Adventure walkthrough

This is not claimed to be an optimized walkthrough, but it comes reasonably close and, if you don't get killed by a little dwarf and if the pirate shows up before you finish, you can get all the points.

When you get well into the cave you will encounter some nasty dwarves. The first one simply tosses an axe at you and runs away. The axe misses. Get the axe; you'll need it when you see the dwarves again. On your second encounter with the dwarves, you'll see one or more, who will throw knives at you. The first salvo always misses. Toss the axe at a dwarf, fetch it again, and keep tossing until you have killed all the dwarves present. You'll need to do this each time a dwarf appears. If you don't, you'll get killed. (Be sure to retrieve the axe after you have killed the last dwarf that is with you.)

Don't worry if a pirate appears and steals your treasures from you. You'll find them again later on.

Walkthrough: Answer "no" when you are asked if you want instructions.

You are standing in front of a building. Enter the commands as listed below (first column only; the second column shows what the command does or where it takes you), except deal with dwarves whenever they appear.

  1.  in                  inside building
  2.  get lamp            
  3.  on                  turn on lamp
  4.  plugh               y2
  5.  plover              plover room
  6.  ne                  dark room
  7.  get pyramid
  8.  s                   plover room
  9.  plover              y2
 10.  s                   low n/s passage
 11.  get silver
 12.  n                   y2
 13.  plugh               inside building
 14.  drop pyramid
 15.  drop silver
 16.  get water           in bottle
 17.  plugh               y2
 18.  s                   low n/s passage
 19.  d                   dirty passage
 20.  bedquilt            bedquilt
 21.  slab                slab room
 22.  s                   west end of twopit room
 23.  d                   west pit
 24.  water plant
 25.  u                   west end of twopit room
 26.  w                   slab room
 27.  u                   secret n/s canyon
 28.  reservoir           reservoir
 29.  get water
 30.  s                   mirror canyon
 31.  s                   secret n/s canyon
 32.  d                   slab room
 33.  s                   west end of twopit room
 34.  d                   west pit
 35.  water plant
 36.  u                   west end of twopit room
 37.  e                   east end of twopit room
 38.  d                   east pit
 39.  get oil
 40.  u                   east end of twopit room
 41.  w                   west end of twopit room
 42.  d                   west pit
 43.  climb               narrow corridor
 44.  w                   giant room
 45.  n                   immense n/s passage (iron door)
 46.  oil door
 47.  drop bottle         you no longer need it
 48.  n                   waterfall cavern
 49.  get trident
 50.  w                   steep incline
 51.  d                   large low room
 52.  se                  oriental room
 53.  n                   misty cavern
 54.  w                   alcove
 55.  drop trident        to get through narrow passage
 56.  drop lamp
 57.  drop axe (if carrying it)
 58.  e                   plover room
 59.  get emerald 
 60.  w                   alcove
 61.  get trident
 62.  get lamp
 63.  get axe (if here)
 64.  nw                  misty cavern
 65.  s                   oriental room
 66.  get vase
 67.  se                  swiss cheese
 68.  e                   soft room
 69.  get pillow          needed for vase
 70.  w                   swiss cheese
 71.  ne                  bedquilt
 72.  e                   complex junction
 73.  n                   shell room
 74.  open clam           with trident
 75.  d                   well, it will roll down, won't it?
 76.  d
 77.  get pearl
 78.  u
 79.  u                   shell room
 80.  s                   complex junction
 81.  u                   dusty rock room
 82.  e                   dirty passage
 83.  u                   low n/s
 84.  n                   y2
 85.  plugh               inside building
 86.  drop pillow         pillow first, then vase
 87.  drop vase 
 88.  drop trident
 89.  drop pearl
 90.  drop emerald
 91.  xyzzy               debris room
 92.  get rod
 93.  e                   cobble crawl
 94.  get cage
 95.  pit                 top of small pit
 96.  e                   bird chamber
 97.  drop rod            rod scares bird
 98.  get bird
 99.  get rod
100.  w                   top of small pit
101.  d                   hall of mists
102.  n                   hall of mt king
103.  free bird           bird drives away snake
104.  drop cage           no longer needed
105.  sw                  secret e/w canyon
106.  w                   secret canyon
107.  kill dragon         no weapon needed
108.  yes                 yes, with bare hands
109.  get rug            
110.  e                   secret e/w canyon
111.  e                   hall of mt king
112.  w                   west side chamber
113.  get coins     
114.  e                   hall of mt king
115.  s                   south side chamber
116.  get jewelry
117.  n                   hall of mt king
118.  e                   hall of mists
119.  w                   east bank of fissure
120.  wave rod            create bridge
121.  drop rod            no longer needed
122.  w                   west bank of fissure
123.  get diamonds
124.  e                   east bank of fissure
125.  e                   hall of mists
126.  s                   nugget room
127.  get gold
128.  n                   hall of mists
129.  y2                  rock jumble (not y2)
130.  d                   y2
131.  plugh               inside building
132.  drop rug
133.  drop coins
134.  drop jewelry
135.  drop diamonds
136.  drop gold
137.  get food            for bear
138.  get keys            for locked chain
139.  plugh               y2
140.  s                   low n/s
141.  d                   dirty passage
142.  bedquilt            bedquilt
143.  w                   swiss cheese
144.  w                   east end of twopit room
145.  w                   west end of twopit room
146.  d                   west pit
147.  climb               narrow corridor
148.  w                   giant room
149.  get eggs            for troll
150.  n                   immense n/s
151.  n                   waterfall cavern
152.  w                   steep incline
153.  d                   large low room
154.  sw                  sloping corridor
155.  u                   s/w side of chasm
156.  toss eggs           pay troll
157.  ne                  n/e side of chasm
158.  ne                  corridor
159.  barren              outside barren room
160.  in                  bear in room
161.  feed bear           calm him a little
162.  unlock chain        with key, of course
163.  get chain       
164.  get bear            to scare troll
165.  w                   outside barren room
166.  fork                fork in path
167.  ne                  warm walls
168.  e                   boulders
169.  get spices
170.  fork                fork in path
171.  w                   corridor
172.  w                   n/e side of chasm
173.  sw                  troll appears again
174.  free bear           scare off troll
175.  sw                  s/w side of chasm
176.  sw                  sloping corridor
177.  d                   large low room
178.  se                  oriental room
179.  se                  swiss cheese
180.  w                   east end of twopit room
181.  w                   west end of twopit room
182.  d                   west pit
183.  climb               narrow corridor
184.  w                   giant room
185.  fee
186.  fie
187.  foe
188.  foo                 that's what it says
189.  get eggs            magic
190.  s                   narrow corridor
191.  d                   west pit
192.  u                   west end of twopit room
193.  w                   slab room
194.  u                   secret n/s
195.  s                   secret canyon
196.  e                   secret e/w canyon
197.  e                   hall of mt king
198.  n                   low n/s
199.  n                   y2
200.  plugh               inside building
201.  drop spices
202.  drop chain
203.  drop eggs
204.  plugh               y2
205.  s                   low n/s
206.  s                   hall of mt king
207.  e                   hall of mists
208.  w                   east bank of fissure
209.  w                   west bank of fissure
210.  w                   west end hall of mists
211.  s                   all alike maze
212.  e                   maze
213.  s                   maze
214.  s                   maze
215.  s                   maze
216.  n                   maze
217.  e                   maze
218.  e                   maze
219.  nw                  dead end
220.  get chest (and anything else the pirate may have stolen)
221.  se                  maze
222.  n                   maze
223.  d                   bird chamber
224.  e                   e/w canyon
225.  e                   debris room
226.  xyzzy               inside building
227.  drop chest
228.  plugh               y2
229.  s                   low n/s
230.  d                   dirty passage
231.  w                   dusty rock room
232.  d                   complex junction
233.  e                   anteroom
234.  get magazine        it's addressed to witt
235.  e                   witt's end
236.  drop magazine       the elusive one point
237.  Just do anything, but don't go west from here; you'll never get out that
      way.  Any other direction will eventually (with low probability) get you
      out.  Move around in the cave until something interesting happens.
238.  sw                  s/w end
239.  get rod             this one is dynamite
240.  ne                  n/e end
241.  drop rod            plant explosive
242.  sw                  stand clear
243.  blast               make a hole in wall to main office

If all went well, you have finished with a maximum score.

If the pirate never appears, you probably won't make it. When you reach the dead end where the chest is supposed to be, you could backtrack (if you know how) through the maze and then forward again until he appears. If this takes too many turns your lamp batteries will wear out before the end game, and then it's tough beans.

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