Key & Compass presents:
Jesus of Nazareth
by Paul Panks

Jesus of Nazareth is a MS-DOS interactive fiction game written with BASIC (I assume) and is © 2005 by Paul Panks. It was an entry in IF Comp 2005 where it took 33rd place.

It's 20 A.D. and you're playing as Jesus of Nazareth. You're beginning your ministry in the town of Capernaum. Your goal is to convert as many followers as possible to your teachings.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Version 1.35 (Release 38/Serial Number 06132005022925A) of the game. These days, I use DOSBox to emulate the DOS platform.

SPOILERS AHEAD. Reading a walkthrough prematurely can sometimes diminish one's enjoyment of an interactive fiction game. Please make an honest effort to play the game before reading this walkthrough.


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Opening notes:

Before the Northern Wall at Capernaum

> help. i. (Carrying nothing.)

> x note. (Harod wants obedience.)

> s.

In the central market, south of the Northern Wall

> talk to mary. (Find her medallion.)

> w.

Inside Peter's house, west of the marketplace

> talk to matthew.

> convert matthew. (no: He wants his papers.)

> w.

Western room, east of the main house

You don't need the scroll, so leave it here.

> x lamp. x scroll. read scroll. (Exodus 3:1-5.)

> take lamp.

> s.

By a small cot, inside the house of Peter

> x dagger. take dagger.

> n. e. e. s.

Inside a small house, near the main market of Capernaum

You cannot help the boy; ignore him.

> x boy.

> e.

At the eastern edge of a large house

> take medallion. wear medallion.

> s.

In the back room of a large house, in the town of Capernaum

> read papers. take papers.

> take tunic. wear tunic.

> take sandles. wear sandles.

> n. w. s. s. s.

Inside Peter's fishing boat, just off shore in the Sea of Galilee

> talk to peter. x boat.

> fish. (no: You must wield a spear first.)

> convert peter. (no: Convert others first.)

> n. w.

Upon the western shores of the Sea of Galilee

It's not obvious, but having the medallion is necessary for this conversion to work.

> talk to andrew. convert andrew. (Success!)

Andrew is now on Peter's boat.

> e. e.

Upon the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee

> talk to james. convert james. (no: He wants a fish.)

> w. n. n. n.

In the central market, south of the Northern Wall

You need the medallion to convert Mary.

> convert mary. (Success!)

Mary is now on Peter's boat. Oddly, you keep the medallion.

> w.

Inside Peter's house, west of the marketplace

You must be carrying the papers to convert Matthew.

> convert matthew. (Success!)

Matthew is now on Peter's boat.

> e. e. e.

Winding road, by a large olive tree

> climb tree. (not "up")

On the branch of a large olive tree

Nothing to do here, but you always wanted to climb an olive tree, didn't you?

> d. e. s. e.

On the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, east of Capernaum

You cannot climb this fig tree, nor get any figs from it, curse the luck.

> x tree. s. s.

At the Roman garrison, southeast of the town of Capernaum

> x centurion. (has spear, helmet, and shield)

> talk to centurion. (He wants to see your papers.)

If you have the papers, you can go south past the centurion without needing to explicitly show them. The game doesn't understand "show" anyway.

> s. s. s.

On the shores of the Sea of Galilee, southern port

You must explicitly light the lamp, even though its description claims it's already brightly glowing.

> light lamp.

> w. (A large rock partially blocks the entrance.)

> enter cave.

Inside a small cave, near the town of Gergesa

> read lettering.

> s. w.

At the end of a small cave, western edge

A gladius is a sword, which isn't clear from the text.

> x gladius. x documents. x john.

> read documents. (It's about an angel telling Zacharias and Elizabeth about their son-to-be who will be called John.)

> talk to john. convert john. (no: He wants Harod's head.)

Is the gladius a better weapons than the dagger? Let's hope so.

> drop dagger. take gladius. wield gladius.

> e. n. e. n. n. w.

In a small chamber hall, heading to the north

> save.

> n.

At the throne of judgment, atop a stone staircase

Don't give Harod any chance to call for your arrest.

> kill harod.

Assuming you win, there isn't any head for you to carry. The centurion is here (even if you killed him before), but he doesn't automatically attack you. However, the Roman soldier in the market will automatically attack you when you try to go past him later.

> save.

> s. e. s. s. enter cave. s. w.

At the end of a small cave, western edge

> convert John. (Success!)

John is now on Peter's boat.

> e. n. e. n. n. w. n.

At the throne of judgment, atop a stone staircase

I want the spear for fishing, so the centurion must die. I hope my HP is back up to normal, but how can anyone tell?

> save.

> kill centurion.

Assuming you win:

> save

> drop papers. take spear.

> take helmet. wear helmet.

> drop lamp. take shield.

> s. e. n. n. n. w. n. w. w. w.

In the central market, south of the Northern Wall

> s. (Unfortunately, the soldier tries to arrest you and you're in a third battle to the death.)

Assuming you win:

> s. s. s. e.

Upon the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee

> unwield gladius. wield spear.

> fish. (Success, using the spear)

> x fish.

> convert james. (You must have a fish to succeed.)

James is now on Peter's boat.

> w. s.

Inside Peter's fishing boat, just off shore in the Sea of Galilee.

> convert Peter. (Success!)

All six disciples are here. You can now "set sail".

> set sail.

*** @ End of Game @ ***





The opening paragraphs include this paragraph:

The sayings of Jesus: as recorded in the Gospels of Mark, Thomas and the Unknown Gospel (Papyrus Egerton 2). Credit goes to them for these words.



You have a carrying capacity limit of seven items, including worn items. I have no idea if worn items acts like armor or not, but wear as much as you can, just in case.


The response to SCORE is:

You are Jesus of Nazareth, a simple prophet of the Essenes. You were born to save all of mankind from sin, as Abba (Father) has commanded of you. John the Baptist trained you to heal the sick, cure the blind and cast demons out of the multitudes.
Your goal is to convert at least 4 disciples to your cause.
Thus far, you have converted:
[Either] You still have number disciple(s) left to convert.
[or] You have converted all the disciples.

The six disciples you can convert are:

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