A few torn scraps of paper resurfaced here recently --- slightly yellowed with age, origin unknown. They are apparently in my handwriting, but I can't for the life of me remember composing them. They depict a strange grid, three across and six down, apparently the layout of underground rooms in a fantasy adventure game. The first page, labeled "Level 1", looks something like:
|entrance to caverns||gopher tunnel||stove, pipe, ming vase, cobra|
|toenail clippings||eternal flame||air conditioning duct|
|confederate bank vault||Roosevelt privy, radium, leech||wax wall room|
|volcanic chimney||underground gourmet||service tunnel|
|mine shaft||troll sewage||elfin quiche factory|
|mohole||home computer warehouse, bear, interferon||giant refrigerator|
... and the next page, "Level 2", consists of:
|oven||cafeteria of Mammoth Cave||behind the giant's bathroom wall, ivory tusks, cockroach|
|industrial waste, oriental rug, rat||hobbit drying room||gold room|
|rabbit hole||Dracula coffin||?|
|curtain room||subway station||?|
|Minuteman silo||dragon's lair||circular room|
... where "?" indicates an unexplored room. There's also a "Level 3" but it's almost all blank --- almost unexplored --- except for a single cell labeled "giant's stove". Lines and arrows indicate the presence of connections between rooms and among levels.
What does it all mean? The bizarre combinations of artifacts don't sound like anything I could have made up by myself. Is this a scenario from some well-known D&D-style game? Help! --- I'm lost in a maze of twisty little passages ...
Is it cheating if I just went to google and stuck in elfin quiche?
It pointed me to "Adventures in Four Dimensions".
- rob -