The Adventurer's Guide to Discworld MUD

Buying Things

Discworld MUD contains thousands of objects to buy, including clothes, armour, weapons, books and jewellery - and three types of shop in which to buy them. Your first experience of a Discworld shop is the Pumpkin Town Equipment Emporium, complete with a handy guide to using any shop1 carved onto the classy brass plaque.

The Pumpkin Town Equipment Emporium is a General Shop. You can buy items from it, or sell it items of your own. Upstairs is a dedicated shop2,simply known as a shop or store, in which you can buy but not sell.

You can check how much money youíve got by typing money, e.g.

money
Your purse contains 8 Pumpkin dollars and 100 Pumpkin pence.

If you want it shown as one short total, type money brief:

money brief
Your purse contains 9 Pumpkin dollars.

Enough to buy some equipment, but more is always good. The standard method of acquiring money for any player is to sell things - let's face it, AM$9 is not a great deal of dosh.

To see if any of your items is worth anything, try the value command on each of them.

value sash
A colourful sash is not worth enough to be sold here.
> 
value torch
A lightable torch is valued at 10 Pumpkin pence.
> 
value bucket
A small bucket is valued at 19 Pumpkin pence.
> 
value guide
A closed Pumpkin Town visitors' guide is not worth enough to be sold here.
> 
value map
A map of Pumpkin Town is not worth enough to be sold here.
> 

You can value them all in one go - and get a nice total value at the end - by typing value all:

value all
A colourful sash is not worth enough to be sold here.
6 Pumpkin dollars and some Pumpkin pence is not worth enough to be sold here.
A small bucket is valued at 19 Pumpkin pence.
A closed Pumpkin Town visitors' guide is not worth enough to be sold here.
A lightable torch is valued at 10 Pumpkin pence.
A map of Pumpkin Town is not worth enough to be sold here.
This gives you a total value of 29 Pumpkin pence.

Wowee, 29 pence!

Before gleefully selling the lot, however, you might like to look at the bucket.

l bucket
This is a small metal bucket.  It is not very shiny.
It appears to have something written on it.
It is in excellent condition.
The small bucket is almost empty with a small champagne bottle.
It is almost empty.

Eeeeeeee, it contains champagne! (And the bucket has your name written on it.) Note that the shop didnít give you a value for the contents of the bucket. Does this mean the bottle of champagne is worthless?

look bottle
Cannot find ďbottleĒ, no match.

You can't look at the bottle because it's inside the bucket. Or can you? Maybe if you were a bit more specific about where the bottle is when you're trying to look...?

look at bottle in bucket
An expensive-looking bottle of champagne, just right to celebrate being on Discworld.
It has a small label stuck on it.
It is in excellent condition.
The small champagne bottle is completely full with six ounces of fine champagne.
It is completely full.
It is open.
>
read bottle in bucket
> 
You read the small champagne bottle:
On the small label is written:
Written in cursive lettering on the bottle's label:

    _________________  
   |                 | 
   |                 | 
   | Vintage Century | 
   |      of the     | 
   |    Fruit Bat,   | 
   |   Year of the   | 
   |  Midnight Frog  | 
   |                 | 
   |_________________| 


Mmm, looks good! Must be worth something though..?
value bottle in bucket
A small champagne bottle is not worth enough to be sold here.
Surely the shopkeeper can't be serious! This delicious bottle of champagne must be worth something? What about if we took a closer look?
get bottle from bucket
You get a champagne bottle from the small bucket.
>
value bottle
A champagne bottle is valued at 95 Pumpkin pence.

Hey, it's worth over three times the combined value of the rest of this junk! What a good thing we looked, eh?

And the moral is...

Remember to look carefully at container items before getting rid of them, in case they contain something valuable. Sadly, the best things in Disc life are expensive, and getting rich is actually quite difficult, so never pass up the chance to acquire a few extra pennies.

Although...

Champagne is terribly scrumptious. Are we so skint that we really need those 95 Pumpkin pennies...?
ponder
You ponder.
Wonder how much just the empty bottle is worth?

drink bottle
You drink a few ounces of fine champagne from the champagne bottle.
> 
drink bottle
The champagne bottle is bone dry!
> 
value bottle
A champagne bottle is valued at 95 Pumpkin pence.
Yum! And it's still worth 95 Pumpkin pence! Fantastic.

> You trip over and fall on your face.

Whoops! You drunkard, you.

You hiccup.
You hiccup.
You trip up.
You stagger around.
As the features of the world become painfully clear, you realize you are once again sober.

Ah well. At least thereís no such thing as a hangover on the Disc.

What to keep, what to sell

Of the collection of oddments bestowed upon you by the game when you enter it, the thing you really need to hang on to is the torch, because wandering around in the dark is the fastest way to get killed.

Everything else you need can be bought in the Pumpkin Town Equipment Emporium. So, sell the things you donít need, then type in list to see what goodies are available.

Try not to buy too much stuff - being skint isnít much more fun on the Disc than it is on Roundworld (but at least you donít need to eat or sleep!).

So, do browse carefully anything that takes your fancy before you buy it, and if in doubt, ask on the newbie_channel. And don't forget look in the mirror before you go!

It may be the light, or it may be the carefully crafted angles of refection... but you're quite a cutie.

  1. The third sort is a Player shop, which is entirely run by other players. All work in much the same way, but there are exciting differences with Player shops. Definitely do help here when next you find yourself in one, and read the ensuing file very carefully.
  2. Pumpkin money is what you have in the Newbie area, but once you leave, whatever pumpkin cash you've got left is automatically exchanged for the local currency.