now that you should be able to read the labels.
Consort and choose wisely; I will return tomorrow.
February 5, 2019
The Clockwork Concierge briefly joined the official server. Before leaving, he namedropped a previously unknown location called "Clockwork Castle."
|Clockwork Concierge||@everyone So, is this the place?|
|Clockwork Concierge||Preposterous! This place is a mess!!|
|Clockwork Concierge||So much to do....|
|Clockwork Concierge||And not even a thousand members?? This is not worth my time yet.|
|Clockwork Concierge||I will return to the Clockwork Castle for now. Farewell.|
February 7, 2019
One special day, The Archivist hopped out of #the-void text channel to deliver a very important react into the #ninjas text channel.
February 14, 2019
|TheArchivist||@everyone Greetings, Messengers. I have been following your discussions and I must say your dedication gives me hope.|
Today I present to you stone tablets which, properly ordered, should help give you a better sense of scope.
Consider the following options, and cast your votes in ascending order to try and complete the timeline properly.
That is, the option with the least votes would be the first one on the left, all the way to the option with the most votes occuring right before the last event already in place on the timeline below.
For this occurence only, you are free to vote as many times as you wish. But whatever you do, do not cause a tie.
Now consort, Messengers, and let your united voice be heard! If you can solve this puzzle, I will share more information on how and why I became immortal.
I will return tomorrow.
The Shopkeeper sneaked into the official server. She joined with a 16-bit Picnic Panic Shopkeeper avatar, artwork which was previously unseen up to this point.
February 15, 2019
|TheArchivist||@everyone I have returned.|
You propose the following order:
Birth of The Alchemist
Hundreds of thousands of years gap
Phantom's Curse begins
Thousands of years gap
Ninja carries the scroll
That Timeline is entirely accurate. Congratulations, and thank you, adventurers, your attention to detail and ability to negociate with each other has warmed my heart once again.
Since you have beaten this challenge, I will now share a little more.
-Mine is a tale of forbidden love. After becoming alchemists, we set out to create the Elixir of Life, so that we could live until society became more accepting.
-I am not a Blue Robe. As conveyed by this completed Timeline, I predate their order by an unfathomable stretch of time.
It will be a while until my next visit. In the meantime, I will ask SaboTeam to make this community hub a more habitable place.
Oh, and do try to recruit the Clockwork Concierge, he's a thorough one and should come in handy.
Please tell him I said hi.
Farewell for now. And as always, Godspeed, Messengers!
Spiderbenb summoned the Clockwork Concierge back to the official server. The Clockwork Concierge was unsatisfied with the member count and renegotiated a higher wage with the admins before leaving again.
|Spiderbenb||But now we have a new quest|
|Spiderbenb||Get in here|
|Thierry||yo don't ping the concierge like that|
|Clockwork Concierge||Who dares ring the bell?|
|Clockwork Concierge||What is this @Philip? I thought we had an agreement. A thousand members!|
|Philip||This didn't pick up the way we expected, can't you just join us now?|
|Clockwork Concierge||Preposterous! I have standards!|
|Clockwork Concierge||Unless of course, we can renegociate my wage.|
|Philip||Yo @SaboMart - Can we do something about this?|
|SaboMart||Hmm. You know how cheap I am.|
|SaboMart||But I like the Concierge a lot. Would a 25% raise be ok for you ?|
|Clockwork Concierge||25%??? Preposterous!|
|Clockwork Concierge||How about 50?|
|SaboMart||40%. That's the final offer!|
|Clockwork Concierge||Fine. But I'm not coming back until you at least reach 500.|
|Spiderbenb||What's our Member count currently?|
|Clockwork Concierge||I'll go back to the Clockwork Castle for now. Farewell!|
February 21, 2019
Rainbowdragoneyes, the composer of the music for The Messenger, had a casual conversation with The Shopkeeper. The Shopkeeper offered Rainbowdragoneyes an opportunity to fast-travel to SaboTeam's office using a portal that would be created by The Artificer. In return, The Shopkeeper requested some tiki music for her Picnic Panic tiki shop.
|Kammesennin||I'm just gonna stick to judging for that one time Shopkeeper was here and willing to answer a question and the question nobody asked was "Do you have any stories to share?"|
|VeggieDelphine||I still feel bad about that|
|dosboxfalco||we're self-aware enough to do that nowadays, thank goodness|
|Gooberbarbarian||Wait RDE I have a legitimate question|
|Gooberbarbarian||Ahhhh the shopkeeper joined|
|Thierry||Well well well, if it ain't @Rainbowdragoneyes|
|Gooberbarbarian||Speak of the devil much|
|VeggieDelphine||So your question is canceled ?|
|Thierry||I think you triggered the shopkeeper :\|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Well well well if ain't well well well|
|The Shopkeeper||Oh I'm just lurking|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||How ya feelin @Thierry|
|The Shopkeeper||This explains why you wouldn't answer my DMs|
|The Shopkeeper||So, "RDE"|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Oh hey, @The Shopkeeper|
|The Shopkeeper||I listened to the Surf music track today and I gotta say, I'm still waiting on that tiki music for my shop|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||You are? Have you been on vacation or something?|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||I had it installed recently|
|The Shopkeeper||I've been preparing for the adventure, Voodkin Island is... well, I guess you know now...|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||I heard, poor Phobekins|
|Thierry||Come on @The Shopkeeper, the portal won't remain open for long, plase ask already|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Are we supposed to be asking him something?|
|The Shopkeeper||I am|
|The Shopkeeper||It's a bit embarrassing|
|The Shopkeeper||And for the record, I wish you would answer my DMs moving forward, so that I don't have to waste my time here|
|The Shopkeeper||SaboTeam needs your help once again|
|The Shopkeeper||Hands on help, that is|
|The Shopkeeper||What are your plans for next week?|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Wait do I have DMs? How do I discord|
|The Shopkeeper||@Rainbowdragoneyes if you are available, I will ask The Artificer to open a portal to SaboTeam's office so you can be with them next week|
|The Shopkeeper||All I ask in return is that you hook me up with tiki music for my shop|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Sure, got nothin going on|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Tiki themed you say?|
|The Shopkeeper||Tiki themed, yes|
|VeggieDelphine||But the Artificier is the one doing a favor|
|The Shopkeeper||With lots of beeps and boops|
|VeggieDelphine||What will he get|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||You know me and my beeped bopps|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||i cant spell or do anything right|
|The Shopkeeper||@VeggieDelphine It's more about what he won't get|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||@The Shopkeeper was it you that hacked my websites?|
|The Shopkeeper||@Rainbowdragoneyes if your indirectly asking whether we are even now, yes|
|The Shopkeeper||I should get back to it then|
|The Shopkeeper||I can take one question if you make it quick|
|Gooberbarbarian||Wait shoppy can u say my name so I can screenshot it and frame it on my wall|
|Kammesennin||Do you have any stories to share?|
|VeggieDelphine||Shoppy can you tell us anything on the other blue robes|
|Rainbowdragoneyes||Yes go peddle your wares to wanton adventurers|
|Gooberbarbarian||Wuts ur favorite flavor of boba teaaaaaaaaa|
|The Shopkeeper||Sure, feel free to waste this second opporutnity|
|VeggieDelphine||Who is your least favourite ninja?|
|The Shopkeeper||There you go : Gooberbarbarian|
Later, members were wondering which question The Shopkeeper was answering, and Thierry clarified.
|Thierry||Pretty sure Shoppy just picks the very question that is asked after the prompt|
February 27, 2019
The Clockwork Concierge returned and recruited Kammesennin as a moderator for the official server. Then the Clockwork Concierge left again.