Key & Compass presents:
The Lesson of the Chicken
by R. Noyes

The Lesson of the Chicken is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 1998 by R. Noyes. It was a participant in the ChickenComp event. The title is a homage to The Lesson of the Tortoise, a game written in 1997 by G. Kevin Wilson.

In this small game, you play as Wang Chung, a farmer who once wanted to be a comedian. You're carrying your axe down a deserted highway when you see the chicken and the stump. Destiny calls.

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


OtherEdge The OtherSide The Road Offthe road

Off the road

The axe's inscription is your major clue as to what do to in this game: "Restore connections" "Trade roles. Sever connections. Complete the circle."

> about. x me. xyzzy.

> i. x axe. read inscription.

> x stump. x head. take head. eat head.

> throw axe at stump. take axe.

> x blood. (Spot a trail northwest.)

> nw.

The Road

> x chicken. x road.

> give head to chicken. (Er, I mean...)

> put head on chicken. (The chicken crosses the road.)

> n.

The Other Side

> x chicken. give axe to chicken. (It goes northwest with it.)

> nw.

Other Edge

> x stump. get on stump.

There is a change in perspective. You are now the chicken.

> x me. x wang. xyzzy.

> kill wang.

*** You have won ***

> amusing.




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