Technology and Its Discontents

Hit the troll with the elvish sword

On the table is an elongated brown sack, smelling of hot peppers

Map of the Great Underground Empire
Map of the Great Underground Empire

There is no higher resolution game than this one, the top-seller from 1982.

>WEST

Living Room

You are in the living room. There is a door to the east, a wooden door with strange gothic lettering to the west, which appears to be nailed shut, and a large oriental rug in the center of the room.

There is a trophy case here.

A battery-powered brass lantern is on the trophy case.

On hooks above the mantelpiece hangs an elvish sword of great antiquity.

>GET LANTERN

Taken.

>GET SWORD

Taken.

>READ DOOR

The engravings translate to 'This space intentionally left blank'

>GET RUG

The rug is extremely heavy and cannot be carried.

>MOVE RUG

With a great effort, the rug is moved to one side of the room.

With the rug moved, the dusty cover of a closed trap-door appears.

>OPEN TRAP-DOOR

The door reluctantly opens to reveal a rickety staircase descending into darkness.

>DOWN

Cellar

You are in a dark and damp cellar with a narrow passageway leading east, and a crawlway to the south. On the west is the bottom of a steep metal ramp which is unclimbable.

The trap door crashes shut, and you hear someone barring it.

Your sword is glowing with a faint blue glow.

>EAST

The Troll Room

This is a small room with passages off in all directions. Bloodstains and deep scratches (perhaps made by an axe) mar the walls.

A nasty-looking troll, brandishing a bloody axe, blocks all passages out of the room.

The axe hits your knife and knocks it spinning.

Fortunately, you still have a sword.

Your sword has begun to glow very brightly.

>KILL TROLL

What do you want to kill the troll with?

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

You charge, but the troll jumps nimbly aside.

The flat of the troll's axe skins across your forearm.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

The troll's weapon is knocked to the floor, leaving him unarmed.

The troll, now worried about this encounter, recovers his bloody axe.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

A furious exchange, and the the troll is knocked out!

The troll stirs, quickly resuming a fighting stance.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

A good stroke, but it's too slow, the troll dodges.

The axe sweeps past as you jump aside.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

A furious exchange, and the the troll is knocked out!

>GET KNIFE

Taken.

The troll stirs, quickly resuming a fighting stance.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

Your swing misses the troll by an inch.

The axe sweeps past as you jump aside.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

The troll is battered into unconsciousness.

>HIT THE TROLL WITH THE ELVISH SWORD

The unconscious troll cannot defend himself: He dies.

Almost as soon as the troll breathes his last breath, a cloud of sinister black fog envelops him, and when the fog lifts, the carcass has disappeared.

Your sword is no longer glowing.

“Video Game Years 1980” Infocom episode