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Dudley's (New, Improved) Dungeon

< May 18th, 2017  Crawldragon
                    
                    
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@ Really sucks when you have a bunch of stuff to identify and only one scroll...
There is a          
photocopier here.   
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@ Oh, cool... exactly what I needed right when I was commenting on needing it. How convenient.
What do you want to 
copy? q             
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@ Should be careful not to push my luck here. About three copies should be enough.
Suddenly the        
librarian appears!  
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@ Excuse me, sir, can I see your library card?
                    
                    
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@ Um, I don't have one.

@ Copies are available for non-patrons for a donation of only ten zorkmids apiece.

                    
                    
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@ How does that work out, though? I mean, I'm just copying a scroll, but can I copy a spellbook for the same price? Is the price dependent on the beatitude of the scroll, or maybe its value?
                    
                    
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@ Do I need to pay extra for a color copy in order to copy a "red" spellbook? And if I get a library card, will it work as a credit card and be able to open doors or is it only really useful in this niche case?
                    
                    
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@ You know, Ted, this isn't going to help get the kids more involved with reading if you keep doing this.

@ We're providing a public service! Why do they feel the need to game the system every time!?

The trend towards greater illiteracy over time correlates paradoxically with the abundance of powergamers.
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9 Comments

#1 Anonymous Thu, 18 May 2017 03:47:06
Well that's one answer to the question about the previous comic, though unlimited identify scrolls at Z$10 apiece (once you've found one) is way too cheap.

#2 Anonymous Thu, 18 May 2017 14:42:03
Come to think of it, the existing Nethack flavortext does seem to suggest that library rooms should exist (""This is no free library, cad!"). A bookworm was already suggested in the comments for comic 954 https://alt.org/nethack/dudley/?954 .

#3 Crawldragon Sun, 21 May 2017 02:52:13
I did consider trying to implement the photocopier in NetHack but I like your idea regarding the restrictions better than the one presented here. Most players would just kill the librarian for free copies. I actually wrote this strip first and the previous one second so that it would set up the premise better.

A free library in the game would also be cool. Maybe it could be a room for the tribute novels from 3.6.0.

#4 Crawldragon Sun, 21 May 2017 02:52:39
I did consider trying to implement the photocopier in NetHack but I like your idea regarding the restrictions better than the one presented here. Most players would just kill the librarian for free copies. I actually wrote this strip first and the previous one second so that it would set up the premise better.

A free library in the game would also be cool. Maybe it could be a room for the tribute novels from 3.6.0.

#5 Anonymous Sun, 21 May 2017 14:25:10
"Most players would just kill the librarian for free copies." -- unless (s)he were heavily guarded like One-Eyed Sam. Conan the Librarian? :-)

#6 Anonymous Sun, 21 May 2017 14:26:25
Another thought: dropping written material (scrolls, spellbooks, and fortune cookies) on a photocopier detects BUC status as with an altar.

#7 Anonymous Mon, 5 Jun 2017 21:08:51
Or she could have nasty wands like a shopkeeper.

#8 ThePathfinder Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:39:49
"Don't copy that FloppySpellbook!"

#9 sparrow4 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:56:03
#8 Haven't visited here in a long time. My first thought: How the heck is ThePathfinder still around?

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