Key & Compass presents:
Friar Bacon's Secret
by Carl Muckenhoupt

Friar Bacon's Secret is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2000 by Carl Muckenhoupt. It was a ToasterComp participant.

In this game, you play as Miles, a peasant hired by Friar Bacon to do manual labor. Friar Bungay asks you to fetch Friar Bacon; he needs to speak to him. But Friar Bacon isn't in his room and he never left the building, so where is he?

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


HiddenStudy SecretPassage Passage-way FriarBacon'sChamber TheScholars'Garden (to town) (to FriarBungay'schamber)

The Scholars' Garden

> i. x knife. x Bungay.

> n.


> knock on Bacon's door. e. (You hear "Time Was" to the north.)

Friar Bacon's Chamber

> x bed. x bookcase. move it. (You find a secret passage.)

> n.

Secret Passage

> x lamp. take lamp. (fixed in place)

> break lamp. (out of reach)

> s. w. s.

The Scholars' Garden

> take mallet. n. e. n.

Secret Passage

You must first examine the lamp before you may destroy it.

> x lamp. x cord.

> cut cord with knifeorbreak lamp with mallet. (+1)

> look. (Outline of door to north.)

> x door. open door. n.

Hidden Study

> x papers. take papers. x sheet. read sheet. x bed.

> x bird. x flagon.

By this time, you should have heard a cricket's call.

> listen. search papers. x device.

> take device. listen to device. (It sounded like Bungay telling Bacon to not travel.)

Fiddle with the steel box:

> x box. x lever. x knob. (Can be set to white, tan, brown, or black.)

> x bread. take bread. put bread in box.

> turn knob to brown. push lever. z. z. z.

> x toast. push lever. z. z. (Smoke!)

> put knife in box. (Ouch.)

In the middle of your experimenting with the box, a platform appeared with a wire head above it. It said "Time Is".

> x head. x red button.

Don't push the red button. Instead, destroy these hellish things.

> take flagon. pour water in box. (+1)

> break bird. (+1)

> break device. (+1)

> hit head with mallet. (+1; "Time Is Past")

*** You have made a difference ***



Unbeknownst to you, both men are time travellers from the future.




You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 5, in some turns, earning you the rank of ranking.


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