Could it be? The start of a new ARG? It certainly seems so, and this one seems to be going back to the style of The Lost Experience.
Recently, a Twitter account for a Simeon Hobbes (from Tunis, Tunisia) was established, that posted snippets like, ""There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep." Hear, O Jacob, and bless me in rest," and "We've all lost so much. Jacob, weave the right path."
When I first saw these Tweetings, I noticed the Lost references but could help but think that perhaps it was just a bored fan trying to stir up some excitement for this long break ahead. That was, until the YouTube channel for The Lost Experience posted a video entitled "Who is Simeon Hobbes?" The video was of a constellation, but the audio was morse code, which, when translated, read "I AM THE BENNU BIRD, THE HEART-SOUL OF RA, THE GUIDE OF THE GODS TO THE TUAT." Hobbes then posted an instruction "Follow the Phoenix," which a user quickly determined referred to Twitter user Epithet Alpha, whose first Twitter post was the quote mentioned above. Simeon Hobbes later confirmed that Epthet Alpha was indeed who he was referring to, stating simply, "Phoenix found."
It's all very Egyptian, which relates to the statue of Taweret, as well as the Temple and all those hierogyphs. But what does it mean? What will we find out in preparation for next year? Who is Simeon Hobbes?
The one thing about Hobbes that we can tell you is that he shares his name with the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who along with the real John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau is one of the guiding lights that Thomas Jefferson used when writing the Declaration of Independence.
It's exciting to see Twitter becoming the grounds for an all-new ARG, one which I might actually follow this time around.
As always, you can find Lostpedia on Twitter here. Simeon Hobbes' Twitter can be found here, and Epithet Alpha's Twitter can be found here.
We'll keep you posted with all the developments into this new ARG.
UPDATE 1: the YouTube account "thelostexperience" is not, as far as we are aware, official. This still leaves the authenticity of these Tweets up in the air. However, the channel has existed since March 2006.