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20090404

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (6): Fast Food, Fast Games, Fast Girls...

Entry 1250 posted in: a. ArianeB


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


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane (or even Ariane Barnes and Ariane Brodie), 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 sixth 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 


Hotter than July Up till now we have wined and dined ArianeB with steak dinners: in the house, at the pool and in a bistro, but there are some other ways to reach gustatorial satisfaction as well...

6.0 Hamburgers and some more…

Cheap and cheerful. We’ll grab a burger, impress ArianeB with our general knowledge of the fine arts or do a bar trivia game...

After the basic introduction we go to the kitchen where we will not, repeat: NOT, have a glass of wine but where we will ask ArianeB immediately out to dinner. She will not change her clothes but take you the the nearest Burger King instead...

Suggest going out to dinner.
Go inside.
Eat dinner.
Compliment her
Talk to her.
Leave and follow Ariane somewhere else. Years ago I liked to dine at the Quick hamburger resto at the Nieuwstraat or Rue Neuve in Brussels as the walls were decorated with Magritte and Delvaux reproductions. I found their taste (of the art, not the hamburgers) better than the works in the nearby Modern Art Museum.
Go downtown
Start tour. ArianeB will show you three paintings. The possible answers are: Bougereau - Cubism - Durer - Rembrandt - Renoir -Van Gogh.

Hang out downtown. From here on you can decide where to go. You can visit a lingerie shop, a clothes shop, a home decor store or the bar...

6.1 Lingerie shopping

Go lingerie shopping.
Go in the lingerie store.

The lingerie shopping scene (and its solutions) have been described in: The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (5): Rebecca.

I have repeated it before and will repeat again that (nearly) every page and image in the game has several hotpoints, leading to several situation. If you, in the last scenario, jump in the pool but decide to skip the Marco Polo game by clicking 'Get out the pool' there will be a surprise.

6.2 The dress shopping game

Go dress shopping. The dress shopping game basically is a memory game. Out of 6 skirts and 6 blouses you have to choose a matching outfit. Choosing two skirts or two blouses will end the game (but they give a nice picture). The position of the clothes on the clothing racks is randomized with every game.

If you choose the first two bottom left clothing racks you will always have a skirt and a blouse.

The solutions are:

black lace skirt - black lace top
blue shirt - blue skirt
evening gown skirt - evening gown top
pink skirt - pink top
red party skirt - red party top
white blouse - white skirt

Whatever you do, ArianeB will always asks to go home afterwards.

Drive her home.

6.3 The home decor store game

Go to home décor store.
Look around.
First test: vote for the right picture.
Keep looking.
Second test: vote for the left picture.
Keep looking.
Third test: vote for the right picture.
Buy it and take it home.

6.4.1.1 Martini ma non troppo

Arnulf once remarked at the Shark's Lagoon forum that there is a drinking bug in the game and that since version 5.0. Luckily for us the bug hasn't been corrected in 5.5.

At the bar ArianeB immediately wants a dry Martini and if you may believe her a second one as well.

Go to the nightclub.
Go to bar. I'd like a martini, dry.
I’m driving so club soda please. Good, you`re not drinking. I'd love another martini though.
Order another round.

ArianeB is so dead drunk that she immediately falls asleep. You can drive her home and that is about it.

Martini ma non troppo 6.4.1.2 Martini ma non troppo (2)

But if you dance in between martinis she will keep on going on.

Go to the nightclub.
Go to bar. I'd like a martini, dry.
I’m driving so club soda please. Good, you`re not drinking. I'd love another martini though.
Ask her to dance. Oooh yeah! Shake it baby, S-S-shake it!
Go to bar. I'd like a martini, dry.
I’m driving so club soda please. Good, you`re not drinking. I'd love another martini though.
Ask her to dance. Oooh yeah! Shake it baby, S-S-shake it!
Go to bar. I'd like a martini, dry.

Ad infinitum... if you have started the game by using the debug screen (default2.htm) you will see that the drinks, dance and daring parameters have gone up, but in this part of the game they are of no significance whatsoever...

6.4.2 The bar trivia game (5.5 and 5.6 only)

The bar trivia game has changed considerably in version 5.7 - please consult What's New Pussycat? 

You can do other things at the bar, besides drinking and dancing...

Play bar trivia game.
Here is a list with all the possible questions and their answers...

Category Question A
Books What 19th century author is often credited with inventing the mystery novel? C
What was the title of Sherlock Holmes first adventure? C
Celebrities Who was not born in Canada? D
Movies In 1935, what was Bugs Bunny originally called? D
What actress played Tom Cruise`s love interest in Cocktail? A
What year were Bladerunner, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Poltergeist released? C
What year were Office Space, Fight Club and The Matrix released? B
Which Johnny Depp film involved a search for Satan? B
Which of these war movies was set mostly in Iraq? D
Who directed the Carl Sagan movie Contact? B
Who played Bond in On Her Majesty`s Secret Service? A
Who sang the theme song to Pump Up The Volume? A
How old were Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrix when they died? B
Music What 80`s New Wave band sang Hungry Like The Wolf? (Answer: Duran Duran) ?
What band is famous for creating rock operas like Tommy? B
What song has the lyrics "doo wop, doo be doo doo wop, doo wah doo lang, blue days, black nights, doo wah doo lang? C
Which Beatles song has lyrics mentioning "Father McKenzie"? A
Who is considered the first rap star? B
Who was the first African American to have a music video air on MTV? A
Television How many human looking models of Cylons are there in the new version of Battlestar Galactica? D
In CSI: Miami, what is Heratio`s last name? B
In Gilligan`s Island, the Skipper`s actual first name was? A
In Three`s Company, what was Jack`s restaurant called? C
In Seinfeld, Jerry`s dad was called? C
In the A-Team, Mr. T had a fear of ...? C
On Star Trek, what race had laws called The Rules of Acquisition? A
On The Simpsons, who shot Mr. Burns? C
What corporation aired the first commercial on television? B
What is NOT a race from Babylon 5? A
What superpowers do Superman and Nathan Petrelli share in common? D
What vampire did Buffy the Vampire Slayer send to hell? D
What was the evil organization on the show Dark Angel? B
What was the name of the slayer that rose after Buffy died? D
Which show was NOT a spin-off of Happy Days? A
Which TV show was the first to air a toilet? D
Who is the first winner of American Idol? C
Who is the host of Show Me the Money? D
Who killed Lillie Kane on Veronica Mars? B
Who lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane? C

Let’s go home.

The bar trivia game has changed considerably in version 5.7 and up
please consult What's New Pussycat? 

6.5 Spill that spaghetti!

Alas ArianeB contains no spaghetti scene like in the famous Tintin En Suisse parody... you inow the drill by know...

Go back to the couch.
Go to another room.
Kitchen.
Get wine to drink.
Finish drink.
Make spaghetti for dinner.
Eat spaghetti. It is meatball spaghetti, the horror, for Christ's sake!
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine. ArianeB spills some sauce on her shirt and wants to clean that right a way.
Suggest taking off the shirt and cleaning it.
Finish cleaning.

6.5.1 Spin the bottle

Go to the kitchen for dessert.
Play spin the bottle. The game will choose one out of four possible situations...

The spin the bottle game can be triggered at other situations in the game as well, the 4 possibilites may then change, but for now these are:

6.5.1.1 Park Fountain Shoot.

The photoshoot is not as revealing as in Bistro Dinner and a Fight, but at least the game doesn't end there. ArianeB stands in the living room wearing a bikini. The night is young and you can go to the city or stay at home.

6.5.1.2 Hot Tub
6.5.1.3 Swim
6.5.1.4. Go for a drive.
ArianeB will change clothes and you can go to the city.

6.6 Cosmology

Something else this time. After the basic introduction, we'll go immediately to the backyard instead of the kitchen.

Backyard. Between the hot tub and ArianeB's right hand (that we see at the left side, obviously) is a small hotspot reading…

Sit and look at the sky. A random picture of the moon or the sky will be shown. ArianeB wants to check your knowledge of astronomy. There are 4 possible questions:

6.6.1 Moon shot: Crater Copernicus

Point here. There are 2 hotpoints with the same label, be sure to choose the good one located at 317-188-371-240. It is a small round crater a bit up and left from the center, NOT the big grey area a bit up and right from the center with the same label.

6.6.2 Moon shot : Sea Of Tranquility

May be here. Easy to find, there is just one hotpoint on the screen with that particular label.

6.6.3 Star shot: Triangulus

Pick here. This is the hardest hotpoint to find as they all carry the same name. The one we are looking for is situated in the middle of the screen at location: 231-253-449-359.

6.6.4 Star shot: Aries

Maybe here? Easy to find, it is situated left and up from centre.

6.7 Teletubbies

Now that you gave the right answer ArianeB will propose to have some wine or a barbecue. We'll choose for the BBQ.

Have a Barbecue.
Get wine and go outside.
Drink wine.
Finish drink.
Eat dinner by the pool.
Wait for her in the hallway.
Eat steak dinner.
Compliment her. Personally I find this shot one of the best scenes of ArianeB.
Talk to her.
Drink wine.
Go somewhere else.
Get in the hot tub.
Suggest playing 'Truth or Dare'.
Dare.
Have you ever had sex in a hot tub? (or any of the other questions)
Dare.

From here on ArianeB will accept all ToD instructions: for instance:

6.7.1 Dare her to kiss you.

This scenario leads somewhere but not were we want to go.

6.7.2 Dare her to take her top off.

Help her take off her top.
Dare.
Dare he to take her panties off.
Continue. You can use your imagination or...
Dare her to go skinny dipping in the pool.
Take of your clothes and skinny dip.

6.7.3 Dare her to go skinny dipping in the pool.

Go skinny dipping.
Jump in the pool naked.
Keep swimming naked.
Get out of the pool.
Go back inside. Several possibilities from here on.

6.7.4 Dare her to go out front and check her mail wearing nothing but tennis shoes and a cowboy hat.

Follow her into the bedroom.
Get her cowboy hat for her.
Go streaking in the front yard.
On a scale of 1 to 10 you get an 8. This choice ends the game.

6.7.5 Dare her to take a shower and let you watch.

Wait for her to get out.
Take a shower.

You can watch the stars at other situations as well and then the star game will propose other scenarios... but as usual... I leave it up to you to discover those... (bug alert: one of those alternative outcomes results in a loop with ArianeB being trapped between stargazing and flashing her boobs)...


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  

The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (7): Photoshoot by the Lake

Entry 1266 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 / or 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 seventh 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 


if I had a photograph of you... This scenario has been in the game since version 4.6 and has been largely copied from our old walkthrough (published with with the same title). Start the game and do the basic introduction as explained in The ArianeB 5.5 walkthroughs (2): Meet, Greet and Meat. After the steak dinner decide to go for a drive.

7.1 Go for a drive.

Go for a drive.
Go to gas station.
Fill up tank. ArianeB has bought a camera.
Hit the road.
Head to outskirts.
Take a scenic drive out of town.
Continue drive.
Get out and look around.
Enjoy the view.
Ask to take her picture.
Take snapshot.

7.2 Modeling

ArianeB will only model if you encourage or compliment her after each picture. If you forget this or go to fast she will end the session.

Ask her to try a modeling pose. Say 'Georgeous'.
Ask her for an even sexier pose. Say 'Very sexy'.

7.2.1 Topless

Ask her to pose topless. Say 'You could sell jeans to me'.
Ask her to be less modest, more sexy. Say 'You are so beautiful'.
Ask her to take her pants off. Say 'I couldn't help it, you have a nice butt'.
Ask her to pose in her underwear. Say'Wow, now that is sexy!'.
Face the camera and slowly lower your panties. Say 'The innocent look is so cute'.

By now ArianeB is getting a bit scary and she asks you what to do next.

Say 'I'll let you decide. You can quit anytime.' Say 'That was a brave sexy move.'
Say 'Let's try an artistic nude by the car'. Say 'You are too hot to be arrested'.
Ask her for something more erotic. Say 'You are really getting into this'.
Ask her for full backside nudity. Say 'Nice ass'.
Ask her for a tigh boob shot. Say 'Your breasts are beautiful in any position'.


Arnulf, who has made quite a few ArianeB add-ons, and Metalbloke pointed out to me that the story can take a different turn after the 'sexy' pose at 7.2. So we turn our time machine back and ask ArianeB...

7.2.2 Hot Legs

Ask her to pose in her underware.
Take a picture of her in her underware. Say'Nice legs'.
Action shot-jump in the air. Say'You would look good even in motion blur'.
Pull your shirt down over your panties. Say'Yes thats what I'm looking for'
Ask her to take her shirt off. Say 'Wow, now that's sexy!'
Face the camera and slowly lower your panties. Say 'The innocent look is so cute'.

You can now proceed and 'ask her to take her shirt off' but then the scenario will end like in 7.2.1. So let's look around if there is an alternative path we can follow... move your mouse to the hood of the car and...

Let's try some sexy photos by the car. True, but you have the pinup look.
Your panties are not very sexy, a thong would be better. Wow that is daring and very hot.
Step back, bend over, and stretch toward the car. I like that look, this is the best picture yet.

Two different shots can be taken here...

7.2.2.1 Semi Nude Front Shot

How about a semi nude front shot? I'll let you decide what you want to do next.
I'm ready when you are. Wow, you are incredible.

7.2.2.2 Nude Back Shot

How about a nude back shot? That is a nice sexy pose.
Pose facing forward. Wow, you are incredible.

7.2.3 Relax

Get in the car and relax for a picture. Relaxed looks good.
Try to play with your breasts. Say 'Your breasts are beautiful in any position'.


ArianeB tells that there are only 3 pictures left and has an idea...

7.3 Money Shot

As there is nearly no more film in the camera you may want to...

Give her the camera.
Take off your clothes and pose nude.

There are 3 or 4 possible endings here and they are all rather satisfying in one way or another. You can discover these by yourself can't you? Well one more hint... you can either be...

7.3.1 Modest

Cover your genitals.

or you can...

7.3.2 Let it all hang out

I don't need to make a drawing, do I?

DO I?


8.0 The Introduction Shortcut

Tired of doing the basic introduction all the time?

You can skip the first sixteen clicks by using the quick introduction hotpoint that is located at the top left position of the very first frame (the one where you see ArianeB through the window).

If you move the mouse to the top left side of the introductory image and click the ‘Introduce yourself’ hotpoint this action will bring you directly to the home plan with ArianeB waiting in the living room. Remember that you have skipped two kisses, two dances and some neck dipping and that some scenarios will need these parameters to be 'on'.

Probably this will be the last ArianeB walkthrough for a while, unless an unfound scenario would suddenly turn up. Updates will be made if I find something interesting enough to add, if you have found a mistake or a better way to each a certain goal, do not hesitate to drop me a line.


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 

20090410

Barrett: first in space!

Entry 1287 posted in: 5. The Pink Thing


It is a good thing that for the last few weeks I have been busy with several walkthroughs for the adventurous nookie monster ArianeB and that my review for the most recent French Syd Barrett biography, Syd Barrett, le premier Pink Floyd by Emmanuel Le Bret vegetated in that small Bermuda triangle called My Documents.

Right after I had read the book my opinion about French authors was as follows; I give you an unpublished exclusive excerpt from my first draft:

As long as French biographers keep on insisting that les Pink Floyd is part of their national treasury just because David Gilmour had a fling with BB once they will need to be hunted down by a mob of critics armed with boiling tar and blood stained feathers.

According to the credits on the back cover Emmanuel Le Bret is not only a Sixties collector and connoisseur but also a well known lecturer, although in French this is described as a conférencier what is not exactly the same. Anyway and this is a cheap blow under the belt, I apologize beforehand, a search on the world wide web doesn’t reveal any of his performing qualities to me but perhaps he only reads on private parties.

Syd Barrett, le premier Pink Floyd, is not Emmanuel Le Bret's first book so tells me Google . He debuted with an esoteric study about Uranus, a subject he knows more about than you dare to imagine. I could add in a joke or two here, but I won't. Uranus is not something one makes jokes about, unless you're from Klingon territory.

The biographical planet orbits between two opposing points. At the sinister side all attention goes to meticulously verified, double verified and triple verified facts. This does not always lead to readable books, I'm afraid. Spiralling at the other side are those who will not hesitate to add a good, albeit probably untrue, anecdote because it goes down so well. They probably think they're writing telenovelas instead.

Emmanuel Le Bret certainly admires the second biographical viewpoint. Several times he warns us, the innocent reader, not to give too many attention to the many legends around Syd Barrett and continues then by giving us a page and a half of the wildest rumours circling around about the madcap. Some of these were even unknown to me but this could be due to the French and their legendary lust for the baroque and the bizarre. It took them until the mid nineties to finally understand that Pink Floyd wasn't a bird so one juicy Syd rumour more or less can't hurt Emmanuel must have thought. Le Bret is as passionate about the rock star as he is passionate about Uranus and this shows in the many sentences that end with an exclamation mark! Like this! And that! And then just another one when you least expect it! French love this kind of stuff as you can see in their many movie comedies filled with screaming people who keep on smashing doors.

If you want to know what the general tone of the book is, I invite you to read the following post that I found at The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit. The author of that blog is a complete nutter, ready for the strap jacket, but I can follow the Reverend in what he has to say about Syd Barrett, le premier Pink Floyd: Tattoo You.

I am now also pretty sure that the French lack the proper DNA string that give other nationalities the magic force to copy and paste English words. For fuck's sake how moronic do you need to be to keep on insisting throughout the entire book that Syd's one time girlfriend is named Libby Gausdeen or that David Gilmour's early band is called Jocker's Wild?

There must be a zillion Internet joints, from Albania to Zambia, where they do manage to spell these names right, except in France. I made a list of the dozens of spelling mistakes in the book, and boys and the one single Nordic girl reading this blog, you are lucky that it has disappeared mysteriously from my harddisk, and I am too fed up to look for them again. Spoken about a narrow escape!

One could say that Emmanuel Le Bret writes English like officer Crabtree (from Allo Allo fame) speaks French (I know that this blog is not spotless either but we Belgians are semi-French anyway).

One time I really had to laugh out loud and that was when le brat re-baptises the hippy couple Jock and Sue, you know those hipsters that according to popular believe and certainly to our brave Uranus spotter spiked the drinking water and the cat food with LSD, as Mad Max and Mad Sue.

In real life Mad Jock was Alistair Findlay and Mad Sue was Susan Kingsford, and they both deny that they have ever mixed LSD in Barrett’s tea. Alistair Findlay even stated in Tim Willis’ Madcap biography that ‘spiking was a heinous crime’. Although these testimonies date from 2002 (and were repeated in Mark Blake’s biography from 2007) Emmanuel Le Bret still describes this as a proven fact and categorizes the couple as:

…un couple infernal (le mot n’est pas trop fort) [qui] biberonne le genie, rêvant sans doute de l’accompagner dans son voyage, à défaut de partager son talent…
…a devilish couple (that depiction is not too harsh) boozing the genius, without doubt dreaming to accompany him in his voyage and to share his talent… (translated by FA, original found on p. 138)

Pure bollocks, if you ask me, and further proof that the French are at least 7 years behind compared to the rest of the world.

What is there more to say? Le premier Pink Floyd has no pictures, although some French photo material does exist, and no index, what is a pity, especially for a biography. Basically the book reads like a train but flies like a brick...

To end this misery, a positive note. Here is a proposal to all French would-be authors who want to write the next Floydian biography, if one more is still needed: send me a copy before it goes to the publisher and I will check it for copy and paste errors. It will cost you nothing except a free copy once it does gets out, promised!

Le Bret, Emmanuel : Syd Barrett. Le premier Pink Floyd., Editions du Moment, Paris, 2008

Notes (other than the above internet links)
Willis, Tim, Madcap, Short Books, London, 2002, p. 75, repeated in:
Blake, Mark: Pigs Might Fly, Aurum Press, London, 2007, p.83.

Illustration (top left) by synofsound - thanks syn!

Seedfloyd has some articles and an audiolink concerning this book at the following pages:
http://www.seedfloyd.fr/livre/syd-barrett-le-premier-pink-floyd?s[]=emmanuel
http://www.seedfloyd.fr/forum/index.php?topic=1120.0
http://www.seedfloyd.fr/forum/index.php?topic=1199.0
Radio Canada interview.


Other Pink Floyd related books that were trashed by me can be found here:
Cheap Tricks 
Si les cochons pourraient voler…  
The Rough Guide To Pink Floyd 

20090413

Annual Easter Rant (2009)

Entry 1323 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash


hats off for ben I am writing these lines while the pope is doing his yearly humbug in about sixty different languages. He started saying something about Saulus from Tarsus, probably the first roman-catholic tyrant around as that bloke merely changed the first letter of his name but not his manners.

Of course I thank god (that’s a joke, obviously) for letting me live in a country where I can write these things without being sentenced to death by a bunch of people who like to walk around in dresses. Not that I am an ardent warrior against religion, I do appreciate that some people may find strength by praying, but I do feel offended when religious leaders feel that it is necessary to ordain their petty rules upon people that are dying from a disease that can be easily prevented by using some rubber.

From time to time I visit the Why Won’t God Heal Amputees blog. Although I do agree with the underlying message some of the reasons why god allegedly exists (or not exists) are rather juvenile, as a recent visitor of the forum put it. The God Is Imaginary sister site offers 50 easy proofs to deny the existence of god, but alas most of the proofs are, and I repeat myself, quite childish. If you pray to god to win the lottery and you don’t, doesn’t proof he/she/it doesn’t exist, but only that you must be a complete bozo in order to think he/she/it will listen to your crap prayer.

Taking a random quote from the bible and extrapolating that to our 21st information technology century isn’t proof either. It merely shows that the bible was a mere product of its time. If I have a problem with my brand new Apple iMac Intel Core 2 Duo processor I will not go to the attic to fetch my Sinclair ZX Spectrum manual. That is asking for trouble.

About any cretin knows nowadays that the bible isn’t really the word of god but merely a collection of short religious stories and legends that were bundled together. In the old as well in the new testament parts have been omitted and other parts have been added or rewritten, often to make it more or less conform to the current political and religious beliefs.

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible (and also several other sites) carry lists with absurdities and contradictions in the bible. As a great admirer of the ArianeB game I immediately go looking for sex and so I found out that the book of Leviticus was the Female Eunuch of the year 500 BC. Lucky nobody follows Leviticus’ rules anymore. How many women do you know who monthly sacrifice two young pigeons in order to be forgiven for their catamenial sin (Leviticus 15:29)? And did you know that prawns in cocktail sauce are deadly for your faith as well?

Enough ranting for the day, but if the pope can do that, so can I.


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

20090417

ArianeB UP 16 (game add-on)

Entry 1329 posted in: a. ArianeB


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


Laptop Shot Arnulf is not only is a valid contributor at Shark’s Lagoon, but an ArianeB (aka Virtually Date Ariane) fan as well. He is the main force behind a popular ArianeB add-on, taking care of some bugs in the original game and adding some new situations as well. He also pointed me in the right direction for some of the revised walkthroughs on this site. Thanks to his helpful tips two of my walkthroughs were updated last week:
The martini bug... 
Photoshoot by the Lake (alternative scenarios) 

Initially one needed the original ArianeB 5.0 files in order to install the update, but as version 5.0 has been replaced by 5.5 Arnulf has integrated all necessary files in one single package. The next bit has been largely taken from the readme file (mostly written by Arnulf):

ArianeB UP 16 - THE FINAL UPDATED 5.0-BASED VERSION

This update consists of a complete and entire game based on the ArianeB datingsimulator game, in which are integrated all add-ons of Erana, QBV8 and Arnulf.

ERANA'S ADD-ON

Erana was the sorceress who published some ArianeB add-ons in 2008 (see ArianeB Hack-On & ArianeB 5.00 Add-On Walkthrough). These included:

Raised drinks limits.
Nudity allowed by default.
Three choices per stargazing, with increasingly "interesting" results.
Spin the bottle would always yields park photo shoot.
Re-activation of the old lingerie pics from version 4.7.
A brand new "white dress pic" scene.

Crazy time, AND the live sex show, AND the old white dress pic, AND Marco Polo in the nude triggers a new ArianeB versus Rebecca scene.

(Note by Felix: the actual add-on includes more situations than described here, for a full list please consult the readme file.)

ARNULF'S ADD-ON

After Erana posted her (?) work on Shark’s lagoon, Arnulf took over and added several other items (cfr. Autumn Blues & Do you like tennis?). A quick (and far from complete) overview:

Fully animated threesome sex scenes. New animated lesbian scene.
Several après threesome situations (possibility to go to the fastfood restaurant afterwards).
Improvement of some pictures (photoenter.jpg and photo13b.jpg).
Bug-fixes: correct pictures for several hot tub, living room and pool situations.
Possibility to always win the rock, paper, scissors game.
New basketball game and parking lot sex scene situations.
Extended hot tub sex actions.
Reprogramming of the "sleeping over after sex" scenario.
Correction of some text files and minor bug fixes.
Correction of the stargaze-functions (mainly bikini and bikini topless).
Completion of the stay-over-night scenes (2 new pictures).
Continuing the date after waterskiing at the lake.

ARNULF’S ADD-ON UP 16 - in cooperation with QBV8

The latest version now contains some helpful tools, made by QBV8. He has also debugged some incompatibilities with Internet Explorer, so that the game can now be played with IE7, Opera, Firefox and Google Chrome.

When you start the game, you see two big red buttons at the bottom of your window, labeled "Load" and "Save". By pressing "Save" at any time during the game, you can save your current major state as a cookie. This feature requires that you have cookies enabled. By pressing the "Load" button, you can load the last saved major state and continue playing from that point on. (Major state is the first picture of any new situation, for a more detailed explanation, please consult the readme file.)

For playing fun Arnulf and QBV8 have added the following features:

We imported several pictures from the new released game version 5.5, such as the skinny dipping underwater picture, the new boat picture and the sex gif-pictures from the bedroom scene.
New pictures and animations, such as animated groping the naked breast in the backyard, the living room and the hottub, correction of the penis colour and correction of the man's size entering the bedroom in relation to the girls.
These corrections have been made upon the valuable comments of Erana the Sorceress:
New animated handjob in the hottub after a too long bottom-foreplay;
a completely new designed sexy night-boattrip and
some other little surprises and bugfixes.

ArianeB UP 16 takes nearly 80 MB and can be found on RapidShare. Don’t wait to long to download it because Arnulf and QBV8 are working on several exciting new projects as well.


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 

Secret Fantasy Dreams

Entry 1330 posted in: e. Adult Oriented Games


Huggy bear Time for some adult game updates. If you feel offended (or are too young to read this) please consult the item Horses and heroes.

The Wendy games series from Shark’s Lagoon has got a new episode, the fifth one if my memory is correct. Secret Fantasy Dreams is all about Nanny and Wendy and their search for eternal happiness. There isn’t a lot of story in the game unless you want to re-define that as a toy story, if you catch my drift.

Shark’s games have become more sophisticated over the years. In the past you had to click a single spot to trigger an action but in this game you have several double spots to activate. And these are not always easy to find. If this is getting on your nerves one can always ask for a hint by typing ‘dream’ in the game. Nice feature.

If you are really stuck in the game or are to lazy to play it you can watch a video walkthrough that has been created by Arnulf and that can be downloaded at Rapidshare.

Actually this is part one of the adult games update series: part two can be found here.


Shark’s Lagoon games that have been discussed here before:
Horny Afternoon: Cyberhugging
Sensual Experiment: Sense And Sensibility
An afternoon at the swimming pool: Autumn Blues
First Time: (insert title here)

Horses and heroes

Entry 1331 posted in: 3. Gamebits


Time for some game updates. This post can be watched by anyone, if you are looking for some information about adult gaming, please consult Secret Fantasy Dreams or ArianeB UP 16 (game add-on).

OpenTTD, the open source remake of Transport Tycoon, finally has a stable upgrade, version 0.7.0. It brings you, amongst other things:

a reworked order system (with conditional orders and non-stop instructions);
more engines than in previous versions;
path based signals;
an AI framework;
downloads and automatic install of AIs, graphics and scenarios from a central server;
adjustments of previous limits concerning window size, the number of windows, network clients and companies;
… and a bunch of new languages.

Although the internal programming has been upgraded a lot the casual player will be most pleased by the download utility. The original Transport Tycoon was a bit too limited for experienced players and over the years several add-ons have been made to adjust the original framework. These add-ons can be divided into several categories:

eye-candy: replacing original graphics with new ones: vehicles, roads, houses, industries… These downloads don’t change the gameplay, but merely alter how the game looks;
new industries: the original game had only about a dozen of industries and these all evolved more or less independent from each other. Downloading new industries has made it possible to create realistic (and sometimes complicated) industrial chains, meaning that a secondary sector factory will only start producing if it gets raw materials from mines and farms, but also that the production will come to a halt if the finished product doesn’t get to the end consumer (the cities);
new vehicles: new industries mean also that new methods of transport have to be created and a lot of NewGRF files deal with alternative vehicles;
new (fan created) scenarios and maps.

In the past one had to browse through the Open TTD forum in order to look for a certain add-on and there were literally a hundred of places on the web were you could go looking for a particular add-on. If the add-on was changed (or upgraded) you had to find that out by yourself although the wiki more or less tried to centralise the information.

This is all gone with the download utility in version 0.7.0. It gives you a (long) list of the possible downloads and also warns you if the version present on your harddisk has been upgraded. Newbies however should be warned that downloading and activating all add-ons will not enhance the game, on the contrary, because some add-ons are not compatible with others. But the new version of Open TTD has also thought about that and allows you to save individual configurations.

A (quite recent) graphic set I like is called eGVRTS. The original game only started producing vehicles around 1930 (the default start of the game was 1950) but this enhancement offers horse-driven carriages that are available a century earlier (in the early 1800s). The screenshot at the top left side of this topic shows my current game in 1872 with a convoy of coaches transporting citizens from one city to another.

Open Transport Tycoon has been discussed a few times on this blog before and the last time was at Rock around the block. Programmers and would-be programmers can now make their own artificial intelligence module. AIs are added and constantly upgraded at the central server and give the human player some extra things to worry about. Two computer players have been created to do absolutely nothing, except providing some eye-candy. TownCars and StreetTraffic (that second one is an enhanced clone from the first) will randomly create cars to populate the streets in and between cities. Their only purpose is to give the streets a more realistic look and will of course from time to time block the commercial vehicles by creating traffic jams.

If you’ll excuse me now but I have some cows to transport.

20090419

Crystal Voyager

Entry 1339 posted in: e. Adult Oriented Games


Crystal A couple of weeks ago Chaotic placed the following message on the Shark’s Lagoon forum:

Virtually Date Crystal is a game I've made myself and is similar in many aspects to Virtually Date Ariane (ArianeB). This seems to be the place to give it a public test run.
It isn't quite as technical, more a direct maze of events to navigate through. There are five different endings, and if it's popular enough, I'll probably add more content.

The game can be played (or downloaded, update: broken link) at two different locations, but as the server often is overloaded the best thing is to download the package and to play it offline. Just like ArianeB this is an html based point & click adventure. To start the game you need to unzip the package to a directory of your choice, locate the helloworld.htm file (in the VDC folder) and double click it. The browser of your preference will open and show you the catchmatch opening screen.

The introduction offers you 3 different persons to meet and greet but for the moment only the Crystal character works. Before the simulation starts catchmatch does a personality test and if you give a wrong answer the game will not start. I like these useless game introductions; they remember me of that Larry Laffer episode where you actually had to prove that you were old enough to play the game. Which is quite stupid as:

Like many "mature" rated games, Leisure Suit Larry is best experienced (a) if you put yourself in the mind of a 13-year-old, or (b) if you are, in fact, actually a 13-year-old, and the concept of seeing naked boobs still totally blows your mind. (Taken from Classicgaming @ Gamespy.)

The catchmatch introduction shows us the weakest point of this simulation, if you have given the wrong answer all you need to do is press the backspace key until you arrive again at the question, and try another answer. Virtually Date Crystal does not use Javascript triggered parameters that will influence the game later on and the backspace trick can be used throughout the game. This also means that you can start the game on whatever web page you want, if, for instance, you want to skip the introduction quiz, you can just start at knock.htm. No harm done.

Anyway, the Shark’s Lagoon adult gaming community jumped on Crystal as Sir Austin Danger Powers did on Felicity Shagwell and as they came to about the same conclusions as I did I will just copy and paste some of their comments (with thanks to AngryH, Blaman, TheBrain, Bonhomie, Palladium and of course Erana…):

Some great idea here and there, and finally a threesome!

Some impressive graphics (but also some other ones, see below).

Some situations are exactly the same as in ArianeB. Crystal also has its Truth or Dare game, a strip show in a night club, a photo shoot, a Jacuzzi scene...

There are too many run-through screens. They only allow you one click and merely lead to another image.

Some of Crystal's facial expressions are too plastic and the rendering could have been better in places. In some situations the persons seem to be floating or don’t fit with the background.

Decisions early in the game have no impact later on. This is mainly a ‘hit or miss’ game that doesn’t lead to subplots like ArianeB does (in ArianeB drinking, kissing and the choice of lunch all have an impact later on).

An example of this is the casino scene. You can play the roulette but the outcome of the game has been hardcoded in the script. The first time black will always win and whatever colour you choose the second time, it will always lose, what is not realistic, even for casinos owned by the maffia. A small Javascript randomizer would have made this situation much more interesting.

Some bugs are still present in the game and the end scene does not always show the proper image, especially in the downloaded version.

Crystal Chart Walkthrough

On the other hand the above comments may sound a bit too harsh. This is a first attempt and comparing Crystal 1.0 with ArianeB 5.5, made by a professional 3D artist who has years of coding in his hands, is not honest either. But this criticism may help Chaotic when he decides to program the other dates in the game. The choice is up to him.

In order to write this post I created a flowchart with the possible paths in the game. You can call it a walkthrough if you want. If you have got, by any chance, Diagram Designer you can visualize the chart by downloading Crystal.zip. Otherwise you can open a very big PNG image (1419 x 2766 pixels) and do with it whatever you want to do with it. Update: new (upgraded) walkthroughs for version 1.1 have been made and will be published on this blog in May 2009.


If you liked this (adult gaming) post - you might be interested in this one as well: Secret Fantasy Dreams 

20090424

Ancient Warfare

Entry 1349 posted in: 3. Gamebits, c. The Sandbox Of God


This page contains some visitor's statistics that will be daily updated for a week seven days period: complete.

A couple of years ago I was interested in Mark OvermarsGame Maker utility because I had this concept that would blow the complete game industry to pieces. I tried several game creators but always reverted to Game Maker, I subscribed to the forum and asked some silly newbie questions, I downloaded the complete tutorial (and the software itself, obviously), started learning its programming language (although Game Maker’s best feature is the drag and drop menu that lets you create games without a single line of code) and started designing, well I almost started…

The back side of this all was that the forum was literally overflowing with game projects in alpha, beta and gamma stage and that I spend more time looking at other people’s games than at my own.

Thus this project became one more on the pile of my unfinished ones although quite recently it came back crawling through a hole in my head, hence this post. Who knows what the future might bring? (But knowing myself, don’t hold your breath.)

Two GM games have intrigued me ever since.

The first was Seiklus and you can read more about it at the following posts: Seiklus & Seiklus (again). If you want to know how this game looks like you can watch some video speed runs, about 35 minutes in total, on Youtube.

Number two: Sandbox of Gods was so inspiring to me that I created some walkthroughs allowing the casual player to reach all the possible goals in the game. As the game is icon-driven the best way to illustrate the different possibilities was, in my opinion, to have a graphical representation rather than a textual approach. Although these walkthroughs were never as popular as the one for the Penumbra Tech Demo, that more or less gave this blog its lift-off, it had its visitors, especially when SoG was still rather hot in the indie freeware game scene. From time to time, once or twice a year, I check the website of Mr. Chubigans to see if the long awaited Sandbox of Gods sequel has been released (or not) and this week, nice springtime weather by the way, I found it the ideal opportunity to have a go. The good news was, well read for yourself…

There have been two attempts at getting a sequel to SOG, even a contest with a major announcement of Sandbox of 2: Ancient Warfare. Since then, nothing much has been churned out, mainly due to the overwhelming amount of work Fred and I had at the time, and the second attempt being at a bit of a bad time (last month, as the holidays were approaching and I was finishing Spirits of Metropolis). Still, there will be a sequel to SOG, and it won’t look like it did before, nor will it have an Ancient Warfare theme (used due to the competition theme we were entering at the time). But it will be done later this year. (Taken from Vertigo Gaming)

That SoG still attracts some player was proven on the Vertigo forum where quick11 wanted to have the answer to the following questions:
How do you get 'Ancient Defences'?
And how do you get 'Bunnies Killed [A.D.]'?

Needless to say that Unfinished Projects contains the answers to these questions. As I was browsing the forum anyway I responded with a link to my graphical walkthroughs, but to my amazement my post was deleted a few hours later. I asked the moderator (who is not the maker of SoG, by the way) for some explanations. Those sounded like this:

I deleted your post because your site contained pornographic material on it, which we strictly do not allow.

Because a previous article that mentioned SoG also contained some links to an ArianeB add-on and to some games on Shark’s Lagoon I am now known, at least on the Vertigo Games forum, as an official pornographer. I have never been so proud in my life!

This assumption however made me wonder if the above is indeed true. As I am quite a geek I decided to monitor the visited pages of my blog at several intervals. The results (in percent) so far are:  

Page 2404 2504 2604 3004 0205 0305 0605 Total
a. ArianeB 86.11 70.84 75.26 58.78 39.96 38.74 60.00 61.38
e. Crystal VD 3.01 4.97 3.35 16.73 36.03 33.26 21.24 16.94
Index page  6.25 11.66 9.22 13.06 10.04 13.05 6.39 9.95
c. The Sandbox Of God 1.16 4.97 - 1.22 2.62 2.95 0.82 1.96
Secret Fantasy Dreams - - 2.94 2.24 2.84 2.32 0.82 1.59
3. Gamebits 1.39 1.51 2.31 0.82 1.75 0.63 0.82 1.32
d. Shot-Online Calculator - - 0.84 1.84 1.53 3.58 - 1.11
5. The Pink Thing 0.23 0.43 0.84 0.61 1.31 1.68 0.82 0.85
Autumn Blues - 1.51 0.63 1.22 1.09 1.26 - 0.82
The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit  - 0.55 0.84 1.02 - - 2.89 0.76
1. General Mish Mash 0.46 0.65 0.63 - 0.66 1.26 - 0.52
b. Dirk Gently 0.46 - - - - - 1.03 0.21
2. DNA 0.23 1.08 - - - - - 0.19
Archive Index 0.46 - - - - - 0.62 0.15

24th of April: A staggering 86% visits this blog for ArianeB alone and if one adds the other posts that mention adult gaming that number rises above 90%. Other games, including Sandbox of Gods, make out about two and a half percent of the public. My various Pink Floyd and Douglas Adams posts only reach one percent of the hits...

25th of April: ArianeB still rules at more than 70% and, perhaps due to this post, the interest for Sandbox of Gods has risen to slightly over 5% (adding one third of Autumn Blues). A lone believer has found salvation at Iggy's Church.

26th of April: 3 out of 4 visitors surf directly to the ArianeB pages, a very small minority (too small to make the chart) still reads the Dirk Gently, DNA and Star Trek entries. Sandbox of Gods stands at position 14 (and is thus not included in the top-10 overview of today). I am proud that my Shot Online Calculator (no longer supported or updated since a couple of years) still could attract one visitor.

27th, 28th and 29th of April: Ooops. Forgot to download the statistics.

30th of April: Virtually Date Crystal hits the market, strong. Would you like to know that 0.20% of my visitors went to the iPod page. I guess not.

2nd of May: Virtually Date Crystal is a hit and the first walkthrough that has been published gets 36% of all hits (46% if one adds the index page). My Penumbra page still attracts some people after all these years (but too little to be mentioned in the top 10).

3rd of May: Crystal surely has broken the hearts of the adult gaming community and the walkthroughs are getting a lot of attention. I do love it though that the Sandbox of Gods still gets its hits. it's a great game and it involves bunnies as well...

6th of May: Over 80% visits this blog for its adult games walkthroughs and a small, very small, minority wants to read about, what we shall call, regular games (amongst them David Galindo, creator of Sandbox of Gods, thanks fore your mail David!). The final results show that the Sandbox of Gods walkthroughs end up at the fourth place but that they can't compete with ArianeB, nor with newcomer Crystal.


The (recently updated) Sandbox of Gods walkthroughs can be found at:
Walking Through The Valley Of Eden (Sandbox of God Walkthrough Part 1) 
Bad Moon Rising (Sandbox Of God Walkthrough Part 2) 
Under The Vulcano (Sandbox Of God Walkthrough Part 3) 
I Want To Be A Little Fishy (Sandbox Of God Walkthrough Part 4) 
It's the Final Countdown (Sandbox Of God Walkthrough Part 5) 

20090426

Virtually Date Crystal 1.1

Entry 1368 posted in: e. Adult Oriented Games


Punch! The ArianeB clone Virtually Date Crystal (VDC) has been updated and version 1.1 can now be downloaded at Rapidshare.

The game is rather a success in adult gaming circles and an unfortunate side effect is that both Chaotic’s websites are (temporarily?) down. I don’t know if he reads this space but there are several providers around that give you gigabytes of web space for less than 2 Euro per month.

Some previous paths (especially the endings) in the gameplay have been altered and a completely new, rather funny and inventive, scenario has been added (HINT: it can be triggered at an early stage of the simulation by going to the bedroom). Beware of that punch in your face!

The intro of the game has been changed (although the old files are still in the download) and the first scene is now ‘knock on the door’ and no longer the ‘catchmatch’ personality test.

Every html page has now got a build-in Javascript preventing the player to use the backspace key on his (or her) keyboard. This enlarges the files with a considerable factor: the opening screen knock.html used to have 444 bytes in version 1.0 and that has now risen to 2357 bytes (multiplied by a factor 5).

More geeky stuff: in total the amount of files has risen with 30% from 781 to 1008, and the volume has been going up from 27.3 MB to 39.9 MB, nearly 50% increase. Not a bad job in a few weeks of time.

The game still is image-map driven, meaning that clicking on a certain area of the image an appropriate link (with a new image, a new situation and new image maps) will open. Virtually Date Crystal 1.1 still uses no Javascript parameters à la ArianeB, so if one disables scripting in the html browser the backspace key trick will work again without harming the gameplay (in Firefox: Tools - Options - Content - Enable Javascript). It’s a dirty trick but it prevents to have to start all over again. Another dirty trick (using the Firefox All-in-One sidebar) is to automatically visualise the source information of the html document in question so that all possible answers (and their relative hml pages) are wide in the open. Shame on me.

The flowchart (aka walkthrough) that I made for the previous version is still valid for most of the scenarios. You can consult it at the previous VDC post: Crystal Voyager.

I am seriously thinking of making more ‘formal’ walkthroughs for the game, (Chaotic had no objections a couple of weeks ago), but as the simulation is still in full transition I think I’d better wait until the releases will have stabilised a bit.

This blog has now got a new category Crystal VD and for once the letters VD are not standing for volunteer decoration, valentine's day or venereal disease, but for virtually date. But one better be careful, you never know nowadays.

TTFN

Your pornographer,
Felix.