Key & Compass presents:
by Miron Schmidt

Ralph is a Z-machine work of interactive fiction written with Inform 6 and is © 1996 by Miron Schmidt. It was entered in IF Comp 1996 where it took 12th place. At the 1996 XYZZY Awards, it was a finalist in the Best Individual NPC category.

In this game, you play as a dog, trying to find a bone you buried somewhere. The neighbor's annoying cat, a young boy named Christopher Robin, and a bigger human named Carl will unwittingly help you in this task.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 2 of the work.


HerbGarden Undera Tree Your Hut Lawn Front ofHouse Lawn RuinedShed


Your Hut

> x me. x Teddy. x planks. wag tail.

> e.

Lawn (northern)

> x boy. smell boy. lick boy. jump. dig.

> x fence. x bushes.

> e.

Front of House

> x entrance door. x smaller door.

> scratch smaller door. (Carl, a human, drops something.)

> look. x pipe. smell pipe. take pipe.

> w. w.

Your Hut

Carl won't find his pipe here.

> drop pipe.

> e. s.

Lawn (southern)

> x cat. growl. (Cat flees north.)

> e.

Ruined Shed

> x sheet. take sheet.

> n. nw.

Under a Tree

> x hollow. enter hollow. (can't)

> x gate. x tree. x ball.

Unfortunately, PUT SHEET IN, ON, or OVER THE HOLLOW isn't accepted.

> block hollow with sheet.

> s.

Lawn (northern)

> growl. (Cat flees north.)

> n.

Under a Tree

> growl. (+10. Cat dislodges the ball.)

> take ball. s.

Lawn (northern)

Start a game of 'go fetch' with the boy.

> drop ball. (The boy throws it north.)

> n.

Under a Tree

Note: Throwing the ball over the gate won't work.

> take ball. throw ball over fence.

> z. z. z. z.

Eventually, Christopher Robin arrives, looking for the ball. A few turns later, he opens the gate! Yes!

> w. (+10)

Herb Garden

> dig hole.

> e. se.

Front of House

When you scratch the door this time, make sure that Carl can't see where his pipe is and also that you've dug a hole in the garden.

> scratch smaller door. (+10)

Carl thinks you've buried his pipe, digs into the garden himself, and you get your bone!

*** You have won ***





Note that if Carl ever finds the pipe, because you scratched at a door while the pipe was still there, the game is now unwinnable.


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You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 30, in several turns, which makes you ranking.


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