First Intermission 39
Turns since TBfGK: 20
LordHamster: Yeah. About that.
CharlsNChrg: Is that how it's going to be?
LordHamster: So be careful what you're sticking, and where.
CharlsNChrg: Fair enough.
CharlsNChrg: What would it cost me for permission to pass through?
CharlsNChrg: Could you find out?
CharlsNChrg: Please do.
CharlsNChrg: So, um...
LordHamster: I bet you couldn't.
LordHamster: If you say so.
CharlsNChrg: You know what I mean.
LordHamster: I do. That's also the only answer you're getting.
LordHamster: The only free answer, anyway.
CharlsNChrg: You're a quick study.
CharlsNChrg: What will it cost me?
LordHamster: Maybe not. It's a pretty valuable chunk of info.
CharlsNChrg: Tell you what, I'll spend a calculation now.
CharlsNChrg: Try it.
LordHamster: I'll be damned.
LordHamster: It says there's all of a 4% chance it's worth taking my deal, even after spending this calculation.
LordHamster: 4.14 percent.
CharlsNChrg: That either means that I could likely find out the information through other means, or the calculations will be highly valuable.
LordHamster: I guess. Or both.
CharlsNChrg: No deal.
LordHamster: Figured. Enjoy wondering.
CharlsNChrg: That was clever, though, right?
LordHamster: Determining the decision not to spend all the calculations. Cost: one calculation.
 Real World References:
- ^ This is a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, delivered by a French knight to Arthur and his Knights, who are questing for the Grail. It is one of many memorable lines in exchange between the two, as the French knight taunts, aggravates, and generally thwarts Arthur.
- ^ Deal or No Deal is a television game show in which the contestant is given a case of money (1 of 30, chosen randomly and unopened) and is then made a series of offers for the money in his case, and must judge whether he is dealing from a position of strength or weakness, and either accept a sum of money or continue on, gambling that either the offers will rise in value (as other cases are removed and their values revealed) or his own case is more valuable.
- ^ MasterCard has a long-running and famous (and oft-spoofed) ad campaign in which several goods or services are valued at their rough retail price and then a final event or emotion is listed as being "priceless." (The tagline "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard."