Strange Leaflet Quest
- You receive the Strange Leaflet, the first time you visit The Council of Loathing after reaching Level 9.
- The Council of Loathing: Your name is $Name, right? This came in the mail for you.
- When you receive the strange leaflet, read it:
You read the leaflet, and things become less... illustrated.
You are standing in an open field west of a white house. The house's front door is closed. You hear a gurgling stream to the south, and a path leads north into a dense forest.
Hints, Tips and Walkthrough
- When exploring the Leaflet, simple commands will do everything - two or three words, four is the maximum needed (for instance, throw (item) at (target)).
- Movement is normally by compass directions - north, south, east, west. Up and down also work. You can even abbreviate these to N, S, E, W, U and D.
- Some of the items you find will be in your Leaflet inventory rather than your main in-game KOL inventory. To pick up an item, take (item) or get (item). To check your Leaflet inventory, type inventory (you can abbreviate this to "i"). Some items will not appear in your leaflet inventory, they will show up in your real KOL inventory instead.
- Look at everything. Really EVERYTHING - the in-place features as well as the items, including some of the most unlikely and irrelevant things. There is at least one feature that can be examined, that changes from ascension to ascension and from player to player.
- You may type exit at any time to return to your KOL inventory, or use any link at the top of the screen to return to KOL. When you return to the Leaflet, you will be exactly in the same situation as when you left it.
- A full walkthrough for the Leaflet, not including any secret words, can be found here.
- If the game suggests you may not be able to return from an area, take heed, and make sure you have done everything in the previous areas that you can, before proceeding tinto the new area.
- If you explore thoroughly, you can learn a spell usable outside the leaflet, and even keep that skill when you ascend. However, you will have to be VERY observant early on in order to find the method of getting the skill out of the leaflet and into KOL proper.
- There is a trophy which you can sometimes get as well. It's not available every run.
- There is an easter egg that gives a hefty bonus to all substats, involving magic words that are magic words or easter-eggs from some really old text adventure games.
- Typing Win Game will cause you to win.
- Typing any profanity will yield this message: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth??
- Look out for references to the oldest computer adventure game of all, the Colossal Cave Adventure, originally known simply as "Adventure" - you can find this game's homepage at http://www.rickadams.org/adventure/.
- Another hidden reference can be found to an easter egg in another old text adventure game, Scott Adams' "Pirate Adventure".
- Entering in a message in this format: Throw [anything] at [anything] yields this message: Your request to throw something, presumably at something else, made no sense to me. Perhaps you're trying to throw an item you don't have, or throw an item at a target that doesn't exist, or perhaps those objects simply aren't intended to interact in that way. For more information on the proper throwing of objects, send your name and address to "Throwing: A Guide For Beginners", Pueblo, Colorado, 80019.
- You can count the leaves in the pile of leaves, the number is the same as in piles of leaves from various Infocom games.
- There are numerous references throughout this quest to Infocom text adventure computer games, also known as "interactive fiction":
- Much of this quest -- including the house, the mailbox, the leaflet, the sword, the references to Frobozz, the grue, the pile of 69,105 leaves, and the jeweled egg that you can't open -- refers to the 1980 game Zork I: The Great Underground Empire. Zork was the first text-adventure game to have a sophisticated command parser that could handle commands as complicated as "give the ball, the marble, and the car to the demon". (By contrast, no command in the Colossal Cave Adventure could be more than two words.)
- The CLEESH and GNUSTO spells are both references to the 1983 game Enchanter.
- Typing Consult Guide is a reference to the 1984 game The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. So is the bowl of petunias, and the reference to the whale.
- The soccer ball, roadrunner, and ruby are references to the 1986 game Trinity.
- If an unrecognized command is made the parser will return one of several replies such as "Do what with the what, now?" and so on. One of the messages is "You don't know what words mean, do you?", a reference to an oft-quoted line from Mr. Show with Bob and David Season 4, Episode 8 "Like Chickens, Delicious Chickens" in which David says the line in reference to the unbelievable anatomy claims that Bob's character makes.
- When you type Cleesh Me, the resulting text is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- When you type Move chair in the house, the resulting text is a reference to the They Might Be Giants song, "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair."
- When you type Examine Firewood, the resulting text is a reference to "The Log Song" from the animated television series Ren & Stimpy.
- When you type Examine stick, the resulting text is a reference to a childrens joke "Q: What is brown and sticky? A: a stick".
- Fans of Homestar Runner could try typing DENNIS.
- The message you get when crossing the stream is a reference to the 1984 film Ghostbusters.
- The message you get when you cross back over the stream is a reference to ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, famous for saying "You can never cross the same river twice."
- The giant's game where both potions are poison (and the prospect of fairyland beyond the giant) and the message as you attempt to attack the giant are references to the 1985 novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, as is the fact that the giant is wearing a steel-reinforced eyepatch.
- If you choose a poison by typing Drink Right or Drink Left, the resulting text is a reference to the 1989 Steven Spielberg film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- "Twisted firestarter" refers to the song "Firestarter" by The Prodigy.
- Pueblo, Colorado 81009 is the location of the US Federal Citizen Information Center. They air TV commercials advertising that address to request free pamphlets on many topics.
- When you examine the bowling trophy, you're being told that the word "Malachi" is engraved on it. This most likely hints to Stephen Lynch's Bowling Song (Almighty Malachi Professional Bowling God).