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Dudley's dungeon -- Friday, 30 November, 2007

Dudley's dungeon

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Friday, 30 November, 2007 by Eniteris
Welcome, WizardEbenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
find to a path in these overgrown woods. Every few paces he
would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
wizardly strides. He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
        [ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]

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, to Debug Mode! #-@~~~~| |~~~~~| |~~~~~| |~~~~~| |~~~~~| |~~~~~| -------
@ "Hey. Maybe being a program-
mer is better than an adventurer!"
You see here a line of code.
   #                
   ##-------        
    #-~@~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     -------        
You see here a line of code.
   #                
   ##-------        
    #-~~@~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     -------        
You see here a line of code.
   #                
   ##-------        
    #-~~@x~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     -------        
You die...          
   ##-------        
    #-~~@x~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     |~~~~~|        
     -------        
The bug bites! The bug bites!
   ------------     
  /  REST IN   \    
 /    PEACE     \   
/                \  
|     WizardEbenezum walked before me along the closest thing we could
find to a path in these overgrown woods. Every few paces he
would pause, so that I, burdened with a pack stuffed with
arcane and heavy paraphernalia, could catch up with his
wizardly strides. He, as usual, carried nothing, preferring,
as he often said, to keep his hands free for quick conjuring
and his mind free for the thoughts of a mage.
        [ A Dealing with Demons, by Craig Shaw Gardner ]

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| | killed by | | a bug | | * * * | /\\_/(\/(/\)\//\/|
@ "Maybe not..."
The Protagonist is still Dudley. I hope.


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Number of ratings: 29

Comments

Antheridium November 30, 2007 01:30
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
The reader laughs!

A lot of games have debug rooms in them, but only Dudley would die in one.
Mordae November 30, 2007 03:31
First comment: 11 May, 2007 116 comments written
What do you want to wield? a - an Ada compiler
The Ada compiler welds itself to your hand! You feel stupid.
itxpurts November 30, 2007 04:00
First comment: 18 October, 2007 6 comments written
Excellent...

Next thing is a Magic PortalPortals can be Mirrors, Pictures, Standing Stones, Stone
Circles, Windows, and special gates set up for the purpose.
You will travel through them both to distant parts of the
continent and to and from our own world. The precise manner
of their working is a Management secret.
[ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones ]

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to the Matrix!!
Wellan November 30, 2007 05:06
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Now we just need Dudley to hack NetHack. Hilarious!
G November 30, 2007 05:53
First comment: 5 October, 2005 82 comments written
Nice
Dion November 30, 2007 09:19
First comment: 2 February, 2004 100 comments written
Wellan, see also http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20050427
A cursed greased -2 Grognor scale mail November 30, 2007 18:07
First comment: 30 November, 2007 1 comments written
I may be dense, but I'm not sure why the symbol '~' represents the lines of code. I don't know if a perfect symbol exists, but I probably would have gone with '?'. I ask, not to nitpick Grognor-style, but to see if I'm missing an additional layer to the joke.
Grognor, killed by a newt November 30, 2007 18:17
First comment: 28 November, 2007 19 comments written
This is great, but ~ is waterDay after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.
        [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
         Coleridge ]

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or lava, and grid bugs and uhh... those Zans or Xans or whatever are the only x bugs.
zem November 30, 2007 19:23
First comment: 5 December, 2005 64 comments written
Do you want your backtrace identified?
Antheridium November 30, 2007 21:30
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
x also refers to grid bugs, of course, and I think that's why it was used here. If you look at an x, you'll see the class is used for "magical or fantastic insects". While it's debatable whether it would be funnier to use x or a (and allow Go Team AntThis giant variety of the ordinary ant will fight just as
fiercely as its small, distant cousin. Various varieties
exist, and they are known and feared for their relentless
persecution of their victims.

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), it certainly seems appropriate (at least to me) to use the symbol for an imaginary bug to refer to a virtual bug.

Also, I thought waterDay after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere
Nor any drop to drink.
        [ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
         Coleridge ]

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or lava was }. (Or it might be {, I can never remember which is the fountainRest! This little Fountain runs
Thus for aye: -- It never stays
For the look of summer suns,
Nor the cold of winter days.
Whose'er shall wander near,
When the Syrian heat is worst,
Let him hither come, nor fear
Lest he may not slake his thirst:
He will find this little river
Running still, as bright as ever.
Let him drink, and onward hie,
Bearing but in thought, that I,
Erotas, bade the Naiad fall,
And thank the great god Pan for all!
        [ For a Fountain, by Bryan Waller Procter ]

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and which is the moat.) The only thing I've ever seen ~ used for is the tail of a long worm[The crysknife] is manufactured in two forms from teeth taken
from dead sandworms. The two forms are "fixed" and "unfixed".
An unfixed knife requires proximity to a human body's
electrical field to prevent disintegration. Fixed knives
are treated for storage. All are about 20 centimeters long.
        [ Dune, by Frank Herbert ]

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... perhaps that's the analogy, it's used for a continuous piece of a long program... Or perhaps it indicates that the line is just a snippet, not long enough to take up a full scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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... or perhaps the author just wanted to use a character that would easily contrast with @ and x, for easier reading. We'd likely be complaining if he used ?, too.
Purple Koopa November 30, 2007 22:38
First comment: 20 June, 2006 16 comments written
It's ~ because ~ also represents the tail of a long worm[The crysknife] is manufactured in two forms from teeth taken
from dead sandworms. The two forms are "fixed" and "unfixed".
An unfixed knife requires proximity to a human body's
electrical field to prevent disintegration. Fixed knives
are treated for storage. All are about 20 centimeters long.
        [ Dune, by Frank Herbert ]

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.
Grognor December 1, 2007 00:03
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
I'm so sick of commenting on all these strips.
Rated E for Everyllent.
Antheridium December 1, 2007 04:32
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
I suppose I should add that if you could find fortune cookie papers without the fortunes, ~ is the symbol I would expect to see for it. Like I said, a snippet not long enough to take up a scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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.
Antheridium December 1, 2007 04:36
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
...without the cookies, even. Dear me, that was stupid, I guess I should have previewed first. My apologies for hogging the thread.
Kernigh December 1, 2007 05:20
First comment: 6 April, 2005 349 comments written
A bug attacked Dudley previously:
http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20061225
Dav December 1, 2007 05:42
First comment: 26 June, 2004 147 comments written
Best comment award goes to zem.
Custard December 1, 2007 19:02
First comment: 1 December, 2007 10 comments written
Grognor, feel free to stop doing it if you like. We could all stand to read a little less whining anyway.
Fathead December 2, 2007 01:32
First comment: 1 April, 2006 1136 comments written
That "I hope" just killed me. I give it an Eee.
Grognor December 2, 2007 23:08
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
fortune cookies are longer than scrolls!

Scrolls are usually as simple as "LEP GEX VEN ZEA"
Antheridium December 3, 2007 06:51
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
That's just the label stuck on the outside, is how I always took it.
I'd like to say that as soon as you unroll the scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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and read the actual formula on it, the magic activates, and that's why you need these labels. (Though they could stand to be a little less cryptic.) However, that's evidently not the case, as you can write a scrollAnd I was gazing on the surges prone,
With many a scalding tear and many a groan,
When at my feet emerg'd an old man's hand,
Grasping this scroll, and this same slender wand.
I knelt with pain--reached out my hand--had grasp'd
Those treasures--touch'd the knuckles--they unclasp'd--
I caught a finger: but the downward weight
O'erpowered me--it sank. Then 'gan abate
The storm, and through chill aguish gloom outburst
The comfortable sun. I was athirst
To search the book, and in the warming air
Parted its dripping leaves with eager care.
Strange matters did it treat of, and drew on
My soul page after page, till well-nigh won
Into forgetfulness; when, stupefied,
I read these words, and read again, and tried
My eyes against the heavens, and read again.
        [ Endymion, by John Keats ]

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you've only seen but not used. Hmm...

But in any case, going by the number of magic markerThe pen is mightier than the sword.
        [ Richelieu, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]

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charges required to write them, some of those scrolls are really long. Genocide, anyone?
Grognor December 6, 2007 21:34
First comment: 4 April, 2007 1161 comments written
It takes more magic to write more powerful scrolls!
Thus, more charges.

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