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> IT IS PITCH BLACK. YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE EATEN BY A GRUE.

All BGG/RPG/VGG Geek users are welcome to play with the exception of people who have played or read Z-Ward before. Those people are free to read, of course, as well as comment and crack wise as long as it's in a non-spoilery fashion.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Parsely, it is basically a light co-op/RPG/party game tribute to the old Infocom-style computer text adventures. As the GM, I take the role of the computer parser and describe things to you. You state what you want to do, in simple language. E.g. "GO NORTH" or "EXAMINE SWORD." Some more complex structures are possible, e.g. "UNLOCK DOOR WITH KEY," "ASK GUARD ABOUT TROLL," or "GIVE FLOWER TO ELF." But nothing beyond that, or you risk the parser not understanding you.

All players are collectively controlling the main character.

The Rules wrote:
1. I'll post the opening scene of the game as the first item.

2. To play, give the first comment on item #1 a thumbs-up.

3. Any player can nominate a move by entering a single comment on that item. To make it clear as to which things are moves versus kibbitzing, please enter moves as "> GO NORTH" (with the greater-than and all-caps for that old-school flavor).

4. Once the geeklist gets to the second page, you may nominate multiple actions in one comment. E.g.:
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> GET POCKETWATCH
> EXAMINE POCKETWATCH
The number of actions allowed in a single comment is equal to the current page of the geeklist, e.g. on page four you may put four actions in a single comment.

5. Vote for the move you think is best by giving that comment a thumbs-up. You are allowed to vote for your own move, if you like. You can also vote for multiple moves if you think they are equally good.

6. Players will have at least 12 hours to nominate and vote on moves. After at least 12 hours have passed, I'll select the move with the most votes. In the event of a tie, whichever move was nominated last will win.

7. I will post the move and its results in the next item, and the process will continue until the game ends.

8. I reserve the right to end nominating and voting early if one nomination has a simple majority of voters (as determined by thumbs-received versus total players).

9. If you have questions or comments about the game as a whole, please enter them as a comment on the geeklist. For individual moves, please enter them as an item comment.

10. You are free to join any time, or drop out any time.

11. Have fun! If you enjoy the game, I encourage you to support the creator of Parsely by purchasing the game at his online store.
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1. RPG Item: Parsely #7: Z-Ward [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:5292]
+ WELCOME TO Z-WARD +

ENTRANCE

You stand outside the mental hospital where your sister was admitted nine weeks ago.

Exits: North, East

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2. RPG Item: Fantasy Handouts: Ransom Notes [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> INVENTORY

You are carrying:

a note

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3. RPG Item: Apocalypse [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
> READ NOTE

[Your score has gone up by 5 points.]

You printed out an email you received this morning. It reads: "hlp zomby apokalips xoxo frances". It was sent from Dr. Ahmad's email account.

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4. RPG Item: Welcome to Horror Hospital [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> EXAMINE HOSPITAL

The Institution for the Mentally Infirm was, at one point, state of the art. Now it looms over you, hulking and silent.

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5. Video Game: Intake [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
> GO NORTH

HOSPITAL INTAKE

You are in the hospital intake. A fire extinguisher hangs on the blood-spattered wall. There is an elevator here. You can also take the stairs.

Exits: SOUTH, EAST, WEST, ENTER (Elevator)

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6. RPG Item: Blood of Martyrs [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:563]
> EXAMINE WALL

The blood looks relatively recent. What happened here?

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7. RPG Item: Behind the Spells: Fire Shield [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> TAKE FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Taken.

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8. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:535]
> EXAMINE FIRE EXTINGUISHER

It's a small red CO2 fire extinguisher.

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9. Video Game: Putt-Putt Enters the Race [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
> GO SOUTH

ENTRANCE

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10. RPG Item: Tomes of Adventure Vol 1 Issue 2: Garden of Dread [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> GO EAST

GARDENS

You are in the gardens. Someone's been digging here -- there is a shovel here. There is a zombie here, fumbling with something clipped to its bloody lab coat.

Exits are: West.

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11. RPG Item: Wasteland Adventure #12: Ace of Spades [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> TAKE SHOVEL

Taken.

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12. RPG Item: Don't Lose Your Head [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> HIT ZOMBIE ON HEAD WITH SHOVEL

You hit the zombie solidly in the head! It drops to the ground and expires (for the second time).

The shovel's handle breaks, rendering it useless.

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13. RPG Item: Final Exam [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> EXAMINE ZOMBIE

It is dressed in a white coat with a keycard clipped to the pocket. The name on the card reads: Dr. Brent Honeycutt. There is a ragged tear in its throat; blood is everywhere.

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14. RPG Item: The Key Bearer [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> TAKE KEYCARD

Taken.

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15. RPG Item: A Dozen Disgusting Spells [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> TAKE COAT

It's soaked in blood and viscera. You wisely leave it where it is.

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16. Video Game: Gremlins: Stripe vs. Gizmo [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> EXAMINE KEYCARD

The keycard has a magnetic stripe on the back.

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17. RPG Item: DCC #010: The Sunless Garden [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
> EXAMINE GARDEN

You notice nothing unusual.

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18. RPG Item: Crypt Entrance [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> GO WEST

ENTRANCE

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19. Video Game: Intake [Average Rating:5.78 Unranked]
> NORTH

HOSPITAL INTAKE

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20. Video Game: Me and the Key [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
> GO WEST

The door to the west is locked. You see a magnetic card reader to the side of the door.

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21. Board Game: Dora the Explorer Story Maze [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> USE KEYCARD ON CARD READER

You swipe the keycard through the reader. It beeps once and you hear a "click" as the lock releases.

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22. RPG Item: Administrators Guide [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
> GO WEST

ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE

You are in the administrator's office. There is a personal computer here. Dr. Ahmad, the Chief of Staff, is cowering in the corner behind the filing cabinet.

Exits are: East.

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23. RPG Item: A Friendly Warning [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
> TALK TO AHMAD

The hysterical Chief of Staff threatens you. "Stay back! I'm warning you!"

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24. RPG Item: Gadget Guide: Computers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> EXAMINE COMPUTER

You read a memo sent to Dr. Ahmad about a drug designed to treat antisocial behavior. The hospital was selected to host the first trials of the drug.

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25. RPG Item: The New Drug [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
> ASK AHMAD ABOUT DRUG

The hysterical Chief of Staff threatens you. "Stay back! I'm warning you!"

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