I Could Never Get Past This Part

You stand inside the cavernous Temple of Ashcamatazz. Light from nearby torches barely pierces the gloomy darkness. At the north end you see the Chalice of Secrets in its place atop the high priest’s altar. There is an exit to the south.
There is a level 12 Mage here, between you and the altar.

> talk to mage
The Mage does not return your greeting.

> kill mage
What do you want to kill the Mage with?

> banana
You cannot kill the Mage with the banana.

> kill mage with sword

As you draw your weapon, the Mage calmly raises his robed hand and summons the +5 Chinchilla of Fluffiness. As you stare into its beady eyes, you can feel the life drain from your body.

****************** YOU ARE DED FROM TEH QTE ******************

Let’s just play Pong, J.S.



  1. You are likely to be eated by a gru.

  2. Quote for the ages:
    “You cannot kill the Mage with a banana.”


  3. You can *never* kill a mage with a melee weapon! Only magic can defeat magic!

  4. paulajeanne says:

    omg! talk about memories of “Colossal Cave”! would have loved running into this little cutie there.

  5. LibrarianJessica says:

    This is why I adore your posts most of all, NTMOTM. (All my love to the rest of ya, NTMOTM wins.)

  6. Zork’d

  7. Arrgh Zork!!! I’m having flashbacks to all those parts I could NEVER get past!!!

  8. I used to have Zork for my Apple II+ back in the 80s. Entirely text-based. A great game, nonetheless. Did I just date myself? I swears I’m just a cute 20-something.

  9. Dear NTMTOM,
    Were you a smart-mouthed kid growing up, by any chance? Just wondering!! Thanks for the chuckle!

  10. Typical caddish behavior from this chinch: love ’em and sleeve ’em.

  11. Our ratties love to climb into robe sleeves 🙂

  12. Don’t feel bad, I can go back as far as the Commodore PET. All us OGs (Original Geeks) are gettin’ old 😀

  13. XYZZY

  14. Chilla uses Floof…

  15. PLUGH ! PLOVER !

  16. OMG I used to play that game (sans Chinchilla, though)

  17. The mage with the scrage has the brew that is true.
    As for all this get passed level something, I have little idea, what you all are talking about.
    Bring back the abacus, I say 🙂

  18. cyberpunkrocker says:

    You are in a maze of twisty little discussion threads, all alike

  19. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    but…..WHY CAN’T I kill a with a Mage with a banana?

    (……not that I have a clue, what a “Mage” is ….altho’ I’m inferring that it is an element of a video game-ish thinggie …..)

  20. As usual, I’m amazined by you Mike. Even down to your choice of retro-ascii fonts.

    I hope you do some published writing at some point. You have a good voice for pulling in the reader.

  21. And keeling with the cuteness? I wonder if they could use that in “the grid?” Or would they de-age the chin by 30+ years?

  22. cyberpunkrocker says:

    Obviously, the Mage has learned his Monty Python properly:
    “How to defend yourself against a banana”
    — John Cleese

  23. If this predicament seems particularly cruel, consider who’s fault it could be- not a tortch or a match in your inventory!

  24. ok, back to the chin… >beep!< and look at them leetle toes peeking out!

  25. I have never posted here before, but I am compelled to today due to the awesomeness of this post. NTMTOM, you are The Man.

  26. HG, let’s go find a quiet corner and play with our abacus until the others are finished jabbering on about this gaming nonsense.

  27. I smell a Wumpus!

  28. Have you tried offering the chinchilla the banana, and kill the mage while the chinch is nomming?

  29. bookmonstercats says:

    I have never played one of these games, but if there’s a chinchilla (or even a rattie) involved, I could be persuaded to abandon my abacus try. I am, however, highly rubbish.

  30. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Abacus and slide rulers are things I could never figure out how to use.
    Pythagoras I am not!

  31. I guess you’ve never played Fire Emblem? They have high res, but their hp is piddling.

    My guess is this guy is using sweater magic instead of staff magic for a critical hit.

  32. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:


    (By the way, I’m glad you didn’t go for the Slide Ruler. An abacus is much more enjoyable….The beads make clickety-clack noises, & everything!!!! 🙂 )

  33. bookmonstercats says:

    I have long suspected that NOMTOM is a published writer, but I’m danged if I can work out how to track down which one he is (the clue might be in the name of course, but there’s a lot of Mikes about).

  34. bookmonstercats says:

    You’re evil, @corianne. Pure evil.

    I like it (rubs hands).

  35. The flagon with the dragon has the pellet that is poison, but the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!


  37. Everything is more fun with clickety-clack noises!

  38. Anyone remember the Hitchhikers Guide game? I always had my house bulldozed. 😥

  39. Oh man! I loved those text-based games from the 80s! And those text-graphics games from the 90s (Space Quest, Police Quest, King’s Quest).

    The great thing about playing them now is that with the Internet at your fingertips, you can always find the cheats/secrets/solutions. To defeat the Level 12 Mage, type “squee”, then “nosicle”, then “floof”. Bingo – you can now advance!

  40. *ZING!*
    The Oak strikes again

  41. >hug the chin

    I don’t understand

    >hug chin

    I don’t see that here

    >hug chinchilla

    I don’t understand

    >snorgle chinchilla

    I don’t understand

    >kill computer game

    That’s not very nice…

  42. “Or a pointed stick”

  43. XYZZY! 😛

  44. Saint Stryfe says:

    An enhancement shaman can beat a mage, no problem. Shear is sheep, elemental resistance to lessen damage, pop ghost wolves, hope for a big WF Crit, and if the fight goes long enough, a 5 stack Lava Lash.

  45. Yes, yes, and F*** THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE GAME. Loved the books, but the game was nothing but stupid and cruel to its audience. A ragged scar upon the otherwise happy tapestry of memory that is Douglas Adams. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to throw myself at the ground, and miss.

  46. d’oh, 😯 should’ve figured somebody else would go for the Classic Adventure trump card before me. Damn.

  47. WIN

  48. Of course he’s published. This is a BLOG, and this isn’t even counting the calendars. (Oooh, technically I suppose that makes ME a published writer!) 😀

  49. Corianne got game.

  50. chinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    (go on, say this out loud at work and see what looks you garner)

  51. (also I like how the very au courant gray nail polish and white robe match the chin’s own colour palette…)

  52. There is a lot of nerdery going on in this post.

  53. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Hi Theo!

    I’m a blogger. I can be considered an author in the same way that the french-fry cook at McDonalds may be considered a chef. 😉

  54. >SQUEE

    The room begins reverberating with your perfectly-pitched exclamation of unbridled glee and excitement. The Mage begins hopping up and down, echoing your cry and pressing his hands to his bosum (um…?) which, in turn, dislodges the Chinchilla, who scampers away. Dismayed, the Mage scurries off in pursuit of his beloved familiar.

    The way is clear.

  55. oh HELL yes. 😀

  56. (from the Meretzky walkthrough, page 21, second header)

  57. Your avatar belies your faint protestations of modesty. 😛

  58. King’s Quest & Hero’s Quest! ahh, the memories….

  59. I never could catch the Babel Fish.

  60. Why couldn’t you peel the banana, drop the peel on the floor, and wait for the mage to slip on it and kill himself?

    Just saying…

  61. I do own a bright orange button that says “NERD PRIDE”.

    It is a prized possession.

  62. Haven’t you seen the Mythbusters episode where they tested this very same theory? I mean, without mages, but still. Myth busted (along with Adam’s ass, repeatedly).

  63. But that’s the real world! The laws of physics are different in other universes (no matter what Scotty says).

    Aren’t they???

  64. In the Infocom game version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide universe, absolutely yes.

    (once my HGttG text-adventure comment escapes moderation — oh the irony! — that will be my final word on this matter)

  65. I’m sorry, if they didn’t blow anything up, I don’t consider the myth busted. 😛

  66. Fair-weather fan. 😛 Nyahhh.

  67. Actually, I think that should be “cheeeeeeeeeeennnnnnn— CHEEE- laaaaaaaaaaahhh.”

  68. Snicker ..Jim… just out and out snicker!!!!

  69. Dearest NTMTOM,
    I just watned to proclaim my deepest appreciation for this entire post… The memories of those crazy test games of yesteryear.

    and the reminder of our dear Templeton who though not a chin(she was a white and black hodded rattie) spent a huge portion of her life happily ensconed in my daughters sleeve… peeking out at the world in happy rattie bliss. She is missed to this day.

  70. ooops text games not test games Sheesh!

  71. bookmonstercats says:

    Hello, Theo. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


  73. Or I would get stuck at a Vogon Poetry Reading.

    Oooh, PanGalactic Gargleblasters!

  74. It is pitch black here.
    I am likely to be eaten by a grue.

  75. Tiamat sees you. You were breathed on for 74538596746584595 damage. You die.
    All this Zorkery (or is it dorkery?) is making me have Angband flashbacks!

    That is one evil rodent! Cute, but EVIL. XD

  76. Hmm, ground in the trash compactor on the detention level, maybe?

  77. > light lamp

  78. I think that at least 75% of my (very limited number of) posts are in praise of NTMTOM’s awesomeness. Hear hear!!!

  79. And THANK YOU for not spelling it “Here! Here!” like @%!$#%$ everybody does.

  80. true dat

  81. Ratties love to climb into EVERYTHING! (Especially if it’s clothes. And it’s cold out. And you’re warm…)
    Aaah, rats! : ^)

  82. Mary (the first) says:

    I don’t understand most of what y’all are talking about except what I can get from context but it’s been fun trying to translate! And I had no idea chinchillas were so large. It’s quite stunning!

  83. You can always play it for yourself. 8)

  84. Bwahahahahahahaaaaaa ha

  85. lol, love the commentary on this one. 😀

  86. Hehehehe! Starts plotting free time!

  87. Zork won’t run on my box.. o__o

  88. Seconded, because you could have (not ‘could of’) easily made the mistake.

    /threadjack off

  89. What about your computer?

  90. I’m thinking for some reason that Mike’s a journalist/blogger at CNN. I have no idea why that’s stuck in my head.

  91. WOW! i thought i heard something like a siren around 10:58 this morning!

  92. I crack the whip, you play the game!

  93. theo! you know “irony” is one of those words! minus 100 hit points for you!

  94. / threadjack back on

    I too hate it when people don’t know their (not there or they’re) grammar.

  95. OMG, this was the most awesomest dork post ever. I love you Cute Overload!

  96. Meriweather says:

    Obviously you
    The mage is appeased. The chinchilla approaches you.


  97. No doubt some of that debris clinging to Our Heroes when they emerged from the compactor were grounds from the Special Blend…

  98. throws out Alot which should be “a lot”!

    another confusingly confused word.

  99. In all the Infinity engine games (Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, etc) the secret to killing mages is using ranged attacks to interrupt casting and buy time for you to close to melee range with a fighter. If the enemy had enough time to raise defenses against melee, he also has a billion layers of spell protection.

    In which case I cast pierce, breach, spell penetration, dispel, warding whip, and ruby reversal totally at random because who the hell can remember what dispels what?

  100. that’s the funniest part. most of the comments thus far have absolutely zilch to do with chinchillas.

    did someone mention pan galactic gargle blasters? no? i’ll take three.

  101. recent studies have proved that effective treatment is available for that.

  102. Good lord, I’m STILL being haunted by reminders of the Babel Fish from Infocom’s Hitchhiker’s Guide text-based adventure? It’s 2010, almost 2011! Let me BE!

  103. That is the one and only text adventure I ever attempted. I got so frustrated with that stupid fish, I gave up on it and all other text games.

    Nowadays the most complex game I play is Spider Solitaire.

  104. Nomtom, I distinctly recall that cavern and that level 12 Mage. I also always failed and could never get to the chalice.
    That +5 Chinchilla of Fluffiness is a real killer.

  105. Ah yes, the long-storied drink that’s like getting your brain smashed by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.

  106. d’awwww, my ratties do the same thing! Small critters love cozy sleeves ❤

    I'll take a chinch over a grue any day…

  107. BUT WAIT, they’ve broken the vessel with the pestle and replaced it with the challice with the palace!

    Get it? Got it! Good!

    My serious dad laughed til he cried at this movie!

  108. funniest post lead in – EVER.

  109. Bottle Green says:

    Nomtom, you are awesome.

  110. ROTFLMAO!

  111. I’m glad I’m not the only person who gets hives just thinking about the mauling of the English language! (British or American….)

  112. *snerk*

  113. LOVE IT! (Although I kept hearing Tom Hanks saying “melt wizard” in my head.)

  114. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    er…..so noted ……


  115. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    (my mind is wandering off,
    into PG-13 and R areas, now……) 😉

  116. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    I LIKE that solution!!!!

    Low-Tech ALL THA WAY, baybee!!! 🙂

  117. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:


  118. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    @ bookmonstercats:

    …..THOSE Mikes are, of course, THE OTHER Mikes,
    to whose identities his screenname refers ….. 🙂

  119. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    esteemed condolences to you.

    Excellent nameage there. Literary et al. 🙂

  120. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    There “ain’t” no such word as “alot”. There is, however, a phrase “a” “lot”…..Generally some of the same peeps who do “their”/ “there”/ “they’re” bit …..do the others…

  121. O No He/ She/ It Di-unt!!! says:

    and that would be a *GOOD* thing??????

  122. Don’t be the blackfly in my Chardonnay.

  123. Yes, your so write. When you think about the English language and it’s wonderful complexity, its hard not to feel that way.

    Kidding! 🙂

  124. Indeed, remembering to simply light the lamp is one of those Rules Of Thumb For Life’s Mysteries And Obstacles. Good call.

  125. *snerk* x2

  126. Clearly, you’ve never tried one.

  127. Ooh, new strategy! I’ve never tried this one.

  128. Great, great, great post — too awesome!! As Wallace Shawn would say, “INCONCEIVABLE!”

  129. ralphmerridew says:
  130. Life? Don’t talk to ME about life…

  131. RUN AWAY

  132. 5^^now8ing says:
  133. 5^^now8ing says:

    Wow! I b’lieve that was even before the Commodore 64, my family’s Zork-engine-of-choice! It was so cool when my husband brought home a REAL computer from work, and you no longer had a long pause when you solved something, as the 5 1/4-in. floppy digested the information! What wonderful times! Our poor pre-school daughter (who was already reading, over our shoulders) was terrified of grues for years!

  134. It’s “the banana” which makes it funnier!

  135. Zorksnerk!

  136. Marvin the Paranoid Android FTW!

  137. Nerdery is not only not a word, but is sexy to the nth degree! -is turned on-

  138. > eat banana

  139. that’s it! i can never remember what’s in those things. next time i’ll write it down BEFORE i pass out. what was it again?

  140. NOM NOM NOM

    You have eaten the banana. It was just on the edge of not-quite-ripe and slice-it-onto-cornflakes, which is your favorite. You feel marginally more refreshed and fortified.

  141. i would agree but i have absolutely NO idea what it’s referring to. nope, no way. not a clue. i was in paris at the time. modeling. and flying jets. i was doing big, BIG things.

  142. Nice! Luvvit alot!

  143. *ZNERK*

  144. Something about Santraginian seawater… and a sunset? Now I’m getting foggy.

  145. Wait, that was YOU?? 😯 😀

  146. loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it.

  147. why bother? we’ve entered the long dark teatime of the soul.

  148. Here I am, brain the size of a planet…

  149. uh-YUP

  150. and yet… hope springs eternal for signs of life. 😀





  151. more bananas = more funniers. that’s the law.

  152. “a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug”

    thanks for the reminder. that blog rocks.

  153. If you freeze the banana first, it could work!

  154. OK now you’re scaring me. Just a little.

  155. ABACUS! ABACUS! This of course is the famous line from the straight to video sequel to Dog Day Afternoon. What, youse guys don’t remember Chincilla Evening Addition?! 😉

  156. No, no! “Abacus” was the lawyer in the classic “Chinchilla Mockingbird.” :mrgreen:

  157. I am willing to bet he drove his teachers to drink. 😉 But at least they were laughing all the way! 😆

  158. (also, fries are YUMMY)

  159. An exploding one?

  160. Uncle Chan says:

    Magic must defeat magic!


    I am very tired! Make tea!

  161. Queen of Dork says:

    Wow! I so remember playing a game like this a long time ago, back in the days of floppy discs and computers that had green writing. Windows hadn’t been invented yet. At least not the software kind. (Structures did have the kind of windows that are an actual square hole cut into a wall and fitted with glass). I think it was called Zork but I’m not sure. But it was quite fun and I even had a map at some point to try to get to different areas. 🙂

  162. 5^^now8ing says:

    Oh, yes, QoD! Zork it was! It seems there’s considerable crossover between former Zork players and CO fans. As I remember, my map of Zork II included my lovely sketch of the dragon. Oh, and hi!

  163. Queen of Dork says:

    Hi back at you, 5! You had map too! AND you did a sketch? I really want to play that game again! It was so fun.

  164. Scroll up. The game is downloadable and free, now.

  165. I want that engraved on my tombstone.

  166. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    (heh. heh.
    Ackshually, both references, *DID* roll through my stream’o’conscious, as I typed in the above)

  167. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ BB/VA:

    The ONLY thing that Scottie EVER says
    (with the exception of one ” Alien Babe pickup line” ) was
    “She jist cyan’t tek it Cep’n”

    Such a whiner. Jeez.

  168. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    heh heh. Theo said the “alot” thinggie, wrong, after seeing the Thesis Blog about using it correctly. (giggle)

  169. (The Original) Mel says:

    At this point I decided that this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE POST.

  170. MAN ! I’m TOTALLY exhausted from laughing so hard I can’t believe I have the strength to type !

  171. I’ve got you beat — in the late 70’s, you could play ADVENTURE which I believe was the first text-based computer game. Played it for hours (sometimes on black screen with orange text monitors — remember those?) while I should have been doing homework for Computer Science classes — keyboards and monitors were a step up from Ye Olde Teletype ande Punch Cards. XYZZY forever!

  172. Flood Control Dam #3 always pwned my butt!!

  173. Never did play this “Zork” game thingy, but the first paragraph took me back to my D&D days.

  174. Suddenly… Bananas!

  175. do i get a byline?

  176. oh yeah.

  177. Do they do bylines on headstones?

  178. That movie had to be more interesting than the Gregory Peck version…..

  179. warrior rabbit says:

    Thank you all for caring about grammar, peeps. The ‘could of’ kills me. So do ‘per say’ and ‘phased’ (when they mean ‘fazed’). See them both a lot, sadly.

  180. warrior rabbit says:

    We had a Kaypro (!) and a game called Leisure Suit Larry… Anyone else recall that one?!

    This thread has really been amusing… ahhh, nostalgia.

  181. Martha in Washington says:

    I ❤ Danny Kaye!

  182. Martha in Washington says:

    Thanks for nothin’ here Theresa. I just spent too much money on Christmas presents on that site. I think you owe me some money. 🙂

  183. Shouldn’t this be, you are likely to be eaten by a bleen?

  184. Theo- That can be arranged; how soon would you like it? Starts polishing the top three stairs 🙂

  185. Wasn’t “make like a sireen” in ‘Top Cat’

  186. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    “zing! zing! zing!” went the Oakley…
    “zing! zing! zing!” went the train…

  187. oaklandcat says:

    My stepfather wrote that game! The original text adventure! 😀

  188. oaklandcat says:

    my stepfather wrote that game! He wrote it for my stepsisters, his daughters, to entertain them when they were young children. 🙂

  189. arachnophile says:

    I just needed to let you know that you filled this Cute-Addicted-Mega-Nerd with so much joy with this post.

    I love you guys. 😉 What would I do without computer games and CuteOverload?

  190. @O NO – Scotty does have another line
    – “Ye canna change the laws of physics.”

  191. /geek
    Oooh, oooh! I AM a mage! Look me up baby, I’m that sexi undead mage from Shattered Halls. I am roxxor!

    Ok, ok, I’m good. Just had to release my inner geekiness a bit. What’s funny is I also have a chinchilla named Chilli MacLeod AND a robe! It’s not white, but stiiiill, freeeeaky.

  192. janet2buns says:

    I’m so old, the computer I learned my multiplication times tables was a teletype machine. No screen. Not even any floppy disks. I was an adult by the time I got my computer with the green writing.

  193. Well done, NTMTOM, well done indeed. *applauds*

  194. OMG, NTMTOM! I used to play those text-only computer games! They were so funny, so imaginative, so well done! I remember one involving a pirate treasure on an island . . . .
    ********I am ded from teh nostaligas********

  195. bookmonstercats says:

    Of course, O NO. *Slaps own head upside*

    Fiendishly clever, ain’t he, throwing me off the track like that?

  196. bookmonstercats says:

    My latest pet hate! “Bored of….”

    Has it crept in just over here in England? Even quite respectable journalists are using it.

    Is it just me? I would clutch my pearls in horror, but the Hon Glad has cornered the franchise on that one.

  197. Ahahaha!!!! Me too… I love that movie!

  198. I see there are more nerds out thar than chinchilla lovers. 🙂

    Nerdlingers aside, I was still so excited to see a chinchilla post! They are so neat and weird (hands and feeties mostly) and neat. I love my little LunaBella – she rocks socks. But of course, so do nerds. 🙂

  199. oh man, I had Zork for the Commodore 64 and the Hitchiker’s Game! also had The Leather Goddesses of Phobos – don’t ask. memories!

    The chinchilla is very qt btw.

  200. epic-y awesomeness

  201. i’m a little surprised that “pet hate” didn’t land you in the moderation bog.

  202. after reading all these great descriptions, i realized that i did play this game. i didn’t remember the name “zork,” though. i gave up after the candle bit, so i remember D&D and myst better. i love that so many of you are such internet vets!

  203. animal + Zork dorkery >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> animal + boobs

    more nerd posts pleeeeeeze thnx.

  204. cyberpunkrocker says:

    “Snowball” on Sinclair Spectrum 48k was the first text adventure I completed… Oh, how the time flies…

  205. And I love how she’s added the Alot to her banner along with her two psychotic dogs. :mrgreen:

  206. I was, too. My first home computer was an HP with a 40MB hard drive.

    MB…can that be possible? Anyway, it was the biggest hard drive available and I was so proud of myself for going “top of the line”!

  207. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ janet2buns:

    I gotcha beat. We used sticks in the dirt to do our bills, when I was a kid.

  208. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ bookmonstercat:

    The item topping my list of KILL EVERYONE WHO DOES THIS?

    using the term “pop” as a VERB.
    I’ve shot out six televisions recently, for this infraction, alone.

  209. I learned my multiplication tables from a piece of dead tree.

  210. I hardly recognized the Chinchilla in those horn-rimmed glasses!

  211. ONHSID, that was you? I thought it was Elvis!! 😯

  212. Awww, we lived in a cave and ate dead bats that fell off the ceiling. :mrgreen:

  213. “You keep on using that word.”

    (Sorry; couldn’t resist!)

  214. @Theresa: we chased rabbits in the back of the house…..

  215. LOL My daughter named her, she was in second grade.. we had been reading “Charottes Web” as a bed time story about that time.. She was the best Rattie ever, ( the rat… not my daughter).. though when daughter was a teenager she did act ratty! fortunately we all grow up. 🙂

  216. > kill mage
    What do you want to kill the Mage with?

    > banana
    You cannot kill the Mage with the banana.

    I still haven’t got over this yet….

  217. BatBlaster says:

    I’m sorry, but I believe you took the wrong approach to this game. You need to invest all your points in leveling up your adorableness resistance, as that is the main element used in Cute Overload: The Game. Next time, you have to do that so you can talk to the mage about its chinchilla. Then he’ll lead you to the cave level. Try to keep the light low in this segment though, as bright light startles the animals there. The bats are much higher fluffiness level, and seeing them will kill you unless you close your eyes immediately. Not to mention the owls in the next forest stage…

  218. I think I’ve got a bug in my game because I’m still walking around with a Cute Overload Calendar in my knapsack. I thought I’d already wielded that against the kinky koala but the calendar’s still there. Do you think it will still work against the chinchilla, bats and owls, or do you suggest I restart? 🙂

  219. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ Theresa; a CAVE???? You mean, you had both walls AND a floor????????


  220. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    YET ANOTHER great name for a rock band, name developed on Cute Overload webpage: “The Kinky Koalas”

    (I’m visualizing a few tambourines….)
    (Royalties owed to Balthesia….)

  221. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    He had it all schemed out, that way, weeks ago!!!

  222. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ BB/VA:

    I sit, correctly corrected. I remain steadfast, however, that, for a MILITARY man,

    he’s ….a …..
    (does she dare to say it? SHE DOES) ………
    wussy whiner.

  223. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    I recomember screens with orunj text.
    Do I win anything on Wheel of Fortune, for that?????
    Will Vanna White be knock, knock knockin’ on mah back doah????

  224. *HAW!*

  225. 5^^now8ing says:

    I have fallen in love with CO and its peeps all over again! So happy…swoon…

  226. Zork me, I’m done in!

  227. this entire thread is mute

  228. YOU WIN, Uncle Chan! 😀 Dragon Talisman FTW!

    NTMTOM, the text in this post is some of your best yet. ❤ You're awesome!

  229. Mary (the tall) says:

    > i
    You have a lantern, a banana, a screwdriver, a bag of coins, and a Nerd badge.
    > show badge to Mage
    The Mage bows his head and places chinchilla in your hands. He apologizes profusely and takes the banana from you. He disappears in a puff of smoke.

    *puts away Nerd badge*
    Actually, Zork was just the first. They had Zork 2, and Zork 3, and Zork Zero, and Beyond Zork….
    *notices people starting to sneak away*
    And Return to Zork, and Zork Nemesis, and Zork Grand Inquisitor…
    *looks around nervously*
    Hey…where are you going? Wait! I got the chinchilla!

  230. Queen of Dork says:

    Hahahahahaha, Mary (The Tall)! That was awesome. I need to get my Nerd Badge re-laminated.

  231. A hollow voice says “Fool.”

  232. Queen of Dork says:

    >eat the banana. Potassium level is now 14.

  233. adorable picture + dork (rhymes with Zork!) reference = truly adorkable!!!

  234. woomeggiemoo says:

    Holy cow… I never in a gazillion years thought I’d run into anyone else in the whole world that had played the “Hitchhikers” game…. let alone also got their house bulldozed or had trouble with that $*%& babel fish.

    So, um… did anyone else out there have a TRS-80? Where the programs came on tapes that went into a tape recorder hooked up to the computer…? No?

    Well, then I guess you never played the text-based “Eliza”, the psychotherapist…? She’d say things like “And how does that make you feel?”, and “Tell me about your childhood.” and reprimand you for swearing. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my early exposure to that “game” could explain a LOT.

  235. I absolutely hate when people say they will “reign in” something or other…REIN IN. LIKE REINS THAT YOU PULL ON. GAH.

    ok I’m done. 🙂

  236. Long live the Queen! May she reign in might and majesty for the prosperity of the empire, for the rest of her days. 😉

  237. oaklandcat says:

    My pet peeve is “peak” when they mean “peek!”

  238. 5^^now8ing says:

    Ditto what QoD said! My very favorite was Zork II, ’cause it’s the first one we ever played. But yeah, we played ’em all.

  239. BatBlaster says:

    Pretty sure that item is not destroyed upon use so go ahead.

  240. No TRS-80 but we did have an Apple II+ with tape drive.

    Yes, I did play “Eliza”. Boy, was she annoying!

  241. This. Is. Awesome.

  242. I, too, knew Eliza. There is a quasi-AI exhibit at the Walker Art Center (in Minneapolis) called the Oracle which is an animated CGI dolphin, with attached Mac keyboard. You type in questions, the dolphin answers. I once asked aforementioned dolphin if s/he knew Eliza, and of COURSE the virtual oracular ocean mammal came back with “Eliza is awesome.”

    I’m guessing mine was a relatively common question among seekers of a certain age. 😉

  243. …and I got the babel fish”.

  244. Damn, I just rolled for initiative out of habit.

  245. Wait, what?

  246. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:


  247. LOL for those curious MOOT! not Mute.


  248. > tell me more.

  249. @ O NO: careful with the blasphemy, there! Scotty kept the Enterprise together with spit, bailing wire and duct tape! Miracle workers are entitled–nay, expected— to whine a bit!

  250. That one’s right up there with “brake up” instead of “break up”. [ggggrrrrrr] Don’t people know the difference? [/rant]

  251. Whoa.

  252. Cool! I love those. I’m still a member of Asylum Mud.

  253. Word!