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Let's play pedit5

Elzair

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Since the Codex is a prestigious magazine, I thought it deserved some more exclusive content. It is nice that various Codexer's have LPed various off-ball games. Without Black Cat or Ghost Dog, I would have never given Shin Megami Tensei I, II or STRIFE the time of day. I would now like to make my own contribution by providing an LP of a game that (probably) few of you have heard of and even fewer (if any) have ever played. The game I am LP'ing is rather unremarkable except for one thing: it is the earliest known cRPG.


Without further ado, let's play pedit5!


This game was written by Rusty Rutherford in 1974-5 for the PLATO network. Supposedly, it was released only a few months after the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The game was promptly deleted, but, apparently, the game was revived as orthanc1. The game mostly involves exploring a (static) one-level dungeon, bashing doors, killing monsters and finding treasure.

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Since this game can only be run on the PLATO system, and I can't find the software anywhere on the internet, I had no choice but to ask the good folks at cyber1 for an account.

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This is the main menu of the PLATO system. I type in the name of the game.

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Huh?!

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Let's first RTFM.

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What a set-up!

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Let's learn about stats!

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Now, onto movement!

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It is now time to learn about time!

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Tell me about monsters!

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What about booty?

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When can I level-up?


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What about spells?

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Not that I think the game will ever be improved, but let's read the last section for teh lulz.

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I guess I'll have to play that some day too. Now, let's get to it.

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I create a new character.

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For the glory of Codexia!

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I press the Up arrow.

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What, no ASCII?! Graphix whores!

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I move on up the corridor and take a left.

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To get through a door, I have to bash it down.

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This takes me to another corridor.

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I find a room with some treasure in it.

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My first encounter is with a lvl 2 giant rat. Since I can't run, I choose to fight.

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:rage:

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Alright, let's try this guy.

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I find a secret door just up the way from the Dungeon exit.

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Inside I find a lvl 4 Medusa. I flee.

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It looks like I have no choice . . .

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:rage:

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This game sure is hard!

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Yipee!

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I find a lvl 1 human. Maybe I can take him on.

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:yeah: First kill!

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Look ma, a stats screen!

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Since this is a level 3 human, and I don't want to die again, I see if magic can help.

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Let's try Sleep.

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Nighty-night!

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I then put his lights out for good.

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I find another level 1 monster.

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I am on a roll!

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This should be easy.

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:rage: :rage: :rage:

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I wonder what happens if I move toward the exit.

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It displays this message and kicks me back to PLATO's main menu. I re-enter the game.

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It looks like I can resume this character if I know the password Secret name.

BTW, I am only using that password for this one update, so don't get any funny ideas.

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I find another monster.

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I explore the dungeon a little bit more . . .

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. . . before dying again. I think I will do another update if I ever get close to beating it.
 

Black

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Looks a lot like deus ex 3 for some reason.
 
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Crooked Bee

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Heh, looks nice.
 

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