Technology and Its Discontents

Hit the troll with the elvish sword

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

[ Sun Feb 7 2016 8:00 AM ]

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