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Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2004 - 6:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is a test adventure. As such, all commands must be put in this form:

>command

P.S.: I didn't write this

P.P.S.:This is acually a sequel, but I can't find the first one.

Once again, you, Doug Mittling, got stuck with the crappy travel assignment. It's the downside of being a middle manager—your engineers were all too busy with real work, and your vice president had an important fact-finding trip to Maui, but you had no excuse apart from a big pile of process reports to review. So here you are, at an anonymous power plant in a mosquito-infested jungle somewhere in south Asia, the nearest airport a twelve-hour drive away. You've been here six weeks already, trying to get this crappy SCU-1100DX working so you can give the customer a demo, but so far it's still broken. It's starting to feel desperate, especially since you've overheard Guanmgon talking about Mitachron several times recently. If you lose this contract to Mitachron, your VP will be furious. When he gets back from Maui, of course.


Return to Ditch Day
by Michael J. Roberts
Release 1 (20040612)


Control Room

This is the cramped control room of Government Power Plant #6. Even before you arrived, this room was so stuffed with equipment that it was barely possible to turn around. Now that you've added the refrigerator-sized SCU-1100DX to the mix, the room has about as much open space as the “budget economy class” airline seat you were wedged into for fifteen hours on the flight here. The only exit is west.

You see a circuit tester and a CT-22 diagnostic module here.

Xojo and Guanmgon are standing in the doorway watching you work.
River Phoenix (Hawk)
Posted on Sunday, November 07, 2004 - 8:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The best text adventure is "Pick up the phone booth and die". Check it out.
Brian Hobbs (Paradox)
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 4:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've actually played this one before, so I won't be the one asking the questions. Sorry.
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 10:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>W
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - 1:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>W
You simply can't leave until you get the SCU-1100DX working.


A mosquito flies lazily past your head.
Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul)
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - 3:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Examine circuit tester
>Examine CT-22
>Examine SCU-1100DX
>Talk to Xojo
>Talk to Guanmgon
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 12:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul) on Wednesday, December 08, 2004 - 03:20 pm:

>Examine circuit tester
This is your Mitachron DynaTest multi-function circuit tester. You're always a little embarrassed that one of your main day-to-day engineering tools is made by your chief competitor, but Omegatron has never had much luck fielding its own products in this market segment. The tester is about the size of a car battery; its main features are a probe and a small display screen, plus the usual collection of warning stickers on the back cover. It's currently turned off.


Guanmgon tiptoes into the room, trying to find a path through the clutter, but he bumps something and knocks a pile of equipment onto the floor. “Sorry, sorry!” he whispers. He hastily puts everything back as it was and works his way back to the doorway.


A distant creaking sound echoes through the building.

>Examine CT-22
This module is a big part of why this job has taken so long. The CT-22's function is to diagnose errors and defects in the other modules; naturally, it turned out be defective itself. It was working just well enough to send you on weeks of wild goose chases fixing the fake problems it reported in other modules. Once it occurred to you to take it out and check its own operation with your circuit tester, you quickly found the problem: manufacturing installed the wrong chip in one of the key circuits. They installed an XT772-HV, the high-power version, when they should have installed the low-power version, the XT772-LV. The voltage sensitivity differences made for all sorts of false error readings. Unfortunately, the CT-22 is a critical component of the SCU, so you can't just leave it out.


The errant XT772-HV chip is currently seated in the module's S901 socket.


“Do you need anything?” Guanmgon asks. “Perhaps some Koffee?”

>Examine SCU-1100DX
An Omegatron Supplemental Control Unit model 1100DX. You ought to know it like the back of your hand after sitting through all of those engineering meetings and design reviews, but the extensive cost-cutting and jury-rigging in the manufacturing process changed it into something strangely unfamiliar. Regardless, your job is to get it working.


The 1100 is essentially a big metal box open on one side, like a refrigerator without a door (and about the same size), filled with stacked electronics modules. Bundles of wires and cables connect the modules to the control boards and other plant equipment. It's currently powered off.


There's one empty slot, which is where the CT-22 module you removed goes.


“Yes, Koffee is just what you need,” Guanmgon says. “Xojo! Go fetch Mr. Mittling some Koffee. Hurry!” Xojo rushes off through the door.


You notice a mosquito land on your arm, and manage to swat it before it can bite.

>Talk to Xojo
You see no xojo here.

>Talk to Guanmgon
You look over at Guanmgon and clear your throat. “I am here to be of help,” he says.


(You could ask him about mitachron.)
Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul)
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Ask Guanmgon about Mitachron
>Use circuit tester on CT-22
>Use circuit tester on SCU-1100DX
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 1:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul) on Thursday, December 09, 2004 - 02:42 pm:

>Ask Guanmgon about Mitachron
“What do you know about Mitachron?” you ask.


“Nothing!” he rushes to say. “Certainly, your very wonderful SCU-1100DX is far superior to the similiar offerings that this other company provides. No need exists for worrying about that company! I am sure we can be successful at completing this assignment, so there will be no motivation for considering alternatives.”


Xojo returns with a can of Koffee, and squeezes into the room long enough to hand it to you.


A mosquito buzzes past within inches of your ear.


>Use circuit tester on CT-22
You've already narrowed down the problem, or at least the latest problem, to the CT-22. No need to do more testing until you figure out how to fix that.


Guanmgon taps his fingers on the wall. “No reason for panic,” he says to himself. “Success is still possible.”

>Use circuit tester on SCU-1100DX
You've already narrowed down the problem, or at least the latest problem, to the CT-22. No need to do more testing until you figure out how to fix that.


The humidity is definitely getting worse.
Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul)
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2004 - 3:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Examine Koffee
>Ask Guanmgon about CT-22
>Remove chip from CT-22
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 1:33 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Examine Koffee
Yes, it's Koffee with a K: Koffee brand Business Man's Beverage, the 100% inorganic choice, packaged in a 12-ounce aluminum can. It seems that you run into this horrid ToxiCola Corporation product every time you visit a customer outside the US.


You feel something on your neck, and realize too late that it's a mosquito just flying away.


>Ask Guanmgon about CT-22
You really don't think Guanmgon knows much about the inner workings of this equipment.


>Remove chip from CT-22
Taken.


Several of your mosquito bites start itching.
Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul)
Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 5:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>Scratch mosquito bites
>Open Koffee can
>Examine chip
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 12:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Ryan Davies (Onemundanesoul) on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 05:41 pm:


>Scratch mosquito bites
Scratching your mosquito bites feels good for a moment, but you know it'll only make it worse in the long run.


“The mosquito insects are a nuisance for you,” Guanmgon says. “Xojo!” he yells. “Go fetch powerful insect repellent! Go now!” Xojo walks off, muttering something.


You notice a mosquito land on your arm, and manage to swat it before it can bite.


>Open Koffee can
No need; Xojo already opened it for you.


>Examine chip
It's a high-power version of the XT772 chip. It's the right kind of chip for most of the other modules, but the wrong kind for the CT-22.


Xojo returns, lugging a suitcase-sized metal tank with a hose attached. He turns a valve on the tank and points the hose into the room. A misty spray issues from the hose, and the room is quickly filled with a cloud of noxious vapor.


The mosquitoes carry on with their business unperturbed.


Several of your mosquito bites start itching.
Moderator (Koala)
Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 9:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sciguy,

Please prompt the members by posting a recap and / or hints - thank you.
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 7:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm sorry, but due to techical difficultiies, this puzzle must be indefinitely suspended

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