I love a good puzzle, but I'm afraid this book might be too much for me. I'm also immensely frustrated from the past week at work, and I'm in sort of a crabby mood, so my puzzle solving acumen might not be up to snuff at the moment. Some scattered thoughts:
On page 307 is located a cypher. I can't seem to translate the passages on the front page using the cipher, because I know that the Greek letters don't totally map to English. One word I seemed to be able to translate is Stilico, who turns out to be some kind of general from antiquity.
I've solved some of the number puzzles, but I don't know what to do with the answers.
Some of the illustrations are coded with letters that can be deciphered from page 307. The last four in the book are NTSG, I think. Not sure what the letter codes have to do with the answers or the puzzles.
Certain illustrations are repeated throughout the book.
The artwork seems to have a rather morbid repeated theme of severed, often skeletal, heads.
A small symbol appears on certain page numbers. It never appears after page 208.
The book features several instances of magic squares.
I don't know. I've seen other bloggers mention the puzzles, but so far as I can tell, nobody has taken a serious crack at them.
I also have a question about how damage works, but given how likely I am to ever actually run this game....it's probably not vital that I get it answered.
I end this note with a little "gaming gallows humor" from my friend Glenn, whose gaming wisdom I have oft quoted on this here blog:
Glenn's Second Law of Gaming Groups: You likelihood of getting to run a game is inversely proportional to your enthusiasm for it.
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go back to failing at translation.