Yo-yos

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A yo-yo is a toy which a player can use to attempt/perform various tricks.

To successfully attempt/perform a trick, the player must succeed skill checks.

Red vs Yellow

There are two different yo-yos. The original red yo-yo and the newer Ephebian yellow yo-yo. At first look they appear to be quite similar but they have slightly differing tricks and use different syntax.

a bright red yo-yo

Red Long Description

This is a bright red yo-yo. It looks like every other yo-yo you've seen, two discs joined in the centre and a bit of string wrapped round the middle.

Red Help/Syntax

The red yo-yo has nothing written on it. To get the list of tricks you can 'attempt' and the correct syntax you must use the object help file.

> help yo-yo

yo-yo                          Discworld item help                         yo-yo


Name
     yo-yo - a toy to attempt tricks with                                       

Syntax
     attempt [a|an] <string> trick with <object>                                
     thwack <living> with <object>                                              

Description
     This is an item help file                                                  
                                                                                
     You can attempt the following tricks with a yoyo:                          
          yoyo trick                                                            
          walk the dog trick                                                    
          snap trick                                                            
          around the disc trick                                                 
          rocking cradle trick                                                  
          write your name trick                                                 
     You can also use it to thwack someone.                                     

Example
     > attempt yoyo trick with yo-yo                                            
     > thwack womble with yo-yo                                                 

See also
     None           
>syntax thwack

Forms of syntax available for the command "thwack":
thwack <living> with <object>                        Hit someone with something.

a bright yellow yo-yo

Yellow Long Description

This is a bright yellow yo-yo. It looks like every other yo-yo you've seen, two discs joined in the centre and a bit of string wrapped round the middle. It appears to have something written on it.

Yellow Help/Syntax

The yellow yo-yo does not have a 'help file'.

> help yo-yo
Could not find any help on "yo-yo".  Type "help here" for help on how to use this room.
> help yoyo
Could not find any help on "yoyo".  Perhaps you are looking for "help typo"?  Type "help here" for help on how to use this room.

Instead the information is written directly on the yo-yo.

>read yoyo

You read the bright yellow yo-yo:
Written in Djelian:

You can perform the following tricks with a yoyo:

yoyo trick
climb the pyramid trick
snap trick
around the disc trick
swim the djel trick
write your name trick

You can also use it to thwack someone.
> syntax attempt

Could not find the verb "attempt".

> syntax perform

Forms of syntax available for the command "perform":
perform [a|an] <string> trick with <object>
perform <ritual> {on|at} <distant target>             Perform a ritual on someone far off from a holy item.
        {from|using|with} <item>
perform <ritual> {on|at} <target> {from|using|with}   Perform a ritual on someone from a holy item.
        <item>
perform <ritual> {on|at} <target>                     Perform a ritual on someone.
perform <ritual> {on|at} <distant target>             Perform a ritual on someone far off.
perform <ritual> {from|using|with} <item>             Perform a ritual from a holy item.
perform <ritual>                                      Perform a ritual.
>syntax thwack

Forms of syntax available for the command "thwack":
thwack <living> with <object>                        

Skills used

A minimum bonus of research is needed to be able to succeed.

GP used

'Attempt' and 'thwack' both count as commands for 'command exp', and cost 10-15gp each. research

The Tricks

'We need a table here of each trick performed on both yo-yos that shows the minimum bonus to succeed.' I believe that 200 bonus is enough to succeed all the time on all the tricks.

Red Yo-yo Yellow Yo-yo Skill TM Minimum
attempt <string> trick with <object> perform <string> trick with <object>
yoyo trick yoyo trick
walk the dog trick climb the pyramid trick [3]
snap trick snap trick
around the disc trick around the disc trick
rocking cradle trick swim the djel trick [2]
write your name trick write your name trick 200 co.ma.sl [1]
thwack <living> with <object> thwack <living> with <object>

[1] Not confirmed recently. I just remember this was the target long ago. --Emily

[2] fi.ra.th 23/117 with co.ma.sl 10/56 is not enough to succeed with rocking or swim. It is enough to succeed with the easier tricks. Definitely not enough for the name trick.

[3] fi.ra.th 10/52 with co.ma.sl 10/52 is enough to sometimes perform "walk the dog/climb the pyramid", and always enough to perform easier tricks.

Failures

  • The bright red yo-yo is not a holy item.

The red yo-yo uses 'attempt' not 'perform'

  • Your attempts to perform a trick with the bright yellow yo-yo fail miserably, as it is not a recognised trick.

Either you have chosen a trick exclusive to the other yo-yo or perhaps have made a typo.

  • You try to attempt a trick with your yo-yo, however, you succeed only in convincing the watching crowd of your lack of skill with the yo-yo.

You are lacking in a needed skill.

  • While attempting the hardest trick with the bright yellow yo-yo you bind your legs together and fall to the floor with a THUMP! Turning crimson, you cringe in embarrassment as passersby stop and giggle.

Name trick is the most difficult.

Acquisition

Red yo-yos can easily be purchased in Ankh-Morpork, Dejlibeybi and the Ramtops. See Kefka's Item Database. Yellow yo-yos have only been found in Ephebe.