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Comic writer gets stuck in a hole and Twitter saves him, point-and-click adventure style

The story of that time Ryan North got stuck in a hole

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Ryan North is the writer behind the webcomic Dinosaur Comics, the print comic The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and To Be or Not to Be: That Is The Adventure, a retelling of Hamlet in the style of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. He lives in Canada. He has a dog named Chompsky.

This afternoon, he got stuck in a hole.

As North slowly explained, to Twitter, the physical limits that were currently preventing him and Chompsky from exiting this hole and the items he had on hand that might be useful in creating a way to exit the hole, a curious thing happened.

Twitter played a point and click game of "Get Ryan North Out of a Hole." Sort of.

We'll show you:

The only way that North could carry Chompsky out was by using at least one arm, and a recent rain had rendered the sides of the skate bowl quite slippery. North found that the height and slope of the structure created a situation where he could not climb out using only one arm, nor could he get close enough to the edge (while so encumbered) to toss his dog out and follow. He was reluctant to leave Chompsky entirely alone.

Twitter immediately responded to the conundrum.

Finally, the Twitter hivemind had struck gold.

This wouldn't be the first time that Twitter has managed to produce an homage to classic adventure games, and the similarities were not lost to the moment:

But it might be the first time we've seen a text-based Twitter adventure solve a real life problem.

If you’d like to take a look at the whole saga, here’s a collection of screenshots of all the relevant tweets on Imgur.

The next level of puzzles.

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