so yeah, basically you take the first letters of each sentence, and a number when you come across a number. then you get a code but not a valid one yet.
hint 4 is Pad. which leads to deciphering the code with one time pad.
with the pad being: Burton "Gus" Guster (which is his name)
lightnica was half way there too. I wanted to yell at him to keep on going, but that was before the hints xD