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"KoopExpress," a voice yells outside the Super Mario Bros. plumbing shop in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. "Special Delivery!"

Luigi looks up from his new invention, a water-powered pasta machine. It isn't working quite right. "Strange," he says. "Mario and I weren't expecting any deliveries today."

The tall, thin plumber tucks his high-tech plumber's helper into the pocket of his green overalls and heads for the door.

When Luigi opens the door, he sees a big package on the stoop. It looks like a giant hero sandwich wrapped in brown paper. "Mmm, looks tasty! But there's no return address," he says, stroking his thick black mustache.

Luigi is even more puzzled when he takes the paper off. "It's a rug!" he exclaims. "I wonder where it came from. He unrolls the carpet on the living room floor. "Very pretty. It looks like a Goomba pattern."

He steps onto the rug to get a better look. "Hey!" he shouts as it comes to life under his feet. It's a magic carpet!"

Before Luigi can escape, the rug wraps itself around him so that only his head and feet protrude from the ends. It rises into the air and zooms down the hall through the special pipe in the workshop that leads to the Mushroom World.

The next thing Luigi knows, the rug screeches to a halt in front of Bowser Koopa's castle. "Oh, no!" Luigi thinks. "I'm being served to my worst enemy for dessert."

Out of the corner of his eye, Luigi sees two large helmeted red turtles carrying hammers. The Hammer Brothers! They waddle up to Luigi, pick him up, and carry him into the castle, still wrapped in the magic carpet.

Soon Luigi's bearers arrive at Bowser's enormous throne room. They unroll the carpet and send Luigi tumbling across the floor. He rolls to a halt at the scaly feet of Bowser Koopa, king of the turtles and leader of most of the bad guys in the Mushroom World.

"Good," Bowser says, squinting down his slimy snout at the prisoner. "Now, everybody out! Not you," he growls as Luigi tries to sneak off with the rest of the crowd.

Bowser waits until everyone else leaves. Then, in an embarrassed whisper, he says, "I need your help, plumber."

Before Luigi can recover from the shock, the turtle king goes on. "My daughter, Wendy O. Koopa, has vanished! She may have been kidnapped," he gulps, shedding a large crocodile tear.

He wipes his eyes with his sleeve and continues. "I sent my Koopa Troopas to search for her, but with no luck. I need a real hero to find her!" He puts his arm around Luigi's shoulder and adds, "I know you can do it. But the whole thing must be hush-hush. I want it kept a secret from my sons, the Koopalings. It's possible that one of them may be the kidnapper. Besides, no one can know you're working for me. It would be terrible for my image."

Luigi is very confused. "Let's recap," he says. "You want me to find your daughter? And you don't plan to tell anyone I'm working for you? So I'll still have to fight your flunkies, including your bratty kids, while I'm doing it?"

Bowser nods. "Right. Of course, your brother Mario might have been a better choice, but-"

Oh sure, everyone would rather have Mario," Luigi retorts, offended. "Too bad he's fixing that drip at Niagara Falls. What if I say no?"

"I'd be very annoyed," says King Koopa, showing all his teeth in a sinister smile.

As Luigi looks at Bowser's enormous teeth, he says to himself, "Maybe Bowser is telling the truth. There's a first time for everything. And he does seem upset."

Luigi takes another look at the turtle. Bowser is now gazing at the ceiling and whistling innocently. "On the other hand, he's a born liar," the plumber thinks. "Well, maybe I should look into this mystery, just to see what the real story is. Besides, it would be quite a tale to tell Mario."

"Are there any clues?" he asks aloud.

Bowser holds out two shreds of paper. "There was a note in her room, but her Nipper plant chewed it up. This is all that's left."

Luigi can read only two words, FORT and MAGMA, on the scraps. "Intriguing," he says. "Okay, I'll do it. It might even be fun!"

If you think Luigi should go to the Magma Pits, turn to page 55.

If you think Luigi should go to the Fortress, turn to page 20.

If you think Luigi should look around Koopa's Castle, turn to page 29.


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MAGMA PITS FTW!!!1!one11!

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FORTRESS! FORTRESS!
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I'm all about the mother freaking magma pits.

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Uh...what's this all about?
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Magma Pits it is

Luigi scratches his head. "Maybe this note refers to the Magma Pits," he says. "I think I should search for Wendy O. there."

Bowser leers. "You want to go to the Magma Pits? Okay, anything you say."

The royale reptile reaches for a thick rope hanging beside his throne and gives it a mighty tug. Luigi jumps back just as a huge trapdoor opens right where he was standing. Flames roar up from the open pit.

"Bowser!" Luigi yells. He is very annoyed. "I thought you were on my side."

"Oh, right," Bowser says, snickering. "I forgot. Anyway, that's the quickest route to the Magma Pits."

"I'll settle for the long way," Luigi says. He turns his back on Bowser and sets off. Soon he is trudging down the spiral stairs that lead to the Magma Pits, below the deepest level of Koopa's castle.

"The pits would be a perfect place to hide someone," Luigi observes. His words echo against the stone walls. It looks as if nobody has come this way for a long time. The floors are covered with a thick layer of dust, and there are no footprints.

Luigi considers his next move as he descends the staircase. "Either Wendy O. was taken, or she's hiding for some reason. In any case, my job is to find her. Now, where could you hide a short, bad-tempered turtle princess?"

A searing wind blows up from the depths. The air is very hot. Luigi begins to sweat.

As he gets deeper, he begins to think of all the terrible things he has heard about the Magma Pits. "They say there are pools of molten lava full of Podoboos, living bubbles of magma. And lakes of steam, and rooms full of Firesnakes..."

The plumber shivers in spite of the heat. "This job is really the pits!" he mutters. Then shaking his head, he continues down the stairs into the oven-like heat. Before he goes ten more steps, he hears the spooky laugh of a Boo Diddley behind him.

Luigi dashes down the stairs as fast as he can. The sounds of the Boo fades a little. Luigi smiles. "It pays to be fast," he thinks.

He zooms along at break-neck speed, taking five steps at once. The staircase passes in a blur. He glances over his shoulder. "Yow!" he yells. His left foot has just stepped into thin air!

Luigi drops like a stone, but he lands head first, so no damage is done. He looks around.

He's on a rock in the middle of a molten lava pool. The rock, which had been happily floating on the magma, is now sinking from the added weight of one dumb plumber.

"Something tells me I'm in hot water," Luigi mutters. Magma bubbles surface in the pool around him, bursting with dull pops. He gazes about nervously.

To his left he notices a ledge that might or might not be within his jumping range. To his right lie a series of rocks that form stepping stones across the molten pond. As his stone boat continues to sink, Luigi must move fast.

Solve this puzzle and help Luigi make the best decision:

The stepping stones in the lava pond are arranged as in the picture below. Luigi can jump straight ahead or to the side, but not diagonally. Also, he can only jump over the width of one stone. Can you find a path from his platform to the safety of the far bank of the pond?

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...........o.o.
o..o.o..o......
............o.. x Bank
o...o...o.o...o o Stepping stone
............... . Lava
..o.o.o..o....o L Luigi
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o.o..o..o.o...o
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o.o.o...o...o.o
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o.o.o.o..o..o..
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If you think the stepping stones will lead to Luigi's doom, turn to page 106.

If you think he can make it to safety on the stepping stones, turn to page 89.


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No diagonal?
Then stones lead to certain doom.
Go to 106.

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Most indefinetly page 106. You got this whole thing planned out Scorpius?

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quote:
Originally written by Goldman N. King:

Most indefinetly page 106. You got this whole thing planned out Scorpius?
No, literary master "Bill McCay" of "Archways Paperbacks" does.

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The plucky plumber looks left, then right, then left again. "I'm not happy with these choices," he complains. "But, when in doubt, jump!"

With a mighty leap, Luigi makes it to the ledge by the skin of his toes. "Thank goodness for my Grip-Tite plumber's boots," he says as he scrambles up.

The ledge widens into a path cut out of a sheer cliff on his left and a sheer drop to a lava river on his right.

After what seems like hours, Luigi comes to a stairway cut into the face of the cliff. The path continues around a bend. Without hesitation, he starts up the stairway. He leaps three stairs at a time and quickly comes to a sign in the shape of an arrow part way up the cliff side. The sign contains a coded message and points up the stairs. Luigi peers closely at the sign.

"More code! I hope I remember enough of my Tub Scout training to read this," says Luigi. "Let's see, is that an F or a Q?"

Decode the sign below and help Luigi decide

IMAGE(http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/8616/signbt4.png)
(Hope y'all remember your Mario lore)

If you think Luigi should climb the stairs, turn to page 41.

If you think Luigi should continue along the path, turn to page 92.


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Go with the stairs.
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The sun is at the end of the stairs - and we're talking the angry sun here - but with the tanooki suit Luigi should be able to kill it handily. Up the stairs!

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I read another one of the books in this series, "Pipe Down!" It was my favorite book in elementary school. It is interesting to see this series again after all these years.

The sign says
Fire Flower, On, ???, Tanooki Suit (I'm guessing that's what that is from what Alec says, but I haven't played the series in too much depth)
???, Anchor, Goomba, Music, Angry Sun

FO?T
?AGMA

I guess that means Fort Magma. I don't know where the path leads. It may lead straight to the princess of the Koopas, or it may lead to "The Princess Bride" Fire Swamp-style explosions to kill Luigi, given that he's in the Magma Pits. We know where the stairs lead, though, and a fort seems as good a place as any to hide a princess. I say go with the stairs.

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I'm hearing a lot of support for the Mystery Stairs

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I'll take the high road, and you take the low road, and I'll find Wendy O. before you," Luigi sings as he climbs the steps.

The farther up the hill he goes, however, the more enemies he encounters. After bonking thirteen red Koopa Troopas, six Koopa Paratroopas, thirty-six Goombas, and assorted Nipper plants, Luigi feels he is making progress. "I'm getting close to something," he says as he bonks yet another Nipper.

Finally, he reaches the top. Luigi climbs the last few steps cautiously and pokes his head out. His eyes grow wide as he takes in the view.

The stairs open onto a broad lava plateau, which has been converted into some kind of military base. A handmade sign propped against a boulder reads FORT MAGMA.

A strange flag flies over a large tent in the middle of the base. Red and white rings decorate each of the flag's four corners. In the center is a large pink bow with white polka dots.

There are more Koopa creatures on the plateau than Luigi can count. "Maybe I better try to figure out how many creeps there are on this plateau before I start trying to zonk them."

Luigi does a quick calculation. "If there are twelve Koopa Troopas in every section, and there are at least a thousand - Hey! Help!"

Unfortunately, Luigi hasn't calculated that he must keep track of his back side while calculating. Two Sledge Brothers have snuck up behind him and grabbed him.

They haul the struggling plumber through the plain and into the encampment. Thousands of eyes stare at him as he is dragged along. Finally, he is thrown to the ground in front of a large military tent with banners flying and a familiar ring pattern emblazoned on its fabric.

When Luigi looks up, he's staring into the face of Wendy O. Koopa.

"Welcome to my revolution!" she crows.

"So this is where you got to," Luigi says to Wendy O. Koopa. "You snuck off to start your own revolution."

"That's right," she replies in a shy voice. "But that's only half of it. However, it doesn't matter to you, plumber. You're finished!

"Take this sewer rat away and give him a hot bath," the evil princess commands. She smirks at Luigi. "I have to go and take care of business elsewhere. But my army will take good care of you. Hee, hee!"

As the Sledge Brothers drag him away, Luigi notices that Wendy O. doesn't have her wand with her. "That's very strange. I thought she never went anywhere without that twirler."

The Sledges carry Luigi to a cliff overlooking a steaming pool of boiling water. "Plunge this, plumber," they growl as they prepare to throw him into the boiling pit.

"Boys, you're too kind! I love a hot tub, but this is ridiculous," Luigi calls. He feels their powerful turtles muscles tense to throw him into the soup.

Suddenly, Luigi thinks of the magic music box that he and Mario once used to put the Hammer Brothers to sleep. Maybe if he whistles the tune, it will work with their cousins the Sledge Brothers. Then he can make a break for it.

Luigi purses his lips to whistle. The plumber isn't sure he remembers the right melody, though. He knows it's one of two possible songs. But which one?

Solve this puzzle to help Luigi decide:

Luigi remembers the first three measures of the song. He knows that the song follows a pattern and that the fourth measure is one of two possibilities.

IMAGE(http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/8476/notesfg7.gif)

If you think Luigi should whistle the first tune, turn to page 44.

If you think Luigi should whistle the second tune, turn to page 40.


I could never get solve this puzzle :(

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Well, there's four beats per measure, and choice B has 5 1/2 beats. Choice A is the only logical answer.

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If I get this wrong, I may never plumb again," Luigi tells himself. The thought fills him with desperate courage. He begins to whistle.

As Luigi whistles, the muscular turtle brothers begin to sway back and forth. But they continue to hold him above their heads as they rock. Their arms don't seem to be nodding off with the rest of them.

After six choruses, Luigi decides that they tune isn't going to have the proper effect. Maybe he should try something else.

"Hey, guys," he says, "Don't I get a final request?"

The Sledge Brothers look at each other through droopy eyes. "Well, I guess it's okay," says one brother.

"But no tricks," yawns the other.

"Certainly not." Luigi looks shocked. "I just want to leave a note for my dear brother Mario. But I don't have a pencil. Could you get me one?"

The turtles drop him roughly to the ground. One of them waddles off to find a pencil, while the other stands guard.

At that moment, a line of Koopa Troopas tramps past, practicing their best marching formation, one right after the other. "Look at that slowpoke in the rear," Luigi shouts to the remaining Sledge. As the hammer-hurler turns to growl at the lagging Troopa, Luigi makes his move.

"The Goomba Stomp Technique is my only hope. I've never tried it without a Tanooki suit, but..."

When the line of marching turtles draws close to Luigi and his captor, the nimble plumber breaks free and leaps high into the air over the head of the lead Koopa Troopa.

He bonks the first turtle. Then without touching the ground, he bounces down the line stomping each Koopa Troopa in turn.

The marching turtles are so startled that they just stand there stupidly until they've all been reduced to shells. Luigi hears the sound of bonks and the shouts of the Sledge guard behind him.

Before the turtle can throw a hammer at him, Luigi kicks the nearest Troopa shell into its neighbour. The result is a chain reaction of colliding Troopa shells. One hits the Sledge brother squarely in the chest and sends him hurtling over the cliff. The other brother is sent flying as he returns with a pencil. It's pure chaos.

Luigi dodges a careening turtle shell. "i'd better get going while the going is good," he pants. He runs back down the stairs he came up earlier.

On the way down, Luigi springs up to hit several suspended blocks he missed on his way up. The sound of coins is music to his ears. He pauses briefly at the coded sign. "I should have known," he says to himself.

*** Luigi collects 10 coins. ***

Luigi turns and runs down the stairs. He pauses for a minute at the base of the stairway. He shakes his head and looks up. "This stair leads directly to trouble," he thinks to himself. "Besides, since I'm hunting for low life, I should stick to the low road."

With that, he runs toward the bend in the path. But when he rounds the corner, he stops dead in his tracks.

Ahead of Luigi is a lava pool. Molten rock cascades from it down a cliff into a river that flows through a barren valley. Rocks are scattered in an irregular path across the pool. The spaces between the rocks are jumpable. But the pool is full of Podoboos! These living balls of lava erupt from the pool, fly straight into the air, and splash down again.

Beside the lava pool is a dark, evil-looking cave. There's a sign over the entrance, but several of the letters have fallen off and are scattered on the ground. Luigi wrinkles his brow. "Which way should I go?" he wonders. "I just don't have a clue!"

If you think Luigi should try to jump across the lava pool, turn to page 94.

If you think Luigi should enter the evil-looking cave, turn to page 47.


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The cave. Most definitely the cave.

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I'm disappointed that there's no puzzle to figure out what the sign says. I get the feeling that the rocks will lead through a puzzle to get safely to the other side, and that that is the way to go. However, I also get the feeling that there may be something worthwhile in that cave. In the same way that the stairs to Fort Magma lead the story in a circle but also won us ten coins (which gives us a better score at the end!), I have a gut feeling that the cave will lead to trouble for Luigi, but also to a reward if we guide him through properly. Caves sometimes take the form of mines full of valuable stones and metals, as our experiences with the Exile and Avernum series have taught us.

Therefore, I say go with the cave and hope for the best.

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quote:
Originally written by The Almighty Do-er of Stuff:

I'm disappointed that there's no puzzle to figure out what the sign says. I get the feeling that the rocks will lead through a puzzle to get safely to the other side, and that that is the way to go. However, I also get the feeling that there may be something worthwhile in that cave. In the same way that the stairs to Fort Magma lead the story in a circle but also won us ten coins (which gives us a better score at the end!), I have a gut feeling that the cave will lead to trouble for Luigi, but also to a reward if we guide him through properly. Caves sometimes take the form of mines full of valuable stones and metals, as our experiences with the Exile and Avernum series have taught us.

Therefore, I say go with the cave and hope for the best.

There was a puzzle, but it was very pedestrian (put letters into an obvious sentence).

The second problem is that the sign is still very vague and sorta wrong, so I left it out.

I will type the next part tomorrow!

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This is intense.

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So what does the sign say then?

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Come on, Scorp! Don't leave us hanging!

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