20th Dec 2019, 4:04 PM
Find a safe place to fade

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Find a safe place to fade
On the one hand, there has to be some way to get more time, or mana, or SP, or... whatever it is that you're running out of. You can reach the stairs now; there may be a checkpoint down there.

Something.

Anything.

On the other hand

you are so very tired.


You find one of the empty cells and you have a seat on the floor.




You very quickly begin drifting off to sleep.







You wake up feeling sore, with a faint burning in your calf. It passes quickly.

It's about 8:30 am.




With any luck, going out peacefully means your progress in the prison is saved. It should definitely mean not having to deal with an additional Dark Plaire, if this whole stupid dream dungeon is any kind of sane.

You start by checking your leg. It's fine.

You fish your clothes out of the box next to your bed. Your jeans are untouched by dream acid. There's still a house key and a potato in your pockets. The other no-show potato is still in the box, as well.

"Alright," you mumble sleepily to yourself, "that's a start." Items in your pockets come with you, and items used in your dream are still here in real life. That means your key is reusable, but only once per night. You're not yet sure if other keys (or even duplicates of THIS key) would have the same effect, or if it'll work on every door, but your house key definitely has some kind of tangible effect on at least one actual lock in the dungeon.

You're also now aware that the game you play most before bed grants you abilities. Magic Mustachio just gave you jumps and a ground pound, but that's pretty much what that game is about (power-ups not withstanding). You're also not sure how much those jumps contributed to you having to tap out early. False Plaire got a dodge roll out of Crush Souls, but that's still just physics screwery--nobody's throwing any fireballs as of yet. You might just need a different game... or maybe the game buff has limits on what it can grant.

You realize that you're getting really into analyzing the game mechanics of your repeating magical nightmare and you still have no idea why it's even happening. Stress doesn't do this, unless you've evolved some kind of metaconscious turbo stress.

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20th Dec 2019, 4:08 PM
Well, let's make breakfast atleast.
20th Dec 2019, 4:46 PM
A healthy breakfast! Granola and yoghurt and dried berries or something.
20th Dec 2019, 10:07 PM
pkrankow
Careful on the sudden fiber increase. Don't need the trots. Some light exercise - stretching and yoga types can also aid in improving the diet change digestion.

Starting running might be too much, but looking into a martial arts class might be worthwile... need to fix cash flow.
20th Dec 2019, 4:10 PM
Hari_Seldon
Do the game stores have more than just videogames? Like a toy Captemon pokeball? That might fit in our pocket and give us dream powers. We have enough food that maybe we should visit a game store to find out. I like "The Back Room" more than "Mondol-Funstop", but then again Mondol-Funstop might have that pokeball.
21st Dec 2019, 9:39 AM
Tep
+1 -lets go get some game swag!
20th Dec 2019, 4:10 PM
Heroshima
maybe try searching up why this might be happening? start with repetitive and/or stress-related dreams.
20th Dec 2019, 4:13 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
it's a bit late to think about this but: what exactly is the history of this house again? 's probably something to look into as Plaire probably only really paid attention to the neighborhood and the price tag before moving.

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On a different note: new thing to try! Acquire more keys, dunno about anyone else but there's always one or two odd keys that you can't recall what they go to lying around any house.... and often lying on the sidewalk, in the grass.. Point is it shouldn't be too hard to just find some odd key on the ground somewhere.
20th Dec 2019, 4:47 PM
Also, we might have a duplicate house key stashed somewhere.
20th Dec 2019, 7:52 PM
Hell, we might be able to go and have a few copies of our existing house key made and keep them in our pocket the next time we go to bed. The game/dream might not work that way and we don't know how many locks are in the dungeon but it's worth a try...
20th Dec 2019, 8:36 PM
House keys are fairly cheap to have copied, at least in our world, even by Plaire's meager funds. However, I would recommend we don't do this today unless there's a way to do that that doesn't involve speaking to people as we'll need all our mental energy for the concert tonight.
20th Dec 2019, 4:13 PM
Hari_Seldon
I like Limrix's comment we could visit the library. Library books are free for residents, right? Edit: Or maybe we could log in to the library's website and download an ebook or audiobook, which would be faster than visiting, but then we would not be able to talk to the librarian except by awkward phone call. Edit: The librarian might know places to visit in the town the bus did not mention.
20th Dec 2019, 6:02 PM
Limrix
+1, Librarians are easy to talk to in my experience.
20th Dec 2019, 4:14 PM
Sooo, I think after a stressful night like that we should write down all of the mechanics of the nightmare that we've figured out to go over later today (not right now, though. we clearly need a break) and then make up some breakfast. either scrambled eggs (after looking up a video for it) and toast or just making a bowl of cereal, depending on what we have in the pantry. Then we should probably head out and try to look into that game store.
20th Dec 2019, 4:15 PM
Hari_Seldon
+1 dream journal every day and that sounds like a good breakfast I vote for microwaved scrambled eggs
20th Dec 2019, 4:16 PM
to clarify, I'm talking about the backroom, NOT Mondol-funstop. let's not fund the evils of capitalism.
20th Dec 2019, 4:14 PM
Now that Plaire's awake, maybe she can look into researching what Mondol's about. Perhaps there's a podcast-- is Infohazard still running?
20th Dec 2019, 4:18 PM
Hari_Seldon
+1 if we can somehow metagame finding Infohazard by surfing the web on our computer. But if we can't metagame that hard and Plaire can't find Infohazard I prefer the library instead.
20th Dec 2019, 4:14 PM
Portal In Time
Let's make a quick egg scramble, clean some of the cans off of our computer desk, and write in our digital dream journal.

How are we feeling, mentally?
20th Dec 2019, 4:28 PM
Limrix
+1, first we should learn how. First, crack two eggs into a small bowl. Pierce the yolks and stir with a fork. Add butter, oil, or other grease to a pan. Place pan on stove and put to medium heat. Wait about a minute, or until the oil sizzles when you drip some water from your hand onto it. Pour egg mixture into pan, stirring once every ten seconds or so with a wooden or rubber spatula. Remove from heat when egg no longer looks clear, and serve onto plate. Add salt and pepper to taste. And that's how you make scu-rhambled eggs!
20th Dec 2019, 4:30 PM
Hari_Seldon
Honestly microwaving it is easier just stir, pop it in the microwave, cook, stir, and cook again. But we could vote for Plaire to learn to become a good chef in her spare time, so maybe +1 to learning how to use the stove.
20th Dec 2019, 7:52 PM
YetiOlwen
+1 to nuking some eggs with a dash of milk in them. Then we can just eat them like that or topped with cheese. If we have some salsa and flour tortillas we can make an ultra simple breakfast burrito.
20th Dec 2019, 4:50 PM
I prefer to add a touch of milk to my scrambled eggs, too. Scrambled eggs are so easy even I can make them! Or maybe we picked up egg beaters and can just pour that into the pan and fry ‘em.
20th Dec 2019, 6:02 PM
Limrix
I left out the milk because it's her first time (I think), but definitely agree it's better with it.
20th Dec 2019, 4:32 PM
Hari_Seldon
Don't forget to visit "Biggest Shrug" garage concert tonight?
20th Dec 2019, 8:17 PM
Portal In Time
Oh yeah! Let's be sure to set some time out of the day for that.
20th Dec 2019, 10:14 PM
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20th Dec 2019, 9:10 PM
Captemon sounds potentially quite useful(if Plaire has whatever she'd need to actually capture somethin), though the question of Magic Mustachio Extreme Beach Volleyball intrigues me. Not time for that yet though. We'v got some sort of day ahead of us. healthyish food-try to figure this out-???-Biggest Shrug?
20th Dec 2019, 9:17 PM
Food > journal > check mail > go to library, look up background of town. Specifically if there have been any weird things/asylums/prisons in the area that were demolished.
20th Dec 2019, 9:54 PM
This night was a firm win. Rejoice in your success while eating breakfast to maximise happiness levels.
20th Dec 2019, 11:20 PM
Frission
Do a celebratory silly wiggly dance? <3
21st Dec 2019, 9:43 AM
Tep
haha yea plaire u did good
20th Dec 2019, 11:18 PM
Frission
Metaconscious Turbo Stress is the phrase of the decade, hehe. XD
21st Dec 2019, 4:52 AM
We definitely need extra electrolytes to keep up with all that turbostress.
21st Dec 2019, 9:41 AM
Tep
let's make breakfast and look around for anything that might be useful in the dream-game. After that, let's make a video - need that sweet cash!
21st Dec 2019, 10:53 AM
We should see what other video games we could play to affect the dream dungeon. Also I really like the art style in the dungeon.
21st Dec 2019, 3:19 PM
21st Dec 2019, 3:38 PM
First things first, a nice healthy breakfast and maybe a relaxing shower. We have a real nightmare world so we want to be in tip top shape. Then let’s save our game, I mean write in our dreamjournal.

Then maybe consider looking the kind of games where debug commands were not removed but linked to executable actions (so no typing iddqd for god-mode but more something along the lines of doing a bunch of silly jumps). If the game also has convenient mechanics, good for us. Also look into games with mechanics that will be convenient in nightmare world. Considering the comic would likely be a bit boring with god-mode I doubt it’ll be in there but it’ll be better to experiment with it early on I guess.
21st Dec 2019, 9:35 PM
pkrankow
Konami code? B A START might be a problem.
Up up down down left right left right B A START


Shows up as homage in quire a few games.
22nd Dec 2019, 8:17 AM
(The final 'start' is only to start the game, the code itself stops at 'A')
23rd Dec 2019, 3:30 PM
37212513
Not true PK. I've played Contra, the game that introduced this code. If you hit select before start (select switched between single and multi player on the title screen), the code failed to trigger. Pressing start started the game, sure, but it also served as 'Enter', like on a keyboard.

As for entering the code without a controller, step north north south south west east west east punch jump freeze. Each action correlates to the most common action each button performed.
22nd Dec 2019, 4:33 AM
37212513
Sorry I been gone. Love the new story so far (just caught up in the last few hours...).

If we're looking for weapons to take into the dream/game, you might consider a 'toys to life' character. Ideally, this would manifest as an ally with powers based on his/her/its game regardless of what game you've played recently. An ally could help immensely and one we can take in and out of dream/game to heal/bond would be .... well the potential ally can't be weaker than Plaire. It's also cheaper than buying a new game right now (based on prices our world&time, Plaires might differ). Cash limitations means waiting for income to fix things. It'll be a couple weeks before we get money anyway, so go cheap, and get a player two you can count on.

(RL Toys to Life examples, for those unfamiliar with the term, would be Skylanders, amiibos, etc. I'd stay away from the Disney line because those are likely to have Disney Co. responses, like passing out at the sight of blood. A Smash edition amiibo, on the other hand, she'd be good if she convinced it it was on her 'team' before going to sleep... she'd be screwed if it didn't get the message or it didn't care..... just looking at game design and mythology, Skylanders is the best bet, out of the games/toys I know of. (Heroes first mentally.))

Edit: Been a day (and a half), thought of an additional reason to look into TtL Character; rapid access memory chip. If anything you could bring could bring something back out, that would be it. Many TtL figures have this feature.
22nd Dec 2019, 9:33 PM
so no one is going to look into what we learned about those tentacles?
23rd Dec 2019, 9:39 AM
TGWMoC
Write in the non-dream Journal about all the nosy people from our past. Try to sort out how much it still bothers us.