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Key & Compass presents:
Music Education
by Bill Linney

Music Education is a Z-machine version 5 work of interactive fiction written with Inform 6 and is © 1999 by Bill Linney. It was entered in IF Comp 1999 where it took 24th place.

In this somewhat aimless game, you play as a music student at a southeastern university. You need to practice your saxophone before the band concert tonight, so you decide to risk parking your car in front of an expired parking meter when you have no change for it.

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


Map

enter truck u RecordingStudio BartLygon'sOffice Hardly's Hardly'sParkingLot ShortHallway ControlRoom EmptyHallway RehearsalRoom Shortcutto Hardly's North RearParkingLot LoadingDock NarrowHallway Band HallAnnex WideHallway EquipmentTruck LoadingDock Alcove BandRoom MainStreet,in frontof theBandBuilding BackstageKrogerCenter Mr. Copen-hagen'sOffice InstrumentStorageRoom Stage TimCranshaw'sOffice Secretary'sOffice Walkway,Over theBand Rm. Hallway LobbyArea The Cage In Cage,amongcabinets MainStreet,in frontof thePostOffice Top oftheStairs UniformStorageRoom South RearParkingLot rearentrance Closet In Cage,near thecopier PostOffice d d u

Overview


Walkthrough

Main Street, in front of the Band Building

Every so often, a police car slows down to look at a parking meter.

Please answer yes or no.> i. x dollar. x sax. x meter. x car. x mural.

Please answer yes or no.> w. n.

Band Hall Annex

Please answer yes or no.> x module. open it. enter it.

Band Hall Annex (in the practice module)

Please answer yes or no.> turn on fan. close module. play sax. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> open module. turn off fan. out.

Let's wander around at bit, see some of the people who's around.

Please answer yes or no.> n. n.

Bart Lygon's Office

Bart is too busy to talk to.

Please answer yes or no.> x bart. x piano. read piano. ("Yomamaha.")

Please answer yes or no.> s. s. w.

Narrow Hallway

Please answer yes or no.> x tony. ask tony about score. ask tony about mahler.

Please answer yes or no.> ask tony about piano. (He needs a piano.)

Please answer yes or no.> w.

Loading Dock

Please answer yes or no.> x joseph. ask joe about tony. ask joe about bart.

Please answer yes or no.> ask joe about piano. ask joe about krappa.

Please answer yes or no.> ask joe about pepsi. ask joe about tim.

Please answer yes or no.> d.

South Rear Parking Lot

Please answer yes or no.> x matt. x craig. x football.

Please answer yes or no.> e. n. e.

Lobby Area

Please answer yes or no.> x couch. search it. take disk. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> n.

Secretary's Office

Please answer yes or no.> take paper. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> s. e. s.

In the Cage, near the copier

Don't forget to take the crumpled dollar back when you're done!

Please answer yes or no.> x copier. x button. x tray.

Please answer yes or no.> open copier. put bill in copier. close copier.

Please answer yes or no.> open tray. put paper in tray. close tray.

Please answer yes or no.> push button. (+5) x paper.

Please answer yes or no.> open copier. take crumpled.

Please answer yes or no.> w.

Closet

You don't need the program.

Please answer yes or no.> x program. x maker.

Please answer yes or no.> e. n. e.

In the Cage, among the file cabinets

Yes, this is useless to you too.

Please answer yes or no.> x cabinets. open cabinets.

Please answer yes or no.> w. w. ne. n. w. n. e.

Control Room

Please answer yes or no.> x board. read it. ("Frobozz Magic Mixing Board Company")

Please answer yes or no.> x recorder. x computer. x slot. x window.

Please answer yes or no.> put disk in slot. (+5. Bart takes over the computer.)

Please answer yes or no.> w. n.

Recording Studio

Please answer yes or no.> x lights. x chair. x curtains.

Please answer yes or no.> search chairorsearch curtains.

Please answer yes or no.> x cymbal. take it. (+5) x window.

Please answer yes or no.> s. s. e. s. e. s. w.

Post Office

CAUTION: Taking the scissors or talking to the worker ends in death unless you're carrying the cymbal.

Please answer yes or no.> x scissors. x worker. x list.

Please answer yes or no.> take scissors. (+5. The cymbal saves you.)

Please answer yes or no.> take all. cut paper with scissors. (+5) x fake.

Please answer yes or no.> e. n. w. n. e.

Wide Hallway

The machine won't accept the crumpled dollar.

Please answer yes or no.> x machine.

Please answer yes or no.> put fake in slot. push button. take can. (+5) x can.

Please answer yes or no.> w. w. w. d. w. nw. w.

Hardly's

Please answer yes or no.> x menu. buy coffee.

Hardly's

Please answer yes or no.> buy coffee. give crumpled to cashier. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> x coffee. x quarter.

Please answer yes or no.> e. se. e. s. e. n. n.

Tim Cranshaw's Office

Please answer yes or no.> x tim. x tuba. x mallet. x desk.

Please answer yes or no.> x keychain. ask tim about keychain.

Please answer yes or no.> give pepsi to tim. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> give coffee to tim. (+5. He leaves.)

Please answer yes or no.> take keychain. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> take tuba. (Ha.)

Please answer yes or no.> take mallet. hit tuba with mallet. (Ha again.)

Please answer yes or no.> s. u.

Top of the Stairs

Please answer yes or no.> x door. ("UNIFORM ROOM") open door. (locked)

Please answer yes or no.> unlock door with keychain. open door. e.

Uniform Storage Room

Please answer yes or no.> x uniforms. x something. take it. x it.

Please answer yes or no.> wear shirt. (+5)

Let's see what else is upstairs.

Please answer yes or no.> w. n.

Walkway, Overlooking the Band Room

Please answer yes or no.> x handrail. x door. ("INSTRUMENT ROOM")

Please answer yes or no.> open door. n.

Instrument Storage Room

Sorry it's not more exciting.

Please answer yes or no.> x instruments.

Please answer yes or no.> s. s. d. e. ne. e.

Main Street, in front of the Band Building

Please answer yes or no.> put quarter in meter. (+5)

Please answer yes or no.> w. n. e.

Wide Hallway

Make sure you're wearing the t-shirt before entering the rehearsal room.

Please answer yes or no.> n.

Rehearsal Room

CAUTION: If you're not wearing the t-shirt, the frat boys will kill you after three turns in your presence.

Please answer yes or no.> x men. x piano. read it. ("Steinwhey.")

Please answer yes or no.> ask men about piano.

Hard to guess this bit. I thought for sure the answer was to end the meeting by playing their frat song, but no. If you prefer, you can pick up the piano instead of pushing it!

Please answer yes or no.> push piano. push piano s.

Wide Hallway

Please answer yes or no.> push piano w.

Band Hall Annex

Please answer yes or no.> push piano w. (+5)

Narrow Hallway

Tony gives you a baton and starts playing the piano in the hallway.

Please answer yes or no.> x baton. w.

Loading Dock

Joseph is gone and a truck is here.

Please answer yes or no.> x truck. enter truck.

The door slams shut, the truck lurches, and you black out for a bit.

Equipment Truck

There's a bit of wonkiness with the shirt being both on and off at the same time, but the shirt is no longer important.

Please answer yes or no.> look. take all. take shirt. out.

Loading Dock (outside Kroger Center)

Note that this is a different loading dock.

Please answer yes or no.> s. s.

Stage

CAUTION: Don't take too long to give the baton.

Please answer yes or no.> x copenhagen. x medal.

Please answer yes or no.> give baton to copenhagen. (+5)

*** You have won ***


Extras

Characters

Also:


Endings


Inventory


Score

In that game you scored your-score out of a possible 85, in several turns, earning you the rank of ranking.

Rankings:


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