When we last met our heroine, Lydia, she had just explored the town of Atom City, and had found a spaceship (that she really could have found straight away, because she saw where it landed, and that was where she was told to go)
Lydia Sandler Journal Entry 2: Today was the most exciting day of my life. I met an alien and rode on a spaceship! It was amazing!
I checked out the spaceship, but it needed repairs and I had no idea how to do that, so I moved on. Just past the spaceship is an old dried out canal.
|Oh. okay then. I caused a rainstorm. Why do I not remember causing a rainstorm?|
Not one to punch a gift river in the mouth, I rode the boat and it took me to an area behind the army base, which I'd previously been unable to get into due to a guard doing his job.
|I couldn't go back the way I came, and the water had apparently dried up again, so I was stuck unless...|
Well, ignoring the extremely lax security that allowed this to happen, I entered the base through the hole in the fence, then entered the barracks. I opened MacLoud’s locker and found just what I needed to act like I belong here
|This barracks looks like it holds at least 24 soldiers. Surely if I explore the base I won't find that the only soldier working tonight is the guy guarding the front gate.|
|Maybe the General isn't here because he just got a call from Commissioner Gordon.|
- Add 69 to all 4-DIGIT CODES
- MORE NUKES, LESS KOOKS
- CODE: 419
- COMMIES: NUKE EM TILL THEY GLOW, THEN SHOOT EM IN THE DARK
- PURITY OF ESSENCE
The final building contains a weird array of items
|This is clearly the architecture, science, radioactive waste storage, office desk room?|
So, armed with the General's key, I left the army base and went to his house, removing my army uniform on the way. I could now open the General's desk. In his desk, I found two letters.
|Dear Bill (or Frank, if that's who you prefer to be), I refuse to acknowledge the 'informed' opinion of someone who can spell neither 'radiation' nor 'invasion'|
My next step was obvious. I went to the brothel and called on 'Big Belinda'
|You could have just handed it to me – did you have to drop it on the floor? It's now all covered in <REDACTED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY>|
I noticed a new location in the gas station – inside the car itself. I'd been in there as Zeke (with Zoe) but hadn't been there alone before. I noticed that the General, whose ability to be in charge of any kind of national security must have been an accident based on what I've noticed in this post, had left his transmitter on the passenger seat when he left his car here. The transmitter has three digits on it, so I set it to the three digits from the code I'd found on the screen at the base.
|This joke was also used in the original Leather Goddesses of Phobos, but if I hadn't played that game a few weeks ago, I probably wouldn't have remembered it|
|Movie reference 5|
|Movie reference 6 (Not a gas pump girl, but I forgot to mention this reference in my first post)|
It's COPY PROTECTION TIME!
Simple enough. At the top of each page of the manual is a word and a number. I noticed that most/all of the words were related to either nuclear weapons, the first Leather Goddesses game, or The Day the Earth Stood Still
The number next to FALLOUT was 0595. I added 69 to the number and attempted to go back to the army base. I had a small problem doing this. The river I'd created had dried up, and when I used Dad's machine to bring it back, the boat wasn't there (because I'd already rode it to the base I assume). Lydia refused to walk all the way down the dry gulch because it would be too dangerous. I tried to wear the army uniform again to get past the guard but Lydia decided it was a 'dumb idea'.
Eventually I found that I COULD wear the uniform, but only when I was standing at the army base entrance, looking directly at the guard. This didn't make sense to me, but the game told me I went into the bushes to get changed - why I couldn't get changed in the previous screen where nobody was watching will have to be put down to 'developers didn't consider it.' I went into the architect's office, and tried my new number on the radioactive storage bin. It opened
|Yes, that looks like exactly the kind of thing that's safe to touch!|
I went back home but Jim just told me the same things he always says, apart from that he'd seen the alien, tried to give him water and that the alien had taken our iron. I already knew all that from when I played as Zeke last time.
I kept exploring, and found Zeke at the bar. I told him everything I'd found and he suggested we tell my father. Bur first I decided to kiss him – this time with no interruptions.
|I hate you, Jim. I hope you know that.|
|The old radio also shows anaglyph 3d video chats? How did that happen?|
|When you can't even keep your business letters, personal letters from your prostitute, classified radioactive opening codes, or radio transmitter secure from an average citizen, I weep for our country, sir.|
|I'm just realising that Zeke doesn't have a house in town. Does he just sleep in the back seat of his client's cars every night?|
We found one at the used car lot. This was where the clues had lead, but the clues that led here I got a VERY long time ago gamewise
|From green Jedi master, learned English did I.|
He took the food (isotope) and I looked at my inventory to see if I could feed him.
Now that he was fed and healed, Barth said that he would be better at operating the translator, and told us how his planet had been attacked by the Leather Goddesses, they'd taken humanoid slaves, and he'd come to Earth to ask for our help.
Zeke and I told him that the Goddesses had lied to us and that our General had fallen for their lies, but before we could react an angry mob appeared.
|This reminds me of a Simpsons angry mob, with characters in their work clothes all appearing in the background|
Anyway, the townspeople take turns telling me, Zeke or Barth off.
|Is it 3:30 already? Time flies when you're looking for aliens.|
|Didn't we already have this movie reference?|
|Ah. It apparently lets off a scramble klaxon that tells everyone the nuclear reactor's about to blow. And this guy left it in his car????|
|LYDIA: I am sworn to bear your burdens|
I now have items matching all the shapes missing from Barth's ship, including an iron (which will annoy me later on), so I use them and the ship's systems gradually come back to life.
The ship automatically takes off and, after travelling through hyperspace, we land on...
|The small, less detailed people and inconveniences move across the screen, giving the appearance of a bustling area.|
|Planet X has two intelligent species coexisting: The pulsating inconveniences and the tanned annoyances.|
|Only the council members may speak, but you're asking Barth to speak?|
Zeke Zarmen Journal Entry 2: Today was the most exciting day of my life. I did it with Lydia Sandler! And I gave it to her good!
Again, the main difference between Zeke and Lydia's game are the conversations. The codes I got for Zeke were also different to the ones I got for Lydia. In Zeke's game, the transmitter code was different, General Wedgypoo's prostitute was different (Lucious Lorilei) and the copy protection word was different (TRENT this time – I still love you Trent)
I did like how they referred to things differently. When taking the liquor from the bar, Zeke takes a slug and sends a silent prayer to the fine people of Kentucky whereas Lydia refused to drink it because the fumes alone made her head spin.
Looking at items also shows their different knowledge and opinions, with Lydia seeing “just a car part” in the gas station, while Zeke sees “just a piston” and so on.
So I did exactly the same things with Zeke as I did with Lydia, except I met Lydia at the diner instead of the bar, and when we started to get amorous Selma threw us out.
Again, we helped Barth, had a moment of bliss in the cheap hotel, and went to Planet X, where instead of Brandoner-7, the council member who spoke to us was Largonna-9
|Ummm... Zeke... You DO know there are other places on Earth rather than America, right???|
Barthgub el Nikki-Nikki son of Jelgobar el Zayda-Zayda Journal Entry 2: Today was the most exciting day of my life. I met some new friends, and I got invited to the Great Council of Planet X!
Now, something I didn't mention last time, but that I touched on when Lydia had to repair the ship, was that when looking at the back of my spaceship, I saw various holes.
|It was only when I saw the grapes at the diner that I realised what I needed to do.|
The items I still needed are fairly easy to work out – a stop sign, a traffic cone, an iron and a pumpkin. Let's see how I found these items
- Stop sign – while playing as Lydia and Zeke, when I had clicked on a bent pole near the church they had both commented “Didn't there used to be a stop sign here” so I knew where to go here. I used my blaster on the stop sign, and it fell to the ground. One more ship repair item found.
|Luckily, only one person in the entire town owns a car, so the loss of the stop sign won't cause many problems|
- Traffic cone – this one was easy. It was just lying around next to the caved in tunnel entrance near the crash site
- Iron – this was much harder so I'll get into this later
- Pumpkin – another easy one. This one was in the general store. Unlike most people, Dave wasn't afraid of me, but that's only because he thought I was a small boy.
|I offered him the metallic disk I'd found by pressing the coin return slot on the vending machine and he allowed me to take one of the strange alien eggs. I now had a pumpkin!|
I figured the most likely place to get something Jim would take in exchange for the iron was the military base, so I attempted to get there. I turned on the Professor's rain machine and went back to the dry gulch
|Damn. If anything, I've made it harder for myself.|
I was totally stuck here. For a very, very long time.
Refusing to let myself give in to temptation and ask for assistance, I went back to every location and tried everything I had (I had my blaster, the staple remover, the newspaper and the 3d glasses at this point) on everything I could see.
If not for the manual mentioning that this game didn't have dead-ends, I'd have restarted the game in case there was something I needed to do before solving other puzzles. I thanked you for that in the introduction, game, but I'll thank you again now. THANK YOU!
I still couldn't work it out, and it was only after going everywhere multiple times that I did what most of us have probably done when frustrated with someone in a game not being helpful. I tried to murder a young boy.
|I said, GIVE... ME... THE... IRON!|
|Wait... what... how???|
|Okay. So the gun became discharged.|
|I may not be able to kill them, but I can still ruin their game by telling them all what cards the doctor has.|
|Not only is there no indication that my blaster is discharged, but it's clear from the message that Barth believes that it IS charged|
|Wouldn't last forever is not the same as 'exactly one more shot'|
While going back to my ship with the last repair part, I felt too weak to go on but could sense the presence of food and medicine in the area with the small spaceship-like vehicles. I made my way to the caryard and met Lydia and Zeke
|Where were my 'clever Earth friends' when I was looking for a damn iron earlier?|
|As someone who's recently played as Zeke, I object to being condescended to in this manner|
We did exactly the same thing on Planet X as before, with different dialogue and descriptions.
|The fact that Planet X is 50% populated with these Tanned Annoyances, makes it weird that Barth seemed unfamiliar and surprised at the physical attributes of Earth humans|
|Phobos!... It's only a model... ... shh!|
TIme played: 4 hours 35 minutes
Total time: 7 hours 35 minutes
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