Key & Compass presents:
Ship of Whimsy
by U. N. Owen

Ship of Whimsy is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 7 and is © 2011 by U. N. Owen. This game was entered in IF Comp 2011 where it took 32nd place.

In this short game, you are on board the Ship of Whimsy which is populated by an assortment of fantastic creatures. It is also docked and in no condition to sail which the faerie queen finds most vexing. Perhaps you can solve the ship's problems so it can finally set sail?

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


Fore-castle Furtherup theDock Below-decks Amid-ships MainmastTop Crow'sNest Dock Gang-plank MainDeck PoopDeck Aft-castle a u u u a u u u a f d d d f d d d f

Main Deck

> x me.

The seneschal says the queen is upset; we can't sail.

His gaze implies she's in the aftcastle.

> x seneschal.

> ask seneschal about queen. (No answer; guess we can't chat with him.)

> x coracles. x troll. aft.


> x queen. fore. u.

Poop Deck

> x compass. d. fore.


> x lever. u.

Mainmast Top

> x rigging. u.

Crow's Nest

> x tengu. take rod. x rod. wave rod.

> ask tengu about tengu. (It needs its eagle eye.)

> d. d. d.


> x creature. ask alien about itself.

> give rod to alien. ask alien about alien.

> u.


> fore. (You can't get past the pile of sails.)

> x sails. pull lever. x lever.

> f.


You can't refer to the figurehead as a "mermaid".

> x figurehead. x telescope. take it.

> aft.


> u. (The sails now block you.)

> push lever. u. u.

Crow's Nest

> give telescope to tengu. d. d.


> pull lever. (Sails raised.)

You must visit the queen at this point.

> aft. aft.


The queen says "all that remains is to cast off."

> f. d. d. n.

Further up the Dock

> untie line. (The ship will start moving immediately.)

> z. z. z. z. z.

*** The story is complete ***

Note that while it's possible to reboard and leave the ship while it's sailing away, the game acts as if you're stuck on the dock regardless.




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