Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blackmoor Manor Speedrun

Oh, okay! Apparently, people do want to hear about the speedrun I attempted for Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor. Well, I didn't actually do a speedrun; all I did was plot out a route.

When you play the game normally, here's what you have to do:

1. You start off in Nancy's room.
2. Go see Linda. Jane interrupts the conversation.
3. Go see Jane. She mentions the "lady in black".
4. Go see Linda and ask about the lady in black. Linda tells you to leave.
5. Go to Nancy's room and skip to the next day.
6. Go see Linda. She tells you about the curse in the passageway.
7. Go see Jane when her lessons are over. She gives you the key for the door to the passageway room.

By replaying this starting section a few times, I figured out a speedrunning trick, by skipping immediately to day two.

1. You start off in Nancy's room.
2. Immediately skip ahead to the next day.
3. Go see Linda. Jane interrupts the conversation.
4. Go see Jane. She mentions the "lady in black".
5. Go see Linda and ask about the lady in black. Linda tells you to leave.
6. Leave Linda's room and go back in.
7. Go see Jane. She gives you the key for the door to the passageway room.

By skipping to day two right off the bat, you save yourself a trip to Nancy's room (which takes about a minute).

What's also interesting is that skipping straight to the second day makes it so you don't have to worry about Jane's lessons on Day Two. See, normally, you can't talk to Jane unless it's 3:00 PM, when her lessons are over. This rule does not apply on the day you first talk to Linda, which is normally Day One. But if you skip to Day Two, the exception to the rule carries over.

That means you can, feasibly, get Jane out of lessons for the day at, say, 9:00 AM, freeing her up for later conversations over the course of the day. You have to talk to her about...four times over the course of the game, so this is rather useful.

I have to go to soccer now, so I'll write more later.

1 comment:

Roberta said...

wow, u know i did not know that, and I even own the game! what could we do without u michael!
I didn't know u played soccer