Tacticular Cancer: We'll have your balls

  1. Welcome to rpgcodex.net, a site dedicated to discussing computer based role-playing games in a free and open fashion. We're less strict than other forums, but please refer to the rules.

    "This message is awaiting moderator approval": All new users must pass through our moderation queue before they will be able to post normally. Until your account has "passed" your posts will only be visible to yourself (and moderators) until they are approved. Give us a week to get around to approving / deleting / ignoring your mundane opinion on crap before hassling us about it. Once you have passed the moderation period (think of it as a test), you will be able to post normally, just like all the other retards.
    Dismiss Notice

Let's Discover The Fate Of Atlantis ! (Completed)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by ghostdog, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Sceptic Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    Sceptic
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Parrots:
    10,133
    Divinity: Original Sin
    Click here and disable ads!
    No they won't. :smug:

    Some of the banter between them is hilarious though.
     
    ^ Top  
  2. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

    SCO
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2009
    Parrots:
    16,048
    Shadorwun: Hong Kong
    I vote replaying with wits (or was it fists?) right now. That follow sequence (you know the one, with the red cap) was pure genius.
     
    ^ Top  
  3. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376

    YOU asked for it, YOU'LL get it... Indy and Sophia working together. The power of the whip and the spirituality of Nur-Ab-Sal. Smug resourcefulness and cunning deception. Worn out brimmed hats and ancient amulets resting on cleavage... The TEAM PATH !


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Then let's go, PARTNER.

    But if there are any misconceptions, let's make it clear about who's the boss...

    [​IMG] Don't get any funny ideas. I'll be running the show.

    [​IMG] You make it sound SO romantic.









    Squab-on-a-stick. Only 20 dinars.









    Let's hit the road. We've got two possible destinations. There are two people who can lead us to the Atlantean stones and they are in Algiers and Monte Carlo. We can choose to go to either place first, but in order to show all possible solutions, we'll head to Algiers.

    [​IMG]

    TRIVIA: I desperately needed guys with turbans for this update. Guess what movie I got them from.

    [​IMG]

    And here we are at the the capital and largest city of Algeria, looking for anything that could show us the way to Atlantis.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Mmmm. Let's find Omar Al-Jabbar.


    The stairs lead to a balloon which is used for city tours but we don't need it right now. Let's talk to the beggar. Beggars know stuff.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Atlantis ? Hmmmmm, Atlantis... hmmmmmmmm...

    [​IMG] :waits hopefully:

    [​IMG] No.

    Ok, I admit I saw that coming.

    [​IMG] Do you know where to find Omar Al-Jabbar ?

    [​IMG] Omar's one of my best customers. His shop is on the other place of the marketplace.

    [​IMG] What are you doing here on the streets ?

    [​IMG] I'm a beggar, effendi. It's my job to be here.

    [[​IMG] Your "job" huh ?

    [​IMG] Today I'm offering a discount. Give me some food and I'll give YOU a free gift. Now let me get back to work, please.


    Bah, it's always the something. Food, money, chicks. People are never satisfied... but let's keep in mind that if we give him food, we'll get a "gift" of some sort.

    So let's see what's on the other side of the street... Cool, a knife-thrower !

    [​IMG]

    Maybe he can help us...

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] He has a shop nearby, behind the marketplace.

    [​IMG] You ever hear of Atlantis ?

    Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask..

    [​IMG] I only know about knives, and how to throw them... and... a little first aid.

    [​IMG] Nice knives.

    [​IMG] Yes, they were a gift from my father, the greatest knife-thrower in North Africa.

    Algiers and knives go together.

    [​IMG] I am trying to follow his example, but alas, no one will volunteer to be my assistant since... the accident.

    [​IMG] Really ? Sorry if I bothered you.

    [​IMG] No bother. I just wish a volunteer would step forward to assist me.


    Ok, the guy needs a volunteer, but we have other stuff to worry for now, like finding this Jabbar dude. Let's check out that shop here.

    [​IMG]

    If you don't ask, you don't learn.

    [​IMG] Atlantis is a myth effendi, like Camelot, or Alladin's Lamp.

    Hey Camelot is not a myth ! The Picts where the knights of the round table ! But ok, let's ask for the matters at hand...

    [​IMG] Do you know where to find Omar Al-Jabbar ?

    [​IMG] Omar ? His pitiful excuse for a shop is down the alley here.

    What a nice person, I wonder what he's selling.

    [​IMG] What looks good today ?

    [​IMG] Today we have the special, squab-on-a-stick. Only 20 dinars.

    Well at least it's not iguana-on-a-stick.

    [​IMG] Do you accept U.S. currency ?

    [​IMG] Sorry, no.

    [​IMG] :( A squab would sure hit the spot.

    [​IMG] 20 dinars, effendi.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] What kind of deal ?

    MY KINGDOM FOR A SQUAB !! (Squab is pigeon meat BTW. A fine revenge for all the crap we've endured from them.)

    [​IMG] I'll give you my fine leather jacket for a squab.

    [​IMG] In this heat ? Don't be absurd.


    Damn, getting a squab is difficult business. I guess we should head to Mr. Omar.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I am but a humble shopkeeper. My name is unimportant.

    [​IMG] Do you ever deal in antiquities from Atlantis ?

    [​IMG] Maybe I do... maybe I don't. Many a fool dreams of the Lost Kingdom. How may I know your intentions are serious ?

    Give me a break ! Nobody knows the famous professor/adventurer/playboy Henry Jones Jr. a.k.a. Indiana ?

    [​IMG] I've got a Ph.D. Will that do ?

    [​IMG] Ha ha ha. You have a sense of humor, I see.

    Scientific credentials mean shit in Algiers.

    [​IMG] Look, I'm really interested in Atlantis.

    [​IMG] And I really need some reason to take you seriously. Maybe if you possessed one of the stone keys that opened the gates to Atlantis...

    This guy is definitely shady. Let's have a look around the shop. Hmmm, worthless pots and rugs... and a strange, scary mask.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] That "ghost" was Nur-Ab-Sal.

    Maybe we should grab it.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] How much for the mask ?

    [​IMG] You can take the worthless thing. It's scaring away my best customers.

    Indy thinks so too:

    [​IMG]


    Ok. Let's see what Sophia has to say about all this.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] There's only one way to find out. Let's see if we can find one of the stones and show it to him.

    [​IMG] Of all the shops in Algeria we had to walk into this one.

    [​IMG] We'll always have Iceland, Indy.

    Or Paris... (spot the reference ^ and win worthless Algerian pottery)

    [​IMG] Hot enough for you ?

    [​IMG] It'll get a lot hotter if the Nazis beat us to Atlantis.


    True. We better get moving. We need to find one of those stones if we want Omar to speak to us, so maybe we should head to Monte Carlo and get hold of Alain Trottier.

    [​IMG]


    Next time... Monte Carlo by night.
     
    ^ Top  
  4. Ulminati Kamelåså! Patron

    Self-Ejected
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Parrots:
    20,275
    Location:
    DiNMRK
    :decline:
     
    ^ Top  
  5. Darth Slaughter Arcane Patron

    Darth Slaughter
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2008
    Parrots:
    2,634
    Location:
    Brazil
    Divinity: Original Sin
    Funny thing is that the characters, like this omar al-jabbar, react diferently when in different paths.
     
    ^ Top  
  6. GarfunkeL Racism Expert

    GarfunkeL
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Parrots:
    14,998
    Location:
    Insert clever insult here
    CASABLANCA!
     
    ^ Top  
  7. Gondolin Arcane

    Gondolin
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2007
    Parrots:
    3,344
    Location:
    In the Playground, reading LPs
    Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
     
    ^ Top  
  8. Erebus Magister

    Erebus
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Parrots:
    3,543
    The Golden Voyage of Sindbad ! I love that movie !
     
    ^ Top  
  9. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376
    Hey, we've got men strong in the movie trivia department here !

    I promised some pottery :

    [​IMG]


    One of my favorites too :smug:
     
    ^ Top  
  10. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376

    Ah, the luxurious and cosmopolitan Monte Carlo. Famous for its casino and Atlantis-obsessed visitors...

    [​IMG]








    Words Of Wisdom For Monsieur Trottier.








    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] All his letters mention how much he likes strolling under the bright lights.

    Ah ok, I guess that's reason enough.

    [​IMG] What does Trottier look like ?

    [​IMG] How should I know ? I've never actually met him. We did all our business by mail.

    [​IMG] So how are we supposed to find him ?

    [​IMG] Ask around.

    Ask around ? What, random people on the street ?

    [​IMG] Ok. Suppose Trottier shows up. What then ?

    [​IMG]

    Indy doesn't like where this is heading...

    [​IMG] This Plan sounds kind of hare-brained to me.

    [​IMG] Don't worry, it will work. He used to have one of the three stones. If we can coax him into a séance, he might let us have it.

    [​IMG] A séance ?!

    [​IMG] Yes, he's really into this kind of stuff. I'll go get ready.


    Great. Let's start talking to random Monte-Carlians.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    Some attempts later, we actually get somewhere...

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    A brown suit. A BROWN SUIT ?!! REALLY ? That's all I have to go with ? GODFUCKINDAMMIT-


    Hey, a man in a brown suit.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Are you Alain Trottier ?

    [​IMG] Umm... Perhaps. Who's asking ?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Jones... Jones... Jones... I believe I've heard of you. Yes, Of course, the famous archaeologist !

    Hallelujah !! Someone has actually heard of Indy.

    [​IMG] That's me. :smug:

    [​IMG] And I am Trottier. Amateur scholar, part-time poet, professional dreamer.

    ...basically some moron on welfare.

    [​IMG] My horoscope told me to find a new path through life tonight, and here I bump into you... what good fortune !

    Correction: a delusional moron on welfare.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] That depends. I fear my business competitors will stop at nothing.

    Definitely delusional.

    [​IMG] To prove they didn't hire you, answer me this: What was Plato's Great error ?

    Now this question is different each time and it's always about Plato's lost dialogue. Thankfully we've read it and we can answer correctly...

    [​IMG]

    (Remember, Plato mentioned that the "tenfold" error was in translation.)

    [​IMG] Yes ! Excellent ! Obviously you know Plato's Lost Dialogue well. How can I help you ?

    [​IMG] Follow me, and Madame Sophia will read your fortune.

    [​IMG] This is a big step... I'm not sure...

    [​IMG] Come on, take a chance. She's right here in the hotel.

    [​IMG] Well, I do need a new spirit guide in my life... so I'll do it ! Please lead the way.

    One born every minute.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Ok here we can actually choose the way we want to deal with Trottier. There are two ways to do this: either have Sophia handle the whole thing with her psychic act, or let her distract him while Indy tries something of his own.





    SOLUTION # 1 : SOPHIE'S CHOICE.


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I'm so pleased to meet such an expert antiquarian at long last !

    [​IMG] Madame flatters me. It is I who am pleased to meet YOU.

    [​IMG] Now then...

    ...it's time to get our discs on the table.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Well, I have this stone key from the Lost City. It should prove my worth to Monsieur Sal.

    [​IMG] Very good...

    [​IMG]

    What a sucker.

    [​IMG] Now let us begin our communion with that great spirit...

    [​IMG] One moment, Madame. We've never met before. You COULD BE an impostor. If you really have psychic powers, tell me... Why was I taking a stroll when I first met Dr. Jones ?

    Ok, not a complete sucker.

    [​IMG] How should I know !?

    [​IMG] Read my mind. Or, read Dr. Jones' mind, if you prefer. I told him everything.

    [​IMG] Hmm. Let me think.

    Let's "read" Dr. Jones mind.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] A-ha ! That is intriguing. What is my greatest fear ?

    [​IMG] You fear business competitors.

    [​IMG] Hmm... You don't say. What is my greatest need ?

    [​IMG] You need a new spiritual advisor.

    Sophia has awesome powers of deduction.

    [​IMG] Well, well, well... Fascinating. Now then... How many fingers am I holding up behind my back ?

    Fuck.

    [​IMG] What kind of stupid question is that !? The answer depends on pure chance !

    [​IMG] Not if you're TRULY psychic.

    He got us there.

    [​IMG] Don't worry, I won't cheat. How many fingers ?

    [​IMG] (Well, all I can do is try a wild guess...)

    Yep, we've got to be truly psychic to finish this puzzle. Each time the number is random and if we're wrong, Trottier will leave. (We can bring him back though).

    [​IMG]


    So we've got one out of five guesses. Damn, that's one hard way to finish the quest. Thankfully, we have saving and loading on our side :smug:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] AMAZING ! You must have truly read my mind !

    [​IMG] Hmph...

    [​IMG] Now, what words of wisdom can you offer to guide me ?

    Now he is our obedient puppet.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I was worried that it might be so.

    [​IMG] Nur-Ab-Sal says, "give up your quest and the stone key."

    [​IMG] Please, take my stone key as a reward for your advice ! Au revior !

    [​IMG]

    Nice indeed. But what if Indy had decided to take matters into his own hands ?





    SOLUTION # 2 : INDY'S WITCH PROJECT.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Alright, then. Give me a minute while I set him up.

    After some introductionary pleasantries...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Well, I have this stone key. I tryly believe it's from the Lost City.

    [​IMG] Very good. Now we can begin.


    And now we have control of Indy, while Sophia plays her psychic role.

    [​IMG]


    There's a cabinet under the sink, let's see what's inside.

    [​IMG]


    Hmmm, a flashlight. That gives me an idea... We'll also need the sheet from the bed.

    [​IMG]


    Good. Now let's check out that fuse box on the wall.

    [​IMG]


    Gahahaha... Time to kill the lights.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Uhh... I think Nur-Ab-Sal is trying to signal us.


    Indeed he is ! It's time for Nur-Ab-Sal to make an appearance, and that will happen with the ingenious combination of MASK + BEDSHEETS + FLASHLIGHT :

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    Monsieur Trottier has left the building. Another guy we've sent to the madhouse.

    [​IMG]


    And guess what he forgot to take with him...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Well done, Indy !

    [​IMG] Looks like we have one of the three Stones. Let's hope we can find a way to use it.

    [​IMG] I'll bet Trottier got it from Al Jabbar. Those two do a lot of business together. Let's head for North Africa and find out if I'm right.

    [​IMG] Fine. I'll call a cab while you get changed.


    [​IMG]



    Finally, we've acquired one of the Stones ! So, next time, we'll be heading back to Algiers to have a word with that sleazy Omar-Al-Jabbar. Be prepared for sensational sequences of knife-throwing, balloon-riding and desert romping.
     
    ^ Top  
  11. spekkio Arcane

    spekkio
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Parrots:
    7,099
    I don't want to sound like a duche, 'cause adventure games were never my thing, by looking at all those great and logical puzzles I'm starting to understand why the genre went extinct...
    Probably I just have a different definition of "good gameplay"...

    :roll:

    Anyway, thanks again for LPing this game, Ghostdog, this way I don't have to play it myself to witness story/dialogues.
     
    ^ Top  
  12. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376
    Nah, the puzzles are mostly good in this game. They are pretty logical and not overly easy. Not to menton multiple solutions.

    Ok the fact that you had o ask random people about Trottier is a bit silly. But afterwards when you tried to pull the psychic act, the fact that he actually asked you to guess how many fingers he was holding behind his back, is rather clever.
     
    ^ Top  
  13. spekkio Arcane

    spekkio
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Parrots:
    7,099
    That's my point. I didn't like puzzles even in such classic as Grim Fandango. And I know that in most adventure games puzzles are much worse (retardation, pixel hunting). I enjoyed the setting, writing, humour... but not the actual gameplay.

    Fuck me, am I a victim of a real-time-action consolitis?

    :(
     
    ^ Top  
  14. lightbane Arcane

    lightbane
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Parrots:
    5,442
    Location:
    Neverwhere
    By the way, some images of your lp has been cockblocked by photobucket.
     
    ^ Top  
  15. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376
    Yeah, I know. Bandwidth limit crap. That's why I'm using tinypick now. The bandwidth meter will reset in a couple of days and they'll show up again.




    Nah, just a matter of taste and of picking up a different poison. Almost all gameplay mechanics seem stupid if you look at them from a certain point of view.
     
    ^ Top  
  16. GarfunkeL Racism Expert

    GarfunkeL
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Parrots:
    14,998
    Location:
    Insert clever insult here
    Ah, I didn't know that you could win through getting the correct number of fingers. I only tried it few times and it seemed that every answer is always wrong. :salute:
     
    ^ Top  
  17. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

    ghostdog
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Parrots:
    9,376
    You know reaching the next page would be nice, because the update that's coming up is BIG.

    9-10 posts are needed !
     
    ^ Top  
  18. Ulminati Kamelåså! Patron

    Self-Ejected
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Parrots:
    20,275
    Location:
    DiNMRK
    [​IMG]

    Bump for next page
     
    ^ Top  
  19. lightbane Arcane

    lightbane
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Parrots:
    5,442
    Location:
    Neverwhere
    :love: :thumbsup: :M :M :M

    bump for the bump god!
     
    ^ Top  
  20. Silellak Liturgist

    Silellak
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Parrots:
    3,198
    Location:
    Tucson, AZ
    [​IMG]
     
    ^ Top  
  21. Insane Psychic Savant

    Insane Psychic
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Parrots:
    653
    Location:
    Shit Island
    Moar posts!
     
    ^ Top  
  22. pipka Savant

    pipka
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Parrots:
    1,351
    Location:
    The Penal Zone
  23. Radisshu Prophet

    Radisshu
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2007
    Parrots:
    5,615
    [​IMG]
     
    ^ Top  
  24. Mrowak Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    Mrowak
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Parrots:
    3,938
    Project: Eternity
  25. Mrowak Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

    Mrowak
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Parrots:
    3,938
    Project: Eternity
    And another bump
     
    ^ Top  

(buying stuff via the above buttons helps us pay the hosting bills, thanks!)