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Omegonthesane
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

We've not been given an actual incentive to change our mind.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Omegonthesane wrote:
We've not been given an actual incentive to change our mind.


Some would consider having a Wand of Incredible Destruction pointed at them to be a good incentive. However, Pip is obviously made of sterner stuff than that!

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Phut!

A globule of leprous green light leaps from the tip of the wand, only to fall with mediocre sizzle on the floor.

'My wand has run out!' shrieks the man in alarm.

Splat!

You crack him on the head with the flat of EJ's blade, knocking him instantly unconscious.

'My hero!' cries the carrot in delight and promptly fangs you in the ankle. At once you feel your LIFE POINTS draining away at an alarming rate.

'Beware the bite of the Vampire Carrot!' calls out the carrot joyously, preparing to deliver a final, lethal bite.

You've only one chance here, Pip: the spell that turns vegetable monsters friendly! What is it called? PALS! If it works, then the Vampire Carrot will return all the LIFE POINTS it's just drained and remain with you as a bodyguard until you leave the Ghastly Kingdom. (And a good bodyguard it is too: in normal circumstances it requires a roll of six to score a hit, but if it manages three in succession, at whatever damage, it will always kill its opponent.) If the spell doesn't work, the Carrot's final bite will drain your last remaining LIFE POINTS and send the pale husk of poor Pip straight to 14.


Dice roll = 8. Success! We've gained a new bodyguard!

Pip leaves 123 and continues on the dark corridor that spirals inwards towards 69. He needs to make 5 more Wandering Monsters rolls:

1st roll = 5 (no encounter).
2nd roll = 8 (Animated Skeleton)

Skeleton rolls 2, Pip rolls 6. Pip goes first.

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Pip loots another 10 GP.

3rd roll = 6 (no encounter).
4th roll = 8 (Animated Skeleton....again).

Skeleton rolls 9, Pip rolls 7. Skeleton strikes first.

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Another OHKO, another 10 GP earned.....and another Permanent LP earned with this kill, which brought our current Xp up to 20!

5th roll = 7 (no encounter).

And Pip finally reaches 69:

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A peculiar room this, peculiarly shaped and with a deep purple velvet curtain closing off the northern section.

Cold, isn't it?

There are little glittering crystals on the walls, like ice, except they are green and pink. You touch one curiously and promptly get a cold burn. This stuff is colder than ice, colder than anything you've ever experienced. You're shivering already. You head for the curtain fast before you freeze to death.

If you race for the curtain, throw two dice. Score above 3 and you make it to 138. Score 3 or below and you're a block of pink and green ice, thawing out slowly in 14.


At least this is an easy roll (above 3 on two dice).

Dice roll = 6 (Success!).

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Sword in hand, you brush aside the curtain.

No monsters, but something maybe just as terrifying. You've found a locked door and behind it (as you can see through a tiny barred window) stairs! Stairs going down...

Only one key can unlock this door--the Key to the Gateway of the Ghastly Kingdom itself. If you have it, unlock the door and take the stairs down to 71.

If not, you'd better make your way back the way you came and continue to explore this level until you find the Key.


Pip has the key, and in any case has already scoured every room on the first level......

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These are very long stairs. Very long, very steep and very dark.

'The sort of place you'd likely find spiders,' whispers EJ, who is a bit nervous of spiders.

But you press on bravely, brushing aside webs--

'Spider webs,' groans EJ.

--knowing perfectly well that any spiders you are likely to meet will be quite harmless little fly catchers who wouldn't do any harm to a brave--

'Here it comes!' shrieks EJ as two fiery red eyes approach you like an express train from the darkness ahead.

It's a giant spider, of course. What else could it possibly be in a place like this. Only 13 LIFE POINTS, but the bite is poisonous so that if the Spider manages to hit you three times in a row without you hitting back, then you're lethally poisoned and the Spider's next meal. The Spider hits on 6 or better and has surprise automatically since this is its home territory. Curiously enough, it is susceptible to Bribery, as you may have noticed by the asterisks, but it will demand an awful lot of gold. If you get past the Spider, go to 74. If not, try 14.


It has an auto-kill mechanism like our Vampire Carrot bodyguard, but it's highly unlikely that we won't be able to hit it for 3 straight rounds while it keeps hitting us, so I think we're pretty safe.

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At the bottom of the stairs you find yourself in a 20' x 30' chamber with a door in the south wall. The entire place is piled high with the bones, skulls and rusting weapons of previous adventurers. This is not a good omen, Pip.

But pinned to the wall with a broken spear is a tattered sketch map... (see Appendix, p.223)

You will find in the corridors of this level that you must make a Wandering Monster roll every 50 feet (5 squares) not every 60 as on the level above. Results should be read from the Level 2 Wandering Monster table (see Appendix, p.211).

Try the door?

Or return to 138 and Level 1.


And we've reached Stage 3!

LEVEL 2 WANDERING MONSTERS:
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LEVEL TWO MAP:
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There's nothing left for us on Level 1, so onwards towards 129!

Pip makes a Wandering Monster roll in the dark corridor:

Dice roll = 8. We meet a pair of Poison Dwarves (whatever that means)!

Dwarves roll 8, Pip rolls 6. The Dwarves strike first.

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Pip collects 20 GP from the dwarves and continues on to 129:

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Despite what the map shows, you are in a 10' x 10' room with doors in the north, west and east walls.

The door east leads back to the corridor.

The door north to 78.

The door west to 83.


Yes, we just landed in a mini-maze within 129. Neither 78 nor 83 are on the map.

Which door do we take?

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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Creeping semolina? Huh. Only time I've heard "poison dwarf" before was in reference to annoying TV interviewer Andrew Denton.

Anyway, try 83, I guess?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

What does the Vampire Carrot Body Guard do?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Ikeren wrote:
What does the Vampire Carrot Body Guard do?


Fight on our side, can't get killed, and auto-kills on 3 consecutive strikes:

158 wrote:
(And a good bodyguard it is too: in normal circumstances it requires a roll of six to score a hit, but if it manages three in succession, at whatever damage, it will always kill its opponent.)


Going west:

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Take the door east to 129.
The door north to 118.
The door west to 89.


East goes back to the previous section (which is till a legit option as we can go to 78 from there).
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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Half vote for west again.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Go north to 93.
East to 83.
West to 86.


Almost the exact same text, just with different section numbers.
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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

A third of a vote for continuing west.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Go north to 121.
East to 89.
West to 98.


This might take a while.....
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Hug the left wall, assuming our current facing is west.
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Sorry for the late update. Had been ill since the weekend.

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Go east to 86.
North to 79.
West to 84.


Quick someone find a way out before Pip dies from the monotony!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Sorry, forgive me if I wasn't clear - I meant to vote for "SGamerz follows the left hand rule until we either encounter something, get out of this maze, or find we've gone in a circle instead of asking for a vote for every single place with a turning point".

Map of the maze so far.
Borders indicate "there is no option to travel in this direction from this space". Numbers indicate the page reference of that square. Have manually highlighted 98 as that's our current position; there doesn't appear to be a way to draw an arrow to indicate facing without taking up a cell.
If you use Google Drive you should be able to fork off your own copy and update accordingly if you so desire.
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath, Justin Bieber, shitmuffin
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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

That sounds like a plan.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Heading west again:

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Go east to 98.
North to 88.
West to 91.


And west again:

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north and west walls.

Go east to 84.
North to 106.
West to 129.


......and it looks like we need a new strategy, because 129 is exactly where the maze started:

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Despite what the map shows, you are in a 10' x 10' room with doors in the north, west and east walls.

The door east leads back to the corridor.

The door north to 78.

The door west to 83.


Yes, once again Brennan screws with players who map the place carefully.

What do we do now?
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Thaluikhain
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Do we get the same sections going east?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Head north from 129 and continue heading north until we encounter a turn east, an interesting thing, or loop back to 129.
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Thaluikhain wrote:
Do we get the same sections going east?


Since 129 is where we started in the maze, east takes us out of the maze, but back to where we first entered level 2, which is no good to us since all we can do is backtrack to level 1 from there.

Going north:

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the south and west walls.

Take the door south to 129.

The door west to 118.


Well, the plan dies here again, since we can't go north any further and we can't turn east either.

Since there's only one other exit, let's try west:

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the south, west and east walls.

Take the door east to 78.

The door south to 83.

Or the door west to 93.


We can go east now, but that just goes back to the previous section.

Keep going west from here again? Or try something else?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Westward bound! (Repeatedly until something interesting happens.)
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath, Justin Bieber, shitmuffin


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Second that.

The incorrect map thing is an idea I like in theory. Not so much in practice.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Continuing west....

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, south and west walls.

Go south to 89.

East to 118.

West to 121.


And west again.....

Quote:
Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, south and west walls.

Go south to 86.

East to 93.

West to 79.


And again......

Quote:
Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, south, and west walls.

Go east to 121.

Go south to 98.

Go west to 88.


And again.....

Quote:
Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, south and west walls.

Go east to 79.

South to 84.

West to 106.


And again......

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Another 10' x 10' chamber. Doors in the east, north, south and west walls.

Go east to 88.

North to 144.

West to 78.

South to 91.


Okay, going west again loops back to 78, which is north from 129 (where we started the maze).

East goes back to the previous section.

Do we want to turn north or south here? (Note that we've been to 91 before: we passed through that when we were repeatedly going west from 129 previously. 144 is a new section.)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

North once and keep going west until something interesting happens?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Agreed.

So far this isn't actually an incorrect map, just a map with portals.
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath, Justin Bieber, shitmuffin
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By Jove, you're out, Pip! You're out of the maze! Mark you, the mental effort has taken a lot out of you. Better nosh some of your rations before going on. (If you aren't carrying rations, you lose 1 PERMANENT LIFE POINT sue to brain [EDITED].)

If you look around carefully, you will find you are standing in the northern corridor just outside the northern door to the area marked 129 on your map.

You will also find you are in grave danger of stepping on a small, but quite amazing, magical artifact--a Talisman of Wandering Monster Protection. When you invoke the power of the charm, it sends out rays which absolutely ensure you will never encounter a Wandering Monster on the level you are in. There is only one slight problem: the Talisman has only two charges, so use them wisely. (Or not at all, if you wish, some adventurers prefer to hack up Wandering Monsters for the sake of their gold.)

Should you wish to retrace your steps back through 129 from this direction, you can go direct to the door in the eastern wall since you've solved the maze now.


Pip isn't carrying any rations, so he just lost a Permanent Life Point! Well, at least he already accumulated quite a few of those in this adventure.

What do we want to drop for the Talisman (if we want to pick it up)? If we pick it up, do we want to activate the Talisman now? Or save the charges in case there are more difficult levels below?

(Note: the last word in the first paragraph was apparently censored on this board. It's a 3-lettered word beginning with 'F', ending with 'G', and with an 'A' between them.)


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We lose 1 PLP due to brain cigarette. Got it. (Suspect he meant to say "brain fog" because the alternative doesn't even make sense as a bigoted slur.)

Save the charm for when we need it.
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Kaelik wrote:
Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

There're a couple more choices I should have listed in the previous post:

1) What do we want to drop for the Talisman?

2) Which section do we head for now? We're at the bottom of the left-most dark corridor on the map.


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