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Potassium (a friend whom I can't describe better than "my trusted friend in science") was sleeping over at my place a few weeks ago. We spent all our time playing Portal 2.
Needless to say, addiction struck. Hard.
I had to attend a local go tournament and draw there, but there weren't many requests and so me and Potassium just sat around and complained to eachother about the lack of Portal 2 in our vincinity (or a computer to play it on, for that matter).
That's when inspiration struck.
And Paper Portal was born.
It's basically a modified version of a paper-and-pencil game we used to play at elementary school (much to the annoyance of our teachers) and it works surprisingly well - provided you've got enough childishness, paper, pencils and imagination at your disposal.
Soon, pencils were flying across the room and we gathered quite a crowd of spectators... That's where I decided I want to share this, added a few doodles and scanned some of the levels we played. I added some of the rules we came up with and play by. Now, get going and give it a try :]
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[Edit] some notes on how to play it:
You just take turns with your partner at shooting the pencil in order to move. Walls stop you automatically, so you just mark your standing point where the pencil trajectory line hits a wall. Otherwise, you mark it where the line disappears, and it is the other players' turn. You can shoot portals during your turn.
You can shoot a portal using the ruler to aim, then have to hit it with your pencil trajectory to get through. You can shoot portals only at walls within your line of sight (walls block sight).
We marked the act of crossing portals with tiny arrows on the trajectories. You can shoot more than one portal during the game (though the amount is limited for each player), but it makes the previous of the same color (and player) disappear.
To push a small button, just hit it with your trajectory (it does not stop you though.)
A big button stops you and as long as you stand on it or drop a box on it, it is on.
The turrets work simply too... if your trajectory ends in their line of sight (a triangular shape, to make it more dangerous), the turret kills you and you start over from the elevator.
We played it co-op but raced eachother to the elevator for some competition. You could alternatively count steps (trajectories) the goal being to pass the chamber with as little as possible.
If you have more questions or ideas, please ask/share them in the comments!
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:iconmrozius:
Mrozius Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
polish please!
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist
I do not speak polish, sorry :)
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Squirrel-slayer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Tak už vím, čím si budeme krátit chvíle v hloubi šumavských hvozdů, až se nám bude stýskat po Portalu:) Je to skvělý nápad!
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist
tak preju hodne zabavy a co nejmene ztracenych tuzek :D
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Amanda-StG Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god...the fun I can have with this during forced downtime at work (I.E. tech stuff not working). And just think of the confused looks on the surrounding peoples faces...I love finding new ways to confuse people :)
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist
be careful not to poke anyone with the flying pencils and have fun ^^
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:iconulawan5:
ulawan5 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
okay, this sounds INSANELY fun,
I HAVE to test this out! you're a genius!!!
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist
it was XD report back how it went :D
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:icontestsubject276:
Testsubject276 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Plans... Science's baby child
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:iconhaven1324:
haven1324 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
potassium? like in bananas? can that be a name?
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist
well anything can be a nickname I guess. why not a chemical element too.
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:iconhaven1324:
haven1324 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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:iconwind-kitty:
Wind-Kitty Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wondering, what is the original game called? :)
Awesome idea by the way! :D
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist
I don't know if it has a name, according to my experience each generation of kids had a different name for it. we didn't call it by a name at all, just drew a snakelike corridor, placed some random obstacles in it and chased each other to the finish line. but an older friend told me how they used to call it "formulas" and had complicated rules about hitting walls etc...
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:iconwind-kitty:
Wind-Kitty Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm. sounds pretty cool! might try it with a friend one day :D
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:iconmidori80:
midori80 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Já si to pokouším nějak přeložit, ale nejde mi to .___. ach, ty moje mezery ve vědomostech anglického jazyka...mohl by mi tady někdo ve stručnosti vysvětlit, jak se to hraje? ^^'
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Najjednoussi bude kdyz ti to nekdy predvedu. Tezko se to vysvetluje XD
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:iconmidori80:
midori80 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
to abych se hnala k tobě do Prahy XD ale je dost možné, že se uvidíme na začátku prázdnin :) pojedu k paskymu do Prahy na pár dní...
jinak, vypadá to moc zajímavě, určitě bych si to chtěla zahrát ^__^
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:iconrefreshing-soda:
refreshing-soda Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea!
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RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! It looks pretty complicated but I'm sure we'll figure it out :D let me know if you post a video tutorial!

:+fav:'d!
:heart: Raimei.
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist
it's very easy once you start with some simple level and get the hang of it, you'll see :D
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:iconraimeithunderchild:
RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YOU ARE THE STALEMATE ASSOCIATE GUY. YOU ARE NOW SO MUCH MORE AWESOME IN MY EYES.
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist
Well I was unemployed so I thought hell now I can have any occupation I want spelled out on my work clothes.
But seriously, thanks! :]
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RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D No worries!
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AxHiaLuS Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This looks kinda fun!
How about when the trajectory hits the (COMBUSTIBLE!) lemons, it burns you down! XD
And here's a stupid question but how did you actually "hold" the cube in this game?
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist
haha good idea XD the more extreme effect of the lemons could be that if someone passes through them, they combust and burn down the entire level. one would only have to set the paper it is drawn on on fire. ehm.
it is not a stupid question, we grappled with that issue in our first game too. in the end we opted for a simple solution: once the cube is deployed (drawn into the map), you pick it up by hitting it with your trajectory and then just keep drawing it beside your standing point until you decide to drop it off somewhere (you can see that being done in the first map in the picture). a more elegant way would be to construct a tiny little paper cube to move across the map, but we were lazy :D
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RubyDaSquirlz Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Writer
I'mma need to read the artist comment about 20 times before I understand how this game works, but it looks REALLY good and lots of fun!!!

I'd LOVE to play this game with the friend that actually knows Portal (but still has yet to play Portal 2)!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist
Have fun ^.^ and if you have any questions, just ask!
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RubyDaSquirlz Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student Writer
..... Might just be me being slow and dumb, so I'll wait and keep reading before I ask for a really simplified version of the rules heheh.
At least I know how the game works but a bird's-eye-view just looks.... Complicated XD
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ZutarianToph Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. I am most definitely going to give this a shot with a friend when I'm stuck somewhere boring! :D (Happens more of then than you'd think. XD)

And I totally approve of Wheatley as another possible element. *bricked*
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist
great! let me know how it went when you do XD
(and do include him if you can :D)
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:iconzutariantoph:
ZutarianToph Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I will! ^_^
(I don't know how he'll work/what on earth he'll do... but I will figure something out! *determined* XD)
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Silver-on-the-Wind Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*raises hand* You could make one of those things you put him on another object! And he starts out somewhere in the level, and when your trajectory goes over him you automatically pick him up. You can't press little buttons or shoot portals while holding him, but when you get him to the other thing it'll cause *something* to happen. And if you get killed while holding him, you go back to the elevator as usual and he goes back to wherever you picked him up at. :D
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist
great idea!
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ZutarianToph Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, oh, good idea! :D He could... um, use his mad skizzlez at hacking to open a panel or something, or his deadly flashlight to illuminate a room!
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chid0 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist
Sounds good XD and it also opens an opportunity for inclusion of the bird: if your trajectory crosses a bird while carrying Wheatley, it causes you to drop him and he returns to his starting point (possibly screaming BIRD BIRD BIRD all the way) and you have to go back to pick him up.
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ZutarianToph Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And it should be mandatory to write "BIRD BIRD BIRD BIRD" somewhere on the paper (probably near the birds) when this happens! XD
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist
allright now I really need to play some more games, with all the new ideas XD
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JackleRules Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear lord this is amazing.

You are my saviour.
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist
thanks - and have fun ;)
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:iconignachile:
ignachile Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I have now found something to entertain me during class. :D

THANK YOU!!!
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist
you are welcome! enjoy yourself an don't get caught ;)
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:iconignachile:
ignachile Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
I think the only consequence of being caught would be an unproductive bio teacher! XD
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
...This idea is fantastic and I thank you for inventing it.

Hey, don't (didn't?) you write e3a? You did! Wow. That's a funny coincidence... Well, not really a coincidence but a... I don't know what?
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist
I'm glad you like it. give it a try sometime when you get bored ;)
It's a... proof that the world is small? That there are way too little go players who draw? you pick your favourite :D
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
The second one is depressing, so I'll go with the first one (even though the second is probably more likely :()

I will! :D I'd like to see more levels posted, even if it is a little hard-to-follow.
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist
maybe I'll make a video tutorial once the exams are over, I can imagine that it is quite a mess if it is just described in written form. but trust me, it is simple to play, you'll just have to duck out of the way of flying pencils on occasion :]
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:iconkaitoaozora:
KaitoAozora Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
It is. Keeping track of portals looks complicated--although I get the feeling it'd be easier if I was actually playing.
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:iconchid0:
chid0 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist
it's not so hard. since you only have three available shots... you just cross out the old one once you place a new one and we made a habit of noting them with dots of our pencil color to distinguish which one belongs to who. but yes, it is easier if you are playing :)
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Ah, on the diagram it looks much harder. Thanks :)
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