Key & Compass presents:
Time Place People Water Way
by Anonymous

Time Place People Water Way is a TADS 2 interactive fiction game and is © 2004 by Anonymous. It was a participant in the Speed-IF >= 20 event.

In this small game that only uses five nouns, you play as one of three people. People-People Water is upset because Way-Way-Way-Way swallowed that which is most sacred. Way-Time Time thinks some water would help.

This solution is by David Welbourn.

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.


(auto) RestingPlace VelvetWay EnteringWay By BroadWay Outsidethe EatingPlace TreacherousWay Place ofthe TimePeople (auto with bottled water) (successfully go ×4)

Entering Way

> about. w. w.

Resting Place

> x Way. talk to Way. touch Way.

> x Water. talk to Water.

> x Time. talk to Time. xyzzy.

> e. e. e.

By Broad Way

> x water. take it.

> w. w. w.

When you bring bottled water to the Resting Place, you will automatically go to the beginning of the Treacherous Way.

Treacherous Way

The path here shifts often, changing direction and forcing you to "look" to see where the path is now. It will take four successful steps to reach the Time People.

For each turn until you reach the Time People:

The Time People exchange your bottled water for bottled time and automatically return you to Outside the Eating Place.


Outside the Eating Place

> x time. w. (You're too slow.)

> open time. w.

You dash to the Resting Place and deliver the bottled time to People-People Water.

*** You have won ***





The response to ABOUT is:

Use TALK TO (character) to talk to non-player characters.

Parameters of this speed-IF:

Speed-IF >= 20 begins! Premise: Someone (or an animal) has swallowed something important! Bonus points for limiting the number of nouns used! Super-bonus points for using five nouns or less! You have two hours! Sign URL here when complete! Deadline, Monday at noon EST! GOOOOOOO!!!!!

NB: I chose "time place people water way" because I read someplace that they were the five most occurring nouns in the English language. Go figure.


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