Welcome to Launch Code: MOTEKIM! This sub-page of The Wasteland Ranger HQ-Grid is dedicated to you, the fans of Wasteland, the most intelligent comptuer game players and creators in the world. I hope you remembered to pack your I.Q., and maybe your LUCK, too, because you're going to need them here!
I got the idea for Launch Code: MOTEKIM!, as you might suspect, from scanning the Paragraph Book. As you know, there are many passwords, real and fake, scattered throughout the pages of that paperback companion to Wasteland. If you didn't know which paragraphs were the "real" ones, it would be a guessing game as to which were real, and which lead to certain doom if entered at the Wasteland prompt.
After drinking one too many Dr. B. Bilious Balfour's Snake Squeezins one night, it occurred to me that perhaps it might be fun to host my own little game of guessing, and the like, on a monthly basis. Thus this page was born.
Rangers who submit correct answers to each new puzzle will have their names listed below. I will assign a rank to each participant based on the number of puzzles they solve correctly. Ranks will correspond to the ranks attainable in the Wasteland game (what else?). So, without further rambling, let us proceed! Don't let your friends beat YOU to the rank of Supreme Jerk!
(Pssst! If you missed a puzzle, you can always submit your answers at any time. I'll trust that you didn't look at the posted solution....)
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The following rangers have submitted correct entries to one or more of these puzzles. It's never too late to submit answers to any of the puzzles and get your name on this list, too! Congrats to all!
AD 1999 April
Ranger Ben's Mind Maze
(Not quite as deadly as Finster's Mind Maze, but probably more annoying)
We'll start off with an "easy" one. [toothy grin] The following passwords (real and fake, extracted from the Paragraph Book) have been scrambled. Can you guess what the real passwords are? As an added twist, I have inserted spaces and / or symbols in the scrambled passwords. (If you need help, consult the Paragraph Book. There's a link to it at the Wasteland Underground.)
Once unscrambled, if you can also tell me which of the below passwords are real and which are fake, your name will be entered into a drawing for a date with everyone's favorite desert Uzi-toting babe-of-a-Ranger, Christina! (Well, not really, but wouldn't that be fun?)
TOM & MIKE
LATER, PC LIAR!
HOT AN' SAT
HER MOMMY & I STAND
Congratulations to John Toomey who won the date with Christina! John was selected from a pool of seven entrants who had correct answers and also noted which passwords were real and which were fake. John and Christina went to the Acapulco club, where they danced, played poker, and traded Ranger School stories. They finished off a lovely evening by going brahmin-tipping. Sounds like they had a great time!
In this installment, I've scrambled some of the rather awful sounding death announcements displayed when one of your Rangers polishes off one of his foes. Your job? Match each introduction in the left column with its proper conclusion in the right column.
Note: No assumptions should be made about a one-to-one mapping of beginnings and endings. In other words, each ending might or might not be matched exactly one time, and each beginning might or might not have an ending to go with it.
Ooooh that was sneaky of me! I should've raffled off a prize for that one. It took most (but not all!) people who attempted it a couple of times to get them all right.
In this puzzle, you are tasked with finishing these sequences of numbers. All of these sequences are directly related to some aspect of the game Wasteland, or the post-nuclear war theme in general. It is up to you to figure out what the sequence is, and then fill in the missing elements! Hint: These sequences of numbers can be found in one or more of the following sources: the game Wasteland, the Survival Guide, the Paragraphs Book, or the Manual.
Note: I consider this puzzle to be TOUGH. In case I don't get to a new puzzle any time soon, I wanted to make sure you all stayed busy. :)
Link to solution
Well, only two Rangers, (now) Specialist Luthen Iruun and Private First Class George Shannon, completed this puzzle correctly. I waited more than nine months to see if anyone else would answer the puzzle, and no one has. So, sorry to say, although it was fun for me to make the puzzles, and hopefully, fun for those who answered the puzzles, I'm hanging up the radioactive game show hat. But it could come back by popular demand (or if I get really bored)!
Fountain of Dreams --
Communications -- End Status -- Underground -- Puzzles -- Binaries -- Chronicles -- Gateway -- Hilarity