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Subject: Locked out of victory? (**SPOILERS**) rss

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Robert Crawford
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In Asylum, I'm wondering if it's possible to get "stuck" where it would be impossible to proceed.

The doctor's office becomes closed after a certain point, I think if you choose to follow the doctor to the secret passage. What if you did this without ever having looked at or taken notes on the photograph in his office, while on your third run? The photograph tells you the order of the 5 symbols that you need to place the keys in the right order.

Is there another separate hint about the order of the 5 keys? Would it be at all possible to solve the puzzle if you can't go back to the doctor's office, and you never looked at or remembered the order of the symbols? If it's the third run you'll never reset again, so no way to look at that picture ever again within the rules.
 
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Jacek Deimer
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There is a hint on painting in the first room,

There are also more subtle hints in various letters scattered around.

Also you can use trial and error method and after some time you will probably get the right order.
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Tor Sverre Lund
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It's not impossible without, but if you can't make it, you'll simply fail that run, and when you start over that location is again available. (there's no blue icon on that particular new map piece that closes the office yet leaves the secret passage open)
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Robert Crawford
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Forgot to mention that I was talking specifically about when you are on the third run, I'll update accordingly. In that case you can't ever reset again. And I don't think the first painting has any clues about the order of the keys, only clues to how to read them and how to calculate the number.

As for trial and error; there's 120 different possible orderings of the keys...
 
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Tor Sverre Lund
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... and only one that actually makes sense ;)
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Andreas Krüger
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We figured it out without remembering the photo. It seemed pretty clear with the directions on the painting ("start in SE then clockwise" or so). So, it is possible but includes some trial and error.
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