Tacticular Cancer: We'll have your balls

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Let's play pedit5

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Elzair, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. Elzair Liturgist

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    Since the Codex is a prestigious magazine, I thought it deserved some more exclusive content. It is nice that various Codexer's have LPed various off-ball games. Without Black Cat or Ghost Dog, I would have never given Shin Megami Tensei I, II or STRIFE the time of day. I would now like to make my own contribution by providing an LP of a game that (probably) few of you have heard of and even fewer (if any) have ever played. The game I am LP'ing is rather unremarkable except for one thing: it is the earliest known cRPG.


    Without further ado, let's play pedit5!


    This game was written by Rusty Rutherford in 1974-5 for the PLATO network. Supposedly, it was released only a few months after the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The game was promptly deleted, but, apparently, the game was revived as orthanc1. The game mostly involves exploring a (static) one-level dungeon, bashing doors, killing monsters and finding treasure.

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    Since this game can only be run on the PLATO system, and I can't find the software anywhere on the internet, I had no choice but to ask the good folks at cyber1 for an account.

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    This is the main menu of the PLATO system. I type in the name of the game.

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    Huh?!

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    Let's first RTFM.

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    What a set-up!

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    Let's learn about stats!

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    Now, onto movement!

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    It is now time to learn about time!

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    Tell me about monsters!

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    What about booty?

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    When can I level-up?


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    What about spells?

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    Not that I think the game will ever be improved, but let's read the last section for teh lulz.

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    I guess I'll have to play that some day too. Now, let's get to it.

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    I create a new character.

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    For the glory of Codexia!

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    I press the Up arrow.

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    What, no ASCII?! Graphix whores!

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    I move on up the corridor and take a left.

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    To get through a door, I have to bash it down.

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    This takes me to another corridor.

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    I find a room with some treasure in it.

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    My first encounter is with a lvl 2 giant rat. Since I can't run, I choose to fight.

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    :rage:

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    Alright, let's try this guy.

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    I find a secret door just up the way from the Dungeon exit.

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    Inside I find a lvl 4 Medusa. I flee.

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    It looks like I have no choice . . .

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    :rage:

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    This game sure is hard!

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    Yipee!

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    I find a lvl 1 human. Maybe I can take him on.

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    :yeah: First kill!

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    Look ma, a stats screen!

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    Since this is a level 3 human, and I don't want to die again, I see if magic can help.

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    Let's try Sleep.

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    Nighty-night!

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    I then put his lights out for good.

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    I find another level 1 monster.

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    I am on a roll!

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    This should be easy.

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    :rage: :rage: :rage:

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    I wonder what happens if I move toward the exit.

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    It displays this message and kicks me back to PLATO's main menu. I re-enter the game.

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    It looks like I can resume this character if I know the password Secret name.

    BTW, I am only using that password for this one update, so don't get any funny ideas.

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    I find another monster.

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    I explore the dungeon a little bit more . . .

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    . . . before dying again. I think I will do another update if I ever get close to beating it.
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  2. Excidium P. banal

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  3. ~*´¨¯¨`*·~-.¸-AIN'T Arcane Patron

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    Streamlined chargen :decline:

    moar
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  4. Black Arcane

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    Looks a lot like deus ex 3 for some reason.
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  5. Black Bart Charley Scholar

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    :lol:
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  6. Crooked Bee Nyadmin Patron

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    Codex 2014 MCA Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2
    Heh, looks nice.
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