Friday, October 5, 2007

where the sunlight never ever touched the poisoned ground

Pandoria has their !Finished! Maze this year. They seem very hyped about the fact that it's !Finished! in the ads.

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First of all, watch that first step--if you don't hit the teleport right, you end up SEVERAL hundred meters below in the Fermi Sandbox!

Ow.

Then I ended up in whitespace...

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And then in a lecture hall!

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So far, the randomness is very frightening.

I begged Fawkes to port me to where he was, because I couldn't find it on my own from ground level.

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Unfortunately, I didn't arrive in time to save Fawkes.

...When I finally got to the main level, warnings abounded. It was intended for mature audiences! Make sure you're set to midnight! If you need to leave, here's how!

I figured, either it's good, or it's ridiculously overhyped.

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As we started in, it turned out to be a warren of switchback stone passages, with various haunts scattered throughout. Some of them were static, some moved, some made noise--the crunchy spiders that seem to be all the rage this year were in abundance.

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There were a lot of body bits scattered around, signs, burning green flames and the like. In the end, it couldn't decide if it was an evil zombie lab, or a stone castle, and trying to juggle and be both didn't exactly work.

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I did love the signs, though.

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Most of the haunts were incredibly detailed.

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There were just enough dead ends to give the place some little sense of adventure, if not precisely a ton of scares.

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And I have to laud them on their creative use of colored fog effects.

At the end of everything, there was a large white button, and the sign said, TP TO SAFETY!

I ended up porting to London Spengler's home--well, 700 meters over Mr. Spengler's home, and then fell--he was the fellow who designed !FINISHED!.

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I blame him for how often I hit the ground. I really do.

Go if you want, I wouldn't entirely recommend it. We've seen better--*koff* Devil's Labyrinth *koff*--and they didn't involve crash-landing to the ground. Twice.

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