Key & Compass presents:
The Cenric Family Curse
by Jonathan Snyder

The Cenric Family Curse is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2013 by Jonathan Snyder. It was an entry in Ectocomp 2013 where it took 15th place.

In this light horror game, you play as a cursed nobleman named Robert Cenric IV, cursed because of your father's greed. Unless you can find a way to break the curse in the next two hours, you'll be damned forever.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


u DiningRoom Study HiddenStudy Parlour Foyer GloomyPath Cemetery AgateChapel AgateSanctuary d Catacombs undertomb



The clock is ticking. If you don't cure yourself by midnight, your curse will be permanent.

> x me. i. x tailcoat. x door.

> w. n.

Dining Room

> x table. x goblet. take it. (+10)

> e.


Read the note to learn what to do, but leave the note here.

> x desk. x signet. take signet. (+10)

> x note.

> x statuette. take it. pull it. (+10; new passage east!)

> e.

Hidden Study

Read the manuscript, but leave it here.

> x manuscript.

> w. w. s. e. s.

Gloomy Path

> x dog. x trees. s.


> x tombstones. (+10; you take a bone.)

> n.

Gloomy Path

> give bone to dog. (+10; the dog now follows you.)

> s. e. e.

Agate Sanctuary

> take torch. take bowl (+10)

> d. e.


> x skeleton.

+20. After one turn with the skeleton, the dog takes its femur. The skeleton collapses.

> x sarcophagus. open it. (You're no graverobber and lid is too heavy.)

> look under coffins. (+10; you find an undermoss)

> x undermoss.

> put water in goblet. (+10)

> put signet in goblet. (+10)

> put undermoss in goblet. (+10)

You're cured, but Fate is not pleased.

*** You have Won! ***



Also mentioned:



Note that you can't carry everything at once


You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 110, in several turns.

Yes, you can score 120 out of 110.

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