ClubFloyd Transcript:
Napier's Cache by Vivienne Dunstan
As played on ifMUD on August 26, 2018

The idea behind ClubFloyd is that each week at a pre-arranged time, a group of people meet online to cooperatively play a game of interactive fiction.

Below is a transcript of Napier's Cache written by Vivienne Dunstan. This game was part of the 2018 IntroComp. You can download it by visiting the IntroComp website.


WARNING! Below you will find a transcript of people playing this game, and it goes without saying that the transcript is full of spoilers. So, if you've never played this game, and think you might like to at some point, I do not recommend reading any further. Instead, you might want to return to the interactive fiction page.


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Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load sleepmask ic18napier"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Scotland, 1594:
Floyd | The sea spray blasts your face, as you stand on the exposed clifftop,
Floyd | looking towards Fast Castle on the outcrop ahead. Your master stands
Floyd | beside you, leaning heavily on his stick, seemingly deep in thought.
Floyd | Little wonder, given what faces him in there. What a hellish place.
Floyd | You pause to remember what Napier told you about the reasons for this
Floyd | visit ...
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Please press SPACE to continue.
Plover says (to Floyd), "score"
Plover presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | Napier's Cache
Floyd | An Interactive Scottish Historical Adventure by Vivienne Dunstan
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 180727 / Inform 7 build 6M62 (I6/v6.33 lib
Floyd | 6/12N)
Floyd |
Floyd | Workshop
Floyd | This room in Napier's home Gartness Castle is where he spends most of
Floyd | his waking hours, working on numerous projects and conducting strange
Floyd | experiments. Beside one wall a desk and chair sit, the desk covered
Floyd | with papers lying haphazardly on the surface, though somehow Napier
Floyd | always finds what he is looking for. A cupboard provides storage, and
Floyd | on the floor a rich rug provides warmth, one of the few signs of
Floyd | conventional comfort. A small window is the only source of natural
Floyd | light, though your master usually works late at night, burning many a
Floyd | candle. Through a stone archway a staircase leads down to the floors
Floyd | below. A ladder is propped up near one wall, leading up to an opening
Floyd | in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a handwritten note here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Turloc goes home.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "about"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > ABOUT
Floyd |
Floyd | This game is based on real historical events. The original contract
Floyd | drawn up between Robert Logan of Restalrig and John Napier for the
Floyd | treasure hunt still survives today. And Napier was infamous for his
Floyd | occult practices, alongside his perhaps better known mathematical
Floyd | skills.
Floyd |
Floyd | But much of the game is fictional. For example, relatively little is
Floyd | known about Fast Castle, which is now barely more than a few rocks on
Floyd | a stump of rock jutting out into the North Sea. Nor do we know if
Floyd | Napier really found the treasure. But it's a great tale that a game
Floyd | can be spun from.
Floyd |
Floyd | The author also has a family link with the story. Robert Logan of
Floyd | Restalrig was my direct ancestor, definitely one of my more infamous
Floyd | ones!
Floyd |
Floyd | For thanks to playtesters etc. please use the CREDITS command.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I do like the premise of this game."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "credits"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > CREDITS
Floyd |
Floyd | Inform 7 is the work of Graham Nelson.
Floyd |
Floyd | Many thanks to my testers for the game: Jennifer Schmidt (bikibird),
Floyd | Martin Dunstan, mathbrush, Mike Carletta, Mike Spivey and Nick Marsh.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thanks also to Victor Ojuel, for encouraging me to write this game in
Floyd | the first place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Nice"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read note"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > READ NOTE
Floyd |
Floyd | Written in your master's barely legible handwriting, this is a list of
Floyd | the items he needs you to find to take on the trip to Berwickshire.
Floyd | They are his grimoire, crystal ball, wooden chest, alchemical supplies
Floyd | and his familiar.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x familiar"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X FAMILIAR
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "think about familiar"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > THINK ABOUT FAMILIAR
Floyd |
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to think.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Plover has had his fill of playing for now, and goes back to the Lounge. DavidW says, "I think you'll know what it is when you see it."
Jacqueline says, "Heh. I suspect so."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look through window"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > LOOK THROUGH WINDOW
Floyd |
Floyd | Gazing through the window you see the Stirlingshire countryside
Floyd | outside, and wish you were out there, not stuck in here. But then you
Floyd | notice something on the window sill: a curious shape. You approach,
Floyd | and realise that it is a glass globe, your master's crystal ball.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Turloc arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take ball"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE BALL
Floyd |
Floyd | You pick up the crystal ball carefully, reminded again of its
Floyd | surprising weight, and its unnerving power to pull your gaze within.
Floyd | Your master uses it to divine and scry for information. You do not
Floyd | understand how it works; it must be some strange power. You shudder,
Floyd | and put the object carefully on the desk, ready for the journey to
Floyd | Fast Castle. Perhaps he will find it useful there, in the hunt for the
Floyd | castle's hidden treasure.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
jenrexrode says, "hi turloc"
Plover arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Plover says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Workshop
Floyd | This room in Napier's home Gartness Castle is where he spends most of
Floyd | his waking hours, working on numerous projects and conducting strange
Floyd | experiments. Beside one wall a desk and chair sit, the desk covered
Floyd | with papers lying haphazardly on the surface, though somehow Napier
Floyd | always finds what he is looking for. A cupboard provides storage, and
Floyd | on the floor a rich rug provides warmth, one of the few signs of
Floyd | conventional comfort. A small window is the only source of natural
Floyd | light, though your master usually works late at night, burning many a
Floyd | candle. Through a stone archway a staircase leads down to the floors
Floyd | below. A ladder is propped up near one wall, leading up to an opening
Floyd | in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | On Napier's desk is a round ball of multi-coloured glass.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a handwritten note here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Turloc says, "hi, jenrexrode"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open cupboard"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > OPEN CUPBOARD
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the cupboard, revealing an ornate wooden box.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x box"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X BOX
Floyd |
Floyd | You recognise the ornately worked wooden box as your master's
Floyd | alchemical supplies.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take box"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE BOX
Floyd |
Floyd | You carefully pull out the highly ornate wooden box of alchemical
Floyd | supplies, chemicals and glassware, taking care not to damage its
Floyd | precious contents. There is a scientific method to much that your
Floyd | master does. He is highly skilled in techniques in chemistry, natural
Floyd | philosophy and biology, as well as in alchemy. But always alongside
Floyd | the more rational scientific approaches runs something darker, less
Floyd | acceptable to the authorities even in these dangerous times, something
Floyd | that your master's "clients" like Logan of Restalrig know full well
Floyd | when they hire him to work for them. You decide to put the box on the
Floyd | desk for now, rather than carry it around.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Two down."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x rug"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X RUG
Floyd |
Floyd | The rug is wonderfully soft, perhaps one of the few luxuries Napier
Floyd | has allowed himself. It is rather old now, and fading, but still
Floyd | exudes comfort.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look under rug"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > LOOK UNDER RUG
Floyd |
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "move rug"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > MOVE RUG
Floyd |
Floyd | You could move the rug, but it is settled where it is, and exactly as
Floyd | Napier likes it. You think it best to leave it where it is.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "No trapdoor for you!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "search papers"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > SEARCH PAPERS
Floyd |
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "move papers"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > MOVE PAPERS
Floyd |
Floyd | You consider lifting the papers, but Napier is obsessive about what he
Floyd | writes on them, and their haphazard order. So you leave them alone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X DESK
Floyd |
Floyd | You cast your eyes over your master's desk. As well as a messy pile of
Floyd | varied papers, all covered in his handwriting, you spot a corded rope
Floyd | lure that he uses for his pet bird.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Plover has had his fill of playing for now, and goes back to the Lounge. Jacqueline asks, "A PET BIRD, EH??"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take lure"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE LURE
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x lure"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X LURE
Floyd |
Floyd | About two feet long, this is a thick corded rope tied around at
Floyd | intervals with red and blue ribbons. Your master's bird, that horrible
Floyd | creature, finds it fascinating.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Dave goes home. Jacqueline asks, "So, anything else before we leave the room?"
Jacqueline says, "Also, the sun is hitting me square in the eye. Must move. One sec."
DavidW says, "The common theme seems to be that everything your master likes is unsettling in one way or another."
Roger says, "that's what makes them masterly"
jenrexrode says (to jacq), "there's only the one window..."
Knight_Otu says, "That seems to be everything in this room."
DavidW says, "I think you missed the chair, but otherwise you're good."
jenrexrode says, "I guess if you can't see the bird, no sense in jiggling the lure"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put lure on window sill"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > PUT LURE ON WINDOW SILL
Floyd |
Floyd | Putting things on the window would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x sill"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X SILL
Floyd |
Floyd | You stare again at the wonderful view out of the window on to the
Floyd | surrounding Stirlingshire countryside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put lure on sill"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > PUT LURE ON SILL
Floyd |
Floyd | Putting things on the window would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "mmkay"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x chai"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X CHAI
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > X CHAIR
Floyd |
Floyd | Napier is often found sitting in this simple but comfortable wooden
Floyd | chair.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sit in chair"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > SIT IN CHAIR
Floyd |
Floyd | Well you could sit on the chair, but you haven't really got time for
Floyd | this. And Napier would hardly be impressed if he caught you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, u or d?"
Knight_Otu says, "Up, I'd say."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Library
Floyd |
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You climb carefully up the ladder to the library.
Floyd |
Floyd | Library
Floyd | It is no wonder your master sends you up to fetch the books now.
Floyd | Climbing that ladder is hazardous enough for anyone. This is a cramped
Floyd | space, squeezed into the top of the castle turret, with a rickety
Floyd | ladder leading down to the workshop below. Gaps in the roof structure
Floyd | allow shafts of light to slant through, but the room is just about
Floyd | watertight. Piles of books lie all around, in no particular order.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x books"
Floyd ]  Library
Floyd |
Floyd | > X BOOKS
Floyd |
Floyd | The books are all over the place. You would need to search them
Floyd | systematically to have any hope of finding anything.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "search books"
Floyd ]  Library
Floyd |
Floyd | > SEARCH BOOKS
Floyd |
Floyd | You search thoroughly through the books, and after ages are about to
Floyd | give up, then you spot something important poking out from one pile.
Floyd | You carefully ease it out. It is your master's grimoire.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take grimoire"
Floyd ]  Library
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE GRIMOIRE
Floyd |
Floyd | You reach over for the grimoire, struck again by its weight and heft.
Floyd | It is just one of many books that Napier uses to research solutions to
Floyd | problems, but it is by far his most precious, containing notes and
Floyd | spells collected over many years. It is a large leather-bound volume,
Floyd | with a black cover, and his family crest on the front. The pages
Floyd | inside are fragile, and bear the signs of much use. All are covered
Floyd | with his rapid handwriting, as well as writing in other hands that you
Floyd | do not recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | You do not think the volume contains much information about Robert
Floyd | Logan of Restalrig, who invited your master to Berwickshire on this
Floyd | latest quest, though there may be some notes about Logan's ancestry
Floyd | and his connections with various noble and royal families. However,
Floyd | the grimoire will certainly contain other information that may help on
Floyd | the spot there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, um, do we deposit everything on the table downstairs, akin to the case in Zork I?"
Knight_Otu says, "It seems that way."
DavidW says, "I used the desk, myself."
jenrexrode asks, "can the window be opened?"
DavidW says, "If I understand how this intro works, you mostly just have to find things and take them."
DavidW says, "You don't need to put them anywhere specific."
Jacqueline says, "oh, okay"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Library
Floyd |
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   Napier's grimoire
Floyd |   a corded rope lure
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Workshop
Floyd | This room in Napier's home Gartness Castle is where he spends most of
Floyd | his waking hours, working on numerous projects and conducting strange
Floyd | experiments. Beside one wall a desk and chair sit, the desk covered
Floyd | with papers lying haphazardly on the surface, though somehow Napier
Floyd | always finds what he is looking for. A cupboard provides storage, and
Floyd | on the floor a rich rug provides warmth, one of the few signs of
Floyd | conventional comfort. A small window is the only source of natural
Floyd | light, though your master usually works late at night, burning many a
Floyd | candle. Through a stone archway a staircase leads down to the floors
Floyd | below. A ladder is propped up near one wall, leading up to an opening
Floyd | in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | On Napier's desk are an ornate wooden box and a round ball of
Floyd | multi-coloured glass.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a handwritten note here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take note"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE NOTE
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read note"
Floyd ]  Workshop
Floyd |
Floyd | > READ NOTE
Floyd |
Floyd | Written in your master's barely legible handwriting, this is a list of
Floyd | the items he needs you to find to take on the trip to Berwickshire.
Floyd | They are his grimoire, crystal ball, wooden chest, alchemical supplies
Floyd | and his familiar.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "So, wooden chest and mean bird."
Jacqueline asks, "Down?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
DavidW says, "yes"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bedroom
Floyd |
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Bedroom
Floyd | Napier's bedroom is a large room, but largely empty beyond the modest
Floyd | bed in the middle of the room, and clearly little used, certainly no
Floyd | more than necessary. Through a stone arch the staircase of the tower
Floyd | runs up and down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd ]  Bedroom
Floyd |
Floyd | > LOOK UNDER BED
Floyd |
Floyd | You kneel down and look under the bed. Yes, there is something there.
Floyd | You reach in, and drag something out. It is a chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "SHOCKING AND UNEXPECTED"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take chest"
Floyd ]  Bedroom
Floyd |
Floyd | > TAKE CHEST
Floyd |
Floyd | You pull the chest towards you, and throw it open. The smell of old
Floyd | wood and something else that you can't quite put your finger on
Floyd | assails you. This is the chest that Napier always takes on journeys
Floyd | and research trips, to store his equipment. Though of course it is
Floyd | you, the assistant, who has to carry it about. You know that where you
Floyd | are going, Fast Castle, is remote and isolated, lashed by the waves
Floyd | and balanced precariously over the North Sea. You will have to make
Floyd | sure that Napier has all that he might need there, and the chest will
Floyd | be put to good use. You close the chest for now, relieved to have
Floyd | found it, ready for this latest journey. It is heavy, so you leave it
Floyd | on the floor here for now. At least you know where it is.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Our name is Mule McCannon-Fodder."
Jacqueline asks, "Down again?"
Jacqueline says (to DW), "heh"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Servants' Area
Floyd |
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Servants' Area
Floyd | This simple unfurnished space leads from the tower Napier appropriated
Floyd | for his own use through the servant rooms to the more comfortable
Floyd | sections intended for the family. Steps lead back up to Napier's
Floyd | rooms, and an arched doorway leads east to the rest of the castle.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a maid and a large black bird here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I was certain the bird would be on the top of the map."
jenrexrode says, "oh there"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "lure bird"
Floyd ]  Servants' Area
Floyd |
Floyd | > LURE BIRD
Floyd |
Floyd | You wave the lure towards the bird, and attract its attention. It
Floyd | flies over to you, and seems willing to go with you, perhaps realising
Floyd | that its master needs it to do this. You shudder as it approaches,
Floyd | reminded how much you despise it. Undoubtedly the truest physical
Floyd | representation of your master's dark arts, this jet black bird strikes
Floyd | terror into all others who see it. Servants and neighbours mutter
Floyd | darkly of it, and even the local parish minister has preached against
Floyd | it none too subtly in the kirk pulpit. Yet your master seems to find
Floyd | it helpful, even if all others loathe it.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just as you locate the last item on the list, Napier appears, a flurry
Floyd | of black cloak and long beard. "Ah you found everything we need. Good!
Floyd | We must leave soon for Fast Castle, though whether we will find the
Floyd | treasure Logan seeks I am not so sure. I certainly hope so. The reward
Floyd | would be great."
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Please press SPACE to continue.
DavidW says, "ah drat. You missed the part where the bird attacks the maid."
Jacqueline says, "oh noes"
Knight_Otu says, "You'd think that's a good thing."
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Servants' Area
Floyd | To be continued, when the secrets of mysterious Fast Castle and its
Floyd | dangerous owner will be revealed ...
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** The End ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, QUIT or UNDO the last
Floyd | command?
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I'm sure she prefers it this way."
Knight_Otu says, "That truly was quick."
DavidW says, "My feeling about Napier's Cache is, yes, I want to see more of the game, but this intro doesn't really tell us what the main part of the game will be like."
Jacqueline says, "Fair."
Jacqueline says, "But the writing is good and if nothing else I like that Vivienne has a personal connection."
Jacqueline says, "Must be fun for her to explore."
DavidW says, "yes, Vivienne writes well. Also codes well, from what I saw."




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