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09:14 am:

DO YOU WANT TO (1) STOP AT THE NEXT FORT, (2) HUNT, OR (3) CONTINUE
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TYPE BANGbang
SORRY---NO LUCK TODAY
YOU RAN OUT OF FOOD AND STARVED TO DEATH

DO TO YOUR UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, THERE ARE A FEW
FORMALITIES WE MUST GO THROUGH

WOULD YOU LIKE A MINISTER?
?y
WOULD YOU LIKE A FANCY FUNERAL?
?y
WOULD YOU LIKE US TO INFORM YOUR NEXT OF KIN?
?y
YOUR AUNT NELLIE IN ST. LOUIS IS ANXIOUS TO HEAR

WE THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION AND WE ARE SORRY YOU
DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE GREAT TERRITORY OF OREGON
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME


                              SINCERELY

                 THE OREGON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DONE


"Do you want your possessions identified?"

(To play Oregon Trail, follow the following copy-pasted instructions:)


1. Telnet to mickey.ath.cx. (Telnet, mind you. None of that newfangled SSH!)
2. Slowly alternate CTL-J and CTL-M until you see a “PLEASE LOG IN” message.
3. Enter “HEL-T001,HP2000,1″. Without the quotes, of course — and note that those are zeroes.
   Oh, and the system isn’t case-sensitive, but for the authentic experience you might want to have your caps lock on.
4. Enter “GET-OREGON” to load the 1975 version, “GET-ORE2″ to load the 1978 version.
5. “LIST” the program if you like, or just “RUN” it.



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From:gwillen
Date:January 27th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
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My source of this information, and of the quoted instructions, is here: http://www.filfre.net/tag/the-oregon-trail/

"Do you want your possessions identified?" is, of course, not from Oregon Trail at all; it's the death message from Nethack. But it seemed appropriate. I wonder which came first -- "Do you want your possessions identified?" or "WOULD YOU LIKE A MINISTER?"
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From:_tove
Date:January 27th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh have you been reading the Filfre blog? He's up past Zork now.
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From:gwillen
Date:January 27th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
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No, someone just linked his Oregon Trail series in #cslounge. I made it one turn before I died....
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From:chaos5023
Date:January 27th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the combat interface is case-sensitive. I pretty much died every time until I turned my caps lock on.
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From:gwillen
Date:January 27th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
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That... would explain a whole lot.
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From:chaos5023
Date:January 27th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Once I started being able to hunt and not die every time riders showed up, I only lost from getting slowed down to where I died from being on the trail in December or from running out of bullets a few times before:

NICE SHOOTING---YOU DROVE THEM OFF
RIDERS WERE HOSTILE--CHECK FOR LOSSES
COLD WEATHER -- BRRRRRR! -- YOU HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHING TO KEEP WARM
HAIL STORM---SUPPLIES DAMAGED
RUGGED MOUNTAINS
THE GOING GETS SLOW

YOU FINALLY ARRIVED AT OREGON CITY
AFTER 2040 LONG MILES---HOORAY!!!!!
A REAL PIONEER!

MONDAY NOVEMBER  26    1847

FOOD           BULLETS        CLOTHING       MISC. SUPP.    CASH
 143            1262           50             38             0    

           PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK SENDS YOU HIS
                 HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS

           AND WISHES YOU A PROSERPOUS LIFE AHEAD

                      AT YOUR NEW HOME

DONE
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From:joshua_
Date:January 28th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
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Oh. That would be why I got DYWYPIed.

TYPE BANGbang
LOUSY SHOT---YOU GOT KNIFED
YOU HAVE TO SEE OL' DOC BLANCHARD
RIDERS WERE HOSTILE--CHECK FOR LOSSES
OX INJURES LEG---SLOWS YOU DOWN REST OF TRIP

MONDAY APRIL 26 1847

YOU CAN'T AFFORD A DOCTOR
YOU DIED OF INJURIES

DO TO YOUR UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, THERE ARE A FEW
FORMALITIES WE MUST GO THROUGH

WOULD YOU LIKE A MINISTER?
?n
WOULD YOU LIKE A FANCY FUNERAL?
?Y
WOULD YOU LIKE US TO INFORM YOUR NEXT OF KIN?
?Y
YOUR AUNT NELLIE IN ST. LOUIS IS ANXIOUS TO HEAR

WE THANK YOU FOR THIS INFORMATION AND WE ARE SORRY YOU
DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE GREAT TERRITORY OF OREGON
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME


                              SINCERELY

                 THE OREGON CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DONE
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From:gregh1983
Date:January 28th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
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Reading the conversation down here so far is sort of ironic. The first thing I thought of when I got to the "TYPE BANGbang" line was "Wait, but that's not quite what it said to type..."
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