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Ad Verbum (Browser)

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Description

The city finally having secured an eviction notice, the demolition contractor is contractually obligated to conduct an inventory of the Wizard of Wordplay's manor before knocking it down, clearing the spooky space for cheap condos or a mini-mall. The only problem is that with his peculiar and punny powers pervading the property, the poor prestidigitator's possessions pooh-pooh playing possum, putting punitive and perilous portents into play, preventing the project from proceeding. (Phew!)

Surely this is a job for a veteran text adventurer such as yourself! In your previous adventures, you only engaged grues and dwarfs with language -- here (as in spiritual predecessors Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It and T-Zero), you're climbing into the ring with language itself, grappling everything from an abundance of asinine alliteration to dinosaur etymology within the first few rooms. Not since the raconting of Racter has a text environment (Oulip)owed so much to the playful linguistic experimentation of the avant-garde and simpleminded -- a perplexing source of inspiration most works of interactive fiction have been only too eager to a void. Here at last, to triumph, you will have to truly demonstrate that the pen is mightier than the sword!

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Ad Verbum Browser The game wants to make sure I know the ground rules.
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Ad Verbum Browser That aside makes a good point!  But once you include the toilet, then you have to make it functional... then you have to build a puzzle around a working toilet.  And nothing good can follow from that!

Alternate Titles

  • "Venenarius Verborum" -- Spanish title

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Awards

  • Annual Interactive Fiction Competition
    • 2000 - Miss Congeniality prize (favourite game of the competing authors)
    • 2000 - #4 out of 53
  • XYZZY Awards
    • 2000 - Best Puzzles
    • 2000 - Finalist in the "Best Use of Medium" category
    • 2000 - Finalist in the "Best Individual Puzzle" category
    Nick's awesomely alliterative acceptance speech can be viewed here.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44571) added Ad Verbum (Browser) on Jun 30, 2008
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