Secret Coded Messages

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Secret Coded Messages

Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 12:19

Continuing my exploration of the byways of Action Force, I broke out my trusty fan club Code Breaker and got to work on the coded messages that appeared in Battle Action Force.

Initially, they appeared by the half page adverts advertising the fan club roughly every two weeks, and later in the special 'Action Force Members Page' printed most weeks, and hosted by the leader of one of the four teams.

Chronologically, then, starting with the first.

15/10/83 - Code 3
Contact HQ ASAP. First 25 will be issued with vehicles. State no. and codename, confirm address, mark envelopes AFX25.


I wonder if I'm too late...

29/10/83 - Code 8
Ten special T Shirts now available for the first ten recruits who send HQ a postcard with their name, codename, number and home address.


Presumably these are the T Shirts that are later offered at a discounted price to members.

12/11/83 - Code 5
These Action Force numbers wish to hear from others.
Barry Pesbitt, 47 Oxford Square, RAF Locking, Weston Super Mare, Avon
Paul Gardner, 2 Thornden Farm Cottages, Rolvendon Layne, Cranbrook, Kent.
Barracuda, Lydbrook, Malthouse Bank, Little Wenlock, Salop.


Is this anyone here? And I love how no one has a normal address - you know, 15 Boring Avenue type of thing!

Anyway, more to follow if I get time
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Re: Secret Coded Messages

Postby The Baron » 14 Sep 2016 15:11

There's this one too...
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Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 15:22

I once spent an evening trying to decipher the enemy code - using Black Major's codebook, and comparing all the known examples.

Turns out it's complete gibberish. That bugger Brechin...
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Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 15:26

26/11/83 - Code 10
Get a free Action Force T-Shirt when you send in three properly completed application forms, including the subscription for new recruits. mark your envelope with 'Code AFNR'


in other words, we have too many T-Shirts, so please pimp out your mates :-| :-|


24/12/83 - Code 2
Happy Christmas to all Action Force Members
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Postby The Kraken Wakes » 14 Sep 2016 17:29

The Roboskull poster did translate, worked it out a month or more ago but have forgotten it now :-(
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Re: Secret Coded Messages

Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 18:27

The Kraken Wakes wrote:The Roboskull poster did translate, worked it out a month or more ago but have forgotten it now :-(
Seriously? OK, I'll give it a go...
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Re: Secret Coded Messages

Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 18:56

Hopper wrote:
The Kraken Wakes wrote:The Roboskull poster did translate, worked it out a month or more ago but have forgotten it now :-(
Seriously? OK, I'll give it a go...
Well well well!

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Re: Secret Coded Messages

Postby The Baron » 14 Sep 2016 19:29

BOOM!
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Postby Hopper » 14 Sep 2016 23:47

7/1/84 - Code 4
Get a free Action Force T-Shirt when you send in three properly completed application forms, including the subscription for new recruits. mark your envelope with 'Code AFNR'


Same message as 26/11/83 - so clearly they had lots of T Shirts!

21/1/84 - Code 1
If your identity disc number appears below, you have until 1st Feb to claim an Action Force T Shirt. Report to HQ, mark your envelope 'Code ID'. 13558, 14631, 15743, 12397, 16114


More T-Shirts!
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Re: Secret Coded Messages

Postby Chopper » 15 Sep 2016 00:52

I've forgotten what my old disc number was. I'll have to look it up, I could be a winner.
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