ClubFloyd Transcript:
Moments Out of Time by L. Ross Raszewski
As played on ifMUD on July 19 - August 30, 2015

The idea behind ClubFloyd is that each week at a pre-arranged time, a group of people meet online to cooperatively play a game of interactive fiction.

Below is a transcript of Moments Out of Time written by L. Ross Raszewski. It took second place in the 2001 Interactive Fiction Competition. You can learn more about the game, including how to download it, by visiting IFDB.


WARNING! Below you will find a transcript of people playing this game, and it goes without saying that the transcript is full of spoilers. So, if you've never played this game, and think you might like to at some point, I do not recommend reading any further. Instead, you might want to return to the interactive fiction page.

ANOTHER WARNING! A lot (most!) of the transcripts contained on this site are, shall we say, family-friendly. This is not one of those family-friendly transcripts. Just so we're clear.


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***** SESSION ONE *****
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load moments"
Floyd | Welcome to the Cheap Glk Implementation, library version 0.9.0.
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Floyd | [pausing to show unread error message]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
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Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
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Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "Look at mission description?"
Jacqueline says, "Until we know that this is time sensitive or something, I think we can all input commands."
DavidW says, "I think we ought to try MANUAL first."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "manual"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 0 MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual
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Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
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Jacqueline says, "This is feeling Infocom-y"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |                                                         MOMENTS OUT OF
Floyd | TIME                           Explorer Type/Version 1
Floyd | by                              L. Ross Raszewski
Floyd | Game Manual
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 1 Compatibility Issues
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | This game uses version 6 of the Z-Machine. Because support for this
Floyd | format is limited, you may experience some problems in playing this
Floyd | game. The author believes that this game works best using the MS-DOS
Floyd | and Linux versions of the "Frotz" interpreter by Stefan Jokisch. Users
Floyd | of MS-DOS may find that the '-d1' option gives the optimal display. Of
Floyd | course, the game should function on any compliant Z6 interpreter.
Floyd |
Floyd | Some versions of the WinFrotz interpreter contain a bug which makes the
Floyd | menu display incorrectly. If you experience difficulties, the command
Floyd | 'WINFROTZ' will enable a workaround to improve the display quality.
Floyd |
Floyd | If the menu at the bottom of your screen still does not draw correctly,
Floyd | it can be disabled via the "MENU OFF" command.
Floyd |
Floyd | This game supports Blorb sound effects. Sound effects are included in a
Floyd | separate file, which may not be included with this distribution. To
Floyd | hear sound on a supporting interpreter, you will need to obtain a copy
Floyd | of the Blorb resource file for this game and make it available to your
Floyd | interpreter.
Floyd |
Floyd | Please encourage interpreter authors to provide better support for
Floyd | version 6 games and Blorb.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "eep. Version 6?"
Jacqueline says, "huh"
DavidW says, "Version 6 of the Z-machine was for multimedia stuff."
Silvermist asks, "Can it run here?"
DavidW says, "I don't know. I've never played this game."
Jacqueline asks, "I don't think I recall Blorb. Was that some sort of gelatinous cube from space that consumes objects and animals?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 2 Table of Contents
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
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Floyd |      Overview...........................................3
Floyd |      Communicating with Interactive Fiction.............4
Floyd |      Basic Inform Commands..............................6
Floyd |      Inform Meta-Commands...............................7
Floyd |      Moments out of Time Special Commands...............9
Floyd |      Disambiguation Prompt..............................10
Floyd |      Navigating Menus...................................11
Floyd |      The StreamDive Console.............................13
Floyd |      Some Recognized Verbs..............................14
Floyd |      Terms of Distribution..............................15
Floyd |      Influences.........................................16
Floyd |      Credits............................................17
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 3 Overview
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | "Interactive fiction" is a story in which you play the main character.
Floyd | It is your own thinking and actions that determines the progress of the
Floyd | story.
Floyd | Works of interactive fiction, such as MOMENTS OUT OF TIME present a
Floyd | series of objects: rooms, items and tools, with which you can interact.
Floyd | In any location, it is usually a good idea to become familiar with your
Floyd | surroundings by exploring nearby rooms and take careful notice of the
Floyd | room descriptions.
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME differs from many works of Interactive Fiction in
Floyd | its style; you will not find your progress brought to an impasse by a
Floyd | puzzle, nor will you be able to interact with other characters. Though
Floyd | you can influence your surroundings through your interaction with
Floyd | objects, your primary objective in this game is to explore your
Floyd | environment, and gather knowledge. There is a story behind MOMENTS OUT
Floyd | OF TIME, but your goal is to discover this story, rather than create
Floyd | it.
Floyd | Because the nature of this game is extremely open-ended, you may
Floyd | experience difficulty in assessing your progress. For this reason,
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME keeps a numerical score. This score reflects an
Floyd | estimation made by the player character on your performance. This score
Floyd | does not, however, necessarily determine the results of the final
Floyd | evaluation of your performance. A perfect score is not necessary to
Floyd | complete the game, and indeed may not be possible, but by noting
Floyd | actions which increase your score, you may be able to direct your
Floyd | efforts.
DavidW says, "Blorb is what we use to bundle files together with in the Inform world. You see it all the time with .zblorb and .gblorb."
DavidW says, "In this case, however, the bundled files will likely be graphics and/or sound files."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, true."
Jacqueline says, "I somehow hadn't connected those simply dots."
Jacqueline says, "Simple, even."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 4 Communicating with Interactive Fiction
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | If you are not familiar with Interactive fiction, please read this
Floyd | section
Floyd |
Floyd | In Interactive Fiction, you type commands in plain English at each
Floyd | prompt (>). Most sentences that the game understands are imperatives.
Floyd | To move around, you can give long commands such WALK or GO NORTH, or
Floyd | simply type the direction. Directions can also be abbreviated:
Floyd |
Floyd | NORTH               N
Floyd | SOUTH               S
Floyd | EAST                E
Floyd | WEST                W
Floyd | NORTHEAST           NE
Floyd | NORTHWEST           NW
Floyd | SOUTHEAST           SE
Floyd | SOUTHWEST           SW
Floyd | UP                  U
Floyd | DOWN                D
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 5 Communicating with Interactive Fiction
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | There are many kinds of sentences that Inform understands. Here are
Floyd | some examples:
Floyd | >WALK NORTH
Floyd | >WEST
Floyd | >TAKE ONION
Floyd | >READ ABOUT GRUES
Floyd | >PUT THE RUSTY KEY IN THE CARDBOARD BOX
Floyd | You can use multiple objects with some verbs if you separate them with
Floyd | the word "AND" or a comma. You can put several inputs on a line if you
Floyd | separate them by the word "THEN" or a period:
Floyd | >TAKE THE BOOK, THE SPOON AND THE FROG. DROP THE FOOD THEN READ THE
Floyd | BOOK.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can specify all the objects in room with you by typing "ALL":
Floyd | >TAKE ALL
Floyd | >TAKE ALL THE TOOLS
Floyd | >DROP ALL EXCEPT THE JEWEL
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also use the pronouns "HIM", "HER", and "IT" to refer to the
Floyd | last object you referred to.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | Commands are not case sensitive, and may be in upper or lower case.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 6 Basic Inform Commands
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | These are some of the most common commands for this game.
Floyd | LOOK (L)- One of the most useful verbs in the game. Alone, "LOOK"
Floyd | prints a description of your current location. You can also look at,
Floyd | in, under, or behind an object.
Floyd | EXAMINE (X)- looks at an object.
Floyd | SEARCH - Perform a visual search of an object from your current vantage
Floyd | point. If all angles of an object are not easily visible, you may need
Floyd | to look UNDER or BEHIND it.
Floyd | TAKE (GET)- You can attempt to "TAKE" any object in the game. If the
Floyd | object can be moved, it will be added to your inventory.
Floyd | INVENTORY (I)- This will list everything you are carrying or wearing.
Floyd | You may specify whether you want the inventory to be given in a "tall"
Floyd | format (one object listed underneath another), or a "wide" format
Floyd | (objects listed side by side). This game defaults to "TALL".
Floyd | WAIT (Z)- Because Inform waits for a command to advance the story, you
Floyd | could leave your computer, go out, take a bath, catch a game on the TV,
Floyd | eat a meal, play a quick game of DOOM, and return to find that no time
Floyd | has passed in the story. You can use "WAIT" to make time pass in the
Floyd | story without doing anything.
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says, "I'm hoping that the interpreter testing at the beginning of the game will somehow compensate for Floyd's limitations."
Jacqueline says, "Nice explanation of WAIT"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | "WAIT" normally waits a single turn-cycle. You may also indicate that
Floyd | you wish to wait for a specified number of turns to pass, or "WAIT
Floyd | UNTIL" a specified time. If anything interesting happens while you are
Floyd | waiting, you will be given a chance to cut short your period of
Floyd | passivity.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 7 Inform Meta-Commands
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | There are certain "special" commands Inform understands. These commands
Floyd | are addressed to the computer rather than the game.
Floyd |
Floyd | SAVE - This stores your current position in the game. You can later
Floyd | return to this position through the RESTORE command.
Floyd | RESTORE - Restores a previously saved game.
Floyd | BRIEF - This command instructs the game to print a full description of
Floyd | a room only the first time you enter it. On subsequent visits, only the
Floyd | room name and objects in it will be listed.
Floyd | SUPERBRIEF - This command tells the game not to print room descriptions
Floyd | even if you haven't been there before. It is intended primarily for
Floyd | those already familiar with the game.
Floyd | VERBOSE - In VERBOSE mode, the full room description is printed each
Floyd | time you enter it. This game begins in VERBOSE mode.
Floyd | QUIT (Q)- This lets you stop playing. If you want to save your
Floyd | position, you must first use the SAVE command.
Floyd | RESTART - This stops the game and starts it over from the beginning.
Floyd | VERIFY - This command verifies that the game file has not been
Floyd | corrupted.
Jacqueline says, "Huh. Verify."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | SCORE - This shows your character's estimate of of your progress
Floyd | through the game.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 8 Inform Meta-Commands
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | SCRIPT - Depending on your interpreter, a transcript of the story can
Floyd | be sent to either a printer or a file. "SCRIPT ON", or just "SCRIPT"
Floyd | begins the transcript, while "SCRIPT OFF" or "UNSCRIPT" ends the
Floyd | transcript.
Floyd | PRONOUNS - This command displays the current assignment of the pronouns
Floyd | "him", "her", and "it".
Floyd | VERSION - Shows the serial number and release number of the story.
Floyd | PRETTY - Depending on your computer and interpreter, some of the
Floyd | semi-graphical features of this game may not look right. The internal
Floyd | "PRETTY" settings may be changed by issuing the commands "PRETTY ON"
Floyd | and "PRETTY OFF". On its own, PRETTY will toggle the current pretty
Floyd | state.
Floyd | NOTIFY - Normally, you are not informed of changes in your progress
Floyd | rating. The command NOTIFY ON tells the game to print messages whenever
Floyd | this occurs. NOTIFY OFF causes these messages not to be printed. On its
Floyd | own, NOTIFY will toggle the current status.
Floyd | AGAIN (G) - This will exactly repeat the last command entered.
DavidW says, "Verify's been around all along."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I figured."
Jacqueline says, "But I didn't know about it. This game is proving educational."
Jacqueline asks, "Who knew that reading the manual could actually help?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | OOPS - If you accidentally mistype a word, and the game returns an
Floyd | error such as "I don't understand the word...", you can correct the
Floyd | error by typing OOPS followed by the corrected word.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 9 Moments out of Time Special Commands
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | FOOTNOTE - Occasionally, the text will mention the existence of a
Floyd | footnote. To read the footnote, type FOOTNOTE, followed by the footnote
Floyd | number. This will not count as a turn.
Floyd |
Floyd | MANUAL - This will call up the on-line instruction manual.
Floyd |
Floyd | SETUP - Launches the interactive setup menu.
Floyd |
Floyd | STATUSBAR - Toggles printing of the statusline.
Floyd |
Floyd | SOUND - Some versions of this game include sound effects. If your
Floyd | interpreter supports sound, these effects will be played at various
Floyd | points in the game. "SOUND OFF" will disable sound, and "SOUND ON" will
Floyd | re-enable it. "SOUND UP" and "SOUND DOWN" can be used to alter the
Floyd | volume of sound effects. Because some interpreters may deal with sounds
Floyd | poorly, the game begins with sound effects disabled.
Floyd | Sounds are provided purely as an added bonus for the player, and are in
Floyd | no way important to completing the game.
Floyd |
Floyd | WINFROTZ - This command will toggle WinFrotz compatability mode to
Floyd | improve the display on versions of the interpreter which contain a V6
Floyd | display bug.
Floyd |
Floyd | [ - This "command" is ignored by the game. You can use it to make
Floyd | notes, which will appear in the game transcript:
Floyd | >[ Examine the wine bottle more closely later
DavidW says, "I can't remember ever actually using VERIFY, though. I probably should."
DavidW says, "oh good, we don't need the sounds to play this."
Jacqueline says, "So we need to possibly remember PRETTY and WINFROTZ"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 10 Disambiguation Prompt
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | It is possible that the game may, at times, be unsure as to which of
Floyd | several possible items you are referring, and will present a prompt
Floyd | such as:
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the red ball or the blue ball?
Floyd |
Floyd | In such cases, you may type additional words to clarify, or, if you
Floyd | prefer, type the number of the object you actually meant (in the above
Floyd | example, a response of `1` would be taken to mean the red ball, and `2`
Floyd | to mean the blue one.
Floyd |
Jacqueline asks, "Holy ---- does that always work?"
DavidW says, "no"
Jacqueline says, "Oh."
DavidW says, "I wish it did."
Jacqueline says, "I was going to say. I got stuck in an infinite loop the other day in a game."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 11 Navigating Menus
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME features an interactive run-time menu which is
Floyd | normally displayed across the bottom of the screen. If your interpreter
Floyd | supports the use of function keys, pressing the F1 key will activate
Floyd | the menu, which can be navigated via the arrow keys. Pressing F2 will
Floyd | activate the top-level menu, and the keys F3-F12 will activate
Floyd | selections from the top-level menu. The following commands affect the
Floyd | menu:
Floyd | MENU: Activate the current menu (F1)
Floyd | MENU OFF: If your interpreter does not properly support the menu line,
Floyd | or you prefer not to see it, you can disable the menu with this
Floyd | command.
Floyd | MENU ON: Enables the menu
Floyd | MENU TOP: Activate the menu and return to the top level
Floyd | MENU BIND: Toggles the binding of hotkeys F3-F12 from the top menu to
Floyd | the current menu
Floyd | MENU ADD COMMAND x: The menu system is customizable in two ways. You
Floyd | may add a "command", which will be executed exactly as if it were typed
Floyd | at the prompt
Floyd | MENU ADD WORD x: You may also add a "word" to the custom menu. When
Floyd | selected, the word will be inserted into the current line of input.
Floyd |
Floyd | The top-level menu has the following options:
Floyd | GAME: Game meta-commands
Floyd | VERBS: Common verbs
Floyd | COMPASS: Navigation
Floyd | INVENTORY: Items in your possession. Selecting an item will insert it
Floyd | in the input line
Floyd | LOCATION: A list of obvious items in the area
Floyd | CONSOLE: The chips in your StreamDive console
Floyd | CUSTOM: Items you have added to the menu
DavidW asks, "Also, when it is supported, the question really ought to be Which do you mean, 1) the red ball, or 2) the blue ball?"
Jacqueline says, "Hm. True."
Jacqueline says, "Holy gosh this has a lot of metacommands."
Silvermist asks, "Do you want to try another game, then?"
Jacqueline says, "No."
Jacqueline says, "I think most of this won't matter, just finding it interesting how much detail he's going into."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 12 Navigating Menus
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | In some places, MOMENTS OUT OF TIME will present you with a full or
Floyd | partial-screen menu of options. Use the keys N and P to move the >
Floyd | pointer between options. Press <ENTER> to select an option. Press Q
Floyd | from the menu screen to quit from the menu system.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | If your interpreter supports them, the up and down arrow keys may be
Floyd | used to navigate the menu, and the <ESCAPE> key to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 13 The StreamDive Console
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | One of the key pieces of equipment carried by your character in this
Floyd | game is the "StreamDive Console". The StreamDive console serves a wide
Floyd | variety of functions, and it will be impossible to satisfactorily
Floyd | complete the game without it.
Floyd |
Floyd | The StreamDive console's many functions are accessed by using
Floyd | StreamDive chips. In terms of the game, these functions are realized as
Floyd | a set of verbs provided by each chip. When a chip is in place, its
Floyd | commands are available as normal game verbs, but when the chip is not
Floyd | in place, the parser will treat the verbs as unknown.
Floyd |
Floyd | A large number of StreamDive chips will be available to you, but the
Floyd | StreamDive console is only capable of holding five chips, so you will
Floyd | have to carefully choose those chips which provide the functionality
Floyd | you want. Each chip will open up certain avenues of exploration, but
Floyd | the restriction on the number of chips means that other areas will
Floyd | remain closed.
DavidW says, "This game is also part of a series."
Jacqueline says, "hm"
Silvermist says, "Wow you have to have chips in to use certain verbs"
DavidW says, "Sounds like the StreamDive is a spellbook and the chips are new spell words."
Jacqueline says, "I am hoping that I will get my head around that concept more later. Possibly I am not quite awake yet."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Okay, that metaphor helps a bit, except for the limit, but yeah."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 14 Some Recognized Verbs
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | These are only some of the verbs that MOMENTS OUT OF TIME understands.
Floyd | There are many more. Remember, you can use a variety of prepositions
Floyd | with most verbs.
Floyd |
Floyd |  LOOK   TAKE    STAND   PUT     DROP    GIVE    SWITCH
Floyd |  GO     INV     OPEN    CLOSE   ENTER   SIT     UNLOCK
Floyd |  EXIT   EXAMINE YES     NO      SEARCH  TURN    WAIT
Silvermist says, "It does sound like magic"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 15 Terms of Distribution
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | This game was created for the 2001 rec.arts.int-fiction Interactive
Floyd | Fiction Competition. Permission is given to distribute this version of
Floyd | this game on any compilation of the games from the IF-competition, or
Floyd | of the IF-archive at ifarchive.org.
Floyd |
Floyd | Permission is also given to redistribute this game electronically
Floyd | UNALTERED via the internet. Distributors are encouraged, but not
Floyd | required, to make the Blorb sound resources for this game available,
Floyd | either separately, or as a package with the game code file.
Floyd | Distributors are reminded that this game requires a separate Z-code
Floyd | interpreter, and those wishing to distribute this game packaged with an
Floyd | interpreter must abide by the terms of distribution for the
Floyd | interpreter; this information applies only to the game code module
Floyd | (moments.z6) and its Blorb sound resources (moments.blb)
Floyd |
Floyd | The author requests that he be informed if this game is publicly
Floyd | distributed.
Floyd |
Floyd | Permission is not given to publish this game or sell it for profit,
Floyd | except as part of a compilation of games from the IF-competition.
Floyd | Persons wishing to do so must contact the author first.
Floyd |
Floyd | This game is released free of charge, and as such there is no warranty.
DavidW asks, "Or apps in a iPhone?"
Jacqueline says, "Magical apps."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 16 Influences
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | No work is created in a vacuum. The following sources were influential
Floyd | in the formation of this game:
Floyd |
Floyd | Games:
Floyd | The Journeyman Project series, by Presto Studios
Floyd | The Gabriel Knight series, by Sierra On-Line
Floyd | A Mind Forever Voyaging, by Infocom
Floyd | Shivers, by Sierra On-Line
Floyd | Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective, by ICOM
Floyd | Babel, by Ian Finley
Floyd | Books:
Floyd | Cybermen, by David Banks
Floyd | Films:
Floyd | Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino
Floyd | The Virgin Suicides, directed by Sofia Coppela
Floyd | The Usual Suspects, directed by Bryan Singer
Jacqueline says, "Bishop's connect of 'I am the author! You are the audience! I outrank you!' after that was very well-timed."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 17 Credits
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd |
Floyd | Written and implemented by L. Ross Raszewski (rraszews@hotmail.com)
Floyd | The Inform language was created by Graham Nelson
Floyd | The Z-machine format was created by Infocom, inc.
Floyd | V6lib was written by Jason C. Penney
Floyd | Alpha-phase testing by W.M. Wellman and Nate Cull
Floyd | Beta-phase testing by Nate Cull, Dan Shiovitz and Matthew A. Murray
Floyd | Z6 Technical assistance by Jason C. Penney
Floyd | "Departing" (Moments Out of Time Main Title Theme) by Imperius
Floyd | Special thanks to the denizens to ifMud (ifmud.port4000.com) and of
Floyd | rec.arts.int-fiction
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME is a version 6 Z-code game as defined by the
Floyd | Specification of the Z-Machine, revision 1.0
Floyd |
Floyd | This game is a work of fiction. All persons, places and events herein
Floyd | are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons or places living
Floyd | or dead is purely coincidental.
Floyd |
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski/TrenchCoatSoft Interactive.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 17 Credits
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd |
Floyd | Written and implemented by L. Ross Raszewski (rraszews@hotmail.com)
Floyd | The Inform language was created by Graham Nelson
Floyd | The Z-machine format was created by Infocom, inc.
Floyd | V6lib was written by Jason C. Penney
Floyd | Alpha-phase testing by W.M. Wellman and Nate Cull
Floyd | Beta-phase testing by Nate Cull, Dan Shiovitz and Matthew A. Murray
Floyd | Z6 Technical assistance by Jason C. Penney
Floyd | "Departing" (Moments Out of Time Main Title Theme) by Imperius
Floyd | Special thanks to the denizens to ifMud (ifmud.port4000.com) and of
Floyd | rec.arts.int-fiction
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME is a version 6 Z-code game as defined by the
Floyd | Specification of the Z-Machine, revision 1.0
Floyd |
Floyd | This game is a work of fiction. All persons, places and events herein
Floyd | are fictitious, and any resemblance to actual persons or places living
Floyd | or dead is purely coincidental.
Floyd |
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski/TrenchCoatSoft Interactive.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Okay, so that's the last page, I guess."
DavidW says, "I'm overwhelmed and we haven't even started yet."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, me too."
Jacqueline sips some coffee.
Jacqueline asks, "Does anyone need a nap? Or should we continue?"
DavidW says, "ha ha"
DavidW says, "I made tea."
Jacqueline says, "Yay tea."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "verbose"
Floyd | Maximum verbosity.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wide"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "inventory wide"
Floyd | You are carrying nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x mission"
Floyd | Mission Parameters
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Alpha Tango-678
Floyd | FYEO
Floyd |
Floyd | Clearance granted for immediate StreamDive. Target is local grid
Floyd | reference 0x1549. Temporal Reference 785278.7 UDC. We will be in phase
Floyd | for StreamDive at 865741.3 UDC. Dive duration not to exceed .5 units
Floyd | UDC (12 hours local time). Stream Capacitance field will be set for
Floyd | auto-recall at this time.
Floyd | Research unit indicates high levels of stream distortion in this zone,
Floyd | indicating that premature extraction may not be possible.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mission Summary: The purpose of your StreamDive is historical research.
Floyd | We have isolated an evacuated area to minimize potential corruption.
Floyd | You are to record all findings, but avoid direct contact with any
Floyd | inhabitants. Records from this zone are fragmentary, so any documents
Floyd | of historical interest should be added to your DataStore.
Floyd |
Floyd | *WARNING*
Floyd | Due to ambient radiation levels, wideband recall will not be available.
Floyd | Since StreamDive instruments are shielded against EMP effects, lost
Floyd | components may be recoverable after destruction of the local grid
Floyd | section. For this reason, level 1b restrictions are in effect for the
Floyd | duration of this dive.
Floyd |
Floyd | PLEASE REVIEW STREAMDIVER MANUAL BEFORE COMMENCING DIVE.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "oh, are we a time-travelling historian doing research?"
Jacqueline says, "So we are in a Star Trek episode."
Silvermist asks, "look in locker?"
Jacqueline asks, "So that manual is the thesis we just read, correct? Or is it a separate in-game manual?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x locker"
Floyd | The translucent glass-fronted equipment locker contains all the
Floyd | standard StreamDive equipment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "search locker"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the equipment locker is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "location"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open locker"
Floyd | You open the equipment locker, revealing your StreamDive console, a
Floyd | cloaking device, an autokey, a stream visualizer, a probe and a chip
Floyd | bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "location"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think that is a menu activated with the function keys."
Jacqueline says, "Which ain't gonna work for us."
DavidW says, "oh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "f1"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "do we put the chip in somewhere to get verbs to use?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take all from locker"
Floyd | StreamDive console: Removed.
Floyd | cloaking device: Removed.
Floyd | autokey: Removed.
Floyd | stream visualizer: Removed.
Floyd | probe: Removed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x maual"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x manual"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Okay, so it's the meta manual."
DavidW says, "I didn't understand the menu bit, but I guess it's another window panel that Floyd just doesn't show us."
Roger arrives, full of funk, but no fun. Silvermist says, "Hi roger"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x console"
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains no chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Hello"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 1"
Floyd | [Footnote 1]
Floyd | Adding a chip to the console makes certain verbs available which access
Floyd | the chip's functions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Gah. Roger's here. Now we can't be all, 'Should we do the dive now?' 'Roger'"
Jacqueline says, "We'll just have to say 'Affirmative'"
Silvermist says, "Roger that"
Jacqueline says, "I mean... Hi, Roger"
Jacqueline says, "Roger, you missed the most extensive IF game manual we've ever seen."
Jacqueline says, "But I actually don't recommend recapping."
Roger says, "ok"
Jacqueline says, "Reading it has a 1 in 5 chance of brain blasting."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a probe, a stream visualizer, an autokey, a cloaking
Floyd | device and your StreamDive console (which is empty).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x probe"
Floyd | A telepresence probe unit. When activated, it operates as a fly-by-wire
Floyd | system which may allow the user access to areas too small to allow
Floyd | access.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x stream visualizer"
Floyd | The stream visualizer is a de-focused temporal display. It scans
Floyd | backwards through the local timestream, correlating the results with
Floyd | the information in the DataStore. When the button is pushed, generates
Floyd | a hologram based on the results of its scan.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Cooool. I want one of those at home."
DavidW says, "This is so weird."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x autokey"
Floyd | An electronic lockpick. It incorporates a small scanner and a force
Floyd | field generator. Using highly precise force field manipulation, it can
Floyd | be used as a universal key for almost any lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Sweet"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x cloaking device"
Floyd | A standard-issue cloaking device. Operating along similar principles to
Floyd | the StreamDive device itself, it causes all photons entering the field
Floyd | to be instantly transported to the far side of the field as if they had
Floyd | passed straight through it, with the net result being that anything
Floyd | within the field is nearly invisible. The relocation effect causes
Floyd | "ghost" photons to be emitted by the inside of the field, allowing any
Floyd | person inside it to see his surroundings with a minimum of visual
Floyd | distortion. The device's battery is currently charged to 100 percent.
Floyd | The cloaking device is currently switched off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "So the visualizer does a 'show me what happened to this thing'?"
Silvermist says, "It's a sonic screwdriver"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "To this thing or in this place, which one I'm not sure"
Jacqueline says, "Crazy thing is, they're working on that cloaking tech for reals."
DavidW says, "uh-huh"
Jacqueline asks, "Do we have chips?"
DavidW asks, "I think we have one, don't we?"
Silvermist says, "I think we have an empty chip bank"
DavidW says, "There's none in the chiprack, but..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a probe, a stream visualizer, an autokey, a cloaking
Floyd | device and your StreamDive console (which is empty).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which is a chip bank (in which
Floyd | are ten chips (a dive chip, a DataStore chip, a map chip, a library
Floyd | chip, an artificial intuition chip, a cryptography chip, a scan chip, a
Floyd | blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "There's 10 chips in the bank."
DavidW says, "We have to choose which 5 to use."
Silvermist says, "I think we need the dive chip"
Jacqueline says, "Yes"
Jacqueline says, "And the DataStore chip"
Jacqueline says, "Since we're supposed to pick up historical documents"
Jacqueline says, "Wonder what the blank chip is."
DavidW says, "Surely we can examine the chips."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x blank chip"
Floyd | This StreamDive chip is blank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x scan chip"
Floyd | This chip provides an interface to the console's sensor functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  SCAN -- Perform a detailed scan of the area
Floyd |  SCAN X -- Scan an object
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "Maybe we download something onto the blank chip in the future"
Jacqueline says, "Ah."
Jacqueline says, "True"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x interface chip"
Floyd | This chip allows interface between the console and any known electronic
Floyd | device or electronic storage medium.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  INTERFACE X -- Interface console with device
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take dive chip and DataStore chip"
Floyd | dive chip: Taken.
Floyd | DataStore chip: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I suppose interface lets us directly access any computer."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x chips"
Floyd | DataStore chip: This chip stores data from your dive, storing any
Floyd | relevant documents for later review.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  DOCUMENTS -- Recall stored documents
Floyd | dive chip: This is the fundamental chip for the StreamDive console. It
Floyd | allows control of the temporal displacement functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  RECALL -- Discharge StreamDive capacitors for instant recall
Floyd |  STATUS -- Display status of Dive system
Floyd |  TIMESCAN -- Scan local timestream
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x chip bank"
Floyd | A small section of the locker contains slots for holding StreamDive
Floyd | chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "DUDE"
Jacqueline says, "I x'd you to find out what you contain."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look in chip bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are eight chips (a map chip, a library chip, an
Floyd | artificial intuition chip, a cryptography chip, a scan chip, a blank
Floyd | chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x that chips"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "What other three do we want to try on our first dive?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x those chips"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "Do you think we need the map chip?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x map chip"
Floyd | This chip provides real-time mapping of your current dive location.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  MAP -- Display map
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'm worried it requires display we don't have, but maybe it's text-based."
DavidW says, "I think we should skip the map one."
DavidW says, "I doubt it's an ASCII map."
Silvermist says, "Good point"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x library chip"
Floyd | This chip contains a library of data, tailored to your current mission
Floyd | parameters.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  RESEARCH X -- Search library for given term
Floyd |  BROWSE -- Display relevant entries
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I dunno, Raszewski seemed to embed a lot of workarounds for ancient technology that couldn't handle this revolutionary game."
Jacqueline says, "But I'm fine with bypassing it."
Silvermist asks, "What does the scan chip do?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "scan chip"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x scan chip"
Floyd | This chip provides an interface to the console's sensor functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  SCAN -- Perform a detailed scan of the area
Floyd |  SCAN X -- Scan an object
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are eight chips (a map chip, a library chip, an
Floyd | artificial intuition chip, a cryptography chip, a scan chip, a blank
Floyd | chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hrm. Could be quite useful, that scan chip"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cryptography"
Floyd | This chip contains the algorithms for all known cryptographic systems,
Floyd | as well as a heuristic to deal with unknown ciphers. Its function is to
Floyd | decipher encrypted or obfuscated text, or to render text into the most
Floyd | appropriate encrypted or obfuscated form.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  ENCODE X -- Render input into appropriate ciphertext
Floyd |  DECODE X -- Decipher input
Floyd |  ANALYZE X -- Apply heuristics to input and display results
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x intuition"
Floyd | This chip contains the experimental "Artificial Intuition" chip. Its
Floyd | function is to evaluate the current situation and recommend a course of
Floyd | action.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  HINT -- Recommend action
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "ha ha"
Jacqueline says, "Clever integration"
Silvermist says, "Ah, hints"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x shield"
Floyd | This chip uses the StreamDive capacitors to generate an impenetrable
Floyd | temporal energy barrier around the user for defensive purposes. Using
Floyd | this function drains energy from the dive capacitors, reducing the
Floyd | remaining duration of the dive.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  SHIELD ON -- Activate the shield
Floyd |  SHIELD OFF -- Deactivate the shield.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "Maybe take Shield and Scan and Hints"
DavidW says, "I want library, scan, and interface. I wish I knew what era we are exploring."
Jacqueline asks, "I am undecided on the hint chip. Take it because we're newbies and this seems daunting and unfamiliar? Or wait because it's cheaty?"
DavidW says, "I'm leaning towards wait because it's cheaty."
Jacqueline says, "I figured you'd say that."
Jacqueline says, "And deep down, I agree."
Silvermist says, "I think it will make things move along smoothly"
DavidW asks, "also, are we allowed to swap chips during a dive?"
DavidW says, "Can we make multiple dives? I don't fully understand how this all works yet."
Silvermist says, "If we can take all the chips, then that would help"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take bank"
Floyd | The chip bank is part of the cabinet's interior.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "console"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think we can hold all the chips, but only have five in place at a time."
Jacqueline says, "So, hm. Yeah."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take all chips"
Floyd | map chip: Taken.
Floyd | library chip: Taken.
Floyd | artificial intuition chip: Taken.
Floyd | cryptography chip: Taken.
Floyd | scan chip: Taken.
Floyd | blank chip: Taken.
Floyd | interface chip: Taken.
Floyd | shield chip: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hells yeah"
DavidW says, "Hope we don't have an inventory limit."
Jacqueline says, "It did kind of sound like there's an inventory limit, but it --"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, it said something about one."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put dive in rack"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the dive chip or the StreamDive console?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "Where do we put the chips? Do we carry something to put the 5 chips into?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put dive chip in console"
Floyd | You put the dive chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline | Due to ambient radiation levels, wideband recall will not be available. Since StreamDive instruments are shielded against EMP effects, lost components may be recoverable after destruction of the local grid section. For this reason, level 1b restrictions are in effect for the duration of this dive.
DavidW says, "yes, the console"
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "yeah, I don't understand what that means."
DavidW says, "EMP effects wipe out electronics; I know that much."
Jacqueline says, "oh oh oh I misread."
Jacqueline says, "I thought that said 1lb restriction"
Jacqueline says, "Possibly there is no inventory limit, then."
Roger says, "we should ask for a HINT right now"
DavidW asks, "Is it saying that chips inside a console are safe, and chips not inside will be wiped clean?"
Jacqueline says, "Oh, hrm. That might be."
Jacqueline clears the save counter. Jacqueline says, "We should just save before we dive."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying nine chips (a shield chip, an interface chip, a blank
Floyd | chip, a scan chip, a cryptography chip, an artificial intuition chip, a
Floyd | library chip, a map chip and a DataStore chip), a probe, a stream
Floyd | visualizer, an autokey, a cloaking device and your StreamDive console,
Floyd | inside which is a dive chip.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put datastore in console"
Floyd | You put the DataStore chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "I think we're agreed on the scan chip?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put library in console"
Floyd | You put the library chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put scan in console"
Floyd | You put the scan chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put interface in console"
Floyd | You put the interface chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x console"
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains five chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Shall we?"
Roger says, "beep beep"
DavidW says, "Captain, I'm frightened."
Silvermist exclaims, "Let's dive!"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Me too, little one. Me too."
Jacqueline asks, "So, um, type 'dive'? What't the command again?"
DavidW says, "out, for all I know."
Roger says (to floyd), "x dive chip"
Floyd | This is the fundamental chip for the StreamDive console. It allows
Floyd | control of the temporal displacement functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  RECALL -- Discharge StreamDive capacitors for instant recall
Floyd |  STATUS -- Display status of Dive system
Floyd |  TIMESCAN -- Scan local timestream
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Like, don't we use the door?"
Roger says, "that was less helpful than I hoped"
Jacqueline says, "Oh, right. We leave this room."
DavidW says, "We are so noob."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which is a chip bank (empty))
Floyd | here.
Floyd | A voice issues from the console. "StreamDiver Alpha Tango-678, please
Floyd | report for preDive examination."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | Your mission parameters were quite specific. You can only take one
Floyd | piece of equipment other than your StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "A-yup"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying five chips (a shield chip, a blank chip, a
Floyd | cryptography chip, an artificial intuition chip and a map chip), a
Floyd | probe, a stream visualizer, an autokey, a cloaking device and your
Floyd | StreamDive console, inside which are five chips (an interface chip, a
Floyd | scan chip, a library chip, a DataStore chip and a dive chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh. We don't get everything."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put shield, blank, cryptography, and intuition chip in locker"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put chips in locker"
Floyd | shield chip: Done.
Floyd | blank chip: Done.
Floyd | cryptography chip: Done.
Floyd | artificial intuition chip: Done.
Floyd | map chip: Done.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "so, not only do we have to drop all the spare chips, but almost everything else too."
Jacqueline asks, "Wait. We don't get the probe and stuff?"
DavidW says, "yup. It's pick one."
Roger says, "Carry-on restrictions just keep getting worse in the future"
Jacqueline says, "Evidently"
Jacqueline asks, "Gosh, they're all useful. Which one do we want?"
Silvermist asks, "what was the probe and stream visualizer?"
DavidW says, "stream visualizer, I think."
Jacqueline says, "We have been playing for an hour now, and haven't even left the room. Just slightly amused."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x stream visualizer"
Floyd | The stream visualizer is a de-focused temporal display. It scans
Floyd | backwards through the local timestream, correlating the results with
Floyd | the information in the DataStore. When the button is pushed, generates
Floyd | a hologram based on the results of its scan.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Probe lets us see into small places. Visualizer lets us review the past."
DavidW says, "Autokey is a rezrov."
Jacqueline asks, "And you want the visualizer?"
DavidW says, "well, visualizer or autokey."
Silvermist says, "I vote cloaking device, like a Romulan"
Silvermist says, "Autokey is good too"
DavidW says, "Cloaking device drains our batteries."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, that's multiple votes for autokey"
Jacqueline says, "Meeting Time Barbie (R) says, 'IF by committee is hard.'"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put all but console and autokey in locker"
Floyd | probe: Done.
Floyd | stream visualizer: Done.
Floyd | cloaking device: Done.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | [Once you leave this area, you will be unable to return. Are you
Floyd | certain that you are ready?]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "eep"
Jacqueline asks, "...yes?"
DavidW says, "hold on. Let me check my makeup"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "You'll have to leave the feather boa behind."
DavidW says, "darn"
Jacqueline says, "Them's the breaks, kid."
DavidW says, "I won't be fashionable and stylish."
DavidW says, "save first"
Jacqueline says (to DavidW), "You don't need those to be fashionable and stylish. It was inside you all along."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "y"
Floyd | You walk out of the Prep Room, down the long corridor, and into the
Floyd | Dive section. A number of sensors verify that you are carrying no
Floyd | contraband, and make a detailed record of your relevant bio-data, which
Floyd | is compared to your records to ensure that you are indeed the person
Floyd | scheduled for this dive. From your training, you know that this record
Floyd | will be compared again when you emerge, to ensure that nothing
Floyd | important about your physiology has altered during the dive. The only
Floyd | visible sign of it is a faint play of laser-light over your body.
Floyd |
Floyd | Satisfied, an unseen operator opens the door into the next chamber,
Floyd | where a flash of laser-light, radiation, and sickly-sweet aerosol
Floyd | renders you free of micro-organisms.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are allowed to move on only after placing your hand in an
Floyd | indentation by the next door, where ultrasonic "needles" inject you
Floyd | with the requisite immunity boosters, which always gives you the
Floyd | pleasant feeling of being, at least temporarily, totally impregnable to
Floyd | disease.
Floyd |
Floyd | One more room, and anticipation would increase your heart-rate enough
Floyd | that a sensor might declare you medically unfit for duty. Fortunately,
Floyd | this room is the last.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Core
Floyd | You stand in the core of the StreamDive Temporal Relocation Unit. Far
Floyd | below you, an artificial singularity waits to propel you backward in
Floyd | history. The room itself is a huge dome, totally black, but lit from an
Floyd | unseeable source. There is always gooseflesh on your arms when you
Floyd | stand in this room. It is not a friendly room, not a relaxed room. This
Floyd | is a room that knows the seriousness of its function. It is far larger
Floyd | than anything it would ever hold, but its size is a necessity of the
Floyd | design. The constant, low hum of the massive generators that power the
Floyd | time machine is inaudible only here. The room feels like another world
Floyd | itself, neither part of the present nor the past.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's all in the hands of the folks upstairs now...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "Gives Gold Diving helmet to DavidW"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "dive"
Floyd | In what?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Pretty dramatic."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wait"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | A voice materializes from nowhere in particular. "StreamDiver Alpha
Floyd | Tango-678, StreamDive will commence in thirty seconds. Good luck, and
Floyd | Godspeed."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Here we go."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wait"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | The floor fades to transparency. There is a brilliant point of light
Floyd | somewhere far below you. Scanning beams trace over your body. Below
Floyd | you, a perfect mirror image of yourself fades into existence, your
Floyd | avatar. You have a sinking feeling as your avatar falls toward the
Floyd | light. Just as you were trained, you roll back on the balls of your
Floyd | feet and close your eyes. In your head, you count to six. Deep down
Floyd | there, your avatar enters the event horizon of the artificial
Floyd | singularity. As always, you have the disconcerting sensation of
Floyd | falling...
Floyd |
Floyd | Cold.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hot.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bright.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pain is gone before you feel it. You want to open your eyes, but
Floyd | you know better. Even if you survived the experience, your sanity would
Floyd | not. You wait for the sensation of falling to end.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You wait for your perception of local timespace to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You open your eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "aww yeah time to timethief all your old garbage"
Silvermist asks, "read items on fridge?"
Jacqueline asks, "Are those documents?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x receipt"
Floyd | FoodWorks
Floyd | You save more at FoodWorks every
Floyd | day!
Floyd | Store #10191 Checker 7 6:27 PM
Floyd |
Floyd | BJ ICE CRM 1GAL            7.74
Floyd | FW TOWELL 6PK         SB   4.80
Floyd | FW 2PCT MLK 1GAL           4.88
Floyd | FW TRASH BAG               5.54
Floyd | PRODUCE               SB   9.34
Floyd | PRODUCE                   16.33
Floyd | AP XS CH COL               9.72
Floyd | POLISH SAUS               10.21
Floyd | 1DOZ EGG                   8.35
Floyd | FLNK STK                  18.22
Floyd | PRD WHOLE CHKN            12.77
Floyd | FC BREAD                   1.94
Floyd | COKE 2LTR          6      18.06
Floyd | MTN SPR WTR 1GAL   4      12.44
Floyd | TT DONUT                   4.33
Floyd | MARLB MEN UL CRT          52.00
Floyd | AA BATT 12PK              16.32
Floyd | CP SOUP            5  SB  10.35
Floyd | APL JCE                    5.10
Floyd | MX TMPN 30                 6.77
Floyd |
Floyd | BAL                      235.21
Floyd |
Floyd | VALUED CUSTOMER 1191388732
Floyd |
Floyd | SB FW TOWELL 6PK           2.20-
Floyd | SB PRODUCE                 1.21-
Floyd | SB CP SOUP                 1.00-
Floyd | BAL                      230.80
Floyd | TAX  11.54     BAL       242.34
Floyd | Debit Card               242.34-
Floyd | ********************************
Floyd | FoodWorks 10191
Floyd | Debit Card     XXXXXXXXXXXXX1332
Floyd | $242.34
Floyd | BIOMETRIC SCAN CONFIRM:
Floyd | James Robert Wallace
Floyd | AUTH OK
Floyd | ********************************
Floyd | Authentication verified by DAVS
Floyd | YOUR TOTAL SUPER BONUS SAVINGS
Floyd | TODAY ARE: $4.41
Floyd |
Floyd | Thank you for shopping at
Floyd | FoodWorks
Floyd |
Floyd | You save more at FoodWorks every
Floyd | day!
Floyd |
Floyd | [The document "Grocery Receipt" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Wow. that ... actually looks exactly like a receipt."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x report card"
Floyd | A grade report has been affixed to the refrigerator door:
Floyd | Donald Woods High School
Floyd | Interim Grade Report
Floyd |
Floyd | Term: Spring
Floyd | Name: Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | Grade: 10
Floyd |
Floyd | Class: Calculus        Instructor: Nelson    Grade: 99
Floyd | Class: Journalism Tech Instructor: Kryzac    Grade: 100
Floyd | Class: English II      Instructor: Celsius   Grade: 89
Floyd | Class: AP Physics      Instructor: Cornell   Grade: 98
Floyd |
Floyd | Please report any errors to guidance office immediately.
Floyd | This is an interim grade report. Official grades will be available at
Floyd | end of semester.
Floyd | [The document "Report Card" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Also, I like this autoscanning thing that's happening."
Jacqueline says, "Wow. Those are either some great grades or some Ferris Bueller grades."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open fridge"
Floyd | You open the refrigerator.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in it"
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd | The refrigerator is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "close fridge"
Floyd | You close the refrigerator.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "darn. No ice cream."
Jacqueline says, "That's in the freezer."
Roger says, "Young Stephen was studious before he grew up to be Darth Hitler"
Silvermist says, "I wonder if Wallace invented something in the future or affected history in some large way"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x stove"
Floyd | The contemporary incarnation of the fundamental cooking device. It has
Floyd | evolved somewhat from classical cast-iron-box-with-fire-inside, and
Floyd | features a range top with heating elements, and an interior compartment
Floyd | for other cooking. Of course, it lacks any real food-preparation
Floyd | abilities, such as laser-guided rehydration and instantaneous thermal
Floyd | induction, but it sufficed for the people of this era.
Floyd | The stove is currently switched off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Let's try our chip superpowers"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research foodworks"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research wallace"
Floyd | Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | Pioneer in human-computer neural interfaces and neural cybernetics.
Floyd | During the wars of the twentieth century, his familiarity with the
Floyd | internal workings of the human brain led to his being pressed into
Floyd | service as a neurosurgeon. After the wars, he applied his considerable
Floyd | computer skills to building brain implant devices which could restore
Floyd | brain function lost due to injury or illness. He received the Nobel
Floyd | Prize in 2086 for his work with stroke and brain cancer victims. Such
Floyd | modern inventions as the neural navigation interface and the artificial
Floyd | voice box owe much in their design to his work.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Great Minds in Science, the Twenty-First Century
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Okay. So probably not Ferris Bueller grades, then."
Jacqueline says, "Possibly, but probably not."
Roger says, "Scheduled for Termination"
Silvermist says, "Research cybernetics"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research cybernetics"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "browse"
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | BROWSE
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | 1     Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | 2     Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "Why do they want us to go back to Wallace's childhood?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | Possibly the darkest period in recent history, this period contains the
Floyd | last and largest of the intercontinental wars. Several Middle Eastern
Floyd | nations formed a military alliance, and began imposing expansionist
Floyd | policies on neighboring countries. When the United States threatened to
Floyd | cut off trade relations with these countries, the formed a lucrative
Floyd | trade alliance with China. Because during this period, industrialized
Floyd | nations were still highly dependent on fossil fuel, an alliance of
Floyd | western nations declared war on China and the Arabic alliance. Tactical
Floyd | nuclear warheads were used by both sides, resulting in the near-total
Floyd | annihilation of many US-sympathetic countries in southeast Asia. Though
Floyd | US nuclear weapons were unable to breach Chinese countermeasures,
Floyd | several Chinese nuclear missiles did penetrate the US defensive system,
Floyd | obliterating a number of cities. The war was finally ended when the
Floyd | massive space station Kennedy crashed to Earth near the Chinese
Floyd | capital. The resulting explosion killed over two billion people,
Floyd | forcing the Chinese government to capitulate. However, widespread
Floyd | environmental and war damage left the entire world badly crippled.
Floyd | Reconstruction would take much of the next century, and the extensive
Floyd | costs of rebuilding the damaged world forced the beginning of
Floyd | governmental alliances that would eventually lead to a United Earth
Floyd | Government.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mission occurs during the opening of the nuclear phase of the war.
Floyd | At 785278.83 UDC, a missile launched from China will exploit the breach
Floyd | in the US missile shield. Nine hours later, its course will be diverted
Floyd | away from Washington, DC to avoid US countermeasures. It will narrowly
Floyd | miss a secondary target, several miles from your Dive site, at 865741.8
Floyd | UDC.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Zanxq's Brief Guide to Human Civilizations, vol. 72
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Space Station Kennedy
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Silvermist says, "uh oh, nuclear bombs near our dive site and world wars"
Jacqueline says, "haha - Brief Guide, vol 72"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "research space station kennedy"
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | BROWSE
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | 1     Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | 2     Space Station Kennedy
Floyd | 3     Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "See space station Kennedy"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd |
Floyd | Space Station Kennedy
Floyd | Space Station Kennedy
Floyd | The first orbital platform intended for permanent occupation, Space
Floyd | Station Kennedy was assembled in Earth orbit in the second quarter of
Floyd | the twenty-first century. Compared with earlier projects, Kennedy was
Floyd | ambitious; it contained living facilities for twenty-five families,
Floyd | and, unlike earlier space stations, its primary function was not
Floyd | scientific, but industrial. Methods of zero-gravity production which
Floyd | had previously been tested on earlier space missions were implemented
Floyd | on a grand scale. It was also the first space vehicle to be equipped
Floyd | with a synthetic gravity system. After two decades of service, the
Floyd | station was badly damaged during the intercontinental war of the mid
Floyd | twenty-first century. Its crew were not able to prevent a forced
Floyd | re-entry, and chose to direct the crashing space station to a heavily
Floyd | inhabited area of China. Everyone aboard the station was killed in the
Floyd | resulting explosion, which also resulted in severe environmental
Floyd | catastrophes in Asia, prompting the end of the war.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: The Space Pioneers, vol. 9
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Jacqueline asks, "Why do I have the feeling this is not going to be a game we complete today?"
DavidW says, "I feel the same way."
Roger says, "possibly it's your intuition module"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | BROWSE
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | 1     Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | 2     Space Station Kennedy
Floyd | 3     Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x console"
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains five chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in chiprack"
Floyd | In the StreamDive console are five chips (an interface chip, a scan
Floyd | chip, a library chip, a DataStore chip and a dive chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Visit the pantry?"
Jacqueline says, "Sure. I actually would prefer others enter commands."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pantry
Floyd | This is a small room, designed to hold food staples and cooking
Floyd | equipment not housed in the kitchen. You doubt you'll find anything
Floyd | worthwhile in here, but you've been a StreamDiver long enough to know
Floyd | better than to trust appearances. You can return east to the kitchen.
Floyd |
Floyd | Shelves line the walls, sparsely stocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the shelves are some pots and pans, a lazy susan (empty), a flour
Floyd | pot (closed) and a can of spiced ham (closed).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "In about an hour I'll need to bail to get ready for the Seattle IF Meetup, so others should have a sense of the landscape and commands."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x flour pot"
Floyd | It's a small tin pot bearing the word "flour" and a floral decoration.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | You open the flour pot, revealing some flour.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search flour"
Floyd | (the flour)
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "close flour pot"
Floyd | You close the flour pot.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x can"
Floyd | This is a can of compressed, meat-like substance, which, though only
Floyd | barely meeting the definition of "food", could have provided an easy
Floyd | meal in an emergency.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x susan"
Floyd | Unbelievable. The workmanship which allows this device to swivel
Floyd | smoothly, allowing stored utensils to be easily accessed, all without
Floyd | the aid of laser construction or frictionless bearings. Still, from its
Floyd | gaudy appearance, it isn't hard to see why the owner relegated it to
Floyd | the pantry.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn susan"
Floyd | It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x pots"
Floyd | A number of pots and pans sit on the shelves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under shelf"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the can of spiced ham
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan ham"
Floyd | A slight shiver runs up your spine as you read the results of the scan.
Floyd | Something similar to your temporal shield has been used on this can to
Floyd | force it into a hyperstable configuration. Despite the question of why
Floyd | anyone would do such a thing, what concerns you far more is the
Floyd | question of how it was done; such a transmutation is patently
Jacqueline says, "Darn"
Floyd | impossible without StreamDive technology. Has someone else been here?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Was hoping that was spam."
Roger says, "oh no time spammers"
DavidW says, "Possibly another diver is here."
Silvermist says, "put ham on lazy susan"
DavidW says, "Maybe from alternate future? Geez, wouldn't that be weird."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put ham on susan"
Floyd | You need to be holding the can of spiced ham before you can put it on
Floyd | top of something else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ham"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put ham on susan"
Floyd | Putting things on the lazy susan would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The susan doesn't seem to be implemented very deeply."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put ham on shelf"
Floyd | You put the can of spiced ham on the shelves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "eats ham turns into timetravelling mutant"
DavidW says, "I say we explore east of kitchen next."
Silvermist says, "sounds good"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down,
Floyd | presumably to the basement.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x letter"
Floyd | Dear Julia,
Floyd | I hope to God you get this letter. We waited for you as long as we
Floyd | could, but they're saying that the bombs could fall any day. There's a
Floyd | shelter out in New Calvert, we're going there. Daddy says its the
Floyd | safest place in a hundred miles. Try to get there if you can, but don't
Floyd | take any risks. The most important thing is that you stay safe. I left
Floyd | some money and your grandmom's jewels in the hidden place for you. Your
Floyd | dad bought a gun and bullets, and put them there too, but be careful.
Floyd | We all love you and hope to see you again.
Floyd |
Floyd | Love,
Floyd | Mom.
Floyd | [The document "Letter to Julia" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "so there's a gun to be found, eh?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research julia"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd | The house shakes hard as a something, probably an aircraft or small
Floyd | bomb, crashes to earth in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Silvermist says, "I hope it's not the nuclear bomb"
DavidW says, "I hope so too."
DavidW says, "We really haven't learned much."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the wooden knob
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan knob"
Floyd | The scanner shows that the knob on the end of the bannister is not
Floyd | seated firmly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn knob"
Floyd | You give the knob a twist, then another. After a few more turns, it
Floyd | comes free in your hand, revealing a very small compartment in the post
Floyd | underneath.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in compartment"
Floyd | In the post is a large key.
Floyd | Somewhere, probably a few kilometers away, there is an explosion. The
Floyd | house rocks, and you have a hard time keeping your footing.
Floyd |
Floyd | You hear a great crash below.
Floyd | >
Silvermist asks, "take the key and look below for source of crash noise?"
DavidW says, "We have the autokey; we don't need this key."
DavidW says, "but yeah, downstairs seems like a plan."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Clever alternative puzzle stuff."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 2"
Floyd | [Footnote 2]
Floyd | That is, to the south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door with autokey"
Floyd | You'll have to be more specific; which door do you want to unlock?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | You'll have to be more specific; which door do you want to unlock?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open basement door"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open south door"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to open the south wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You make it part of the way down the steps, but encounter an
Floyd | impenetrable blockade of toppled boxes, probably brought down by the
Floyd | shaking you felt earlier. Disheartened, you turn back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Wait. We were thwarted by toppled boxes?"
Jacqueline asks, "How lame are we?"
Silvermist says, "sad"
Jacqueline nods.
DavidW says, "oh noes, wezz boxed in."
Jacqueline smacks David up the backside of his head.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to try to unlock it? >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd |
Floyd | Okay [Footnote 3].
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Spare Bedroom
Floyd | This room looks as if it hasn't seen use any time in the recent past.
Floyd | It is sparsely furnished, containing little more than a dresser, bed,
Floyd | and nightstand. The only exit is southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Some luggage has been tucked away by the door.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the nightstand is a memo pad.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oooh"
Jacqueline exclaims, "DOC!"
Jacqueline says, "Also, luggage."
Jacqueline rubs her hands together.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x memo"
Floyd | A blank pad of paper. There is a visible tear where the top sheet was
Floyd | torn off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "Find a pencil!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan pad"
Floyd | The scanner enhances some vague indentations on the pad and reveals a
Floyd | message:
Floyd |
Floyd | J --
Floyd |
Floyd | thnx for last night. wont say more here.
Floyd | got your note @ rustys. left note 4 u
Floyd | in hall. cant find my book so used codeword. talk later. IEU
Floyd |
Floyd |      --D
Floyd | [The document "Memo" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Gotcher pencil right here, ma'am."
Jacqueline says, "...or a fancy futuristic scanner. That works, too"
Silvermist exclaims, "So Julia is thanking someone for last night? O lal a!"
DavidW says, "D is thanking Julia."
DavidW asks, "Is IEU the codeword?"
Silvermist says, "Can we research IEU and rustys"
Jacqueline says, "True"
DavidW says, "rustys is probably Rusty's. Rusty's home."
Roger says, "improvised explosive underwear"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open luggage"
Floyd | You look through the luggage. You find several changes of clothes and a
Floyd | slightly larger selection of female undergarments, as well as other
Floyd | sundries and personal hygiene products. Deciding that nothing of
Floyd | historical interest is there, you re-close the bags.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | As if mocking you, the scanner contradicts your hypothesis by
Floyd | indicating numerous small traces that the room has been occupied; signs
Floyd | of recent dusting, uneven settling of the bedsprings, and evidence that
Floyd | the notepad on the nightstand was recently moved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd | Something blocks the light for a second, and you turn to look. Nothing.
Floyd | Hm. This place is starting to get to you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open dresser"
Floyd | (the dresser drawers)
Floyd | You open the dresser drawers.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in dresser"
Floyd | (the dresser)
Floyd | There is nothing on the dresser.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x nightstand"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the nightstand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "visit another room?"
Silvermist says, "need to go afk"
Roger says, "sure"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Video disc player. How quaint."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bookshelves"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the bookshelf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look on bookshelf"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bar"
Floyd | This is an area of the room used for mixing drinks and storing
Floyd | alcoholic beverages. At one time, it had a water hook-up, but this has
Floyd | been disconnected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "try another room, I guess."
DavidW says, "If we find a video tape, we know where to play it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Office
Floyd | The small office is furnished much as you'd expect for an office of
Floyd | this period. There is a bookshelf along one wall, furnished more with
Floyd | office supplies than with books. The only exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a computer here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x computer"
Floyd | This is a typical desktop computer of the period, probably full of
Floyd | shortcuts and inefficiencies that make it useless for "real" computing,
Floyd | but marginally faster and easier for bookkeeping, word-processing, and
Floyd | casual use of the global computer network.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "snrk"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Personal Computer. Manufacturer: Lewellen Personal Machines.
Floyd |
Floyd | Searching for relevant data...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | [Press Any Key]
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Two relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Account Worksheet
Floyd | 2     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Account Worksheet
Floyd | June
Floyd |
Floyd | Mortgage            3078.42
Floyd | Gas
Floyd |  James              432.20
Floyd |  Katia              150.78
Floyd |  Julia & Jim        107.66
Floyd | Utilities           1210.59
Floyd | Food                1590.67
Floyd | Allowance-Julia      400.00
Floyd | Allowance-Jim        250.00
Floyd | PVR repair           130.00
Floyd | Internet             100.00
Floyd | Mobile Phones        660.00
Floyd | Phone                500.00
Floyd | Car repair          4300.00
Floyd | Doctor               800.00
Floyd | James - other       3000.00
Floyd | Other               1069.93
Floyd |
Floyd | [The document "Account Sheet" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
DavidW says, "oh, the J of the bedroom note might be Jim, then."
DavidW asks, "Or James?"
DavidW asks, "And why isn't Stephen mentioned?"
Jacqueline asks, "God, these figures... what year is this supposed to be?"
Roger says, "maybe they like his middle name"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Two relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Account Worksheet
Floyd | 2     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The receipt probably has the date on it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd |
Floyd | Electronic Mailbox
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 1 Default Mailbox
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     From:          Subject:
Floyd |      Arcotech       Re: Shelter performance.............2
Floyd |      Litefoot, inc  Klien account.......................3
Floyd |      Rick738        You gotta see this! 51934...........5
Floyd |      Optitron BioTe Support: Incident ticket 31821......6
Floyd |      ezcash019      MAKE MONEY FAST!!...................7
Floyd |      Cameron White  Fwd: Your American Duty.............8
Floyd |      Arcotech       Re: Shelter capacity................9
Floyd |      Arcotech       Important Announcement!.............10
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 2 Arcotech       Re: Shelter performance
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Mr. Wallace,
Floyd |
Floyd | In response to your inquiry, Arcotech shelters are designed to
Floyd | withstand most conventional attacks and fallout resulting from nuclear
Floyd | attacks. However, no consumer shelter can provide total protection. In
Floyd | the unlikely event that a nuclear strike occurs sufficiently close that
Floyd | your shelter would be within the cratered area, our level of protection
Floyd | would fail. Please keep in mind, however, that the chances of a nuclear
Floyd | strike close to your home are miniscule.
Floyd |
Floyd | We hope that your concerns have been addressed in a timely and useful
Floyd | manner. Please contact us if you have further concerns.
Floyd |
Floyd | Support Department
Floyd | Arcotech, Inc.
Jacqueline says, "The receipt doesn't have a date on it, only a time, but it speaks of a biometric scan to confirm debit card identity, so that, coupled with this crazy budget, imply a bit in our future still."
Jacqueline says, "Though it's written 15 years ago to start with, so who knows."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 3 Litefoot, inc  Klien account
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | James,
Floyd |
Floyd | Good work on the Klien account. We'll be closing in a few weeks. Frieda
Floyd | wants you look over the notes for the Monaco deal, but there's no rush.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's a little buzz about a possible government contract. Think
Floyd | LT-739 will be ready in two weeks?
Floyd |
Floyd | Bob Travers
Floyd | Litefoot Industrial Sealants
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 4 Support Dept   Ticket 201893456
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Customer,
Floyd |
Floyd | This is an automated message to inform you that your PR-1029 Personal
Floyd | Video Recorder has been received by our returns department. Since your
Floyd | digital recorder is still under warranty, a repaired unit will be sent
Floyd | to your home free of charge within the next three business days.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thank you.
Floyd |
Floyd | This is an AUTOMATED RESPONSE. Please DO NOT respond to this message.
Roger says, "People in the olden times were boring"
DavidW asks, "Wonder if that video recorder is in the mailbox outside or what?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 5 Rick738        You gotta see this! 51934
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Hey Freddie,
Floyd |
Floyd | I found a site last night that you've GOTTA see! They have the HOTTEST
Floyd | young girls anywhere on the net! I know how much you like this stuff,
Floyd | so check it out!
Floyd |
Floyd | [LINK]
Jacqueline says, "hm. Possibly. I'm afraid we'll get hit by a nuke if we go outside, though."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 6 Optitron BioTe Support: Incident ticket 31821
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear customer,
Floyd |
Floyd | The following technical support information is being sent in response
Floyd | to your message entitled: "Eye recharge fails", dated 5/11. If you
Floyd | believe this message has been sent in error, please contact
Floyd | abuse@optitron-biotechnics.usa
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Mr. Wallace,
Floyd | Though recharge failures are rare, they do occur. Please be sure to
Floyd | clean the optic unit and charger receptacle thoroughly, as directed by
Floyd | your user manual. We find that over 90% of recharging difficulties are
Floyd | due to dirty contacts or charger misuse. If the problem persists, it
Floyd | may point to battery exhaustion. Though Optitron LZ-model storage units
Floyd | generally last at least 10 years, excessive wear and environmental
Floyd | conditions can shorten their lifetimes. Since your unit is over six
Floyd | years old, there is a small service charge for replacing the power
Floyd | unit. This charge covers installation of a new power cell, unit
Floyd | cleaning, and re-alignment.
Floyd |
Floyd | Please consider upgrading your prosthesis to the new LZ100-model, which
Floyd | adds the following enhancements:
Floyd |  *Compatible with M-VIDEO 7 image capture devices
Floyd |  *Improved resolution and focus
Floyd |  *New long-life power cell, capable of storing power for 72 hours of
Floyd | use
Floyd |  *High-speed recharge: battery can be charged to capacity in under 2
Floyd | hours
Floyd |  *Power-saving mode: engages when eyes are closed to conserve power
Floyd |  *In-place recharger: the prosthesis can be charged without removal
Floyd |  *Increased comfort and durability
Floyd |  *New life-like cosmetic lens: prosthesis is undetectable under casual
Floyd | examination
Floyd |
Floyd | We hope this information has been useful in solving your problem.
Floyd | Please cite this incident number (31821) your response if you wish to
Floyd | update your support issue.
Floyd |
Floyd | Sincerely,
Floyd | Camphor Tryst
Floyd | Support Department, Optitron BioTech
DavidW says, "Fake eEye."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 7 ezcash019      MAKE MONEY FAST!!
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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DavidW says, "Fake eyes in IF suggests a retina scan lock somewhere."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 8 Cameron White  Fwd: Your American Duty
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Can you believe this shit?
Floyd | >In these times of trial, every American Citizen must do his part
Floyd | >to ensure a safe and prosperous future for your country. If the
Floyd | >enemies of freedom are to be defeated, we must be able to meet
Floyd | >their vile atrocities with whatever force necessary.
Floyd | >Many traitors and cowards have tried to claim that this war is
Floyd | >unnecessary, and have avoided their patriotic duty by claiming
Floyd | >cowardly "conscientious objector" status.
Floyd | >If the US is to arise victorious from this war, such cowards and
Floyd | >traitors must be stopped. Every man in this country has a patriotic
Floyd | >duty to serve in the armed forces during this conflict. DON'T WAIT
Floyd | >to be drafted. ENLIST TODAY
Floyd | >For the army we fight is a dangerous foe, with armies to spare.
Floyd | >Back at home, the brave women of the united states have a duty to
Floyd | >their country as well. Arms and equipment manufacturers all over
Floyd | >the country are hiring laborers to ensure that our boys abroad have
Floyd | >what they need to win this conflict.
Floyd | >But the women of this country have yet a more important duty to our
Floyd | >future. As wives and mothers they must help raise our youth to
Floyd | >understand the importance of the war we fight, and to help rebuild
Floyd | >our population in hope of the day when freedom again reigns
Floyd | >supreme.
Floyd | >The militant lesbian conspiracy has attempted GENOCIDE by fooling
Floyd | >the female population into shirking their duty to produce a new
Floyd | >generation of Americans to carry on the fight. It is the duty of
Floyd | >EVERY woman, regardless of age, income, or sexual "preference" to
Floyd | >contribute their genetic material to future generations by bearing
Floyd | >as many children as they are physically capable. Birth rates in the
Floyd | >US have been steadily declining for almost a century, and our enemies
Floyd | >KNOW IT! They want to watch us die out!
Floyd | >Selfish traitors claim that we are trying to "oppress" womankind by
Floyd | >"enslaving" them to their biology. These traitors ignore the fact that
Floyd | >they play the most important role in our future. Before shipping out
Floyd | to
Floyd | >defend our great nation, every man should make arrangements to ensure
Floyd | >that his DNA is preserved in future generations by impregnating his
Floyd | >spouse or lover, and by making regular contributions to sperm banks.
Floyd | >The future of our country is in your hands. Put aside your selfishness
Floyd | >and do what's right!
DavidW says, "yikes"
Jacqueline says, "yeah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 9 Arcotech       Re: Shelter capacity
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Mr. Wallace, Thank you for your concern. According to our records, your
Floyd | ArcoTech shelter is designed to provide living facilities for four
Floyd | persons for thirty years. Because we realize that unforeseen
Floyd | circumstances might increase the number of persons occupying the
Floyd | shelter (births, inability to turn away unprepared neighbors), all our
Floyd | shelters provide some leeway. In the situation described, the addition
Floyd | of another person might decrease shelter comfort and efficiency, but
Floyd | should not seriously endanger you or your family. If it becomes
Floyd | necessary to occupy your shelter, you should implement stricter
Floyd | rationing than normal to ensure that supplies are not over-taxed.
Floyd | Because air and water availability are your most pressing concerns, we
Floyd | recommend you install the Arcotech Supplementary Life Support System,
Floyd | which will reduce the load on the main system to increase shelter
Floyd | comfort if it is made to provide for more occupants.
Floyd |
Floyd | We hope that your concerns have been addressed in a timely and useful
Floyd | manner. Please contact us if you have further concerns.
Floyd |
Floyd | Support Department
Floyd | Arcotech, Inc.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 10 Arcotech       Important Announcement!
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Valued customer,
Floyd |
Floyd | As you may know, the North American space defense shield has recently
Floyd | been breached by Chinese countermeasures. Since this greatly increases
Floyd | the chances that bombs may land on US soil, we would like to take this
Floyd | time to urge all our customers to ensure that their shelters are in
Floyd | working order and make arrangements to enter the shelter at any time.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thank you
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (office)---
Floyd | Page: 10 Arcotech       Important Announcement!
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Valued customer,
Floyd |
Floyd | As you may know, the North American space defense shield has recently
Floyd | been breached by Chinese countermeasures. Since this greatly increases
Floyd | the chances that bombs may land on US soil, we would like to take this
Floyd | time to urge all our customers to ensure that their shelters are in
Floyd | working order and make arrangements to enter the shelter at any time.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thank you
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd | [The document "Email Database (office)" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Jacqueline says, "Last one, I guess."
DavidW says, "yeah"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Two relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Account Worksheet
Floyd | 2     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Office
Floyd | The small office is furnished much as you'd expect for an office of
Floyd | this period. There is a bookshelf along one wall, furnished more with
Floyd | office supplies than with books. The only exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a computer here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research lt-739"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research arcotech"
Floyd | Arcotech (Arcotech Home Survival Technologies)
Floyd | Manufacturer of blast and survival shelters for private homes during
Floyd | the twenty-first century. The company made enormous profits during the
Floyd | years leading up to the intercontinental war at the middle of the
Floyd | century as interest in survival shelters grew to a height unprecedented
Floyd | since the "Cold War" of the third quarter of the twentieth century.
Floyd | Although their products were generally considered the highest quality
Floyd | available during their time, the shelters were not capable of
Floyd | withstanding the more powerful nuclear and quantum weapons used during
Floyd | the war, and the company eventually declared bankruptcy. Their product
Floyd | lines were eventually bought by Amalgamated Industries, inc.
Floyd |
Floyd | No shelters built during this period are currently known to exist.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Seventy Days: The Rise and Fall of the Global Megacorps
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Amalgamated Industries
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "quantum weapons? geezus."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research amalgamated"
Floyd | Amalgamated Industries
Floyd | Manufacturing megacorporation of the North American Continent.
Floyd | Following the trans-continental war of the twenty-first century,
Floyd | Amalgamated Industries bought over 90% of the manufacturing companies
Floyd | in the western hemisphere. It was one of the companies involved in the
Floyd | events of the Seventy Days, and collapsed soon afterward.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Seventy Days: The Rise and Fall of the Global Megacorps
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Historical Period: The Seventy Days
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I am having trouble thinking of what could protect one from quantum weapons."
DavidW says, "Not being there."
Jacqueline says, "True"
Jacqueline says, "That is a good defense."
vimes says, "a box containing a cat"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "It's generally a good idea to have a box containing a cat."
DavidW says, "Unless quantum entanglement, which can get you regardless if you're there or not."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research seventy"
Floyd | Historical Period: The Seventy Days
Floyd | Term used to describe the period from September to November of the
Floyd | old-calendar year 2102. Reconstruction after the wars of the previous
Floyd | century left most of the world in the debt of seventeen
Floyd | megacorporations. On September 12, 2102 (old date), the
Floyd | megacorporations foreclosed on the collective nations of the world, and
Floyd | assumed legal control of the planet. They were met with little
Floyd | resistance from world populations, who had grown dissatisfied with the
Floyd | national governments. Though their leadership was able to provide rapid
Floyd | improvement of living conditions for many inhabitants, the task of
Floyd | managing an entire planet proved too much for the megacorporations, who
Floyd | soon discovered that the world as a whole could not be run profitably.
Floyd | After several administrative fiascoes, the most notable of which
Floyd | involved the firing and eviction from Earth of the entire population of
Floyd | Canada, the corporate consortium itself declared bankruptcy exactly 70
Floyd | days after its inception, thrusting the world into anarchy.
Floyd |
Floyd | The United Earth Directorate quickly arose to fill the infrastructure
Floyd | created by the consortium, becoming the first true one-world
Floyd | government.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Seventy Days: The Rise and Fall of the Global Megacorps
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "There we go. A year."
DavidW says, "So we're in the 2000's, then, since the 70 Days happened after the war."
Jacqueline asks, "Oh noes. Sorry to hear about Canada, eh?"
DavidW asks, "WE WERE EVICTED?"
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, yeah."
Jacqueline says, "Hope you like Mars."
DavidW asks, "May I ask why?"
Jacqueline says, "Because you all kept relying on your politeness to get you out of jams, and the world finally saw through your game."
Jacqueline says, "Politness and cute accents will only work for another fifty years at best. Fortunately, that'll be long enough for you."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research optitron"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research litefoot"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research war"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research china"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research canada"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Office
Floyd | The small office is furnished much as you'd expect for an office of
Floyd | this period. There is a bookshelf along one wall, furnished more with
Floyd | office supplies than with books. The only exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a computer here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x supplies"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x books"
Floyd | Nothing of note; a few books on computer operation and general
Floyd | chemistry references.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Try another room?"
Jacqueline says, "I am still giggling about the firing and eviction of the entire country of Canada."
Jacqueline says, "But sure, another room."
DavidW says, "Remind me what STATUS and TIMESCAN do."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf2"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "status"
Floyd | StreamDive Console: Standard Research Version
Floyd | Status: Operational
Floyd | Temporal Capacitor charge: 84%
Floyd | Manifest:
Floyd |  interface chip
Floyd |  scan chip
Floyd |  library chip
Floyd |  DataStore chip
Floyd |  dive chip
Floyd | Temporal shield is inactive
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Status I'm not sure. I was thinking TIMESCAN tells you what happened to an object."
DavidW says, "no, that was the visualizer."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The console does a scan of the area, but detects nothing out of the
Floyd | ordinary, aside from the distortion caused by your own presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Spare Bedroom
Floyd | This room looks as if it hasn't seen use any time in the recent past.
Floyd | It is sparsely furnished, containing little more than a dresser, bed,
Floyd | and nightstand. The only exit is southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Some luggage has been tucked away by the door.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the nightstand is a memo pad.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The console does a scan of the area, but detects nothing out of the
Floyd | ordinary, aside from the distortion caused by your own presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bathroom
Floyd | You get the impression that this bathroom has become a waystation for
Floyd | things that were intended for the basement, but got lost along the way.
Floyd | Boxes and bags seem to cover every surface; the sink, the heating vent,
Floyd | the fixture. The way out is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the fixture
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan fixture"
Floyd | The scanner detects a rectangular mass inside the bowl.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x fixture"
Floyd | While the mechanical aspects may have changed, the device is similar in
Floyd | appearance and function to those of your own era.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in it"
Floyd | On a whim, you lift the heavy boxes and raise the lid of the toilet
Floyd | seat. The bowl has been drained, and resting inside is a small book,
Floyd | which you manage, with some difficulty, to retrieve before letting the
Floyd | boxes fall back into place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a diary, a wooden knob, an autokey and your StreamDive
Floyd | console, inside which are five chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a
Floyd | library chip, a DataStore chip and a dive chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x diary"
Floyd | A small book, probably a diary. That would be a boon; diaries,
Floyd | journals, all the personal records kept by people are what you're
Floyd | really here for. A house full of paintings, interesting furniture, even
Floyd | platinum doubloons won't equal what you could learn about this time
Floyd | from the diary of someone who actually lived it. There is a tiny metal
Floyd | closure locking it, but you'll be damned if that's going to stop you
Floyd | from looking inside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open diary"
Floyd | It's locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "We'll be damned if that little lock's gonna stop us."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open diary with autokey"
Floyd | The lock clicks open. Your hands almost tremble in anticipation. What a
Floyd | find!
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the book...
Floyd |
Floyd | What?
Floyd |
Floyd | It's encoded? Who keeps a diary in code? Well, obviously, Julia Yvonne
Floyd | Wallace does. You can't help but wondering what could make someone so
Floyd | paranoid as to go to the trouble of encoding a locked, hidden diary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Alas, we don't have the cryptography chip."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 0 Diary
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |                                                       My Diary
Floyd | Julia Yvonne Wallace
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 1 April 17
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
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Floyd |
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DavidW says, "looks like a simple substitution cipher."
Jacqueline says, "I wonder if we're supposed to do multiple dives (maybe even in different playthroughs) using knowledge we have from a previous game."
DavidW says, "Possibly, yes."
Jacqueline asks, "I dunno. We only have two one-letter words, right? I and a?"
Jacqueline says, "I see more than that here."
Lionheart arrives, full of fun, but no funk. Jacqueline says, "Then again, I don't have much practice with ciphers."
DavidW says, "some of the numbers might be literal numbers, but I dunno."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, true."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 2 April 18-19
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | April 18 - Jim's a bastard. He did it again. Snuck in while I was
Floyd | asleep and recalibrated my eye. When I woke up, I was seeing everything
Floyd | in infrared.
Floyd |
Floyd | Some days I want to rip the damned thing out with my bare hands.
Floyd |
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Lionheart says, "Hmm. Well I see "9'r" "A" "Q'5w"... that's not a mere cipher if both 9 and Q are I"
DavidW asks, "Recalibrated the eye?"
Lionheart says, "(assuming those are I'm and I've"
Lionheart says, "Maybe a Vignere cipher."
DavidW says, "I suppose it's not quite a simple cipher, but maybe a set of them."
Roger says, "It might not be solvable without cryptochip"
DavidW says, "At least we know that the eye can see in infrared."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 3 April 20-23
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | April 20 - Dreamt last night. The unbelievable pleasure of feeling a
Floyd | knife being thrust into my chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mom didn't take the bait. Maybe she's not still snooping on me.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 22 - They're sending troops into the middle east. Everyone says
Floyd | not to worry and we'll just clear this up like we have before. There's
Floyd | not going to be a war. But we've already got troops in so many other
Floyd | places. Jim's terrified that he's gonna get drafted. There hasn't been
Floyd | a draft in almost a hundred years though. The news says this will blow
Floyd | over in a couple of months, but Jimmy says that the president's an ass
Floyd | and he wants a war to boost his popularity rating. Dad thinks he's an
Floyd | idiot because no president would think that starting a war and getting
Floyd | hundreds of our people killed would make him popular. Maybe I should
Floyd | start reading the papers more.
Floyd |
Lionheart says, "Still looks like it may be crackable, but it sounds like that's not the intended way to solve it"
Jacqueline says, "I can think of few games that force you to do it."
Jacqueline says, "Usually there is an in-game mechanism."
Jacqueline says, "There is such a mechanism in this game, but we left it behind."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 4 April 24-26
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | April 25 - Jim keeps going on about this new program he's working on.
Floyd | Thinks it's going to, and I quote, "set him up among the gods." He's
Floyd | trying to get in touch with a bunch of professors at the big-league CS
Floyd | schools. Thinks he's hot stuff. Dad, who really ought to know better,
Floyd | asked him about his new "discovery", and he went on for about an hour,
Floyd | not really saying anything that made much sense. The long and short of
Floyd | it is that he thinks he's figured out how his brain works, and he
Floyd | thinks he's got a way to make a computer do the same thing. Wonderful.
Floyd | A computer that thinks like my brother.
Floyd |
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Jacqueline says, "Why is it not all encrypted, I wonder."
DavidW asks, "Is Stephen and Jim the same person?"
Lionheart says, ""if7 A vfuy kbg A" - If vignere, that would suggest an 8-letter key"
Roger says, "I think so"
Lionheart says, "if the two I's in succession both became A"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 5 April 27-29
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | April 27 - There was fighting last night. Southeast Asia. I didn't even
Floyd | know we had troops there. Congress was in session all night. The news
Floyd | says they're going to declare war. I am really, really scared.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Said the person who lives in Seattle."
Jacqueline says, "ILAC"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 6 April 30-May 3
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 7 May 4-6
Floyd |
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Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
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Floyd | May 6 - You are not fucking going to believe this. They've started up
Floyd | the draft. And what's more? They're not taking girls. I know, they've
Floyd | never taken them before, but they said that they would now, since
Floyd | they're all "liberated" and shit.
Floyd |
Floyd | Anyway, why aren't they taking girls, you ask? Well, there was a
Floyd | fucking commercial. A fucking commercial explaining how important women
Floyd | were to the war effort, and that's why they're not drafting them. And
Floyd | the way they're important to the war effort? You're gonna fucking love
Floyd | this -- reproduction. They're saying that it's "The duty of all
Floyd | citizens to make full use of their reproductive capabilities to ensure
Floyd | that our population remains strong and growing through these times of
Floyd | adversity."
Floyd |
Floyd | What is this, the fucking dark ages? In addition to their
Floyd | heart-fucking-felt sermon, they've voted in a massive tax-break for
Floyd | families with newborns, a government handout for women who get
Floyd | themselves pregnant, and subsidies for unmarried women who want
Floyd | artificial insemination. They're also rushing through a bunch of
Floyd | fertility drugs that increase the chances of having twins. The got some
Floyd | low-level flunkie in one of the fringe groups on record saying that it
Floyd | was the "sworn duty of every woman to attempt conception", and that
Floyd | parents should encourage their daughters to get themselves knocked up
Floyd | as young as fifteen. They're trying to fucking breed themselves an
Floyd | army.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "'never taken them before'?"
DavidW asks, "oh, women have never been drafted, she means?"
Roger says, "I would presume"
Roger says, "In... Scotland, I'm thinking."
Jacqueline says, "Well, they've been signed up, but not via a draft."
DavidW says, "ok"
DavidW asks, "continue?"
DavidW says, "I'm glad the diary isn't completely encrypted."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | But it'll be what, twenty years before any of these war babies are old
Floyd | enough to fight. The war can't go on that long, can it?
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 8 May 7-11
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 7 - Oh the shit has hit the fan. There's rioting in the streets.
Floyd | The people who don't like the war are protesting the war. The people
Floyd | who don't like the draft are protesting the draft. Pretty much everyone
Floyd | is protesting the breeding plan, except for the ones that are lined up
Floyd | around the block to get a big fat shot of fertility drugs and the big
Floyd | fat check that goes with it. Mom's friend that works for a doctor says
Floyd | that they've been asked not to tie anyone's tubes or give out
Floyd | contraceptives anymore. I found out that Jim's stockpiling condoms, on
Floyd | the off chance he manages to get a girl who doesn't think the rest of
Floyd | him's as ugly as his face. Says there's a bill in congress to restrict
Floyd | the sale of anything that prevents pregnancy.
Floyd |
Floyd | Donna's friend Rusty is talking about signing up. She's trying to talk
Floyd | him out of it, but he figures his draft notice is in the mail already
Floyd | anyway.
Floyd |
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Floyd | May 11 - When I got up this morning, my eye hadn't recharged. Hope I
Floyd | don't have to get the damned thing serviced. I couldn't go anywhere, of
Floyd | course, because I had to leave it on the charger all day. But Donna
Floyd | came over and we hung out. She went out with Tom last night and had a
Floyd | good time and all.
Floyd |
Roger says, "It's sort of a weird design decision, but maybe the right one"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | She thinks the eyepatch makes me look tough.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 9 May 12-15
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 12 - Eye worked today. Guess I had it in the charger wrong or
Floyd | something.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 13 - Donna's dad got "activated", which means he has to ship out.
Floyd | He does something technical for the navy, so it's not like he's going
Floyd | to the front or anything, but she's still scared. He wants her to go
Floyd | live with her grandmom. We talked to mom, and she said it would be okay
Floyd | if she stayed with us at least until the end of school. Her grandmom's
Floyd | an 80 year old woman with about a hundred cats.
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 10 May 17
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd | May 17 (later) - Fell asleep without taking my eye out so it's dead
Floyd | today. And no one ever told me how much it hurts if you sleep with
Floyd | contacts in. Told mom I was too sick to see the shrink today, which
Floyd | isn't far from the truth. I managed to get Donna down to her bed before
Floyd | mom went to wake her up for breakfast. As if we could eat. We crashed
Floyd | in my room most of the day so no one would see how sick we were.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | I let her get a good look at the hole in my face where my eye goes. She
Floyd | wasn't grossed out or anything. She asked me if I wanted to touch her
Floyd | scar. It was a little weird because you can feel little bumps where
Floyd | they stitched her cheek closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 11 May 19-28
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 19 - The fighting has escalated. Last night, one of our islands in
Floyd | the pacific got wiped off the map. That many people could just wink out
Floyd | of existence like that, and the world just goes on.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 20 - Rethinking yesterday's entry. We've been bombing the country
Floyd | with the largest population in the world for weeks now. Maybe we got
Floyd | what we deserved.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 23 - There is no Laos.
Floyd |
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Floyd | May 25 - Set up family ties with a nice boy? Fuck him. Besides, about
Floyd | the only boys that haven't been drafted are cripples and felons. And
Floyd | Rusty, of course, but I get the feeling he's looking to set up family
Floyd | ties with a nice boy himself.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 26 - Mom is moving most of the valuables into long-term storage. As
Floyd | in "make Jim go out in the woods and dig a deep hole to hide them in."
Floyd | Won't help. We're all going to die.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 27 - Air raid drill at school. Yes. Duck and cover. Fuck your
Floyd | mother.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "This is pretty darn dark."
Jacqueline says, "Also, sadly, I need to run and get ready for the IF Meetup."
Jacqueline says, "This is a good game. I look forward to seeing what you all do."
Roger says, "In the grim future, our history is reconstructed from the diaries of teen girls"
DavidW asks, "Should we stop and continue later?"
Jacqueline says, "Oh."
Jacqueline says, "Um, we could continue next week if you all are down with that."
Jacqueline says, "I would be delighted. But if you all want to keep playing, that's fine too."
DavidW says, "well, I at least want to see the rest of diary before quitting for now."
Jacqueline says, "Sure."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 12 May 29-June 1
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 30 - Something's bugging Donna. She won't talk to me about it. I'm
Floyd | worried.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 31 - Donna didn't come home last night. She showed up late this
Floyd | afternoon with a lame story about spending the night at her place
Floyd | because she had gotten involved in packing some things.
Floyd |
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 13 June 2-11
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | June 2 - Donna is still acting funny. I wonder if she's worried about
Floyd | her dad.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 3 - As close as I can tell, I'm a free woman again. Mom and Dad
Floyd | aren't watching me constantly, and I can pretty much come and go as I
Floyd | please, with the caveat that I can't stay out too long, what with the
Floyd | imminent possibility of he bomb killing us all.
Floyd |
Floyd | But I'm worried about Donna. She wanders off for hours at a time,
Floyd | doesn't say anything.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 4 - Jimmy's got himself a girlfriend. How cute. She's a
Floyd | rolly-polly little thing with coke-bottle glasses who thinks the sun
Floyd | rises and sets on him because of his brilliant invention. Maybe his
Floyd | stockpile won't go to waste after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | Yeah. And maybe my eye will grow back.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 5 - They've cancelled graduation due to war. Fuck.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | June 7 - We're sending troops into Vietnam. Where have I heard that
Floyd | before?
Floyd |
Floyd | June 9 - Donna asked me to try on some of her clothes. I don't like
Floyd | wearing a skirt, but she said I have really nice legs & I should show
Floyd | them off. Nice legs? Anyway, I hope this means she's feeling better,
Floyd | but there was something distant about her. About the only thing she was
Floyd | willing to talk about was the time I slit my wrists. Morbid.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 10 - Rained all day today. After watching a whole lot of TV, we
Floyd | basically just sat around. I worked on new pages for my code book while
Floyd | Donna just sat there and watched me.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Jacqueline asks, "Is Donna pregnant? Or thinking of suicide?"
DavidW says, "Or both."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Roger says, "Or is she... SECRETLY CHINESE"
DavidW says, "I strongly suspect Donna is pregnant, though, yes."
DavidW says, "It's possible we are secretly Chinese, if it comes to that."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Roger says, "If so the odds of us terminating someone increases greatly, so I am all in favour"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 14 June 13
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd | 1oi x9l7, gg 38 6a, zpk fd adha s1gr 2f bnz32f 65z o za9cb. Jw9 yrbpe
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Floyd | 1ag 9oc8ku 5d'k mwrd7 8k lfj.
Floyd |
Floyd | SYNC
Floyd |
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Floyd | 4txa5 y0 d5vl j1ip7 9y9g J'u 4izsizq1 ua 9p5g 54dup. Xuq 2a5 t98m o6
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Floyd | y8nie l3 vtj pul fjmajb1 9rpz ndi 2lwnp 9t gm n59g nhh, fzh 1'e wol
Floyd | nrlg 24xcidi m7'u zop ouo0h e0 58m 08chfcu20, at iff dxw0o qv4jb3, k1
Floyd | n84h, hb 8'1 j8t h1hs o3'2 u q8cf pqgp 3xkn q2 6 uyqp ky, nm7gr 0'p t60
Floyd | gf2q f2 pa86h5, jx7 jlz o2ddx z2k57xp nv8u kgh 6ts ay5p4 oq6 09a6c3 tt.
Floyd |
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Floyd | nxq c rzbo 5q7s, ya 78jhu iq K xxt wsae. E's yyf aax 4o zy57xx8s, M
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Floyd | tz hc u5s gh 4s'a yot6y, y1pc0 cc qts3.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd | 7tf aol7'd kkmy rkr6 ajo, 9m2 405 7j8yp ams6p bl 891l63.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 14 June 13
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd | 0wjviz a3348kn cs h9, jha gw1l v4v hkobw r2. T42u2gis, un1 cxmkj qc
Floyd | cxt, 7uoci li 5t5zt 13n e3qn 4wu. Hff yt6 9ie 1n27 ik 285 aci x
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Floyd | fwbiyz tq6iew 5i 3mi myb-s9l1 4q3b7y v0w1ad, acm t5 b1zpy6 E 20r'7. 1t
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Floyd | u jxl30 em7 c4 rcd3l, tqrmvls 53 gio muues8 yj k8q o0a g9u e5ob hp ele
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Floyd | soo 8hievkkqsh jmjswy, yp vx tqf jvw34 zphv n3 sc1 4mn i5, E pt1vf eq
Floyd | jj67. T4 99jftcw4 r3zf sde if4bz eoks 1t. Xom dfxv m9flz 0a f7 s4da
Floyd | 96seeqy xyb ugsoo 3ue ow5t2, yq J oo. Jne d2f26 d gvuwp 6ur h8di7 qf
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Floyd | ulql12h fzm 1 mkara-a6 87xrt. 6cy 3d4b0 gtsc n9koi 6cp zjo 2jq, cm6 cib
Floyd | 1ag 9oc8ku 5d'k mwrd7 8k lfj.
Floyd |
Floyd | SYNC
Floyd |
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Floyd | ju'j ecm rt 8fvn 72rs, pzq x0s'k 5cq nfdat ag 6swl it3 bltck7o bml
Floyd | qklq4'y kg0w dmm ufami9 mw82 2j xo1 rwck 1zop 9q o9co apf 8i epn 3ss
Floyd | rz0 4496a2o. 6yyfq fk'p2 9yvj1 dmo9e, V hut 93 2rz8g7dc. Z'3o 0qzg6g
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Floyd | 4txa5 y0 d5vl j1ip7 9y9g J'u 4izsizq1 ua 9p5g 54dup. Xuq 2a5 t98m o6
Floyd | 3yfg hfb sbnm 7vk19f k4 01vi 8s2 7zllce 63gr 4j wmwctvp nkyw g8 c9xv. S
Floyd | y8nie l3 vtj pul fjmajb1 9rpz ndi 2lwnp 9t gm n59g nhh, fzh 1'e wol
Floyd | nrlg 24xcidi m7'u zop ouo0h e0 58m 08chfcu20, at iff dxw0o qv4jb3, k1
Floyd | n84h, hb 8'1 j8t h1hs o3'2 u q8cf pqgp 3xkn q2 6 uyqp ky, nm7gr 0'p t60
Floyd | gf2q f2 pa86h5, jx7 jlz o2ddx z2k57xp nv8u kgh 6ts ay5p4 oq6 09a6c3 tt.
Floyd |
Floyd | C 2f92sz Aureo b4y c5gv my5v 0h 9n8h jzvsch9q, 7a h 949h, wso qz i49
Floyd | ltge, ffq ejt5, c9e ogkl f2 gnd5 4qq ai e8 i dx86. Gl51 4cn ddvtzjb. Ca
Floyd | nxq c rzbo 5q7s, ya 78jhu iq K xxt wsae. E's yyf aax 4o zy57xx8s, M
Floyd | 6ii'4 ligmr, ppk ip 7ae pqi07 5 lulh 0p9w. 2jl vnsf'y 4a9 0t4l7w99
Floyd | d8o79b2d2, 0o5r w4r7 8ddy ib 4cl4zk j2aqu qj1 cynb nopon5. H i8vre 7uqa
Floyd | tz hc u5s gh 4s'a yot6y, y1pc0 cc qts3.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "ah. That's the last one."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
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Floyd | 7tf aol7'd kkmy rkr6 ajo, 9m2 405 7j8yp ams6p bl 891l63.[The document
Floyd | "Diary" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "save"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cfmoot"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save moments1"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to save.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Just in case someone clears the save"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Okay, see you all next week!"
DavidW says, "thanks all!"
***** SESSION TWO *****
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Yo"
Draconis arrives, full of fun and funk. DavidW says, "yolo"
Draconis asks, "What'll this week's game be?"
Jacqueline says, "Well, we were thinking of continuing something from last week, but I don't think you were here."
Draconis says, "I don't think I was."
Jacqueline asks, "Would you be up for skimming/reading a transcript and would others be up for a later start to let Draconis do that?"
Draconis says, "It won't take long to read through."
DavidW says, "I have no problem with waiting."
Draconis asks, "Where would I find such a transcript?"
Jacqueline exclaims, "I would email it to you!"
Draconis says, "Sounds good."
Jacqueline asks, "The one in your finger info?"
Jacqueline asks, "Address, I mean?"
Draconis says, "That one works."
Jacqueline says, "Sent. Take your time. I will probably go do something for 15 minutes."
Jacqueline says, "Meet back here around twenty-after"
Jacqueline says, "Or whenever you're done reading, which ever comes second."
Jacqueline says, "I am vaguely back. Let me know when you're caught up."
Draconis says, "Still reading. There is a lot of information here..."
Jacqueline says, "There is."
Jacqueline says, "Just let us know."
Jacqueline says, "Don't worry, the last bit of it looks long and actually kind of isn't."
DavidW says, "I'm a bit of a mess today: sore back and cough I can't seem to shake."
Draconis says, "Finished."
Draconis says, "That code looks interesting."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Yuck"
Jacqueline asks (of Drac), "You mean the encrypted stuff?"
Draconis says, "Also it looks like Footnote 3 has some information about the magic key, but it wasn't shown in the playthrough."
Draconis says (to Jacqueline), "Yah."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, hm. I guess we should read that footnote, then."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load moments"
Floyd | Welcome to the Cheap Glk Implementation, library version 0.9.0.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [pausing to show unread error message]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "It's be cool to know how to solve the code without the cryptography chip."
Jacqueline says, "I was kind of hoping some of the players from last week had been tinkering with it. heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read footnote 3"
Floyd | What do you want to read in?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh, of course."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read footnote 3"
Floyd | What do you want to read in?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Footnotes are assigned as they appear."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "note 3"
Floyd | [Footnote 3]
Floyd | The game will continue this practice from now on. Use the setup menu to
Floyd | change this behavior.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, but this is our restore."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, just 'note'. Got it."
DavidW says, "or footnote"
DavidW says, "That foonote is about how the game will use the autokey."
Draconis says, "I agree with Lionheart, it seems fairly likely the diary is a Vigen�re cipher."
DavidW says, "I did some vague searching for cipher solving websites, but I didn't see any that used digits as well as alphabet characters."
Jacqueline asks, "Hm. So gosh. What now?"
Draconis says (to DavidW), "It may be using ASCII as its alphabet."
DavidW says, "well, I think we should explore more."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bathroom
Floyd | You get the impression that this bathroom has become a waystation for
Floyd | things that were intended for the basement, but got lost along the way.
Floyd | Boxes and bags seem to cover every surface; the sink, the heating vent,
Floyd | the fixture. The way out is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "If we had the probe, that vent might have something in it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x vent"
Floyd | Forced air environmental control... You've heard of this. It's a system
Floyd | which controlled the temperature in a building via the crude method of
Floyd | pumping air of the desired temperature through a system of metal tubes
Floyd | toward various areas of the house. It's an interesting system, neither
Floyd | very efficient, nor robust, but it did allow the most cost-effective
Floyd | means of controlling interior climate available in this era.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in vent"
Floyd | The vent is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "enter vent"
Floyd | There is no way something your size could fit through that opening.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Should we look in the boxes."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the boxes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open boxes"
Floyd | You glance through a few boxes, finding nothing more interesting than
Floyd | folded clothes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open bags"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "meh"
DavidW says, "I don't think there's more in here. We did a room scan before."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, right."
DavidW says, "I think since we can't go to downstairs proper, we should check out more of the main and upstairs floors."
Jacqueline asks (of DW), "Do you have a map going? Want to keep exploring?"
DavidW says, "I made a map after our session."
Jacqueline says, "yay"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "We never saw the living room to the east."
DavidW says, "Maybe something for the videoplayer in the den downstairs is up here."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Great description"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open cabinet"
Floyd | You open the video cabinet, revealing a video screen, a video disc
Floyd | player and six video discs (one "Episode Two", one "Jigsaw", one
Floyd | "Spider and Web", one "Symetry", one "War of the Worlds" and one "Best
Floyd | Chefs").
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Ooh, can we watch Spider and Web?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "yay"
Jacqueline says, "Nice nod"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x spider"
Floyd | The cover of this video is completely nondescript, giving no clue as to
Floyd | its contents.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "That would make a cool film."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take spider"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put it in player"
Floyd | You put the video disc of "Spider and Web" into the video disc player.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn on video screen"
Floyd | The display flickers to life, showing static. Service has apparently
Floyd | been interrupted.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn on player"
Floyd | The video monitor begins showing what seems to be a spy thriller. It is
Floyd | extremely difficult to work out what exactly is going on, but you
Floyd | imagine that's intentional.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I assume that's all we'll get from that video, but I'm guessing."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open closet"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | Unlocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open closet"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | You'll have to be more specific; which door do you want to unlock?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm. maybe the closet is a walk-in one."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x couch"
Floyd | The couch is a standard piece of living room furniture. This one is
Floyd | large and comfortable. This one has been covered with a hand-fitted
Floyd | cloth drape featuring a subtle print, a more economical way to keep up
Floyd | with the latest fashion trends and hide minor damage than
Floyd | reupholstering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search it"
Floyd | There is nothing on the couch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x art"
Floyd | It's funny, when you think about it. Something as innocuous as the
Floyd | cabinet on the far side of the room would be considered an objet d'art
Floyd | in your time, while these mass-produced items, clearly designed to be
Floyd | art are barely worth notice. While none of these items would ever cross
Floyd | the threshold of your apartment, you could imagine factory-made art
Floyd | just like this adorning shelves in your own time. Bad taste never
Floyd | changes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take spider from player"
Floyd | You switch the video player off. The screen switches to static.
Floyd | Removed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I feel like L. Ross Raszewski had some fun writing this."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take episode 2"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put it in player"
Floyd | You put the video disc of "Episode Two" into the video disc player.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "As a sort of passive agressive way to vent about turn of the 21st century stuff."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn on player"
Floyd | The video monitor begins showing a frightful display of primitive
Floyd | computer graphics with annoying characters and a puerile plot.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Like that. See?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take episode 2"
Floyd | You switch the video player off. The screen switches to static.
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cabinet"
Floyd | A large, wooden, wardrobe-like cabinet sits along the south wall,
Floyd | roughly at the focal point of the room's seating. The part of you that
Floyd | spends your off-hours rummaging through antique shops perks up a
Floyd | little. They don't build them like this any more. If it survived to
Floyd | your time, a piece like this would be worth a packet to a dealer in
Floyd | antique furniture. None of the antiseptic sterility of the
Floyd | mass-replicated contemporary pieces. This is a piece that was built --
Floyd | physically made out of raw material. There is something personal about
Floyd | it, the sense that nothing came between the builder and the built less
Floyd | personal than steel machinery.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in it"
Floyd | In the video cabinet are a video screen, a video disc player and four
Floyd | video discs (one "Jigsaw", one "Symetry", one "War of the Worlds" and
Floyd | one "Best Chefs").
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Do we watch to watch any of these or move on?"
DavidW says, "er want to watch"
Draconis says, "Jigsaw might be amusing as another IF reference."
Draconis says, "But I doubt any are relevant."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says, "I'm sure Jigsaw and Symetry are both IF refs."
Jacqueline says, "I'm down with 'watching' them"
Draconis says, "Oh, I didn't recognize Symetry."
DavidW says, "It's by an infamous author."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take symetry"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put it in player"
Floyd | You put the video disc of "Symetry" into the video disc player.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), " turn on player"
Floyd | The video monitor begins showing a film which either displays a subtle
Floyd | existentialist brilliance, or, more likely, some of the most inept
Floyd | direction, cinematography and writing you've ever seen.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "That description echoes the reviews of the time. We couldn't be sure if it was brilliant or the utmost shoddy IF anyone had ever seen."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan symetry"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd | Somewhere near the coast of Alaska, an intercontinental missile
Floyd | generates a high-frequency electrical field, rendering it invisible to
Floyd | the defensive screen covering much of the North American continent.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline | Has fewer misspellings than the author's earlier works, but that's not saying much, and at any rate it makes up for it by misspelling the title.
Jacqueline says, "Ouch"
DavidW says, "Adam Cadre, however, pointed out that Symetry is an anagram of Mystery."
Draconis says, "Ooh."
Jacqueline asks, "Hm. Clever?"
DavidW asks, "Well, that's the thing. Was it clever or a typo?"
DavidW says, "The whole game is like that."
Draconis says, "Interesting."
DavidW says, "You just don't know if you're looking at mistakes or not."
Draconis says, "I am perversely inclined to try it."
DavidW says, "anyway, for *this* game, I'd like to enter the closet next."
Draconis says, "Closet sounds good."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room Closet
Floyd | This was originally a walk-in closet, but with the quantity of items
Floyd | which have accumulated here, it has become more of a stand-in closet.
Floyd | You are sure that if the building weren't doomed, it would eventually
Floyd | have turned into a lean-in closet. Between the well-stocked coat rod
Floyd | and a number of boxes, there is just enough room for you to turn around
Floyd | if you feel like returning west to the living room.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the coat rod are a winter coat (in which is a sales brochure), a
Floyd | light jacket (empty), a windbreaker (empty), a gray suitcoat (empty), a
Floyd | black suitcoat (empty) and a smoking jacket (empty).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get brochure"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brochure"
Floyd | Arcotech Home Survival Shelters
Floyd |
Floyd | Arcotech Home Survival Technologies offers the finest quality shelters
Floyd | for home survival in times of national crisis. Arcotech shelters are
Floyd | rated to offer secure protection against:
Floyd |  *Blasts
Floyd |  *Fallout Radiation
Floyd |  *Vandalism
Floyd |  *Looting
Floyd |  *Terrorism
Floyd |  *Weather and Climate Emergencies
Floyd |
Floyd | Arcotech shelters are:
Floyd |  *PAATO approved for use in emergency situations
Floyd |  *designed for use with concrete or earth coverings, or as above-ground
Floyd | shelters
Floyd |  *built from a heavily-tested, original, patented design
Floyd |  *tested successfully in full, one-third, and one-quarter scale models
Floyd | by the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Air Force, and Pacific Institute
Floyd | of Technology Engineering Sciences Laboratory
Floyd |  *available in a large range of sizes to accommodate many different
Floyd | needs
Floyd |  *equipped with the latest in survival equipment and fully stocked with
Floyd | supplies meeting the FWPSC 1.2037 standard for long-term survival
Floyd |  *installable in most existing homes and buildings
Floyd |  *fully customizable to meet specific user needs and concerns
Floyd |
Floyd | This booklet details just a few of the many survival features
Floyd | available. Contact your Arcotech Sales Representative for a full list
Floyd | of features, special options recommended in your area, and pricing
Floyd | information.
Floyd |
Floyd | Construction
Floyd | Arcotech shelters are built with the highest degree of precision
Floyd | technology to provide optimal support and security. Shelter roofs and
Floyd | walls are built from high-tech steel corrugated arch panels to ensure
Floyd | maximum strength and load-bearing. The corrugated design allows
Floyd | high-quality seals between arch panels so that shelters can be built of
Floyd | any length.
Floyd |
Floyd | Arcotech shelters come standard with heavy steel endwalls. For added
Floyd | protection, concrete endwall reinforcements are available. Due to the
Floyd | patented interlocking all-steel design, additional layers of protection
Floyd | can be added to the arch or endwalls.
Floyd |
Floyd | For the ultimate in radiation protection, lead insulating sheets may be
Floyd | added.
Floyd |
Floyd | All Arcotech shelters come with a reinforced heavy steel door. Thick
Floyd | security bolts ensure that the shelter cannot be breached. Many
Floyd | Arcotech shelters include a secondary egress hatch, which can be
Floyd | installed in the roof with a minimal reduction in structural integrity.
Floyd |
Floyd | Life-support Equipment
Floyd | Arcotech shelters include the latest in high-endurance life support
Floyd | equipment. All Arcotech shelters are equipped with both secure
Floyd | ventilation systems for processing outside air, and with an advanced
Floyd | air recycling system. In emergencies, the shelter can be sealed and
Floyd | operate entirely on stored air reserves for up to six months at a time.
Floyd | When outside air is safe for use, it can be used to replenish internal
Floyd | supplies in a matter of hours.
Floyd |
Floyd | The water recycling system standard on Arcotech shelters is able to
Floyd | provide adequate, safe water supplies over extended periods. With
Floyd | strict water rationing, the shelter is able to recycle approximately
Floyd | 85% of its stored water. Optional accessories include facilities for
Floyd | collecting and purifying water from surface runoff and underground
Floyd | deposits. The standard water storage system included with each Arcotech
Floyd | shelter contains sufficient reserves for three months of use. With
Floyd | water recycling and collection, usable water may be replenished
Floyd | indefinitely.
Floyd |
Floyd | Sanitation and waste-disposal facilities in Arcotech Shelters are
Floyd | second to none. The low-energy waste incinerator reduces all human and
Floyd | other waste products to compact ash, which is stored in the insecure
Floyd | waste pit. Waste pit capacities vary with space availability, but are
Floyd | generally large enough to store several years worth of waste.
Floyd |
Floyd | The standard equipment for Arcotech home survival shelters includes a
Floyd | 30-year supply of nonperishable food stocks designed to meet all
Floyd | nutritional needs. Users with infants and small children are advised to
Floyd | consider ordering the optional child nutrition supplement.
Floyd |
Floyd | In addition for stocks of first-aid supplies, the medical stores
Floyd | standard in Arcotech shelters include medical equipment and medicine
Floyd | for treating minor maladies and injuries, along with detailed, useful
Floyd | information on their use. To foster adequate health and morale, most
Floyd | shelters are capable of increasing the normally dim lights to output
Floyd | sun-like spectra for limited periods. By using this feature several
Floyd | times a week, occupants can avoid depression and diseases caused by
Floyd | lack of sunlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | Arcotech shelters are powered by a patented high-performance chemical
Floyd | induction system, which can deliver operating power to the shelter for
Floyd | at least 30 years without replenishment. For above-ground shelters,
Floyd | solar power cells are also available. The energy source is suitably
Floyd | shielded from EMP effects which may accompany nuclear attacks.
Floyd |
Floyd | Accommodations
Floyd | Arcotech home survival shelters come standard with accommodations for
Floyd | families of four, six, eight, and twelve persons. Accommodations for
Floyd | larger groups may be custom ordered.
Floyd |
Floyd | Standard accommodations include comfortable, high-durability bedding
Floyd | with optional privacy screens, a dining and utility table with chairs,
Floyd | personal storage compartments, and durable survival clothing. Efficient
Floyd | kitchen, laundry, and toilet facilities are also provided, as is a
Floyd | privacy-screen area for low-water washing.
Floyd |
Floyd | Because of the importance of maintaining morale during an extended
Floyd | stay, Arcotech shelters also contain minimal facilities for relaxation,
Floyd | exercise, and entertainment. All non-value-line models of Arcotech
Floyd | shelters include a "relaxation area", consisting of a foldable couch
Floyd | (which may be raised to form an exercise area), small television with
Floyd | video and music player, and storage space large enough to contain a
Floyd | small library or children's toys.
Floyd |
Floyd | Security/Survival
Floyd | All Arcotech shelters are equipped with the following minimal equipment
Floyd | to facilitate survival in times of crisis. Many other options are
Floyd | available. Contact your Arcotech Sales Representative for a full list
Floyd | of features recommended in your area.
Floyd |  *Easy-to-use radiation meters
Floyd |  *Two 30" 22 mag. cal. single-action rifles and ammunition for personal
Floyd | defense and hunting
Floyd |  *Shortwave radio and transmitter
Floyd |  *Desktop computer with wireless network connection
Floyd |  *"Panic" locking mechanism: Shelter egress can be secured so that its
Floyd | entryway cannot be opened from inside for a specified time, or until
Floyd | radiation levels are safe, to prevent early egress in the event an
Floyd | occupant becomes unreasonable
Floyd |  *Cyanide capsules: stored in a locked box, also fitted with a panic
Floyd | locking mechanism, are provided as a painless alternative to radiation
Floyd | sickness or degenerative illness
Floyd |  *Government approved survival instructions: Arcotech is the only
Floyd | shelter manufacturer to equip each shelter with all of the Federal
Floyd | Government's latest survival instruction booklets. Other manufacturers
Floyd | often use dangerously out-of-date materials, some nearly a century old
Floyd |
Floyd | Arcotech: Your Life May Depend On It
Floyd |
Floyd | You notice that the document mentions nothing about protection from
Floyd | photo-nuclear weapons. Though the document is grossly limited in its
Floyd | treatment of technical considerations, you quickly realize that such a
Floyd | shelter would not provide adequate protection from even non-nuclear
Floyd | attacks closer than a few dozen kilometers away. Its primary utility
Floyd | rests in protecting its occupants from residual radiation released by
Floyd | fallout from a distant bomb strike. Of course, a far less opulent
Floyd | shelter would still provide adequate defense under such circumstances.
Floyd | [The document "Home Shelter Sales Literature" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "WHOA infodump"
DavidW says, "yeah, that was a mouthful and a half."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Well, I want one."
Jacqueline says, "They sound like they've got all the bases covered."
Jacqueline says, "Except for the photo-nuclear weapons, of course."
Draconis says, "Except photo-nuclear weapons, of course."
DavidW says, "I don't want to waste time with the coats. I'd like the check north of the kitchen next."
Draconis says, "Timing."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "That sounds good."
Jacqueline asks, "Did we record this document?"
Jacqueline says, "The others were auto -- ah yeah"
Jacqueline says, "I see."
DavidW says, "yes, documents are recorded."
DavidW says, "This one is 'Home Shelter Sales Literature'."
Jacqueline nods.
Jacqueline says, "I just missed it in my frantic skimming because it was integrated into the final paragraph."
Jacqueline asks, "Shall we?"
DavidW says, "mmhm"
Draconis says, "'Literature' seems a good description of this."
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "(The 'shall we?' was re moving on, yes?)"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dining Room
Floyd | When this house was first built, conventions of style dictated a degree
Floyd | of spartan functionality from the dining area. The construction of this
Floyd | room has a sort of tacit apology built into its architecture, as if the
Floyd | dedication of an entire room to dining facilities was seen as an
Floyd | undesirable extravagance. The twenty years that followed saw a reversal
Floyd | of the cultural mores which had all but done away with a fixed dining
Floyd | area. The net result is that this particular dining room has an
Floyd | uncomfortable blend of styles. A small, nondescript table shows signs
Floyd | of heavier wear than it was meant for. An ornate china cabinet stands
Floyd | in one corner, looking very out-of-place. The buffet counter, again
Floyd | nondescript and too small to be really serviceable, stretches across a
Floyd | portion of the north wall. Open archways lead south and east, and a
Floyd | small door is west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the buffet are two oil lamps.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a photograph here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "We read the letter last week?"
DavidW says, "yes"
Jacqueline says, "I have such a horrid memory. Just checking."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x photograph"
Floyd | This is apparently a visual of the family that lived in this house. In
Floyd | the back stand two adults, a man whose receding hair looks unnaturally
Floyd | dark, wearing thick, horn-rimmed eyeglasses, and a woman, much shorter,
Floyd | who looks about the same age. She too wears glasses, with a more
Floyd | fashionable wire frame. Her front teeth, visible in what looks like an
Floyd | unaccustomed smile, are stained and crooked. A small scar is visible
Floyd | near the corner of her mouth. Before them are two children. On the
Floyd | right, a boy about ten, has a ridiculous smile and equally ridiculous
Floyd | bowl-cut. Beside him is a girl, probably a few years his senior. You
Floyd | aren't sure, but you think you see a glint of something reflective near
Floyd | her temple, where her hair is awkwardly combed over a bald patch. Her
Floyd | eyes are not quite the same color, though that may be a blemish on the
Floyd | photograph. There does certainly seem to be something odd about her
Floyd | right eye, but you can't tell on a photograph this size.
Floyd | [The document "Family Photo" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "So the girl is probably Julia?"
Jacqueline says, "My guess too."
DavidW says, "yes."
Draconis asks, "And the boy would be Jim?"
DavidW says, "yes"
Jacqueline asks, "So we know she has a cybereye, but does she also have a skull plate?"
DavidW says, "Julia has the fake eye, I believe."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x lamps"
Floyd | oil lamp: These are archaic oil-burning devices, which appear to be
Floyd | decorative, but would probably function as a servicable light source in
Floyd | the event of a power failure.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I have no idea is there are skull implants."
DavidW says, "er if there are"
Jacqueline says, "Well, we can do that today, see."
Draconis says, "I don't think they've been mentioned."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | The table is a very simple wood affair, with numerous small scratches
Floyd | and a well-worn finish.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "The glint of metal and the awkwardly combed hair..."
Jacqueline says, "Anyway."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cabinet"
Floyd | The opulence of the china cabinet is a stark contrast to the
Floyd | nondescriptness of the rest of the room. Delicate carvings adorn the
Floyd | surface, and a floral pattern is set into the frosted glass of its
Floyd | doors.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open cabinet"
Floyd | You open the china cabinet, revealing some fine china.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x fine china"
Floyd | Several high-quality place settings.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Door west or doorway east?"
Jacqueline says, "Either"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | Unlocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Laundry Room
Floyd The laundry room is barely a closet, but it manages [Footnote 4] to
Floyd | hold all the necessary garment-cleaning equipment. Several makeshift
Floyd | shelves along the wall opposite to the major appliances hold cans and
Floyd | bottles. A door to the outside is on the western wall. The dining room
Floyd | is to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Autokey is so useful."
Jacqueline says, "This place would have been an incredibly pain without it, yeah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "note 4"
Floyd | [Footnote 4]
Floyd | Just.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Maybe the key in the banister would have opened most of these."
Jacqueline says, "Some, probably."
DavidW says, "I suspect the other keys are hiding elsewhere."
DavidW says, "When making the map, I found a key in the den's couch."
Draconis says, "This family had a thing for hiding their spare keys..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cans"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the floor cleaner or the furniture polish?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "floor cleaner"
Floyd | If the label is to be believed, this particular compound will restore
Floyd | even the most heavily soiled floors to a factory shine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x polish"
Floyd | A fragrant compound designed to collect dust and restore a polished
Floyd | shine to wooden furniture.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm. I kinda wonder if one of these is for solving some puzzle. I'm suspicious of the flour in the pantry too."
Jacqueline asks, "Well, wait, could we have used the scanner to reveal all the keys, I wonder?"
Jacqueline asks (of DW), "Well, we dont' have an inventory limit until we get back, right?"
Draconis says, "It found the banister one."
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I don't think the scanner is flawless."
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Fair enough."
DavidW says, "I think the inventory is fine until we go back, yes."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open dryer"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Anyway, covering all the bases to make the game winnable regardless of which chips you chose at the beginning is pretty amazing"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open washing machine"
Floyd | You open the washing machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open drier"
Floyd | You open the drier, revealing a lint trap.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x trap"
Floyd | This is a tiny screened compartment within the drier which collects the
Floyd | clothing fibers ejected from garments due to the destructive nature of
Floyd | the laundering process.
Floyd | Inside it, you can see some lint and a brass key.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The scanner didn't find *that* key."
Draconis asks, "...who puts a key in a lint trap?"
Jacqueline asks, "Someone who wants to void the warranty?"
DavidW says, "It fell out someone's pants."
Jacqueline says, "Then again, I'm not sure that would -- oh hey, yeah. Good point."
Draconis says, "True."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brass key"
Floyd | A small brass key, presumably thrown from the pocket of some article of
Floyd | clothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "That's probably the diary key."
Jacqueline says, "Bummer to lose that, Julia."
Draconis says, "Or perhaps she hid it there. This is the same person who hid her locked encrypted diary in the toilet tank."
DavidW says, "Anyway, we don't need that key while we have the autokey. I suggest seeing what's east of the Dining Room. I'm pretty sure we're not allowed outside."
DavidW says, "(unless we had the cloaking tool.)"
Jacqueline says, "Sure"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dining Room
Floyd | When this house was first built, conventions of style dictated a degree
Floyd | of spartan functionality from the dining area. The construction of this
Floyd | room has a sort of tacit apology built into its architecture, as if the
Floyd | dedication of an entire room to dining facilities was seen as an
Floyd | undesirable extravagance. The twenty years that followed saw a reversal
Floyd | of the cultural mores which had all but done away with a fixed dining
Floyd | area. The net result is that this particular dining room has an
Floyd | uncomfortable blend of styles. A small, nondescript table shows signs
Floyd | of heavier wear than it was meant for. An ornate china cabinet stands
Floyd | in one corner, looking very out-of-place. The buffet counter, again
Floyd | nondescript and too small to be really serviceable, stretches across a
Floyd | portion of the north wall. Open archways lead south and east, and a
Floyd | small door is west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the buffet are two oil lamps.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a photograph here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the Stairs
Floyd | The ceiling over this stretch of hallway slopes upward where the stairs
Floyd | cut into it. Along the south wall, just before the ceiling becomes too
Floyd | low to make a serviceable hallway, a low, louvered door marks a small
Floyd | closet. The hallway continues east, and to the west it ends in an
Floyd | archway leading to the dining room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | You open the little closet, revealing a coaxial cable, a stuffed bear,
Floyd | four video discs (one "Womb Raider", one "Blow me Away", one "Coeds
Floyd | Getting Naked" and one "Thrustmaster Returns") and some adult
Floyd | magazines.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "goodness"
Draconis says, "Well then."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bear"
Floyd | It's a rather well-worn children's toy, missing its right eye.
Floyd | You shift your eyes back and forth. Bear. Porn. Bear. Porn. Bear.
Floyd | Something just isn't right.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "ha ha ha. Is *that* where that olounge comes from>"
Jacqueline says, "haha"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cable"
Floyd | A short length of high-bandwidth wire.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x magazines"
Floyd | A number of periodicals devoted to culture, politics, and pictorial
Floyd | studies of the nude female form.
Floyd The history of pornography [Footnote 5] is long and complex. For almost
Floyd | the entirety of human history, some form of graphical material has
Floyd | existed with the intention of stimulating sexual arousal. During the
Floyd | majority of that time, such items carried some degree of social stigma,
Floyd | at times being outright illegal, and at the very least, something not
Floyd | discussed in social settings.
Floyd | After the war, a revival of so-called "family values" would attempt,
Floyd | with varying degrees of success, to drive the pornography industry deep
Floyd | underground. By your own time, very little is still held to be taboo.
Floyd | Nevertheless, the production of sexually-oriented reading material is
Floyd | extremely limited, as the social and moral reformations of recent
Floyd | decades have made safe and more satisfying avenues easily available for
Floyd | the expression of sexual desires. At this particular point in history,
Floyd | pornography was generally held to be a healthy and safe alternative to
Floyd | sexual promiscuity. Nevertheless, such materials were not deemed
Floyd | appropriate for persons under the generally accepted age of sexual
Floyd | maturity, which might explain their concealment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, ""Pictorial studies of the female form." Right."
DavidW says, "I see we didn't add these magazines to the DataStore."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search bear"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "note 5"
Floyd | [Footnote 5]
Floyd | Not a required course in StreamDiver training, but for some reason the
Floyd | most popular elective.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "But those magazines could provide valuable information about the past!"
Draconis says, "Haha"
DavidW says, "Pubic hair styles come and go, yes."
Jacqueline says, "Well, we should read them. For the articles. And to put in our document scanner."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "read magazines"
Floyd | A number of periodicals devoted to culture, politics, and pictorial
Floyd | studies of the nude female form.
Floyd The history of pornography [Footnote 5] is long and complex. For almost
Floyd | the entirety of human history, some form of graphical material has
Floyd | existed with the intention of stimulating sexual arousal. During the
Floyd | majority of that time, such items carried some degree of social stigma,
Floyd | at times being outright illegal, and at the very least, something not
Floyd | discussed in social settings.
Floyd | After the war, a revival of so-called "family values" would attempt,
Floyd | with varying degrees of success, to drive the pornography industry deep
Floyd | underground. By your own time, very little is still held to be taboo.
Floyd | Nevertheless, the production of sexually-oriented reading material is
Floyd | extremely limited, as the social and moral reformations of recent
Floyd | decades have made safe and more satisfying avenues easily available for
Floyd | the expression of sexual desires. At this particular point in history,
Floyd | pornography was generally held to be a healthy and safe alternative to
Floyd | sexual promiscuity. Nevertheless, such materials were not deemed
Floyd | appropriate for persons under the generally accepted age of sexual
Floyd | maturity, which might explain their concealment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Aw."
Draconis says, "Nope, doesn't store them."
Jacqueline says, "They totally missed a joke there."
Draconis says, "They did."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x bear"
Floyd | It's a rather well-worn children's toy, missing its right eye.
Floyd | You shift your eyes back and forth. Bear. Porn. Bear. Porn. Bear.
Floyd | Something just isn't right.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x bear's eye"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x eye"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I feel like there's a puzzle here."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "scan bear"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I assume it's Julia's bear. She probably removed the eye so it was more like herself."
Jacqueline says, "I wonder if it's missing its eye because Julie -- yeah"
Jacqueline says, "er, Julia. But yes."
Jacqueline says, "I had the same thought."
DavidW says, "I suggest continuing east, unless you think there's something hidden in here."
Draconis says, "I feel like the 'Bear. Porn.' comment is a hint somehow but I don't know what it would indicate..."
Draconis says, "The juxtaposition of the objects feels meaningful in a vague way."
DavidW says, "I just think it's a one of these things is not like the others."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I think this is just an Easter egg, myself."
Draconis says, "Yes, but *why*? There must be an explanation! The truth is out there!"
Draconis says, "Anyway."
Jacqueline says, "Hush, Mulder."
DavidW says, "Like, I assume *Julia* didn't put the bear in here."
DavidW says, "I think maybe her dad was disturbed by the one-eyed bear and didn't think it was healthy for Julia to keep it."
Draconis says, "Anyway, I agree. East works."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Ooh."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x painting"
Floyd | You take a moment to appreciate the painting. It's only a print, you
Floyd | know, but for all you can tell, this may be a copy of the work of some
Floyd | not-yet-famous artist, the only copy anyone in your time has ever seen.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "And yet we are not scanning it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move it"
Floyd | It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Or whatever it's called when we record things in the...recording thingy."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the painting
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "That thing."
Draconis says, "Ooh."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "scan painting"
Floyd | The scanner highlights a small metallic mass between the painting and
Floyd | the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan painting"
Floyd | The scanner highlights a small metallic mass between the painting and
Floyd | the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Let me guess. A key?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look behind painting"
Floyd | You pull the painting a few centimeters from the wall, and notice that
Floyd | a small steel key, which you take, has been secreted in the back side
Floyd | of the frame.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You are correct."
Draconis says, "Yay!"
Jacqueline asks, "Weren't we all judgy on the crap art in the living room?"
Draconis says, "So it seems the scanner and the autokey are meant to complement each other."
Jacqueline asks, "About how we didn't need art because the future is all minimalist?"
DavidW says, "I kinda want to do a second run later, using the real keys and taking something other than the autokey."
Draconis says (to Jacqueline), "Hush. This is probably better art."
Draconis says (to Jacqueline), "...maybe."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, fine."
DavidW says, "No, Jacqueline's right. The PC is being inconsistent."
Draconis says, "Agreed."
Draconis says, "Especially because he didn't like the fact that the art in the living room was a reproduction."
Jacqueline says, "I think it's meant to draw attention to the painting because there's a key."
Jacqueline says, "But still."
Draconis says, "He (she?) did make kind of a big deal about the one in the living room."
Jacqueline says, "It's a tiny thing to complain about. This game has just been super solid in terms of voice, which is the only reason that stood out."
DavidW says, "Future folk, I guess, think flat art repros are art, but 3d knick-knacks aren't."
DavidW says, "Anyway, we can go thru the living room from here and try the upstairs next, I think."
Jacqueline says, "Okay"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Try north first?"
DavidW says, "Narrow door suggests attic to me. Or bathroom."
DavidW says, "But sure"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open north door"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | Unlocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall Closet
Floyd | Although the primary function of this room seems to be as a linen
Floyd | closet, its size suggests that it was intended for even heavier
Floyd | storage. Three of the walls bear shelves, neatly stocked with towels
Floyd | and bed linens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "(Just because the others are grouped together, while that one is listed alone.)"
Draconis asks, "Scan?"
DavidW says, "yeah, I'd hide a key here."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search linens"
Floyd | You poke around at the sheets, and find, hidden in the folds of a large
Floyd | bedsheet toward the back, a pack of cigarettes, either squirreled away
Floyd | for an emergency, or hidden from a disapproving family member.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Dammit scanner."
DavidW says, "huh"
DavidW says, "Like I said, scanner doesn't reveal everything."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x cigarettes"
Floyd | Toward the end of the twenty-first century, various lobbies finally
Floyd | succeeded in banning the manufacture and sale of these particular
Floyd | items, citing their known carcinogenic effects and the ongoing
Floyd | tendencies of their manufacturers to indulge in unethical business
Floyd | practices. Like the bans on so many other harmful intoxicants, the
Floyd | cigarette ban would have undoubtedly failed, had genetic engineering
Floyd | not coupled a non-toxic smoking mixture with powerful antidepressants,
Floyd | resulting in a new, safe cigarette, which provided an even better high.
Floyd | These, however, are still quite lethal, you're sure.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open cigarettes"
Floyd | They're not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Antidepressant cigarettes...?"
DavidW asks, "It seems possible. Why not?"
Jacqueline says, "Moments Out of Time didn't quite predict vaping, but almost."
Draconis says, "It came quite close."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
Jacqueline says, "Here in Seattle you can buy vapes that include marijuana, so..."
Jacqueline says, "Pretty close."
DavidW says, "I can easily imagine vapes with various drug mixes."
DavidW says, "I suppose the bedrooms are all up here. Should be some interesting stuff in them."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW asks, "btw, I noticed that the brochure said that shelters can have a secondary roof access, Assuming the shelter is in the basement, which room's floor is most likely to hide the door?"
Draconis says, "Hm..."
Draconis asks, "Did any of the descriptions mention a floor covering?"
DavidW says, "I don't remember any with a rug, no."
Draconis asks, "Perhaps under the couch in the living room then?"
Jacqueline says, "I don't remember a floor covering thing, just the roof hatch business."
Jacqueline says, "Gosh, I guess we could move the couch"
DavidW asks, "The couch in the den or in the living room?"
Draconis says, "I remember the living room one being emphasized but that may not mean anything."
DavidW says, "You'd think the scanner would tell us about secret doors."
Draconis says, "You would."
DavidW asks, "Should we keep exploring up here first or fidding with scanner and couches?"
DavidW says, "er fiddle"
Jacqueline says, "Well, I was going to suggest bedrooms, but..."
Jacqueline says, "...it seems like checking out the couch is a quick thing."
DavidW says, "I think we should do bedrooms first."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tunescan"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The console does a scan of the area, but detects nothing out of the
Floyd | ordinary, aside from the distortion caused by your own presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh, wrong command"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "status"
Floyd | StreamDive Console: Standard Research Version
Floyd | Status: Operational
Floyd | Temporal Capacitor charge: 65%
Floyd | Manifest:
Floyd |  interface chip
Floyd |  scan chip
Floyd |  library chip
Floyd |  DataStore chip
Floyd |  dive chip
Floyd | Temporal shield is inactive
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Looks like time isn't an issue either way just yet."
DavidW says, "That charge is going to 0%; we be gone when that happens, I think."
DavidW asks, "so, can we get a vote between the three of us? Stay upstairs or check couches?"
Jacqueline says, "I am fine either way. You want to stay up here and I'm fine with that."
DavidW says, "well, I'm willing to check couches too; it was my idea that there might be a secret hatch to find."
Jacqueline says, "I already said above that I'd prefer to do that first."
DavidW says, "ok"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move couch"
Floyd | You are unable to.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "bah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search couch"
Floyd | There is nothing on the couch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move couch"
Floyd | You are unable to.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "And that is why I wanted to do this first - it was a quick thing that would possibly result in disappointment, so I figured that we should get it out of the way."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search couch"
Floyd | You force your hand between two cushions. Before nicking yourself on a
Floyd | spring, your hand catches on a small object which was lost in the
Floyd | couch, which emerges to the surface just ahead of your stinging hand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "This is the key you found, right?"
DavidW says, "yes"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "ok, guess it's not here."
DavidW asks, "Back upstairs then?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying some cigarettes, a steel key, a sales brochure, two
Floyd | video discs ("Episode Two" and "Spider and Web"), a diary, a wooden
Floyd | knob, an autokey and your StreamDive console, inside which are five
Floyd | chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a library chip, a DataStore chip
Floyd | and a dive chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the couch is a deadbolt key.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I agree, bedrooms next."
DavidW says, "The deadbolt key is the new key."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "west or east?"
DavidW asks, "west okay?"
Jacqueline says, "Sure"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x photo"
Floyd | The image shows a young woman dressed in simplified academic regalia.
Floyd | She wears a formless gown in an unflattering blue pastel with a
Floyd | mortarboard cap. The girl in the picture looks about the right age for
Floyd | this photograph to be commemorating a high school graduation, though
Floyd | there are signs that she might be older; her expression is one of
Floyd | world-weariness, and her disapproving frown merges into lines on the
Floyd | face which suggest that this is an accustomed expression. You imagine
Floyd | that she would be quite attractive, if not for the scowl which seems to
Floyd | be permanently burnt into her face.
Floyd |
Floyd | An unnatural reflection causes you to notice her right eye, which,
Floyd | under close scrutiny, is apparently artificial. Though the prosthesis
Floyd | is good enough to pass for the real thing under casual scrutiny, it
Floyd | does lack the bloodshot look of the left eye, and you can make out the
Floyd | segmentation of a mechanical iris. If the color had been a better match
Floyd | for her left eye, you might well not have noticed.
Floyd | [The document "Graduation Photograph" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Considering that the brother was the famous one, a *lot* of emphasis is on the sister."
Jacqueline says, "True."
Jacqueline says, "Though we've gotten a lot of backstory about him through her."
DavidW says, "I'm wondering, though, if there's some reveal about him stealing her work on some tech breakthrough."
Draconis says, "Maybe in the encrypted part of the journal."
DavidW says, "anyway, I bet both the kids' rooms are at this end."
Draconis says, "Though from the sound of it, it was her father and brother who were interested in the CS stuff."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Hm, great point."
Draconis |...because of his brilliant invention...
DavidW says, "North, west, or south? West is probably a bathroom or another closet."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "North okay?"
Jacqueline says, "Yep"
Draconis |Jim keeps going on about this new program he's working on. Thinks it's going to, and I quote, "set him up among the gods." He's trying to get in touch with a bunch of professors at the big-league CS schools. Thinks he's hot stuff.
Draconis says, "North sounds good."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bathroom
Floyd | In most respects, this is a thoroughly ordinary bathroom. It is far
Floyd | less clean than the public areas of the house, but not unsettlingly so.
Floyd | It is simple in decor, featuring a tub, toilet, sink, and no windows.
Floyd | The mirror over the sink protrudes slightly, suggesting that it
Floyd | conceals a medicine cabinet. The exit is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "argh. I guessed wrong."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open cabinet"
Floyd | You open the medicine cabinet, revealing a pill bottle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bottle"
Floyd | A bottle of prescription medication.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Scan it?"
Jacqueline says, "Or read it"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan bottle"
Floyd | The scanner performs a chemical analysis of the pills. Myto-helamine
Floyd | xenogormate, a broad-spectrum anti-virus.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hm... That doesn't make any sense. Xenogormates weren't developed until
Floyd | the turn of the twenty-third century. What could this possibly be doing
Floyd | here?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Timescan?"
Jacqueline says, "oho"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The level of temporal distortion in this room is slightly higher than
Floyd | you would expect to be caused by your presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "timescan bottle"
Floyd | The level of temporal distortion in this room is slightly higher than
Floyd | you would expect to be caused by your presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Seems we can't focus the timescan."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the pill bottle
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research xenogormate"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research xenogormates"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research myto-helamine"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The ham in the pantry was also time-weird."
Draconis asks, "Research spam?"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says, "I suppose future items in the house mean another time traveler came here, but food in the pantry and pills in a medicine cabinet -- that suggests to me that it was one of the family members who borrowed stuff from the future."
Draconis says, "I have a feeling the diary would help...if we could read it."
DavidW asks, "continue exploring the upstairs?"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says, "I'm hoping Julia's bedroom will give us a clue on the diary."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Master Bedroom
Floyd | Generally speaking, you learn more from a dirty house than a clean one;
Floyd | intensive cleaning tends to remove much of the anthropological evidence
Floyd | about the day-to-day affairs of the occupants. You can tell that
Floyd | whoever lived here had some warning before they evacuated, time enough
Floyd | to at least do some preliminary straightening up. The bed, which is
Floyd | opposite the door, under the smaller of the room's two windows, is
Floyd | neatly made, the wastepaper basket between the door and the dresser is
Floyd | empty, and the two night tables on either side of the bed are both
Floyd | clean and freshly polished. A full-length mirror hangs on a door to the
Floyd | north. The hallway is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Draconis), "True. I know we're in deep, but I'm kind of tempted to restart without the autokey, except that I'm also sure that there's an alternative way to decode the diary in this playthrough."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "look in mirror"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Aw."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look behind mirror"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | You paw around under the bed for a moment. Your search turns up a small
Floyd | piece of metal, which looks like a simple key.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x simple key"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the simple key.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x basket"
Floyd | The wastepaper basket is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Why can't one of these be a cryptographic key?"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x dresser"
Floyd | (the dresser)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the dresser.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x nighttable"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x night table"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the nightstand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x mirror"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the mirror.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I can't think of more to do here, unless a timescan shows something screwy."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The console does a scan of the area, but detects nothing out of the
Floyd | ordinary, aside from the distortion caused by your own presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Nope."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. Move on."
DavidW says, "Let's see what's opposite the bathroom"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | You are in a small, dark room that appears to have been unused for
Floyd | years. The only feature worth noting is a wooden ladder which leads to
Floyd | an opening in the ceiling. The exit is north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "(brb)"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hope there's light in the attic."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Attic
Floyd | There is barely enough room to stand upright in the attic. It certainly
Floyd | looks too small to be of much use for storage. It's nearly impossible
Floyd | to move without clocking yourself on a supporting beam.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see an unlabeled data disc here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take disc"
Floyd | (the unlabeled data disc)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan it"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the supporting beams
Floyd | In the distance, you think you hear someone trying to force the lock on
Floyd | the front door. Better stay out of sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "whoa"
DavidW asks, "uh-oh. Are we out of time?"
Jacqueline says, "Doubt it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan beams"
Floyd | The scanner locates a compartment in one of the beams.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think just that someone's here."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open compartment"
Floyd | You open the supporting beams, revealing a gun, some cash, a necklace
Floyd | and a ring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh! This is the cache that the letter refered to!"
DavidW asks, "I hate to say it, but take the gun, leave the rest?"
Jacqueline asks, "Why?"
DavidW says, "Also, Julia never found this."
DavidW says, "Well, if someone's breaking into the house, it might help if we had a gun. Gives us more options."
DavidW says, "It's a shame we don't have a stunner. Shooting someone in the past is probably a very bad thing."
Jacqueline asks, "Right, but why leave the other stuff?"
DavidW says, "Well, what could we possibly use it for? We don't need to buy anything in this time period. Like, I suppose we could hand stuff to the looters, but I doubt that would be effective."
Jacqueline says, "Okay. It just flies in the face of the IF convention of stealing everything not nailed down. heh"
Jacqueline says, "But yeah, def grab the gun."
DavidW says, "And the gun is probably the alternate solution to whatever problem the shield is for."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take gun"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | In the front hall, you hear the sound of cracking wood as the door is
Floyd | forced open. There's someone else in the house.
Floyd | "Alert:", the console beeps, "Human presence detected within building."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf4"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Good idea"
DavidW asks, "well, this complicates things. Do we pretend no one's here and continue to the bedrooms or hide somewhere or search the person(s) out?"
Jacqueline says, "We just saved. I'm incredibly curious as to who this is. I want to go look."
Jacqueline asks, "Is the gun loaded?"
DavidW says, "I hope it is, because I didn't see any ammo."
DavidW asks, "So, assume gun is loaded and hunt the intruder down before he or she or they take the video player away?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x gun"
Floyd | It is completely unbelievable how much craftsmanship mankind once put
Floyd | into means of killing. This is only a very small pistol, but it is
Floyd | elaborately crafted, fashioned as if style was as important as
Floyd | function. All the same, it's still a device whose single purpose is the
Floyd | extinguishing of human life, and that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "search gun"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Okay. We'll assume that it's loaded."
Jacqueline says, "Let's roll."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | You are in a small, dark room that appears to have been unused for
Floyd | years. The only feature worth noting is a wooden ladder which leads to
Floyd | an opening in the ceiling. The exit is north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x front door"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | Leaving the house would violate the boundaries of your mission
Floyd | parameters.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I was hoping to see evidence of breakage."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "listen"
Floyd | You hear nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Which way should we go? west, east, or down?"
Jacqueline asks, "Is there just the one door, or did it reference this door?"
DavidW says, "There's a few doors into the house, I think. The laundry room has a door."
DavidW says, "But the message refered to the front hall."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, yeah."
Jacqueline says, "Anyway, I guess we'll encounter this person when we encounter them."
DavidW says, "So, since we're near the player, I wanna play the disc."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The console beeps out in distress. "Alert: Human presence detected in
Floyd | adjacent room."
Floyd |
Floyd | You wisely decide to heed the warning.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "darn. We're not allowed to confront the intruder."
Jacqueline says, "Okay"
Jacqueline says, "Oh weird."
DavidW asks, "Back upstairs as if all is normal?"
Jacqueline says, "Also, I am a little laggy because I needed to temporarily move to a room farther from the wifi router. But am following along."
DavidW says, "(but the intruder is probably taking our video player)"
Jacqueline says, "I guess, yeah. Upstairs."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Wasn't there a computer? This is a data disc, no?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x photo"
Floyd | This image shows a young man in his mid-teens. He sports a pathetic
Floyd | attempt at a moustache. Though he shows all the awkwardness of
Floyd | adolescence, he apparently does know, at least, how to pose for a
Floyd | photograph. He has a very slight smile, and a look of interested
Floyd | curiosity on his face. He does show the awkward pockmarks of severe
Floyd | acne, made worse by the extreme fullness of his face. He is wearing a
Floyd | black shirt with a suede vest, which bears a small lapel pin, of the
Floyd | sort distributed by academic honor societies.
Floyd | [The document "Photograph of a Young Man" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm. Yes. So maybe the office computer would be better. I dunno."
Jacqueline says, "Let's go see."
DavidW asks, "Go to the office, then?"
Draconis says, "Office sounds good."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Office
Floyd | The small office is furnished much as you'd expect for an office of
Floyd | this period. There is a bookshelf along one wall, furnished more with
Floyd | office supplies than with books. The only exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a computer here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put unlabeled disc in computer"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "scan computer"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Oh, can we interface with it?"
Draconis asks, "The disk?"
DavidW says, "We interfaced with the computer already."
Draconis asks, "Maybe something different will happen now that we have the data?"
Jacqueline says, "Weird. Well, shit, I guess it needed to go in the video player."
DavidW says, "Unless the disc is in a drive, I don't see how the info can be in the computer."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x drive"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Do we want to go back to a save? I'm curious if the intruder is timed (likely) or if they conveniently break in when we find the disc."
Jacqueline asks, "Or just keep going?"
DavidW says, "The den had a player too, I think. It's also possible there computers in the bedrooms."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with disk"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Wait what?"
Draconis says, "Huh..."
DavidW says, "Interface is for devices. No 'with'."
Draconis says, "Oh."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Personal Computer. Manufacturer: Lewellen Personal Machines.
Floyd |
Floyd | Searching for relevant data...
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | [Press Any Key]
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Two relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Account Worksheet
Floyd | 2     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Office
Floyd | The small office is furnished much as you'd expect for an office of
Floyd | this period. There is a bookshelf along one wall, furnished more with
Floyd | office supplies than with books. The only exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a computer here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Nope."
Draconis says, "I figured it might add an 'eject cd drive' option or something."
DavidW says, "I'll check the den next."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the couch is a deadbolt key.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put unlabelled disc in player"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "put disc in player"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the unlabeled data disc, the video disc of "Episode
Floyd | Two" or the video disc of "Spider and Web"?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put unlabeled disc in player"
Floyd | You can't put that in the player.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "\:/"
Draconis says, "er"
Draconis says, "however you do that"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put disc in player"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the unlabeled data disc, the video disc of "Episode
Floyd | Two" or the video disc of "Spider and Web"?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | You can't put that in the player.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "moo"
DavidW says, "I suppose a data disc isn't a video disc."
DavidW says, "Back upstairs, I think."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface disk"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the video disc of "Episode Two" or the video disc of
Floyd | "Spider and Web"?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface disc"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You can't interface with a disc."
Draconis says, "I wonder what we can do with this."
DavidW says, "It has to be a computer-ish thing."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says, "I think there's another computer somewhere."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface player"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd | "Alert: Human presence detected to the west."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh great. Now we're trapped."
Draconis asks, "Hm...can we timescan to see if this person is like us?"
Draconis asks, "Another time traveller?"
Draconis asks, "Or should we get ready to defend ourselves?"
DavidW says, "Timescan is for current location."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "hide"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "we may want to restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf5"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Nah, let's do this."
Draconis says, "Let's see what happens first."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
Jacqueline says, "I want to know who it is."
DavidW says, "We can't enter their location."
DavidW says, "At best, we wait for them to enter where we are."
DavidW says, "anyway, one of you should drive since this isn't my plan."
Draconis says, "Alas my time is up and I must depart. I shall see you again next session."
DavidW says, "see you Draconis. Thanks for coming."
Jacqueline asks, "Oh. Hm. Should we call it, then?"
Jacqueline asks, "Resume next week?"
Jacqueline says, "That would work well for me as well."
Jacqueline says, "I am enjoying this."
Draconis says, "As am I."
Jacqueline says, "I admit, they either come in here or they move on."
Jacqueline says, "So I'm good with fiddling a few turns and if nothing works out, going back to another save."
DavidW says, "oh, yes, we could stop here"
Jacqueline asks, "But do we have one of those saves we want to preserve?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save"
Draconis heads back home.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments 3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'll make another save moments 2 if we need one of them."
Jacqueline asks, "Which?"
DavidW asks, "Can Floyd save files contain spaces?"
DavidW says, "I want to keep the cf4 save"
DavidW says, "That's just after we took the gun."
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Maybe they can't."
Jacqueline says, "Okay. I'll resave this, then do that one."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf4"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments2"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "Okay. See you all next week!"
DavidW says, "okay. Thanks all."
DavidW says, "oh, I just noticed we forgot to check the door in the back hallway."
DavidW says, "Where we found the key behind the painting."
Jacqueline asks, "Make a note of that for next week?"
DavidW says, "sure"
***** SESSION THREE *****
Jacqueline arrives, full of fun and funk.
Roger arrives, full of funk, but no fun.
Draconis arrives, full of neither funk nor fun.
Draconis says, "So what happened last week? I was up in the north woods without much internet access."
DavidW arrives, ready to play with the toys. DavidW says, "I'm just waking up; gimme time to visit the bathroom."
Jacqueline says, "Yo."
DavidW says, "back"
Draconis asks, "What are we playing this week?"
DavidW asks, "yeah, is this a 18 Rooms week, a Memories week, an IntroComp week, or something else?"
Draconis asks, "I'd be fine with any. I'm guessing we finished Moments last week?"
Jacqueline asks, "Oh, wait. Is there a new 18?"
Jacqueline says (to Drac), "We did not play last week, actually."
DavidW says (to Draconis), "We did nothing last week."
DavidW says, "I'm not sure if there's a new 18 Rooms."
Jacqueline says, "So I was thinking Moments or if you all want to you could play the IntroComp games (I will abstain because I never play them during voting)."
DavidW says, "I'm fine with any choice. I haven't started IntroComp games yet."
Draconis says, "Nor have I. Though if Jacq abstains there are only the two of us."
Draconis says, "And I might need to leave at some point."
DavidW says, "then perhaps we should continue Moments, then."
Jacqueline says, "Okay."
Jacqueline says, "So, we did two saves at the end last time."
DavidW says, "Two weeks ago."
Jacqueline says, "Right."
Jacqueline says, "The last time we played."
Jacqueline says, "So one is right after we took the gun. The other is trapped in a room with somebody in the house."
Draconis asks, "Let's try the second one first, see what happens?"
Jacqueline asks, "Where we're trapped?"
DavidW says, "ok. It bothers me, though, since our options are very limited."
Jacqueline says, "Okay."
DavidW says, "I think we were trapped in the Den."
Draconis says, "I just want to see if it does end immediately or if there's something else we can do."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load moments"
Floyd | Welcome to the Cheap Glk Implementation, library version 0.9.0.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [pausing to show unread error message]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Oh, this one"
DavidW says, "I think we came to the den to see if we could play the disc we found in the attic."
DavidW says, "And I think we couldn't, that we need a computer."
DavidW says, "And I seem to recall that 'hide' isn't understood."
Draconis says, "But the computer couldn't read it either iirc."
Draconis says, "At least, we couldn't find a way to tell it to."
Jacqueline says, "The other note I noticed in the transcript is that we haven't yet looked at a door in the back hallway that David wanted to revisit."
DavidW says, "right, there's a door there. Also, all of the east wing of the upstairs is unknown."
Draconis asks, "Did we have the key for that?"
DavidW says, "Although the east wing just has to be the kids' bedrooms."
Draconis says, "Or oh, right, autokey."
DavidW says, "We have the autokey."
Jacqueline is eating the breakfasts.
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "irta eating the artefacts."
Jacqueline says, "I picked one up for $40. It's been worth it."
Jacqueline says, "ILAC"
DavidW says, "$40 for one breakfast artefact. Niiiiiice."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "No, I was talking on another channel about using a dancepad for apartment cardio workouts. :)"
DavidW says, "oh. I've never used or even seen a dancepad in real life."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the couch is a deadbolt key.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd | "Alert: Human approaching from west."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, we want to just see what happens? Should I just wait?"
Draconis asks, "We can't go west, right?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The console beeps out in distress. "Alert: Human presence detected in
Floyd | adjacent room."
Floyd |
Floyd | You wisely decide to heed the warning.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "yeah, we can't escape."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "scream"
Floyd | You start to get a sore throat.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oops"
Draconis asks, "So does he not come any closer?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the couch is a deadbolt key.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "The alert is gone..."
Draconis asks, "Maybe he left?"
DavidW says, "try leaving, sure"
Jacqueline gives ClubFloyd car keys to Draconis.
Draconis says (to Floyd), "west"
Floyd | The console beeps out in distress. "Alert: Human presence detected in
Floyd | adjacent room."
Floyd |
Floyd | You wisely decide to heed the warning.
Floyd | The thief walks cautiously into the room.
Floyd | The looter catches sight of you. You try to run, but he is quick to
Floyd | draw his pistol. Though the weapon is primitive, it is quite adequate
Floyd | to his purpose.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 33 out of a possible 73, in 316 turns.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, UNDO your last move,
Floyd | or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Well then."
Jacqueline says, "A looter"
Jacqueline says, "I say we find a gun."
Draconis says, "Agreed."
Draconis asks, "Where was that gun? Did we take it?"
Jacqueline asks, "Hey, wait. Didn't we *have* a gun?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Den
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a gun, an unlabeled data disc, some cigarettes, a
Floyd | sales brochure, two video discs ("Episode Two" and "Spider and Web"), a
Floyd | diary, a wooden knob, an autokey, your StreamDive console, inside which
Floyd | are five chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a library chip, a
Floyd | DataStore chip and a dive chip) and two keys (a simple key and a steel
Floyd | key).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a gun, an unlabeled data disc, some cigarettes, a
Floyd | sales brochure, two video discs ("Episode Two" and "Spider and Web"), a
Floyd | diary, a wooden knob, an autokey, your StreamDive console, inside which
Floyd | are five chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a library chip, a
Floyd | DataStore chip and a dive chip) and two keys (a simple key and a steel
Floyd | key).
Floyd | The thief walks cautiously into the room.
Floyd | The looter catches sight of you. You try to run, but he is quick to
Floyd | draw his pistol. Though the weapon is primitive, it is quite adequate
Floyd | to his purpose.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 33 out of a possible 73, in 317 turns.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, UNDO your last move,
Floyd | or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Ah, we do indeed have the gun."
DavidW says, "yes, we do, but we never are given the opportunity to use it."
Jacqueline says, "Timing. This is why I gave you the keys! Sorry about that."
Draconis says, "Hm..."
DavidW says, "I suppose we can't effectively use the gun without also having the cloak."
Draconis asks, "Oh, would that help?"
Draconis says, "I thought we didn't know how to use the gun at all."
DavidW says, "I'm guessing."
Draconis asks, "Maybe one of the modules has information about the gun?"
Draconis says, "But I don't remember the verbs for those..."
DavidW says, "The game seems to dislike our interacting with anyone in the past."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, true. If we shoot this guy then maybe we don't exist."
Jacqueline says, "BECAUSE HE'S OUR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRAND DAD"
Draconis says, "DUN DUN DUNNNNNN"
Draconis asks, "Could we hit him with the spam?"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Draconis asks, "There's some strange temporal property about the spam, right?"
Jacqueline asks, "Oh?"
Draconis says, "It was chrono-preserved or something."
Roger says, "Dude come on we were already here and busy looting this place"
Draconis says, "Yeah, this is our turf!"
Roger says, "Let me get back to reading teen diaries"
DavidW says, "yes, the spam was a temporal anomaly."
Draconis says, "And something in the medicine cabinet...? It's all kind of fuzzy at the moment, sorry."
DavidW asks, "oh, I knew there was something else. Pills?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments2"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "What was the filename for this one?"
Draconis says, "Ah."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Attic
Floyd | There is barely enough room to stand upright in the attic. It certainly
Floyd | looks too small to be of much use for storage. It's nearly impossible
Floyd | to move without clocking yourself on a supporting beam.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Perhaps instead of heading downstairs, we check out the east wing of the upstairs?"
Draconis says, "Sounds good to me."
Draconis gives ClubFloyd car keys to DavidW.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | You are in a small, dark room that appears to have been unused for
Floyd | years. The only feature worth noting is a wooden ladder which leads to
Floyd | an opening in the ceiling. The exit is north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Have we seen this yet?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x photo"
Floyd | This image shows a young man in his mid-teens. He sports a pathetic
Floyd | attempt at a moustache. Though he shows all the awkwardness of
Floyd | adolescence, he apparently does know, at least, how to pose for a
Floyd | photograph. He has a very slight smile, and a look of interested
Floyd | curiosity on his face. He does show the awkward pockmarks of severe
Floyd | acne, made worse by the extreme fullness of his face. He is wearing a
Floyd | black shirt with a suede vest, which bears a small lapel pin, of the
Floyd | sort distributed by academic honor societies.
Floyd | [The document "Photograph of a Young Man" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I guess not."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look behind photo"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Boy's Bedroom
Floyd | Of all the rooms you've seen so far, this bedroom shows the least signs
Floyd | of having been tidied before the house was abandoned. Naturally, of
Floyd | course, this heightens your curiosity; untidy rooms generally tell you
Floyd | more than clean ones. From the space-shuttle wallpaper, you suspect
Floyd | that this room belonged to a young child, though it might simply imply
Floyd | that the room is long-overdue for renovation. There is a bookcase along
Floyd | one wall, containing model space ships, toy robots, and a very few
Floyd | books. A desk beside the door is loaded down with computer equipment.
Floyd | The most interesting feature of the room is the floor; while most of
Floyd | the other rooms have had wall-to-wall carpeting, this room has what
Floyd | appears to be industrial grade linoleum tile. The hallway lies west.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "yay autokey"
Jacqueline says, "We'd seen it, but not in this play, so it's good to re-examine."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | You don't recall any precedent in home furnishing that would call for
Floyd | industrial grade linoleum in a bedroom, but it is here nonetheless.
Floyd | Since you can't imagine that the floor is an artifact from an earlier
Floyd | function of the room, it is somewhat perplexing that such a floor would
Floyd | be present.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x computer"
Floyd | You stop a while an examine the contents of the desk. Almost the entire
Floyd | surface of the desk is covered by an eclectic combination of both
Floyd | state-or-the-art and antique computer equipment. You find it hard to
Floyd | tear yourself away; At least a decade of computing history is spread
Floyd | out before you. You can't even identify all of the systems; the
Floyd | fixed-form text input device is easy enough, but there is a small,
Floyd | vaguely rodent-shaped device whose purpose is less clear. There are a
Floyd | number of external storage systems, rather than the single optical chip
Floyd | interface common in your time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Haha, rodent-shaped device."
Draconis asks, "Could we use the disk here?"
Roger says, "Yeah that's sort of cute"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Personal Computer. Manufacturer identification not found.
Floyd |
Floyd | Searching for relevant data...
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | [Press Any Key]
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Code Fragment
Floyd | 2     Data Snapshot
Floyd | 3     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Code Fragment
Floyd | 2     Data Snapshot
Floyd | 3     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Code Fragment
Floyd | A collection of source code appears on the console's display.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't make any sense of it, but perhaps the boys back home will.
Floyd | [The document "Code fragment" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Code Fragment
Floyd | 2     Data Snapshot
Floyd | 3     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd |
Floyd | Data Snapshot
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Format not recognized.
Floyd | Attempting to download...
Floyd | Download failed: Insufficient space.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Draconis asks, "Seriously?"
DavidW says, "ah. So *this* is what the empty chip could be used for."
DavidW says, "remember back when we were picking chips for our console? There was one with nothing on it."
Jacqueline asks, "It is the future. Memory is cheap. WTH?"
Jacqueline glares at her screen.
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I know. But we're in the past of the future of the past here."
Draconis says, "Oh."
Draconis says, "Right."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Code Fragment
Floyd | 2     Data Snapshot
Floyd | 3     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
Jacqueline glares at DavidW.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd |
Floyd | Electronic Mailbox
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 1 Mailbox for swallace
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     From:          Subject:
Floyd |      Dr. Helmut Sha Re: distributed neural simulation...2
Floyd |      YOR_FRIEND906  HOTTEST OFFER EVER..................3
Floyd |      hotoffer@spam. Lower your debt!....................4
Floyd |      Dr. Helmut Sha PIT AI lab..........................5
Floyd |      Michael Pendra 31337...............................6
Floyd |      Amy            (no subject)........................7
Floyd |      Michelle313    I'm boooooooored!...................8
Floyd |      Steve Elocon   Re: PIT AI lab......................9
Floyd |      Amy            Re: Tonight.........................10
Floyd |      Michael Pendra Julia...............................11
Floyd |      Amy            Hi..................................12
Floyd |      Michael Pendra 31337...............................13
Floyd |      Amy            Hi, again...........................14
Floyd |      Michael Pendra Re: Julia...........................15
Floyd |      Amy            Re: Hi, again.......................16
Floyd |      Steve Elocon   Re: PIT AI lab......................17
Floyd |      hotxxx@bulkmai YOUNG HARDCORE SLUTS................18
Floyd |      Mary Pantalon  PIT early admission.................19
Floyd |      Amy            Um... Stuff.........................20
Floyd |      Amy            My last mail........................21
Floyd |      Dante          Situation...........................22
Floyd |      Michael Pendra Re: Situation.......................23
Floyd |      Michael Pendra Re: PIT.............................24
Floyd |      Amy            Sorry...............................25
DavidW says, "Messy bedroom; messy emailbox."
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Stuff to read."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 2 Dr. Helmut Sha Re: distributed neural simulation
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Jim,
Floyd |
Floyd | Thanks for your comments on my paper. I'd certainly be willing to look
Floyd | at some of your ideas. Your original message didn't say much about your
Floyd | training. Have you considered studying at Pacific Tech?
Floyd |
Floyd | Thanks,
Floyd | Dr. Helmut Shalanzar, PhD
Floyd | Department of Computer Science
Floyd | Pacific Institute of Technology
DavidW says, "We should note terms to research via the library chip."
Roger says, "No time to clean up room need to delete all my porn before abandoning house forever"
Jacqueline says, "Indeed."
Draconis asks (of Roger), "What do you think is in that data dump?"
Draconis says, "Er, data snapshot. Whatever they call it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 3 YOR_FRIEND906  HOTTEST OFFER EVER
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear friend,
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Jacqueline asks, "Can we erase one of the chips we do have to store that data?"
Draconis says, "I don't think we have a way to do that."
DavidW says, "I doubt that we have any erase options."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 4 hotoffer@spam. Lower your debt!
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
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DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 5 Dr. Helmut Sha PIT AI lab
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Jim,
Floyd |
Floyd | I was a little put off to find out that you're still in high school,
Floyd | but after looking at your work so far, I was amazed. You really seem to
Floyd | have a gift for this. If you don't mind, I'd like to forward your
Floyd | findings to a colleague of mine with the Pacific Tech AI lab. He's been
Floyd | working on a similar project, and your research might be just what he's
Floyd | looking for.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thanks,
Floyd | Dr. Helmut Shalanzar, PhD
Floyd | Department of Computer Science
Floyd | Pacific Institute of Technology
Jacqueline says, "hahahaha www.loanscam.amn"
Draconis says, "They really need a better domain name if they want anyone to use their service."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 6 Michael Pendra 31337
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Hey guys,
Floyd |
Floyd | I just tried out the glul-X patch -- WOW. I got all kinds of stuff.
Floyd | Managed to hack into MuseNet, got about 60 hours of music before they
Floyd | shut down my access. I'm putting it all up on my Libertynet node.
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimbo, that cracker you sent me is amazing. It got me into the school
Floyd | network in like five seconds. Guess who isn't failing Bio anymore? LOL
Floyd |
Floyd | And because I know you guys like it...
Floyd |
Floyd | Site:             Password:
Floyd | Asian XXXpress    xyz321
Floyd | Natural Blonde    xyzzy
Floyd | Boob Archive      plugh
Floyd | QCHS Cheerleaders frotz
Floyd |
Floyd | Stay k00l,
Floyd | Michael Pendragon
Floyd | liberty://HSK!LMN?9178838215
DavidW says, "heh 'glul-X'."
Draconis asks, "I wonder why porn sites use passwords taken from interactive fiction?"
Jacqueline asks, "To make us only slightly more conflicted on whether or not to dislike the guy?"
DavidW says, "Because no one will know them."
Jacqueline says, "Or that"
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Haha"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 7 Amy            (no subject)
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Um... Wow. You really want to hang out with me? Okay. But, like, I've
Floyd | already seen "Like Shopping, Movie"... So, um... You think we could
Floyd | maybe just hang out at your house? I'd ask you over here, but I think
Floyd | my parents would freak. Maybe tomorrow at seven?
DavidW says, "oh dear"
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Draconis says, "What."
DavidW asks, "Isn't 'shopping, movie' some sort of old ifmud joke?"
DavidW says, "(which probably came from somewhere else)"
Jacqueline asks, "Is it?"
Draconis says, "No idea, I'm a relative newcomer."
DavidW says, "It's familiar, but I can't place where I've seen it before."
Roger says, "Doesn't ring any bells for me"
DavidW says, "It's a definite bell."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 8 Michelle313    I'm boooooooored!
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm just a lonely 18 year old virgin who needs a real man to show me
Floyd | how it's done. I've been playing around with my friends, but they can't
Floyd | really satisfy me. You can see pictures of us at
Floyd | [LINK]
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 9 Steve Elocon   Re: PIT AI lab
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Jim,
Floyd |
Floyd | Hello. Dr. Shalanzar showed me some of the work you've done, and I
Floyd | can't believe my eyes. I'm going to forward some of my research to you,
Floyd | maybe we can work together. I didn't think it was possible, but it
Floyd | looks like you're most of the way to a viable simulation of human
Floyd | functioning. I could certainly use some of your heuristics in my own
Floyd | project. Let me tell you, having a paper out in a journal is a pretty
Floyd | sure-fire way to get your college career paid for.
Floyd |
Floyd | From what you've told me, I agree that taking a comprehensive
Floyd | activation scan of a human brain is feasible with your heuristic, and
Floyd | it may be the only way to solve the missing part of your simulation.
Floyd | The main problem is that you could only take the kind of readings you
Floyd | need if you had some kind of direct interface to the optic nerve. And,
Floyd | of course, you'd need a human subject willing to have an optical
Floyd | interface implant. I doubt you could get it past an ethics review
Floyd | board.
Floyd |
Floyd | Steve Elocon, PhD
Floyd | Artificial Intelligence Lab
Floyd | Department of Computer Science
Floyd | Pacific Institute of Technology
Draconis says, "You'd think a genius programmer would be able to write a better spam filter."
Draconis says, "Ooh..."
Draconis asks, "Optical interface implant, eh?"
Jacqueline says, "Oho. Optical nerve stuff, eh? Hey, sis..."
DavidW asks, "This is interesting. The sister has the fake eye, no?"
Draconis says, "I really want to know what that diary says now."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Yeah."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW asks, "so, Sister's brain might be scanned somewhere? In that big file we can't copy?"
Draconis asks, "Didn't she mention something in the cleartext part about her brother messing with her eye?"
DavidW says (to Draconis), "yes"
Draconis says, "(Ethics review board, bah...)"
DavidW says, "Also, the office computer said it could see infrared, I think."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 10 Amy            Re: Tonight
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Wow. You were lots of fun. I'm sorry I couldn't stop laughing and stuff
Floyd | but it was kind of weird for me.
Floyd |
Floyd | So are we like officially going out now? I can't wait to see you again.
DavidW asks, "wait, is Amy's a real girl?"
Draconis says, "Aw, how sweet."
Draconis asks (of DavidW), "It sounds like it?"
Jacqueline says, "I think so."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 11 Michael Pendra Julia
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dude,
Floyd |
Floyd | I don't know how cool you'll be with me saying this, but your sister is
Floyd | HOT. She's really got a fake eye? You know what kind of shit you could
Floyd | do with that?
Floyd |
Floyd | Anyway, I don't know what the right ettiquette is for this, but would
Floyd | it be OK with you if I asked her out some time?
Floyd |
Floyd | Hey, I saw you talking with Amy Mercer today. You and her? She's one
Floyd | k00l chica. Seen her naked yet?
Jacqueline says, "He has lovely friends."
Draconis says, "Yes..."
DavidW says, "mm"
Jacqueline says, "If the game was wanting to make me feel uncomfortable, it just really succeeded."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 12 Amy            Hi
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | >Your boyfriend (if you'll have him),
Floyd | >Jim
Floyd | You are SO cute. You wanna go see The Cheerleader Project friday? We
Floyd | can hang out at your place later and, you know.
Floyd |
Floyd | God, I'm getting all butterflies and stuff. I miss you already.
Roger says, "Can't we get back to something more wholesome like sniffing their underwear"
Draconis says, "And now we're back to less creepy. Amy seems nicer than Michael somehow."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 13 Michael Pendra 31337
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | D00dz,
Floyd |
Floyd | Found a relay this week, something that the can't trace you back from.
Floyd | I've got the Plover program running on about sixty systems now, and I
Floyd | think we can bring down all kinds of shit.
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimbo comes through again. We got into the missile security system last
Floyd | night. Good thing we were using the relay or there'd be black
Floyd | helicopters at my house now, but if we can get the shroud working
Floyd | right, hell, we could even nuke a small country if we wanted.
Floyd |
Floyd | No new sites this week, but I've got one better. Dante swapped out
Floyd | Lynchzilla's LZ-100 for his, with the remote chip. He's got about 8
Floyd | hours of her "monitoring" the girl's locker room. You know how big a
Floyd | dyke she is, well we got the goods, since she since she did some
Floyd | hardcore "monitoring" while Libby Sikes was in the showers after field
Floyd | hockey practice. It's all up on Dante's LibertyNet node. He put up some
Floyd | pretty sick stuff too, Lynchzilla "entertaining" herself.
Floyd |
Floyd | Michael Pendragon
Floyd | liberty://HSK!LMN?9178838215
Draconis says, "Hehe, plover."
Draconis says, "Wait what."
Draconis says, "Okay, no."
Jacqueline says, "I'm on plover as we speak. I want you all to know that I have never used it to hack into a missile system."
DavidW says, "Me neither"
DavidW says, "I have no desire to hack any such thing."
DavidW asks, "We live in a world where you can have pizza delivered to your door. Isn't that enough?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 14 Amy            Hi, again
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Jim,
Floyd |
Floyd | This is really hard, and I'm probably not making a lot of sense, but I
Floyd | want to get this all out.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's just that lately, I've been feeling kind of pressured by you. I
Floyd | mean, I really like you and everything, but I've never done anything
Floyd | like this before. And it's starting to make me uncomfortable. It's not
Floyd | that I don't want to have sex with you, but this is kind of fast.
Floyd | You're my first real bf, and I don't want to rush into it and feel bad
Floyd | about it later. I sort of made a promise to myself that I'd wait, and
Floyd | now I keep getting this vibe from you that you're getting impatient. I
Floyd | keep getting afraid that if we do it, I'll be lousy and you'll leave
Floyd | me, or it'll change everything and it'll get all weird.
Floyd |
Floyd | Look, I'm sorry. This is probably all in my head. You know I don't want
Floyd | to hurt you.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 15 Michael Pendra Re: Julia
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Okay dude, don't blow a gasket. So she's really fucked in the head?
Floyd | Well, I guess she's got a right after what happened to her. Just forget
Floyd | I asked.
Floyd |
Floyd | Things pretty serious with you and Mercer? Don't think I'm muscling in
Floyd | on your turf, but dude, she's a catch. I mean, she's not Libby Sikes,
Floyd | but she's got a body under that babyfat. Keep in there, she'll cave.
Floyd |
Floyd | L8r
Roger says, "lol"
Jacqueline raises an eyebrow.
Jacqueline asks, "This is how boys really talk, isn't it?"
Roger says, "Some boys, sure"
DavidW says, "some boys"
Draconis says, "Yeah..."
Jacqueline says, "NotAllMen. Got it."
DavidW says, "I never talked like this, but I do remember being crazy horny."
Roger says, "Don't blow a gasket, Charlie; we'll see the talkies upon the morrow"
FloatingInfo arrives, full of neither funk nor fun.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 16 Amy            Re: Hi, again
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Thanks for writing back so fast. I guess it's good to know that I'm not
Floyd | just crazy. I get scared about the war too, but I'm just not sure if
Floyd | I'm ready. Look, things are okay with us, promise. I wasn't upset at
Floyd | you. I want to be with you too. I was just afraid that you'd break up
Floyd | with me if I kept turning you down.
Floyd |
Floyd | You really think that the war's going to keep getting worse? Maybe you
Floyd | do have a point about everything. I need some time to think about it.
FloatingInfo goes home.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 17 Steve Elocon   Re: PIT AI lab
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm really boggled. You know you just saved me six months of work? I
Floyd | think you'll find that if you insert De Kuyper's algorithm in the
Floyd | neural sequencing, it'll solve that stability problem. I can forward
Floyd | the article to you if you like.
Floyd |
Floyd | Look, we don't usually do this, but I can't pass a chance like this up.
Floyd | Pacific might be willing to waive some of the entrance requirements and
Floyd | let you come here in the fall instead of finishing out high school.
Floyd | Full ride, and I can swing a stipend for you if you'll agree to join
Floyd | the research team. What do you think?
Floyd |
Floyd | Steve Elocon, PhD
Floyd | Artificial Intelligence Lab
Floyd | Department of Computer Science
Floyd | Pacific Institute of Technology
Draconis says, "I'm curious what he said to Michael regarding Julia. It could just be brotherly protectiveness, but given that he may be experimenting on her eye..."
Draconis says, "Timing, sorry."
DavidW says, "I really do want to know what the encrypted part of Julia's diary says."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 18 hotxxx@bulkmai YOUNG HARDCORE SLUTS
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | HOT YOUNG GIRLS WAITING TO GET YOU OFF!
Floyd |
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Draconis says, "I feel like that would clarify a lot of this."
Jacqueline asks, "Did you all not figure that out these past two weeks? What am I not paying you for?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 19 Mary Pantalon  PIT early admission
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Stephen J. Wallace,
Floyd |
Floyd | Dr. Elocon has brought you to our attention. Due to your outstanding
Floyd | potential, the Pacific Institute of Technology has agreed to extend an
Floyd | invitation of early admission to you. This offer includes a scholarship
Floyd | covering full tuition, housing, and expenses. Please be aware that
Floyd | offers like this are highly unusual and are extended only to students
Floyd | of the highest caliber. Please let us know your decision as soon as
Floyd | possible.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mary Pantalon
Floyd | Dean of Admissions
Floyd | Pacific Institute of Technology
Jacqueline says, "I wish I could read our sent mail."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I was playing Draconis's game "Scroll Thief", available at a website!"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Roger says, "Thanks, Ms Pants"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 20 Amy            Um... Stuff
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Oh boy. I know you're going to hate me. I want you to know that last
Floyd | night was wonderful. But I can't stop feeling so bad about things.
Floyd | Everything happened so fast. I know I wanted it as much as you did, but
Floyd | now I feel so guilty. I know I do love you, but I don't think I can
Floyd | keep up with this. I don't want to hurt you, but I think maybe we
Floyd | should take some time off, get some things straight in our heads and
Floyd | stuff.
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm sorry.
DavidW says, "oh geez. I don't want to see the next email from Michael."
Jacqueline says, "Nor do I."
Draconis says, "Yeah..."
Roger says, "Our bro will come through"
Draconis asks, "Is the next one from Michael or is it an academic one?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 21 Amy            My last mail
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | I can't believe I sent that. I'm so sorry. I DO love you, I know I love
Floyd | you. If I could take that letter back I would. I want to be with you
Floyd | all the time. You were so incredible. It was like everything I ever
Floyd | hoped for and more. I can't stop thinking about you & I want to do it
Floyd | again. I hope you'll forgive me. I don't know what got into me. I love
Floyd | you.
Jacqueline says, "..."
Jacqueline says, "Ah, teen lust."
DavidW says, "Some girls."
Draconis says, "Sudden change of heart..."
Jacqueline says, "She wasn't ready."
Jacqueline asks, "Next?"
Draconis says, "Sure."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 22 Dante          Situation
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | CC: Michael Pendragon
Floyd |
Floyd | Guys, we've got a problem. Like, a BIG problem.
Floyd |
Floyd | I was watching the feed from Coach Lynch's eye today after school,
Floyd | right? So she's in her office after practice and Libby Sikes comes in,
Floyd | ok? And they're talking for a while, but I can't hear what they're
Floyd | saying, of course. After a while, Lynchzilla shuts the door, and a
Floyd | couple of minutes later, she's feeling Libby up.
Floyd |
Floyd | I ran the video by Marty, since he's deaf and reads lips. From Libby's
Floyd | side of it, it looks like she's gonna get cut from the team, on account
Floyd | of she sucks ass at field hockey. And, we're not too sure on this, but
Floyd | it looks like Lynch is gonna let her stay on the team if she fucks her.
Floyd |
Floyd | Lynch should go to jail for fucking a student, but no one but us knows
Floyd | about it, and all the proof we got is this recording, so if we give it
Floyd | to the cops, we'll be in the cell right next to her. We should never
Floyd | have done this.
Floyd |
Floyd | So what should we do?
Floyd |
Floyd | Dante
Floyd | liberty://HSK!LMO?342455678
Jacqueline asks, "Wait. How did they hack someone's eye?"
Draconis says, "'We should never have done this.' Probably the first reasonable thing said in this email chain..."
Draconis asks (of Jacqueline), "Probably an implant like his sister has?"
Roger says, "You know, magic hacker sutff"
DavidW asks, "This is the first email from Dante, isn't it?"
Draconis asks (of DavidW), "Yeah but hasn't he been copied on Michael's before?"
Draconis says (to DavidW), "He was the one running the web server."
Jacqueline says, "It just seems to me that there are a disproportionate number of people running around with cyborg eyes."
Roger says, "Field hockey is dangerous"
Jacqueline says, "ha"
Jacqueline says, "True, dat."
Draconis asks (of Jacqueline), "Maybe they become really common to fix vision problems once they're invented?"
DavidW says, "This may be the first IF game to feature two people with fake eyes that I can remember."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Quick! Start a list on IFDB"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 23 Michael Pendra Re: Situation
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | To: Dante
Floyd | CC: Jim Wallace
Floyd |
Floyd | >So what should we do?
Floyd | I say we sell tickets!
Jacqueline asks, "How did I know that was from Michael before I looked at the top?"
DavidW says, "ugh. Michael is just scum."
Draconis says, ";Agreed."
Draconis says, "Er, agreed."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 24 Michael Pendra Re: PIT
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Dude, go for it. They're gonna give you a full scholarship, AND money
Floyd | to live on? How can you refuse? And you get out of this hell-hole
Floyd | without finishing school. Dude, you are the man.
Draconis says, "I'm a little surprised Jim discusses important life decisions with this guy..."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says, "He's probably grown up with the guy, been friends for years, before any decisions to make were important."
Jacqueline says, "True"
Draconis says, "That makes sense."
DavidW says, "I'm starting to wonder about various people's motivations, but more evidence needed."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 25 Amy            Sorry
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Have you found Julia yet?
Floyd |
Floyd | I never knew how messed up she was. Why do you think she'd run away
Floyd | with Donna? I hope she's okay.
Floyd |
Floyd | If you want me to come over, talk about it, let me know. Or if you just
Floyd | want someone to hold.
Floyd |
Floyd | Love,
Floyd | Amy
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)---
Floyd | Page: 25 Amy            Sorry
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | Have you found Julia yet?
Floyd |
Floyd | I never knew how messed up she was. Why do you think she'd run away
Floyd | with Donna? I hope she's okay.
Floyd |
Floyd | If you want me to come over, talk about it, let me know. Or if you just
Floyd | want someone to hold.
Floyd |
Floyd | Love,
Floyd | Amy
DavidW says, "hm, last one."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd | [The document "Email Database (Boy's Bedroom)" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Code Fragment
Floyd | 2     Data Snapshot
Floyd | 3     Electronic Mailbox
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Boy's Bedroom
Floyd | Of all the rooms you've seen so far, this bedroom shows the least signs
Floyd | of having been tidied before the house was abandoned. Naturally, of
Floyd | course, this heightens your curiosity; untidy rooms generally tell you
Floyd | more than clean ones. From the space-shuttle wallpaper, you suspect
Floyd | that this room belonged to a young child, though it might simply imply
Floyd | that the room is long-overdue for renovation. There is a bookcase along
Floyd | one wall, containing model space ships, toy robots, and a very few
Floyd | books. A desk beside the door is loaded down with computer equipment.
Floyd | The most interesting feature of the room is the floor; while most of
Floyd | the other rooms have had wall-to-wall carpeting, this room has what
Floyd | appears to be industrial grade linoleum tile. The hallway lies west.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bookcase"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I REALLY want to see that encrypted diary..."
Draconis asks, "Can we put the disk into the computer?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put disc into computer"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the unlabeled data disc, the video disc of "Episode
Floyd | Two" or the video disc of "Spider and Web"?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlabeled"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I also suggest a timescan, possibly directed at the linoleum."
Draconis says, "Because the game draws attention to it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | The temporal scan is almost entirely washed out by interference. What
Floyd | could cause that?
Floyd |
Floyd | Wait... you're detecting residual traces of carbon quarks. An avatar?
Floyd | But that would mean that someone else has temporally relocated to this
Floyd | location.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Jacqueline says, "I ... guess that's a big deal."
Draconis says, "Carbon quarks?! Oh no!"
Jacqueline asks, "I KNOW, RIGHT?"
DavidW says, "I hate it when I get pixel residue on my fingers."
Jacqueline says, "ew"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | The temporal scan is almost entirely washed out by interference. What
Floyd | could cause that?
Floyd |
Floyd | Wait... you're detecting residual traces of carbon quarks. An avatar?
Floyd | But that would mean that someone else has temporally relocated to this
Floyd | location.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I don't know if the timescan is focusable."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Could we normal-scan the floor?"
Draconis asks, "Search for hidden items?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | The scanner reveals nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Scan the equipment? Examine the floor? I feel like there has to be something here."
Jacqueline says, "Dig"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | You don't recall any precedent in home furnishing that would call for
Floyd | industrial grade linoleum in a bedroom, but it is here nonetheless.
Floyd | Since you can't imagine that the floor is an artifact from an earlier
Floyd | function of the room, it is somewhat perplexing that such a floor would
Floyd | be present.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research linoleum"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "peel floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | That's hardly portable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Huh, peel is a verb in this game."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research pacific tech"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research pit"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research pacific"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research michael pendragon"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research amy mercer"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research steve elocon"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research libertynet"
Floyd | LibertyNet
Floyd | Originally an outgrowth of a research project in distributed document
Floyd | storage, the "LibertyNet Protocol" became widely used among less
Floyd | legitimate members of the digital subculture in the mid 21st century.
Floyd | The system propagated documents in a semi-anonymous manner so that
Floyd | users could choose to release a document which could not be traced back
Floyd | to an owner, and was similar to the earlier "freenet" project. Though
Floyd | originally intended a method for free expression in countries lacking
Floyd | legal protection of free speech, it quickly degenerated into a
Floyd | marketplace for the exchange of pornography, bootleg music, and stolen
Floyd | computer software. Numerous attempts by various governments to shut
Floyd | down LibertyNet were mostly unsuccessful and increased its underground
Floyd | appeal. LibertyNet was eventually made obsolete by the Global Dataweb.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Information Overload: The rise of the global data networks (2nd
Floyd | ed.)
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Internet, Freenet, Dataweb
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "The times, they do not change."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research glul-x"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Even in the past of the future of the past."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research pacific institute of technology"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research internet"
Floyd | Internet
Floyd | Collective term for the services which made up the first widely used
Floyd | global computer network. The internet allowed messages, documents, and
Floyd | data to be quickly transferred between any two computers by forming a
Floyd | route between intermediate systems. The internet grew at a rapid rate
Floyd | in size and scale through the last years of the twentieth century and
Floyd | first years of the twenty-first. Its growth suffered major setbacks due
Floyd | to the wars and economic recessions of the twenty-first century, but it
Floyd | slowly subsumed all other means of communication and media. The
Floyd | internet eventually evolved into the Global Dataweb near the close of
Floyd | the 21st century.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Information Overload: The rise of the global data networks (2nd
Floyd | ed.)
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Dataweb
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research dataweb"
Floyd | Dataweb (Global Dataweb; Web)
Floyd | Global data networks are reported as early as the last quarter of the
Floyd | twentieth century. By the end of the 21st century, the internet had
Floyd | evolved into the more familiar form of the Global Dataweb. The name
Floyd | "Dataweb" refers to the Dataweb Protocol, its major services (such as
Floyd | electronic mail, video communication, and document archive), and
Floyd | individual documents attached to it. When the Dataweb Protocol was
Floyd | introduced, nearly all electronic devices made use of it, from simple
Floyd | audio-visual communication and text messaging, to remote control and
Floyd | navigation systems. Though the system itself has changed little since
Floyd | its inception, the name has fallen into disuse.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Information Overload: The rise of the global data networks (2nd
Floyd | ed.)
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Internet
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the bed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x books"
Floyd | Extremely poor examples of science fiction and fantasy which, against
Floyd | all good taste, have survived to your time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Anything else to examine here? There's Julia's bedroom and another exit in this wing."
Jacqueline asks, "Any ways to read that diary short of starting over with different chips?"
DavidW says, "I don't know."
Draconis says, "I don't know of any."
DavidW says, "I imagine we will want to start over with different chips eventually."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. I think we've found enough keys that maybe we'd be okay without the autokey."
DavidW says, "I dunno. There's been an awful lot of locked doors."
Draconis asks, "Maybe we could leave the Library chip?"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, but keys, oddly enough, are stashed all over the place."
Draconis asks, "Or the Timescan one?"
Jacqueline says (to Drac), "True. (Re:Library chip)"
DavidW says, "I think we've only found four keys and I don't know what they're all for."
DavidW asks, "like, the diary key was in the laundry room dryer, but was the door to the laundry room itself locked?"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Okay, not the Autokey, then."
DavidW says, "The autokey isn't a chip, btw."
Jacqueline says, "Oh? I thought it was. Okay. Non-issue, then."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a gun, an unlabeled data disc, some cigarettes, a
Floyd | sales brochure, two video discs ("Episode Two" and "Spider and Web"), a
Floyd | diary, a wooden knob, an autokey, your StreamDive console, inside which
Floyd | are five chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a library chip, a
Floyd | DataStore chip and a dive chip) and two keys (a simple key and a steel
Floyd | key).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "If we left the autokey behind, we could take the cloaking device or stream visualizer or probe."
Draconis says, "We could potentially drop the Interface chip too."
Draconis says, "Once we know what we need to from the computers."
Jacqueline says, "Seems like shooting the dude from the past would be bead."
Jacqueline says, "er, bad"
Roger says, "He'll get blown up anyway"
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Probably, yeah. Hadn't thought of that."
Jacqueline asks, "So, I know this seems sort of super cheaty, but why not put this play on hold and restart, going straight for the diary?"
Roger says, "Just another post-apocalyptic linoleum salesman"
Roger says, "sure"
Draconis says, "Sounds good to me."
Draconis says, "I mean it's a time travel game."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save" Jacqueline asks, "This'd be moments4?"
DavidW says, "afk for a few. potty break needed."
Jacqueline says, "(Was waiting for someone to confirm.)"
Roger says, "I dunno"
Draconis asks, "I think so?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments5"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Just to be certain."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restart"
Floyd | Are you sure you want to restart?
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "y"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd | I beg your pardon?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh. heh. It was paused on my screen, not Floyd's."
Jacqueline asks (of Drac), "You still good with driving?"
Draconis says, "I gave the keys to David."
Jacqueline exclaims, "But he's in the bathroom!"
Jacqueline says, "(Also, oh. I'd missed that.)"
Draconis says, "I'll drive for the start but he's the one with the map."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "open locker"
Floyd | You open the equipment locker, revealing your StreamDive console, a
Floyd | cloaking device, an autokey, a stream visualizer, a probe and a chip
Floyd | bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'm thinking we just need to get set up with what we think we want to get to the diary."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "open bank"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x bank"
Floyd | A small section of the locker contains slots for holding StreamDive
Floyd | chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are ten chips (a dive chip, a DataStore chip, a map
Floyd | chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip, a cryptography
Floyd | chip, a scan chip, a blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x dive chip"
Floyd | This is the fundamental chip for the StreamDive console. It allows
Floyd | control of the temporal displacement functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  RECALL -- Discharge StreamDive capacitors for instant recall
Floyd |  STATUS -- Display status of Dive system
Floyd |  TIMESCAN -- Scan local timestream
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Do we need this one?"
Jacqueline says, "Oh wait."
Jacqueline says, "If we recall, does the game end? Or does it let us swap out stuff and go back, I wonder."
Draconis says, "Ooh."
Draconis says, "Let's try it."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "restore"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "moments5"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "recall"
Floyd | [You still have time remaining in this Dive. Are you sure you wish to
Floyd | end your Dive early?]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | All at once, the universe goes away. Time itself cries out in distress,
Floyd | and every cell in your body echoes its cry. The laws of physics cannot
Floyd | be broken, but they can be bent, if only for a time. As the energy
Floyd | stored in your temporal capacitors discharges, time reasserts itself.
Floyd | If you were the sort to anthopomorphize physical law, you'd say that it
Floyd | was extracting some revenge against you for daring to transcend the
Floyd | barriers of time. Of course, all that you're really experiencing is a
Floyd | form of severe disorientation resulting from the unusual perceptual
Floyd | stimuli occurring outside normal time-space. It all goes away in a
Floyd | nothingth of a second, and you stumble backward to the floor of the
Floyd | StreamDive Core. White-clad technicians swarm into the chamber a second
Floyd | later, helping you into the postDive examination, which confirms that
Floyd | you have weathered the Dive intact, and cleanses ancient toxins from
Floyd | your system. Your possessions are taken for examination, and you are
Floyd | led to the debriefing room.
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Debriefing room
DavidW says, "back"
Floyd | You are in a comfortably small room, used to debrief StreamDivers
Floyd | following their missions. The room is intentionally designed to avoid
Floyd | the impression that this is some kind of interrogation chamber, even if
Floyd | that is indeed its function. The room contains very little in the way
Floyd | of decoration or, well, anything at all, aside from the table and
Floyd | chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Hm, nope."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "restart"
Floyd | Are you sure you want to restart?
Draconis says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "open locker"
Floyd | You open the equipment locker, revealing your StreamDive console, a
Floyd | cloaking device, an autokey, a stream visualizer, a probe and a chip
Floyd | bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get autokey"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are ten chips (a dive chip, a DataStore chip, a map
Floyd | chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip, a cryptography
Floyd | chip, a scan chip, a blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get crypto"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x blank"
Floyd | This StreamDive chip is blank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get blank"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get interface"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x datastore"
Floyd | This chip stores data from your dive, storing any relevant documents
Floyd | for later review.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  DOCUMENTS -- Recall stored documents
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Should we take DataStore as the last one?"
Jacqueline says, "We *were* storing stuff."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which are a cloaking device, a
Floyd | stream visualizer, a probe and a chip bank (in which are seven chips (a
Floyd | dive chip, a DataStore chip, a map chip, a library chip, an artificial
Floyd | intuition chip, a scan chip and a shield chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I suppose we could have 'recall'-ed away from our entrapment in the Den."
Roger says, "Yeah this is a dead branch so no point that I can see"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get datastore"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "What's the shield chip?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x shield"
Floyd | This chip uses the StreamDive capacitors to generate an impenetrable
Floyd | temporal energy barrier around the user for defensive purposes. Using
Floyd | this function drains energy from the dive capacitors, reducing the
Floyd | remaining duration of the dive.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  SHIELD ON -- Activate the shield
Floyd |  SHIELD OFF -- Deactivate the shield.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Let's try that one this time."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "put datastore in bank then get shield"
Floyd | You put the DataStore chip into the chip bank.
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline shrugs. "Sure."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   four chips:
Floyd |     a shield chip
Floyd |     an interface chip
Floyd |     a blank chip
Floyd |     a cryptography chip
Floyd |   an autokey
Floyd |   your StreamDive console (which is empty)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "put shield and interface and blank and crypto into console"
Floyd | shield chip: Done.
Floyd | interface chip: Done.
Floyd | blank chip: Done.
Floyd | cryptography chip: Done.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which are a cloaking device, a
Floyd | stream visualizer, a probe and a chip bank (in which are six chips (a
Floyd | DataStore chip, a dive chip, a map chip, a library chip, an artificial
Floyd | intuition chip and a scan chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x screen"
Floyd | Mission Parameters
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Alpha Tango-678
Floyd | FYEO
Floyd |
Floyd | Clearance granted for immediate StreamDive. Target is local grid
Floyd | reference 0x1549. Temporal Reference 785278.7 UDC. We will be in phase
Floyd | for StreamDive at 865741.3 UDC. Dive duration not to exceed .5 units
Floyd | UDC (12 hours local time). Stream Capacitance field will be set for
Floyd | auto-recall at this time.
Floyd | Research unit indicates high levels of stream distortion in this zone,
Floyd | indicating that premature extraction may not be possible.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mission Summary: The purpose of your StreamDive is historical research.
Floyd | We have isolated an evacuated area to minimize potential corruption.
Floyd | You are to record all findings, but avoid direct contact with any
Floyd | inhabitants. Records from this zone are fragmentary, so any documents
Floyd | of historical interest should be added to your DataStore.
Floyd |
Floyd | *WARNING*
Floyd | Due to ambient radiation levels, wideband recall will not be available.
Floyd | Since StreamDive instruments are shielded against EMP effects, lost
Floyd | components may be recoverable after destruction of the local grid
Floyd | section. For this reason, level 1b restrictions are in effect for the
Floyd | duration of this dive.
Floyd |
Floyd | PLEASE REVIEW STREAMDIVER MANUAL BEFORE COMMENCING DIVE.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Huh. 'Premature extraction may not be possible.'"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | [Once you leave this area, you will be unable to return. Are you
Floyd | certain that you are ready? Please note: there are still empty slots in
Floyd | your StreamDive console's chiprack.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline nods.
Draconis asks, "Wait there are still slots?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x console"
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains four chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Aha, we get one more."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search bank."
Floyd | In the chip bank are six chips (a DataStore chip, a dive chip, a map
Floyd | chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip and a scan chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x scan"
Floyd | This chip provides an interface to the console's sensor functions.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  SCAN -- Perform a detailed scan of the area
Floyd |  SCAN X -- Scan an object
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x map"
Floyd | This chip provides real-time mapping of your current dive location.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  MAP -- Display map
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x intuition"
Floyd | This chip contains the experimental "Artificial Intuition" chip. Its
Floyd | function is to evaluate the current situation and recommend a course of
Floyd | action.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  HINT -- Recommend action
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "So you guys decided to restart without investigating Julia's bedroom?"
Jacqueline asks, "That's the first place we're going, isn't it?"
Draconis says, "We're going to rush the diary, then restore."
Jacqueline asks, "Isn't that ... wait, where was the diary?"
Roger says, "The previous track is suspended, not abandoned"
Draconis says (to Jacqueline), "The toilet tank."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, right."
DavidW says, "I have no idea what you're doing. The diary was in the downstairs bathroom."
Jacqueline says, "Anyway, yeah, we just can't stand not reading the diary."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "We're doing a short playthrough with the crypto chip."
DavidW says, "ah."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Then we'll restore to the previous track once we know what the diary says."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "put library into console"
Floyd | You need to be holding the library chip before you can put it into
Floyd | something else.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Kinda cheatsy but these guys went along with it."
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x library"
Floyd | This chip contains a library of data, tailored to your current mission
Floyd | parameters.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  RESEARCH X -- Search library for given term
Floyd |  BROWSE -- Display relevant entries
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "get library"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "put library into console"
Floyd | You put the library chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | [Once you leave this area, you will be unable to return. Are you
Floyd | certain that you are ready?]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | You walk out of the Prep Room, down the long corridor, and into the
Floyd | Dive section. A number of sensors verify that you are carrying no
Floyd | contraband, and make a detailed record of your relevant bio-data, which
Floyd | is compared to your records to ensure that you are indeed the person
Floyd | scheduled for this dive. From your training, you know that this record
Floyd | will be compared again when you emerge, to ensure that nothing
Floyd | important about your physiology has altered during the dive. The only
Floyd | visible sign of it is a faint play of laser-light over your body.
Floyd |
Floyd | Satisfied, an unseen operator opens the door into the next chamber,
Floyd | where a flash of laser-light, radiation, and sickly-sweet aerosol
Floyd | renders you free of micro-organisms.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are allowed to move on only after placing your hand in an
Floyd | indentation by the next door, where ultrasonic "needles" inject you
Floyd | with the requisite immunity boosters, which always gives you the
Floyd | pleasant feeling of being, at least temporarily, totally impregnable to
Floyd | disease.
Floyd |
Floyd | One more room, and anticipation would increase your heart-rate enough
Floyd | that a sensor might declare you medically unfit for duty. Fortunately,
Floyd | this room is the last.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Core
Floyd | You stand in the core of the StreamDive Temporal Relocation Unit. Far
Floyd | below you, an artificial singularity waits to propel you backward in
Floyd | history. The room itself is a huge dome, totally black, but lit from an
Floyd | unseeable source. There is always gooseflesh on your arms when you
Floyd | stand in this room. It is not a friendly room, not a relaxed room. This
Floyd | is a room that knows the seriousness of its function. It is far larger
Floyd | than anything it would ever hold, but its size is a necessity of the
Floyd | design. The constant, low hum of the massive generators that power the
Floyd | time machine is inaudible only here. The room feels like another world
Floyd | itself, neither part of the present nor the past.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's all in the hands of the folks upstairs now...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | A voice materializes from nowhere in particular. "StreamDiver Alpha
Floyd | Tango-678, StreamDive will commence in thirty seconds. Good luck, and
Floyd | Godspeed."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | The floor fades to transparency. There is a brilliant point of light
Floyd | somewhere far below you. Scanning beams trace over your body. Below
Floyd | you, a perfect mirror image of yourself fades into existence, your
Floyd | avatar. You have a sinking feeling as your avatar falls toward the
Floyd | light. Just as you were trained, you roll back on the balls of your
Floyd | feet and close your eyes. In your head, you count to six. Deep down
Floyd | there, your avatar enters the event horizon of the artificial
Floyd | singularity. As always, you have the disconcerting sensation of
Floyd | falling...
Floyd |
Floyd | Cold.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hot.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bright.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pain is gone before you feel it. You want to open your eyes, but
Floyd | you know better. Even if you survived the experience, your sanity would
Floyd | not. You wait for the sensation of falling to end.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You wait for your perception of local timespace to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You open your eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "y'know, you can probably reach the basement via a restart too, before the boxes topple and block that area."
Draconis asks (of DavidW), "Do you have a map?"
DavidW says, "yes, I have a map."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "If so then please drive, I don't remember it all."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down,
Floyd | presumably to the basement.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bathroom
Floyd | You get the impression that this bathroom has become a waystation for
Floyd | things that were intended for the basement, but got lost along the way.
Floyd | Boxes and bags seem to cover every surface; the sink, the heating vent,
Floyd | the fixture. The way out is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open toilet"
Floyd | On a whim, you lift the heavy boxes and raise the lid of the toilet
Floyd | seat. The bowl has been drained, and resting inside is a small book,
Floyd | which you manage, with some difficulty, to retrieve before letting the
Floyd | boxes fall back into place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open diary"
Floyd | It's locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Yay!"
Draconis says, "Oh."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock diary"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | The lock clicks open. Your hands almost tremble in anticipation. What a
Floyd | find!
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the book...
Floyd |
Floyd | What?
Floyd |
Floyd | It's encoded? Who keeps a diary in code? Well, obviously, Julia Yvonne
Floyd | Wallace does. You can't help but wondering what could make someone so
Floyd | paranoid as to go to the trouble of encoding a locked, hidden diary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 0 Diary
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |                                                       My Diary
Floyd | Julia Yvonne Wallace
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "I think the command is 'decrypt'?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "decrypt diary"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Or not."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cryptography chip"
Floyd | This chip contains the algorithms for all known cryptographic systems,
Floyd | as well as a heuristic to deal with unknown ciphers. Its function is to
Floyd | decipher encrypted or obfuscated text, or to render text into the most
Floyd | appropriate encrypted or obfuscated form.
Floyd | Commands Provided:
Floyd |  ENCODE X -- Render input into appropriate ciphertext
Floyd |  DECODE X -- Decipher input
Floyd |  ANALYZE X -- Apply heuristics to input and display results
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Aha."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "decode diary"
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Best guess: One Time Pad. 36 character alphabet.
Floyd | Trying to decipher anyway...
Floyd | Decode failed: Code cannot be identified or cipher is unbreakable. (Try
Floyd | analyzing more ciphertext)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "A one time pad?!?!"
Draconis asks, "Seriously Julia?"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Decode failed?!"
Draconis asks, "A one-time pad for your diary?"
Jacqueline says, "Serious"
Draconis says, "That's just excessive."
DavidW asks, "well, maybe I need to read the diary in full?"
Draconis asks, "Well, try analyzing it?"
Jacqueline says, "You're just saying that because you're upset, Drac. Clearly, girl's got something serious to hide."
Draconis says, "Okay true."
Roger says, "I think she's a time spy"
Draconis says, "She probably does, given what we know."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 0 Diary
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |                                                       My Diary
Floyd | Julia Yvonne Wallace
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 1 April 17
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
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DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 2 April 18-19
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | April 18 - Jim's a bastard. He did it again. Snuck in while I was
Floyd | asleep and recalibrated my eye. When I woke up, I was seeing everything
Floyd | in infrared.
Floyd |
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DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 3 April 20-23
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | April 20 - Dreamt last night. The unbelievable pleasure of feeling a
Floyd | knife being thrust into my chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mom didn't take the bait. Maybe she's not still snooping on me.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 22 - They're sending troops into the middle east. Everyone says
Floyd | not to worry and we'll just clear this up like we have before. There's
Floyd | not going to be a war. But we've already got troops in so many other
Floyd | places. Jim's terrified that he's gonna get drafted. There hasn't been
Floyd | a draft in almost a hundred years though. The news says this will blow
Floyd | over in a couple of months, but Jimmy says that the president's an ass
Floyd | and he wants a war to boost his popularity rating. Dad thinks he's an
Floyd | idiot because no president would think that starting a war and getting
Floyd | hundreds of our people killed would make him popular. Maybe I should
Floyd | start reading the papers more.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 4 April 24-26
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Floyd | April 25 - Jim keeps going on about this new program he's working on.
Floyd | Thinks it's going to, and I quote, "set him up among the gods." He's
Floyd | trying to get in touch with a bunch of professors at the big-league CS
Floyd | schools. Thinks he's hot stuff. Dad, who really ought to know better,
Floyd | asked him about his new "discovery", and he went on for about an hour,
Floyd | not really saying anything that made much sense. The long and short of
Floyd | it is that he thinks he's figured out how his brain works, and he
Floyd | thinks he's got a way to make a computer do the same thing. Wonderful.
Floyd | A computer that thinks like my brother.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 5 April 27-29
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Floyd | April 27 - There was fighting last night. Southeast Asia. I didn't even
Floyd | know we had troops there. Congress was in session all night. The news
Floyd | says they're going to declare war. I am really, really scared.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 6 April 30-May 3
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 7 May 4-6
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Floyd | May 6 - You are not fucking going to believe this. They've started up
Floyd | the draft. And what's more? They're not taking girls. I know, they've
Floyd | never taken them before, but they said that they would now, since
Floyd | they're all "liberated" and shit.
Floyd |
Floyd | Anyway, why aren't they taking girls, you ask? Well, there was a
Floyd | fucking commercial. A fucking commercial explaining how important women
Floyd | were to the war effort, and that's why they're not drafting them. And
Floyd | the way they're important to the war effort? You're gonna fucking love
Floyd | this -- reproduction. They're saying that it's "The duty of all
Floyd | citizens to make full use of their reproductive capabilities to ensure
Floyd | that our population remains strong and growing through these times of
Floyd | adversity."
Floyd |
Floyd | What is this, the fucking dark ages? In addition to their
Floyd | heart-fucking-felt sermon, they've voted in a massive tax-break for
Floyd | families with newborns, a government handout for women who get
Floyd | themselves pregnant, and subsidies for unmarried women who want
Floyd | artificial insemination. They're also rushing through a bunch of
Floyd | fertility drugs that increase the chances of having twins. The got some
Floyd | low-level flunkie in one of the fringe groups on record saying that it
Floyd | was the "sworn duty of every woman to attempt conception", and that
Floyd | parents should encourage their daughters to get themselves knocked up
Floyd | as young as fifteen. They're trying to fucking breed themselves an
Floyd | army.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | But it'll be what, twenty years before any of these war babies are old
Floyd | enough to fight. The war can't go on that long, can it?
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
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Floyd | May 7 - Oh the shit has hit the fan. There's rioting in the streets.
Floyd | The people who don't like the war are protesting the war. The people
Floyd | who don't like the draft are protesting the draft. Pretty much everyone
Floyd | is protesting the breeding plan, except for the ones that are lined up
Floyd | around the block to get a big fat shot of fertility drugs and the big
Floyd | fat check that goes with it. Mom's friend that works for a doctor says
Floyd | that they've been asked not to tie anyone's tubes or give out
Floyd | contraceptives anymore. I found out that Jim's stockpiling condoms, on
Floyd | the off chance he manages to get a girl who doesn't think the rest of
Floyd | him's as ugly as his face. Says there's a bill in congress to restrict
Floyd | the sale of anything that prevents pregnancy.
Floyd |
Floyd | Donna's friend Rusty is talking about signing up. She's trying to talk
Floyd | him out of it, but he figures his draft notice is in the mail already
Floyd | anyway.
Floyd |
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Floyd | May 11 - When I got up this morning, my eye hadn't recharged. Hope I
Floyd | don't have to get the damned thing serviced. I couldn't go anywhere, of
Floyd | course, because I had to leave it on the charger all day. But Donna
Floyd | came over and we hung out. She went out with Tom last night and had a
Floyd | good time and all.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | She thinks the eyepatch makes me look tough.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 9 May 12-15
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Floyd | May 12 - Eye worked today. Guess I had it in the charger wrong or
Floyd | something.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 13 - Donna's dad got "activated", which means he has to ship out.
Floyd | He does something technical for the navy, so it's not like he's going
Floyd | to the front or anything, but she's still scared. He wants her to go
Floyd | live with her grandmom. We talked to mom, and she said it would be okay
Floyd | if she stayed with us at least until the end of school. Her grandmom's
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 10 May 17
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 17 (later) - Fell asleep without taking my eye out so it's dead
Floyd | today. And no one ever told me how much it hurts if you sleep with
Floyd | contacts in. Told mom I was too sick to see the shrink today, which
Floyd | isn't far from the truth. I managed to get Donna down to her bed before
Floyd | mom went to wake her up for breakfast. As if we could eat. We crashed
Floyd | in my room most of the day so no one would see how sick we were.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | I let her get a good look at the hole in my face where my eye goes. She
Floyd | wasn't grossed out or anything. She asked me if I wanted to touch her
Floyd | scar. It was a little weird because you can feel little bumps where
Floyd | they stitched her cheek closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 11 May 19-28
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Floyd | May 19 - The fighting has escalated. Last night, one of our islands in
Floyd | the pacific got wiped off the map. That many people could just wink out
Floyd | of existence like that, and the world just goes on.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 20 - Rethinking yesterday's entry. We've been bombing the country
Floyd | with the largest population in the world for weeks now. Maybe we got
Floyd | what we deserved.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 23 - There is no Laos.
Floyd |
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Floyd | May 25 - Set up family ties with a nice boy? Fuck him. Besides, about
Floyd | the only boys that haven't been drafted are cripples and felons. And
Floyd | Rusty, of course, but I get the feeling he's looking to set up family
Floyd | ties with a nice boy himself.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 26 - Mom is moving most of the valuables into long-term storage. As
Floyd | in "make Jim go out in the woods and dig a deep hole to hide them in."
Floyd | Won't help. We're all going to die.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 27 - Air raid drill at school. Yes. Duck and cover. Fuck your
Floyd | mother.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 12 May 29-June 1
Floyd |
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Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | May 30 - Something's bugging Donna. She won't talk to me about it. I'm
Floyd | worried.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 31 - Donna didn't come home last night. She showed up late this
Floyd | afternoon with a lame story about spending the night at her place
Floyd | because she had gotten involved in packing some things.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 13 June 2-11
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | June 2 - Donna is still acting funny. I wonder if she's worried about
Floyd | her dad.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 3 - As close as I can tell, I'm a free woman again. Mom and Dad
Floyd | aren't watching me constantly, and I can pretty much come and go as I
Floyd | please, with the caveat that I can't stay out too long, what with the
Floyd | imminent possibility of he bomb killing us all.
Floyd |
Floyd | But I'm worried about Donna. She wanders off for hours at a time,
Floyd | doesn't say anything.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 4 - Jimmy's got himself a girlfriend. How cute. She's a
Floyd | rolly-polly little thing with coke-bottle glasses who thinks the sun
Floyd | rises and sets on him because of his brilliant invention. Maybe his
Floyd | stockpile won't go to waste after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | Yeah. And maybe my eye will grow back.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 5 - They've cancelled graduation due to war. Fuck.
Floyd |
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Floyd | June 7 - We're sending troops into Vietnam. Where have I heard that
Floyd | before?
Floyd |
Floyd | June 9 - Donna asked me to try on some of her clothes. I don't like
Floyd | wearing a skirt, but she said I have really nice legs & I should show
Floyd | them off. Nice legs? Anyway, I hope this means she's feeling better,
Floyd | but there was something distant about her. About the only thing she was
Floyd | willing to talk about was the time I slit my wrists. Morbid.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 10 - Rained all day today. After watching a whole lot of TV, we
Floyd | basically just sat around. I worked on new pages for my code book while
Floyd | Donna just sat there and watched me.
Floyd |
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Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 14 June 13
Floyd |
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DavidW says (to Floyd), "decode diary"
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Best guess: One Time Pad. 36 character alphabet.
Floyd | Trying to decipher anyway...
Floyd | Decode failed: Code cannot be identified or cipher is unbreakable. (Try
Floyd | analyzing more ciphertext)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "So if it's a 36-character alphabet, but there are both capital and lowercase letters in the ciphertext, I'm guessing capitalization is for the most part preserved."
Draconis says, "Not that it helps much if it's a one-time pad."
Draconis asks, "Maybe we can find her old pad somewhere?"
Roger says, "eww"
DavidW asks, "So you have to find the pad as well. Maybe HER BEDROOM?"
Draconis says, "She might have gotten sloppy and left it lying around."
Draconis says (to Roger), "Not that kind of pad..."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. I'm thinking what DavidW is thinking."
Jacqueline says, "Sort of."
Jacqueline says, "I mean, I think the pad's around, but not in her bedroom. Except we should go there anyway."
Jacqueline says, "I'm guessing it's, dunno, in the bat guano in the eaves of the roof. Because that's how Julia rolls."
Draconis says, "I'm sure it's hidden somewhere. If we find it, I doubt we'll need the crypto chip."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline asks, "So, go back to our original game?"
DavidW asks (of Jacqueline), "well, where do you think the pad is, then? Somewhere more secret?"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Yeah"
Jacqueline says, "I mean, she hid the diary in the toilet, so."
Roger says, "Did any of our various disks or VHS tapes or whatever look like white noise? Because that's what it would look like."
Jacqueline says, "Maybe she got lazy, though, and we'll find it in her bedroom."
DavidW asks, "So, upstairs?"
Draconis asks, "Maybe on that data disk?"
Draconis says, "She might have a disk reader in her bedroom then."
Jacqueline asks, "Should we go back to our other game?"
DavidW says, "I thought the parental unit hid the disc with the gun."
DavidW says, "For all I know, she stored the data in her eye."
Draconis says, "I vote we check the basement, then switch back to the other game."
Roger says, "Yeah, let's bounce back over"
Roger says, "Or that sounds good too"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to try to unlock it? >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd |
Floyd | Okay [Footnote 3].
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Basement
Floyd | The basement of this house is a simple, large room with cinderblock
Floyd | walls. Boxes, crates, and other large items are scattered haphazardly
Floyd | about. A lightweight wooden door in the east wall appears to be an
Floyd | exterior exit, presumably to allow heavy gardening equipment, such as
Floyd | the lawnmower in one corner, to be removed. The stairs up to the rest
Floyd | of the house are along the south wall.
Floyd | And something unusual. The west wall is metal, with a very large,
Floyd | robust door set in it.
Floyd | It couldn't be. Or could it? You've never actually seen one before, but
Floyd | from your records...
Floyd | Yes. It is. It's a bomb shelter; a small room specially designed to act
Floyd | as an emergency shelter in the event of nuclear attack. None have
Floyd | survived to your own time, and records are fragmentary. This is quite a
Floyd | find. If only you could manage to get inside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Can the autokey get us into the shelter?"
Jacqueline says, "We shall see."
Jacqueline asks, "My hope is yes?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock shelter"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock metal door"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd |
Floyd | Finally, your training releases its hold over your mind and lets you
Floyd | take notice of what would have been the first thing anyone but a
Floyd | StreamDiver would see. Two female bodies, quite motionless, lie on one
Floyd | of the beds. You don't need to check for a pulse on either of them
Floyd | [Footnote 4], but you do, all the same.
Floyd |
Floyd | Still warm. Your hands tremble, and it takes a moment to force yourself
Floyd | to calm down. You've seen dead bodies before, on missions. Victims of
Floyd | the massacre on Mars Colony Omega, ritual sacrifice victims in an Aztec
Floyd | temple, but the immediacy of these deaths is something you weren't
Floyd | prepared for. They can't have been dead for more than a few hours, may
Floyd | even have died while you were in the house. You try to tell yourself
Floyd | that this is an irrelevant detail -- from your proper perspective,
Floyd | they, and everyone else on the planet, have been dead for hundreds of
Floyd | years.
Floyd |
Floyd | It doesn't help.
Floyd |
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "O_O"
Draconis says, "Well."
Draconis asks, "Examine the bodies? Check footnote 4?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 4"
Floyd | [Footnote 4]
Floyd | The StreamDive console is programmed to emit an alert if it is brought
Floyd | into an occupied room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bodies"
Floyd | left corpse: She would have grown up to be quite attractive. For that
Floyd | matter, she actually was quite attractive, despite the disheveled
Floyd | appearance and short unruly tangle of red hair. One eyelid is sunken,
Floyd | as if there is nothing underneath. You can see no sign of injury, and
Floyd | her repose is fairly tranquil.
Floyd |
Floyd | Wait. There is something. One hand is scratched badly across the
Floyd | knuckles. But that couldn't be the cause of death.
Floyd | right corpse: The body lies on the bed, arms folded. Its owner is quite
Floyd | beautiful by the standards of the day, long, blonde hair, sizable
Floyd | breasts, and a frailty that suggests borderline anorexia. The only mar
Floyd | to her beauty is a deep, jagged scar on one cheek. There is nothing to
Floyd | suggest that her death was anything but peaceful [Footnote 5].
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 5"
Floyd | [Footnote 5]
Floyd | Except for the obvious fact that apparently healthy teenage girls do
Floyd | not, generally, drop dead suddenly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Odd that we are examining these bodies a bit like a teenage boy would."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eyelid"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eye"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open Julia's eye"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to open the left corpse.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ey"
Jacqueline says, "er, ew"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search julia"
Floyd | Mustering your resolve, you make a quick check of the body. Clutched in
Floyd | one hand, you find a blue prosthetic eye.
Floyd |
Draconis says, "I don't think a teenager would look for signs of injury first, but yeah."
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open left corpse"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
DavidW says, "It was in her hand."
Draconis says, "!"
Jacqueline exclaims, "You have the eye!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take eye"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eye"
Floyd | Remarkable. This is an LZ-50 prosthetic optical unit, the first
Floyd | commercial replacement eye. This explains the sunken eyelid on the poor
Floyd | dead girl -- she must have had a prosthetic eye. But this... You could
Floyd | stand here all day and admire the workmanship. You would never have
Floyd | suspected that the technology of this period could develop something
Floyd | that could actually replace a human eye. And here you are... it's in
Floyd | your hand. You turn it over and over. It looks amazingly realistic.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "I can't help it: !!!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface eye"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: LZ-50 Optical Prosthetic. Manufacturer: Optitron BioTechnics
Floyd |
Floyd | Download aborted. [Insufficient power in remote unit]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ugh"
Draconis asks, "Examine the electronic device (by the bed)?"
Draconis asks, "Or the metal box on the wall?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x device"
Floyd | (the StreamDive console)
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains five chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh, right."
Draconis says, "We might need to charge it."
Jacqueline says, "We may -- yeah"
Jacqueline says, "but let's look at the box on the wall."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "She wrote about it running out of power really fast."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x electronic device"
Floyd | You can't quite determine the function of this device; you've never
Floyd | seen anything like it before. Its major component is a short barrel,
Floyd | which contains a low-powered laser.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "What kept us from getting down here earlier? boxes? Lame."
DavidW says, "yes. Boxes."
Draconis says, "Which, now that I think about it, may have something to do with her brother's modding."
Roger says, "After the apocalypse we're going to need our CueCat"
DavidW says, "It was like a cave-in. We were helpless against the scourge of boxes."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Draconis asks, "Can we research the device?"
Draconis asks, "Or BROWSE?"
Jacqueline says, "Kind of like that scene in Syberia where you have to find someone else to pick up a stick you need because it is dirty and wet."
DavidW hands the driver keys to Draconis.
Draconis says (to DavidW), "You're still holding the keys. :P"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "browse"
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | BROWSE
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-1, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | 1     Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | Possibly the darkest period in recent history, this period contains the
Floyd | last and largest of the intercontinental wars. Several Middle Eastern
Floyd | nations formed a military alliance, and began imposing expansionist
Floyd | policies on neighboring countries. When the United States threatened to
Floyd | cut off trade relations with these countries, the formed a lucrative
Floyd | trade alliance with China. Because during this period, industrialized
Floyd | nations were still highly dependent on fossil fuel, an alliance of
Floyd | western nations declared war on China and the Arabic alliance. Tactical
Floyd | nuclear warheads were used by both sides, resulting in the near-total
Floyd | annihilation of many US-sympathetic countries in southeast Asia. Though
Floyd | US nuclear weapons were unable to breach Chinese countermeasures,
Floyd | several Chinese nuclear missiles did penetrate the US defensive system,
Floyd | obliterating a number of cities. The war was finally ended when the
Floyd | massive space station Kennedy crashed to Earth near the Chinese
Floyd | capital. The resulting explosion killed over two billion people,
Floyd | forcing the Chinese government to capitulate. However, widespread
Floyd | environmental and war damage left the entire world badly crippled.
Floyd | Reconstruction would take much of the next century, and the extensive
Floyd | costs of rebuilding the damaged world forced the beginning of
Floyd | governmental alliances that would eventually lead to a United Earth
Floyd | Government.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mission occurs during the opening of the nuclear phase of the war.
Floyd | At 785278.83 UDC, a missile launched from China will exploit the breach
Floyd | in the US missile shield. Nine hours later, its course will be diverted
Floyd | away from Washington, DC to avoid US countermeasures. It will narrowly
Floyd | miss a secondary target, several miles from your Dive site, at 865741.8
Floyd | UDC.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Source: Zanxq's Brief Guide to Human Civilizations, vol. 72
Floyd |
Floyd | SEE ALSO: Space Station Kennedy
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Jearl arrives, ready to play with the toys. DavidW says, "We can probably interface with the computer, though."
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | BROWSE
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-2, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd |
Floyd | 1     Historical Period: ca 865600-866300 UDC
Floyd | 2     Space Station Kennedy
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x computer"
Floyd | This is a very small single-piece computer system, apparently a stock
Floyd | model.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with it"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x smashed"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the smashed pieces.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "scan pieces"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x console"
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains five chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "We don't have the scan chip this time."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "seach chiprack"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "oops search"
Floyd | That can't be corrected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search chiprack"
Floyd | In the StreamDive console are five chips (a library chip, a
Floyd | cryptography chip, a blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Ah."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with metal box"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x metal box"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the metal box is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | You open the metal box, revealing a red pill and a red pill.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x pills"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x pill"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the red pill.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Gr..."
Draconis asks, "Should we taste it?"
Draconis says, "Can't hurt."
DavidW says, "I suspect they're poison pills. And that might be how the girls died."
Roger says, "We will die"
Roger says, "Unless they're some sort of cryo suspension chip jazz"
Jacqueline asks, "Save?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "save"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "moments6"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "eat pill"
Floyd | (first taking the red pill)
Floyd | That seems like an exceptionally bad idea. Are you sure you want to?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | You feel nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | For that matter, you feel nothing at all.
Floyd |
Floyd | Ever.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 6 out of a possible 73, in 68 turns.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, UNDO your last move,
Floyd | or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Draconis says, "I like that ending."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "search right corpse"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "turn on computer"
Floyd | You switch the computer on. After performing its internal diagnostics,
Floyd | it presents you with a prompt:
Floyd |
Floyd | Password?
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with computer"
Floyd | That's not something you can switch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "What?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh. You might be able to interface with the computer once it's on."
Jacqueline says, "Password"
Draconis says, "Oh."
Draconis asks, "Do we have a password?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Personal Computer. Manufacturer: JTX.
Floyd |
Floyd | Searching for relevant data...
DavidW says, "That 'with' was the problem."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | [Press Any Key]
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 4:45 pm
Floyd |
Floyd | We were supposed to do it together. That was the plan.
Floyd |
Floyd | We thought it through, talked about it over and over.
Floyd |
Floyd | Nothing else made any sense. The safety broke down. The door isn't
Floyd | going to open for thirty years. We can't just stay down here for thirty
Floyd | years. And what about her? We can't take care of that on our own.
Floyd |
Floyd | Still, we might have tried. We might have been able to work something
Floyd | out. But we haven't heard anything upstairs for days. Not that you can
Floyd | hear much, but sometimes there's a little banging in the pipes.
Floyd |
Floyd | That damned radio. My hand's all cut up from smashing it to bits.
Floyd | There's going to be an air strike. They don't know where yet, but there
Floyd | isn't any way to stop it. We're less than a hundred miles from the
Floyd | biggest military base in three states. Even if we survive, no one's
Floyd | going to find us. No one's going to save us.
Floyd |
Floyd | So we decided. I unlocked the box. I took out two pills...
Floyd |
Floyd | This is all my fault. If I hadn't been so damned paranoid, we wouldn't
Floyd | even be down here. It's my fault that Donna's dead. It's my fault that
Floyd | I'm going to be dead.
Floyd |
Floyd | We were going to do it together. We laid down on the bed, next to each
Floyd | other, and she hugged me, and she told me she didn't blame me, and then
Floyd | we were going to bite down at the same time and it would all be over.
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm such a fucking coward.
Floyd |
Floyd | I don't think she felt anything. I hope she didn't know what a coward I
Floyd | am. She closed her eyes, and I closed mine, and then she just sort of
Floyd | shook once, and it was over. And I got up, and I laid her out flat and
Floyd | crossed her arms over her chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What the fuck is wrong with me? I don't want to live. I never cared if
Floyd | I lived or died since the accident six years ago, and I sure as hell
Floyd | don't want to live down here for the next thirty years, especially now
Floyd | that Donna's gone. I tried to kill myself once before. All I have to do
Floyd | is bite down.
Floyd |
Floyd | So why won't my hands stop shaking? I'm going to do it now. For real
Floyd | this time.
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm not getting back into the same bed with Donna. I don't deserve
Floyd | that.
Floyd |
Floyd | I hope my parents will forgive me. I hope Jim will forgive me. Most of
Floyd | all, though, I hope Donna will forgive me.
Floyd |
Floyd | Goodbye.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Draconis says, "!!!!!"
Jacqueline exclaims, "I see your !!!!! and raise you three more !!!"
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd |
Floyd | Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | Julia Wallace
Floyd | Current Events
Floyd | April 25
Floyd |
Floyd | This morning, at 7:42 AM, Congress ratified a declaration of war
Floyd | against an alliance of countries in the Middle East. The official
Floyd | reasons for this declaration were the unlawful occupation of Israel by
Floyd | allied Arabic forces. Nonetheless, several articles in the Global
Floyd | Register suppose that recent military action was motivated by trade
Floyd | restrictions imposed by the Arabic Alliance against Europe and the
Floyd | United States. These restrictions have severely limited the
Floyd | availability of gasoline in the US. According to the April 20 issue of
Floyd | the National Chronicle, the Arabic states have formed an exclusive
Floyd | trade pact with China. The Brandenberg News Network has run several
Floyd | stories saying that Chinese weapons were used in the invasion of
Floyd | Israel, and editorials in several newspapers claim that if the war
Floyd | escalates, China will enter the war on the side of the Arabic Alliance.
Floyd | An article in the Times says that the Chinese newspapers have already
Floyd | printed articles calling for war unless the US backs out of affairs in
Floyd | the Middle East.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Sources attached.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Taleslinger says, "Kids these days."
Jacqueline asks, "Whaddya mean? 'Kids these days... doing their homework.'?"
Jacqueline asks, "Or having death pacts?"
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd |
Floyd | Data Snapshot
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Format not recognized.
Floyd | Attempting to download...
Floyd | Download failed: Insufficient space.
Floyd | Blank StreamDive chip detected in console. Do you wish to download to
Floyd | it?
Roger says, "Oh boo hoo my life has been so hard since I got my cyborg eye that sees in infrared etc"
Jacqueline says, "ah"
Draconis asks, "Hm. Do we want to?"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Sure!"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "sorry, I'm lagging horribly all of a sudden."
Roger says, "Could be otp"
DavidW goes home.
DavidW has disconnected.
DavidW arrives, ready to play with the toys. DavidW says, "sorry, my mud connection just stopped there."
Draconis says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | Download successful.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
Draconis pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x blank"
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd | The house shakes hard as a something, probably an aircraft or small
Floyd | bomb, crashes to earth in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x blank"
Floyd | The once-blank chip is filled to capacity by a data image downloaded
Floyd | from the portable computer.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface with blank"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "interface blank"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "analyze plz"
Jacqueline says (to Roger), "You may be right. Hope you are."
Draconis asks, "I suppose we can use this once we get back...?"
DavidW asks, "oh, what did we get from the computer?"
Draconis says, "A data snapshot we can't seem to use."
Roger says (to floyd), "analyze blank"
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Results: Coded text using unknown cipher (This text cannot be decoded
Floyd | at this time)
Floyd | Note: Unbreakable ciphers (eg. Ciphers using One Time Pad or RUR
Floyd | nanocode encoding) cannot be decoded until matching key has been
Floyd | analyzed. Unknown ciphers may be decoded after more encrypted text has
Floyd | been analyzed.
Floyd | Somewhere, probably a few kilometers away, there is an explosion. The
Floyd | house rocks, and you have a hard time keeping your footing.
Floyd |
Floyd | You hear a great crash below.
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "uh-oh. Hope we're not trapped."
Jacqueline says, "The boxes."
Roger says, "ennhh who cares"
Jacqueline says, "The freakin' boxes."
Roger says (to floyd), "analyze diary"
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Results: Coded text using One Time Pad. 36 character alphabet. (This
Floyd | text cannot be decoded at this time)
Floyd | Note: Unbreakable ciphers (eg. Ciphers using One Time Pad or RUR
Floyd | nanocode encoding) cannot be decoded until matching key has been
Floyd | analyzed. Unknown ciphers may be decoded after more encrypted text has
Floyd | been analyzed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says (to floyd), "decode diary"
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Best guess: One Time Pad. 36 character alphabet.
Floyd | Trying to decipher anyway...
Floyd | Decode failed: Code cannot be identified or cipher is unbreakable. (Try
Floyd | analyzing more ciphertext)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says (to floyd), "decode blank"
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Decode failed: No decodable text found (This may not be a cipher)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "ok I'm done"
Jacqueline says, "sigh"
Draconis says, "Ugh."
Draconis asks, "What's the point of this chip then...?"
DavidW says, "It probably works if we have the extra data."
Draconis asks, "But where would we find that data?"
DavidW asks, "Her bedroom?"
Draconis says, "Fair."
DavidW says, "Maybe there's a recharger for her eye in there too."
Jacqueline says, "My guess is that the recharger is there, yeah."
Draconis says, "Let's try it."
Draconis says, "I defer to the person with the map."
DavidW says, "If we recharge and interface the eye, that could give us something. Dunno what, though."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The doorway is blocked by toppled boxes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "?!?!"
DavidW says, "I guess we need to be more speedy to do this."
Jacqueline says, "Boxes? Fine. Take the pill."
Jacqueline says, "(Kidding)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "move boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "We have a save before they fell."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "move boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "All of us trying, and yet the result is the same."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, huh."
DavidW says, "The boxes aren't implemented."
Jacqueline asks, "What the?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x box"
Floyd | In the metal box is a red pill.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Can we use the laser?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take laser"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Maybe?"
Roger says, "bunked beds? More like debunked am I right"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn on laser"
Floyd | That's not something you can switch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x laser"
Floyd | You can't quite determine the function of this device; you've never
Floyd | seen anything like it before. Its major component is a short barrel,
Floyd | which contains a low-powered laser.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface laser"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface failed.
Floyd | Something blocks the light for a second, and you turn to look. Nothing.
Floyd | Hm. This place is starting to get to you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "point laser east"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x barrel"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I don't know how to use the laser."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "use laser"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x ceiling"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Didn't the office files say that some shelters had a ceiling hatch?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search ceiling"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x hatch"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Look in other parts of the shelter?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table is a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | (the bunk bed)
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The doorway is blocked by toppled boxes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x toppled"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x sanitation"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open curtain"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think we're stuck here. Recall and end the mission or restart or restore."
Jacqueline asks, "If we recal it ends the game, I think, so probably just restore to moments5?"
Draconis says, "Restore to moments5 or moments6."
DavidW asks, "which one is that?"
Draconis says, "Moments5 is the last one in the other track. Moments6 is before the boxes fell."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, yeah, I guess you all might want to stay in this one. Up to you."
DavidW asks (of Draconis), "so, you want to do the shelter quickly? Get eye and computer info and laser and get out?"
Draconis says, "Yeah, I want to see if we can get anything from the eye."
DavidW says, "It would be best to do the shelter stuff first, then grab the diary,I think."
DavidW asks, "Which restore do we want?"
Jacqueline says, "My guess is Drac wants 6, but I'd prefer for him to say."
Draconis says, "Yeah, my vote is for 6 first."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "restore"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "moments6"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search julia"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a prosthetic eye
Floyd |   a diary
Floyd |   an autokey
Floyd |   your StreamDive console
Floyd |     five chips:
Floyd |       a library chip
Floyd |       a cryptography chip
Floyd |       a blank chip
Floyd |       an interface chip
Floyd |       a shield chip
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Undo again?"
Draconis asks, "To get back the turn from searching her?"
DavidW says, "I don't know what we've done or not done at this point."
DavidW asks, "have we done the computer interface?"
Draconis asks, "I don't think so?"
Draconis says (to Floyd), "x blank"
Floyd | This StreamDive chip is blank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "No."
Draconis says, "We have not."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface computer"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Personal Computer. Manufacturer: JTX.
Floyd |
Floyd | Searching for relevant data...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | [Press Any Key]
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd |
Floyd | Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 4:45 pm
Floyd |
Floyd | We were supposed to do it together. That was the plan.
Floyd |
Floyd | We thought it through, talked about it over and over.
Floyd |
Floyd | Nothing else made any sense. The safety broke down. The door isn't
Floyd | going to open for thirty years. We can't just stay down here for thirty
Floyd | years. And what about her? We can't take care of that on our own.
Floyd |
Floyd | Still, we might have tried. We might have been able to work something
Floyd | out. But we haven't heard anything upstairs for days. Not that you can
Floyd | hear much, but sometimes there's a little banging in the pipes.
Floyd |
Floyd | That damned radio. My hand's all cut up from smashing it to bits.
Floyd | There's going to be an air strike. They don't know where yet, but there
Floyd | isn't any way to stop it. We're less than a hundred miles from the
Floyd | biggest military base in three states. Even if we survive, no one's
Floyd | going to find us. No one's going to save us.
Floyd |
Floyd | So we decided. I unlocked the box. I took out two pills...
Floyd |
Floyd | This is all my fault. If I hadn't been so damned paranoid, we wouldn't
Floyd | even be down here. It's my fault that Donna's dead. It's my fault that
Floyd | I'm going to be dead.
Floyd |
Floyd | We were going to do it together. We laid down on the bed, next to each
Floyd | other, and she hugged me, and she told me she didn't blame me, and then
Floyd | we were going to bite down at the same time and it would all be over.
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm such a fucking coward.
Floyd |
Floyd | I don't think she felt anything. I hope she didn't know what a coward I
Floyd | am. She closed her eyes, and I closed mine, and then she just sort of
Floyd | shook once, and it was over. And I got up, and I laid her out flat and
Floyd | crossed her arms over her chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What the fuck is wrong with me? I don't want to live. I never cared if
Floyd | I lived or died since the accident six years ago, and I sure as hell
Floyd | don't want to live down here for the next thirty years, especially now
Floyd | that Donna's gone. I tried to kill myself once before. All I have to do
Floyd | is bite down.
Floyd |
Floyd | So why won't my hands stop shaking? I'm going to do it now. For real
Floyd | this time.
Floyd |
Floyd | I'm not getting back into the same bed with Donna. I don't deserve
Floyd | that.
Floyd |
Floyd | I hope my parents will forgive me. I hope Jim will forgive me. Most of
Floyd | all, though, I hope Donna will forgive me.
Floyd |
Floyd | Goodbye.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd |
Floyd | Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | Julia Wallace
Floyd | Current Events
Floyd | April 25
Floyd |
Floyd | This morning, at 7:42 AM, Congress ratified a declaration of war
Floyd | against an alliance of countries in the Middle East. The official
Floyd | reasons for this declaration were the unlawful occupation of Israel by
Floyd | allied Arabic forces. Nonetheless, several articles in the Global
Floyd | Register suppose that recent military action was motivated by trade
Floyd | restrictions imposed by the Arabic Alliance against Europe and the
Floyd | United States. These restrictions have severely limited the
Floyd | availability of gasoline in the US. According to the April 20 issue of
Floyd | the National Chronicle, the Arabic states have formed an exclusive
Floyd | trade pact with China. The Brandenberg News Network has run several
Floyd | stories saying that Chinese weapons were used in the invasion of
Floyd | Israel, and editorials in several newspapers claim that if the war
Floyd | escalates, China will enter the war on the side of the Arabic Alliance.
Floyd | An article in the Times says that the Chinese newspapers have already
Floyd | printed articles calling for war unless the US backs out of affairs in
Floyd | the Middle East.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Sources attached.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd |
Floyd | Data Snapshot
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Format not recognized.
Floyd | Attempting to download...
Floyd | Download failed: Insufficient space.
Floyd | Blank StreamDive chip detected in console. Do you wish to download to
Floyd | it?
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | Download successful.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd | Interface mode
Floyd |
Floyd | Press the number of your selection, 1-3, 0 to redisplay or Q to quit.
Floyd | Three relevant documents found:
Floyd | 1     Recent Document 1: untitled text document
Floyd | 2     Recent Document 2: Current events HW 4/25
Floyd | 3     Data Snapshot
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Bomb Shelter
Floyd | This is career-making stuff. A period survival shelter, fully intact
Floyd | and operational. The ceiling and walls form a single-piece dome, which,
Floyd | you recall, increased the structural stability with the building
Floyd | materials they had available. The eastern end, nearest the exit, seems
Floyd | to be some kind of living area, with a table and several chairs. Past
Floyd | it, you can see four bunked beds. At the far end of the shelter is a
Floyd | curtained area, holding the minimal sanitation facilities.
Floyd | The smashed and broken pieces of some electronic device are scattered
Floyd | around the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small metal box is mounted on one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are an electronic device and a portable computer.
Floyd | Two corpses lay on opposite cots.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take laser"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Basement
Floyd | The basement of this house is a simple, large room with cinderblock
Floyd | walls. Boxes, crates, and other large items are scattered haphazardly
Floyd | about. A lightweight wooden door in the east wall appears to be an
Floyd | exterior exit, presumably to allow heavy gardening equipment, such as
Floyd | the lawnmower in one corner, to be removed. The stairs up to the rest
Floyd | of the house are along the south wall.
Floyd | And something unusual. The west wall is metal, with a very large,
Floyd | robust door set in it.
Floyd | The house shakes hard as a something, probably an aircraft or small
Floyd | bomb, crashes to earth in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stack of boxes teeters unsteadily. Another shake like that could
Floyd | bring all of these down on top of you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "brb"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "save"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "moments7"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x letter"
Floyd | Dear Julia,
Floyd | I hope to God you get this letter. We waited for you as long as we
Floyd | could, but they're saying that the bombs could fall any day. There's a
Floyd | shelter out in New Calvert, we're going there. Daddy says its the
Floyd | safest place in a hundred miles. Try to get there if you can, but don't
Floyd | take any risks. The most important thing is that you stay safe. I left
Floyd | some money and your grandmom's jewels in the hidden place for you. Your
Floyd | dad bought a gun and bullets, and put them there too, but be careful.
Floyd | We all love you and hope to see you again.
Floyd |
Floyd | Love,
Floyd | Mom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x photo"
Floyd | This image shows a young man in his mid-teens. He sports a pathetic
Floyd | attempt at a moustache. Though he shows all the awkwardness of
Floyd | adolescence, he apparently does know, at least, how to pose for a
Floyd | photograph. He has a very slight smile, and a look of interested
Floyd | curiosity on his face. He does show the awkward pockmarks of severe
Floyd | acne, made worse by the extreme fullness of his face. He is wearing a
Floyd | black shirt with a suede vest, which bears a small lapel pin, of the
Floyd | sort distributed by academic honor societies.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Girl's Bedroom
Floyd | Coming, as you do, from an enlightened time period where man has, by
Floyd | and large, learned to overcome prejudicial assumptions about people on
Floyd | the basis of gender or background [Footnote 6], you know better than to
Floyd | jump to conclusions about the occupant based on the cultural
Floyd | stereotypes of their living space.
Floyd | Nevertheless, you can always tell a girl's room. It isn't some
Floyd | particular thing [Footnote 7]; rather, an air of femininity issues more
Floyd | from the juxtaposition of objects than the contents themselves. The
Floyd | dollhouse; the partially completed watercolor on an easel in the
Floyd | corner; the ornate, hand-carved chest at the foot of the bed; the paper
Floyd | ribbons affixed to the vent cover on the floor, all suggest, but do not
Floyd | insist that the occupant of this room is female. And yet, there is a
Floyd | certain something about this space that rarely arises in a man's
Floyd | quarters.
Floyd | The walls are a soft, uniform pastel. The desk stands opposite the bed,
Floyd | well stocked, but uncluttered. There is a closet door on the east wall.
Floyd | The exit to the hall is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the nightstand is a charger.
Floyd | Somewhere, probably a few kilometers away, there is an explosion. The
Floyd | house rocks, and you have a hard time keeping your footing.
Floyd |
Floyd | You hear a great crash below.
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Yes yes we're all very impressed you can tell a room with a dollhouse in it is a girl's room"
Draconis says, "The writing feels rather awkward here. /nitpick"
Draconis says, "Let's charge this eye."
DavidW says, "I think we've found the eye charger, yes."
Roger says, "The line-length runs away from him"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put eye in charger"
Floyd | You let the optical unit charge for a few minutes. When you remove it,
Floyd | it's warm to the touch. Hm. The device seems to think that the eye is
Floyd | fully charged. That doesn't make sense; this charger is supposed to, if
Floyd | your memory serves, take several hours. There's no way that the
Floyd | technology of this period could build a charger capable of such speed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Interface eye?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface eye"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: LZ-50 Optical Prosthetic. Manufacturer: Optitron BioTechnics
Floyd |
Floyd | Downloading images...
Floyd |
Floyd | The viewpoint of the camera suggests that the wearer is seated in front
Floyd | of a portable computer. Her hand reaches out and picks up a small
Floyd | device beside the computer. She turns it over, presumably examining it
Floyd | from all angles. The hand turns the device until its barrel-end points
Floyd | directly into the camera. A finger twitches, pressing a button. A flash
Floyd | of light issues from the end of the device, and the image flickers,
Floyd | distorts, and breaks up.
Floyd |
Floyd | When the image returns, the device has been dropped to the table. The
Floyd | wearer stands, and the camera reels in unsteady ascent. Again a hand
Floyd | reaches out, this time to switch the computer off. It takes a small red
Floyd | pill from the table, and then moves to the wearer's mouth.
Floyd |
Floyd | The camera turns quickly, and moves toward one of the bunked beds. It
Floyd | focuses on the motionless body of a beautiful blonde girl. The image
Floyd | switches to infrared, showing the characteristic cooling of a recently
Floyd | deceased body, then the camera changes back to the visual spectrum. The
Floyd | camera bobs up and down, as if slowly nodding. It moves toward the face
Floyd | of the dead girl, and stays very close to one cheek for a long time.
Floyd | The camera withdraws, and the wearer extends a hand, tracing the
Floyd | shoulder and arm of the corpse, finally coming to rest atop the folded
Floyd | hands. The wearer's hand squeezes the dead hands once, then the camera
Floyd | turns toward the opposite cot.
Floyd |
Floyd | The camera moves toward the cot, then turns and lowers, finally
Floyd | pitching back as the wearer lies down. A hand moves toward the camera,
Floyd | and as it passes in front of it, the recording ends.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "So she used the laser to blind her eye when she was typing?"
Draconis says, "That seems somewhat strange."
Roger says, "Looking directly into a laser is how she ended up with a cyborg eye in the first place"
DavidW says, "So her eye wouldn't record what she was doing then? Pretty damn secretive if so."
Draconis says, "I mean, what would be the point? Anyone with access to the eye has access to her computer too."
Draconis says, "Oh."
Draconis says, "Unless of course her brother is spying on her with the eye."
DavidW says, "Or Michael."
Roger says, "She still has eyelids"
DavidW says, "Probably low-level laser that doesn't burn."
Draconis says, "Or Michael, true."
DavidW says, "Well, it's still weird regardless."
Draconis says, "Yes, definitely."
Draconis asks, "Especially if she's about to die...why not just take it out?"
DavidW says, "I know. That would be simpler."
Draconis says, "(brb)"
Jacqueline says, "Back."
Jacqueline says, "And yeah, just take out the eye. Huh."
DavidW says, "When Draconis gets back, I want to examine the other items in the room: desk, chest, dollhouse, vent, watercolor, bed, closet."
Jacqueline nods.
Roger asks, "Do we have scan?"
DavidW says, "no, not this time."
Roger says, "I think the charger might be out-of-time"
DavidW says, "It is suspicious, yes."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
DavidW says, "I have to wonder if Julia is our time traveler."
Jacqueline asks, "But she's also the sister?"
DavidW says, "Yes. And dead."
Roger says, "Possibly they just planted the eye (and maybe other stuff)"
Jacqueline says, "We need that OTP"
Roger says, "'charger' might be doing a datascrape and broadcast"
DavidW says, "mm. We didn't examine the charger; we used used it as soon as we could."
Jacqueline asks, "What're you thinking?"
Draconis says, "Back."
Draconis says, "I say examine all of the things."
DavidW says, "I'm confused. There's clearly evidence of time travel but it seems from this time period, not the future."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x charger"
Floyd | Some kind of electronic charging apparatus. It is designed to hold a
Floyd | small spheroid object, which, presumably, would store electricity
Floyd | routed to it by the receptacle. You look at it more closely... It could
Floyd | be... No... Hm... Yes. It's the charging unit for an Optitron LZ-model
Floyd | prosthetic eye. As you recall, this was the first consumer-model
Floyd | bionetic replacement, a revolutionary medical advance that restored
Floyd | sight to countless injured persons. It would pave the way to a whole
Floyd | line of medical implant technology.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Yeah."
Draconis asks, "Can we research the charger?"
DavidW asks, "Did we bring a library chip with us?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research charger"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd | Something blocks the light for a second, and you turn to look. Nothing.
Floyd | Hm. This place is starting to get to you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research optitron"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x dollhouse"
Floyd | A scale model of a late Victorian home. It appears to be in a state of
Floyd | some disrepair, probably abandoned when its owner outgrew it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x vent"
Floyd | Forced air environmental control... You've heard of this. It's a system
Floyd | which controlled the temperature in a building via the crude method of
Floyd | pumping air of the desired temperature through a system of metal tubes
Floyd | toward various areas of the house. It's an interesting system, neither
Floyd | very efficient, nor robust, but it did allow the most cost-effective
Floyd | means of controlling interior climate available in this era.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | This is a fairly small desk, essentially little more than a table. The
Floyd | desk is tightly packed with office supplies and other sundries
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search desk"
Floyd | There is nothing on the desk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sundries"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x chest"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the chest is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open chest"
Floyd | You open the chest, revealing a glass eye and an eyepatch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x glass eye"
Floyd | This is a hemispherical piece of colored glass, with a hook at the
Floyd | back. It looks to be the sort of "eye" found on stuffed toys.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eyepatch"
Floyd | A covering of stiff cloth, designed to cover a damaged eye. This may
Floyd | well be part of a costume, as at this time period, prosthetic
Floyd | replacements were the preferred means of concealing a permanently
Floyd | damaged eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the bed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I'm sensing something of a predilection for eyes."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x watercolor"
Floyd | Watercolor seems to be an inappropriate choice for the subject matter,
Floyd | but watercolor is, of course, much easier to work with than oil paints.
Floyd | The picture shows a serene lake, what should be a quaint scene of
Floyd | pastoral bliss. But the colors don't fit well with the subject. Though
Floyd | dark colors are largely absent, a few areas suggest that this is due
Floyd | purely to the painting's incomplete state. At the center of picture,
Floyd | without enough detail to recognize at first glance, is the disturbing
Floyd | figure of a drowning victim. Trails of unpainted canvas might form what
Floyd | might be a burial shroud around the figure, still lacking enough in
Floyd | detail to discern the gender. The figure's arms are spread wide, in
Floyd | what is still called the "Dead Man's Float".
Floyd |
Floyd | Most of the dark areas, and, indeed one or two of the light areas, are
Floyd | unfinished. The overwhelming historical likelihood is that they will
Floyd | remain that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The glass eye is probably from the bear we saw in that closet under the stairs."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eye"
Floyd | (the prosthetic eye)
Floyd | Remarkable. This is an LZ-50 prosthetic optical unit, the first
Floyd | commercial replacement eye. This explains the sunken eyelid on the poor
Floyd | dead girl -- she must have had a prosthetic eye. But this... You could
Floyd | stand here all day and admire the workmanship. You would never have
Floyd | suspected that the technology of this period could develop something
Floyd | that could actually replace a human eye. And here you are... it's in
Floyd | your hand. You turn it over and over. It looks amazingly realistic.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I suppose it's not actually recording anything now."
Draconis says, "It stopped recording when she took it out."
Draconis says, "So presumably it only works while it's in someone's eye socket."
DavidW says, "I'm wondering if there's some way to use the eye as an infrared camera."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan watercolor"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Let's carry her severed head around"
Draconis says (to Roger), "We don't have anything to cut it off with."
Draconis says, "(brb again sorry)"
DavidW says, "We could use the bear, of course."
DavidW asks, "Would putting her eye into the bear make it into a video camera?"
Jacqueline says, "Dunno"
Jacqueline says, "Seems twisted enough for this game."
Roger says, "beep beep"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in vent"
Floyd | The vent is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x closet"
Floyd | This house has many doors. Very few of them are worthy of note
Floyd | [Footnote 8].
Floyd | This particular door is a sliding one, secured by a brass lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Walk-in Closet
Floyd | From the architecture of the house, you can tell that this is the only
Floyd | bedroom to have its own walk-in closet, which no doubt was an issue of
Floyd | some discussion when bedrooms were assigned. The majority of the closet
Floyd | is taken up by clothing, but you can see a few boxes toward the back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x clothing"
Floyd | The closet is full of clothing. Most of it is fairly gender-neutral;
Floyd | it's only under close examination that you can discern that the bulky
Floyd | black clothing is indeed sized for a young woman. Only one or two items
Floyd | are more distinctly feminine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x boxes"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the boxes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Boxes, our old enemy; we meet again"
Jacqueline says, "hee"
DavidW says, "A scanner might be useful here."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search clothing"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open boxes"
Floyd | You open each box, finding nothing of note. However, pushing a box to
Floyd | the side, you discover a thin composition book, which had been secreted
Floyd | between two of the boxes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "pleeeeeease"
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Jacqueline says, "omg omg omg"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x composition book"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 0 Diary
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |                                                       My Diary
Floyd | Julia Yvonne Wallace
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 1 April 17-25
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | April 17 - Mom found my diary and read it. I'm ashamed at how I acted.
Floyd | I'm very angry at her for invading my privacy, but I understand that
Floyd | she's just worried about me.
Floyd |
Floyd | She doesn't want me to see CJ anymore because he's a bad influence. I
Floyd | guess I see her point, but I really care about him.
Floyd |
Floyd | I have to start seeing a therapist again. Maybe he will help me feel
Floyd | better about myself.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 18 - Jimmy pulled a prank on me. It was mean. I didn't tell mom,
Floyd | but I hope she finds out and punishes him.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 19 - Met with the doctor today. It was really good to talk with
Floyd | someone.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 21 - We had lima beans with dinner tonight. I hate lima beans.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 22 - It looks like there's going to be a war. I'm really scared.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 24 - I saw my old friend Donna today. I hope I get to talk to
Floyd | her. She's nice. It would be good to have a friend again.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 25 - Jimmy has some new idea for a computer program. I wish I was
Floyd | that smart. Maybe he'll get rich and famous.
Jacqueline asks, "Is this a bait and switch?"
Roger says, "I think it implies this is her 'real' diary and the other one is, well, something else"
DavidW says, "It was hidden and behind a locked door in her own room. I don't think so."
Jacqueline says, "It's a ploy"
DavidW says, "oh maybe."
Roger says, "Might as well grind through it"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 2 April 26-May 1
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | April 26 - I saw the doctor again. I think I'm making progress.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 27 - I had a nightmare about the accident last night. I remember
Floyd | Donna's mom screaming when the guy ran that red light. The car got hit
Floyd | on Donna's side, so she's so lucky just to be alive. I wouldn't have
Floyd | been hurt at all if I'd had my seat belt on. I got thrown over top of
Floyd | Donna when the car spun around and landed face down on what was left of
Floyd | her window. I remember Donna screaming for her mom, because she was out
Floyd | cold, but I don't remember doing anything myself. Just laying there
Floyd | with a big piece of glass through my eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | April 29 - The fighting keeps getting worse in china and the middle
Floyd | east.
Floyd | April 30 - I got to talk to Donna. She's doing well, but she lives with
Floyd | her dad now. I invited her over to dinner tomorrow. Hope mom doesn't
Floyd | mind. I wanted to talk to her longer but mom worries if I don't get
Floyd | home right away after school.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 1 - Mom made her "famous" squash stuffing with pork chops. I like
Floyd | it better with steak. Jimmy made himself look bad by asking her about
Floyd | the scar she has from the accident. After dinner we talked and did
Floyd | homework. She's a much better friend than CJ.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 3 May 2-7
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | May 2 - I have to decide what to do about college. Mom doesn't want me
Floyd | to go away. Since my grades weren't good enough to get into a good
Floyd | school, I guess it doesn't make much difference. I'm not smart like
Floyd | Jimmy.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 3 - I told the doctor that I was afraid because of the war, and how
Floyd | bad I feel about my eye. He showed me some exercises to not get so hung
Floyd | up on it. Seems kind of silly, but I'll give it a shot.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 4 - Donna and I went SHOPPING! I love shopping. I really lost out
Floyd | not having any girl friends for so long. Donna talked me into buying
Floyd | this little pink top and a floral mini that she said makes me look
Floyd | cute. I guess it's good for me to start dressing like a girl again
Floyd | instead of all the black frumpy things I always wear. It was kind of a
Floyd | low cut shirt though. Donna said she wished she could get away with
Floyd | wearing something like that, which is kind of a nice way of saying that
Floyd | I'm flat.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 5 - I really wish I had Frankie the Bear back. I miss him.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 6 - * They're drafting. I'm scared that Jimmy will get picked. They
Floyd | made a lot of other announcements about wanting women to start having
Floyd | more babies. That sounds really stupid. I bet there's going to be a lot
Floyd | of fighting about that.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 7 - And there was. Mom took me aside today and asked me what I
Floyd | would think if she and Daddy tried to have another baby. I don't think
Floyd | she should, since things might get bad with the war. She doesn't like
Floyd | the way that everyone's trying to railroad women into having more
Floyd | babies, but she says that if too many people get killed, it won't be
Floyd | good for the future.
Jacqueline says, "ok"
DavidW says, "I think Donna was pregnant."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 4 May 8-15
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | May 8 - Donna met a new guy named Tom. I think he's nice. It's good for
Floyd | her to be dating someone
Floyd |
Floyd | May 9 - Dad cooked something new with lots of sprouts. Sprouts are
Floyd | supposed to be healthy, but doesn't it cancel them out if you fry them?
Floyd |
Floyd | May 10 - I saw the doctor. I don't think we got to anything new. There
Floyd | was something funny about him, like he kept wanting to tell me
Floyd | something but never got up the nerve.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 11 - My eye didn't work today. Daddy got all upset and shouted
Floyd | about crummy workmanship. Mom thought I should go out to the mall with
Floyd | Donna anyway, but I don't like people seeing me with my eyepatch so we
Floyd | just stayed in.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 12 - It worked today. Daddy told me to clean the charger and be
Floyd | more careful.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 13 - Donna's dad is going off to serve in the navy. Mom says she
Floyd | can stay with us until the end of school, since she can't stay with her
Floyd | mom. I'm glad.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 14 - There's a party friday for the boys who are going to war. Mom
Floyd | says I can't go. It's not fair.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 15 - Happy Birthday! Mom changed her mind about the party, since
Floyd | I'm 18 now and she says I can be trusted to make my own decisions. I
Floyd | got some nice stuff. Donna's boyfriend got drafted, and she's really
Floyd | upset.
Jacqueline says, "You're 18 today, so even though you weren't grown up yesterday, today you are."
DavidW says, "it's a miracle."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 5 May 17-31
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | May 17 - The party wasn't much fun so we left early. Good thing since
Floyd | we're kind of sick today.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 18 - The war keeps getting worse. I wish they'd just find a
Floyd | peaceful answer.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 19 - Donna wanted some fun so we tried on each other's clothes.
Floyd | We're about the same size, but her boobs are bigger, so some of the
Floyd | stuff fit funny.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 20 - The war keeps getting worse. Some kids at school are saying
Floyd | that they might start bombing the US, but daddy says that there's a big
Floyd | electronic shield that stops bombs from getting through.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 21 - I had a nightmare about the bombs dropping.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 22 - School seems so empty. Lots of guys in my class got drafted.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 24 - The doctor said some stuff I didn't like. I told mom about it
Floyd | and she told me I didn't have to go anymore.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 27 - The air raid drills in school are kind of weird. I don't think
Floyd | hiding under a desk will really help. But it did get us out of third
Floyd | period.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 28 - * Almost a week early. I'm usually a metronome.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 30 - Not feeling very good. Yeech.
Floyd |
Floyd | May 31 - I'm worried about Donna. She seems upset all the time.
Jacqueline says, "Ah. That's the *"
DavidW says, "Wonder what was up with the creepy doctor."
Jacqueline says, "I'm guessing he hit on her."
Jacqueline says, "But it's just a guess."
DavidW says, "Bet the diary says a bit more."
Jacqueline says, "yeah"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 6 June 1-15
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | June 1 - I'm not having a good day. But Donna looks like I feel. Hope
Floyd | she gets over it.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 4 - I heard Jimmy making out with his "study partner" last night.
Floyd | I guess it's good he's got a girlfriend.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 5 - There isn't going to be a graduation this year. Why does my
Floyd | class always get the short end of the stick?
Floyd |
Floyd | June 6 - I'm still worried about Donna.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 8 - Okay. I know I shouldn't have, but I listened at the vent
Floyd | while Jimmy was in his room with his girlfriend. Get this. He was more
Floyd | or less begging her for sex. He kept making appeals to how we could all
Floyd | die at any time with the war. Sounds like pillow talk to me.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 9 - We got news from the front that one of the guys who graduated
Floyd | a year ago and enlisted back then got killed in Vietnam. There's a
Floyd | service Monday.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 11 - Lazy day.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 12 - I think the rolly-polly girl gave in.
Floyd |
Floyd | Donna's worse than ever. But we're going to a party tonight at Rusty's,
Floyd | which should cheer her up.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 15 - Jimmy finally worked out that you could hear into my room by
Floyd | listening at the vent. He overheard a private conversation between me
Floyd | and Donna. Guess we can't talk freely in my room any more.
DavidW says, "I don't remember seeing a vent in his room."
Roger says, "We were marvelling at the antique air conditioning"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Roger says, "Oh, /his/ room... yeah I can't remember"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---Diary---
Floyd | Page: 6 June 1-15
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd | June 1 - I'm not having a good day. But Donna looks like I feel. Hope
Floyd | she gets over it.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 4 - I heard Jimmy making out with his "study partner" last night.
Floyd | I guess it's good he's got a girlfriend.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 5 - There isn't going to be a graduation this year. Why does my
Floyd | class always get the short end of the stick?
Floyd |
Floyd | June 6 - I'm still worried about Donna.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 8 - Okay. I know I shouldn't have, but I listened at the vent
Floyd | while Jimmy was in his room with his girlfriend. Get this. He was more
Floyd | or less begging her for sex. He kept making appeals to how we could all
Floyd | die at any time with the war. Sounds like pillow talk to me.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 9 - We got news from the front that one of the guys who graduated
Floyd | a year ago and enlisted back then got killed in Vietnam. There's a
Floyd | service Monday.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 11 - Lazy day.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 12 - I think the rolly-polly girl gave in.
Floyd |
Floyd | Donna's worse than ever. But we're going to a party tonight at Rusty's,
Floyd | which should cheer her up.
Floyd |
Floyd | June 15 - Jimmy finally worked out that you could hear into my room by
Floyd | listening at the vent. He overheard a private conversation between me
Floyd | and Donna. Guess we can't talk freely in my room any more.
Roger says, "As someone who has abused unseen vents, I cannot throw stones"
DavidW says, "oh, last page."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Darn"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Walk-in Closet
Floyd | From the architecture of the house, you can tell that this is the only
Floyd | bedroom to have its own walk-in closet, which no doubt was an issue of
Floyd | some discussion when bedrooms were assigned. The majority of the closet
Floyd | is taken up by clothing, but you can see a few boxes toward the back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a fake diary
Floyd |   an electronic device
Floyd |   a prosthetic eye
Floyd |   a real diary
Floyd |   an autokey
Floyd |   your StreamDive console
Floyd |     five chips:
Floyd |       a library chip
Floyd |       a cryptography chip
Floyd |       a blank chip
Floyd |       an interface chip
Floyd |       a shield chip
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "heh. 'fake diary'."
Roger says, "ha yeah"
Jacqueline says, "Told ya"
Roger says, "Does shield actually do anything"
Jacqueline says, "Just juicy enough to seem real."
DavidW says, "and the other is now called 'a real diary'."
Jacqueline says, "It creates a defensive shield around us. So if that person shows up...."
DavidW says, "Julia was pretty darn paranoid about her secrets."
Jacqueline says, "I suspect they're big."
Jacqueline says, "I also suspect she's smarter than she lets on."
Roger says, "'they' could have swapped her out at the hospital, maybe"
Jacqueline nods.
Jacqueline says, "Okay, that's plausible and fills the plot hole I couldn't get around."
DavidW asks, "wait, what?"
Jacqueline says, "That she's the time traveler."
DavidW says, "There's still the other exit in this wing, and whatever the door is to in back hall."
DavidW says, "I'm getting tired, btw."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Girl's Bedroom
Floyd | Coming, as you do, from an enlightened time period where man has, by
Floyd | and large, learned to overcome prejudicial assumptions about people on
Floyd | the basis of gender or background [Footnote 6], you know better than to
Floyd | jump to conclusions about the occupant based on the cultural
Floyd | stereotypes of their living space.
Floyd | Nevertheless, you can always tell a girl's room. It isn't some
Floyd | particular thing [Footnote 7]; rather, an air of femininity issues more
Floyd | from the juxtaposition of objects than the contents themselves. The
Floyd | dollhouse; the partially completed watercolor on an easel in the
Floyd | corner; the ornate, hand-carved chest at the foot of the bed; the paper
Floyd | ribbons affixed to the vent cover on the floor, all suggest, but do not
Floyd | insist that the occupant of this room is female. And yet, there is a
Floyd | certain something about this space that rarely arises in a man's
Floyd | quarters.
Floyd | The walls are a soft, uniform pastel. The desk stands opposite the bed,
Floyd | well stocked, but uncluttered. There is a closet door on the east wall.
Floyd | The exit to the hall is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the nightstand is a charger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 6"
Floyd | [Footnote 6]
Floyd | Except for the rat-men of Karelia IV. Filthy, thieving little things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I was going to suggest we quit in 40 min, but we could quit now. We'be geen going nearly four hours."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 7"
Floyd | [Footnote 7]
Floyd | Though the decidedly female undergarments you can see poking out of the
Floyd | hamper are something of a giveaway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "let's see what's in the 3rd exit"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x hamper"
Floyd | A tall basket where used clothing waits to collect critical mass for
Floyd | washing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search hamper"
Floyd | In the hamper are some dirty clothes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Could we analyze the fake diary?"
Draconis says, "I could see Julia using that as her encryption key."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search dirty clothes"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "analyze fake diary"
Floyd | Analyzing...
Floyd | Examining text...
Floyd | Performing heuristics...
Floyd | Counting character frequencies...
Floyd | Performing statistical analysis...
Floyd | Performing more heuristics...
Floyd | Results: Coded text using unknown cipher (This text cannot be decoded
Floyd | at this time)
Floyd | Note: Unbreakable ciphers (eg. Ciphers using One Time Pad or RUR
Floyd | nanocode encoding) cannot be decoded until matching key has been
Floyd | analyzed. Unknown ciphers may be decoded after more encrypted text has
Floyd | been analyzed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'm actually surprised that Roger hasn't yet tried to smell the underwear. Perhaps he's not paying attention."
Roger says, "I'm restraining myself"
Jacqueline says, "Good job."
Draconis says, "Wait what? It isn't encrypted..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Nook
Floyd | You are in a small room which you suspect has no fixed purpose. There
Floyd | is a table in the center of the room, with a faux-wooden chair at it,
Floyd | and a long bench-seat under the window. The door along the north wall
Floyd | has been removed, presumably in an attempt to turn the room into some
Floyd | sort of work alcove.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Try 'analyze composition book'?"
DavidW says, "just did that. The composition book is the fake diary."
Draconis says, "I figured the game might have misinterpreted."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bench-seat"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x window"
Floyd | It's safer to steer clear of windows, just in case.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Because the comp book doesn't seem encrypted."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the table.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the wooden chair.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x seat"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the wooden chair or the bench seat?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "bench"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the bench seat is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open bench"
Floyd | You open the bench seat, revealing a sewing machine, some fabric, a
Floyd | needle, some thread, a scissors and a magnetic handle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x handle"
Floyd | It looks like a rather small knob, containing a small magnet. You've
Floyd | seen the general design before, used as a release for child-safety
Floyd | latches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "hm. Have we seen anywhere that would be useful? A secret door somewhere?"
DavidW says, "My guess is that linoleum floor."
Draconis says, "Good thought."
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Draconis says, "Might be something magnetic under it."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take handle"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Scissors for all our head-severing needs"
DavidW says, "I suspect the handle (and maybe the scissors) are the only useful things in this nook."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take scissors"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks (of Roger), "I thought you wanted to remove her head?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sewing machine"
Floyd | Essentially, this is a sort of automated needle and thread. It is a
Floyd | hobbyist's version of the sort of machinery used to make most garments
Floyd | of this time. By repeatedly thrusting a threaded needle through a piece
Floyd | of fabric, it is able to quickly make a variety of stitches. Though in
Floyd | your own time, tailoring is usually done by laser-guided polymer
Floyd | injection, the basic principles remain more or less unchanged.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Roger), "I think you're thinking of hedge trimming shears."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Boy's Bedroom
Floyd | Of all the rooms you've seen so far, this bedroom shows the least signs
Floyd | of having been tidied before the house was abandoned. Naturally, of
Floyd | course, this heightens your curiosity; untidy rooms generally tell you
Floyd | more than clean ones. From the space-shuttle wallpaper, you suspect
Floyd | that this room belonged to a young child, though it might simply imply
Floyd | that the room is long-overdue for renovation. There is a bookcase along
Floyd | one wall, containing model space ships, toy robots, and a very few
Floyd | books. A desk beside the door is loaded down with computer equipment.
Floyd | The most interesting feature of the room is the floor; while most of
Floyd | the other rooms have had wall-to-wall carpeting, this room has what
Floyd | appears to be industrial grade linoleum tile. The hallway lies west.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put handle on floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | Putting things on the floor would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put handle on linoleum"
Floyd | Putting things on the floor would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "TOUCH?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "touch floor"
Floyd | (the floor)
Floyd | You feel nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm."
DavidW says, "There is one room on the main floor we missed."
Draconis asks, "Oh?"
Draconis asks, "Where?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "This door east."
Draconis says, "Ah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You manage to unlock the door with the autokey.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Powder Room
Floyd | You are in a very small bathroom, fitted out as you would expect, in a
Floyd | pastel decor. A number of decorative touches lead you to surmise that
Floyd | this bathroom was intended primarily for guests. A gentle breeze issues
Floyd | from a vent high on one wall. The exit is west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the fixture is a scientific journal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "another vent"
Draconis asks, "A vent?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x vent"
Floyd | Forced air environmental control... You've heard of this. It's a system
Floyd | which controlled the temperature in a building via the crude method of
Floyd | pumping air of the desired temperature through a system of metal tubes
Floyd | toward various areas of the house. It's an interesting system, neither
Floyd | very efficient, nor robust, but it did allow the most cost-effective
Floyd | means of controlling interior climate available in this era.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Da da dannn!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in vent"
Floyd | The vent is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x journal"
Floyd | This is a magazine whose articles showcase current events in the
Floyd | scientific community. It is written to a target audience of educated,
Floyd | but not scientifically trained, readers.
Floyd | You browse through the magazine, looking for anything of interest. You
Floyd | are not disappointed. There is a short article, all the way at the
Floyd | back, summarizing the doctoral thesis of one Emmanuel Kaldeki.
Floyd | This is quite a find; Kaldeki's original thesis has long been lost, and
Floyd | it has long been assumed that he had not pursued the line of research
Floyd | that would eventually lead to StreamDive technology until after the
Floyd | war. You read the article...
Floyd |
Floyd | Physicist Emmanuel Kaldeki created a buzz in the scientific world early
Floyd | this month with the delivery of his PhD thesis, "Mathematical Modeling
Floyd | of Non-Temporal Quantum Particles" at the Pacific Institute of
Floyd | Technology. The paper describes a set of mathematical formulae which
Floyd | model a theoretical particle called "Q-omega". The Q-omega particle,
Floyd | according to Kaldeki's model, behaves in most respects like a
Floyd | strange-matter quark, but also exhibits properties previously only
Floyd | modeled in tachyons. Specifically, it reacts in unusual ways to
Floyd | space-time curvature. The Kaldeki model suggests that that at
Floyd | relativistic velocities, the Q-omega particle would "plane" on highly
Floyd | curved space-time, in much the same way that the hull of a speed boat
Floyd | planes over water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Most of the excitement over Kaldeki's paper comes not from the modeling
Floyd | technique itself, but from the two major example models included. The
Floyd | first demonstrates how the non-temporal nature of the Q-omega particle
Floyd | renders it immune from the effects of time and mass dilation occurring
Floyd | at speeds near that of light. Indeed, because of their unique nature,
Floyd | the model shows that Q-omega particles can be accelerated above the
Floyd | speed of light, a possibility generally disallowed by the theory of
Floyd | relativity.
Floyd |
Floyd | The second, and more impressive example studies the behavior of Q-omega
Floyd | in the vicinity of a black hole. Under such extreme space-time
Floyd | curvature, Kaldeki predicts that the Q-omega particle would completely
Floyd | disassociate itself with conventional space-time, being displaced along
Floyd | a predictable path to some distant point in the universe
Floyd | instantaneously. Because the path of the particle does not go through
Floyd | space-time during this journey, it is possible for Q-omega to re-enter
Floyd | normal space at a point in time prior to its departure.
Floyd |
Floyd | The scientific community is excited about the implications of this
Floyd | theory: several researchers have suggested that Kaldeki's findings may
Floyd | open the way to faster-than-light travel, matter transmission, and time
Floyd | travel. Asked about these possibilities, Kaldeki said, "I think it's a
Floyd | bit early to start talking about applications; we don't even know yet
Floyd | if the particles I've modeled can be created. There's nothing in the
Floyd | mathematics that would prohibit [these applications], but actually
Floyd | doing it is a long way off. You've got to remember, we're talking about
Floyd | sub-atomic particles, and if we could scale the effect to something the
Floyd | size of, say, a man, it's not very likely that a living creature could
Floyd | survive being moved around like that."
Floyd |
Floyd | Kaldeki has received a grant for an undisclosed amount to pursue the
Floyd | fabrication of these particles. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in
Floyd | Quantum Physics will be conferred upon Emmanuel Kaldeki by the Pacific
Floyd | Institute of Technology during commencement exercises next month.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "WHOA infodump again"
Roger says, "Well we are on a toilet"
Draconis says (to Roger), "Shush."
Roger says, "Just some light bathroom reading"
Draconis asks, "Hm, interesting. I wonder if this is related to the time-affected objects?"
DavidW says, "probably"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research kaldeki"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research q-omega"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Research Q-omega?"
Draconis says, "Timing."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x toilet"
Floyd | While the mechanical aspects may have changed, the device is similar in
Floyd | appearance and function to those of your own era.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Stop following my suggestions before I say them, the chronology here is confusing enough!"
Roger says, "I feel great wearing my q-omega bracelet"
DavidW says, ">write sequel to scroll thief"
Jacqueline asks, "We're at the four hour mark. Should we adjourn?"
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "yes, please. I'm dead."
Jacqueline says, "I would have to go in half an hour anyway, and DW is tired."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Haha, I need to fix all those bugs you found first!"
Jacqueline says, "Timing."
Roger says, "My brain is full of particles"
Jacqueline says, "So, before we go...."
Draconis says, "Sounds good to me."
Roger says, "I might screw around with this locally on my own time"
Draconis says (to Roger), "Heh, on your own time."
Jacqueline says, "We should do one more save and discuss if this is the save from which we intend to start next time."
Draconis says, "That sounded clever in my head."
DavidW says, "I think we've seen all the rooms unless the cloak lets us go outside."
Draconis says, "Hm..."
Draconis says, "I liked the equipment we had the first time, and the crypto chip doesn't seem to help us much."
DavidW says, "The handle *must* be useful somewhere, but I have no clue where."
Draconis says, "But we didn't get into the basement in time to find the bodies."
Draconis asks, "So maybe we should start over yet again using the knowledge from both playthroughs?"
Jacqueline says, "Hence me asking now, while our memories are fresh."
Jacqueline says (to D), "Oh. Hm."
DavidW says, "I'd save, but probably want to restart afresh next time with different chips/equipment."
Jacqueline asks, "So... save moments7?"
Jacqueline asks, "Is that right?"
DavidW says, "it might be moments8 now."
Jacqueline says, "Enh. We can make it moments 8"
Jacqueline says, "er, moments8"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "save"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments8"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Have a great week, folks."
***** SESSION FOUR *****
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load moments"
Floyd | Welcome to the Cheap Glk Implementation, library version 0.9.0.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [pausing to show unread error message]
Jacqueline presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "moments8"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I can't quite remember our last status."
Jacqueline says, "So, we're loaded up, but are we ready to play>"
Jacqueline asks, "er?"
Jacqueline asks, "Oh. Want me to post the rough transcript?"
Draconis says, "That might be helpful."
DavidW says, "I'm ready. I don't need the transcript; I was wondering location, chip set, are we pre or post looter, that sort of thing."
DavidW says, "I seem to remember that we were foiled on the encrypted diary until we somehow find another bit of info. Somewhere."
Jacqueline says, "Well, in case anyone wants it for reference while we play:"
Jacqueline | [LINK]
Jacqueline says, "But we can just l and i and stuff."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Powder Room
Floyd | You are in a very small bathroom, fitted out as you would expect, in a
Floyd | pastel decor. A number of decorative touches lead you to surmise that
Floyd | this bathroom was intended primarily for guests. A gentle breeze issues
Floyd | from a vent high on one wall. The exit is west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the fixture is a scientific journal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a scissors
Floyd |   a magnetic handle
Floyd |   a fake diary
Floyd |   an electronic device
Floyd |   a prosthetic eye
Floyd |   a real diary
Floyd |   an autokey
Floyd |   your StreamDive console
Floyd |     five chips:
Floyd |       a library chip
Floyd |       a cryptography chip
Floyd |       a blank chip
Floyd |       an interface chip
Floyd |       a shield chip
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I like how it renames the diaries to 'real' and 'fake' for us."
Jacqueline says, "And I *think* we're pre-looter."
Jacqueline says (to D), "Yeah"
DavidW says, "oh right. The scissors and the mystery magnetic handle."
DavidW says (to Draconis), "yes, that's a very nice touch."
Jacqueline looks at Draconis. DavidW says, "The trouble is, I think we've seen everywhere, except maybe outside (if the cloak permits) and maybe the searching of vents (for which we'd need the probe.)"
Draconis says, "Yeah..."
Draconis asks, "Maybe the vent contains the pad?"
Jacqueline says, "I was amused during the scrollback to see that David was surprised to learn that he actually had the ClubFloyd car keys."
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I thought it was an emote!"
Jacqueline says, "heehee"
Draconis says, "I feel like that has to be in here somewhere or the encryption chip is useless."
Draconis says, "Haha"
DavidW says (to Draconis), "I agree, the crypto key must be here somewhere."
Jacqueline says, "Yes"
DavidW asks, "Any idea what the magnetic handle is for? Was there any mirrors that didn't open, maybe? Could it be for the potter room under the stairs?"
Jacqueline says, "I was thinking this morning how funny it will be for people reading the transcript to see that we went back and restarted with different chips just to read that damn diary, only to be all, 'OTP!? Srsly?!'"
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I ship it."
Jacqueline asks, "Wait. Is there a Potter room under the stairs?"
Draconis says, "Ooh."
Draconis asks, "Maybe?"
Jacqueline says, "I guess we could go see."
DavidW asks (of Jacqueline), "It's not called that, but the autokey opens it. Bear, porn, bear, porn,... remember?"
Jacqueline says, "Are those rooms now popularly called Potter rooms? #Timing"
DavidW says, "I would like to know if Julia's eye does fit into the bear."
Jacqueline asks, "Oh, bear, porn, bear, porn, how can I forget?"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Yes."
Jacqueline asks, "That would be a thing we could find out now, right?"
Draconis says, "Oh right."
DavidW says, "yes."
Draconis says, "I forgot that room somehow..."
Draconis says, "That bear feels important though. Law of conservation of detail."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh, we're in Powder Room. ok."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w. w."
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the Stairs
Floyd | The ceiling over this stretch of hallway slopes upward where the stairs
Floyd | cut into it. Along the south wall, just before the ceiling becomes too
Floyd | low to make a serviceable hallway, a low, louvered door marks a small
Floyd | closet. The hallway continues east, and to the west it ends in an
Floyd | archway leading to the dining room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with handle"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with autokey"
Floyd | You open the little closet, revealing a coaxial cable, a stuffed bear,
Floyd | four video discs (one "Womb Raider", one "Blow me Away", one "Coeds
Floyd | Getting Naked" and one "Thrustmaster Returns") and some adult
Floyd | magazines.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put eye in bear"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put eye in socket"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Examine the bear's eye?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bear"
Floyd | It's a rather well-worn children's toy, missing its right eye.
Floyd | You shift your eyes back and forth. Bear. Porn. Bear. Porn. Bear.
Floyd | Something just isn't right.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Haha"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bear's eye"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Something isn't *right*?"
Draconis says, "Okay sorry."
Draconis says, "That was bad."
Draconis says, "Anyway."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search porn"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the video disc of "Womb Raider", the video disc of
Floyd | "Blow me Away", the video disc of "Coeds Getting Naked", the video disc
Floyd | of "Thrustmaster Returns" or the adult magazines?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "If nothing else, I'm glad to now understand a common IF reference."
Draconis asks (of Jacqueline), "Which one?"
DavidW says (to Draconis), "The 'bear porn' line is an olounge on the mud."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Draconis says, "Huh. Never seen that one."
DavidW says, "Also, we never figured out how to play the disc that's in the attic compartment."
Draconis says, "True."
DavidW says, "I don't know if the looter's on a timer or if he's triggered by finding that stash."
Jacqueline asks, "I was thinking it was the stash, because the gun is in it, isn't it?"
DavidW says, "yes. Gun and disc."
Roger says, "Analyze all that jazz"
Draconis says, "We could test whether the stash triggers it, then RESTORE if necessary."
Jacqueline says, "Sure"
DavidW asks (of Draconis), "Do you want the keys?"
DavidW asks, "or should I just go ahead?"
Jacqueline does not want the keys
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "They're gluten free keys. Low trans fat!"
DavidW says, "And hardly radioactive at all!"
Draconis says, "I'm going to be on and off for a bit so I shouldn't drive quite yet."
DavidW says, "ok, I'll drive."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to search the east wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "You also have the map, so there's that."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter to Julia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock south door"
Floyd | (with the autokey.)
Floyd | Unlocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | You are in a small, dark room that appears to have been unused for
Floyd | years. The only feature worth noting is a wooden ladder which leads to
Floyd | an opening in the ceiling. The exit is north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Attic
Floyd | There is barely enough room to stand upright in the attic. It certainly
Floyd | looks too small to be of much use for storage. It's nearly impossible
Floyd | to move without clocking yourself on a supporting beam.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see an unlabeled data disc here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take disc"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh, we don't have the scanner."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x beam"
Floyd | These beams hold up the roof of the house.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search beam"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the supporting beams is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open beam"
Floyd | You open the supporting beams, revealing a gun, some cash, a necklace
Floyd | and a ring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take all from beam"
Floyd | gun: Removed.
Floyd | cash: Removed.
Floyd | necklace: Removed.
Floyd | ring: Removed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "And yet it works. As it should, even though we shouldn't know. Good."
DavidW says, "I suppose because it is actually there."
Draconis says, "Of course how the PC knew exactly where the secret compartment is is a mystery."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Yeah"
Jacqueline says, "But I could expect it to be so hidden that we can't find it without the scan."
DavidW says, "I didn't know if the beam compartment would be generated by the scanner, like in some games."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x ring"
Floyd | A circle of precious metal, set with carefully carved stones.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x necklace"
Floyd | This is an exquisite chain, made of a soft metal. You don't recognize
Floyd | the design, and think that it pre-dates your period of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cash"
Floyd | Though in this time, most transactions were handled electronically, it
Floyd | won't be for at least a decade yet that physical currency is finally
Floyd | phased out. These small paper slips are printed with various patriotic
Floyd | imagery, and bear numbers which correspond to amounts. You don't recall
Floyd | exactly what the values correspond to in terms of actual buying power,
Floyd | but from the quantity, you can only assume that it is a substantial
Floyd | amount.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x gun"
Floyd | It is completely unbelievable how much craftsmanship mankind once put
Floyd | into means of killing. This is only a very small pistol, but it is
Floyd | elaborately crafted, fashioned as if style was as important as
Floyd | function. All the same, it's still a device whose single purpose is the
Floyd | extinguishing of human life, and that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | You are in a small, dark room that appears to have been unused for
Floyd | years. The only feature worth noting is a wooden ladder which leads to
Floyd | an opening in the ceiling. The exit is north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "It seem opening the beam isn't a trigger, and that the looter's on a timer instead."
Draconis says, "Interesting."
Draconis says, "Well now we know."
Draconis says, "Of course we don't have a way to use the disc still."
DavidW says, "Shame we can't spend this money anywhere."
Jacqueline asks, "I can't recall: do we know stuff about this jewelry?"
DavidW asks, "Did we check the disc in the boy's bedroom computer?"
Draconis says (to DavidW), "We couldn't insert it into the computer because the computer is not a container."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "But it seems like that's the right way to go."
DavidW says (to Jacquline), "not really. There was a note downstairs in the hall about stuff hidden away."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd | Somewhere near the coast of Alaska, an intercontinental missile
Floyd | generates a high-frequency electrical field, rendering it invisible to
Floyd | the defensive screen covering much of the North American continent.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Sealed Room
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, west end
Floyd | The upstairs hallway begins here, or ends here, depending on your point
Floyd | of view. You can see where the stairway meets the hall to the east, and
Floyd | doors are located along the north, south, and west walls.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young woman graces one wall.
Floyd | Somewhere near the coast of Alaska, an intercontinental missile
Floyd | generates a high-frequency electrical field, rendering it invisible to
Floyd | the defensive screen covering much of the North American continent.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Boy's Bedroom
Floyd | Of all the rooms you've seen so far, this bedroom shows the least signs
Floyd | of having been tidied before the house was abandoned. Naturally, of
Floyd | course, this heightens your curiosity; untidy rooms generally tell you
Floyd | more than clean ones. From the space-shuttle wallpaper, you suspect
Floyd | that this room belonged to a young child, though it might simply imply
Floyd | that the room is long-overdue for renovation. There is a bookcase along
Floyd | one wall, containing model space ships, toy robots, and a very few
Floyd | books. A desk beside the door is loaded down with computer equipment.
Floyd | The most interesting feature of the room is the floor; while most of
Floyd | the other rooms have had wall-to-wall carpeting, this room has what
Floyd | appears to be industrial grade linoleum tile. The hallway lies west.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put disc in computer"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Boy's Bedroom
Floyd | [Undone]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x computer"
Floyd | You stop a while an examine the contents of the desk. Almost the entire
Floyd | surface of the desk is covered by an eclectic combination of both
Floyd | state-or-the-art and antique computer equipment. You find it hard to
Floyd | tear yourself away; At least a decade of computing history is spread
Floyd | out before you. You can't even identify all of the systems; the
Floyd | fixed-form text input device is easy enough, but there is a small,
Floyd | vaguely rodent-shaped device whose purpose is less clear. There are a
Floyd | number of external storage systems, rather than the single optical chip
Floyd | interface common in your time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x external"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x drive"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "I'm tempted to check a walkthrough just to see if we're searching for a verb or on entirely the wrong track."
DavidW asks, "And we couldn't play it on the player downstairs at all?"
Jacqueline asks, "For a verb for what?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "play disc"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "use disc"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says (to Jacqueline), "Reading the data disc."
Jacqueline says, "Oh."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "It seems to be data, not video, so it wouldn't play."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read disc"
Floyd | Though you can identify the disc as a data recording, it is unlabeled.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "INTERFACE DISC? I think I tried INTERFACE WITH before and it turns out that always fails."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface disc"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Optical disc, Joliet encoding.
Floyd |
Floyd | Scanning. Text message found:
Floyd | By now, the political alliance of European and American countries is
Floyd | engaged in a war against countries in the middle and far east. This
Floyd | conflict will last several years, and result in several billion deaths.
Floyd | The war will be ended when Space Station Kennedy crashes near the
Floyd | Chinese capital city.
Floyd |
Floyd | However, the war can be ended more quickly, and with a reduced loss of
Floyd | life if nuclear weapons from the United States can be effectively
Floyd | deployed in the Chinese mainland. The defensive screen which prevents
Floyd | nuclear weapons from reaching Chinese soil uses a simple 512-bit
Floyd | identification code to differentiate between friendly and unfriendly
Floyd | missiles. If a nuclear missile were to transmit the data sequence
Floyd | generated by the Plotnitz-Leibkin algorithm at a frequency of 906.4
Floyd | MHz, Chinese countermeasures would mistake the missile for a Chinese
Floyd | launch, and would be unable to eradicate it before it reached its
Floyd | target. The tactical advantage afforded by this ability will
Floyd | undoubtedly force the eastern alliance to capitulate with a
Floyd | substantially reduced cost in both lives and damage to the world
Floyd | ecosystem.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | You blink. This doesn't make any sense. The disc is contemporary, but
Floyd | it seems to contain information about events in the future. This can't
Floyd | be... Has history somehow been altered?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "huh. That worked?"
Jacqueline says, "uh"
Jacqueline asks, "yay?"
Draconis says, "What."
Draconis says, "(Also haha Plotnitz-Leibkin)"
DavidW says (to Draconis), "cute. I missed that."
DavidW says, "This is the most blatant hint yet that we're not the only time traveler here."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
Draconis says, "A time-traveller with spam. And medicine."
DavidW asks, "Remind me what the medicine did/does?"
Draconis asks (of DavidW), "No idea but didn't it show up in a timescan?"
DavidW says, "oh, it's a broad-spectrum anti-virus. (in last transcript)"
DavidW says, "But it's also from the future."
Jacqueline asks, "Have we confronted the other traveler while in possession of the shield?"
Draconis says, "I don't think we've done anything with the shield."
DavidW says, "I kinda want to do a quick run with the probe tool, except that would mean doing without the autokey, and I'm not at all sure which keys we've found unlock which doors."
DavidW says, "I think the probe is for the vents and I think we've seen at least three vents."
Roger says, "We haven't tried the map I don't think"
Draconis says, "Sounds like it."
Draconis says (to Roger), "I don't think the map works for us."
Roger says, "Oh"
Draconis says (to Roger), "Since it uses ASCII-art and we're on a limited interpreter."
DavidW says, "I don't even remember the map."
Draconis says (to Roger), "The game mentioned some features being off-limits on Nitfol."
Roger says, "Okay I believe you"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research Plotnitz-Leibkin"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "research Plotnitz"
Floyd | No relevant entry found.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Aw."
DavidW says, "Anyway, what's our plan? I want to restart with different equipment."
Jacqueline says, "I am not opposed to this."
DavidW says, "or... we could return for the debriefing, see what happens there."
Draconis says, "That too."
Draconis asks, "We filled the blank chip in this run, right?"
Draconis says, "So we can see what it contained."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "documents"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in chipset"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in console"
Floyd | In the StreamDive console are five chips (a library chip, a
Floyd | cryptography chip, a blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I guess. We didn't bring a datastore, so we haven't been recording anything else."
DavidW asks, "also, considering the limits on bringing stuff here, *can* we return with stuff from this time period?"
Draconis says, "We can return in the other playthrough also, see what the documents result in."
Jacqueline asks, "Oh. Huh. I guess if we're going to restart anyway, why not return for a debriefing before we do?"
DavidW says, "well... let's see what a recall from here is like first."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "recall"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Oh. I guess we need the StreamDive chip for that."
Draconis asks, "Maybe just spam WAIT?"
DavidW says, "oh. We don't have the right chip for returning early."
Jacqueline asks, "Wait, it's possible to dive without a way to return?"
Jacqueline asks, "That seems... WHAT IF THERE'S AN EMERGENCY?"
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "Cross your legs. Duck and cover. Kiss it better."
Draconis asks (of Jacqueline), "We chose not to bring the chip for that. And...I guess it was our choice if we wanted to ignore the safety stuff?"
Jacqueline says, "I guess."
Draconis says, "Seems like a bad idea but..."
DavidW says, "You guys were really really keen on decoding the diary."
Draconis says, "Haha, yep..."
Draconis says, "Sigh..."
Jacqueline says, "Yes. Still am."
Jacqueline says, "But I think we need to find the OTP somewhere in the house. The uber fancy futuristic tools we have are not enough."
Draconis says, "Why would you use a one-time pad on a diary anyway? You'll need to keep a copy of the pad around if you want to read it yourself..."
Jacqueline says (to D), "Because it's top secret."
Jacqueline says, "It's not just any diary."
Roger says, "The end user will need the pad, yeah. Whoever that turns out to be."
Jacqueline says, "Also, watch. We'll find the OTP, decode, and it will all be stuff like what she had for lunch each day. We're just getting trolled."
DavidW says, "oh. OTP means One Time Pad? I kept reading that as One True Pairing."
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Jacqueline says, "Awesome."
Draconis says (to Roger), "But it doesn't seem like she meant to send it to anyone...IDK."
Draconis says, "Hahaha"
Ghogg arrives, full of fun and funk. Draconis says, "Or alternately she wrote out the output of an RNG just to mess with time-travelling spies."
Roger says, "With time travel, all you really need to do is wait"
Jacqueline says, "Maybe the One Time Pad will reveal details of the One True Pairing"
DavidW says, "Hopefully not Julia/James, cause incest."
Draconis says, "Ew."
Ghogg asks, "are we introcomping?"
Draconis says, "My prediction is Julia/Donna."
Draconis says (to Ghogg), "Playing "Moments Out of Time", from the long-ago IFComp. (Don't remember the year.)"
DavidW asks, "So if we can't recall from here... do we remember what the save name is from the previous session with the documents?"
Draconis says, "5 I think."
DavidW says, "2001"
Draconis says, "moments5"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "restore"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "moments5"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load:
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Ghogg says, "whoa, that's been a while"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying a gun, an unlabeled data disc, some cigarettes, a
Floyd | sales brochure, two video discs ("Episode Two" and "Spider and Web"), a
Floyd | diary, a wooden knob, an autokey, your StreamDive console, inside which
Floyd | are five chips (an interface chip, a scan chip, a library chip, a
Floyd | DataStore chip and a dive chip) and two keys (a simple key and a steel
Floyd | key).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Ghogg says, "I remember a ton of reading to start"
Draconis says (to Ghogg), "Yep. That's the one."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface unlabeled disc"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Optical disc, Joliet encoding.
Floyd |
Floyd | Scanning. Text message found:
Floyd | By now, the political alliance of European and American countries is
Floyd | engaged in a war against countries in the middle and far east. This
Floyd | conflict will last several years, and result in several billion deaths.
Floyd | The war will be ended when Space Station Kennedy crashes near the
Floyd | Chinese capital city.
Floyd |
Floyd | However, the war can be ended more quickly, and with a reduced loss of
Floyd | life if nuclear weapons from the United States can be effectively
Floyd | deployed in the Chinese mainland. The defensive screen which prevents
Floyd | nuclear weapons from reaching Chinese soil uses a simple 512-bit
Floyd | identification code to differentiate between friendly and unfriendly
Floyd | missiles. If a nuclear missile were to transmit the data sequence
Floyd | generated by the Plotnitz-Leibkin algorithm at a frequency of 906.4
Floyd | MHz, Chinese countermeasures would mistake the missile for a Chinese
Floyd | launch, and would be unable to eradicate it before it reached its
Floyd | target. The tactical advantage afforded by this ability will
Floyd | undoubtedly force the eastern alliance to capitulate with a
Floyd | substantially reduced cost in both lives and damage to the world
Floyd | ecosystem.
Floyd | [The document "Data Disc Message" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | You blink. This doesn't make any sense. The disc is contemporary, but
Floyd | it seems to contain information about events in the future. This can't
Floyd | be... Has history somehow been altered?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "interface episode two"
Floyd | Attempting to interface...
Floyd | Interface established.
Floyd | Examining device...
Floyd | Selecting protocol...
Floyd | Compatible protocol found.
Floyd | Device: Optical disc, video encoding.
Floyd | Playing...
Floyd |
Floyd | The screen displays a frightful display of primitive computer graphics
Floyd | with annoying characters and a puerile plot.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "cute. We can watch videos with the interface command."
Draconis asks, "Don't remember, is Episode 2 a reference to an IF?"
DavidW says, "I assume so, but which Episode 2, I'm sure I don't know."
Draconis says, "'Primitive graphics' implies some early graphical game I suppose, but I don't know those well enough to say."
DavidW says, "so, let's see if we can recall from here."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "recall"
Floyd | [You still have time remaining in this Dive. Are you sure you wish to
Floyd | end your Dive early?]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | All at once, the universe goes away. Time itself cries out in distress,
Floyd | and every cell in your body echoes its cry. The laws of physics cannot
Floyd | be broken, but they can be bent, if only for a time. As the energy
Floyd | stored in your temporal capacitors discharges, time reasserts itself.
Floyd | If you were the sort to anthopomorphize physical law, you'd say that it
Floyd | was extracting some revenge against you for daring to transcend the
Floyd | barriers of time. Of course, all that you're really experiencing is a
Floyd | form of severe disorientation resulting from the unusual perceptual
Floyd | stimuli occurring outside normal time-space. It all goes away in a
Floyd | nothingth of a second, and you stumble backward to the floor of the
Floyd | StreamDive Core. White-clad technicians swarm into the chamber a second
Floyd | later, helping you into the postDive examination, which confirms that
Floyd | you have weathered the Dive intact, and cleanses ancient toxins from
Floyd | your system. Your possessions are taken for examination, and you are
Floyd | led to the debriefing room.
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Debriefing room
Floyd | You are in a comfortably small room, used to debrief StreamDivers
Floyd | following their missions. The room is intentionally designed to avoid
Floyd | the impression that this is some kind of interrogation chamber, even if
Floyd | that is indeed its function. The room contains very little in the way
Floyd | of decoration or, well, anything at all, aside from the table and
Floyd | chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Now what?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "sit on chair"
Floyd | You get onto the wooden chair.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | You stand as Joxley Douzen walks heavily into the room. Though there
Floyd | are a few agents you'd prefer to serve as your evaluator, you could
Floyd | have done far, far worse. She scans over her notes, not seeming to see
Floyd | you until after she has taken her seat. "Welcome back," she says. You
Floyd | are naturally inclined to take the lack of feeling in her voice as a
Floyd | bad sign, but you resist the urge. It's all she's capable of; her voice
Floyd | box is artificial, and she's never managed to program it properly.
Floyd |
Floyd | "We've reviewed your findings. As you know, the purpose of this phase
Floyd | of your evaluation is to give you the opportunity to present anything
Floyd | you think may have escaped our attention, and to address any concerns
Floyd | which the evaluation team has about your Dive. If you'll take your
Floyd | seat, we can begin." [Footnote 6]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 6"
Floyd | [Footnote 6]
Floyd | For the duration of this interview, you may respond to Douzen by typing
Floyd | a single word at the command prompt, signifying the subject you wish to
Floyd | discuss. For example:
Floyd | >KITCHEN
Floyd | Would be interpreted as a desire to talk about the kitchen. For
Floyd | questions requiring a numerical answer, simply type the number at the
Floyd | prompt [Footnote 7].
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 7"
Floyd | [Footnote 7]
Floyd | The special command "DONE" indicates that you have nothing to say on
Floyd | the subject, and the command "REPEAT" will repeat the current question.
Floyd | The standard commands will remain available if you wish to perform
Floyd | other actions while you consider your answer.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Let's mention the SPAM."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "spam"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "meat"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "uh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pantry"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "disc"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "repeat"
Floyd | That command makes no sense in this context.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Debriefing room
Floyd | You are in a comfortably small room, used to debrief StreamDivers
Floyd | following their missions. The room is intentionally designed to avoid
Floyd | the impression that this is some kind of interrogation chamber, even if
Floyd | that is indeed its function. The room contains very little in the way
Floyd | of decoration or, well, anything at all, aside from the table and
Floyd | chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden chair is Joxley Douzen.
Floyd | Joxley looks up from her notes. "Or you can stand, if you prefer," she
Floyd | says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "First things first. Based on your scans and our records, you surveyed
Floyd | about seventy-six percent of the area within your mission boundaries.
Floyd | I'm sure you could have done better. Now, are there any rooms in
Floyd | particular that you feel merit special attention?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "I thought I sat down?"
Draconis asks, "Try X JOXLEY maybe?"
DavidW says, "I sat before she asked me to. I guess that confused things."
Draconis says, "Oh."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pantry"
Floyd | "Hm... I'll advise the assessment team to take another look, but I
Floyd | think we've already considered that room thoroughly."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "What's the name of the room with all the weird timey wimey stuff?"
Draconis says, "The room with Jim's computer."
Roger says, "The bomb shelter was fun"
Jacqueline asks, "The bunker?"
DavidW says, "We never got in there in this run."
Jacqueline says, "Oh, right. True."
DavidW says, "Neither of those places."
Roger says, "So let's BLOW HER MIND"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "boy's bedroom"
Floyd | "Yes. Your console recorded some unusual readings from that area. We'll
Floyd | give it another look."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "BUNKER"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "bunker"
Floyd | Joxley raises an eyebrow, apparently not understanding you. "If you
Floyd | don't have anything meaningful to say on the current subject, just say
Floyd | the word and we'll move on."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "I think it was called shelter?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "shelter"
Floyd | "There's enough in your records to support the possibility that there
Floyd | was a survival shelter in the residence. Unfortunately, you don't
Floyd | appear to have gained access to it."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "D'oj"
Draconis says, "Aw."
DavidW asks, "Are we done with special rooms?"
Ghogg goes home. Draconis says, "I think so."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "done"
Floyd | "Very well," Joxley says. She begins examining her notes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x joxley"
Floyd | Joxley Douzen is a typical example of what your father would have
Floyd | called a "hard-looking broad". Muscular, stocky, with chiseled features
Floyd | that would have been distinguished on a man. She probably knows exactly
Floyd | how threatening people find her. You know that she's a touch bitter
Floyd | about her position as a Dive evaluation agent -- after she was injured
Floyd | in a shuttle accident, she received enough bio-mechanical implants to
Floyd | make her a walking, talking anachronism, and therefore unfit for
Floyd | StreamDiving. Nevertheless, your experience of her has always been as a
Floyd | fair evaluator.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "sit on chair"
Floyd | You get onto the wooden chair.
Floyd | "Okay. Now, let's consider the contents of your DataStore. It seems
Floyd | that you recorded seventeen documents. It's a shame you didn't elect to
Floyd | take the Stream Visualizer. Of course, you were under tight
Floyd | restrictions. As for other documents, you collected a reasonable
Floyd | number.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Now, you found a diary in the downstairs bathroom. It appears to have
Floyd | been encoded using a very secure cipher. Given the nature of the writer
Floyd | and its content, the only explanation we can think of is that the
Floyd | writer was mentally unstable. How would you explain the fact that such
Floyd | effort was taken to encode the diary?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Haha"
DavidW says, "hm. I didn't think about the visualizer. That could be very interesting."
DavidW asks, "How do we answer this one?"
Draconis says, "v0v"
Jacqueline asks, "What's the visualizer do?"
DavidW says, "Views recent past in the location."
Jacqueline says, "Cool"
Draconis says, "Ooh."
Draconis says, "Sounds nice."
Jacqueline says, "It does."
Draconis asks, "I wonder if we could use that in the bunker?"
DavidW says, "Of course, we wouldn't have the autokey with us."
Jacqueline says (to Draconis), "That's what I was wondering too"
DavidW says, "The shelter. And yes, that'd be an excellent location for it."
DavidW says, "Pantry, Boy's bedroom, and upstairs bathroom too, I think."
DavidW says, "Everywhere time was a bit screwy or had an item out of time."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "mother"
Floyd | You explain that the author, Julia Wallace, had reason to believe that
Floyd | her parents were reading her diary without permission, and had encoded
Floyd | it to prevent the highly personal content from becoming public
Floyd | knowledge.
Floyd | Joxley raises an eyebrow. "It seems like a great deal of effort, but
Floyd | yes, that does explain what we've seen, and seems consistent with the
Floyd | details we've managed to piece together about the girl.
Floyd |
Floyd | "We've had some difficulty making sense of the code fragment you
Floyd | downloaded. Any idea what it is?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "Do we have any idea?"
Jacqueline says, "We were hoping you'd tell us, Joxley."
DavidW says, "no"
DavidW asks, "Shall I answer 'no'?"
Roger says, "sure"
Jacqueline says, "sure"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "no"
Floyd | That was a rhetorical question.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "No it wasn't..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "answer no"
Floyd | (to Joxley Douzen)
Floyd | You know better than to deviate from the standard procedure during an
Floyd | interview.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "experiment"
Floyd | Joxley raises an eyebrow, apparently not understanding you. "If you
Floyd | don't have anything meaningful to say on the current subject, just say
Floyd | the word and we'll move on."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "done"
Floyd | "I'm sorry to hear that.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I think that covers all the documents we need more information about.
Floyd | Let me check my notes, and we'll move on."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | Joxley makes a few notes, then looks up. "All right then. Now we get to
Floyd | some more specific questions.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I suppose we should start with the most obvious. Your Dive was
Floyd | restricted to a family residence. How many people occupied this
Floyd | residence prior to its evacuation?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "check out all this hot porn"
Jacqueline says, "5>"
Jacqueline asks, "er, 5?"
Draconis asks, "I think?"
DavidW says, "Four? Or Five with Donna, I guess."
Draconis says, "Julia, James, mother, father, then Donna."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I was including Donna."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "5"
Floyd | Joxley raises an eyebrow. "Five? You're sure? Our research suggested
Floyd | only four residents. Who was this fifth person?"
Floyd |
Roger says, "5.5 if we're getting fetal"
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "DONNA"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "Donna"
Floyd | You explain that a young woman named Donna, a friend of the older
Floyd | child, had been living with the family near the time that the house was
Floyd | abandoned.
Floyd |
Floyd | Joxley makes a note of this. "Good work. This is exactly the sort of
Floyd | thing that isn't covered by our records of the period.
Floyd |
Floyd | "What was the name of the female head of household?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Every time I say 'Donna' I think about Twin Peaks."
Draconis asks, "Hm...what was the mother's name?"
Jacqueline asks, "Um. Let me search the transcript?"
DavidW says, "I don't remember. They're all J names."
Roger says, "This sequence probably looked fun on paper"
DavidW says, "I think it's good we tried this section of the game so we have a better idea what we're working towards."
Draconis says, "Yeah."
Roger says, "I guess it does carry the 12 Monkeys theme through"
Jacqueline says, "Katia"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "katia"
Floyd | "What was the name of the male head of household?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "James"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "james"
Floyd | "What was the name of the male child?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Jim"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "jim"
Floyd | "Marital relations between the Wallaces... Were they good or bad?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "HOT"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW asks, "Are we supposed to extrapolate from the magazines?"
Jacqueline asks, "I... we have no reason to think they were bad, do we?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unknown"
Floyd | Joxley lays a hand to her ear. "I'm sorry; I'm having some trouble with
Floyd | my audio processor. Maybe you could try a different word?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "don't know"
Floyd | Joxley lays a hand to her ear. "I'm sorry; I'm having some trouble with
Floyd | my audio processor. Maybe you could try a different word?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "BEAR. PORN. BEAR. PORN."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "maybe"
Floyd | Joxley lays a hand to her ear. "I'm sorry; I'm having some trouble with
Floyd | my audio processor. Maybe you could try a different word?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Porn doesn't mean the marriage is on the rocks."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "porn"
Floyd | Joxley lays a hand to her ear. "I'm sorry; I'm having some trouble with
Floyd | my audio processor. Maybe you could try a different word?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "No, but it's the only clue we have."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "so-so"
Floyd | Joxley lays a hand to her ear. "I'm sorry; I'm having some trouble with
Floyd | my audio processor. Maybe you could try a different word?"
Floyd |
Draconis says, "Unless of course we missed something."
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Which seems likely."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. I'm just saying it's not enough."
Draconis asks, "Should we assume good then?"
DavidW says, "I don't remember anything special in the master bedroom."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "good"
Floyd | "What was the name of the female child?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "julia"
Floyd | "You say that the girl had an optical prosthesis. Which eye was
Floyd | artificial?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I would, but I'm an optimist."
Draconis asks, "Left, I think?"
DavidW asks, "I thought it was the right?"
Jacqueline says, "No"
Jacqueline says, "It's the right"
DavidW says, "geez, I didn't expect a test. I didn't study."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "right"
Floyd | "Okay," Joxley says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Now," Joxley says, "It appears that you violated your mission
Floyd | parameters by bringing something back from your Dive. Since everything
Floyd | in the area appears to have been destroyed immediately after you left,
Floyd | the committee has decided to recommend against disciplinary action, but
Floyd | there will be an entry made in your file, unless you can give us some
Floyd | exceptional circumstance which warranted your action. Is there any
Floyd | object which you felt had some extraordinary reason for being retrieved
Floyd | for examination?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, lag. I'm in a way different room than our router."
Draconis says, "Oops."
Draconis says, "SPAM"
Draconis says, "MEDICINE"
Draconis asks, "Did we take anything else?"
DavidW says, "oh, so we *did* break the rules."
DavidW says, "Gun, ring, money, ... all sorts of stuff."
DavidW says, "We didn't pick up the spam."
Draconis says, "SAY OOPS, MY BAD"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "oops"
Floyd | That can't be corrected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Oh. Right. Reserved keyword."
DavidW says, "I can't think of any object we brought that was that special."
DavidW says, "I don't remember what we were carrying."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "done"
Floyd | "Then we'll move on," Joxley says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "We have no postwar records of the daughter, and your findings suggest
Floyd | that she was not with the family when they evacuated. What became of
Floyd | her?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "shelter"
Floyd | You explain that she and her friend were trapped in the survival
Floyd | shelter, and perished with its destruction.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Thank you for your cooperation, agent," she says. After taking a few
Floyd | more notes, Joxley Douzen rises to her feet. "If you'll wait here, the
Floyd | review team will have your final evaluation shortly."
Floyd |
Floyd | Without paying you another glance, she strides out of the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Dun dun dun..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the table.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Debriefing room (on the wooden chair)
Floyd | You are in a comfortably small room, used to debrief StreamDivers
Floyd | following their missions. The room is intentionally designed to avoid
Floyd | the impression that this is some kind of interrogation chamber, even if
Floyd | that is indeed its function. The room contains very little in the way
Floyd | of decoration or, well, anything at all, aside from the table and
Floyd | chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "X ME?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd | One of the attributes most common among successful StreamDivers is a
Floyd | nondescript appearance -- any particularly remarkable features would
Floyd | increase the chance of drawing attention on a Dive. The good thing
Floyd | about this is that you are at least as good-looking as average. The
Floyd | downside, of course, is that you have very little in the way of
Floyd | distinguishing features [Footnote 8].
Floyd | Joxley Douzen walks confidently into the room, followed by the rest of
Floyd | the evaluation team. They stand at the head of the room, staring
Floyd | heavily at you. Finally, Joxley speaks.
Floyd |
Floyd | "StreamDiver Alpha Tango-678, it is the finding of this evaluation team
Floyd | that you have completed the objectives for this mission with an
Floyd | approval rating of 66 percent. Very disappointing. There's some concern
Floyd | that you aren't using our resources well. When you receive your next
Floyd | mission, we'll suggest that it be an easier one."
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     ***  Mission Complete  ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Your final mission evaluation is 66%.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, UNDO your last move,
Floyd | or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Draconis says, "Aw."
Jacqueline says, "Aw."
DavidW says, "well, we did return early and unprepared."
Jacqueline says, "True"
Jacqueline asks, "So, another restart, with the visualizer?"
DavidW says, "Visualizer or the probe."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "restart"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | [The game has detected that you are using a version of the "Nitfol"
Floyd | interpreter, or a display with a width less than 22 characters. The
Floyd | statusline, menu bar, and "pretty-printing" of menus have been disabled
Floyd | to improve performance under this screen model. These features can be
Floyd | re-enabled as described in the manual.]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The indicator light switches from blue to green. The thought occurs to
Floyd | you that this is an exceptionally bad color choice for someone who,
Floyd | like you, suffers from a mild genetic deficit in the color perception
Floyd | department. However, you've been around long enough to be familiar with
Floyd | the change in hue that indicates clearance for a StreamDive.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your elation is such that it takes you a few seconds to respond to the
Floyd | indicator -- a critical error, though not a fatal one. You touch the
Floyd | control, and are further pleased to find that your mission hasn't been
Floyd | scrapped due to your moment of indecision. The full text of your
Floyd | mission description appears on the display...
Floyd |
Floyd | MOMENTS OUT OF TIME
Floyd | TrenchCoatSoft Interactive Fiction: An INFRARED Interactive Exploration
Floyd | Copyright (c) 2001 by L. Ross Raszewski. Explorer Type.
Floyd | Type "MANUAL" for instructions and important compatability information.
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 010924 / Inform v 6.21 Library 6/10
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'd like the visualizer and to go right to the bunker"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open locker"
Floyd | You open the equipment locker, revealing your StreamDive console, a
Floyd | cloaking device, an autokey, a stream visualizer, a probe and a chip
Floyd | bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take visualizer"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in chip bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are ten chips (a dive chip, a DataStore chip, a map
Floyd | chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip, a cryptography
Floyd | chip, a scan chip, a blank chip, an interface chip and a shield chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Which chips?"
Draconis asks, "Can we get into the bunker without the autokey?"
Jacqueline says, "Damn. Right"
DavidW says, "I don't know. We never used the keys we found."
DavidW says, "I suspect that the key in the banister is for the shelter, though."
Draconis says, "Oh, let's try that one then."
DavidW says, "And there was a 'deadbolt key' in the couch."
Jacqueline says, "I suspect that L. Ross Raszewski intended for us to do this, fwiw. That starting over with new chips isn't cheating, it's strategy and perspective."
DavidW asks (of Draconis), "Try what one?"
Draconis says (to DavidW), "The key in the banister."
DavidW says, "We're selecting chips now."
Jacqueline asks, "Well, the crypto chip doesn't really help us much, right?"
DavidW says, "I want the datastore chip, the interface chip."
Draconis says (to DavidW), "Yeah, but I'm suggesting we don't need the autokey."
Draconis asks, "Oh, could we use the visualizer on the diary? See her writing it?"
DavidW says (to Draconis), "If we have the visualizer then we can't have the autokey."
Jacqueline raises both eyebrows. "Seems like a stretch, but perhaps."
DavidW says, "I think the visualizer works on the current location, but we'll see."
Draconis says, "We could examine it and see."
Jacqueline says, "BRB. Proceed without me for a few minutes, and I'll catch up."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x visualizer"
Floyd | The stream visualizer is a de-focused temporal display. It scans
Floyd | backwards through the local timestream, correlating the results with
Floyd | the information in the DataStore. When the button is pushed, generates
Floyd | a hologram based on the results of its scan.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push button"
Floyd | (the display monitor)
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---StreamDiver Manual---
Floyd | Page: 0 StreamDiver Manual
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd | STREAMDIVER OPERATIONS MANUAL
Floyd | Research Division                                         Third
Floyd | Revision
Floyd | Temporal Sciences Commission
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd | Are you sure you want to quit?
Draconis says, "Wat."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "no"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which are a cloaking device,
Floyd | an autokey, a probe and a chip bank (in which are ten chips (a dive
Floyd | chip, a DataStore chip, a map chip, a library chip, an artificial
Floyd | intuition chip, a cryptography chip, a scan chip, a blank chip, an
Floyd | interface chip and a shield chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I guess there's more than one button in the room."
DavidW says, "I've never used the visualizer before."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer has nothing to display here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put datastore in console"
Floyd | You need to be holding the DataStore chip before you can put it into
Floyd | something else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take datastore. put it in console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | You put the DataStore chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take interface. put it in console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | You put the interface chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take scan. put it in console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | You put the scan chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take blank. put it in console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | You put the blank chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x rack"
Floyd | (the StreamDive console)
Floyd | Your StreamDive console is a small display device designed to provide
Floyd | you with relevant information about the current dive, and allow access
Floyd | to key StreamDive facilities [Footnote 1]. These facilities are made
Floyd | available by adding chips to its five-slot chiprack. The chiprack
Floyd | currently contains four chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bank"
Floyd | A small section of the locker contains slots for holding StreamDive
Floyd | chips.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in bank"
Floyd | In the chip bank are six chips (a dive chip, a map chip, a library
Floyd | chip, an artificial intuition chip, a cryptography chip and a shield
Floyd | chip).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Shall we take the shield chip this time?"
DavidW asks, "Or gamble with the crypto again?"
Draconis says, "Hm..."
DavidW asks, "There must be something wrong with my audio receptors. Could you repeat that?"
Draconis says, "I vote for shield I guess, because crypto seems so useless."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take shield. put it in console"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | You put the shield chip into the StreamDive console.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your StreamDive console
Floyd |     five chips:
Floyd |       a shield chip
Floyd |       a blank chip
Floyd |       a scan chip
Floyd |       an interface chip
Floyd |       a DataStore chip
Floyd |   a stream visualizer
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd | You aren't in anything at the moment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read mission"
Floyd | Mission Parameters
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Alpha Tango-678
Floyd | FYEO
Floyd |
Floyd | Clearance granted for immediate StreamDive. Target is local grid
Floyd | reference 0x1549. Temporal Reference 785278.7 UDC. We will be in phase
Floyd | for StreamDive at 865741.3 UDC. Dive duration not to exceed .5 units
Floyd | UDC (12 hours local time). Stream Capacitance field will be set for
Floyd | auto-recall at this time.
Floyd | Research unit indicates high levels of stream distortion in this zone,
Floyd | indicating that premature extraction may not be possible.
Floyd |
Floyd | Mission Summary: The purpose of your StreamDive is historical research.
Floyd | We have isolated an evacuated area to minimize potential corruption.
Floyd | You are to record all findings, but avoid direct contact with any
Floyd | inhabitants. Records from this zone are fragmentary, so any documents
Floyd | of historical interest should be added to your DataStore.
Floyd |
Floyd | *WARNING*
Floyd | Due to ambient radiation levels, wideband recall will not be available.
Floyd | Since StreamDive instruments are shielded against EMP effects, lost
Floyd | components may be recoverable after destruction of the local grid
Floyd | section. For this reason, level 1b restrictions are in effect for the
Floyd | duration of this dive.
Floyd |
Floyd | PLEASE REVIEW STREAMDIVER MANUAL BEFORE COMMENCING DIVE.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read manual"
Floyd | What do you want to read in?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x manual"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which are a cloaking device,
Floyd | an autokey, a probe and a chip bank (in which are five chips (a dive
Floyd | chip, a map chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip and a
Floyd | cryptography chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "manual"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 0 MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd |                                                         MOMENTS OUT OF
Floyd | TIME                           Explorer Type/Version 1
Floyd | by                              L. Ross Raszewski
Floyd | Game Manual                           Go to what page? >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | ---MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual---
Floyd | Page: 0 MOMENTS OUT OF TIME - Game Manual
Floyd |
Floyd | P = previous page    N = next page
Floyd | Q = resume story    G = Go to page
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |                                                         MOMENTS OUT OF
Floyd | TIME                           Explorer Type/Version 1
Floyd | by                              L. Ross Raszewski
Floyd | Game Manual
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDiver Prep Room
Floyd | Though it isn't in any technical sense "your" office, this is the room
Floyd | where you spend the majority of your duty shifts. Here, you do
Floyd | background research, monitor incoming messages from Divers in the
Floyd | field, and hope that one of your mission proposals will be accepted. On
Floyd | the rare occasions, like now, that you are cleared for a dive, this
Floyd | room serves as a place to equip and make last-minute preparations. The
Floyd | exit is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The display monitor stands against one wall, your mission description
Floyd | visible on its screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an equipment locker (in which are a cloaking device,
Floyd | an autokey, a probe and a chip bank (in which are five chips (a dive
Floyd | chip, a map chip, a library chip, an artificial intuition chip and a
Floyd | cryptography chip))) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | [Once you leave this area, you will be unable to return. Are you
Floyd | certain that you are ready?]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | You walk out of the Prep Room, down the long corridor, and into the
Floyd | Dive section. A number of sensors verify that you are carrying no
Floyd | contraband, and make a detailed record of your relevant bio-data, which
Floyd | is compared to your records to ensure that you are indeed the person
Floyd | scheduled for this dive. From your training, you know that this record
Floyd | will be compared again when you emerge, to ensure that nothing
Floyd | important about your physiology has altered during the dive. The only
Floyd | visible sign of it is a faint play of laser-light over your body.
Floyd |
Floyd | Satisfied, an unseen operator opens the door into the next chamber,
Floyd | where a flash of laser-light, radiation, and sickly-sweet aerosol
Floyd | renders you free of micro-organisms.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are allowed to move on only after placing your hand in an
Floyd | indentation by the next door, where ultrasonic "needles" inject you
Floyd | with the requisite immunity boosters, which always gives you the
Floyd | pleasant feeling of being, at least temporarily, totally impregnable to
Floyd | disease.
Floyd |
Floyd | One more room, and anticipation would increase your heart-rate enough
Floyd | that a sensor might declare you medically unfit for duty. Fortunately,
Floyd | this room is the last.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | StreamDive Core
Floyd | You stand in the core of the StreamDive Temporal Relocation Unit. Far
Floyd | below you, an artificial singularity waits to propel you backward in
Floyd | history. The room itself is a huge dome, totally black, but lit from an
Floyd | unseeable source. There is always gooseflesh on your arms when you
Floyd | stand in this room. It is not a friendly room, not a relaxed room. This
Floyd | is a room that knows the seriousness of its function. It is far larger
Floyd | than anything it would ever hold, but its size is a necessity of the
Floyd | design. The constant, low hum of the massive generators that power the
Floyd | time machine is inaudible only here. The room feels like another world
Floyd | itself, neither part of the present nor the past.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's all in the hands of the folks upstairs now...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | A voice materializes from nowhere in particular. "StreamDiver Alpha
Floyd | Tango-678, StreamDive will commence in thirty seconds. Good luck, and
Floyd | Godspeed."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd | The floor fades to transparency. There is a brilliant point of light
Floyd | somewhere far below you. Scanning beams trace over your body. Below
Floyd | you, a perfect mirror image of yourself fades into existence, your
Floyd | avatar. You have a sinking feeling as your avatar falls toward the
Floyd | light. Just as you were trained, you roll back on the balls of your
Floyd | feet and close your eyes. In your head, you count to six. Deep down
Floyd | there, your avatar enters the event horizon of the artificial
Floyd | singularity. As always, you have the disconcerting sensation of
Floyd | falling...
Floyd |
Floyd | Cold.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hot.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bright.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pain is gone before you feel it. You want to open your eyes, but
Floyd | you know better. Even if you survived the experience, your sanity would
Floyd | not. You wait for the sensation of falling to end.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You wait for your perception of local timespace to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | It does.
Floyd |
Floyd | You open your eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf6"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "ok, so the plan is to visit the shelter asap"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down,
Floyd | presumably to the basement.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn newel"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open banister"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x banister"
Floyd | The staircase along the north wall leads up and down. The railing, a
Floyd | solid wood banister, is capped at the landing by a sturdy and ornate
Floyd | post with a polished oak ball at its top. The banister is worn, and its
Floyd | finish is nicked and scraped. You have that same, terrifying sense you
Floyd | often get on missions like this; this was a place where people lived,
Floyd | not some mock-up in a museum. Time travel gives you a strange sense of
Floyd | ephemerality; for you, this entire house is long gone, and yet, it
Floyd | still exists in the here-and-now, and you are acutely aware of how much
Floyd | will be lost when this place is destroyed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "turn ball"
Floyd | You give the knob a twist, then another. After a few more turns, it
Floyd | comes free in your hand, revealing a very small compartment in the post
Floyd | underneath.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in compartment"
Floyd | In the post is a large key.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take key"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | The button on the stream visualizer blinks, indicating that it has
Floyd | generated a new hologram.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "is bacqueline."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer beeps softly, then its emitter flares to life....
Floyd |
Floyd | "Did you check the basement?" asks a short, graying woman.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Julie?" a middle-aged man calls through the basement door. "I don't
Floyd | think she's in the house," he finally says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Where the hell else would she be?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Have you called her friends?" he asks.
Floyd |
Floyd | "She doesn't have any friends," the woman answers. She immediately
Floyd | looks away, her face reddening in shame. "I tried Donna's house. They
Floyd | aren't there."
Floyd |
Floyd | "They didn't leave a note?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fuck, James, do you think I'd be running around like this if they
Floyd | had?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Calm down, Kat. When was the last time you saw them?"
Floyd |
Floyd | She sighs. "I don't know. Dinner last night. I thought Julie was just
Floyd | up in her room or something."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Okay. Look, it's probably nothing."
Floyd |
Floyd | "It fucking isn't nothing, James. You know how she is."
Floyd |
Floyd | "And I know she's got more sense than to pull some dumb stunt. Where's
Floyd | Jimmy?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "He went out. With his girlfriend."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Okay. When he gets home, ask him is he knows where they would have
Floyd | gone."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'm worried."
Floyd |
Floyd | He shakes his head. "Did you look in Donna's room?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "There's nothing there. James, what if something set her off? You don't
Floyd | think she would have --"
Floyd |
Floyd | James cuts her off. "Katia... You haven't been... I mean, have you
Floyd | looked in her diary lately?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Katia lights a cigarette. "Her doctor said I'm supposed to 'respect her
Floyd | boundaries,' some load of shit."
Floyd |
Floyd | With a furtive glance he whispers, "Maybe you should take a look. If
Floyd | she doesn't come home tonight. Just... Just to be sure."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'll tan her ass if she does."
Floyd |
Floyd | James waits a long time before he responds. "Don't overreact. You'll
Floyd | just end up--"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Pushing her further away. Thanks Freud, but you can skip the
Floyd | psychobabble."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Look, I'm sure it's nothing. Maybe she got a new boyfriend or
Floyd | something."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fucking great." Katia seems about to say something else, but she looks
Floyd | up suddenly as if she's heard something. "Julie? Donna? Is that you?"
Floyd | [The document "Stream Visualizer Recording: Downstairs Landing" has
Floyd | been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "goodness."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, I retract my earlier statement about no marital issues."
DavidW says, "Katia has a mouth on her."
Jacqueline bounces up and down. "I love this thing! Let's go use it everywhere else!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to try to unlock it? >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd |
Floyd | Okay [Footnote 3].
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "footnote 3"
Floyd | [Footnote 3]
Floyd | The game will continue this practice from now on. Use the setup menu to
Floyd | change this behavior.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with key"
Floyd | You'll have to be more specific; which door do you want to unlock?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "basement"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock basement door with key"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock south door with key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search couch"
Floyd | There is nothing on the couch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh, den couch, I guess"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Den
Floyd | As an architectural feature, the den declined in popularity during this
Floyd | part of the century, but this house seems to have one nonetheless. From
Floyd | your historical research, you know that a den is a sort of cross
Floyd | between a study and a family room. This room shows signs of wear;
Floyd | stains and worn patches of carpet suggest heavy use. Behind one
Floyd | recliner, the woodgrain paneling of the wall is scratched and scored
Floyd | from frequent collisions. One wall is covered in bookshelves. A
Floyd | well-stocked wet bar adorns a second. Couches and armchairs form a
Floyd | conversation area in the middle of the room. The western wall is open,
Floyd | leading back to the stairway.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the bar are four glasses (empty) and some bottles.
Floyd |
Floyd | A video game system sits before the video screen.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a video screen and a video disc player (empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | The button on the stream visualizer blinks, indicating that it has
Floyd | generated a new hologram.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search couch"
Floyd | You force your hand between two cushions. Before nicking yourself on a
Floyd | spring, your hand catches on a small object which was lost in the
Floyd | couch, which emerges to the surface just ahead of your stinging hand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "New hologram!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer beeps softly, then its emitter flares to life....
Floyd |
Floyd | The video screen flickers with computer-generated violence. Before it,
Floyd | the young man sits cross-legged, manipulating the controls of the video
Floyd | game system. Beside him is a young woman. probably the same age,
Floyd | generously built, with a mop of dark, uneven curls. She too manipulates
Floyd | a game controller, but with an obvious lack of familiarity. They play
Floyd | for a time, then set their controllers down.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Not bad," he says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Jim," the girl says, "You let me win."
Floyd |
Floyd | He shrugs. "Come on, Amy, I wouldn't do that. I mean, I'll admit I
Floyd | didn't have my best game, but it's not like I was holding back on
Floyd | purpose."
Floyd |
Floyd | "No?" Amy says, incredulously.
Floyd |
Floyd | He smiles, unfolding his legs. "Maybe I was distracted."
Floyd |
Floyd | She blushes. "Distracted?"
Floyd |
Floyd | He places three fingers against her cheek, gently turning her face
Floyd | toward his. She tilts her head back slightly, in anticipation of a
Floyd | kiss. He moves in, clumsily, and their noses touch...
Floyd |
Floyd | She bursts out laughing.
Floyd |
Floyd | He looks away, feigning shame. "Well, that's done a lot for my self
Floyd | esteem."
Floyd |
Floyd | She puts both hands on his face and tries to pull him back into a kiss.
Floyd | She doesn't make it, bursting out with more laughter just before their
Floyd | lips touch. This time, he laughs too.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Would it help if I told you I had no idea what I'm doing?" he says.
Floyd |
Floyd | She laughs some more. "Neither do I. I don't know why I can't stop
Floyd | laughing. I've never done this before."
Floyd |
Floyd | "That's a relief," Jim says. He tries to kiss her again, and this time
Floyd | bursts out laughing himself.
Floyd |
Floyd | "This isn't working," Amy says, trying not to laugh. "We are such
Floyd | geeks."
Floyd |
Floyd | "You have no idea what kind of pressure this is putting on me."
Floyd |
Floyd | Amy smiles slyly. "Maybe this will help." She puts a leg over his,
Floyd | moving onto his lap.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Well that's taken the pressure off," he says with more than a hint of
Floyd | sarcasm. "What now, count to three?"
Floyd |
Floyd | She giggles. "One," he says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Two," they say in unison.
Floyd |
Floyd | Amy takes him by surprise, not waiting any longer, and pushes her lips
Floyd | against his. Jim falls backward in surprise, but, though they are both
Floyd | failing to totally suppress laughter, they manage to maintain contact.
Floyd | Jim places a hand against Amy's neck, then moves it down to the small
Floyd | of her back. A few seconds later, he moves his hand down even further.
Floyd | [The document "Stream Visualizer Recording: Den" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Our boss'll be glad we got that one."
DavidW says, "y'know, I wonder if the diary is encrypted specifically so *we* can't read it."
Jacqueline asks, "But someone else can?"
Jacqueline says, "I'm hoping the OTP is revealed by the visualizer."
DavidW says, "Julia can read it."
Jacqueline asks, "With her eye, you mena?"
Jacqueline asks, "er, mean?"
Jacqueline asks, "The OTP is in her eye or her brain?"
DavidW says, "I mean, she wrote it. She encoded it; she can decode it."
DavidW says, "People write diaries for themselves to read later."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a large key
Floyd |   a wooden knob
Floyd |   your StreamDive console
Floyd |     five chips:
Floyd |       a shield chip
Floyd |       a blank chip
Floyd |       a scan chip
Floyd |       an interface chip
Floyd |       a DataStore chip
Floyd |   a stream visualizer
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take key"
Floyd | (the deadbolt key)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock south door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "meh"
DavidW says, "I don't have a key for this door."
DavidW says, "Donna was probably in the Spare Bedroom to the northwest. I think we should go there next."
Jacqueline says, "okay"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock northwest door"
Floyd | You'll have to specify a key with which to unlock the door.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock northwest door with large key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd | The house shakes hard as a something, probably an aircraft or small
Floyd | bomb, crashes to earth in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock northwest door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Office?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock west door with large key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock west door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "This is the key from the couch?"
DavidW says, "The deadbolt key is from the Den couch, yes."
DavidW says, "The large key is from the Hall bannister compartment."
Jacqueline nods.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bathroom
Floyd | You get the impression that this bathroom has become a waystation for
Floyd | things that were intended for the basement, but got lost along the way.
Floyd | Boxes and bags seem to cover every surface; the sink, the heating vent,
Floyd | the fixture. The way out is south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open toilet"
Floyd | On a whim, you lift the heavy boxes and raise the lid of the toilet
Floyd | seat. The bowl has been drained, and resting inside is a small book,
Floyd | which you manage, with some difficulty, to retrieve before letting the
Floyd | boxes fall back into place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Downstairs Landing
Floyd | The house is even bigger than you initially thought; this level is not
Floyd | a basement. Standing at the foot of the stairs, the door leading to the
Floyd | basement proper is in front of you  [Footnote 2], while fully-fledged
Floyd | rooms lie in the other cardinal directions. Another, smaller room lies
Floyd | to the northwest.
Floyd | Somewhere, probably a few kilometers away, there is an explosion. The
Floyd | house rocks, and you have a hard time keeping your footing.
Floyd |
Floyd | You hear a great crash below.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "boo"
DavidW says, "I suppose we need to find more keys."
DavidW says, "I suggest we also keep exploring, since the visualizer is telling us stuff."
Jacqueline says, "Yes"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x card"
Floyd | A grade report has been affixed to the refrigerator door:
Floyd | Donald Woods High School
Floyd | Interim Grade Report
Floyd |
Floyd | Term: Spring
Floyd | Name: Stephen James Wallace
Floyd | Grade: 10
Floyd |
Floyd | Class: Calculus        Instructor: Nelson    Grade: 99
Floyd | Class: Journalism Tech Instructor: Kryzac    Grade: 100
Floyd | Class: English II      Instructor: Celsius   Grade: 89
Floyd | Class: AP Physics      Instructor: Cornell   Grade: 98
Floyd |
Floyd | Please report any errors to guidance office immediately.
Floyd | This is an interim grade report. Official grades will be available at
Floyd | end of semester.
Floyd | [The document "Report Card" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x receipt"
Floyd | FoodWorks
Floyd | You save more at FoodWorks every
Floyd | day!
Floyd | Store #10191 Checker 7 6:27 PM
Floyd |
Floyd | BJ ICE CRM 1GAL            7.74
Floyd | FW TOWELL 6PK         SB   4.80
Floyd | FW 2PCT MLK 1GAL           4.88
Floyd | FW TRASH BAG               5.54
Floyd | PRODUCE               SB   9.34
Floyd | PRODUCE                   16.33
Floyd | AP XS CH COL               9.72
Floyd | POLISH SAUS               10.21
Floyd | 1DOZ EGG                   8.35
Floyd | FLNK STK                  18.22
Floyd | PRD WHOLE CHKN            12.77
Floyd | FC BREAD                   1.94
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Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pantry
Floyd | This is a small room, designed to hold food staples and cooking
Floyd | equipment not housed in the kitchen. You doubt you'll find anything
Floyd | worthwhile in here, but you've been a StreamDiver long enough to know
Floyd | better than to trust appearances. You can return east to the kitchen.
Floyd |
Floyd | Shelves line the walls, sparsely stocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the shelves are some pots and pans, a lazy susan (empty), a flour
Floyd | pot (closed) and a can of spiced ham (closed).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open ham"
Floyd | Better not; as it is, this is probably the only thing in the house that
Floyd | could survive the impending nuclear blast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the can of spiced ham
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan ham"
Floyd | A slight shiver runs up your spine as you read the results of the scan.
Floyd | Something similar to your temporal shield has been used on this can to
Floyd | force it into a hyperstable configuration. Despite the question of why
Floyd | anyone would do such a thing, what concerns you far more is the
Floyd | question of how it was done; such a transmutation is patently
Floyd | impossible without StreamDive technology. Has someone else been here?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "timescan"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognize.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ham"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | Something blocks the light for a second, and you turn to look. Nothing.
Floyd | Hm. This place is starting to get to you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | In the days before all food could be prepared by an automated
Floyd | processing unit, the kitchen was often considered the center of family
Floyd | life. This kitchen is decorated in a country style that was archaic
Floyd | even when it was built. Woodgrain paneling and prominently displayed
Floyd | kitchenwares give the room a rustic look. The stove, refrigerator and
Floyd | other appliances have a more modern look, but clashing with the
Floyd | predominant style is kept to a minimum. Heavier items and food supplies
Floyd | are kept in the pantry to the west, while archways lead north and east.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the refrigerator door are a report card and a receipt.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dining Room
Floyd | When this house was first built, conventions of style dictated a degree
Floyd | of spartan functionality from the dining area. The construction of this
Floyd | room has a sort of tacit apology built into its architecture, as if the
Floyd | dedication of an entire room to dining facilities was seen as an
Floyd | undesirable extravagance. The twenty years that followed saw a reversal
Floyd | of the cultural mores which had all but done away with a fixed dining
Floyd | area. The net result is that this particular dining room has an
Floyd | uncomfortable blend of styles. A small, nondescript table shows signs
Floyd | of heavier wear than it was meant for. An ornate china cabinet stands
Floyd | in one corner, looking very out-of-place. The buffet counter, again
Floyd | nondescript and too small to be really serviceable, stretches across a
Floyd | portion of the north wall. Open archways lead south and east, and a
Floyd | small door is west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the buffet are two oil lamps.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a photograph here.
Floyd |
Floyd | The button on the stream visualizer blinks, indicating that it has
Floyd | generated a new hologram.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "yay"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x photograph"
Floyd | This is apparently a visual of the family that lived in this house. In
Floyd | the back stand two adults, a man whose receding hair looks unnaturally
Floyd | dark, wearing thick, horn-rimmed eyeglasses, and a woman, much shorter,
Floyd | who looks about the same age. She too wears glasses, with a more
Floyd | fashionable wire frame. Her front teeth, visible in what looks like an
Floyd | unaccustomed smile, are stained and crooked. A small scar is visible
Floyd | near the corner of her mouth. Before them are two children. On the
Floyd | right, a boy about ten, has a ridiculous smile and equally ridiculous
Floyd | bowl-cut. Beside him is a girl, probably a few years his senior. You
Floyd | aren't sure, but you think you see a glint of something reflective near
Floyd | her temple, where her hair is awkwardly combed over a bald patch. Her
Floyd | eyes are not quite the same color, though that may be a blemish on the
Floyd | photograph. There does certainly seem to be something odd about her
Floyd | right eye, but you can't tell on a photograph this size.
Floyd | [The document "Family Photo" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer beeps softly, then its emitter flares to life....
Floyd |
Floyd | Four people, two adults, and two teen-age children sit around the
Floyd | table. The adult woman, the mother, has her hands clasped on the table,
Floyd | as if about to say a prayer, but she thinks better of it as the boy
Floyd | begins to load his plate down with some casserole dish.
Floyd |
Floyd | "So, how was everyone's day?" the father asks, distractedly.
Floyd |
Floyd | The girl rolls her eyes and looks away. The boy, between rapid, greedy
Floyd | mouthfulls, says, "Did the two of you know that I'm a genius? Like
Floyd | Einstein, only I can do long division."
Floyd |
Floyd | This time, it is the mother who rolls her eyes. "So how come you're
Floyd | only getting a ninety-nine in calculus?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Katia," the father says, evenly. "What is it this time, Jimmy?"
Floyd |
Floyd | The boy smiles, self-satisfied. "Oh, just a little discovery that's
Floyd | going to set me up among the gods."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Can I be excused? I think I'm getting sick," the girl says.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Julie, please," he father mildly reprimands. "So what's this
Floyd | discovery?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimmy has clearly been waiting for a chance to brag. "Dad," he says,
Floyd | with a conspiratorial tone indicating that he considers the subject
Floyd | above the level of the women. "You remember what I was saying about
Floyd | backwards-mapping activation patterns onto a neural network?"
Floyd |
Floyd | The father nods, though without any conviction. Jimmy doesn't appear to
Floyd | care. "I got in touch with a professor at Pacific Tech, he's the top
Floyd | guy in distributed neural nets. Well, he says that I'm on the right
Floyd | track, and my preliminaries open up something they've never even looked
Floyd | at before.
Floyd |
Floyd | "See, I figure you can represent a human mind by imposing a
Floyd | non-deterministic neural network over this thing called a DeKrupper
Floyd | mapping function."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Which means?" the father asks, cautiously.
Floyd |
Floyd | The boy sighs, taking the explanation to be beneath his dignity. "It
Floyd | means you can emulate all the functions of a human brain on a computer.
Floyd | Everyone's always thought that was impossible, because it's supposed to
Floyd | reduce to the halting problem. But it doesn't really, because all the
Floyd | proofs for it are based on something that doesn't apply when you use a
Floyd | Nth-level polymatrix."
Floyd |
Floyd | "So..." the father takes some time to put it all together. "You could
Floyd | create a sentient computer program?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimmy beams with pride. "Bingo. But more than that; I mean, you don't
Floyd | have to emulate the whole brain, you could just build up a part of it,
Floyd | like, you could make a computer that does all the work for your motor
Floyd | functions."
Floyd |
Floyd | "To help people with brain injuries," the father concludes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimmy nods. "Of course, the sentient program thing is what's goign to
Floyd | get me the nobel prize."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Wait a minute," the mother says. "You can't do that. You can't know
Floyd | exactly how a human brain works."
Floyd |
Floyd | "But you can," Jimmy protests. "You just need to back-map from the
Floyd | activation patterns."
Floyd |
Floyd | "And if this is so simple, why hasn't anyone done it? It won't work."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Mom," Jimmy says, exasperated. "You said the same thing when I came up
Floyd | with the idea for the automatic navigation thing for the car. We could
Floyd | all be rich now if you hadn't told me it wouldn't work."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I never said that," she says, defensively. "I said that I didn't think
Floyd | you could make it work in a way that would be useful outside of very
Floyd | specific examples."
Floyd |
Floyd | Jimmy sighs. "Look, it's all perfectly simple."
Floyd |
Floyd | "You're perfectly simple," his sister interrupts. "And you're giving me
Floyd | a headache. I'll be in my room."
Floyd | [The document "Stream Visualizer Recording: Dining Room" has been added
Floyd | to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "They're all charmers."
Jacqueline says, "Well, Kat and Jimmy, anyway."
DavidW says, "All the secrets of the brain and none of the heart."
DavidW asks, "Are we ready to continue?"
Jacqueline says, "Well, yeah, except his brain is often in his pants."
Roger says, "Maybe they trained the visualizer on jerks, like how Deep Dream sees dogs everywhere"
Jacqueline says, "Sure. Proceed."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with large key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Always lock all your doors before killing yourself during the apocalypse"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the Stairs
Floyd | The ceiling over this stretch of hallway slopes upward where the stairs
Floyd | cut into it. Along the south wall, just before the ceiling becomes too
Floyd | low to make a serviceable hallway, a low, louvered door marks a small
Floyd | closet. The hallway continues east, and to the west it ends in an
Floyd | archway leading to the dining room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look behind painting"
Floyd | You pull the painting a few centimeters from the wall, and notice that
Floyd | a small steel key, which you take, has been secreted in the back side
Floyd | of the frame.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the Stairs
Floyd | The ceiling over this stretch of hallway slopes upward where the stairs
Floyd | cut into it. Along the south wall, just before the ceiling becomes too
Floyd | low to make a serviceable hallway, a low, louvered door marks a small
Floyd | closet. The hallway continues east, and to the west it ends in an
Floyd | archway leading to the dining room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with small key"
Floyd | You see nothing which can be referred to like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with steel key"
Floyd | You open the little closet, revealing a coaxial cable, a stuffed bear,
Floyd | four video discs (one "Womb Raider", one "Blow me Away", one "Coeds
Floyd | Getting Naked" and one "Thrustmaster Returns") and some adult
Floyd | magazines.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "so, *this* door we can unlock."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "scan"
Floyd | The scanner has further details available on:
Floyd |  the can of spiced ham
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Back Hallway
Floyd | A poorly-lit length of hallway begins here and continues west. The
Floyd | southern wall is open to the living room. A door leads east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A painting on the wall depicts a nautical theme.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with large key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | The very name "living room" is a subject of some consideration: what
Floyd | does it mean to be a "room for living". Obviously, one "lives" in every
Floyd | room of a house. Practically speaking, during this time period, the
Floyd | "living room" was the room in which one entertained guests, watched
Floyd | video transmissions, and interacted with family. Nevertheless, the
Floyd | living room was primarily the adults' domain. This living room is not
Floyd | an exception. The atmosphere is one of maturity; the lack of wear on
Floyd | the furniture and prominence of fragile art objects suggests that it is
Floyd | a room not accustomed to children's play. A couch and several armchairs
Floyd | are arranged in a rough semicircle, a superficial attempt at creating
Floyd | the illusion that its occupants are generally interested in
Floyd | conversation rather than watching the screen, which one assumes is in
Floyd | the cabinet situated along the southern wall. The louvered doors of a
Floyd | closet are set in the east wall, and the wall opposite opens into the
Floyd | foyer. Along the north wall, a section opens into another hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That door is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with large key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock door with steel key"
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hall
Floyd | You are in the main entryway of the house. Aside from its functional
Floyd | purpose as the central hub of the building, it also serves as a
Floyd | showcase of the owner's prowess as a decorator. This room is tasteful
Floyd | and ornate. A coatrack stands abandoned in a corner, beside a highly
Floyd | polished small wooden table. The front door is due south, and the
Floyd | hallway opens west onto the kitchen, and east to the living room. A
Floyd | large staircase to the north leads up to the second floor, and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden table is a letter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x letter"
Floyd | Dear Julia,
Floyd | I hope to God you get this letter. We waited for you as long as we
Floyd | could, but they're saying that the bombs could fall any day. There's a
Floyd | shelter out in New Calvert, we're going there. Daddy says its the
Floyd | safest place in a hundred miles. Try to get there if you can, but don't
Floyd | take any risks. The most important thing is that you stay safe. I left
Floyd | some money and your grandmom's jewels in the hidden place for you. Your
Floyd | dad bought a gun and bullets, and put them there too, but be careful.
Floyd | We all love you and hope to see you again.
Floyd |
Floyd | Love,
Floyd | Mom.
Floyd | [The document "Letter to Julia" has been added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | The stairs from the ground floor land in the middle of a long hallway
Floyd | which extends east and west from your current position. There is a door
Floyd | in the north wall, slightly narrower than usual. From here, you can see
Floyd | three doors at each of the two ends of the hallway.
Floyd |
Floyd | The button on the stream visualizer blinks, indicating that it has
Floyd | generated a new hologram.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer beeps softly, then its emitter flares to life....
Floyd |
Floyd | "How DARE you!"
Floyd |
Floyd | A red-haired young woman tries to push past an older, shorter woman,
Floyd | apparently her mother. The older woman stops her. "Julie, what did you
Floyd | want me to do? You never even come out of that room of yours, you don't
Floyd | talk to anyone, and now this?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "You have no RIGHT!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "I have EVERY right, Julie! Christ, God only knows what could have
Floyd | happened to you! Drugs; sex, you could be lying dead in a gutter right
Floyd | now! And what about this?" She grabs her daughter's arm, exposing a
Floyd | heavy bandage around the wrist.
Floyd |
Floyd | Julie pulls back, almost toppling her mother. "None of your God damned
Floyd | business." The mother slaps her, hard across the cheek. "You don't talk
Floyd | to me like that! Who the hell do you think you are, young lady?"
Floyd |
Floyd | The girl touches her face. "Bitch!" she shouts. "Leave me the fuck
Floyd | alone! I'm seventeen years old, and my bitch mother thinks she can
Floyd | search my room?" There is something dangerous in her eyes as her left
Floyd | hand curls into a fist. She seems to seriously consider decking her
Floyd | mother. "You pull a fucking stunt like that again and I'm GONE! You
Floyd | hear me?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Her mother is holding her own hand against her chest. "You are my
Floyd | daughter!" she barks. "You aren't going to run around this town like
Floyd | some junkie whore, and you are NOT going to talk to me like this!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fine," Julie says. "I'm done talking." She pushes her mother aside and
Floyd | retreats into a door off of the east end of the hall. The walls shake
Floyd | with the force of the door slamming.
Floyd |
Floyd | Her mother slumps against the wall, exhausted. A gray-haired man
Floyd | appears at the top of the stairs. She gives him a venomous look.
Floyd |
Floyd | "You're hurt," he says, impassively.
Floyd |
Floyd | She shakes her hand, which is starting to swell, bruised by the force
Floyd | of the impact. "Get me an ice pack," she says. "And take the fucking
Floyd | lock off her door."
Floyd | [The document "Stream Visualizer Recording: Upstairs Landing" has been
Floyd | added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Well, that explains the jewels and the gun and stuff."
Jacqueline says, "Had we seen that previously and I missed it? Probably."
Roger says, "If we get the gun maybe we can shoot that guy"
Draconis says, "I'm seeing now why Julia liked to conceal things."
Draconis says, "ILAC" Draconis says, "I'm seeing now why Julia liked to conceal things."
Jacqueline says, "Yea"
Jacqueline says, "h"
DavidW says, "I don't remember the bandage mentioned before."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Hallway, east end
Floyd | You are at the east end of the main hallway on this floor. The hallway
Floyd | ends at a door on the east wall, and another door is north. A doorway
Floyd | to the south has no door, though it looks as if it were designed for
Floyd | one.
Floyd |
Floyd | A framed photograph of a young man is affixed to the wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The button on the stream visualizer blinks, indicating that it has
Floyd | generated a new hologram.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "A new one?"
Draconis says, "Excellent."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x photograph"
Floyd | This image shows a young man in his mid-teens. He sports a pathetic
Floyd | attempt at a moustache. Though he shows all the awkwardness of
Floyd | adolescence, he apparently does know, at least, how to pose for a
Floyd | photograph. He has a very slight smile, and a look of interested
Floyd | curiosity on his face. He does show the awkward pockmarks of severe
Floyd | acne, made worse by the extreme fullness of his face. He is wearing a
Floyd | black shirt with a suede vest, which bears a small lapel pin, of the
Floyd | sort distributed by academic honor societies.
Floyd | [The document "Photograph of a Young Man" has been added to your
Floyd | DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push visualizer"
Floyd | The visualizer beeps softly, then its emitter flares to life....
Floyd |
Floyd | At first, you see nothing, but then a spinning piece of metal pokes
Floyd | through the north door, just above the knob. It dissappears into the
Floyd | hole it has bored, and is replaced by an old-fashioned keyhole saw.
Floyd | Slowly, it cuts a careful circle. With a sharp bang, the piece of wood
Floyd | is ejected from the door.
Floyd |
Floyd | Now, the door opens. A red-haired young woman takes an electric drill
Floyd | -- a mechanical device which uses a spinning screw rather than a laser
Floyd | beam -- to the door, boring a hole which intersects the first cut. She
Floyd | places the barrel of a bolt into the hole, then attaches the two halves
Floyd | of a locking mechanism to either side of the door.
Floyd |
Floyd | Fixing the pieces together with what you think is called a
Floyd | "screwdriver", she mumbles to herself.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Okay, bitch. Try snooping now."
Floyd | [The document "Stream Visualizer Recording: Hallway, east end" has been
Floyd | added to your DataStore.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Draconis asks, "So would this be the deadbolt lock?"
DavidW says, "I guess."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "unlock north door with deadbolt key"
Floyd | Unlocked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You are correct."
Jacqueline makes a mental note to put an Adult warning on this transcript.
Draconis says, "Excellent."
Draconis asks, "Where did she hide the deadbolt key again? In the couch?"
Draconis asks, "Or was this the one in the banister?"
DavidW says, "Den couch."
DavidW says, "I don't think she hid it there. It probably got lost there."
Draconis says, "Yeah." <