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Video Game / Eric the Unready

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An Interactive Fiction game by Steve Meretzky, released by Legend Entertainment in 1993.

As The Klutz knight Sir Eric the Unready, you must embark on a quest to end all quests — save the princess from an evil plot to take over the kingdom! And, of course, earn some respect for yourself, you unlucky buffoon, you.

Boris Vallejo provided the awesome cover art.

This game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of knighthood in general and every fantasy trope even remotely applicable to it.
  • All There in the Manual: The authors' preferred form of Copy Protection.
  • Anachronism Stew: Bud the Wizard watches satellite TV in his tower. Hey, he's a wizard!
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Princess Lorealle's fate if you fail to rescue her in time.
  • Batman Cold Open: The game's actual gameplay starts off with a short story about a Curse Escape Clause, see below.
  • Black Knight: The Dreaded Knight of the Black Pauldron.
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  • Bland-Name Product: Quite a few of these.
    "Welcome to Baskin Bobbin's!"
  • Butt-Monkey: Eric The Unready himself and, by proxy, the player.
  • Copy Protection: You have to buy a new suit of armour once the game starts proper, and the copy protection codes are your armour element sizes, which is All There in the Manual.
  • Curse Escape Clause: A farmer applies for a knight's help in invoking this for his daughter, whom the local witch has apparently turned into a pig. Sir Eric steps up to the challenge. Averted when it turns out the girl was gone shopping. The pig enjoyed the kiss, at least.
  • Distressed Damsel: The princess Lorealle The Worthy, who Eric is supposed to be saving.
  • Double Entendre: Used repeatedly.
    "She's a typical farmer's daughter with great-looking apples."
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: One of the many McGuffins Eric has to procure are The Bolt Cutters Of Doom!
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  • Edible Bludgeon: How Sir Eric (unwittingly) wins his fight against the dreaded Knight Of the Black Pauldron.
  • Game Show: Eric will have to go through one during his adventures. As tradition holds, it's a mini-game!