Qanon?s ?Calm Before the Storm? (CBTS ) refer to a series of cryptic, conspiratorial posts released on 4chan and 8chan authored by a user identified as ?Q? or ?Qanon? using the tripcode [Q !ITPb.qbhqo]. While conspiracy theories, including some based around pizzagate, have arisen based on the posts, many have mocked the content as a type of prank or live action role-playing (LARP ) game.