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Hey everyone. In habbo, I am known as Jephyrr. I was an OG scripter, one of the first real ones anyways, you can read an article about me on habbox which is fairly accurate. I was the first to discover a ton of exploits and script tricks on .uk in 2001 - 2005. You probably heard more about my old pal SonicMouse because he was much more malicious than I was, and had no problem using crashes and errors against other people, as he didn't have any real ties to the habbo community. I operated more anonymously (because I did have ties, staff friends, and an account with lots of furniture), and less maliciously, though none of us ever stole people's furni, despite all the myths that we did. I used VB Studio 6 to create some software for scripting habbo more easily, but also for making improvements to the client, some of which I gave to habbo, and you all know them very well today - :furni, :chooser, the heightmap tool (now used in BC floor editor), being able to mute, ignore, and ban other habbos from your room were not functions native to original habbo, but adaptations in my original habbo client (HobbiX) which were used (with my permission) to improve habbo. In this regard, I may have been the first to show sulake that scripters were not all "bad guys", and that we are probably more useful for client development than anything. It is true that I was offered employment by sulake, but had to turn down the offer because I could not move to Europe for this job, so I recommended someone else, who is their current senior developer still to this day.

But I wasn't entirely mr. goody two shoes white hat boy, because I definitely could not resist the temptation to do a few things for profit. Most prominently, I found dozens of unreleased furniture which were purchasable via raw command, basically all of the arcane rares (many of which were later released in other ways, like the aloe vera plant and the unreleased color plastos and such), but also the army plasto (I probably made most of them that exist) and the off-yellow/amber rug (I probably made all of them that exist), and would make them for users, provided they bought me credits to buy them with. I only charged 2x credit value for such items, so for example, the few people that requested army plastos from me got them for 4c a piece, since they costed me 2c to make. I also made a small fortune when they stopped allowing the creation of 1 and 2 digit usernames, as I created a script which automatically registered every available 1 and 2 digit name (via raw command) and sold a fair bit of those, though at nowhere near the value they hold today.

In 2005, life began to get pretty real for me, so I let go of habbo. Over the years, I got thousands of messages about habbo, but very rarely stopped in to check on it unfortunately. Then one day in 2008, I got a message that my rooms had been stripped of all rares. I finally got on and sure enough, it was true. Everything remotely rare that I had placed in a room was GONE, and had been gone for months, and all I had left was a few rares in hand and a buncha norms. It turns out that sometime while I was inactive, habbo staff accounts were compromised and were used to steal rare furniture from rich habbos. Most of the early casino owners and such that were also looted got their stuff back pretty quickly, but apparently the fact that I didn't notice for months made it impossible to recover my stuff, even with many friends still on staff. I was pretty bitter about that for a long time, but eventually accepted that I lived and died by the same sword; got rich by scripting, got poor by other scripters. I visited briefly around 2012 to try to make some rooms, but did not really return again until this year. It's been so long that I don't really care now, I guess.

I'm old now. I did not keep current with emerging programming environments and languages, so I am very rusty in that regard, However, in other games I have kept quite current with exploit discovery and general modding, so I still understand how things work fairly well. I'm very impressed with some of the software which has been developed over the years, including Tanji, G-Earth, and some of the less public stuff that people have been kind enough to show me. I still absolutely love game modding and scripting. It's a lifelong hobby that has brought me untold hours of shit eating grins. Rules are made to be bent and broken.

Thank you for the invite to this forum.

 

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Hi Jephyrr, cool to see you on our forum. I remember your name from back in the days (I saw your name alot on IRC - I should still have some chatlogs from IRC in my archive) 😀 

You (and of course SonicMouse) was one of my scripting idol back then. I would really love to hear more about how you scripted back then. When Sulake still used the LV64/Base64 encoding it was very easy to inject your own packets into things like "gift descriptions" or everywhere where the user was able to enter some text in habbo ( by just using the end char in the description and inject the packet after it - I think it was the [0] char). But now they've changed the packet structure and I haven't found any way to inject my own packet into furnis or anything else. The only big thing I found (there were other ppl that found that script before me) was how to manipulate habbo photos 😃. I hope there're will be some more possibilities as soon as the new habbo client come out.

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Wow. What an absolute honor! you definitely had a huge impact on the community as a whole. are you and Sonic still in touch?
The scene has had its ups and downs, there have been a lot of changes and you really can't do as much today as you used to be able to. bots, plugins, and assistants for games are the biggest focus these days. That said there's about to be a major shift as habbo phases out the flash environment, so we'll be seeing new tools and new methods soon. 

I was a noob during your prime (hell i'm still a noob compared to most big names haha) but i do remember you. I believe you were also a member on habbogang forum? it has long since been removed but it was sandhabbo.conforums2.com 

Also curious if you have applied any of your habbo knowledge into your professional life? what kind of work have you done since getting out of habbo? It's definitely helped me in IT and networking/network security!

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Deadman - oh the packet injection stuff with Chr 0 was even more fun before it could ONLY go in photos. That's just one place they forgot to or weren't able to  block it from for a while. For a very short time, it was possible to use it in the mission (now motto) field, which allowed for some very insane server side stuff, including being a mutant again (which had been patched for a while), spoofing your name (like, you could walk around with any name that you wanted, which made it impossible to be banned or kicked, and to impersonate staff), display a staff badge, be a pet instead of a habbo, be a furni instead of a habbo, the possibilities were endless with that field. It was also usable in many other fields of course, like on post its and such. Those were fun times. Using chr0 to inject packet data into the motto field, a few days before pets were released into the catalog, their data was in the game, and I set my motto to make me into a red cat named Fleabag, and went through the public rooms (at full size, there was no small sized pet sprites) so habbos were running away for their virtual lives. Then I went into that Newsbox room and the people there just flipped the fuck out, they didn't even know what to think. Probably one of the funniest late exploits I remember playing with.

Bryan - I haven't talked to Andy in a while. He went on to do more serious/business oriented software development, and last we talked, owned a software company which operates complex 3d cutting & printing equipment. Like, he makes software that controls those machines, which manufacturers use to make complex boxes and stuff. It was very cool to learn upon returning after all these years, that so many kids from back in the day got interested in IT and security and software development and hear so many of them say that being interested in scripting on habbo when they were teenagers drove that interest a bit. I'm glad that is the case! My career in IT following habbo was brief, about a year. I got hired on as a temp to upgrade all the workstations on this big fancy company's network, and when I finished the entire upgrade a month ahead of schedule, they decided to keep me on as a help desk technician. Unfortunately, during that time I discovered that I didn't have any real love for office type IT work, so after about a year, parted ways with the company (on good terms) and never returned to work in the IT field again. Instead, professionally, I built and remodeled houses for most of the past 15 years, but honestly, I didn't really love that all that much either. I never actually really found what it is that I LOVE to do for money, but I've made plenty of it trudging through jobs and mini-careers that I just didn't care all that much for all the same. To that end, I found the laziest job I could do, with the most pay for the least hours, just so that I could keep my finances on the up and also not be driven into some existential despair feeling like I was wasting so many hours of my life doing shit I hated just to pile up more money. Maybe the story of my professional life isn't over yet, but I'd have to find something I'm actually passionate enough about to dedicate so much time to, and one isn't very motivated to do that when they don't really need the money.

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Sweet intro, I played Habbo since 2002, and I remember the name of HobbiX, but not sure if I used it or not, if it was public then I may of tried it out (I tried out every piece of software back then) now that you mention it, the Habbo community scripting and retros did innovate things that Habbo didn't think of. I guess we can thank you for your heightmap editor in part, but Sulake added BC after retros were allowing users to expand floorplans long before it was a new feature. ;)

 

  

On 9/2/2020 at 3:03 PM, Deadman said:

Hi Jephyrr, cool to see you on our forum. I remember your name from back in the days (I saw your name alot on IRC - I should still have some chatlogs from IRC in my archive) 😀 

You (and of course SonicMouse) was one of my scripting idol back then. I would really love to hear more about how you scripted back then. When Sulake still used the LV64/Base64 encoding it was very easy to inject your own packets into things like "gift descriptions" or everywhere where the user was able to enter some text in habbo ( by just using the end char in the description and inject the packet after it - I think it was the [0] char). But now they've changed the packet structure and I haven't found any way to inject my own packet into furnis or anything else. The only big thing I found (there were other ppl that found that script before me) was how to manipulate habbo photos 😃. I hope there're will be some more possibilities as soon as the new habbo client come out.

 

I believe it was CHR(0) as well, I can confirm later from an old source.

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