Sunday, 1 September 2013

Game 34: The Colonel's Bequest - Star-Crossed Lovers

Laura Bow Journal Entry 7: "Things continue to spiral downwards here at the Colonel's estate, and I still remain powerless to stop it. Fifi and Jeeves are now dead, having been poisoned during a late night tryst in the maid's room. I found the bottle of sleeping powder that I'm convinced was used in the double murder, and I also spent some time checking for (and finding) prints on various items I've discovered so far at the scene of each murder. I hope I get an opportunity to use all this evidence, but at this point I'm really just hoping to survive the night! Oh Lillian, please don't let it be you! I have a horrible feeling that my very good friend is behind this massacre, which is a thought too horrible to contemplate!"


 Act VI: Where Laura Finally Decides to Take Action

I have some very exciting news! I actually managed to use an item in my inventory in The Colonel’s Bequest! I know, I didn’t think it would happen either! It happened pretty soon after starting Act VI too, so I won’t keep you in suspense for long. Since I completed Act V by entering Henri’s room and finding his wheelchair empty, it’s from there that I began my search for another body. I didn’t know whose body it would be mind you, as unlike the previous acts, there was no obvious trigger point that hinted at a future victim. After fruitlessly exploring Henri’s room and the connecting study, I made my way out into the hallway and then into the bathroom. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it previously, but each time I’ve been in the bathroom during all the acts, I’ve looked in the wastebasket to see if anyone has left anything of interest. This time it paid off, and I was informed that “a small, empty bottle has been thrown into the wastebasket”. I picked it up and found that the label on it read: “Dr. Milliken’s Miracle-Sleep Powder... with Dr. Milliken’s, you can be sure your dreams will be sweet tonight!”


 This makes me wonder how many other places I've looked in once and then incorrectly assumed I never needed to again.

I was also informed that there was some very small print on the label, and that I couldn’t quite make it out. This immediately brought to mind the monocle I’d found on Wilbur’s body, and I typed “read bottle through monocle”. It worked! “Can be fatal if taken in too large a dose.” This was certainly interesting! Had someone taken the sleeping powder themself or were they planning to use it on another guest? I wasn’t able to hold onto the bottle, so left it in the basket to continue my rounds of the mansion. As soon as I walked into the nearest room, which was mine and Lillian’s, the progress clock appeared and moved to 12:15am. Lillian was doing something in her case, yet as soon as I walked in she closed it and acted like nothing was going on. I tried to talk to her, but she responded with “I know we’re sharing a room, Laura, but I would like to be alone for a little while. I need to do something... privately.” Hmmm...I was already having doubts about Lillian’s sanity, and this behaviour was only increasing that concern. I decided to go into the hidden room to see if I could catch a glimpse of what she might be up to.


 I used an item!!! And I didn't die...yet!!!


 I get it Laura! We all need some "alone" time! But seriously, people are dying here!

When I looked in I could see her on the bed, and I received a message stating that “Lillian is writing in a book which she apparently keeps locked in her suitcase.” I really wanted to know what was in that book, but wasn’t going to be able to look at it while she was in the room. Since I’d missed out on finding out where everyone else was at midnight, I restored my game to the bathroom and instead made my way to Clarence and Rudy’s room. Once again the progress clock appeared and fifteen minutes were added! Clarence was sitting at the writing desk, writing in some sort of notebook. I walked over and tried to see what it was he was writing, but was told that “Clarence is bent over the notebook and you can’t read it.” Man! Earlier in the game these trigger points were revealing lots of events and information, but now they appeared to be merely being used to make sure I knew where certain individuals were before the act was completed. Clarence had no interest in talking to me, so I put his location in my spreadsheet, restored my game back to midnight, and moved on. I made my way upstairs to see if Fifi was in her room. While I was approaching her room, I wondered whether her and Jeeves had managed to get some quality time together. Boy was I in for a surprise!


 It is getting pretty repetitive having to spy on people from the hidden rooms in every act.


Clarence has done his very best to appear a murderer, but I'm not falling for it. I think he's just a prick!

Fifi and Jeeves had indeed met up for a drink and possibly more, but their tryst was ended when both of their lives were ended abruptly! The two lover’s bodies were lying entwined on the floor, and there were cognac glasses next to both of them. It was pretty obvious to me what had happened here, as I remembered the sleeping powder bottle in the wastebasket in the bathroom. There was a possibility that the two of them had committed suicide together, but it seemed more likely that the killer had taken them both out in one foul swoop. I searched their bodies and was told “You thoroughly examine Jeeves and Fifi’s body but cannot see how they might have died. You are very puzzled.” I then looked at the cognac bottle on the table, where the bouquet of flowers I’d seen in Jeeves’ room was also now located. “A strange white powder has collected in the bottom of the cognac decanter.” I tried looking at the powder in more detail, but didn’t appear to be able to collect any further information. Eventually I had no choice but to leave the scene and continue my search for the few remaining house guests.


 Well that certainly lowers the amount of guests I need to locate in each Act.


 Yes, I tried tasting it, but this isn't Tex Murphy apparently

I made my way down to the ground floor and entered the parlor, intending if nothing else to give Polly another cracker. I noticed an empty glass on the counter, which I didn’t think had been there previously. I wasn’t able to pick it up or find anything interesting about it, so I gave Polly the cracker instead. “AWWKK! I can’t find her! AWWKK! Where’s Gloria?” Clearly Polly was reciting the thoughts of Clarence, who was unable to find his wife due to her being strangled by her own feather boa. It did make me even more certain that Clarence wasn’t the killer though, despite the first few acts clearly trying to make him appear that way. Searching the rest of the house only revealed that Henri was now back in his room, but I wasn’t able to locate Celie or Rudy anywhere. Celie had been hanging out in her shack for the last couple of acts, so I made my way there to see if she still was. I was intrigued when I knocked on her door and the progress clock came up, especially when the woman began ranting at me. “What you doin’ here, girl?! Can’t you feel the evil in the air?! There’s something’ real bad ‘round here and I’m stayin’ put in mah cabin behind locked doors. You git yourse’f on back to your room, hear?!” I made further attempts to speak to her, but she simply shouted “Go away!! I’m not unlockin’ this here door anymore!”


 AWWKK! She's dead...wrapped in plastic. AWWKK!


 Um, Celie...the crazy old woman that can "feel" evil generally gets killed in all the horror movies!

This time I didn’t restore, and began systematically crossing off each outside location in search for Rudy. It didn’t take long to find him, sitting on the steps outside the study, patting Beauregard on the head. The progress clock appeared yet again, meaning I now knew where all five remaining family members were and where all four trigger points for Act VI occur. I began questioning Rudy, but as is typical for pretty much everyone left in the game, he refused to talk to me. I began the process of marking down exactly where each character was at each fifteen minute interval, and discovered one seemingly important thing on the way! When back in the parlor, I decided to examine the empty glass on the counter again. It just seemed too conspicuous to be there for no reason! I can’t recall what I did differently to the first time I tried, but this time I received a message stating “As you look at the empty glass, you notice a faint fingerprint on it.” Well that was certainly interesting, but I assumed it was going to be like the footprints I’d found previously and hadn’t been able to do anything with. However, when I typed “look at fingerprints through monocle”, I received the following: “Squinting into the monocle you carefully examine the piece of broken record. Closely situated to each other, you notice two different fingerprints.” WTF?!


 Really? Did anyone ever wear bright red shoes with a black tuxedo?


 I do? Oh yes...ahem...I meant to do that! Been planning to for a while!

Obviously I hadn’t been trying to look at the broken record in my possession (from the scene of Gloria’s murder), but had inadvertently stumbled across a piece of evidence. Was I supposed to think that the “two different fingerprints” meant two different people had touched the record, or that one person had touched it with two different fingers? At least now I knew why I had a piece of broken record in the first place, and began to wonder whether looking at the other bits and pieces I’d collected would result in similar evidence. Firstly though, I typed “look at fingerprint on glass through monocle”, and had some success: “Picking up the glass, you use Wilbur’s monocle as a magnifying glass and notice a faint fingerprint”. This was another success, but what was I supposed to do now? The obvious thing would be to compare the fingerprint on the glass to those found on the record, but since the game didn’t seem to understand the word “compare”, I couldn’t figure out any way of doing that. I thought for a moment that I might have to use the fingerprint document that I’d been using to get past the copy protection screen, but I couldn’t see any of the prints well enough to be able to make that judgement. Was I supposed to have been looking at family member’s actual fingerprints somehow?!


 What good are foot and fingerprints if I can't compare them to anything?

I put these questions aside for the time being and tried looking at each of my inventory items through the monocle. Looking at the rolling pin gave me the following: “You scrutinize the entire rolling pin with Wilbur’s monocle. Aha! You have discovered traces of blood on it!” I assumed this merely proved that the rolling pin was the murder weapon used to take out Ethel. I then looked at the poker: “You examine the entire fireplace poker with the monocle. Oh, oh! There are traces of blood on it!” So I was right in thinking that the poker was the murder weapon used to kill Wilbur. Finally I used the monocle to look at the handkerchief I found outside Gertie’s room: “You carefully examine the white handkerchief using Wilbur’s monocle much like a magnifying glass. Why, what’s this? You see a small “EP” in one corner of the white lace trim.” This information only confirmed that the handkerchief did indeed belong to Ethel, but that was pretty obvious anyway. As good as it felt to finally be doing some proper investigative work, none of this really told me anything I didn’t already know. Perhaps discovering this stuff is only really of importance when finishing the game? Readers have led me to believe that there are different endings, so perhaps what evidence I can find affects what ending I see? It's time to go see whether Act VII  brings any clarity to proceedings.


 Well that would explain why Celie really didn't want the rolling pin back!

This is what I make of Act VI
  • Lillian spent the entire hour in her bedroom, writing in a book she keeps in her suitcase.
  • Henri spent the majority of the hour in his bedroom, although I was not able to locate him either at the very beginning of the hour or during the last fifteen minutes.
  • Clarence spent the entire time in his bedroom, writing in a notebook at the writing desk.
  • Celie spent the entire hour locked in her shack.
  • Rudy spent the entire hour patting Beauregard outside the study.

 Need I mention that I found yet another way to die during this act. Falling through the railing!

Session Time: 1 hour 00 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 00 minutes

Note Regarding Spoilers and Companion Assist Points: I've written a set of rules regarding spoilers and companion assist points. Please read it here before making any comments that could be considered a spoiler in any way. The short of it is that no points will be given for hints or spoilers given in advance of me requiring one. Please...try not to spoil any part of the game for me...unless I really obviously need the help...or I specifically request assistance. In this instance, I've not made any requests for assistance. Thanks!

46 comments:

  1. Just a reminder that I'm running a competition with three different games as prizes.

    They are:

    1. A New Beginning (kindly donated by Canageek)

    2. Tex Murphy 1 + 2 Collection (uncollected prize)

    3. Quest for Glory 1-5 Collection (uncollected prize)

    If anyone is interested in getting a copy of any of these games, please send me an email telling me why (in fifty words or less) you think you should get it. The best answer for each game will win it! The email address is theadventuregamer@gmail.com and the winners will be selected and announced on Friday the 6th of September.

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    1. I think I should get #1 because I'm awesome and donated you a game.

      ....wait....

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    2. I'm salivating for QFG like a hungry wolf that is... well... hungry.

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    3. So you are Hungry Like The Wolf? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOg5VxrRTi0

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    4. Haven't seen the link yet, but if that isn't Duran Duran I'm going to be disappointed.

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    5. 404, disappointment not found.

      Hm hm hm hm hm, a scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found, and I'm hungry like the wolf.... hm hm hmmm hmmhmm hmmm

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    6. No, it's not Duran Duran.

      The only song I like from them is "Come Undone". Don't know why. Probably, it's their most pretentious song ever, I guess. XD

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  2. Ah, *finally* you figured out how the monocle can be used! I almost was going to shout at the screen "It's a magnifying glass!! And this is a detective game!! Are you dim or what!!" :-P

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    1. Opinion of Tricksters adventure gamer skills: RESTORED!

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    2. As did I. It was as frustrating as watching someone play chess over their shoulder and looking at them obliviously setting themselves up for a perfect checkmate.

      I think I cried a little.

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    3. Yes, I don't really have a very good excuse as to why I'm struggling with this game so much. Perhaps I just haven't played enough detective style games or seen enough Sherlock Holmes style shows / movies.

      To be honest, I didn't realise a monocle actually magnified things. I thought it was just like glasses, but for one eye.

      Oh well...by blogging my way though adventure games, I'm setting myself up to look like an idiot sometimes. I'm ok with that. :)

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    4. Yes, monocle is essentially glasses for one eye. If the lens is convex or thicker in the middle, it magnifies close objects (reading glasses do this also, that is, they magnify the text). You must have thought about glasses with concave lenses (thinnest in the middle), which are used by us short-sighted.

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    5. Luckily Feels is far-sighted, or else Laura would be screwed! Oddly, I don't think he had his monocle on when he was reading the magazine. I would think that he would need it that then.

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    6. Perhaps he was just looking at the pictures!

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    7. Still, wouldn't you want to, you know, see the details?

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  3. About the usability of fingerprints: V svaq vg fbzrjung naablvat gung gur svatrecevagf nera'g hfrshy ng nyy, naq bayl pbhag sbe fpber. Lbh pna'g rira pbzcner gurz gb nalguvat! Vg'f fb jrveq gung lbh qb guvf yvggyr evghny gb trg cbvagf naq pbapyhqr gung "Lrf, gurer'f n enaqbz svtrecevag gung vfa'g npghnyyl hfrshy va nal jnl. Ubj avpr!"

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    1. Lrf, vg jbhyq unir orra avpr gb or noyr gb hfr gur svatrecevagf gb gel naq svther bhg jub qvq jung (nygubhtu gung orpbzrf zber boivbhf yngre). Ohg gur tnzr ernyyl vfa'g nobhg pngpuvat gur zheqrere, nf lbh bayl unir bar abgnoyr npgvba evtug ng gur raq. Zbfg bs gur chmmyr ryrzragf gb gur tnzr ner sbe gur bcgvbany gernfher.

      Creuncf gur frdhry vf orggre va guvf ertneq.

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    2. *spoilers about the ending and comparisons to sequel*

      Ba gur svefg gvzr V cynlrq gur tnzr, V jnfa'g snfg rabhtu naq gur Pbybary jnf nyernql xvyyrq ol Ehql jura V neevirq! Fb fbzrgvzrf lbh qba'g rira trg gb pubbfr.

      V unira'g cynlrq gur frdhry, nf V'ir urneq onq guvatf nobhg vg, ohg nccneragyl lbh qb trg gb npghnyyl guvax uneq nobhg gur rivqrapr naq pubbfr gur xvyyre sebz n ybat yvfg! Fb gung'f cbgragvnyyl na vzcebirzrag.

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    3. V npghnyyl yvxrq Nzzba-En, nygubhtu gur cybg vf snveyl evqvphybhf. Va gur raq, lbh'yy unir gb qrgrezvar gur zheqrere be zheqreref bs rnpu qrnq crefba naq gurve erfcrpgvir zbgvirf. V qba'g xabj vs nalbar znantrq gb qb vg jvgubhg n jnyxguebhtu.

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    4. Jryy onfvpnyyl, lbh trg n ovt dhvm ng gur raq bs Qnttre nfxvat jub qvq jung sebz gur 'cbyvpr' nfxvat jung unccrarq. Perngvat n srj raqvatf qrcraqvat ba ubj lbh cynpr oynzr rg ny. Ubjrire, zber abgrjbegul vf gung gurer ner zber chmmyrf jvgu npghny hetrapl (qb be qvr fghss vafgrnq bs 'or gur orfg snxr qrgrpgvir lbh pna or'.

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    5. Npghnyyl, nz V evtug ba gung bar? V frrz gb erzrzore guerr raqvatf.

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  4. Amazing entry, loving the game so far.
    Keep up the good job! :)

    Miguel C.

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  5. New Kickstarter! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1375982935/elementary-my-dear-holmes

    Elementary My Dear Holmes: $54,172 pledged of $50,000 goal.
    "A point-and-click adventure game starring legendary sidekick John Watson on an epic quest to prove that Sherlock Holmes is just a jerk."

    ---
    This one I'm skeptical about, and it is way under its funding goal:
    $38,252 pledged of $115,000 goal, 17 days to go, projected 79%. For one thing, it is doing full 3D and the demo is REALLY pretty, which makes me wonder how they are doing it with only $115k, as those are near-triple A graphics. (Double A? A? Why aren't there more categories on that scale?). Also, while I don't know much about it, the biaural beat thing sounds a lot like woo to me, so I'm instantly suspicious.

    However, it is a kickstarter, looks like an adventure game, and is over $50k.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/u55/u55-end-of-the-line

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    1. It's Cthulhu! Gotta show him some love(craft).

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    2. http://kotaku.com/kickstarter-games-accused-of-scamming-the-system-1211422850

      Be careful with that one. It seems like there has been something weird with their donations.

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    3. If you take a look at the comments for it, it seems like the devs are trying to be open and do their best to figure out what's up. If it's a scam, it's one of the better ones I've seen. I'm keeping my pledge going, as it seems like they actually don't know what's going on with the backers and are genuinely trying to find out.

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    4. Wow, that wasn't the one I was guessing you were talking about; that one looks fine on the product page, whereas the other one set off a zillion alarm bells as I was reading things.

      This led me and Duskfire form the CRPG Addicts comments section to spend a few hours reading Your Kickstarter Sucks and laughing at things (and wondering why the authors have so much hate in him: Anything Star Wars, Dr Who, Brony, etc, goes up on there. We did find a cool Lolcat musical that we both want to see...)

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  6. Complete aside to anything else. I've been moving house over the past few weeks, and have as such been stuck to just mobile internet for browsing ye olde Trickster's blog. (I'm finally back on an actual computer.) Has anyone else noticed it's become impossible to comment on here via mobile? Just bounces ad infinitum between authentication processes otherwise.

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    1. Works for me, but since I've never been able to edit what I'm typing via mobile (backspace doesn't seem to work over different lines) I've never bothered to use it much.

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    2. What browser are you using? If you are on a phone that isn't pure evil (Not iOS) then try switching to Firefox or Oprea?

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    3. Just the default Samsung 'internet' plugin. I've had some success by stopping it mid authentication and pointing it to the account. It was trying to log in then comment prior to the login process succeeding, I think.

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    4. Oh, like, not a smartphone?

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    5. Try Opera Mini - its best browser for dummy mobile phones...

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    6. I find if I'm not signed into my Google account, then my comment just disappears if I do it from my phone. If I'm already signed in, then it's all good.

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  7. I looked through my own notes for this game, and once again, there was another thing Trickster missed: Gur qnttre va gur pybfrg va gur fghql vf abj tbar.

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    1. I think you are supposed to not say if Trickster has missed something until the end of the game, so your whole comment should be in ROT13.

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    2. Well, Ilmari did the same (in the "Presence of the Dead" post), so I figured it would be safe to do so. He wrote that Trickster didn't do some stuff and the rest was in ROT13.

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    3. Canageek: Looking at the definitions, we are asked not to give hints or spoilers, which are defined as respectively as clues and explanations how to solve a puzzle. We have just been stating that there's some optional stuff Trick has missed.

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    4. Normally I wouldn't want to be told about stuff I've missed, but I do think it's a bit different with The Colonel's Bequest.

      From what I can tell, about 95% of possible actions are optional. They didn't need to tell me I've missed stuff. I know I have!

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  8. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/09/02/sepulchre-a-free-indie-horror-game-from-richard-and-alice-devs/

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  9. Science fiction writer Frederik Pohl died very recently. He wrote Gateway which was adapted into an adventure game.

    http://www.mobygames.com/game/frederik-pohls-gateway

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    1. I was hoping he'd live to be a Centenarian.

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    2. Damn, I've only read one of his stories, but it was pretty solid. I need to read more for sure.

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  10. 'I have no mouth and I must scream' is now available on GOG.com!

    For $5.99!

    http://www.gog.com/game/i_have_no_mouth_and_i_must_scream

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    1. This is great news! Another adventure game that I'll definitely be playing on GOG. :)

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    2. Saw this only NOW!!! Damn me for not being home for the past week!

      MMMFMFMFMFFMFM!!!!

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