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Dudley's dungeon -- Tuesday, 14 October, 2008

Dudley's dungeon

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Tuesday, 14 October, 2008 by jlm
The doorThrough me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.
        [ The Inferno, from The Divine Comedy of Dante
                Alighieri, translated by H.F. Cary ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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Rating

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Average rating: Fair
Number of ratings: 21

Comments

Sheezy October 14, 2008 06:27
First comment: 14 October, 2008 4 comments written
I don't get it.
Geoduck October 14, 2008 07:29
First comment: 14 October, 2008 1 comments written
It's evidently a reference to Admiral Ackbar's line "It's a trap!" in Return of the Jedi, but I still don't get the point.
Dan October 14, 2008 09:16
First comment: 14 October, 2008 1 comments written
Master Key of ThieveryThis skeleton key was fashioned in ages past and imbued with
a powerful magic which allows it to open any lock. When
carried, it grants its owner warning, teleport control, and
reduces all physical damage by half. Finally, when invoked,
it has the ability to disarm any trap.

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?...No, apply the Force!
Ibix Hawkes October 14, 2008 09:48
First comment: 14 October, 2008 1 comments written
That's terrible. But I rated it fair regardless, because it made me smile briefly.

(And actually, I only know it's from Star Wars, but not which one, I've seen it on Slashdot enough.)

(Which character represents a trap (once you detect it)?)
Slowpoke October 14, 2008 15:01
First comment: 27 February, 2007 239 comments written
I'm such a sucker. I read through the entire comic before realizing it was a trap.
gneek October 14, 2008 16:26
First comment: 18 January, 2008 159 comments written
At least you know it's the right one.
Oh, and jumping would probably do it.
Quint Sakugarne October 16, 2008 18:28
First comment: 1 January, 2008 233 comments written
I didn't get the reference, but I laughed heartily when I realized it.

E. Looks like I'm the only one (or at least the first) to think this, but heh, I have my opinions, and I like this.
Grey Knight October 17, 2008 14:18
First comment: 20 October, 2005 116 comments written
That's no rolling boulderI worked the lever well under, and stretched my back; the end
of the stone rose up, and I kicked the fulcrum under. Then,
when I was going to bear down, I remembered there was
something to get out from below; when I let go of the lever,
the stone would fall again. I sat down to think, on the root
of the oak tree; and, seeing it stand about the ground, I saw
my way. It was lucky I had brought a longer lever. It would
just reach to wedge under the oak root.
Bearing it down so far would have been easy for a heavy man,
but was a hard fight for me. But this time I meant to do it
if it killed me, because I knew it could be done. Twice I
got it nearly there, and twice the weight bore it up again;
but when I flung myself on it the third time, I heard in my
ears the sea-sound of Poseidon. Then I knew this time I
would do it; and so I did.
        [ The King Must Die, by Mary Renault ]

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NetHack may be freely redistributed. See license for details.
... that's a space station!

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