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    Hello everyone! Alyx here-- It took me a while but I just realized that I forgot to write myself an introduction. So without further ado, here's this. My name is Alyx D., I live in western Wisconsin with my 5 brothers and my dad and stepmom. From youngest to oldest, there's Liam (5), Grayson (6), Mathew (10), Devon (15), and Christian (17). I myself am 15, and one of the only two women in the house I started zombies at a young age, with a small story behind it. My older brother and I used to always run around the house playing "zombies," where one of us was a survivor and the other was a zombie. In all honesty, it was just a glorified game of tag. Anywho, with him and I playing that, my dad got pretty irritated. He sat me down in front of a game called Call of Duty: World at War. I remember quite clearly what he said: "You like zombies? Try this." I had played my fair share of video games before this, but this was a whole new experience. I remember the game starting, and getting the sh-t scared out of me by a dead man with glowing eyes. I was terrified, being stuck in a cement bunker with nothing more than a pistol, but I loved it. Cue the release of DLC packs, and I was hooked. I kept along with every CoD game to feature zombies since then, and became more and more invested in the storyline. It wasn't until BOIII's Gorod Krovi that I realized this forum existed, and almost immediately created an account. I ended up memorizing most of the story, and became a self-proclaimed expert on the Treyarch storyline. Now we're here, with the WWII storyline, and it's giving such amazing flashbacks to how wonderful it felt to find out new things in the 3arc story. I forgot where I was going with this. My apologies. tl;dr: I'm Alyx. I have a bunch of brothers and I loved zombies since I was a kid. If anyone's curious, I'd be glad to answer questions about anything in replies. I wouldn't be too surprised if I mentioned something above and forgot to explain it. ~Alyx
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    @ZombiesAteMyPizza! Thanks, mate. I just did another round and got to 60 flawlessy. Still camped the tower spot, because I haven't practiced the HVK room at all, but will do that shortly. The KRM is a monster against the Panzer. Wow didn't expect that to be honest and the ragnarok is cherry as well.
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    Best strategy by far is camping in the HVK room just above the church and before the power switch room, with the door to Richtofen's room closed and the door to the church open. This strategy is not only one of the fastest and the Gobblegum machine is right there, but also it makes for very easy Panzer kills. To kill the panzer, on a suspected Panzer round (remember, ever 5-6 rounds, so keep count) if you stand inside the power room then the Panzer will always spawn in front of the Death Ray. So all you have to do is stand inside the doorway to the Death Ray, look out for the Panzer, and as soon as he spawns, run straight for the Death Ray. Like this: If you have the upgraded KRM with all the attachments in your loadout then you'll kill the Panzer with less than 2 clips of ammo regardless of the round. I literally never use the box when playing this map, no need to! Keep watching after the Panzer kill as well as he also uses the HVK room strategy, and you can see where to go/stand for this strategy. Definitely worth building the Ragnaroks - if you're standing in the doorway waiting for the Panzer, and he doesn't come that round, then run back through the power switch room, pull out the gravity spikes and use them to slam your way through the stairs back to the camp spot, as it tends to get a bit congested on your way back and the jump-forward animation clears the way and makes you invulnerable in the process. You can also place them on the ground in front of you as you sit by the gate in the camp spot to get a bunch of kills and save ammo. I wanna do another 100 on this map as it happens, I'm annoyed that I didn't record it and I've got the full gameplay of my other BO3 round 100s, so I wanna get the footage of this map. It's one of the easiest maps to get a round 100 on and takes 4-5 hours, typically.
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    Hi everyone, Today is 115 day, January 15th! Yay! Anyone have special zombie slaying plans? I am going to watch some of the CWL games I missed from the weekend (no spoilers please) and maybe hit up some BO3.
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    *Note, this is a tweaking of a post that I put on reddit not too long ago. I think people here will appreciate it too! Also, check out @anonymous's great post on the Ahnenerbe (i've also linked to it in the post below for background references)* As far as I know, the exact location for the Darkest Shore has not been confirmed. However this is strong evidence points towards Heligoland. I think MrDalekJD's video is a good summary of the available evidence. In the teaser trailer for DLC1, Cameron Dayton states, “for this next chapter in our game, our characters have received intel about the movement of Dr. Straub. He’s gone to this foggy island just north of Germany.” By why the hell does a German scientist run from Bavaria to an island in the North Sea? What’s the connection? I believe the answer lies in the Ahnenerbe. The Ahnenerbe spent a large portion of their time hijacking the classical roots of Europe via archeological and anthropological exploration to justify the superiority of the Aryan race. They funded expeditions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia to explore these ideas from the homeland of the Aryans in Lapland to searching ancient battles by the Aryans in the Middle East. This led to some radical ideas lead about how ancient peoples interacted and migrated throughout the ages. Perhaps the most outlandish was that the Aryan people were descended from the Atlanteans. The theory states that the Aryan people were from Atlantis, and that when their homeland was flooded they became a sea-faring, warrior-like people who settled in the mountainous regions of the world so they would never have to fear flooding again. This led them to the Himalayan mountains, from which they eventually migrated from to arrive in their northern/Nordic roots. Apparently, Himmler himself believed this theory! Speculation as to the location of the Atlantean continent was rampant, but important to our story, Heligoland was considered a possible candidate! Again, it is believed Himmler wanted to send an expedition to Heligoland to investigate the claims, but wartime activities prevented him from doing so. This region does have some logical archeological underpinnings for this claim though. Heligoland is part of a region called Doggersland, which is known to have been above sea at some point due to geological findings. Furthermore, remnants of human settlements have been found there before. Also, as this map of Heligoland demonstrates, the island itself has been disappearing into the sea even within easily recordable history. So to wrap this up, why does Dr. Straub go to Heligoland? Because in this universe the Ahnenerbe built a research station there along with the Naval base, so Dr. Straub is running to a place of safety and familiarity. While I hoped this would be to study Atlantis (thus the focus of this post), the most recent trailer for the Darkest Shores suggests an emphasis on the Gods/Goddesses of the island. However, they could also find/work with ancient technology created by the Atlanteans, or maybe just throw in a few references there or there. What implications does this have for future DLC? I think we will be chasing Dr. Straub down as he escapes to different Ahnenerbe expeditions/strongholds. I personally think this would be FASCINATING!!!! To name just a few of their exploits, the Ahnenerbe funded expeditions to search for the Holy Grail, Ark of the Covenant, and witches in Finland. As u/Johnyj45 theorized, there is evidence one of the DLC maps will be in Egypt and relate to Ramses II. He ties this together with a theory about the DLC revolving around ancient kings, which he laid out in videos here and here. I agree with his evidence that Egypt could be a future map, but have a hard time fitting it into my theory. As far as I can tell, the Ahnenerbe did not have a specific expedition to Egypt. However, as I mentioned previously, the Ahnenerbe did care about Atlantis. It is believed by some that all ancient “Sea Peoples” are related to Atlantis by heritage or alliance. Ramses II is known to have the first recorded defeat of a Sea People known as the Shardana, who are believed to have come from Sardinia, and island off the coast of Italy. Italy has been a source of a few different Ahnenerbe expeditions, with a Sardinia expedition being planned but never completed. I am not the first person to suggest the Ahnenerbe could be a focus of future zombies maps, but I believe this is the first time we can move the discussion from the “hypothetical” to “probable”.
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    That's great! Have a lot of good luck an fun with your kids. Btw, how old is the older one?
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    Happy New year to you all ya bunch of awesome people! Sorry I haven't been on in a bit. Been doing so much overtime it's been unreal but glad to be back. Hope everyone of you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and I look forward to spending another year with you all
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    Have you worked at Treyarch? Nice thought! I'm also curious why there is an imagine of a (broken) Raygun on the PaP, and why Buried presents Raygun Mark II. Has it something to do with Jeb as well? Is he the real inventor of the Raygun, and are the Raygun blueprints, found in Shi No Nina, actually his blueprints, found by Group 935. If it would be truly Jeb who has lived in Buried, and if he truly is the inventor of, besides the PaP, the Paralyzer, Timebomb, (movable) Wallchalks, Raygun and possibly Perk-a-Colas, this one part of the PaP song brings us an great amount of new theories.
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    It's cool. this file would never have been heard by anyone if I hadn't posted it. Probably shouldn't have posted it but I don't really care anymore since I no longer work there.
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    In these times, in which zombies in Shangri La wear Group 935 clothes, Mason can be seen in Kino der Toten and Samantha playing hide and seek in Shi No Numa. Agartha might not be the same as the Aether, Origins in not a 115-mine and dr. Monty becomes a more important character. This is a time of Primis, Ultimis and Victis. A time of people who 'tried so hard to do the right thing". A time of the release of the very first Zombies Timeline, and the release of Zombies Chronicles. This is a time in which our old view on things change. Because of this all, I thought it might be a nice idea to look back at a previous map.... DIE RISE! Because why not? The zombies timeline gave "Die Rise" only one piece of text, and the map has basicly no background. That's why! A lot of possibilities for theories! On the Great Leap Forward loading screen, one can see the name Province 22. You must know that the present China is divided into many provinces, and that province number 22 is Jilin, laying in the northeast of China, just above Korea. The biggest cities of Jilin are Changchun and Jilin city, both cities WITHOUT enormous skyscrapers, as we see in Black Ops II's first DLC. Relatively few cities in China actually have so many high skyscrapers, as cities like Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai have. Talking about Shanghai, have you ever seen this particular tower in Die Rise? It's the Jin Mao Tower, located in Shanghai. A China in the near future may change its province-numbers (district Shanghai might be province 22 now, and Jilin has another number): Names can be changed. Buildings, however, cannot. That's why it is almost certain that Die Rise takes place in Shanghai. But the Jin Mao tower does not only help us with solving Die Rise's location, but also time: The tower was built in 1998. Another proof that the map does not take place in the Cold War, unlike it's name might refer to it, is that there is a poster saying: "Since 1996". As a last note, in Die Rise one can see zombies wearing SDC suits. The SDC (Strategic Defense Coalition) is an Asian military alliance in the near future. This is prove that Die Rise takes not place just after 1998, but rather in the future (which could be a reason of the "Province 22 change"). As a side note, I started this theory before the release of the Timeline. Now we know for sure that Die Rise takes place on 22 October, 2035. A'ight, so now we've got the location (Shanghai) and time (near future): Let's start. The sleeping cages Has anyone ever noticed the countless cages in Die Rise? Some empty, some with a basket or plate in it, and others with some filthy clothes in or on top of it. Have you ever thought about the fact that these things exist in real life? Thousands of poor Chinese people who want to have a shelter in Hong Kong rent "bedspace apartments", a.k.a sleeping cages in high skyscrapers and flats. The conditions are terrible: Hot, sultry and filthy. Full of cockroaches, rats and bugs. The ideal location for diseases. Because there is no **** please report this topic, post ****, are those who live here forced to spend the little money they have on fastfood. In Die Rise, we also see such Sleeping Cages, in the building with the Dragon on the roof. The SDC As said before, the SDC (Strategic Defence Coalition) is an Asian Chinese-led strategic military alliance in the near future. It is one of the largest military alliances in the world during the so-called Second Cold War in Black Ops II. In Die Rise, we can notice two different main types of living dead: Normal zombies and zombies wearing a SDC suit, and therefore with more health. What did those SDC soldiers there, before the Apocalypse? And why so many? I mean, usually soldiers don't just walk around in skyscrapers in a big and safe city, Shanghai, far away from the SDC borders. This is why I assume that Die Rise takes partly place, or at least near a SDC base. The fact that there is a poster of Tian Zhao, the chairman or general of the SDC (depends on how BO2 ends), on top of the Dragon building, proves this theory even more. Now on a more interesting note: This is what that poster says, with many thanks to @DragonGJY: Okay so uhm…. Weapons of Mass Destruction? Suspected to be a zombie? I think our dear friend mr. Zhao has messed with Element 115! Could Die Rise be a SDC station doing experiments with Element 115? A few points. And note that ALL these points apply only on the building with the Dragon on the rooftop. • Most of the windows of that building are for some reason all closed off with barriers. Was what happened here secret for the outside world? Or were those things within the building not allowed to exit it…. • There is a huge neon board outside on the building with "International Zombie Centre on it". The word 'International' immediately stands out to me. Like, did the SDC work together with groups like Broken Arrow concerning experimenting with 115? Another, more likely possibility could be the fact that the SDC is, in some way, already international. China, Mongolia, Russia and many more countries are members of it. So this neon board litterly says that the building was a place where zombies existed. • Back to Tian Zhao's poster, it simply says that he might be a zombie. Like, really? Every normal Chinese who reads that would think that's a joke, wouldn't they? So maybe that poster only hangs in and on top of THAT particular building, since the people who live/work there, know the truth behind Element 115 and the undead effects of it. • The Sliquifier. I know the Victis crew built it themselves, but maybe they build it up from parts of a previously built Sliquifier, built by the SDC. After all, all the Sliquifier parts lay in the Dragon building… • In the depressive floor, as I always call it, the floor where you can turn on the power, one can see some mysterious looking wooden boxes. They look the same like the crates in Farm and Shi No Numa, so perhaps they have pieces 115 in it? So assuming if the Dragon building was a SDC station, doing experiments with 115 and with the undead, why are there so many sleeping cages and sewing machines? Perhaps the cages held test subjects, or possible even zombies. The sewing machines could be some distraction for the test subjects, to make the conditions a bit more humane, or possibly the SDC overseers wanted the test subjects who weren't doing something, make effective by putting them on work. Another reason could be that the sewing machines were already there when the SDC started to use the skyscraper, and that they never took the effort to take them away. The Jumping Jacks The Jumping Jacks, the clicking, jumping and teleporting creatures that spawn in Die Rise during special rounds, have NOT anything to do with the SDC. Here’s why: The Jack’s, as I like to call them, only spawn during special rounds, when you can Richthofen say “Fetch me their souls”, and when purple lights begin to flash (flashes from the Dark Aether), similar to Samantha when sending her Hellhounds. I have always wondered why Richthofen sends killing creatures to the Victis crew, who only try to help Richthofen gaining the ultimate power. The Timeline gives an explanation of that. So apparently the Victis crew did not help Richthofen at all, and Maxis’s end is canon. Richthofen blackmails Stuhlinger in the hope he will listen to him, and when that not works, Richthofen sends his Jack’s in the hope he could convince Victis with fear, or perhaps in order to stop Maxis gaining ultimate power. Anyway, the Jack’s are not from Province 22. They are teleported to there, similar to the Hellhounds in Shi no Numa, Kino der Toten, Groom Lake, Green Run (survival) and Der Eisendrache. Because Jumping Jacks look so familar with Nova-6 Crawlers, I think it was either Group 935 (Theatre Facility, Griffin Station) or Broken Arrow (in the Pentagon) who did experiments with Nova-6 Crawlers, ending in the same result as with Fluffy. These, now by Aether corrupted and mutated Nova-6 Crawlers, are send by Richthofen to Province 22. They have nothing to do with the location itself. So this was my story. Have you not seen enough of the Great Leap Forward? No worries, @RequixEclipse might release some stuff about Die Rise in the future as well.....
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    The Angels? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronauts? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperborea? http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/Keeper? What is a critter? I used Google translate and is "little beast/small animal" a good translation? It's a interesting story. In the right top of the Buried loading screen a blueprint can be seen. Could that be the Pack-a-Punch blueprint? And notice all Perk-a-Colas are Western-themed. The Double Tap song even includes the word "cowboy". Could this have some connection with Jeb Brown? And why did his mother's death led to the appearance of the "Angels"? The town that is talked about...could that be the Buried town. The Western Town wasn't abandoned because it was teleported away. Something happened prior that caused the inhabitants to abandon the town. IF the Buried town was Jeb Brown's, the Angels could be the explanation for the magic stuff going on there. The people from town possibly hang Brown for being an odd and witch-like figure, while he actually was a scientist with a few "powerful friends". His wife cursed the inhabitants and became the witch. I'm just rambling
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    The Shadow Sanctum (shadowsanctum.net) is a database of resources for fans of the classic radio/comic/television master of darkness, The Shadow. Last month, Call of Duty and CODZ Forums made a cameo in the pop culture database in an entry discussing the parallels between Shadows of Evil/The Shadow Man/CODZ timeline anomalies and The Shadow. See the entry "Call of The Shadow" at: http://www.shadowsanctum.net/interactive/interactive_tidbits-misc.html Tip: Ctrl+F/page search for Call of The Shadow, or any relevant keywords, i.e., "Call of Duty." Shoutout to @PINNAZ for being the first to identify a parallel in his thread, linked below:
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    See I completely forgot about mentioning F1. I hope it will be Kimi's last season, so the suffering finally ends. (Or he will finally get a grip (no pun intended) and at the very least win some races)) Other than that I also hope Mclaren will finally be higher up, cause the suffering they had to endure these last 3 years also has to end. The championship I hope will go to either Hamilton, Räikkönen (wishful thinking) and Ricciardo. @anonymous I am only jokingly bitter at spain. I was refering to the World Cup Finale. ^^
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    2018 has to be better than 2017 for Call of Duty Zombies. 1. New Treyarch Call of Duty, Zombies I hope they do a better job than BO3. 2. F1 2018 I'm hoping McLaren with the new engine supplier starts to finish higher up with Red Bull and Force India, Then Hamilton picks up a 5th Drives Championship. 3. More big games come to Nintendo Switch.
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    Only really posting this here as sometimes some comments can be missed in the award medals thread and also would let other people be open to discussion to add new medals. I was wondering you lovely staff team ( @InfestLithium, @Lenne, @Spider ) if we could get some new medals for WWII Zombies? Below I have listed some ideas for what the medals could be and the thread is open for discussion if anyone would like to add any. Complete the Easy EE Complete the hardcore EE (Save Klaus) Build all Tesla guns in one game Round Based medals ( Reach round 20, 50, 100 etc ) Find the hidden sword Medals for unlocking secret characters That is only some but like I said, please feel free to drop some ideas below and lets start bringing some love to WWII Zombies. Also we could add some for DLC1 as it gets closer and we get some more information about it. Thanks guys!
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    You don't need a mic! Im sure we will be able to play. But of course, exams / school comes first. So get studying and in your free time I would love to play some zombies with you. :)
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    I just listened to Elena's album and I gotta say, it is pleasantly surprising. Edit: I also had to think about 5 years ago. @PINNAZ @MegaAfroMan and of course the one and only @Undead I really hope, the next 3arc game will be good and has no silly contract with Sony/Microsoft, so this place can really flourish again. Never forget, yo.
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    This will be slightly off topic but I agree, my sister and I have been playing zombies since bo1, we went back to waw a while after that and enjoyed all that it had to offer, and we jumped into a tranzit game with some randoms a week ago and its just gotten really bad, we knife till round three, use wall guns till round 5 or 6 and point hoard, and hit the box at rounds 7 and 8, and we hit 30+, but now all I see is nooby mistakes and ridiculously stupid downs, the zombies players aren't what they used to be. Also I am also not a fan of bo3 zombies, I may pick it up when i upgrade to xb1 but i doubt it
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    9 March, 1152 was a special day. It was the day Frederick (the Great) I, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, was crowned to King of Holy Germany and later of the whole Holy Roman Empire. He is considered to be the Holy Roman Empire's greatest medieval emperors ever. He combined qualities that made him look almost superhuman to his fellow Germans: his longevity, his ambition, his extraordinary skills at organization, his battlefield acumen and his political perspicuity. Unfortunately for him, 38 years later, in 1190, he died like a normal human being. He had brought Germany a huge amount of wealth, respect and land, more than most moments before and later in the German history. He was seen like a true hero for Germany, and therefore many German citizens did not wanted to believe that he actually died. This causes that Frederick is the subject of many legends, including that of a sleeping hero. Legend says he is not dead, but asleep with his knights in a cave in the Kyffhäuser mountain in Thuringia, Germany, and that when the ravens cease to fly around the mountain he will awake and restore Germany to its ancient greatness... A small 800 years later. According to the legend, Frederick Barbarossa still lays in the cave of Kyffhäuser, waiting for the moment to resurrect. But the rusty years after World War I had made Germany broken. Out of the ashes of the old Imperial Germany, something new had risen: the NSDAP (a.k.a the Nazi's), with as leader: Adolf Hitler. We all know the story that followed... What you might did not knew, was that in 1935 SS officer Himmler had created the group "Ahnenerbe". Remember this name, people, because I believe this will be one of the main subjects of WWII Zombies. Ahnenerbe was a project in Nazi Germany to research the archaeological and cultural history of the Aryan Race. The Ahnenerbe group later conducted experiments and launched expeditions in an attempt to prove that the mythological Aryans, a tall, pale and blue-eyed race, once had ruled the world. Investigation to Atlantis, expeditions to Tibet and Antartica in order to find gateways to the mythical Agartha, land of the Vril Ya (or Aryans), experiments on human subjects to make them "Aryan", it happened all in this group. "Hey" you may think: "Agartha and Vril, I know that". You're true, it are the same Agartha and Vril Ya I talk about here. In case you are not familar with it, here's a short summary about it by @Tac: Here's a link to the wikipedia page of Ahnenerbe, take a look to it if you have time. Espessially the expeditions are pretty interesting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnenerbe But we continue: Like I said, Ahnenerbe did more than these harmless expeditions, namely, experiments on humans. You may know the horrific story about Mengele, the doctor of Auschwitz, trying to make Jew's brown eyes blue, blue like the eyes of "Aryan übermenschen" (German for superhuman). These experiments on human subjects, many concentration camp inmates, provide a horrifying constellation of facts that can lead to the theory about Nazi experiments to reanimate the dead. Because blue eyes and white skin aren't the only special things about Aryans: Legend says the inhabitants of Agartha are immortal. Wolfram Sievers, director of Ahnenerbe, oversaw a particularly horrific program of medical testing on concentration camp inmates, some of which ran parallel to the concept of raising the dead... The Second World War begins by Germany's invasion of Poland. During this invasion and the following occupation, many Polish paintings and art are fallen into the hands of the Nazi's. Probably the most known one: Raphael's portrait. Up to this day, it is still unknown what happened with it... followed by the capitulation of Nazi-Germany and the Axis Powers. On 28 April 1945, at a munitions factory depot called Bernterode, in the German region of Thuringia, 40,000 tons of ammunition were found. Inside the mine, investigating American officers noticed what looked like a brick wall, painted over to match the color of the mineshaft. The wall turned out to be 5 feet thick, the mortar between the bricks not yet fully hardened. Breaking through with pickaxes and hammers, the officers uncovered several vaults containing a wealth of Nazi regalia, including a long hall hung with Nazi banners and filled with uniforms, as well as hundreds of stolen artworks: tapestries, books, paintings and decorative arts. There is a very big chance that Raphael's portrait was somewhere in here too. In a separate chamber, the soldiers came upon a ghoulish spectacle: four monumental coffins, containing the skeletons of the 17th century Prussian king, Frederick the Great, Fieldmarschalk von Hindenburg, and his wife. The Nazis had seized human relics of deceased Teutonic warlords. The fourth coffin was empty, but bore an engraved plate with the name of its intended occupant: Adolf Hitler. The return of these corpses to their proper resting places was a military operation called “Operation Bodysnatch”. The mine the American soldiers had stumbled upon was a Nazi facilty, built upon the Kyffhäuser mountain, where the body of King Frederick lays. It was never clear what the Nazis planned to use these specific bodies for, but conspiracy theorists offered no shortage of suggestions. There is a possibility that it was an Ahnenerbe facility, where they try to resurrect dead bodies. Their final goal? Raising Germany's greatest leaders, including Frederick Barbarossa. When the ravens cease to fly around the mountain he will awake and restore Germany to its ancient greatness...
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    I found a poster in one of the Shadows of Evil screenshots which might reveal "Nero's" surname - Blackstone. Nero Blackstone https://www.callofduty.com/blackops3/zombies Set in a fictional 1940s city, Shadows of Evil is a film-noir-inspired horror story centered around four particularly troubled individuals – the Femme Fatale, the Magician, the Cop and the Boxer – and spans an entire metropolis swathed in evil… Welcome to Morg City. Each of the four characters awaken to a nightmarish world overrun by the undead. Each character fights to overcome confusion and amnesia – in the hope that they may piece together the events that brought them to this twisted world. Shadows of Evil introduces players to the Femme Fatal, the Magician, the Cop and the Boxer – and these are not nice people. Every one of them is a lying, conniving, manipulative and selfish individual with a long and sordid history of past misdeeds. The Magician played by Jeff Goldblum Born into enormous wealth, the magician grew up surrounded by lackeys and sycophants… and a lifetime of constant praise and attention has only fueled his deeply misplaced arrogance. And this is the image in which a found this poster ~ Zoomed in & enhanced so I could read the text ~ Text on poster ~ Credit to MixMasterNut for this find. The inspiration for Nero Blackstone possibly comes from this man ~ Harry Blackstone, Sr. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Blackstone,_Sr. Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton in Chicago, Illinois, he began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician. Blackstone was in the model of courtly, elegant predecessor magicians like Howard Thurston and Harry Kellar, and the last of that breed in America. He customarily wore white tie and tails when performing, and he traveled with large illusions and a sizable cast of uniformed male and female assistants. For a number of years he toured in the Midwest, often performing throughout the day between film showings. His "Sawing a woman in half" involved an electric circular saw some three to four feet in diameter mounted on a swing-down arm. Blackstone demonstrated the efficacy of the device by sawing noisily through a piece of lumber. Then a female assistant was placed on the saw table in full view, as wide metal restraints were clamped upon her midsection. The blade whirred and appeared to pass through her body, as ripping sounds were heard, the woman shrieked, and particles were scattered by the whirring blade. When the blade stopped she, of course, rose unharmed. In a gentler turn was his "Vanishing bird cage," an effect in which a score or more of children were invited to join him on the stage and all "put their hands on" a tiny cage holding a canary. Blackstone lowered the cage and then seemed to toss it into the air: bird and cage "disappearing" in the process to the astonishment and delight of the surprised children. Preserving History, Harry Blackstone Poster, Part 1 Preserving History, Harry Blackstone Poster, Part 2 Preserving History, Harry Blackstone Poster, Part 3 At 0:55 he tells the story about the "Devil sitting on his shoulder whispering into his ear". Which is now seen in so many posters. Harry Kellar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Kellar Blackstone, the Magic Detective https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone,_the_Magic_Detective Books carrying Harry Blackstone's byline were ghostwritten for him by his friend, Walter B. Gibson, who also created, in 1941, the comic book Blackstone the Magician Detective and the 1948-49 radio series, Blackstone, the Magic Detective. Blackstone, the Magic Detective was a 15-minute radio series which had a tie-in with several comic books. The program aired Sunday afternoons at 2:45pm on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 3, 1948, until March 26, 1950. Gibson also created EC Comics' Blackstone the Magician Detective Fights Crime in 1947. The comic book series continued as Timely Comics' Blackstone the Magician (#2) and Blackstone the Magician Detective (#3, #4). The character of Rhoda Brent, Blackstone's assistant in the comics, was carried over into the radio series. Walter B. Gibson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Gibson Walter Brown Gibson (September 12, 1897 – December 6, 1985) was an American author and professional magician, best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow. Gibson, under the pen-name Maxwell Grant, wrote "more than 300 novel-length" Shadow stories, writing up to "10,000 words a day" to satisfy public demand during the character's golden age in the 1930s and 1940s. Gibson wrote more than a hundred books on magic, psychic phenomena, true crime, mysteries, rope knots, yoga, hypnotism, and games. He served as a ghost writer for books on magic and spiritualism by Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger. Gibson wrote the comic books and radio drama Blackstone, the Magic Detective. starring a fictionalized version of Harry Blackstone. The Shadow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shadow The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. Details of the title character have varied across various media, but he is generally depicted as a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a "wealthy, young man about town". One of the most famous adventure heroes of the twentieth century, The Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long-running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures. Gibson initially fashioned the character as a man with villainous characteristics, who used them to battle crime, and in this was archetypal of the superhero, complete with a stylized imagery, a stylized name, sidekicks, supervillains, and a secret identity. Clad in black, The Shadow operated mainly after dark, burglarizing in the name of justice, and terrifying criminals into vulnerability before he or someone else gunned them down. The character was a film noir antihero in every sense; Gibson himself claimed the literary inspirations were Bram Stoker's Dracula and Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "The House and the Brain". Harry Dresden https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Dresden Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a fictional detective and wizard. He was created by Jim Butcher and is the protagonist of the contemporary fantasy series The Dresden Files. The series blends magic and hardboiled detective fiction. In addition to the fifteen The Dresden Files novels, he has appeared in fifteen short stories, as well as a limited series comic and an unlimited series comic. He was also adapted into a character by the same name for the TV series version of the novel series, also called The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is a wizard who works as a supernatural private investigator in Chicago, dealing with paranormal crimes and consulting for the Chicago Police Department. He is named after three different stage magicians — Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and David Copperfield. Deviantart So I went completely down a rabbit hole here and it's kind of off-topic from what I imagine the game will be about. But I'm pretty confident all of these spun off characters are the inspiration for NERO BLACKSTONE! Edit ~ Going to add this Mob of the Dead quote from Al 'Weasel' Arlington - The quote is titled - vox_plr_3_wpck_snipe_d_3 (This refers to getting a sniper rifle from the mystery box) And we know what happens when you get a Sniper Rifle & look through the scope on the roof - ============================== In-Game poster & Magician's Weekly Magazine Cover To my surprise, it is not there and the room has been slightly changed since that promo pic. I was very disappointed as I thought they had completely removed Nero's surname due to copyright or defamation reasons and this poster would not exist at all. But, It is found within the Subway rift, still, the surname has been removed. But it is the same poster. Also found in the Footlight District around the Newspaper stand are copies of "Magician's Weekly", which have the name "Nero Blackstone" on the cover. (FINALLY - CONFIRMED!!!) This magazine cover is in the Prologue video but again, the cover is different & it just says "Nero's career up in smoke". Here are the Screenshots taken from in-game.
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    A teammate! 1. A teammate angrily goes down 3. Players seperate while running trains so the zombies don't trap them 4. If you go down you need a teammate to revive you 5. A world record holder will not take one for granted
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