Key & Compass presents:
Headless, Hapless
by Geoff Moore

Headless, Hapless is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2013 by Geoff Moore. It was an entry in Ectocomp 2013 where it took 3rd place.

In this small game, you play as a ghost. You've had a great night freaking people out with your headless horseman act, but you're ready to go home now. Just one problem: you've lost your head.

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


d u Dungeon CastleBlackmoor CastleGrounds Lake ofDespair(North) Carnivalof UtterHorror ForgottenForest DesolateMoorland Lake ofDespair(West) Clearing Lake ofDespair(South)


Desolate Moorland

This game is mostly just wandering and looking at stuff. It's surprising how many things either look like heads or are about missing heads.

> x me. i.

> x neck. (No, your head isn't there.)

> x hands. x left hand. x right hand.

> x arms. x left arm. x right arm.

> x horse. x saddlebag. open it. x radish.

> w.

Forgotten Forest

> x trees. w.

Carnival of Utter Horror

> x clown. x sign. x mailbox.

> open mailbox. x leaflet.

> se.


> x stump. x head.

> n. e. e.

Lake of Bottomless Despair (West Side)

> x lake. x scarefish. x heads.

> se.

Lake of Bottomless Despair (South Side)

> x deer. x bucket. x cabbage.

> nw. n.

Lake of Bottomless Despair (North Side)

> x cabin.

> w.

Castle Grounds

> x statue. (Also missing a head.)

> x raven. x castle. x door.

> n.

Castle Bloodmoor

> d.


> talk to paul. g. g. (If you ask for another hint, you'll owe him one.)

> talk to paul. ("It's under your arm!")

> look under left arm. (+1)

*** You have won ***

Yes, you could've won on the first turn if you knew what to do.





Since you're a ghost, you can't pick up anything except your head. And the game ends when you find it. However you do have some other body parts, not listed in your inventory: neck, left arm, left hand, right arm, and right hand. Look under your left arm to find your head and win the game.


You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 1, in some turns.

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