This recording comes to us courtesy of Minda, one of our fellow CyberSeekers. While most our time is spent plumbing the fathomless depths of the dark web, every once in a while, we’ll stumble across a gem like this one hiding in plain sight. Such was the case of the modified Furby Minda found listed on Ebay by a seller out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The seller was an amateur urban explorer who discovered the original 90’s style electronic Furby toy in an abandoned Toys’ R Us. It was clear by the asking price the seller had no clue what they had. Among the millions of otherwise unremarkable listings parsed by Minda’s web crawler, it was the description of this one particular Furby that caught the bot’s attention: “Original 1998 Ocean Ripples Furby. Out of package. Broken voice box. Keeps repeating ‘Welcome to the Deep Reach.’”
Most of the audio we’ve uncovered in the past appears to have been recorded on cassette tapes. This time, we recovered an old VHS tape that contained a very brief recording of what appears to be an outtake from a Deep Reach employee training video hosted by none other than Jane Ripley herself! Unfortunately, there was only about two minutes of footage as the previous owner of the tape recorded an episode of some 90’s era soap opera over top of the original film. I can’t believe it. All that valuable information lost... Like sands through the hour glass.
This one’s a little different than the others. To start with, this is the first actual audio cassette we’ve come across in this bizarre scavenger hunt. The rest of the audio we’ve uncovered so far has been recordings extracted from digital sources. What’s more interesting is that this appears to be two personal, audio journal entries where we get to see a very different side of Jane Ripley than what we’ve seen in the Morning Maelstrom broadcast tapes. It’s clear she’s begun to realize that there may be sinister forces at work in the Deep Reach, but she clearly does not yet grasp how dangerous they truly are.
It’s no surprise that CyberSeekers and urban explorers tend to run in the same circles. One explores the darkest corners of the virtual realm while the other explores decaying structures left abandoned in the physical world. That’s how we came across this latest recording. A group of urban explorers reached out to us after they discovered an arcade system board with the word “Polybius” etched into it during an 2009 exploration of the TSS Duke of Lancaster, a transport vessel which had previously been converted into a tourist attraction called “The Fun Ship” before being completely abandoned in 1983. The legend of the Polybius arcade cabinet is well-known in the gaming world, so we jumped at the chance to see what secrets lay hidden in those circuits. We got much more than we bargained for.
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6
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1
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1 hour, 32 minutes
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