Previously, on Mean Streets...
I’ll refrain from chit chat here and just get on with it. There is much to get through! My last post ended with me discovering the hidden button that opened the door out of Greg Call’s laboratory. The timer was still going down though, so I was going to have to get a move on. I made my way to the bottom right corner of the room, where another stalagmite, a flat file, and a vine awaited me. I couldn’t find anything to do with the stalagmite this time, but the flat file was actually a large map of California, with navigation code 1700 circled. It was described as “Lost Dutchman diamond mine”, which sounded like a rewarding place to visit. I picked up the map and looked at the vine, which was wrapped around the stalagmite. When I tried to move it I was told that “it’s full of thorns and rips your hands. There’s a shelf cut into the stalagmite, but to move the vine, you’ll need to have protection for your hands.” I imagined I would need to find some gloves and come back to this later. Before going any further, I wanted to test a theory. I walked out of the room through the door and then back in. Yep, the timer was gone, and I was free to explore for as long as I needed.
Oh come on Tex you big pussy! Move the frickin vine!!!
The only remaining accessible part of the room was the top right corner, which contained a desk, a fax, a computer, a circuit box and the robot I’d noticed as soon as I’d entered the room. The desk had a drawer, but as usual, I didn’t have the key for it. I couldn’t operate the computer without the passcard either or do anything with the fax, so I turned my attention to the circuit box. I opened the box with the key found in the chamber, and found it contained two switches. The first switch was a simple light switch, but the second one was an “energy field switch”. I turned off the energy field, which caused the red beams that had previously stopped me accessing the computer system on the left side of the room to disappear. I checked out the robot, but it quickly became apparent that it was there as a reference to Lost in Space and nothing more, calling out “danger, danger” over and over again. All that was left to do was to go see what I could do with the console that was now accessible.
Great! I now have access to the...um...what is this thing again?
The console contained a plutonium unit (aka inertial confinement unit), a control panel and a fusion generator. I wasn’t able to do anything interesting with the unit or the generator, but the control panel contained a switch to turn the inertial confinement unit on and off. I switched it on, and heard a loud humming that increased in volume. Nothing noticeable happened though, no matter how many times I switched it on or off. Perhaps I’ll need to use this at a later point! Right, with Greg Call’s laboratory fully explored, it was time to move onto the next location, which just happened to be another lab. Peter Dull had told me where to find Bosworth Clark’s laboratory out in Death Valley, where he spent his time working with satellites. On arrival I discovered the lab completely trashed, and Clark’s dead body in the middle of the floor!!! Yet another scientist involved in Overlord had been taken out!
It looks like my three year old daughter has been in here...apart from the dead body of course!
I began my exploration, as I normally do, in the top left corner, where there was a cabinet, a power unit, a robot, and a door. I tried opening the cabinet and was told that I should use the door, so I’m not really sure why the game listed the two items separately. I couldn’t do much with the power unit, and while I could turn the robot on and off (causing it to move back and forward), nothing of interest happened. When I tried to open the cabinet door I found it locked, and typically I didn’t have the key. I moved onto the tipped over table in the bottom left, where I found cigarette butts, a match book, a list, and some broken glass. The cigarette butts happened to be the exact same brand (Camel) that I’d found near the rat cages in Cal Davis’ apartment, making me think whoever murdered Cal also took out Bosworth. The matchbook was from the Big Surf hotel, and it even gave me the nav code of 5162. Inside the matchbook I found the handwritten address of Bosworth Clark, so it looks like whomever the murderer was spent some time at the hotel at some point. I put it on the spreadsheet to check out.
I thought you said he was a pro!
The list was titled “Caged Rats”, and apparently contained the names of several top civic, political and business leaders in the state. If I’m right this suggests that many of the state’s leaders are being controlled through the use of microchips inserted into their skulls, which is a scary idea! I picked up the list and the broken glass, although I have no idea what good that might do me. The main console area at the back of the room contained a panel, a computer, the dead scientist, a chair, and a calendar. The panel was made up of a monitor bank and a drawer, and looking at the monitor bank revealed a switch labelled “computer monitors”. I turned the monitors on, but nothing of note happened. I tried to open the drawer, but surprise, surprise, it was locked and I didn’t have the key. It also came as no surprise that I wasn’t able to use the computer because I didn’t have Bosworth’s passcard. Perhaps he had it on him somewhere at the time of his death?
Hey Bosworth! Bosy! Hey come on mate, we're going for a few drinks at the pub. Meet us there?
Looking at Bosworth revealed that he had probably died within the last 18 hours, and there was a thin, steel cord around his throat. This time the murderer made no effort to hide his (or her) tracks. I tried to “move” the body, and in doing so uncovered his wallet and appointment book. Within the wallet I found an ID card confirming that this was the body of Bosworth Clark and $50 cash. Surprisingly the game made a point of telling me that “stealing from a dead man is not a real class act”, although it had no qualms with me doing so at Linsky’s or Davis’ apartments. It seems it’s ok to steal from dead people, as long as their body is not actually present. The appointment book had various notations, with one marked page saying “call Frank Schimming”. Frank had mentioned to me when I questioned him about Bosworth that he’d received a message that someone named Bosworth Clark had called him, but hadn’t got around to returning the call. I didn’t have much idea what Clark might have wanted to talk to Schimming about in particular.
I'm not sure much of what I've done in this game has actually been legal, not to mention "real class".
The calendar on the wall was uninteresting until I tried moving it, which revealed a compartment. Inside I discovered 50 shares of stocks worth $500, which seemed a likely candidate to be pawned for bribe money. I made my way over to the top right section of the room, where I was able to investigate yet another control panel and some blue prints. The control panel had two switches on them labelled “satellite visual station #1” and “satellite monitor station #2”. Switching them on made images of satellites appear on the monitors, but once again, nothing of note occurred. The blueprints were for a “high-frequency relay satellite”, and I added them to my inventory. The last section in the room to examine was on the right edge, where I came across a sink and a cabinet. As with all sinks in the game thus far, I was able to turn the running water on and off, but with no purpose. The cabinet on the other hand held lots of goodies!
Oooohhh a sandwich! I haven't eaten in days!!!
The first thing I found in the cabinet was a pair of leather work gloves. Clearly these were going to be used to remove the vine from the stalagmite in Greg Call’s lab, so I eagerly picked them up. I also found a cup, which I picked up for no particular reason, and a sandwich. Moving the sandwich revealed, of all things, a file cabinet key! I took it and went straight back to the drawer in the panel at the back of the room, opening it successfully. Inside were “various computer listings of satellite transmission data, none of which make sense to you”. I snatched it up, and with nothing left to do in this lab, I hopped in my speeder and raced (if you can call it that) back to Greg Call’s lab. Since that was in reasonably close proximity to me, I was keen to find out what removing the vine with the gloves might achieve. The answer was a small shelf, and the purple passcard was sitting on it!
"Den lilla passcard sitter på sokkel." på en eller annen måte jeg savnet at du var Norsk L-E!
I grabbed the passcard, and went straight to Call’s computer. Swiping the card, I realised I didn’t know what the password was. Figuring it must be a chess related word, since all the other passwords have been, I tried a few obvious ones. “Knight” worked, and I gained access to one of Greg Call’s personal logs. “It seems that the ultimate purpose of this micro chip I’ve been designing is to control a person’s feelings and emotions by implanting the device within the brain. This must be some sort of weapon which can destroy certain parts of the mind, while leaving other areas intact. A victim could believe that he was fully capable of thought and reason and not even realise that he was under someone’s control...” There was nothing particularly new in the log, but it was interesting to note that victims would have no idea whatsoever that their actions were being controlled. I left the lab and entered the nav code for Sam Jones into the speeder console. I wasn’t too sure who Jones was, but Klaus had described him as “an arrogant old Nazi”, and “a faithful Law and Order Party member.”
It's 2033, but these screens remind me of the Apples we used when I was in year 7.
I clearly wasn’t welcome at Jones’ laboratory, and was forced to shoot many of his security guards before being able to break into the lab and confront him. When asked how I’d got past his security, Tex memorably responds with “I’ve given your security people the rest of their lives off. I’m afraid you’ll have to start taking resumes again.” Unsurprisingly, Jones wasn’t willing to answer any of my questions unless I threatened him. He eventually told me all the same stuff (about MTC and Law and Order creating a device that will help them to take over the world) that Tom Griffith had divulged. By far the most useful thing I got out of him was his yellow passcard and password (“queen”), both of which I was very happy to have in my possession. Leaving the grumpy Sam behind, I got into my speeder and travelled to the diamond mine mentioned on the map in Call’s laboratory. If nothing else, I expected to find some serious booty there to pawn, but that didn’t end up being the case. The place was completely deserted, so I assume the diamonds I found in his lab were the last ones.
Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales
Scanning down my list, it seemed Della Lang was the next person on my list. Lee Chin had informed me that Della was dating Ron Morgan, so she should be able to help me locate him. Della was a funny character, with facial expressions ranging from completely ditsy to bulldog growling angry, the whole time wagging a pencil around. She had nothing of value to tell me though, apart from information about Ron: “Ron and I go out on occasion. If you are looking for him, he has a cabin near Yosemite (NC 1998). If you see him, tell him I still have those handcuffs.” So, Della is a naughty little thing! Nice to know, but it was time to move on again! I’m now off to this cabin in Yosemite, which sure sounds like a nice place to be. I’ll send you a postcard (well a post anyway) in the next day or two. I feel like I’m on the homeward stretch, only because the amount of leads to talk to is finally shrinking. Robert Knott seems to be the one to find, so I’m thinking he must play a role in the final showdown, however it plays out.
I see eighties hair styles come back in force!
Session Time: 1 hours 00 minutes
Total Time: 11 hours 30 minutes
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