Sunday, December 02

The Secret of El Arenque Rojo, Chapter 12: Fin

by Jason Toon

Did you buy the Woot 2012 Calendar? If you did, you probably noticed that there's a QR code on every page. Scan the QR code at the beginning of each month for the latest chapter in The Secret of El Arenque Rojo. To recap, in Chapter 1, video store owner Roy Odom found a box of mysterious VHS tapes. In Chapter 2, he started to notice some odd coincidences and symbols in the movies on the tapes. He sought the help of an unusual film professor in Chapter 3; discovered that the implications were bigger than he'd ever imagined in Chapter 4; and had a disquieting dream before being betrayed by a confederate in Chapter 5. The turncoat had a change of heart in Chapter 6... but learned in Chapter 7 that even considering betrayal has its price. Chapter 8 introduced us to a shady new character determined to destroy all evidence. Chapter 9 saw a massive betrayal, leading to to an unlikely joining of forces in Chapter 10. As Roy and Drake cruised to the border in Chapter 11, Roy suddenly remembered what the movies had foretold…

The mammoth wave crested over the roofs and spires, crashed onto the panicked villagers, mocked the folly of human endeavor with its fury. As the churning waters settled into their new level, the detritus of civilization already dissolving below, a single object bobbed atop them: a sombrero.

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Sunday, January 01

The Secret of El Arenque Rojo, Chapter 1: Going Out of Business

by Jason Toon

If you bought our Woot 2012 Calendar, you may have noticed that each month sports a different QR code. And if you've scanned that code, you've gotten a message telling you to wait until the first of the given month to read a new installment in The Secret of El Arenque Rojo. And then you probably wondered what we were talking about. Well, here it is: chapter one in an apocalyptic monthly serial by the Woot writers, running throughout 2012.

The chapters might be Woot blog posts... or they might not. The only way to find it for sure every month is to scan the QR code. Fortunately, we still have some Woot 2012 Calendars for sale, so you needn't miss a single syllable of our brilliance. Now, on with the adventure!

The box was so unusual that Roy Odom forgot for a moment that his life was falling apart. He’d been rummaging around in the back room of Diabolical Video for hours when he found it. The afternoon’s ostensible mission was to sort and price old stock for the store’s going-out-of-business sale. But by the time Roy had picked through a few dusty boxes, he knew it was mostly garbage...

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