# The Dungeon

## Kevin Wald

This text adventure game is a game of tic-tac-toe in disguise; "daytime" is X's turn, "nighttime" is O's turn, and selecting a "direction" is filling in a square. If X wins, you slay a creature; if O wins, the creature slays you; if it is a draw, you exit having neither slain nor been slain.

All descriptions fit into 40 columns precisely, with no need to break a word, with one exception: In the description of a slaying, the last word is always broken, with exactly three letters (and an exclamation mark) ending up on the next line. Thus, for each three-in-a-row, we get a corresponding set of three letters:

Top row: lfa!

Middle row: ist!

Bottom row: ies!

Left column: ifs!

Middle column: iae!

Right column: tls!

\ diagonal: sif!

/ diagonal: ili!

There is only one arrangement of letters in the tic-tac-toe board so that each line of three contains the corresponding set of three letters (in any order):

F | A | L |

S | I | T |

I | E | S |

So the answer is **FALSITIES**.