The Making of 'Ocean Travel Without A Boat'
I play the game for the first time, and pick up some ideas along the way.
2: Kill The Gypsy
Now we'll see if you can die or not...
3: The Edge of the World
In which I climb out of North America
4: Barrel Head
In which I accidentally get the Avatar to wear a barrel
5: I nicked some of Iolo's shit and killed 2 brigands
At last.. actual progress!
6: Let's Do It
In which Martyn suggests I jump of the castle roof, but I decide to save first
7: Yea, Slimy things did crawl with legs upon the slimy sea!
I come across a huge crab for the first time and get creamed
8: What the **** is this?
I come across a glowing, humming bug in the game that no-one can identify
9: Here is Despise
..but I can't find the key to the inner doors and give up..
10: To Yew?
Having found out how Compassion is being perverted, I decide I MUST get to Yew
immediately to find out what Justice is. I wonder how to get there.
11: I found some nice arrows and more gold
I decide to try and swim around Britannia until I get to Yew, so I head out
to what I now know is Wrong, and kill an archer on the way.
12: EXPERIMENTAL YEW JOURNEY
I cross over to Wrong by bottle
13: +++ILLEGAL ENTRY TO YEW DETECTED+++
I find myself in Yew. After talking to a few people I found that Justice
wasn't as swift or brutal as I'd expected. The music is nice though.
14: Praise the rich.. kill the poor
Back in Britain.. this is the mayor's policy. It's also some of the lyrics
to an old song by PYF that was never recorded.
Paulon's words of wisdom make Despise possible.
17: Done Despise
At this point I realise something is going badly wrong with the game, because
the Avatar is writing events in his journal that didn't take place.
The movies weren't being played.
18: Find the Mad Mage
I come across Melvyn, a saintly man of boundless wisdom
19: Zen and the Art of Shrine Maintenance
I can't cleanse the shrine.. then I discover I'm trying to cleanse the
stone circle for the moongate
20: Why do the Shrines sound like The Tabernacle
Or SHODAN? Or a great many other insane computer systems?
I leave Britain and head for Buc's Den
21: Buc's Den: Avatar got laid
I was trying to work out why I apparently gained Karma for wenching
22: Serpent Wine
I find the Silver Serpent and kill the Pirates but can't dispel the forcefield
23: Become the Leader of the Pack and see off the Vultures
On the Isle of Humility
24: Incidental expenses: 256 goats to be sacrificed for each wolf killed
..too bad Katrina didn't read the small print of my contract
..I thought I was in Hythloth
26: Kill Everything
..or not. Use this slot to decide.
27: To have exterminated the gargoyle race
But the book of prophecy specifically mentions a band of warriors..
28: To not know where I be?
Actually I'm in Hythloth
29: To be confused
To be halfway in and out of Hythloth
Time to get that codex
31: I get shafted by Blackthorne
Good job I saved first
Need to break out of the clink
33: Moonglow: owls on some illegal drug
They're definitely hyperactive
34: Find staffy thing
Looking for the Staff of Wisdom
Did I or didn't I cause all this fun?
36: Britain: need more reagents..
I must have Mandrake Root
37: I have murdered the Broom Woman
Because she is still a fascist even after the shrine has been cleansed.
The Avatar is in the Britain->Yew caves
38: Lots to see and do around here
With mysterious sounds, crazy landscapes and lots of inviting caves, the area
around Yew has to be the most explorable part of the game
39: Yew, lawful entry
About to talk to the Bowyer
40: Come up, come up, and ride along with me..
Lets go see some lovely Justice carried out
41: Stuff the book o' Justice, lets have some fun instead
Frustration at no-one telling me where the book of Justice is leads to
distractions and I decide to explore the region
42: Song of the Firewolves
I discover Dawn, a place where I can study fire and ice wolves in their natural
43: F***-off big sword vs. Pointy Stick
A definitive comparison between the Claymore and the Bladed Staff on the
beaches of Yew
44: Financial Overload
That magic number 9999 is reached
45: Assault on Castle Wrong
I decide to explore that castley thing I found earlier to see what it is and
rescue Raven completely by accident
'W' is for Wrong
I go back to Yew and discover the Book of Justice by accident.
Then I go looking for the old mountain man
The Avatar is standing outside the court hoping for some kind of enlightenment
48: I need to find the Sacred Vulture of Justice
Oh look, he's by Wrong
49: The Pure One is not human!
Reeling from the shock I go back to Yew and cleanse the Shrine
50: Justice is Done
Wrongs are righted (except when the defendant is a pile of ash)
Minoc is boring
52: Upset Blackthorne's little party
Fun with Blackthorne
53: I left Blackthorne Hanging Around
Blackthorne floats by Raven's ship
54: Find the xtal ball, blackthorne cooked the fortune teller
Inside the damned mine
55: Healing Fountain
I found a fountain
On level 4 I deal with the Liche
57: A premonition of the coming holocaust
The relationship between Cove and Minoc is.. confusing
59: BD, where's Raven?
After Terfin (which somehow got deleted) I find that Raven's buggered off.
I contemplate using the moongates but decide to have one last look around first
60: Oh God, I've shagged a pirate!
Raven, you're going to die for this
61: Give Us All Your Money.. Give Us All Your Money..
Out of funds again, the Avatar chants the KYTV telethon song and goes to rob
a few wolves of their money while they aren't looking
62: Build a nice Tower of Babel
The structure is progressing nicely but I need to kill a few more thieves to
get the wood
64: Babel is Accomplished
..but it's harder to climb than I'd intended
65: A bit of fun
I decide to try out my ship piloting skills and go off to the middle of nowhere
I find Dupre's ashes by complete accident, as always
67: Dupre Time
Throw the switch, Igor
68: Staff o' the Ded
I get it, but find it doesn't seem to do much. I keep it anyway.
69: Frost Sword?
Ian returns for Easter and persuades me to buy a Frost Sword from Buc's Den,
but I save first just in case it's a waste of gold
70: Skara Brae
This is misleading. I'm in the entrance to Shame
71: For Shame
Lots of fun in the dungeons
72: In business
With the puzzles of Shame solved it's time to kick ass
73: Of the breaking of the Chalice
I discover that Blackthorne can still end the game even when the lenses aren't
yours to give
Out of Shame, I look around and decide to tackle Phase Spider Island
75: You Are Number Six
Level Six, to be exact
76: Want Nightshade
Back in Britain, all my adventures since Humility STILL haven't brought me
any more nightshade
I go to Dawn by climbing mountains
78: How can I open the icy manhole cover of Dawn?
The Avatar is about to use the moongate to get to Britain
79: I was Born In A Lighthouse My Mother Was The Sea
In Buc's den, I fix the lighthouse
80: The Rogue?
I try to explore the Rogue but keep dying
81: Back Way?
I try to break into Valoria by pole
82: Paws for Nightshade
I find out how to open the icy manhole cover of Dawn. I'm just about to do this.
83: In the dung
84: Magic Egg?
I wonder about the designers' state of mind, and try to join the church of
85: More Destard
I wander around the dungeon some more, trying to find all the bits and bobs
I break into the crypt
I have all the bits of Egg
88: Dragon is dead
I escape Destard
90: Seek the Tome of Demonology
Oh, that strange book I found while exploring
91: I sent the Knights off to their Deaths
Try and wipe out another people..
I guess Valor has been restored now
93: Find the King
To hell with the King, let's go down the Well of Souls
94: Skin Diving
I understand there's a bell here somewhere?
Serpent's Hold, once I find the way in. Open the door and face the Mage,
or shoot him dead before he knows what hit him
Once the mage is dead, how do I get to his pillar?
With upright sticks of course..
Wandering around in the Land of the Dead
98: Red Candle and Demon Skull
Oh no, I used them in Destard.. The Avatar is in Minoc to fetch some Blackrock
The Isle Of the Avatar, surrounded by an impenetrable forcefield called a 'bug'
100: Inside the Forbidden Zone
I penetrate the forcefield with a Teleport spell
101: Holy Shit, my Arrows!
After killing some big insect, my arrows sprout from the ground like huge trees
102: Writual Majiq
Summoning Pyros for dummies
I think I upset Pyros
The water puzzle
In the firey land
At the bottom of the shaft
Out of the Abyss, back on the Island
108: Space is not the only void
In the land of Spirituality, right after reading the Night's Dawn Trilogy by
P.F. Hamilton. Not a pleasant thought.
(Chanting into effects unit:) Ahm.. Beh.. Cah.. Lum.. Mu.. Om.. Ra.. Sum..
Back to Terfin. How to get through those doors? Teleport of course..
111: Squashed Kitty
"Hey Ian.. think of a good name for a savegame.."
Just about to face the Guardian again
112: Iki Say Don't
"..I said a GOOD name for a savegame.."
The Avatar cowers behind a pillar as the Guardian beats the shit out of him
Game Two - The Walkthrough
I try some far-out experiments, and the conceptual walkthough is made flesh
113: Devilish Experiments
I decide to try and build a bridge from Wrong to Minoc
114: stnemirepxE hsiliveD
The first few parts of the bridge are laid
115: Dance, dammit! Dance!
I catch the Avatar dancing a jig on the pole but he stops when you reload
116: Insane Experiments
The first working bridge is contructed to Minoc (you can't get back, mind)
117: Ocean Travel Without A Boat
Ian studies the clothmap and decides it would be most beneficial to go to
Trinsic first. I gather up tons of sticks and potion bottles and head towards
Paws to look for the narrowest part of the sea
118: Bridge over Troubled Water
The MkI bridge is halfway across
119: Forbidden Land
Oh my holy God.. I'm in Trinsic! And weak as a kitten!
Shame is a nightmare when you're level 0. Fortunately the pole trick is useful.
Unfortunately, because I hadn't spoken to Dupre I got kicked out.
If that firewolf sees me, I'll die, so I have to climb over the mountain to
get back into Shame (after I spoke to Dupre)
Ok, so I got back into Shame, but I've only got 1 potion left and I'm very
I'm back in Britain with a huge sword! But I haven't cleansed any shrines.
Near Wrong, I contemplate going to Yew falsely for old time's sake
Back in Trinsic, I try to convice people some cup I found in the Mayor's house
in Britain is the Chalice of Honour. Time to do those Phase spiders,
126: This Charming Man
In Shame again, I try to kill the Wyrmguard and find that charming her with
the scroll from Skara Brae works wonders
The Avatar goes on a killing spree near Iolo's place
I explore some of the picturesque parts of Central Britainnia and Ian finds
some lakes in the game that aren't on the clothmap
129: Journeys in Central Britannia
I walk around the mountains and Ian charts lakes and waterfalls.
We discover the fabulous levitating goats
130: Project B
Build another bridge in Trinsic. If we can get from Trinsic to Buc's Den...
131: To Destard
The avatar pops back to Britain for a few things
132: Ill-concieved by moonlight Britannia
Time to melt that manhole cover again
133: Rock On
Back in Britain, Talornia still has her head, but I've got lots of lovely gems.
Shall I sell them or hoard them?
I hoard them..
I sell them..
I forgot the Glyph. Go back down to Dawn once more
Back in Paws, I need to go back to Trinsic.
137: Flying Mice
A savegame of some mice running around 1 foot in the air
138: When the wind is southerly, I can tell a hawk from a handsaw
I'm just about to invent a Third-generation bridge to cross to Valoria.
But first I try to make a 2nd-generation bridge. It doesn't work.
I 'pole vaulted' into Valoria and Talornia isn't dead. A recipe for chaos.
I go into Valoria
141: Month Three
I leave the Avatar asleep in Valoria for one hour and then talk to the
bone-armour mage, so the Avatar writes the date in his book.
It was a bit of a surprise.
I go back to Destard to behead Talornia for no reason
Valoria Properly. I try to avoid a bug where the ghost doesn't appear
Valoria is done
145: Journey to the Island of the Crabs
I want to get the Bell of Courage. Just for kicks.
Bel is a false god in the Apocryphal chapters of Daniel
147: Got the bel
Now let's see the Well of Souls, to see if the barrier opens when Trinsic
and Valoria are done, or whether ALL shrines have to be done..
148: Lets search for Treshure, Phillip!
A treasure beach near Yew
Having been to Yew, but not seen the trial, I read the Book of Justice and
am now just about to meet Eustace.
Raven isn't in Wrong, but I am. I want to know what happens.
151: Bags galore
I discover how to make as many bags as I want
152: Stranger Things
Stranger things have been known to happen
153: Sculpture of a Fallen Warrior
A piece of Kinetic Art
154: My Knock
I decide to go from Wrong to Minoc again (that bridge doesn't exist yet)
I could talk to Morgana, but right now I'm just looking for a bed to sleep in.
And now for something completely different.
The Barrel-Head files
156: Barrel-Man Goes Forth (or not as the case may be)
Barrel man tries to leave Britannia the back way
157: Barrel-Head's big adventure
One of the teleports takes me somewhere I don't know.
I decide to play it with Barrel-Head (armed to the teeth) to find out where
158: Barrel-Head's ****ing enormous adventure
It just doesn't end! How the hell can I have missed something so HUGE?
We're nearing the end of the adventure. It was the dungeon in Terfin which
I missed through judicious use of the Teleport spell.
A scratch pad
A failed experiment to recreate Barrel-Head results in the Avatar wearing a
barrel on his hand
A barrel on legs.
I try to take some good shots of the Avatar jumping for the web page
Game Two continued
164: Project Honesty
I try to build a bridge to Moonglow from Minoc. It is the hardest bridge yet.
165: Project H
'H' has sinister connotations, being slang for a certain opium-derivative.
The bridge is now workable.
After having done Deceit without killing Gypsy, I root around the barrels in
I think we're about to disprove the validity of the pudding
"That's F as in 'f***-over plan'.. isn't it..?"
"Yep. I'm going to see the trial and find out what happens if we 'summon'
Raven while she's in Wrong.."
Another scratchpad. This one is where I desparately try to get the Ankh
of Spirituality prematurely.
170: 5th generation Bridge of Bread to Hythloth
Ian decides it is 'quicker' to build a bridge from Moonglow to Hythloth to
New Magincia to Terfin than going via Trinsic to Buc's Den..
171: The MIRACLE of BREAD
I realise just what a wonder bread is
..to Terfin by Bread, but not back again. This was a critical mistake.
A list of the Sigils I have so far. But the Ankh won't appear...
Why won't you give me the manuscript of Stones?
I try all kinds of things to try and make that bitch give me the goddamned
I start a third new game to see if I can make the woman give me stones then.
177: Project 'Do Shrines' TrVaBrCo
Shrines I have Done (Co is Cove)
178: I did Comp + Sacr.. Read Blackthorne's note + saw the Well
I was foolish enough to lose my temper.. will I be foolish enough to lose
my mind as well..?
I decide to go and to Humility next
I reach Ambrosia and decide to try and fly using Sentri's legs and poles
instead of the magic boots.
I load back to HUM, and decide to ask the Guardian why the woman won't give
me Stones. He promised to make the woman give me stones.
Back in Britain, I talk to the woman and SHE GIVES ME STONES.. I get the Ankh!
I go back to thank the Guardian but he isn't there. I decide to win the game
Another spare slot, for the photo-shoot once the walkthrough is pre-mastered.
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