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Murder on the Emerald Express: Chapter 9A


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Poll: What should the group do next? (27 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. Return to the Farm (6 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  2. Visit the Emerald Express (6 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  3. Return to the Train Engine Shed (3 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  4. Walk to the Northwest (12 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 01:14 AM

Murder on the Emerald Express: Chapter 9A

What Will They Do Next?

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#2 Sir Dillon

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 01:34 AM

Here's the map again:

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I personally think we should go to all locations, but chose the farm as the first destination. After that, we could go to the Northwest area, then the train shed, and finally the train. Hopefully we will have done everything we need to by the time we get to the train, so then we can leave right away without needing to make extra trips.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:00 AM

How's about we reconsider my plan?

View PostAdam, on Jun 11 2009, 04:37 PM, said:

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Now, the push-cart and fuel tanker are at the farm.
Since there are no shown switch points at the farm, we have to tackle the problems of switches 4, 3, 2, and 1.
Now, we must first discover the position each is currently in. I suggest that multiple groups are dispatched to do so.
If any switch points are in the wrong direction, we'll simply flip the corresponding switches in the Town Hall!
I'm off to check the closest switch and see if it's current position leads to the shed.
It would seem that our main goal is to fuel the Crocodile and put in the Crocodile Rod. What we do from there can be decided then: do we leave on the Crocodile or try and find some way to make it tow the Emerald? Either way, we have to get the Crocodile onto the main line, which I assume is the job of switches six and seven.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:14 AM

I say we go where we've never gone before! Back to the hotel, ladies? :wink:

Er... I mean, northwest!

We could find almost anything there, maybe an airport with a plane that's only one big tool short of ready, or a huge marina with a boat that needs a new drive shaft!

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:07 AM

I voted Northeast becuase it is the only land that has secrets to yet be discovered.  I also hear that's where the Fairies romp and play, and I'd love to join them!

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:30 AM

Let's go to the northwest, and see what's there.

On a side note, I've said several things that are being ignored. I wanted to inspect the gun first! :tongue:

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:42 AM

Northwest. Who knows, maybe there's a public baths and I can work on my tan. This has been such a restful break! Soldier on!

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:18 AM

I want to go to the Northwest too.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:57 AM

I want to make sure nobody has stolen any of my valuable D&D equipment back at the train. :look: I'm glad I brought all the essentials with me! :sweet:

That said, I think we should definitely look everywhere, I really don't mind where we start. I don't suppose anyone's up for some cards while we wait? I miss relaxing on the train...

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:09 AM

Personally Vi zink vee zhould go back to ze train zhed and look vor more parts, and eenztall ze Crocodile Rod.


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I don't suppose anyone's up for some cards while we wait? I miss relaxing on the train...
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:29 AM

View PostAlice, on Jun 14 2009, 03:18 PM, said:

I want to go to the Northwest too.

Maybe we two can go up there together for some 'quality time' together... :wub: :wub: :wub:

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View PostDragonator, on Jun 14 2009, 12:57 AM, said:

I don't suppose anyone's up for some cards while we wait? I miss relaxing on the train...
I'm in. Where's Herman? I'm starting to miss the goof. He must be in the toilet or something.

I also miss food. Real food not from Schmelty's pants. :sceptic:

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:24 AM

This mystery is gettin' more queer by the minute...

I'm gonna say Northwest too.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:23 AM

Im off to the Farm again to get the diesel, then get this train worked out.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:27 AM

*Hums a song*

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Go Northwest! In the open air!
Go Northwest! Where the skies are blue!
Go Northwest! This is what we're gonna do!"


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:33 AM

I voted for the farm...What can we do with the Croc without diesel?
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:15 PM

So the group begins their long walk toward the Northwest part of town.  Fortunately, there's an old road from Main Street that leads toward the general direction.  

After nearly an hour and a few degrees cooler, they see a small airstrip with the beautiful snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background.  A small structure stands toward the end of the airstrip, that the townies immediately recognize as the Willoughby Post Office and once Radio Station, KCRP.

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Been a long time since I heard that station play some music - was that song Crocodile Rock, seems just like yesteryear.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 03:22 PM

So, uh, anybody got the time? If it's not too late right now, I think we should scrounge around an' see if we can't find a vehicle of sorts.

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View PostJimButcher, on Jun 13 2009, 08:30 PM, said:

On a side note, I've said several things that are being ignored. I wanted to inspect the gun first! :tongue:

There was nothing more of interest within the Records Office.  The gun is a semi-automatic with a clip/magazine - one bullet shell (meaning the gun had been fired).  Nothing more identifiable about the gun.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 04:31 PM

I wonder whom used to live or operate here? It looks so antique... Is that a small airport for small sized aircrafts to land? Any town citizens can explain this building?

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View PostWhiteFang, on Jun 15 2009, 02:31 AM, said:

I wonder whom used to live or operate here? It looks so antique... Is that a small airport for small sized aircrafts to land? Any town citizens can explain this building?
I'd like some here answers too, this place ain't look like the busiest parlor in Willoughby, but judgin' be how odd this town is who knows.

Anyway, while I think we shoulda gone ta the farm first, I guess we can easily go there from here. What say we have a look inside guys? I know Herman is itchy to discover clues after all, and I'm itchin' ta get outta this place and inta a nice hotel!
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:03 PM

How unusual for an airstrip to be close to such a minuscule town. :look: Oh well, I want to go inside the post office to see if there are any letters not sent yet or in the inbox. Maybe we'll see a letter from this mysterious Elizabeth/ Jennifer person. I'm sure that the radio station could be interesting as well.


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:46 PM

Hmmm a landing strip? Why would a town like this need one? :look:

I want to look in the building if theres any papers/documents of use.


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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:07 AM

The group decides to enter the small post office and radio station from a small door along the south side of the building.  Inside, the place is rather dusty and it appears to have not been used in a very long time.  There is a counter with a wooden shelf with a number of open slots for mail.  All the slots are empty.  There is a calendar on one wall with a some sort of shedule for mail pick-up or delivery.  Each month has a Wednesday or Thursday circled with the next date being June 25, 2009, circled.

Along the other end of the building is a short wall separating some sort of desk with radio equipment.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 12:09 AM

I'd like to carefully peel off the calendar, and see if there is anything behind it. Also, is there a toilet in here?




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