Peasant's Quest Preview

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Good graphics

A new Trogdor game, coming in August 2004 (or so said). You are Rather Dashing, a peasant wearing short pants, on a mission to slay the evil Trogdor for burninating his cottage.

Cast (in order of appearance): Poor Gary, Baby Lady, Trogdor, Rather Dashing, Kerrek, Graphic Designers

Page Title: Coming Soon from Vitrelecix!

Date: July 19, 2004

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Transcript

VOICEOVER: {Drifting past game scenes} A real long time ago, in the peasant kingdom of Peasantry, some people lived {screen goes black, flash of lightning}) IN FEAR! {flash of lightning and Trogdor}. YOU are Rather Dashing, a peasant wearing short pants, who returns from his vacation to find his thatched-roof cottage BURNINATED! You swear revenge and embark on an incredible journey to vanquish the Burninator once and for all. PEASANT'S QUEST!

COMPANY SPOKESMAN: From the company that made that game TROGDOR! {Videlectrix logo, guy with cigarette}, and that game Rabbit Algebra, comes a graphical text adventure of rather large proportions. Videlectrix programmers have actually been hard at work bringing this epic adventure to life. {Two screens of two programmers working at a computer} Make your way through the lush 16 color landscapes of Peasantry using our state of the art text commands {get berries} and interface {throw baby}. Featuring 2-bit mono PC internal speaker sound! {Plays the Peasant's Quest theme in computerised beeps.}

VOICEOVER: Can one Peasant wearing short pants save the country-side from certain Burnination? {Rather Dashing slips in the mud, and then is clumped on the head by Kerrek} YOU DECIDE!

COMPANY SPOKESMAN: Coming soon to a 286 CGA enabled PC* near you! {*MAXIMUM REQUIREMENTS}.

{Flash of Trogdor breathing fire followed by the message

TROGDOR IS WAITING

and a 2-bit sound clip of the Trogdor Song. AUGUST 2004 }

Easter Eggs

  • Click on the top right corner at the end of the preview to listen as game designers "discuss" what it means to have good graphics.

Transcript

FIRST PROGRAMMER: WHAT DID I SAY?

SECOND PROGRAMMER: Good graph- to make-

FIRST PROGRAMMER: WHAT DID I TELL YOU TO DO?

SECOND PROGRAMMER: To make good graphics.

FIRST PROGRAMMER: GOOD GRAPHICS! I COME TO WORK AND I HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS MESS!

SECOND PROGRAMMER: I can make good graphics.

FIRST PROGRAMMER: I- YOU BETTER MAKE GOOD GRAPHICS! I'M SUPPOSED TO RELEASE A VIDEO COMPUTER GAME ON TV WITHOUT THIS GRAPHIC!

SECOND PROGRAMMER: What?

FIRST PROGRAMMER: YOU HEARD ME!

Fun Facts

  • This game is a spoof on the old visual text adventure series from Sierra On-Line (King's Quest, Police Quest, Space Quest, Quest for Glory, etc.) The "peasant kingdom of Peasantry" is probably a spoof of King's Quest which is set in the land of Daventry. This is not the first Sierra On-Line visual text game to be mentioned on the site, Homestar said "You should see Space Quest 3. It looks awesome!" to Strong Sad according to his blog.
  • The style that the well Rather Dashing is standing near at the beginning of the short is also remarkably similar to King's Quest. In that game, you had to get in the well bucket and ride down to the bottom then swim to a hidden cave where the dragon was.
  • The man fishing in the lake is reminiscent of a game called Hugo's House of Horrors. In that game, the man in the boat asked you trivia questions similar to those asked by the guardians near the end of this game.
  • When you click 'back' at the end of this short, it takes you to Main Page 13 (Atari graphics) every time.
  • The "chug chug chug" sound at the end and during the demonstration of the 2-bit sound is produced by many old 5.25" floppy drives -- the sound comes from the read/write head bumping into the rear drive assembly to realign itself. This one sounds like an Apple Disk II drive.
  • Near the end of the cartoon, it says the maximum requirements are "a 286 CGA enabled PC." This can't be true because the 16-color pallette shown must be EGA. CGA would only show four colors in that resolution.
  • The computer is an Apple II.
  • The First Programmer is played by Matt and the Second programmer is played by Mike. Matt is harassing Mike for screwing up the graphics, which is Mike's job on Homestar Runner.
  • Rabbit Algebra might be a reference to an old game called "Reader Rabbit". It may also be a spoof on "Number Magic", an arithmetic quiz game that involved a rabbit.
  • The equation from "Rabbit Algebra" reads: x^2 + 18 = 99. The answer is x = ±9.
  • The title of the window actually says "Coming Soon from Vitrelecix!!" This is most likely an intentional typo.
  • The first programmer sounds a bit like Coach Z, while the second programmer sounds like a cross between Strong Sad and The Homestar Runner.
  • The burning peasant on the final screen is from the pencil drawings done by Strong Sad in dragon.
  • The logo looks like the one of the Adventure Quest RPG.
  • The computer that is in this cartoon is the same computer that is on the Videlectrix Homepage.
  • In the clip of "Rabbit Algebra," you have 2x=6 mans, or 3 mans.
  • Also in "Rabbit Algebra," you have a score of logx14, which would make x the "score" the root of 14
  • Finally, in "Trogdor," Trogdor is in Burnination mode even though this is not shown at the top of the screen. Plus, the player has a score of 1, which is not possible because each squish'd peasant counts for 2 points.

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