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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: Lets Play - Falcon 4: Lost in Time Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

More or less the same stuff as the first one:

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Mission Brief

It is April 1st 3034. On this day you are to attempt to make history by piloting your model A3 Time Machine into the far- future. No one has yet undergone Future Travel successfully. It was on the day of Agidy Yelov's escape from the confinement section of the Eiger Vault that TIME Lord Pilota made the most recent attempt. She set her Time Machine to travel to Earth in the year 4000 AD but it remained firmly rooted in the present of 3033 AD. Pilota, however, suffered severe disorientation as the Variac Drive of her machine cut in, carrying her into the void of null-space for what seemed to her like seventeen days. When she stepped out of the machine no more than an instant of real time had passed, yet she had thought that she was forever lost in the nothingness of null-space, doomed to a lifetime of boredom, until supplies of food in the Time Ship's nutrition dispenser were used up. After two months of convalescence in free-fall on Spiro's Ringworld she bravely volunteered to undertake another mission, but it was decided by the other Lords of TIME, the Keladi, R'rrllk and Silvermane the Rigellian, that too much danger was involved. No TIME Lord will be risked on so dangerous a mission.

Following your success against the Supervillain Baal you have been promoted. As the new leader of the Special Agent Section of TIME, you were responsible for finding an experienced Time Traveller to undertake Future-Travel. Not wishing to place one of your agent's lives at risk you yourself have volunteered. As you tidy your desk before setting out for the Eiger Vault you calculate your chances of success. Skirrow's techs claim to have overcome the problem of leaving null-space to enter a future timehole, and, you reflect, it would be bad for morale if you ordered one of the agents you have so recently been promoted above to what many would claim was certain death. As you speak the word which engages your desk's timelock, your mind is made up. You will be the first Future-Traveller of all time, or die trying.

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Inside the cavernous Eiger Vault there is absolute quiet. A group of five people await you near Falcon's Wing. The tall form of Lord Pilota, the Lastlander, her body braced by an artificial exoskeleton against the gravity of Earth, moves towards you with an eery mechanical grace. Her face, pale and drawn, still reflects the horror she went through when she believed for seventeen days that she was entombed alone in the void of null- space forever. 'May all your landings be happy ones,' she says by way of wishing you good luck.

Agent Bloodhound volunteers to take your place. You use your powers of Psychic Awareness to explore Bloodhound's thoughts and you can tell that in the deepest parts of his mind he is hoping you will not allow him to try Future Travel, although you cannot help but admire his selfless courage in offering.

No Blood, I need you here, you have primary responsibility for Dyskra and Rigel Prime now, as well as Proxima Centauri and Earth prior to the Dark Ages.'

He nods but adds, jokingly; 'Who needs anyone with you around, Falcon, they'll make you Emperor of the Federation next.'

You are about to reply in the same jocular vein when Skirrow, head of the Research Section of TIME, takes your arm. He seems nervous as he tells you that he believes his technicians have solved the problem of emerging in the future. 'Of course,' he continues, 'what we cannot know is how easy it will be to come back again.' He shrugs his shoulders, his blue eyes looking disarmingly innocent. You thank him tersely, wish Lord Pilota and Bloodhound well and allow the two technicians who have checked every instrument and component of Falcon's Wing, to help you into your crash-couch. Soon you are alone and a sense of grim foreboding grips you as your mind wanders across the seas of time and space, searching, using your Psychic Awareness, for the timehole in Earth's future, 4000 AD

(There is a picture here)

At last you are ready and CAIN engages Falcon's Wing's modified Variac Drive. Everything turns to grey. You can see through your grey body and through the ghostly transparent lines of the Time Ship's hull. The ship is a ghostly ball suspended in a void of absolute nothingness which stretches away in every direction to infinity. After about an hour, during which time you wait with mounting tension, the ship rematerialises and the hydraulic legs slide into position as Falcon's Wing settles with a bump. CAIN chimes, The date is March 1st, 4000 AD, Falcon.

You are the first human ever to experience Future Travel.'
'Are you suggesting that somewhere aliens have Future Travel?' you query.
'Incomplete data, I cannot respond,' chimes CAIN. Suppressing a smugness at the realisation that you have, on this rare occasion, got the better of the know-all CAIN, you switch on the outside monitor.


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To your surprise, the camera shows the snow laden slopes of Mount Eiger. Falcon's Wing is perched precariously on a high ledge instead of inside the Eiger Vault of the future. Either there has been a small timeflux, your Psychic Awareness has let you down, or there is no longer a cavernous hollow inside the mountain. Cloud swirls suddenly about the ledge and you see something you have never before witnessed - lightning. An electrical storm is raging around the mountain tops. Electrical storms cause interference to holophone communications and the controlled weather of Earth in 3034 AD with its equal shares of rain for all save the holiday sunspots does not allow them. Either the people of 4000 AD enjoy them, or the world's weather control has failed. Your mission brief called upon you to return to Earth in 3034 AD as soon as CAIN had confirmed that you had undergone Future Travel. Will you:
Follow orders and return immediately to 3034 AD?
Try to intercept a holocommunication to see if you can learn something of this future Earth?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Considering the title of this book I highly doubt we can actually go back from the start even if we want to.

Try to learn something.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Try to confirm from an intercepted holocommunication that we have in fact gone into the future.
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You instruct CAIN to search the holowaves and tune into a holo broadcast but it chimes, 'Shouldn't we be getting back, Falcon?'

'I want to find out what in the galaxy has caused the weather control to allow an electrical storm.' CAIN tries to reason with you, saying that you can apply to the Lords of TIME to return and investigate further when you return to 3034 AD. Will you:

Disconnect CAIN?
Do as it says and return to the Eiger Vault of3034 AD?
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No option to get CAIN to explain how it knows we've actually got to the right place.

Do as the robot says, if they've waited 4 books of no foreshadowing to make it a traitor then that's on them.
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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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Do as it says so that the authors can drop their "bombshell" on Falcon not being able to get back and get that over and done with.
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As you scan the past for the timehole of the Eiger Vault in 3034 AD, Falcon's Wing rocks suddenly. CAIN chimes, The ship has been hit by a powerful electrical discharge.' It runs a control check and soon tells you that the hatch through which the flyer leaves Falcon's Wing will no longer open, due to a fused circuit. Will you:
Attempt to repair the circuit and risk a further damaging burst of lightning?
Ignore this and return to the Eiger Vault immediately?
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In-character, the fuck do we care about the flyer if we're going back to headquarters anyway. Just return to Eiger.

Out-of-character, worst comes to worst we'll probably emerge not in a lightning storm and have a safer time repairing the ship.
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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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Return.
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Realising that you should not be requiring the use of your flyer, you have decided to ignore the fused circuit. Note that the flyer hatch doors are fused shut .

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Using your powers of Psychic Awareness you scan the past for the timehole of the Eiger Vault in 3034 AD, wondering, once again, why you didn't materialise inside the Vault in the year 4000. As the Variac Drive engages you are sucked into the uniform greyness of the void. After about an hour in null-space, Falcon's Wing rematerialises and CAIN chimes:, 'Attention! Falcon, we are not on Earth, where have you taken us to?' You shake your head and turn on the outside camera. The vista that greets you tests your equilibrium training to the utmost. Falcon's Wing is floating inside a pool of milky juices at the bottom of a cavernous stomach, the ridged walls of which are running with droplets of steaming liquid.

'You tell me, CAIN, I set course for the Eiger Vault 3034 AD, where are we?'

'Insufficient data,' CAIN chimes. Something has gone seriously wrong. You decide to ask CAIN for a damage report and are relieved to hear that Falcon's Wing has sustained none. The camera swivels upwards, under CAIN's direction, and reveals a circular opening with an edge of what looks like serrated bone above you. If you are to find out your location you will have to get outside whatever it is you are in. You don your environment suit and ask CAIN what your chances are of piloting the flyer out through the hole above you without crashing into the stomach wall around you. CAIN responds, 'That will depend upon your reactions and your judgement. Falcon. An average human with your flying experience would have no better than a forty-nine per cent chance of success.' Will you:

Descend on foot into the milky liquid below Falcon's Wing?
Attempt to use the flyer?
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The flyer hatch doors are fused shut, so we have to head out on foot anyways.
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Agreed.
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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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You step onto the Main Access Disc which turns to gas beneath you and invisible tractor beams lower you into the milky liquid up to your chest. Beneath your feet are spiny ridges of woody fibre. You walk gingerly towards the arcing ridged wall. Make a Chance Roll.

If you score 1, 2 or 5...2, so:

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You carefully edge the rest of the way to the ridged wall of the prison that encloses Falcon's Wing. It arches above you towards the puckered rim that shows a deep magenta sky, high above. The climb up one of the ridges will be arduous and tricky. If you would like to use your blaster to cut foot and hand holes, turn to 199. If you prefer to climb unaided, turn to 207.
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We appear to have time shifted into a fish. Risk climbing unaided rather than pissing off whatever we're inside.
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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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Climb unaided.
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The climb strains your arms terribly, they begin to shake as you reach the overhang before the puckered lip of the living cavern. You will have to use all your strength of will if you are to force yourself onto the lip itself. Make a Power of Will Roll, but if you have less than 20 points of Endurance, subtract 2 from the result.

If you score 6-12...got 2 and 1, so:

The ache in your arms grows until you suddenly lose all feeling in them. Next you feel yourself falling down towards Falcon's Wing as your grip slides on the corky ridge. You bounce on top of your ship. The jarring impact does not damage the armoured hull, but you lose 2 Endurance points as you are badly bruised and battered. You slide down and off the curved side of the Time Machine into the milky liquid below and your leg is pricked by a thorn or spine. Your environment suit is torn and the milky liquid bathes your left thigh. You heave yourself off the spike and the plasnet seal of your suit closes the hole at once, but a terrible itching distracts your thoughts. The irritant contained in the liquid is affecting your nervous system. Remove 1 from ALL your modifiers until you can find an antidote. You carefully edge the rest of the way to the ridged wall of the prison that encloses Falcon's Wing. It arches above you towards the puckered rim that shows a deep magenta sky, high above. The climb up one of the ridges will be arduous and tricky. You will have to use your blaster to cut foot and hand holes.

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Using short blasts which turn the mush and corky wall into vapour you cut handholds at easy intervals. It is a slow process, as you must wait for the holes to cool a little before putting your suited hand inside them. As you cut you notice a purplish liquid seeping out of what seems like a fleshy membrane below the corky surface. It fills the holes, staining your suit and running down the ridge in rivulets. You are about three-quarters of the way to the puckered lip, when the gloom deepens. Looking up you can see a copper-coloured insect as large as Falcon's Wing flying down towards you. It has red compound eyes and vicious looking silver mouthparts, like several threshing scimitars. Its body is metallic and segmented and you can see black blood pulsing through the vessels of its translucent wings. Its feathery antennae flutter questingly towards you, as it clings to the underside of the rim above you. Will you:

Stay absolutely still, hoping it will go away?
Use your blaster on it?
Try to find out if it is intelligent, using your Psychic Awareness?
Try to Thinkstrike it?
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Attempt psychic awareness.
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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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Psychic Awareness.
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As you crane your neck, watching the huge insect, it pushes away from the lip, falling back first, then righting itself with a loud whir of wings as it flies towards you. Using your power of Psychic Awareness you probe its mind and it spins away from you at the last moment, alighting on hooked claws on the ridge next to where you cling. You can tell that it thought you were a kind of burrowing grub, a delicacy that it would have eaten with relish, but it was the smell of the purplish sap which attracted it inside the Buloam tree. It cuts a series of V-shaped lines in the ridge to which it is clinging, one above the other, and joins them with a single downward slash of its silver mouthparts. It thinks at you, 'Where is your Queen-nest?' as it slurps the purple sap that gathers in the cuts it has made with a black hose, like ah elephant's trunk. It no longer regards you as food. If you wish to ignore it and climb on, turn to 296. If you would like to think of Earth in 3034 AD turn to 305. If you think, 'I have no Queen' at the insect, turn to 317.
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'I have no Queen' at the insect'
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Personally, I'd think of Earth.
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Change my vote to thinking of Earth.
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You visualise the world that you know, its cities, stratocruisers and leisure domes, the blue sky and the animal reserves. The gigantic insect becomes agitated, its thoughts are so alien to yours that you cannot be sure what its reaction is. It flies towards you once more. Will you:

Use your blaster?
Attempt to Thinkstrike it?
Let yourself fall from your position on the rock ridge?
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Thinkstrike seems the closest we have to a non lethal weapon and if it has enough of a brain to communicate we ought to be able to slap its brain.
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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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