Saucers of Mud

November 20, 2011

The Coming of the Mirthful Messiahs

Filed under: IFComp — matt w @ 9:55 pm
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I wrote a really short IF game! It’s called “The Coming of the Mirthful Messiahs” and you can find it here, or if you want to go straight to the play online version it’s here. (The first link contains a bit of a spoiler, so if you want to approach it untouched you might just want to go to the “play online” link.)

I wrote this in under three hours, so it can be considered a belated Ectocomp entry; my actual belated Ectocomp entry went way over budget and may not show up for a while. Mirthful Messiahs. is massively unfair, though it’s also small enough that you may hit on the solution anyway. Everyone whose game I complained about can have their revenge on this! But seriously, I think it’s kind of funny.

If you need a hint, go here.


  1. Why is it unfair?

    Comment by dougorleans — November 20, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  2. Assuming you played it, and rot13ing the answer for spoilage:

    Orpnhfr gurer’f ab ernfba gung gur bayl jnl lbh pna ubyq nyy guerr vgrzf fubhyq or ol gnxvat bss gur znfx jura lbh ubyq gur pyho naq gur ubea, vs lbh pna’g whfg cvpx gurz nyy hc.

    (That seems like something the Mirthful Messiahs would say. Ubyq gur pyho naq gur ubea. P’nag! P’nag!)

    Comment by matt w — November 20, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  3. Yeah, I solved it, but I suppose I was spoiled by the fact that gur yvax gb gur uvag jrag gb gur vasbez oht genpxre.

    Still, it almost kinda makes sense. Vg’f rnfvre gb gnxr bss n znfx juvyr whttyvat guna gb oraq bire naq cvpx vg hc sebz gur tebhaq. Nygubhtu V thrff lbh’er abg npghnyyl whttyvat jura lbh gnxr bss gur znfx. Znlor vg jbhyq or zber boivbhfyl hasnve vs vg rzcunfvmrq gung gur ernfba gung gur pneelvat pncnpvgl vf 2 vf gung lbh bayl unir gjb unaqf, naq fb juvpu unaq vf gnxvat bss gur znfx?

    Comment by dougorleans — November 20, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  4. One must keep one’s mind very pure to avoid spoilage! It does seem possible to rationalize the solution, but honestly any physical plausibility it has is strictly accidental.

    I’m amused that Nygubhtu showed up in your comment; that’s a Great Old One for sure.

    Comment by matt w — November 20, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

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