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  1. Captain Braunsfeld

    The Holdup

    A dusty road near Pontelli. A coach is speeding along... ... when suddenly a dark figure jumps up - holding two pistols - and shouts: "Stand and deliver!" With screeching tires the coach comes to a halt. Mr. White (looking outside of the coach): "Dennis, what is up? Why are we stopping?" Highwayman: "Because of me." Mr. White: (screams) Highwayman: "Now my fine friends, No false moves please." Mr. White: "You can take my gold. But leave us in peace!" Highwayman: "Gold? No. I want you to hand me all the tulips you got." Mr. White: "Tulips?" Highwayman: "Yes, tulips. Come on, come on." Dennis M. (the coachman): "What do you mean, tulips?" Highwayman: "Don't try and play for time." Dennis M.: "I'm not, you mean those flowery thingies?" Highwayman: "Yes, that's right." Mr. White: "Well we haven't got any tulips" Highwayman: "Look, my fine friends. I happen to know that this is the Tulip Express." Mr. White (sighs): "Well, so much for our tulips... Who are you?" Highwayman: "My name is Man. Highway Man." (laughs) The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup (You are here) Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line)  Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  2. Captain Braunsfeld

    The first LTP - continued

    Remember? We were at: Outside of Pontelli. Tuesday afternoon. Slim Shady was telling his story. Sorry about the cliffhanger... (see: the first LTP) .... And then, after what seemed a small eternity, the door of the shed slowly opened and - much to my surprise - a nobleman stepped out in front of me. It seemed that I had interrupted his tea time, as he stepped out with a cup of fresh tea in his hands, leaning on his elegant mahagoni walking cane, wearing some brownish suit. He seemed to be a skilled fencer. I guess he was a kind of marquis or so and I suspect him to be from Oleon, because he was saying things like "Vous, vous vous" and "veux veux veux". Then, as if a button had been pressed, the aristocrat spoke to me in my own language: "Well, good man, what is it you desire?" Slim Shady: "Your grace, I am but an honest merchant, far from home, trying hard to make a living. All I desire, is to buy a few tulips." The Marquis: "Tulips? You mean those flowery thingies?" Slim Shady: "Yes, your grace." The Marquis: "Well then, how many do you want. One, two, three, four?" Slim Shady: "Can I have a little more?" The Marquis: "Five, six, seven and ten?" Slim Shady: "It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth: I want it all. I want it all.I want it all. And I want it now!" The Marquis paused for a second. Then he said: "My young friend, I have but hundreds of tulips." Slim Shady: Yes! The Marquis: "They will cost you a fortune!" Slim Shady: I know! The Marquis: "And my workers are busy day and night to grow even more!" Slim Shady: Excellent! The Marquis: "Buddy, you're a young man, hard man, shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday, but seriously, won't you consider buying something more real. Like a house or so? Or a ship" Slim Shady: I want tulips!!! The Marquis: "This is what you said. But peradventure you might not be well versed with the craft of mathematics. Buying my field of tulips will cost you more than 900 dubloons!" Slim Shady: Yes, your grace, I know. I have the money with me. We can close the transaction right here and now. The Marquis (sighing after a long pause): "Well then, young man, if this is truly your wish I will not stand in your way. And I'll make a special offer for you. You can have my tulips for 900 dubloons + one banana. Slim Shady continues his tale: And so the deal was closed. I had more tulips that I could dream of and the price was more than justified. I would certainly be rich soon! Plus, the extra banana turned out to be quite cheap - at least, when compared to current tulip prices... The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued (You are here) The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line)  Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  3. Captain Braunsfeld

    The first LTP

    Outside of Pontelli. Tuesday afternoon. A small path leads to a shed next to a field. Well-known merchant Slim Shady approaches a guy working on the field: "Oi, squire!" Man working on the field: My name is Mike, Mr. Shady: Well, well, Mikemister. Nice to talk to you. I'm here on business. Mike: What do you want? Shady: Well, I happened to see that you are growing one or two tulips here. Mike: Well, that... Mike: ... might just be... Mike: ... an understatement. Shady: Well, what I wanted to say is that you, Mikemister and the other mechanics here are working on a really fantastic plantation. Mike: Yes, we call it the first LTP. Shady: LTP? Mike: Yes, "Large Tulip Plantation". Shady: Fascinating. I am fascinated. And I want to buy your tulips. Mike: How many do you want, one, two? Shady: All of them. I am buying all of them. Mike: Wow. Oh, I see. That is beyond my paygrade. Shady: Which means, Mikemister? Mike (pointing to the shed): Which means that you must talk to the boss. Shady: So, you are not the boss. He is inside the shed? Mike: Yes. But he actually has more than one shed. Shady: Two sheds? Is he by any chance two-sheds Jackson? Mike (shakes his head and turns to the shed) Boss, could you come out, Sir? There is a gentleman wanting to see ya! Shady later told the story: So there I stood, in the middle of this extraordinarily large plantation, waiting to see who was the man in charge. And then, after what seemed a small eternity, the door of the shed slowly opened and - much to my surprise - ... (to be continued) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP (You are here) Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thanks for watching! A quick word from today's sponsor, Slim-Shady-Tulipp-Inc.: Please click the subscribe button and hit the bell thingy!
  4. Captain Braunsfeld

    Tulips in the Garden

    Pontelli. Early morning on a Saturday. An ordinary street. Everything is quite quiet but there is some argument going on in the backyard of the houses... Neighbour on the left: Hullo there. Neighbour on the right: Goodday Sam! Neighbour on the left (Sam): Whatcha doing there, Piedro? Neighbour on the right (Piedro): I'm checking how my flowers are doing. Neighbour on the left (Sam) - we will just write Sam, when we go on, because this is getting too long and cumbersome and all the readers will be confused: Oi, they look just like mine! Neighbour on the right (Piedro) - I think we will also shorten this to just "Piedro" to enhance overall readability - unless the monkeys put their veto in: Seems so, Sam. Surprised? Sam (see?): Yeah. You have removed all your carrots. Why are you doing this? Piedro (I told you): For the same reason as you are, probably. To make some money. These flowery thingies can be sold to excellent prices! And you have removed all the melons you were usually growing. Sam: Yes, I have. The tulips will bring me more money. For how much do you plan to sell yours? Piedro: My merchant will give me 4 dubloons for every 5 tulips. Sam: Such much? Piedro: Seems so, Sam. Successful sales strategy! Sam: But you gotta sell 'em quick. Piedro: Why so? Sam: 'Cos there's gonna be a monetary reform, they say. The politicians have been discussing with a delegate from Corrington. Our dubloons will be replaced by pnounds and pnence! Piedro: How many pnence are a pnound? Sam: Unclear. Piedro: Why should we change our monetary system? Sam: Unclear. Piedro: Well, then I should close my deals quickly - the politicians might just go for it. Sam: Maybe. I got to water my tulips. See ya! Piedro: See ya! The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden (You are here) The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  5. Captain Braunsfeld

    The Tulip Traders

    Pontelli. Early Afternoon. A crowded tavern In a back room we find an assembly of merchants and traders, trading and discussing. (at the table from left to right:) Thomas Guilder (standing in for Senior Merchant Habakus) Willem "Chuck" Norris Slim Shady Fred the shopkeeper (yes, he is sitting now) Lady Beetle Sir Krantenhagen (Secretary) Sir Krantenhagen: Well, before we close our weekly trade meeting, I would like to bring up a new topic, which seems to be quite in fashion with customers these days. Lady Beetle: And what would that be? Sir Krantenhagen: Tulips, Mylady. Lady Beetle: Those flowery thingies? Sir Krantenhagen: Precisely. Lady Beetle: What about them? Sir Krantenhagen: Well, it seems that their trade has increased quite significantly over the pasts few weeks. And so have the prices. There is quite a lot of dubloons to be made with tulips. Willem "Chuck" Norris: Yes, I can add to that. Actually I have a new shipment of tulips coming in tomorrow. Slim Shady: What type of tulip, if I may ask? Willem "Chuck" Norris: Those Mondials. Slim Shady: How much do you want for them? Willem "Chuck" Norris: Well, that will be a dubloon each. Sir Krantenhagen (surprised): Such much? Lady Beetle (undeterred): How many tulips are shipping in? Willem "Chuck" Norris: About 25. Slim Shady: I'll take them. All of them. Willem "Chuck" Norris (smiling): That's a done deal then. Lady Beetle: That leaves nothing for me then? I am just a Lady, sitting in front of you, asking you to give me some tulips. Fred: She's right. Once you have realized that you want to spend the rest of your life selling tulips, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible Thomas Guilder: I think I can help you out. Habakus is expecting a delivery of fine Royal Blues. About 30. That could be 15 for both of you. Lady Beetle: And I thought sellers and buyers could never be friends. How much? Thomas Guilder: Also one dubloon per tulip. Lady Beetle and Fred smilingly agree. Sir Krantenhagen (distracted): What is that noise coming from the entrance? Waiter: I am very sorry, Sir. There is a strange guy from Corrington, who is trying to educate everyone of a new monetary system. It is said to consist of pnence. Sir Krantenhagen: Pnence, schmence. Get rid of that guy! (pausing) And I think that concludes our trade meeting for tonight. (all leave) Captain Cookie (to himself): There is more to this tulip thing than I initially thought. If this goes on they are going to be more precious than gold! The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders (You are here) Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  6. Captain Braunsfeld

    What is he doing here?

    Pontelli. Busy market street. A client enters a shop. Dr. Thaum: Hello there. Fred the shopkeeper: Hello Dr. Thaum. An honour to see you here. What can I do for you? Dr. Thaum: Where is that bonehead Callaghan? I thought I'd seen him run into this very boutique. Fred the shopkeeper (looks under his desk): No, Sir, there's nobody in here but meself. Dr. Thaum: So what should I be buying here? A parrot? Fred: Sorry, we're right out of parrots. But I got a nice choice of cauldrons. Dr. Thaum (unimpressed): Hmmm. Fred: Or tulips. They are all the rage, Sir. Dr. Thaum: Tulippps? Those flowery-thingies? Fred: Precisely. Dr. Thaum: Well, how much for that red one over there? Fred: The "Ad Rem" will be half a dubloon. Dr. Thaum: Such much? Well, I'll have two then, still. Fred: They are in high demand. But rest assured, you made a good deal here. Maybe in a week or two you could sell them again for 2 dubloons. Dr. Thaum: If they don't wither until then. Well, thanks and bye. (leaves, shouting "Callaghan" while entering the street again). (next person enters) Fred: Hello,Sir. What can I do for you? Ismael Oldton: You're a shopkeeper? You're into money?`Well, old chap, I got a great new idea for coins! Fred (to himself): Oh dear, it is that strange guy from Corrington that everyone is talking about. Ismael Oldton: Let me quickly explain. It is really easy and forward-looking. The main coin you will have is pnence. Fred: A pnence? Ismael: Don't interrupt. Yes, a pnence. But there is more, of course. If you assemble 13 pnence, then you will get a shnilling. Fred: A shnilling? Ismael: Don't interrupt. With a shnilling, you will be very well off. But better, of course, with the next mighty coin: The shnilling-six-pnence. Fred: What will that buy? Ismael: Don't know. But much more than a pnence, that is for sure. Fred: Have you thought this through, Sir? Ismael: Of course, I am doing nothing else. This will be revolutionary!!! He he. Fred: I'm afraid Sir, but we're closing. Ismael: What? At four in the afternoon? Fred: Such are the rules here in Eslandolea. Ismael: Ok, ok, I will enlighten you further on another day. Till then fare thee well! (Leaves) Fred: (sighs and quickly locks the door behind Ismael). (to himself:) I sold quite a lot of those tulips today. I probably should secure my supply. Then I can make a fortune! Of dubloons, of course, not of pnences, schmences... The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? (You are here) (Dr. Thaum appears by forgiveness by Professor Thaum) The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  7. Captain Braunsfeld

    Captain Cookies next move

    Commodore Spoon had been seen buying tulips for a lady. Apparently, this triggers Captain Cookie's next move: to visit the market in Pontelli. https://bricksafe.com/files/CaptainBraunsfeld/bobs-brethren-of-the-brick-seas/the-tulips-of-eslandola/Captn Cookie buys a tulip 1.jpg/800x460.jpg C. Cookie: Arrr, ahoi, hello there. Merchant: Yes, Sir? C. Cookie: I heard ya sellin' those flowery thingies. Merchant: Tulips, Sir. C. Cookie: An old enemy of mine has bought some one called "Ad Rem". Merchant: These sure exist, sir. They are red. Quite lovely. C. Cookie: Well, mate, I will need something better! Merchant: This could be your lucky day, Sir! C. Cookie: What? You tell me I'll find a buried treasure? Merchant: Well, sort of. Look here! C. Cookie: Where? Merchant: Here! C. Cookie: What's that thing called? Merchant: This tulip is known as "Orange Emperor". It is sure to make a grand impact. And it is of a different colour than the other tulip you mentioned. C. Cookie: Colours are important? Merchant: Just like ebony and ivory. C. Cookie: I thought they'd live together in perfect harmony? Merchant: Whatever you say, Sir. So how about the "Orange Emperor"? C. Cookie: Just what I need. How much? Merchant: That will be half a dubloon. C. Cookie: Such much? (He is obviously of German origin) Merchant: Certainly, Sir. C. Cookie: Ok, ok. I'll have it. Let me just eat my cookie so I have my hand free. Merchant: You will not regret this purchase. C. Cookie: That'd better be true. Or I'll return. And then I would not be in good mood. C. Cookie (off with the tulip) Merchant (sighs and counts his money) Monkey (leaves with banana) ------------------------------------------------- I'll probably license this for Pontelli. The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move (You are here) Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  8. [Entry for the September 2021 Faction Mini-Challenge]: A East Wind Trading Company shop in Pontelli: Shopkeeper: Colonel Brickinson. I am honoured to see you, how are you. Brickinson: I'm fine, thanks Shady. Shopkeeper: Please call me Slim. What can I do for you? Brickinson: May I have your attention, please. I would like to buy something for my wife. Something nice. I heard that tulips are quite the rage. Shopkeeper: Quite so. May I recommend a "Royal Blue" or a "Orange Emperor"? Brickinson: Are these those flower-thingies here on your desk? Shopkeeper: Precisely, Sir. Brickinson: I think she will like that blue flower-thing. Shopkeeper: The "Royal Blue" tulip, Sir. Brickinson: Alright. How much is it? Shopkeeper: That will be a fifth of a dubloon. Brickinson: Quite expensive - but ok. Talking about fractions of dubloons, have you met that guy from Corrington who is talking about a new system of coinage? Shopkeeper: Nope. Brickinson: Well, then, here's your money. Please stand up. One more question: Are your flowers genuine? Shopkeeper: Of course, Sir. Maybe other shops are just imitating, but my tulips are of the highest quality. Brickinson: Good. Have a nice day then! (leaves) (And this is how the story went on) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - My challenge entry for Eslandola. The story so far: Something for a Lady Buying Some Flowers (You are here) Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ
  9. Captain Braunsfeld

    Something for a Lady

    Ahem. We have seen Commodore Spoon sailing lately https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/187094-commodore-t-spoon-is-sailing/ And now we find him in Pontelli indeed at the start of our story - talking to a merchant. Commodore Spoon: So, my dear friend Habakus, I have come to you on an important quest. Senior Merchant Habakus (member of the East Wind Trading Company): Yes, Commodore, how can I be of service? C. Spoon: Well. S.M. Habakus (m.o.t.EWTC): Well, well. C.S.: Let's sit down, won't we. S.M.H. (EWTC): How forgetful of me, please have a seat. C.S.: Yes, this is better. H.: Sugar muffin? S.: Oh, sure. Thanks. H.: That is half a dubloon then. S. (blushes): Right, forgot you were on business. Then I should stick to my diet. H.: So you come into my house on the day of my daughter's birthday and want some help? S.: Yepp. Let's be frank. H.: But you are Commodore Spoon, not Frank. S.: Right. Where was I? I have made the acquaintance of a lovely lady and I would like to bring her an exquisite gift. H.: Now we are talking. What about a pearl-gold dragon sword hilt? S.: For a lady??? H.: Right. A broomstick? S.: For a lady??? Look, Habakus. H. (confused): Where? S.: I want to give her a present that is unprecedented (but well presented). H. (smiling brightly): Then, my old friend, I have something for you, which is really special. This tulip. S.: The red and green thingy here on the table? H.: Precisely. It is actually a quite rare flower. And beautiful too. I am sure she will like it. S.: Ok, I'm in. How much is the tulip? H.: The "Ad Rem" is just a tenth of a dubloon. By the way, did you see that guy from Corrington who is trying to introduce a now system of coinage? S.: No, not yet. Sounds funny though. Ok, I will take the "Ad Rem" And this is how the whole thing started. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I just realized that this build would actually work for the mini-challenge... Didn't know this when I built it. The story so far: Something for a Lady (You are here) Buying Some Flowers Captain Cookies next move Gray's Universal Store What is he doing here? The Tulip Traders Tulips in the Garden The first LTP Those Terrible Tulips The first LTP - continued The Holdup Neighbourhood Watch and a New Idea Tulips ... and sistershipping A Good Idea? A modern coin system - and someone buys a house The Final Tulip Duel (official end of the story line) Tulips of Pontelli - 1st Epilogue New Projects 2nd Tulip Epilogue 3rd Tulip Epilogue - Back at HQ