ATTACK THORIN

  • Midnight1138 16 Mar 2012 17:42:38 9 posts
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    Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.



    You attack Thorin.
    But the effort is wasted. His defence is
    too strong.
    Thorin attacks -YOU-.
    With one well placed blow Thorin
    cleaves your skull.
    You are dead.
    You have mastered 0.0% of this adventure.
  • Deleted user 17 March 2012 13:37:39
    Tolkien is sitting peacefully on a bench, looking at some hills.
    He is taken by surprise.
    He puts up no defence.
    With one well-placed blow, you cleave him in two.
    Perhaps some other fantasy writers will now have a chance.
    At least the Silmarillion will never be published.
    Well done.
    You have mastered the entire universe.

    Edited by Stompy at 13:38:51 17-03-2012
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 17 Mar 2012 16:43:30 32,471 posts
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    Is that genuinely what happens if you type Attack Thorin? I never tried it as it's not exactly what I'd do in that situation. I did suck at that game though.
  • Dirtbox 17 Mar 2012 16:44:28 91,349 posts
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  • Deleted user 17 March 2012 18:35:52
    @DFawkes:
    I was never able to figure out how to survive getting in to the barrel in the dungeon / palace place.
  • Midnight1138 17 Mar 2012 21:59:10 9 posts
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    So, you were swept forcefully against the portcullis then, Stompy?
  • YenooR 18 Mar 2012 08:18:43 540 posts
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    Ahh one of the first games I played on my spectrum

    Edited by YenooR at 09:23:56 18-03-2012
  • thedaveeyres 18 Mar 2012 09:13:19 13,917 posts
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  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 18 Mar 2012 10:05:31 47,498 posts
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  • Deleted user 18 March 2012 11:36:45
    Midnight1138 wrote:
    So, you were swept forcefully against the portcullis then, Stompy?
    Hmm. I don't remember that happening at all.
    Perhaps I did open the portcullis, but something went wrong later?

    Even more embarrassingly, I might be imagining that I even found the command to successfully get in the barrel and then get into the water. Perhaps it involved using an NPC. I'd read the book a good few times, so I was entirely sure of what I was supposed to do and could well have imagined being successful.

    In a similar (but opposite) experience, I figured out how to progress in Robocop 3 by watching the film. (It turned out you had to rebel against the police without even being told it was a possibility). At least my walkthrough got printed in Amiga Power.
  • neilka 18 Mar 2012 11:43:01 23,359 posts
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    WINK SUGGESTIVELY AT THORIN
  • Deleted user 18 March 2012 16:20:43
    MAKE LEWD COMMENTS ABOUT GANDALF'S BEARD BEING A BIT, YOU KNOW, PHALLIC.
  • onestepfromlost 18 Mar 2012 16:40:29 2,719 posts
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    i always ended up in the dark bit where you can find the ring but kept falling in the dark and smashing my skull, never got further than that
  • Deleted user 18 March 2012 17:42:56
    onestepfromlost wrote:
    i always ended up in the dark bit where you can find the ring but kept falling in the dark and smashing my skull, never got further than that
    For that bit you need to type "check finger".
    Turns out you were wearing it all along!
  • DFawkes Friendliest Forumite, 2016 18 Mar 2012 17:56:53 32,471 posts
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    Out of curiosity I tried the killing a step later. If you leave the house it's a little bit different.

    You attack Thorin.
    But the effort is wasted. His defence is too strong.
    Gandalf says "What's this?".
    Thorin attacks you.
    But the effort is wasted. Your defence is too strong.

    Gandalf didn't really seem all that surprised. Did he know I was going to try to kill Thorin on leaving the house? At least outside your house you're able to avoid Thorin retaliating.

    You wait.
    Time passes...
    Gandalf closes the round green door.
    Thorin attacks you.
    With one well placed blow Thorin cleaves your skull.
    You are dead.
    You have mastered 2.5% of this adventure.

    Yeah, Gandalf definitely saw that coming. He just casually shut the front door behind me after I'd tried to kill Thorin, as Thorin fights back and kill me. I'm sure he just giggled away to himself "Oh that Bilbo and his random needless murder attempts!" as he smoked some weed. Still, 2.5% complete. Nice :)

    Should anyone want to give it a go, you can play it in your browser here:
    The game is there under 1982.
  • repairmanjack 18 Mar 2012 18:11:50 6,133 posts
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    As I recall, they were originally going to let you cast magic in the game and forgot to remove all the code to make this possible. You could jank the game by typing "Do" something... i.e. "do magic".

    Remember my dad coming home with a photcopy from a pal's magazine with the solution to the goblin's dungeon printed in it.

    Never got past those fecking spiders though.
  • Deleted user 18 March 2012 22:35:28
    I remember there being a parody text-adventure. It was called The Boggit. I wonder how well that's aged.
  • Deleted user 18 March 2012 22:36:47
    There was a Hobbit text adventure written in .bat files that you played in DOS.

    Amazing.

    http://www.lysator.liu.se/tolkien-games/entry/hobbit-true.html
  • Midnight1138 21 Mar 2012 15:10:09 9 posts
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    The best fun is when you have retreived the Ring of Sauron and wear it.
    Get Thorin and Gandalf together and then wear the Ring to become invisible.
    Then attack Thorin (or Gandalf, doesn't matter).

    Since you are invisible, Thorin will -assume- it was Gandalf who
    attacked him.
    Then just watch Thorin and Gandalf attacking eachother and keep
    fighting a bloody battle until one of them cleaves the other's skull.

    Remember to use the "WEAR RING" command every 2 or 3 turns, or else it slips from your finger and you become visible again. And that, needless to say, will have dire consequences... ;-)

    Amazing how a game this old is still remembered by the community!
  • Gambit1977 21 Mar 2012 15:43:02 10,398 posts
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    God this game was hard as a wee nipper :D

    Anyone remember 'Valhalla'? Similar but sprites for characters on-screen...if you typed in 'shit' for instance, you'd get this Norse god 'Mary' hit you with her hammer as it said 'Mary is not amused'
  • AceGrace 21 Mar 2012 16:28:43 3,211 posts
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    and written in basic too (Valhalla that is).
  • Deleted user 21 March 2012 16:33:27
    AceGrace wrote:
    and written in basic too (Valhalla that is).
    As was obvious from the glacial slowness of the sprite movements.
  • quadfather 21 Mar 2012 16:43:46 36,621 posts
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    @Gambit1977 - Christ, I remember that! Little blokes moving left and right on the screen with background pictures?

    in fact,

  • AceGrace 21 Mar 2012 16:44:49 3,211 posts
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    Stompy wrote:
    AceGrace wrote:
    and written in basic too (Valhalla that is).
    As was obvious from the glacial slowness of the sprite movements.
    Funnily enough wasn't the "graphics engine" the only part that was machine code?

    Edited by AceGrace at 16:45:04 21-03-2012
  • santashi 21 Mar 2012 16:58:18 5,167 posts
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    DFawkes wrote:
    Should anyone want to give it a go, you can play it in your browser here:
    The game is there under 1982.
    Thanks for the link! There's quite a lot of gems and intriguing games there. Bemused by the Famous Five game, which if you input 'kill Anne' asks 'attack who', but when you respond with a name it just starts a conversation with them instead.

    It would be later than a lot of the games on the list since I was actually born at that point ;) but I remember liking the Hugo games. Were they BBC computer only?
  • Deleted user 21 March 2012 17:15:13
    santashi wrote:
    Thanks for the link! There's quite a lot of gems and intriguing games there. Bemused by the Famous Five game, which if you input 'kill Anne' asks 'attack who', but when you respond with a name it just starts a conversation with them instead.
    The parser is clearly a Sociolinguist's attempt to prove the (strong version of the) Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. It simply doesn't comprehend the word "kill" or "attack" as anything but synonyms for 'converse'.

    It's quite cute, really.
  • Gambit1977 21 Mar 2012 17:20:11 10,398 posts
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    @quadfather

    That's the one! Bliss!
  • Murbs 21 Mar 2012 17:21:32 24,814 posts
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    Only text adventure I ever finished was Spiderman.

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