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> Rob some tickets from somebody.
>Come up with a Zany Scheme to use the tickets as a rope to the arcade's vents.
> Find an Anti-Necromancer
> find the gay clown
> Steal the CD player to play the Mix CD
Edited by KeironCioran on Sep 20th 2019 at 3:31:43 AM
> Think about what to do
Right as you land outside of Convergence, you spot another guest in the arcade. With a smile, they wave to you, probably somewhat weirded out by the fact that a whole-ass person... robot... thing just came out of a TV screen.
You, of course, wave back. Manners.
> Ask someone what game is the best for getting tickets.
You aimlessly walk around a little more, and give MaRTINa and Fitz a wave as you pass by them watching the projectors. It looks like somebody's livestreaming a game about giant robots.
One of the guys at the concession stand notices you dawdling, and goes, "hey, kid, are you lost or somethin'?"
You assure him that you're okay — or try to, anyway — and ask what the best way to get credits for the prize counter is.
"Try the one with the cyborg on the cabinet," he says, weakly pointing in the vague direction of the shooting galleries.
> Come up with a Zany Scheme to use the tickets as a rope to the arcade's vents.
It'd be a bit hard to do that with virtual currency, no? Even if you could somehow get the physical tickets to show up, it'd be rather cumbersome.
You make your way toward the light gun games. Not too far away, you hear a certain bear madly laughing with another ursine friend, and without drawing attention to yourself, you try to listen in.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. You squint in a bit, and as you're thinking about how sweet it would be to show that dingus what for, the space around you tints into an odd shade of blue...
> Rob some tickets from Carlisle
Your vision zooms into Carlisle, and you can see not only his profile card, but all of the bogus transactions he's made over the day. He came in with 150 credits and was sitting pretty on 345,000. You're no expert in the space, but it'd take nothing short of a miracle to do something like that.
There's additional options alongside the card as well. "View History," "Watchlist" ...and a funky little button that says "Transfer Funds." Shady? Maybe. But it's not like that hypocrite was gonna do anything good with 'em.
You input a request for 344,850 credits by focusing your sight on the particular digits, and spoof the name on it to read "FG Mods" rather than "Felix S. Verbose." You blink once. Everything's back to its regular shade, and you check your own card. 345,250 C.
You pass by the Anti-Necromancy sign again, and catch one fellow stepping out of the curtain beneath. He's got a shirt on that says "ALL MY BEACHES LOVE ME," a pair of thick glasses... and a hi-top fade.
You do a double take, and he turns around as he sees you step forward. He laughs a little as he notices.
"You're one smart cookie, aren't you? Figuring out about your powers early. I'm impressed."
Wait, what? You raise a finger to speak, but before you can ask him what the hell that means, he goes, "Shhhhh. Don't ruin the surprise," and smiles before walking off.
A beat passes, and you head back off toward the prize counter.
Does it count as stealing if you buy something with twice-ill-gotten cash? Yes.
Whatever, it's a bit of a wash anyway. You present your card to the fellow at the counter.
You nod. "Knew a guy named Felix Bianco once. Real nice fellow. Hunts ghosts for a livin'. Ain't that a funny coincidence?"
Sure. "Have a good one, kid."
You got the CD Player! -1000 C.
Edited by Tre on Sep 21st 2019 at 9:28:33 AM
> Play CD
> then beat the cd with a potted plant
> repair the CD after your rage.
>And the CD player too, for that matter.
> go to the nearest lesbian couple and ask them plot-relevant questions
> ask said lesbian couple if bears exist.
>Go to the arcade cabinet labelled “GAME OVER: PRESS R TO TRY AGAIN”.
>Ask the arcade cabinet plot-relevant questions.
> Press the R button.
> Play the CD
The case ends up having not one, but two copies of the mix in the case. They have the same songs, though one has green writing on the disc, and the other is all in red.
It seems to be a bunch of electronic jams. You dig it.
There aren't any potted plants nearby to speak of, and you remember the bespectacled fellow's sage advice: Don't be stupid.
> Go to the arcade cabinet labelled “GAME OVER: PRESS R TO TRY AGAIN”.
You stop at another game — a platformer, from the looks of it. There's a boy with a cape on the cabinet.
> Ask the arcade cabinet plot-relevant questions.
You're suddenly compelled to use the cabinet as your own personal oracle.
"What am I?"
"ONE SMART COOKIE," the text on its screen says.
"Are there other folks like me?"
"AIN'T NO ONE LIKE YOU 'CEPT YOU."
"Are digital beings immortal?"
"ANYTHING CAN BE DELETED."
"YOU'RE A THING, AREN'T YOU?"
> Press the R button
You hover your hand over the cabinet's "R" button, but take it back just before depressing it. This thing's got a bad energy about it.
You try not to think about it as you head off.
You spot a pair of ladies at one of the kart racing games. One of them, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, is in the middle of her third lap out of five, while the other, with long purple hair, watched from nearby.
"If you're tryin' to race, I got this one to finish before I can show ya what for," the one in the hat says.
"Oh, do excuse her eager nature," the purple-haired one adds. "We don't visit often, so she gets invested quite easily."
You introduce yourself, and ask if they knew anyone who had their eyes go blue before, the way yours seemed to. "Heavens, no! I do recommend you get that checked, dear."
"Well, there was that one girl we met near the Old Folks' Home. Looked kinda boxy like you, too, but she was a real piece of work. Got a little too trigger-happy with a cannon, to be honest."
You ask if they remembered anything else about her. "Oh, yes, she did have a lot to say about falling out of the sky. I do hope she hadn't bumped her head on the way down."
Seems she wasn't the only one.
"Isn't there one hootin'-n'-hollerin' over there?" the hat girl says. She points across the game floor, and out of the corner of your eye you notice Carlisle sweating intensely as he keeps looking away from his card and back again.
"I... don't think that's what our guest meant, darling."
It wasn't, but there's still something oddly satisfying about it.
Edited by Tre on Sep 21st 2019 at 9:27:58 AM
> Look for that girl at Old Folk's Home.
>flirt with carlisle
> then ask carlisle philosophical questions
> let Carlisle listen to the Mix CD.
>Find any people who visit the Old Folk's Home regularly.
Edited by TabbyGirl4 on Sep 21st 2019 at 12:37:21 PM
>And steal a rocking chair
> flirt with carlisle
You get a dumb idea and let the couple go about their business, making your way back toward the shooting galleries. The nerdy bear (like, in the literal sense, just to be clear) is still dumbfounded at how he got figured out, when you get his attention by tapping him on the shoulder.
"Hey, are you Batman?" you ask, equally cheeky and awkward as hell. "Because I'd totally let you be my Dark Knight."
Carlisle blinks for a moment, and then says, "Aren't you that weirdo that was cheesing the Skee-Ball machine?"
"The past is in the past, my friend," you say.
"But I think the two of us just might have a future."
"You look like a ripoff of a Minecraft creeper." He tilts his nose up. "I bet you hiss like one, too."
There's something distinctly rude about that remark. You almost regret committing to this bit, but it seems like you're stuck with it now.
"If a creeper explodes in the woods without a player present on the server, does it make a hiss?"
Your attempt at being profound is met with an annoyed silence. Why even bother being nice to this guy, anyway? It's not like you owe him anyth— oh. Right.
> Let Carlisle listen to the Mix CD.
You present him with one of the two copies of Newness 5. You figure there's not much use in keeping both, so you give him the one in red, and keep the green one for yourself. Carlisle's still somewhat apprehensive, but he's intrigued, and you let him take a listen to one of the tunes:
I fell down to earth From a hundred miles away, and somehow I still make it work But it's overrated and somehow played out
"Hmm. Typically I'm not a fan of this sing-rap nonsense, but there's something endearing about this." You mention that most of the rest of the mix is pretty electronic-heavy, and he says he'll consider taking a full listen sometime, adding the disc to his own inventory.
What he doesn't know won't hurt him, you guess.
> Find any people who visit the Old Folk's Home regularly.
"You wouldn't happen to know anyone familiar with the Old Folks' Home, would you?" you ask him. "I heard that another person like me might be around there."
"You should try to find Sofi," he says. "There's hardly a corner of this town she doesn't know like the back of her hand."
You remember that Fitz mentioned her while talking to you about the hyperlinks, and head back over to him at the projector televisions, asking if he could introduce you to her.
"Well, sure," Fitz says. "She's a hard one to keep track of, though. Hangs out all over the place, but I bet we could find her in the Yacks. I know a shortcut, too," he says, motioning over to a glowing seam in the wall next to the concession stand."
You ask to see if MaRTINa would be interested in coming along, but Fitz says, "She wanted to get a couple more rounds of Whatcha Listenin' To in before signing off for a while, but we exchanged tags, so she can catch up later."
Fitz places a palm on the seam, and you do the same. With a flash of white, you both appear in a lounge with purple walls and oddly 50's styled architecture, and from a speaker in the middle of the curvy table next to its couch, you hear a voice say, "The fact that movies on TV have a bunch of commercials peppered in between is a blessing in disguise, innit?"
Through a door on the other side of the room, you both step out onto the sidewalk of a city street. The storefronts are labeled with names like "Happiness," "The Weird Dream Emporium," "Item Get!" and "Songs in Your Head."
"Welcome to the Yack Fest!" Fitz says.
Edited by Tre on Sep 22nd 2019 at 8:33:18 AM
>Check the Song of the Day. And any Memorial ones if there are any.
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