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You only get one!

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Friday, December 13th, 2013 7:20 pm

Well, well, well! This is a theme I can actually get behind. I’ve already got a game idea to play around with and if I can get it done quickly enough I might work on a second one.

Fire Damp

You play the part of a Knocker Man, a person who is called when Fire Damp– Methane and the other flammable gasses that accumulate in coal mines– is discovered. It’s your job to go into the deeps, with little more than a glowing worm and a little cricket that makes noise when around Fire Damp and set it off. To do this, you have two tools: The Candle-ona-Stick and the Flaming Rag Slinger. The Candle-ona-Stick allows you to light fire damp from a short distance away. The Flaming Rag Slinger launches a fiery rag in the chosen direction, lighting the fire damp. Depending on how far you are away from the fire is how much damage you take. Too close and you die!

Now, why would you EVER want to use the Candle-ona-Stick? Well, because the Flaming Rag Slinger doesn’t make for good stories. And that’s what you’re trying for. You’re trying to accumulate the best record and story, so that when you finally retire you’ll have an easy time finding yourself a wife and believe you me saying, “An’ then I lit the candle, the sounds of the mine shiftin’ an’ the props creakin’ all ’round me, an’ I thrust it forward into the heart of the darkness. There was a moment of silence, then the ROAR of Fire Damp burning hit me, an’ then the BLAST hit me, an’ I was thrown back. But here I am, alive and well.” is quite a bit more interesting to the opposite sex than “I ran back a ways and chucked a burnin’ ball of rags down the tunnel. The explosion barely even reached me.” After all, who wants a SMART mate when you can have a DARING one.

(The idea is vaguely based on the Knocker Men described in the Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchet. :D)

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