I keep thinking of what MS said about the clues and I quote, " While the cipher section may be a little too complex for some people, you should at least figure out that the map to a treasure may be written in a lanquage that only the person who hides the treasure can understand - and you may have to do a little work to decipher the clues."---MS companion book pg. 9
If that isn't enough to convince people that ciphers are important, then consider this, " All the puzzles and illusions in this book(companion book) relate in some way to solving the clue's in 'A Treasure's Trove'. ---MS companion book pg. 8.
The companion book has plenty of ciphers to figure out. So I take it from the man himself, ciphers? of course! It's a hidden treasure.
" The environment is where we all meet; where we all have mutual interest; it is the one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we become...--- NLASDNYA HBOIJBI