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In 1989, someone going by the name [BLANK] made a maze game on the computer. It is said that the maze constantly changes its layout from time to time so that no one can make it to the end to claim the prize. Outside the maze on the wall, there is a cryptic message and some clues on how to beat the maze, but no one has cracked the code.

GPTESTF
FKBNG
FKBNG
KWDR
NOW
4303Q5
020103112301180419


Solving this puzzle isn’t hard
If you do, you will be rewarded with a crystal shard
Look down and you can see
The answer is in front of thee
The first step is never right
The second and third step is in the same direction that gives mankind light
The next line is the opposite if you believe
The forth step is the past tense of leave
Once you have solved all these clues
You are now halfway, don’t look so blue
Now listen carefully as this is tricky
Cause this maze is very picky
Listen to what the last three clues say
And you will be on your way
The fifth step is as you see
Next step is in the same direction as a falling tree
The last step must be split in pairs
Now there are two things you must compare
Once you solve this, you are done
Congratulations, you have won!

Can you solve the puzzle and get the crystal shard from the maze?

UPDATE:

Please show how each step was deciphered, as well as, the direction to go to complete the maze.

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The first step is never right

FORWARD (GPTESTF, taking keys to the left on keyboard)

The second and third step is in the same direction that gives mankind light

RIGHT, RIGHT (FKBNG, taking keys left+up on keyboard)

The next line is the opposite if you believe The forth step is the past tense of leave

LEFT (KWDR, taking keys to the right on keyboard)

The fifth step is as you see

NOW (NOW, taking as you see and as it is)

Next step is in the same direction as a falling tree

REPEAT (4303Q5, taking keys right+down on keyboard)

The last step must be split in pairs

BACKWARDS (substitution cipher, A=1, B=2, ...)


Summary of solution:

FORWARD, RIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT, RIGHT, FORWARD

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First one should be 1 letter to the right on the keyboard. That makes FORWARD out of GPTESTF – Micha Sprengers Mar 9 at 14:34

Just eyeballing those encoded lines, I figure

GPTESTF = FORWARD (first step is never right)
FKBNG = RIGHT
FKBNG = RIGHT
KWDR = LEFT (this fits with "past tense of leave" but is contradicted by the preceding line in the poem)
NOW = (probably) just the word "now" (it "is as you see")

OK, this part of the solution I got from the one other answer: Apparently, trees fall diagonally down to the right. On a keyboard, diagonally down to the right from the keys 4303Q5 is REPEAT

The last one (020103112301180419) "split in pairs", yields the A = 1, B = 2, etc. number codes for "BACKWARDS"

Put these all together and

FORWARD RIGHT RIGHT LEFT (and then REPEAT BACKWARDS, which gives us) LEFT RIGHT RIGHT FORWARD

Though I don't know what the rule is that changes the encoding between the first and second and between the third and fourth lines. Below is the regular alphabet, and then the letters each letter is encoded as in lines 1, 2 and 3, and 4, respectively.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
S__F_G________P__T____E___
______BNK________F_G______
____WD_____K_______R______

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