Key & Compass presents:
Tea and Toast
by Matt Weiner

Tea and Toast is a Z-machine interactive fiction story written with Inform 7 and is © 2014 by Matt Weiner (as "Maria del Pangolin"). It was a participant in Shufflecomp 2014.

In this pleasant one-room slice of life, you play as Maria. You've just woken up and entered the kitchen. You want to make some tea and toast before the alarm clock goes off and fully wakes Lily.

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

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This game is rather relaxing. Please don't stress about the tea-making or the toast-making or the clock. It's not that kind of game. Feel free to do things at your own pace.

Still, this walkthrough does try to do as much as possible in the time available.

> fill kettle with water. turn off sink.

> plug kettle in outlet. turn on kettle.

> put tea in strainer. put strainer in teapot.

> open cabinet. take two cups.

> close cabinet. put cups on table.

> open breadbox.

> slice loaf with knife. again.

> take all slice.

> put all slice in toaster.

> plug in toaster.

About this time, the kettle switches off.

> turn on toaster.

> pour kettle into teapot.

> put loaf in breadbox. close box. put knife on counter.

> x wallet. x book.

The tea is steeped and ready to pour.

> take strainer.

> pour tea into teacup.

> pour tea into teacup.

The toast pops.

> take all toast. put all toast on table.

About this time, around 7:07 am, you hear the clock radio briefly before it's shut off again. The tea and toast are ready. Now you're just waiting for Lily.

> x fridge.

> x Chopster.

> x rice cooker.

> put strainer on counter.

> x me. x sink.

Lily arrives.

*** Ah, tea and toast ***

The game always ends with Lily's arrival, whether or not you've made any tea or toast yet.




The response to CREDITS is:

"Tea and Toast" was written for ShuffleComp 2014. Participants were given a list of eight songs suggested by other participants as inspiration for their games.

The game was primarily inspired by Lucy Spraggan's "Tea and Toast," suggested by Justin de Vesine, with cameos from the other songs on the list:

Thanks to all!

Huge thanks to betatesters Andrew Schultz, Lucian Smith, and Carl Muckenhoupt, to Felix Larsson for the slice disambiguation code, to Aaron Reed whose Example One was an inspiration, to Sam Ashwell for organizing ShuffleComp, and to the Inform team and extension authors without whom none of this would be possible (Graham Nelson, Emily Short, Eric Eve, Sean Turner, and Jon Ingold all wrote extensions used in this game as of version 0.2).

Thanks also to all the friends, acquaintances, and more who have offered advice on making tea. (For the record, I am informed that the the teapot in question is strictly decorative.)


Tea things
Toast things
Other things

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