Rex Nebular's Log: Stardate - The Day The Music Died.3: I'd sometimes dreamed about what I'd do if I was a woman for a day. But in none of those dreams did I just wander around picking stuff up and solving puzzles. At least I feel a lot more welcome on this planet now. Now, let's find out where these teleporters go...
When we'd last left our hero, she'd just come out of the gender bender with a brand new gender. I'd found the gender scanner to the south, but first I continue following the carnage my friend had made on his way to the teleporter.
I find another dead guard, and her arm half a screen away. I also find a tape player. Having gotten a tape from a dead body back in the hospital, I do the obvious.
My attempts to put my tape in the tape player showed me one of the quirks with the game's interface.
|Both of these are generic descriptions I get by clicking on random things.|
|Whoever put someone called 'Professor Pyro' in charge of something called 'Project Kablooey' was just asking for trouble.|
Off another dead body I take a credit chip (a credit card, basically) so now I have money if I ever need it.
I entered the teleporter, and noticed that the number above the keypad was the number I used to get to this teleporter. So presumably I can teleport to any location if I know the number of the target teleporter. I test this theory by pressing the number that had been on the surface teleporter, and it works - I end up on the surface. I go back to the village where I'd previously been kicked in the man-region as soon as I went north. Seeing as I no longer have a man-region, I figure I'll be safe.
|Last post I wondered if the game gave me different descriptions depending on my current gender. I think I have my answer.|
|I should have listened to Spengler - the thing in the water is me being ripped apart by piranhas.|
I try to give/put/throw my chicken at the piranhas, but the game won't let me. After picking up a new twinkifruit, I also fail to feed that to the animals.
Out of ideas on the surface, but armed with a new roast chicken, I go back through the teleporter to the underground and do some more exploring.
The southern area of the base had been off limits to me before due to my gender, but now I can pass the scanner safely and find some more rooms. This section is in a U shape, with the gender scanners on each upper section. I start at the western section.
The first door is the entrance to a bar. It's ladies night (every night is ladies night) in the bar so I enter and take a stool. The woman on the seat next to me is a repairwoman, and she starts complaining about the teleporters. I consider using the bar's teleporter until I see what happens to the lady who appears there.
|Maybe she entered the other teleporter while holding her pet wallaby.|
|I didn't understand what the giant flashing arrows were at first. Yes, I'm an idiot.|
For now, I buy some alcohol with my stolen credit chip and continue my exploration lap.
In the south section, I find the armory which I can easily enter with my security card.
|Glad to see the word 'humbled' used correctly, rather than when somebody wins something for being the best in their field.. You can't be humbled by winning an award, people!|
The other thing in the room that looks like it can be used is a blimp's loading ramp. The ramp is currently blocked by a tank which I'm not able to drive. Perhaps I'll find some instructions somewhere – or perhaps it's just there to give the game an opportunity to tell another joke.
|I think I've found ACME's warehouse!|
Trying the lab first, I find it's the recently exploded Professor Pyro's lab - I can tell by the large scorch mark on the floor.
I take some chemicals and check my old screenshots for the instructions for the bomb Professor Pyro had been making. I could have just played the audio tape again I suppose, but who has time for that?
Following the instructions, I make some explosives. I try to take them.
|I laughed out loud at this one.|
In the storage room I find some empty charge cases, which are used to pack explosives. Not a very subtle hint, seeing as I've already tried to take the explosives, but I'm not going to complain. I also find a tar bucket.
|For some reason I thought tar-and-feathering would do something here. That was before I realised the chicken I had was featherless, dead and cooked.|
I put my explosives in the charge cases and try to blow stuff up. First, I try it on the door I can't open.
Then I try throwing them at the piranhas.
|Don't ask me why piranha have a shark fin – I don't know either.|
I even try making an explosive piranha meal.
The codes are:
- 2644 – off-line pending repairs
- 9853 - off-line pending repairs
- 4580 - off-line pending repairs
- 2116 - off-line pending repairs
- 8384 – recently tuned (this is the teleporter on the surface)
- 9113 – recently tuned (this is the teleporter I arrived in at the base)
- 1058 – need minor adjustments
- 0576 – need minor adjustments
- 4229 – due for gender-security maintenance (this is the teleporter that is in the base past the gender scanner)
That last item makes me even more confident that I can use teleporter 4229 to get to the women-only area as a man.
Seeing as teleporter 1058 is in need of minor adjustments, and I haven't been there yet. Let's see what's there.
|Okay. Minor adjustments needed. Understood.|
|I'm alive - and in an exciting new area!|
|Actually, in my experience men's cars are usually tidier than women's cars. It's houses that men keep messy.|
|Hm. 9 potential locations. The possibilities are... well, nine.|
Session time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total time: 3 hours 45 minutes
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