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20090301

iPod Random Generator February 2009

Entry 1143 posted in: 9. I, Pod


February. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Without You I'm Nothing from Placebo on the iPod. Life could be much worse.

Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats followed by Iggy Pop. Cold Metal.

The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Open The Kingdom (Liquid Days, Part 2) Philip Glass. (Sometimes music can hit me so hard I'm litterally crying.)

Every month a graph will be published here, the playlist of the month will appear on my MySpace blog and the overview of the year will be glued on my MySpace entrance page. Nothing to be excited about. Collideascope, The Dukes Of Stratosphear.

For those who still want to know the how and what and where and when I give you this old link: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics 


If you want to know how the graph looked like last month: iPod Random Generator January 2009 

20090306

True Story (the sequel)

Entry 1145 posted in: 6. Self-Made Monsters


One of the latest buzzwords is efficiency. Companies are streamlining their products and services in such a way that customer service, productivity and expenses are optimized although result wise it mostly is in reverse order and with limited success.

There comes a time that the different concepts clash. Last week I had 3 encounters with different helpdesks and all of them guided me, in name of efficiency, wrong.

HTC

On Monday I received a HTC smartphone that had been lying in an empty desk at work. I tried to bring it back to the living, visited the HTC website and was impressed with the fact that it had faultless French, German and Dutch versions of their (support) pages, although the country Belgium was somewhat missing in their overview.

I read that there had been a free Windows Mobile 6.0 upgrade for my phone, but alas, for some unintelligible reason the download file had been removed from their servers…

Now the use of the term ‘free’, especially in combination with ‘beer’, ‘pussy’ or ‘upgrade’ has the same effect upon Felix Atagong as the term ‘new Ikea catalogue’ upon the average woman. Somewhere on this world, so I thought, must be a good soul who still has this download and who is willing to share it with others. I was right.

I had the choice over several downloads and picked a decent one for me. The phone upgraded nicely, Windows Mobile 5.0 was gone and was neatly replaced with version number 6.0.

Shit hit the fan when I tried to send my first SMS. For one reason or another my phone had upgraded to QWERTY and not the AZERTY keyboard we Belgians are so proud of. Windows Mobile is Windows in name alone; nowhere I could find a file to change the keyboard settings: no system.ini, no win.ini, no autoexec.bat or config.sys (like in the good old DOS days). I even tried fiddling the settings in regedit, but apparently the keyboard setting registry keys for portable phones are phoney.

Time to contact the HTC helpdesk. Actually, I asked the same question twice, first in Dutch (at the Dutch support site), but after I had realized that Holland is using qwerty keyboards as well I switched over to the French website where I asked in fluent French if they could guide me through the right steps and if that was impossible, to send me a copy of Windows Mobile 5.0 so that I could bring back the phone to its original state (I had checked the cd that came with the phone but there was no utility to do a restore).

A minute after my mails had left the outbox I received an automatic reply that my question was taken care of and, indeed, in the hour I received a nice and friendly answer. It read:

We are sorry but the helpdesk can only reply to questions asked in English.

So why do they create support web forms in 40 different languages if no one is able to help you?

ORANGE

But my phone still had some other problems. I could send nor receive MMS or mail. As usual the Mobistar (Orange) self-help website was absolutely crap so I decided to pick up the phone and ask them. At least they’re a telephone company, right?

The chap at the other side was or in a bad mood or just someone the telephone company had hired to take the piss out of customers.

"I can’t find your model in our database.", he said, "So I can’t send you the details you are asking for."

To my amazement I stayed polite and told him that I already knew that, probably he was consulting exactly the same webpage I had been consulting before.

"All I want...", I told him very slow, very clear and very loud, "...is an overview of the technical geeky stuff you need in Windows Mobile 6.0 to send and receive multimedia content over the phone waves. Those things are all the same regardless of the type or brand you are using and by the way, have you ever heard of Windows before?" I calmed down and continued: “I have made a list. Perhaps we can check if I haven’t forgot something. For MMS the Mobile settings should look something like..."

APN: mms.be
Username: mobistar
Password: mobistar
Server name: MMS
Gateway: 212.065.063.143
Port: 8080
Server address: http://mmsc.mobistar.be
Version: WAP2.0

"...and for mail one just needs to add…"

Incoming mailserver: pop.mobistar.be
Outgoing server (SMTP): gprsmail.mobistar.be

“Hardly Chinese, isn’t it?”
“Nope.”, he said. “Can’t do. Never heard of it. You will have to contact HTC or the dealer who sold you the thing. Goodbye.”

I tell you, Jean-Claude Van Damme has viciously mutilated people for less than that.

EPSON

Frankly I had all forgotten about this, but this Friday I had a problem with a professional Epson matrix printer that had gone berserk. The support part of the (Belgian – Dutch language) website could not help me, as they always seem to do whenever I have a problem.

So I logged in to open a support ticket, another company that will send me spam messages till the day I die, and was presented with a webform that asked about 3 dozen of utterly silly questions. After I had given my name, my address, my phone number, my mail address, my mail address (yep, they asked it twice), the 24 numbers that make the serial number, I finally came to a ridiculously small box to put my incredibly complicated technical question in writing. I pushed the send button and received sincere felicitations for making it that far. Probably all the others just give up somewhere in the middle.

Within minutes the ping of an incoming mail woke me up from my nightmares. The message from the Epson helpdesk read:
The mailbox you were trying to reach does not exist.

I suddenly believe there is a god. She hates me.

PS: I managed to get azerty working on the phone by hacking into the system, although hacking is too strong a word. Its keyboard configuration is hidden in; believe it or not, a simple text file that tells which key is which. Needless to say I got this solution from a HTC user forum and not from the company itself.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: True Story 

20090310

SBRS

Entry 1151 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash, The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit


The Syd Barrett Research Society forum has been down now since Sunday the 8th of March. This is not, to deny some rumours, due to SBRS, nor to the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit, but to the (free) hosting company running these forums: http://www.hostingphpbb.com.

All the forums (more than 10,000 apparently) on their domain (and even the introduction page) show the following error:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@hostingphpbb.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Apache/1.3.41 Server at www.hostingphpbb.com Port 80

SBRS has contacted the server administrator who replied with a very dry...

Hi,
We are aware and working on the problem.
Apology for the inconvenience.
regards
(no signature)

This is what their website usually has to say about their performance…

Since august 2004, we have achieved 99.999% server's uptime.
Hosted by liquidweb - one of the most reliable dedicated server provider - our servers are guaranteed 100% network uptime and 2 hours of hardware replacement.
Our web network has been designed to accommodate clients demanding the highest quality network performance. There is a central focus on redundancy allowing our network to rapidly self-heal failures without interruptions to connectivity.

Apparently this is a load of bollocks as SBRS contacted Liquidweb who answered:

When I took a look at the A record it is showing me that we do not host this server. I also went in and took a look at our accounts and was not able to find it.
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
hostingphpbb.com. 86374 IN NS dns2.hostingpapa.com.
hostingphpbb.com. 86374 IN NS dns1.hostingpapa.com.
Sincerely,
Jordan Robison
Systems Administrator

To cut a long story short: hostinphpbb is hosted at hostingpapa.com but that domain is out of order as well.

For the moment SBRS and the Church are waiting until hostingphpbb/hostingpapa get back online. But at the same time we are already looking for alternative solutions if the forums will not reactivate in the next few days.

20090314

Cheap Tricks

Entry 1157 posted in: 5. The Pink Thing


The best Pink Floyd book I've read in years is of course Mark Blake's Pigs Might Fly. Don't tell this to his friends and relatives but I know from a reliable source that he prays at the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit from time to time.

The funniest book about the Floyd are the memoirs, not of Nick gentleman drummer boy Mason, although they are good for a chuckle or two, crusty apple pie indeed, but those of Guy Pratt. About a third of My Bass and Other Animals colours pink as Guy joined the diet Floyd, although diet was not exactly the right word to describe the intake of Mr. Gilmour at that time, on their A Momentary Lapse of Reason world tour. Pratt has a very weird kind of humour and one of his pranks was an attempt to crash the Pink Floyd tour plane by frantically running up and down the corridor, in mid-flight! Normal bands have a tour bus; Pink Floyd has a tour plane and the drummer was flying it. If you don’t want to read the book, you can watch an interview where Guy tells about his Floydian encounters.

The best, best as in anoraky, Syd Barrett biography is Julian Palacios' Lost in the Woods, he is a silly bugger if you ask me as he invited the Church on the SBRS forum. Around this time a second (more condensed, I’m afraid) version of his book should finally appear. So far for this commercial break-up.

Speaking about Barretthings, the amount of Syd related books is slowly overhauling the man’s solo output and recently two new ones (in French) have made it onto my desk. Written by Jean-Michel Espitallier, Syd Barrett, le rock et autres trucs, looked the most promising. It doesn't claim to be a biography but a personal rendition, part essay, of a French Barrett connoisseur.

In my opinion France and rock go together like Germany and humour, Italy and efficiency, Belgium and world soccer finales but this one, I hoped, could be an exception as Mr. Jean-Michel Espitallier is not only is a devoted Barrett fan, but also the translator of the French edition of Tim Willis' Madcap biography, a renowned minor poet (dixit Francis Xavier Enderby) and drummer of the French rock band Prexley? (although that last is not exactly a reference, see above).

The title is a nice pun, un jeu de mots, as it can be interpreted as rock and other stuff but also as rock and other tricks. That is why I preferred to start with this tome instead of the other French Barrett book lying on my desk, called The First Pink Floyd, already deserving the price for lamest title of the year.

Stuff & tricks

It is 30 November 2004 and Jean-Michel Espitallier is nervously strolling around St. Margaret’s Square hoping to get a glimpse of the man who was once known as Syd but now prefers to be called Roger. When Syd-Roger drives by (in his sister's car) and the vehicle has to stop at the crossroads - I deliberately use this term here - where Jean-Michel is sitting on a bench, both men meet in the eye and both pretend, for a couple of minutes, not to see the other one. This anecdote sets the tone of the book, marvellously described by the drummer who can't hide his poetic roots. Strong stuff. Nice trick.

I once remarked at the, now defunct, Astral Piper forum that I couldn’t understand the romantic feelings some female Barrett fans had for Syd. I mean, this guy was a slightly disturbed diabetic elderly and if I should have asked them to have a fling with my grandfather they would’ve been insulted… Espitallier is aware of this dichotomy and compares Syd Barrett to Peter Pan. Syd was a Cambridge youngster who refused to grow up and died in the early Seventies when he, like Icarus, reached for the sky too soon. After all these years, fans were still hoping to find a glimpse of Syd, although only Roger had survived.

From old aged Roger it goes to old aged rock. Espitallier makes the point that we have forgotten about the My Lai massacre but only remember its soundtrack. Good Morning Vietnam has turned into an infomercialised cd-compilation (I have a Tour Of Duty TV-Shop-six-pack myself). Television documentaries use The Mamas and The Papas to comment napalm warfare. We look at a vintage take of an American soldier who has just placed a bullet through a women’s head but all we discuss is Suzy Q by the Creedence Clearwater Revival. Although the above is not really new, innovative or original, it is good to see it in print from time to time.

Infotainment

Jean-Michel Espitallier is not always well informed. I can forgive him that he mistakes the Dutch designer duo Simon Posthuma and Marijke Koger for a couple of Germans but when it comes to Syd some facts should better have been checked before putting it into print. That Mick Rock did not shoot the cover of The Madcap Laughs is perhaps stuff for anoraks (Mick Rock himself has always hinted he was behind it anyway, a fact that Storm Thorgerson denies) but the story that, shortly before his death, Syd Barrett found a guitar from his brother-in-law and started strumming it can be found in the Mike Watkinson & Pete Anderson Crazy Diamond biography, that appeared 15 years before Syd Barrett passed away. And that particular anecdote probably dated already from a few years before it went into print. There are so many myths about Syd Barrett that one doesn’t need to create new ones.

It is perhaps understandable, the man is a poet and not a biographer. His book is about the Barrett phenomenon and not about the historical Barrett.

Lost in translation

Jean-Michel Espitallier writes : Il y a la musique qui nous rentre dans le cerveau musical et il y a la musique qui passe directement dans la poitrine…

Espitallier not only has been hit in the stomach by Syd’s music but received some hits on the head as well, resulting in some serious brain damage. He heard his first Syd song in 1973 and remembers it as Babe Lemonade; actually it is Baby Lemonade. And Jean-Michel’s lethargic song title memories keep on going on. Barrett’s James Joyce adaptation is baptized Golden Air (not Hair) and Syd’s final Pink Floyd statement Jugband Blues is changed to Jugband Blue. A couple of decades ago I started reading a promising French novel but quit after a dozen pages because the author kept on insisting on a Beatles’ song called Eleanor Rugby. Things like that make me grind my teeth. It makes me even wonder if Jean-Miche Espitallier is a real Barrett fan or a mere fraud trying to cash in, like a few others, on the Barrett legacy. For Ig’s sake, it just takes a 10 seconds look on a record sleeve to see if a title has been noted down without mistakes.

Arthur Rambo

The book ends with a list of creative geniuses who stopped being creative at a certain point in their lives. One of these persons is the 19th century poet Arthur Rimbaud, who stopped writing at 21 and proclaimed: Merde à la poésie! I would like to end this review with: Merde au poète! But let’s have a look at the pros and cons of his Syd-hiking first (bad pun, I know)…

Pros: instead of the umpteenth biography this book is a personal journey from the author through music, art and literature, using the Barrett legend as a guide. Interesting viewpoints about music, fandom, culture and politics are intertwined with nice wordplays such as ‘Bob Dylan had a Plan Baez’.

Cons: actually Jean-Michel Espitallier gets more Barrett song titles wrong than he gets them right. At a certain moment I even thought he did it on purpose, the man is a poet after all.

I used to have this philosophy teacher who subtracted points from our exam results if we made spelling mistakes. Although we were angry with the man in those days I can now see he had a point (our points, actually). So out of 10, Syd Barrett, le rock et autres trucs gets an 8 for its content, but I feel obliged to subtract at least 5 points for its many mistakes.

Suddenly...

...it is silent in here. Did a poet pass or did someone fart?

Espitallier, Jean-Michel: Syd Barrett, le rock et autres trucs, Editions Philippe Rey, Paris, 2009, 192 pages, 17 €.


Note: This book grew out of an essai radiophonique Jean-Michel Espitallier gave on radiostation France Culture on 4 November 2007. Called Syd Barrett Quand Même it can be found on the (interesting) French Floyd fansite Seedfloyd. Webbrowser version: http://www.seedfloyd.fr/article/syd-barrett-quand-meme. Direct downloads in MP3 or WMA format can be found on the same page.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Si les cochons pourraient voler…  

ArianeB 5.50 final and finally!

Entry 1162 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 

“Back with a much anticipated Dating Sim update.”, is the short and sharp message from the ArianeB blog.

Unfinished Projects had already revealed that for the past couple of months the online 5.0 version of ArianeB (or Virtually Date Ariane) was slowly being upgraded, but now it is finally official that version 5.5 can be downloaded for offline gameplay as well.

According to its anonymous creator changes have (gradually) taken place on five different parts of the game:
Consistency: the ending scenarios should have more consistent rules.
Eroticism: the game tries hard to stay R rated.
Rebecca: at least one new Rebecca scenario (12 pics) has been implemented (version 5.1 already had an alternative Rebecca club scene).
Styling: several pictures have been restyled.
Scenarios: existing scenarios and situations have been slightly rewritten. Lots of text adaptations have been made.

A quick directory check found 218 new pictures compared to version 5.0 (124 in 2009 alone), although some of them have just been saved with a new date, have only slightly altered graphics or are ‘intermediate’ scenes that weren’t there before . The diningpants and skinnyunder picture scenes are quite promising though.

Also the text has been altered a lot, it should be more funny in places and easier to read.

Several remakes and add-ons for ArianeB exist and the author is well aware of those. As a matter of fact he used some ideas of one of the hacks to upgrade the game and that is why he changed the licensing of the game to ‘creative commons’.

In his own words:

If you want to host it advertisement free somewhere else, go ahead.
If you want to translate the text into other languages, go ahead.
If you want to do versions on other media, it’s OK.

Only:

You are not allowed to make money off of it.

I guess it is now up to me to start playing all over again for the couple of next days and publish new walkthroughs. Wish me luck.

Here are the ArianeB 5.5 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake 

P.S. : the different Erana add-ons will not work with this new version.

20090315

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles

Entry 1163 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


The dating simulation game ArianeB (or Virtually Date Ariane) has been upgraded to version 5.5 (see: ArianeB 5.50 final and finally!). Virtual Dating Simulator or ArianeB as I prefer to call it is a point and click simulation in the rich tradition of Ren’ai or Eroge games, but using Caucasian characters instead of Japanese. I just add in these difficult words to make this text look more intellectual than it really is.

If you are a newbie and want to know what this is all about about...

The game starts when you meet this gorgeous brunette, called ArianeB, and you want to get her in the sack as soon as is humanly possible. The game evolves as a graphic novel, with the difference that different actions will lead to different results and idfferent situations. Some of its content is for adults only but that is what we play for.

Update:
version 5.6 takes care of some bugs, but doesn't alter the scenarios.
version 5.7 has an added pool scenario, a revised bar trivia game and lots of new phrasings...
version 5.8 has a Parcheesi game and some extra walk-in-the-park scenes...
The latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 


1.0 Playing the game

The game can be played offline, by downloading the complete 70671 KB package, or online. At the moment I write this (15 March 2009) both versions are the same.

In contrast with other sexual exploration games you don’t need to get your credit card out, you don’t need to subscribe; you don’t need to install backdoor-infested software or other crap. The game runs on any modern web browser with Javascript enabled. This is standard on all browsers nowadays; you actually have to turn Javascript off if you don’t want it to run. Just don’t touch anything and you’ll be fine.

1.1 Starting an offline game

Unzip datingsimulator5_5.zip to a directory of your choice and double-click default.htm in the datingsimulator folder. An alternative is to open your favourite web browser and to open the default.htm file from there. (Internet Explorer users: allow ActiveX scripts to run.)

For several reasons the different index.html pages, leftovers of the online game, will not work without some tweaking (you don’t need these anyway, so I won't bother to explain).

When all has been unzipped you should have an images folder containing 1052 files, most of them images - feel free to browse these with Irfanview - and a datingsimulator folder containing 1251, mostly htm, files. These htm files can be viewed with any text reader and contain the code for the game.

Each of the 1050 images contains clickable hot points, defined in the htm files, that will trigger different situations to be found in some other htm files. Clicking an image will refresh a new htm page and image in your browser... and another... and another until the end of the game is reached (or until ArianeB kicks you out).

New in version 5.5 is that you can click on an alternative file to start the game. The default2.htm file will start the game in debug mode; it opens debug.htm showing the status of the different variables in the game.

1.2 Variables (for experienced players)

Default2.htm is a debugging screen, but it also help the (experienced) player to check what variables have already been triggered. The following variables can be seen:

page number shows you the page number you are on
dress 1 = clothed
2 = shirtless
3 = pants less
4 = bikini
5 = bikini topless
6 = naked
allwet 1 = got wet
must change clothes
towel 0 = naked under towel
1 = topless under towel
drive after dinner you can choose to go for a drive
if drive = 1
choice is not available.
downtown 0 = first visit
1 = from restaurant
2 = from lingerie
3 = from bar
4 = from museum
5 = from dress
6 = from housewares
7 = from trivia
drinks 0 = none
1 = available but sober
2 - 6 = drinks+1
drunk = 4 if food = 0
else 7
changect number of times clothes have changed
limit is 2.
nonudity 0 = nudity allowed
1 = undetermined
2 = nudity disallowed
food 0 = hungry
1 = candlelight steak
2 = picnic steak
3 = restauraunt
4 = spaghetti
5 = burger king
romance a romantic night
face (facef) (facial foreplay count while making out - too much is awkward)
top (topf) (chest foreplay count while making out - too much is awkward)
bottom (bottomf) (lower foreplay count while making out - too much is awkward)
dance (dancect) too much dancing wears you out
swim (swimct) too much swimming wears you out
hottub 1 = previously rejected
2 = previously soaked
3 = previously Truth or Dare (tord)
daring 0 = not
1 = more
2 = brave
changeto 0 = any to map
1 = suit to patio
2 = suit to picnic
etc.
justchanged 1 = just changed to swimsuit or naked but has not done anything
(stops looping changing)
shower 1 = took a shower or hot tub
swimming and spin bottle now off
quote global variable for multiple quotes on each page
0 = random
1 = use quote 1 etc.
tord 1 = truth or dare
2 or 3 = rounds

These are not all the variables in the game. The following also exist (or did exist in previous versions) and perhaps there are others undocumented ones that haven't been found yet:

beer = 0; consuming 1 2 3
4 means drank it all
locat = 1; 1 = living room couch
2 = patio bench
3 = hot tub
dance = 0; CHANGED!! Used to return dancing to correct state afterwards
allf = 0; All the way
freshen = 0; only allowed to use the bathroom once after dinner
spinbottle = 0; spin the bottle game: allowed to spin once
stargaze = 0; only one stargaze per game
sgsource = 0; refer back if stargaze question missed 15, 21, 26, 27
nogas = 0; driving to the mountains without filling up first leads to empty tank.
blouse = 0; dressing room game variable
skirt = 0; dressing room game variable
strip = 0; 0 = full
1 = no jacket
2 = no skirt
3 = no vest
4 = no bra
5 = nude
oldmap = 0; 1 = visited map before (no car on first map visit)
swam = 0; 1 = has gone swimming but hasnt showered off yet
2 = used hot tub, shower allowed but not required
rebec = 0; 1 = following rebecca around
parktrip = 0; 1 = already visited park once
endtext = ""; text for closing message
use if endnum = 0
endnum = 0; picks patio ending text when there are multiple possibilities.

Update: Version 5.7 has a new swim race parameter that listens to the name racetime, cfr. What's New Pussycat?  I suppose that version 5.8 adds some parameters of its own as well...

1.3 The bugs

A member of the Shark's Lagoon forum found several files that are referenced in the game but that do not exist. The game will block when such a situation occurs. On the other hand several files also exist that are not refererenced (yet) in the game. These files (pictures and code) will never be used in the game. For a complete moronic list, please consult: qbv8.

1.4 The walkthroughs

At first sight the previous walkthroughs (for version 5.0 and 5.1) are still valid. However these will be checked and in the next few weeks updates will be posted.

Here are the ArianeB 5.5 (5.6) related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake
Here are the ArianeB 5.7 related posts, so far:
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat? 
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party 
Here are the ArianeB 5.8 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.8 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

Have a nice flirt!

20090321

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat

Entry 1173 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside).

Here is the second part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have already played the previous versions. Playing by the cookbook will take most of the fun out of the game however. But it could come in handy when you are stuck in a certain situation or to check if there is a scenario you haven't been able to trigger before...

Warning: ArianeB is an 18+ game containing some virtual nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy, church or government forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are advised not to touch it and to contemplate your fate. I will not visit you in prison.

If you are looking for previous walkthroughs, please consult: ArianeB 5.0, ArianeB 4.8 or ArianeB 4.6.

Update:
version 5.6 takes care of some bugs, but doesn't alter the scenarios.
version 5.7 has added a new pool scenario but doesn't interfere (a lot) with the the other situations. Some phrasings may have changed here and there, though...
version 5.8 adds some new après-dinner activities...
The latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 


Upside down, girl you turn me I suppose you are ready to start the ArianeB 5.5 game. If not you may have to re-read the download and installation instructions at: The ArianeB 5.5 Chronicles (ArianeB 5.5 walkthrough part 1).

2.0 Introduction

The game starts as you introduce yourself to ArianeB. You need to impress her without going too far. Turning on some music will put her in a romantic mood but going to fast will end the game before it has even started. Basically this introduction is the same for nearly every scenario.

2.0.0 A bad start

Introduce yourself.
Compliment her outfit.
Say something smart.
Caress her chest.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a lousy 1.

Probably the main reason why the Neanderthal man has disappeared from Earth is because he thought that touching a woman by the breasts at first contact was an appropriate way of showing your affection. We all know what happened, Ariane 45000 BC gave Neander a slap in the face and went to a cave party were she met that nice Cro Magnon type of a dude. So let’s start all over will we?

2.0.1 A better start  

Introduce yourself.
Compliment her outfit.
Say something smart.
Kiss her cheek. Now that is better, isn’t it?

Ariane says that you are quite a gentleman, which is, as we all know, largely exxxaggerated. Before she goes on she wants to know how old you are... choose 18 or over (otherwise the game will end).

Turn on some music.
Jazz.
Kiss her while dancing.
Stop kissing.
Change music or dance again.
Soft Rock. ArianeB congratulates you for setting a romantic mood.
Kiss her while dancing.
Stop kissing.
Dip and kiss her neck. Kissing her neck too soon in the game will stop every action, but here it is quite safe to do.
Stop necking.
Go back to the couch.

2.1 A walk in the park

ArianeB hints that she is rather hungry (but not for love, yet). Nothing better for a good appetite than a walk in the park.

The walk in the park shows how a different approach can (and will) lead to different results in the near future. The fun bit is to find these alternative paths on your own, but as you are already consulting this, I might as well go on...

2.1.1 Fun in the park 1

Go to another room.
Go for a walk.
Follow her to the park
Give her a push.
Done swinging.
Ask her for a gymnastic demonstration.
Done playing on the bars.
Walk back to her place.
Go to 2.2.1

2.1.2 Fun in the park 2

The previous one was a funny situation but there is a second alternative. Most pages in ArianeB have different hotpoints. Most of these lead to different (revealing) pictures and situations...

Now for the bad news. If you are stuck, or want to change a previous path, the best thing to do is to start all over again. It is not always possible to undo your steps in ArianeB, choosing the back button in your browser will often show you the previous image or text (and if you are lucky both), but I have remarked that the parameters not always revert to the previous situation.

Go to another room.
Go for a walk.
Follow her to the park.
Take the other swing.
Done swinging.
Climb on top and hang upside down.
Ask her to show her gymnastic skills.
Tell her she is doing well anyways.
I don’t mind at all.
Wow! That is pretty good.
Applaud.
Follow her back to her place.

2.2.1 We meat again

ArianeB already hinted that she was hungry and the game provides plenty of opportunities to take care of that problem...

Depending on your previous steps you can have a steak in the dining room, a bikini steak dinner at the swimming pool or simply spaghetti... One can also take the car and go for a hamburger at the local junkfood joint or a posh dinner at a nice bistro. Let's have a steak first...

Kitchen.
Get wine to drink. This will put ArianeB in a good mood.
Finish drink.
Get steaks for dinner.
Drink wine. This will put ArianeB in an even better mood. Do not overdo the wine intake or else ArianeB will be dead drunk.
Finish drink.
Wait for the steaks.
Eat steak dinner.
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine.
Go somewhere else.

2.3.1 A glimpse of better things to come 1

Before and during the dinner ArianeB has been fuelled with 3 glasses of wine. This is what will happen if you have followed the first fun in the park guide (2.1.1).

Go to the backyard.
Go swimming. ArianeB jumps in the pool with her clothes on.
Yell
On a scale of 1 to 10 you get a 5.

2.3.2 A glimpse of better things to come 2

But if you have chosen path 2.1.2 instead (the second fun at the park bit) or didn’t go to the park at all, this is what will happen next:

Go to the backyard.
Go swimming. ArianeB jumps in the pool with her clothes on.
Yell.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom. Hmmm, nice room with a view.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Go to the bedroom to put some clothes on.
You rank 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

2.3.3 Skinny dipping.

Scenario 2.3.2 showed what a tipsy ArianeB is up to, but it is possible to take the adventure one step further. Skip the park bit and proceed directly to the kitchen. Have the steak dinner. After dinner go to the backyard but not for a jump in the pool. Once again you have to start the game all over with the meet, the great and the meat first.

Go to the backyard.
Get in the hot tub. ArianeB jumps in the hot tub with her clothes on.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Go back outside in a towel. ArianeB proposes to have a skinny dip in the pool.
Go skinny dipping.

The following instructions will not work anymore in versions 5.7 & 5.8.
Version 5.7 adds some extra images and phrases and if you want to check these out (and enjoy a happy ending) go to:
Pool Party.

Jump in the pool naked.
Keep swimming. The (holding breath) picture is one of the new pictures of version 5.5. If you take the wrong decision the game will be over.
Keep swimming.
Follow her out of the pool. If you want you can skinny dip a second time. But if you do it a third time ArianeB gets a cramp from swimming too much and kicks you out.
Go back inside.
Take a shower.
Follow her into the bathroom.
Wait for her to get out.
Take a shower.
Ask to stay the night. This scenario no longer works in 5.7 and 5.8 as ArianeB will kick you out...

Strip naked and wait.
Climb into bed.
Climb into bed.
Have sex.
Ung Ung Ung Ung... uhuhuhuhuh... AHH AHHH AHHH...
Finish.
Go again.
Ride'em cowboy!
Cuddle.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 10.
Kiss her goodbye.
End kiss.

2.3.4 Dancing the night away

If you are in a dancing mood you can try the next steps. Of course we need to get ArianeB out of her clothes. But first we have the the steak dinner (see above).

Go to the backyard.
Get in the hot tub.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Dance In the Living Room. Dancing in just a towel is a little ticklish...

Dancing a
Country.
Try a different style of dance.
Rock. ArianeB dances topless.

But you can mix both dances the other way.

Dancing b
Rock.
Change music or dance again.
Country. This time the picture is even more revealing (and fun).

Stop Dancing and go somewhere else.
Go to the convenience store.
Offer her 20$ to buy beer naked.
Pay for the beer and head for the jeep.

It is possible to buy some liquor and girlie magazines at the night shop as well. The first doesn't has any influence on this scenario, the second... Well, the second... let me put it this way... this horny chick has gone naked to the shop to buy some beer and all you are looking at are porn magazines? Bad choice. Game over.

2.3.4.1 Sex in the parking lot

Drink some beer.
Have sex in the parking lot. The wrong move will stop the game (and just to annoy you I won't give a clue)!

2.3.4.2 Cruising and bruising

A variation... after ArianeB has bought the beer...

Suggest cruising downtown.
Turn around and go home.

Actually this is one of the new endings in version 5.5.

Grab a beer.
Finish off the can.
Crush your can. Recycling is the green way!

Grab the second beer.
Finish off the can.
Crush your can.

Kiss her lips.
Stop kissing.
Kiss her neck...
Stop necking.
Reach around and grab her ass.
Let go.

Grab the third beer.
Finish off the can.
Crush your can.

ArianeB is drunk and asks what to do next. Are you going to be polite and let her decide or will you play the stud? (Hint: if you let her decide, she wants to go to bed, alone...)

Ask to stay the night.
Follow her into the bathroom.
Wait for her to go out.
Take a shower.
Bedroom stories...

2.3.4.3 Hold your liquor! - broken in 5.8

If you have version 5.8 the following whiskey scenario no longer works, but as this is ArianeB there are other methods to have an all night boozer. The solution for version 5.8 can be found at Whiskey in the Jar.

After the dance we went to the night shop to get some beers, remember? Well let's forget all about that for now. Bad beer gives you a headache anyway.

Follow all the step up till 2.3.4 but don't take the car after the dancing.

It's my house. I can round naked if I want to! We'll have a pousse café then...

Get liquor from kitchen.
Get a bottle of whiskey out of the cabinet.
Drink whiskey.
Finish drink.
Compliment her.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her boobs.
Touch her pussy.
Stop fingering her pussy.
Finish off the bottle.
Carry her to bed.
Make her more comfortable.
Tuck her in.
Get in bed go to sleep.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 7.

Unfortunately the above scenario is no longer valid in version 5.8. There is an alternative way to get there that will be published on this blog one of these days... The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

2.3.5 Basketball game - slightly changed in version 5.8

In this scenario we will go to the park after the dinner, instead of before. Say hello to ArianeB (2.01), do your jazzy and soft rock moves. Then proceed to the kitchen for the wine and dine (2.2.1). After dinner do not go to the backyard but head to the front door instead.

Go to the park. ArianeB takes a basket ball with her.
Follow her to the park.
Try a shot. To make the first shot you need to hit inside the rectangle, consult the screenshot here.

Her turn to shoot.
Let her shoot.
Take your shot. To make the second shot you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the original images in the game don’t show this). If ArianeB has missed her shot, you may decide to miss yours as well.

Her turn to shoot.
Defend the basket.

The ArianeB code randomly makes her miss or hit the second and third shots. Depending on the score the game will trigger the following:

2.3.5.1 Third shot - DELETED IN VERSION 5.8 AND HIGHER

Take your shot. To make the 3 point jumper you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the original images in the game don’t show this). (This situation has been deleted in version 5.8 and higher.)

2.3.5.2 Third shot (with boobs) - DEFAULT SITUATION IN VERSION 5.8 AND HIGHER

If ArianeB has the possibility to tie the game, after she has missed a shot first, she will try to disturb you by showing some flesh. Update: starting from version 5.8 this will always be the case.

Take your shot. To make the 3 point jumper you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the original images in the game don’t show this).

2.3.5.3 Basketball Patch (Download)
VERSION 5.8 AND HIGHER

Tired of missing your shots?
I have added the exact location where to hit the ball on the original ArianeB basketball images. A zipped file containing these hotspot locations can be downloaded here - if you replace the files in the /datingsimulator/images folder with the altered images you will never miss. (This patch also contains some images to win the stargazing contest.)

Wow that's a tough shot and you made it!

2.3.5.3 Basketball Patch (Legacy Download)
VERSIONS 5.7 AND LOWER

A zipped file containing the hotspot locations for versions 5.7 (and lower) can be downloaded here.
IMPORTANT: this download is only valid up till version 5.7.
Starting from version 5.8 this patch will replace the wrong images.

Wow that's a tough shot and you made it!

2.3.6 Reward  

Update: the following scenario has slightly changed in version 5.7 as ArianeB refuses to skinny dip but puts on a bikini instead. The ending of the scenario remains the same...

After the basketball game...

Go back to her place.
Go to the kitchen for dessert.
Eat dessert then go somewhere else.
Go to the kitchen for dessert. Yes, you go again to the kitchen, but this time it is to have an extra drink.
Have a drink.
Stop drinking.
Go somewhere else.
Go to the bedroom to put on a swimsuit.
Follow her in the bedroom.

Version 5.5 continues as follows...
Let her finish putting her hair up.
Go to the backyard.
Go skinny dipping.
Jump in the pool naked.
Keep swimming naked.
Keep swimming naked.
Follow her out of the pool.

Update version 5.7: Although you already have a glimpse of better thins to come, ArianeB decides to put on a swimsuit...

Let her put her swimsuit on.
Go to the backyard.
Go swimming.
Jump in with her.
Swim some more.
Lets get out of the pool.
Follow her out of the pool.

2.3.7 Truth or Dare

Get in the hot tub.
Have some wine.
Stop drinking.
Suggest playing Truth or Dare.
Truth.
No.
Have you ever had sex in the bathtub?
Dare.
End dare.
Dare her to kiss you.
Stop kissing.

Update: Version 5.7 continues with the ToD game..., version 5.5 not

Dare.
Dare her to take her top off. It's about time we get ArianB out of her clothes, isn't it?
Help her take off her top.

Massage her shoulders.
Stop massaging shoulders.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her breasts.
Kiss her nipples.
Stop sucking her tits.

Update: In version 5.7 ArianeB decides that she still has too many clothes, who are you to argue anyway...

Rub her lower back.
Quit rubbing her back.
Grab her butt.
Quit massaging her butt.
Massage her pussy.
Quit touching her pussy.
Make love.
Ahhh... Ahhh... AHHH...
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 10. Call me anytime!

Food for thought

In the next walkthroughs we wil visit the different restaurants and do some trips to the city. End of the second walkthrough for version 5.5. More to follow later...


Here are the ArianeB 5.5 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake 
Here are the Ariane 5.7 related posts, so far:
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat? 
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party 
Here are the Ariane 5.8 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.8 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

20090322

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight

Entry 1214 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside).

Here is the third part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have already played the previous versions. Playing by the cookbook will take most of the fun out of the game however. But it could come in handy when you are stuck in a certain situation or to check if there is a scenario you haven't been able to trigger before...

Warning: ArianeB is an 18+ game containing some virtual nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy, church or government forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are advised not to touch it and to contemplate your fate. I will not visit you in prison.

If you are looking for previous walkthroughs, please consult: ArianeB 5.0, ArianeB 4.8 or ArianeB 4.6.

Update:
version 5.6 takes care of some bugs, but doesn't alter the scenarios.
version 5.7 has added a new pool scenario but doesn't interfere (a lot) with the the other situations. Some phrasings may have changed here and there, though...
version 5.8 has a Parcheesi game and some extra walk-in-the-park scenes...
The latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 


Do you mind if I take my clothes off? Another way to get to know ArianeB a little bit better is to take her out to a good restaurant. You can do this by introducing yourself in the appropriate way, as explained in The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat. Then you go to the kitchen and have a glass of fine wine first, if you don’t do that ArianeB will settle for a hamburger and mad cow disease isn’t exactly what we want right now.

2.0 Introduction

All the right steps can be found here. Introduce yourself with a tender kiss, some smart comment and some complments. Do both romantic dances and if everything is up to par ArianeB finds that "you have charm, a good kiss and great moves" but she is getting a litte hungry...

3.1 Dinner at the bistro  

Go to another room.
Kitchen.
Get wine to drink.
Finish drink. This glass of wine will trigger the bistro scenario.
Suggest going out to dinner.
Wait for her in the hallway. Don’t follow her in the bedroom; there will be plenty of opportunities for that later. ArianeB puts on a ravishing black dress.
Go out to dinner.
Be seated.
Order dinner.
Continue to eat.
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine.
Pick up the check. Don’t be a scrooge, paying the bill will trigger the events that follow and it is not as if you are paying real money, is it?

3.2 Nightclub  

Head out.
Go to bar.
I'm driving so club soda please. ArianeB does want another martini, but that is not a very good idea. Of course completists will try to explore all the possibilities in the game, including this one.
Ask her to dance.
Keep dancing.

A man grabs ArianeB - something we will simply not allow, you can either...

3.2.1 Roller coaster fun

Punch the guy.
Retreat before a fight breaks out.
Get out from the club.
Go to amusement park.
Go on the roller coaster.
Next.
Go on the log ride.
Next.
Get wet.
Go back to her place.
On a scale from 1 to 10 you get a 7. Game over.

Update version 5.7. You can always 'continue home' instead of going to the park, this scenario is described at Another swimming scenario (Pool Party).

3.2.2 Outskirts

... but if you don't do all the heroe stuff and you just pull ArianeB away from her harasser the near future could be a lot brighter.

Protect Ariane.
Get her away from this guy.
Get out of the club.

Update version 5.7. What happens if you take ArianeB back home can be found at Yet another swimming scenario (Pool Party).

You can take ArianeB back home or go to the outskirts. Let's see what things we can do over there...

Head to outskirts.
Take a scenic drive out of town.

At the lake there are two possibilities, take a moonlight stroll or go boating....

3.2.2.1 Das Boot

Let's rent a boat for a late night cruise.
Get aboard the boat.
Park the boat here. You can have a beer or decide to get naked. Tough question isn't it?
Suggest water skiing naked.
Watch her take off her dress. ArianeB hopes you don't mind, well...
Help her put on the ski vest.
Hand her the ski. Yeehaaa!
Tell here to come in.
Watch the moon set.
Suggest spending the night on the boat.
Kiss her goodbye.
End kiss.

3.2.2.2 Romantic Walk

There are many romantic paths in this scenario, including a philosophical discussion whether romance is a cultural attitude or an inherently instinctive response. Of course we didn’t come to this place to discuss Socrates.

Lets take a romantic walk on the beach.
Hold her hand.
Put your arm around her.
Take her into your arms.
I’d rather pursue you. ArianeB rewards you for that sweet remark.
Hold her naked body.
Sit on the beach.
The moon’s beauty pales to your own.
Walk her back to the car.
No, you look fine without it. Don’t let ArianeB put her clothes back on.

Back at home ArianeB is walking around in her birthday suit. And it isn’t even her birthday yet. If you have some difficulties in understanding a woman’s hint: running around in the nude is what I call a hint. So you can immediately jump at (or on) her in the living room, go to bed or follow this nice little scenario that is called…

3.3 Photo shoot at the fountain

Going to the kitchen will trigger the fountain photo shoot. It’s a dead end street but it is nice.

Go to the kitchen and find something to do.
Go take modelling photos at the park.
Follow her to the park.
Do you have a problem posing nude?
Ask her to drop the towel and pose for a picture.
Nice artistic nude.
On my count 1 2 3.
Nice body, but kind of a silly picture…
Go for it, ready when you are.
Wow, now that is a sexy nuce picture.
Be carereful.
Wow, now that is worthy of desktop wallpaper.
Throw her a towel and walk her home.
Kiss her goodnight.

The Park Photo Shoot will end the game.


Here are the ArianeB 5.5 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake 
Here are the ArianeB 5.7 related posts, so far:
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat? 
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party 
Here are the ArianeB 5.7 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.8 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

20090327

Tattoo You

Entry 1226 posted in: The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit


In a new Syd Barrett biography that was recently published in France its author, Emmanuel Le Bret, can get quite lyrical from time to time. How this reacts, interferes or enriches the biography is a question that will be further investigated on Unfinished Projects but only after the current ruttish series of ArianeB walkthroughs is out of the way.

But the Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit can’t of course not ignore some Iggy statements to be found in a chapter well spend on The Madcap Laughs:

La cinquième chanson est Dark Globe (Sphère Sombre), un titre inspiré du Seigneur Des Anneaux. C’est l’un des moments les plus forts de l’album, une chanson où Barrett démontre une fois encore ses talents d’écriture.

The rest of this article, in fluent English and French, filled with rumours of opium, Eskimoes and tattoos can be read here.

20090328

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors

Entry 1231 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside).

Here is the fourth part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have already played the previous versions. Playing by the cookbook will take most of the fun out of the game however. But it could come in handy when you are stuck in a certain situation or to check if there is a scenario you haven't been able to trigger before...

Warning: ArianeB is an 18+ game containing some virtual nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy, church or government forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are advised not to touch it and to contemplate your fate. I will not visit you in prison.

If you are looking for previous walkthroughs, please consult: ArianeB 5.0, ArianeB 4.8 or ArianeB 4.6.

Update:
version 5.6 takes care of some bugs, but doesn't alter the scenarios.
version 5.7 has added a new pool scenario but doesn't interfere (a lot) with the the other situations. Some phrasings may have changed here and there, though...
version 5.8 has a Parcheesi game and some extra walk-in-the-park scenes...
The latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 


ArianeB Rock Paper Scissirs... Are you in for some random gameplay? ArianeB has got a few of these...

2.0 Introduction

The second 5.5 walkthrough on this blog tells you how to get acquainted with ArianeB: Meet, Greet and Meat. Basically these moves are the same for every scenario. After that we will try to play a game with her.

4.1 Rock Paper Scissors

You can let a game of Rochambeau decide how the game will evolve. Start the game with the basic introduction, but once back on the couch you will not head for the kitchen but play a good old game of rock-paper-scissors instead.

Run fingers through her hair. Not really needed here but just to prove once again that every image has several hotpoints that lead to alternative images and scenarios.
Stop touching hair.
Play Rock Paper Scissors.

or

Kiss her.
Stop kissing. This move seems to trigger the bistro dinner when ArianeB wins the game, but not always...
Play Rock Paper Scissors.

From here the game can take two directions, either you win, or either you lose. If you tie the game will be repeated until there is a winner.

4.1.1 You win!

Next move. You can choose between:

Go for a walk. This triggers the walk in the park.
Get some wine. ArianeB immediately wants to kiss you.
Have a steak barbecue. Have a barbecue steak dinner. After the dinner ArianeB will decide to go shopping.
Go out to dinner. This will be the posh dinner at the bistro.

4.1.2 ArianeB wins

Next move.

Ariane B decides to have a barbecue steak dinner, but if you kissed her just before you started the RPS-game before she (sometimes) wants to have a dinner at the bistro. We'll describe that scenario in the next chapter.

4.1.3 Bistro dinner

Remember the bistro dinner from walkthrough 3? This time we will play the bistro dinner scenario, but will a different ending.

Next move.
Do the bistro dinner scenario as described in The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight
Go to the nightclub as decribed in the next chapter of the same waltkhrough 3.2 Nightclub.
Follow the instructions at 3.2.1 Roller coaster fun but don't go to the amusement park or the outskirts but head for home instead.

4.1.4 Probably the best beer in the world  

Continue on home.
Go to the convenience store.
Go shopping.
Pay for the beer and head for the jeep.
Go back to her place. Standing in the kitchen with a sixpack of excellent beer (I love that one myself), but this time ArianeB is in her black dress.
Grab a beer.
Finish off the can.
Crush your can too. There are still four beers left.
Grab a beer.
Finish off the can. What happens now is quite extraordinary and has never happened in Felix Atagong's miserable life before. Although he has wined and dined and shared several sixpacks of beer with women around this planet, never, NEVER, have they been tempted to undress after the second glass of lager. But ArianeB feels that drinking beer in an evening dress is not appropriate, so she just takes it off....
Let her take if off.
Kiss her lips.
Stop kissing.
Kiss her neck and grab her breast.
Stop necking.
Reach around and grab her ass.
Let go off her ass. Finishing the last beer will make ArianeB decide to go to sleep, let's see if we can prolongue the adventure a bit longer, shall we?

4.1.5 House sitting

Go somewhere else. There are 5 possiblilites to choose from, (let's skip the most obvious one)...

4.1.5.1 Kitchen

Go to the kitchen for dessert. ArianeB will propose to drink the last beer and will then decide to have some whiskey on top. She passes out.

4.1.5.2 Backyard

Go to the backyard. Not a lot more to do than to have some skinny dipping or have a try in the hot tub.

4.1.5.3 Living Room

Go to the living room.
What shall it be first? Wine, woman or song? You can do one dance, not more!

Dance to music.
Jazz. ArianeB answers with the following cryptic message: Careful down there&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp (this is a coding bug).

The only things left to do are to kiss her, but this will end the game, or to drink some wine, but this will make her too drunk to carry on.

4.1.6. Anatomy For Dummies.

Obviously the kissing parameter has gone to overload, in other words: we have kissed ArianeB too much... In order to get any further with the story we will have to restart a session, but in the kitchen (4.1.4), when you are drinking the second beer, do not kiss her on the lips, do not grab her breasts, better not touch her. Then proceed to the living room:

Go back to the couch.
Drink some wine.
Stop drinking.
Kiss her.
Stop kissing. Nice view!

Massage her shoulders.
Stop massaging shoulders.

Touch her breasts.
Stop fondling her breast.

or:

Suck her nipples.
Stop sucking her tits.

Massage her back.
Quit rubbing her back.
Grab her butt.
Quit massaging her butt.
Touch her pussy.
Continue.

Now what? It ain't over till it's over...


Here are the ArianeB 5.5 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake 
Here are the ArianeB 5.7 related posts, so far:
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat? 
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party 
Here are the ArianeB 5.8 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.8 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

20090329

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca

Entry 1236 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane (aka Ariane Brodie and even Ariane Barnes), probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .5. The text has been revised, 218 pictures have been added or upgraded, some bugs have been deleted (but some new ones have slipped inside).

Here is the fifth part of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish for version 5.5, this text is largely copied and pasted from the previous guides, so you may experience a certain dejà vu if you have already played the previous versions. Playing by the cookbook will take most of the fun out of the game however. But it could come in handy when you are stuck in a certain situation or to check if there is a scenario you haven't been able to trigger before...

Warning: ArianeB is an 18+ game containing some virtual nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy, church or government forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are advised not to touch it and to contemplate your fate. I will not visit you in prison.

If you are looking for previous walkthroughs, please consult: ArianeB 5.0, ArianeB 4.8 or ArianeB 4.6.

Update:
version 5.6 takes care of some bugs, but doesn't alter the scenarios.
version 5.7 has added a new pool scenario but doesn't interfere (a lot) with the the other situations. Some phrasings may have changed here and there, though...
version 5.8 adds some new après-dinner activities...
The latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 


one of her better sides... The grass is always greener at the other side. Although the game is called ArianeB we get introduced to her friend Rebecca in a few scenarios. Rebecca likes to strip and in version 5.5 there are some new developments in that area. Let's meet her.

2.0 Introduction

The introduction is as always, exactly the same as in the other scenarios. If you don't know by now how to do that, check this post: Meet, Greet and Meat. Then have the regular steak dinner with the glass of wine in the kitchen, the glass of wine at the barbecue and the glass of wine at the dinner: We meat again.

5.1 Downtown  

After dinner you can decide to leave the house by clicking the car.

Go for a drive. Ariane is a bit tipsy and wants you to drive her car.
Go for a drive. You don't need to go to the gas station.
Go downtown.

5.1.1 Lingerie Store  

Go lingerie shopping.
Go into the lingerie store.

To continue the game ArianeB will give you 3 characteristics and you have to choose the lingerie that fits all three of them. Here are ArianeB’s possible questions:

I’m looking for underwear that’s...

comfortable, fashionable, and sexy
(Take a look around).
Pick a strapless bra.
Pick a thong.

comfortable, fashionable, and inexpensive
(Take a look around).
Pick a sports bra.
Pick boy shorts.

inexpensive, comfortable, and sexy
(Take a look around).
Pick a sports bra.
Pick a thong.

inexpensive, fashionable, and sexy
(Take a look around).
Pick going braless.
Pick boy shorts.

Wait till she tries it on.
Put clothes back and buy it.

At the desk ArianeB meets an old friend from college days: Rebecca. She asks to have a drink at the bar nearby.

Agree to drinks at the club with Ariane and Rebecca.
Ask Ariane to dance.
Go back to the bar.
Buy the next round of drinks.
Watch the two of them dance together.
Let them continue to dance.
Take Ariane and Rebecca back to Ariane's place.

5.1.2 Pool action

Rebecca, ArianeB and you are at the pool. Rebecca would like to swim but has no swimsuit.

Go inside and change into swimsuits.
Strip to your shorts and meet them outside.
Get in the pool.

...but if you are a horny bastard you will take the skinny dip option...

Vote for skinny dipping.
Take your clothes off.
Get in the pool.

Say POLO.
It is Ariane's turn.
Say POLO.
Close your eyes and say MARCO. You can choose to do a Marco Polo with Rebecca but this will not be appreciated by ArianeB.

Move to the right.
Let go of Ariane's breast. Rebecca starts to feel like a third wheel...
Say goodbye to Rebecca.

From here on the game is all yours (most scenarios have already been discussed in the previous walkthroughs).

5.2. Ten for Tennis

In a previous post (Bar Brawl) we have already discussed the fight in the bar. What wil happen if you meet Rebecca afterwards? Follow the above walkthrough, go downtown (5.1) and enter the bar (3.2) where you will have a drink, a dance and will get kicked out.

Get out of the club.
Go lingerie shopping.
Go into the lingerie store.

Of course you have to guess right what kingerie ArianeB really wants (if you have already forgotten by now, just consult 5.1.1)

Normally Rebecca would ask you to dance at the nightclub but since you have just been kicked out there, she looks for another place to go.

Discuss other options with Rebecca.
Be adventurous and take a chance.
Stay and watch Rebecca's show.
Continue watching.

Repeat until Rebecca's show is over.

5.2.1 Ariane's Showtime

Waiting for her friend to leave the stage Arianeb can't believe Rebecca did that. But all we want to know is, will ArianeB have the guts...

Wait for Rebecca.
See if Rebecca can talk her into it.
Encourage Ariane to dance.
Offer to be her coach.

Under the pseudonym Betty from Accounting ArianeB start her show. To bring it to full end the instructions to follow are...

Remove Jacket.
Pole Dance.
Remove Skirt.
Pole Dance.
Remove Vest.
Rub Body.
Sexy Dance.
Chair Dance.
Remove Bra.
Rub Body.
Chair Dance.
Sexy Dance.
Remove Thong.
Sexy Dance.
Chair Dance.
Rub Body.
Live Sex Act.
End routine.

Of course betty from Accounting gets the first pirce, but how about you?

Contest results.
Get dressed and celebrate victory.

5.2.2. Celebration

ArianeB is exhausted and wants to relax in the hot tub.

Take her back to her place.
Follow her in to the bedroom.
Let her finish getting ready.

Go naked hot tubbing.
Kiss her.
Stop kissing.
Massage her shoulders.
Stop massaging.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her breast.
Kiss her nipples.
Stop sucking her tits.
Rub her lower back.
Quit rubbing her back.
Grab her butt.
Quit massaging her butt.
Massage her pussy.
Quit touching.
Make love.

5.3 Rebecca & You

This time we will have a steak dinner at the patio and visit Rebecca (and the museum) afterwards. Introduce yourself to ArianeB, dance a bit, shmooze a bit, go to the kitchen for the wine and decide to barbecue some steak. At the patio (in front of the BBQ)...

Drink wine. This is her second glass.
Finish drink. Ariane says it is a nice night for a picnic. So listen to here for once, will ya...
Eat dinner by the pool.
Wait for her in the hallway. Do not enter the bedroom, yet...
Eat steak dinner.
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine. Wine number 3.
Go somewhere else. Here is a glitch in the game as ArianeB gives you an answer to a question that hasn't been asked. As this isn't Jeopardy we will just ignore the bug and... (bug removed in versions 5.6 and 5.7).
Drink the wine. Glass 4, that'll do.
Finish drink.
Go swimming.

Version 5.5 (and 5.6):
Get in the pool.
Swim some more.
Get out of the pool.

Version 5.7 adds some new images...
Jump in with her
Swim some more.
Let's get out of the pool. Alternatively, you can have a swimming contest, consult Pool Party for that.
Follow her out of the pool. Strange enough you can now decide for skinny dipping if you want but then the story takes an alternative path... so don't do that (please)...

Go back inside.
Take a shower.
Follow her into the bathroom.
Wait for her to get out.
Take a shower.
Get dressed and go for a drive.
Follow her into the bedroom. What you see is what you'll get... hopefully...
Let her finish dressing.
Go downtown.

5.3.1 Museum

Go downtown. Let's show that you are a cultural item and take her to the museum.
Go to the art museum.
Start tour. ArianeB will show you three paintings. If you can persuade her to be an art lover you will get some extra attention (she loves smart guys). The possible answers are:

Bougereau
Cubism
Durer
Rembrandt
Renoir
Van Gogh

Hang out downtown.
Go lingerie shopping.
Go into the lingerie store. You know the routine by now don't you? After you have picked the right lingerie...

5.3.2 Club Dance

Agree to drinks at the club with Ariane and Rebecca.
Ask Ariane to dance.
Go back to the bar.
Buy the next round of drinks.
Watch the two of them dance together.
Let them continue to dance. Ooops, that skirt really is short...

If you manages to get ArianeB to the nightclub in her red blouse (she put on her black dress in this scenario) the bar dancing scene will have other images... I leave it up to you how to reach this goal. The aim of the game is to explore all different situations although they can get quite repetitive after a while.

Let them continue to dance.
Break it up before they get caught.
Drive Ariane and Rebecca back home.
Stay for a drink.
Have a drink.

Now here comes what I should call a difficult decision... You can either

Follow Ariane into the bathroom (bad idea),
Wait in the hall (ridiculous idea or...
Follow Rebecca into the bedroom (better than nothing).

5.3.3 Let's get philosophical

What to think of the next question: "Do you think it would be too presumptuous if I took off all my clothes, and climbed in bed naked and waited for Ariane to come to bed?"

No, it wouldn't be to presemptuous. Rebecca strips and takes a pose as on these old Roxy Music albums.
Strip naked and join Rebecca in bed.
Wait for Ariane.
Stay in bed.
Watch her undress.
Scoot over and make room.
Go to sleep.

Rebecca fans all over the world hope to see this scenario evolve into something... new...


Here are the ArianeB 5.5 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.50 final and finally! 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (1): The ArianeB Chronicles 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (3): Bistro Dinner and a Fight 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (4): Rock Paper Scissors 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls... 
The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake 
Here are the ArianeB 5.7 related posts, so far:
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (1): What's New Pussycat? 
The ArianeB 5.7 walkthroughs (2): Pool Party 
Here are the ArianeB 5.8 related posts, so far:
ArianeB 5.8 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (1): Kitchen Talk 
The ArianeB 5.8 walkthroughs (2): Whiskey in the Jar 

20090331

iPod Random Generator March 2009

Entry 1248 posted in: 9. I, Pod


March. I'm sitting on a commuter train writing this post. Life on Mars? from David Bowie on the iPod. Life could be much worse.

Also in 2009 my iPod will be in autoplay mode and that for the second consecutive year. Homburg by Procol Harum followed by The Beatles. Baby You're a Rich Man. I feel rich indeed.

The results from past year, apart from the song ratings, have been reset on the database. Eye In The Sky - The Alan Parsons Project. (In the mid Seventies I felt obliged to buy this Pink Floyd muzak. At least the album covers were cool.)

Every month a graph will be published here, the playlist of the month will appear on my MySpace blog and the overview of the year will be glued on my MySpace entrance page. Nothing to be excited about. Càlkko-Niillas, Ulla Pirttijärvi (ambient Inuit chanting, thank you Bea from Norway).

The Dope Show

For those who still want to know the how and what and where and when I give you this old link: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics 


If you want to know how the graph looked like last month: iPod Random Generator February 2009