The Story of Johnny
Larry Leach, Simon Oliver and Edward Arevalos have been (independently) investigating the program files, and on 8 Sep 1998 Larry reported:
I've been looking closer at how the screen saver works and discovered that he is on the island for 10 days, after which the story starts over again. Since there is a story line that goes along with this screen saver, I found that the special scenes only happen on certain days (NumDays in scrantic.ini). I've tried to catch the unique events of each day, but haven't been able to get them all. Perhaps with a combined effort, we can make a 'diary' of his stay or perhaps someone has figured this out already. If you change NumDays to a specific day, you can be sure to catch the scene that you want to see, if you're patient enough. These are events that only occur on that day. Here's what I have so far.:
This is the daily scene for day SIX: Johnny draws himself and Suzy hugging, and then a clock pointing at three o'clock, and throws it in the ocean. [He does] not receive it from Suzy on day #3 like Simon says, because if you look closely Johnny has a pencil.
On 15 Oct 1998 Simon provided the following table, and said:
If you cross-reference mine, Larry's and Edward's observations we all agree! This list shows that there is indeed one special event /daily scene for each day as described by Larry, however I think that I am right in saying that there are special 'Scene Starts' and special 'Scene Endings'.
Whenever a 'special' happens you hear the tinkling sound (but not always the clock) and on these days the 'specials' definitely do occur. As for the end of scenes, you would have to watch it for days to make sure if they are right or if I have missed any, whereas I can keep starting the screen saver until I hear a 'special' coming to watch it. Perhaps, you should get people to report the NumDays value that they see something occur...?
If you've got any comments or observations, let me know, and I'll pass them on the Larry and/or Simon. You can e-mail me, Dave Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to experiment with scrantic.ini, take a backup copy of the file first, in case you screw it up, and make sure it IS scrantic.ini you're looking at, not one of the many other ini files in the windows directory! Altering some ini files can have very serious consequences for the well-being of your computer.
Showing Particular Scenes
Larry Leach has managed to persuade certain scenes to appear on demand. On 1 Oct 1998 he said:
Here's all you do:
Warning: If you alter your PC's clock, be careful if you have events that run automatically at specific times, triggered by the clock. Remember to alter it back to the correct time after you've finished, or your emails and files will have the wrong timestamp.
David Harrison has been doing some investigating, and on 19 Oct 1998 he wrote:
I'm going to throw in my 2 cents worth on the things going on. First, there are the everyday activities like fishing, walking or jogging around the island, looking for help, starting the fire, eating, building on the raft, etc. These are random loops that freely lead from one to the other.
Second, about every 5 minutes or so there is a special event. This usually involves the gull, shark, tiny pirates, party boat, tourist boat, BIG boat, bath time, spitting fish, large octopus, etc. The special events are followed by a black out. The scene then resets to a slightly different view of the island, maybe with the tide out, and, depending on when you set your day on the screen saver, night or day.
The story line scenes (Introductions) only happen on the NumDay that they are assigned to. This leads to a good way to force the scenes without messing up your computer's internal clock. I'm working with Windows95.
Go into the scrantic.ini file and set the NumDays and Introduction to the same number (say 4). Save the file and close the screens. At the control panel, chose display (or right click on the mouse and go to properties). Chose "screen saver", chose "settings". The top selection is "Start of day" with the time of day in half hour increments. Arrow up or back to the next half hour setting ahead of your current time. Pick your wait interval at 1 minute. Close everything out.
The scene of the day will then usually run at about 15 minutes before the change of day because, according to the scrantic.ini, it hasn't run yet. I've been able to run all the story line scenes this way. Day 2 did give me a lot of trouble, but I might have just missed the scene as it came and went. Best I can tell, the scene of the day will usually show within a half hour of the time set for start of day if you just let it run.
On 20 Dec 1998 John Paines said:
I've been looking closely at the saver recently, and playing about with the SCRANTIC.INI file, and I have the following comments which you may find interesting:
[ScreenSaver.ScreenAntics] SourceDir=C:\SIERRA\SCRANTIC Background=1 Clouds=1 Waves=1 Sounds=1 Password= NumDays=1 Introduction=2 CurrentYear=1998 CurrentMonth=10 CurrentDay=22 StartTime=30
If you want to edit scrantic.ini, which is normally in C:\WINDOWS, use a text editor such as NotePad, not a word processor. If you must use a word processor, save the amended document as a text file.
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