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All was quiet, thanks to your diet.
But in the middle of the night,
suddenly you had a fright!
The sleigh bells were ringing,
but the fireplace was not singing.
What could it be, but the Chistmas set free?

TWO WAYS TO PLAY! 2) Run the Old School For Schools Edition in the zip file to play it- assuming you are on a computer that can understand such old dog tricks! Z) open "STOCKRUEHTML5.html" to the web browser to play the STOCKRUE: DAWN OF CHISTMAS [PRO EDITION]! Features: real time sound play, advanced music orchestration, and a suspicious lack of candy canes.

Let the story commence...

They all know about the season for the gift aquiring (all 128 days of it) - but do they know the plights of the gift wranglers? Only CANDELBRA CANNY can give a glimpse into the unglimpsed world of gift wrapping in the tertiary Northwest Pole - where reporters and camera holders are loathe to bother trekking towards. Plus, the frigid DR. PENG (short for DREADFUL PENG) - controls the placement of en-dashes as well as the distribution of gifts...

Wrap, rip, plant, send, open, enjoy. The process of gifting. But mysteries lie beneath this surface of seeming simplicity... And who can say what they are? All the people know is that they order their gifts during their given 128 days, and on the dawn of Chistmas they find them under their festive plum pile! Nobody can be displeased at this situation, for signs of displeasure might mean you find your teeth getting inside only coal as you bite into your plump plum pie.

But what is in a gift? The real question is what CAN'T be, and lies is what. Only the truth can be found inside a gift - and all the truth is found inside gifts. Be careful what you wish for, because you certainly will get it, like it or not. If you inquire too much into what goes into getting you the truth, maybe this Chistmas in your gift you'll find... yourself!

Before you continue, did you know? There are only 128 gifts available. One for each day of Chistmas. It would be wrong for there to be more.

Clearly, the penguins don't do the work around here. They just make sure it happens. Nobody knows how, but it is likely that the penguins keep it this way. Some say that we are just creating a mass projection conciousness towards the penguins and our psychic bonds and need to believe in something (anything) so badly have created an otherworldly force - or farce. Some people also say the moon is made out of penguins and that they will come down to collect for their loan to us, in the only way they know how: through the beak.

Whatever horse you hold on to to get a pick of your precious plums, the penguins are here and they are part of Chistmas. Trying to challenege this is an affront to the well-meaning Chistmas spirit inside every penguin - and maybe every person too!

Hold on, did that penguin just say something to CANDELBRA CANNY? Or - to you? Does the difference really matter?

|D|R|.| |P|E|N|G|

|D|R|E|A|D|F|U|L| |P|E|N|G|
A giant statue of their head commemorates their existance. Sometimes penguins seem to dance to it, or possibly mock it. Nobody knows which DREADFUL PENG would prefer, or if those are even the options and opinions PENG has about their penguin actors/decriers. That about sums up what is understood of PENG's thoughts, actions, rationale: nothing. Sure, there's a press release every now and then, but more than two of them has been covered in turpines (the favourite fish of the penguins of the NorthEast Fifth Pole Sub-Sector 49: AlphaAelphElf - coincidentally the vacation resort of PENG!). It can be deduced from this simple fact, quite undeniable really, that DREADFUL PENG has not ever written a word we have thought to be from their hand! Rather, they dictate their messages to the outside world through the medium of penguin pennship. Read between the lines, do the math, circle the x's, dot the q's, and think for yourself for once. Don't you see how - ridiculous this is? And we let DREADFUL PENG run amok - unchecked - with - so - much power over - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

|C|A|N|D|E|L|B|R|A| |C|A|N|N|Y|
Take over their role, the flame of the spirit of Chistmas. It is up to them (you!) to contain the unruly gifts, as DR. PENG unleashes them into the world (as far as the 3rd NW Pole is the world). It is up to their abilities - namely, demanding more rights (recieved in the form of more gifts to wrap mostly), transmogrifying the self (but not the spirit) into a candy cane with nice blue highlights, as well as summoning another CANNY from another timeline (when the boss DR. PENG is not looking). CANNY is likely the only living gift wrapper today, so they have a lot of work cut out for them!

Thankfully you are on the scene now. Help guide CANDELBRA CANNY with the ARROW KEYS and the SHIFT KEYS towards the gifts to bring forth more into the world. When two gifts collide, they will become happy together and be able to be sent out to a union of plums (which they will place themselves under to be discovered on the dawn of Chistmas). Gifts cannot be happy by themselves... and yet the icy DR. PENG refuses to make things simple for you! Thankfully, by aligning yourself with a gift you will have a platform for CANNY to demand another gift to be brought into their ice world. Congratulations on your socialist progess! Don't forget to try to recruit more workers to join your growing Union - by demolishing every gift (through the art of wrapping or noise) known to reason. But DR. PENG always has more more for you to wrap up...

|N|O|R|T|H|W|E|S|T| |3|R|D| |P|O|L|E|
Penguins roam the gardens in the distance, restricted access to visitors. Not that there have been any since... about 576 Chistmas times past. There were penguins here before anything else, and eventually everything will be only pengins. Nothing but penguins, and just the penguins. Even DR. PENG must face that they will be overrun by their farm of penguins sooner or later. The penguins say they hold many mysteries, past and passed down their descendents for spans of time that cannot be understood by any mortal. But on top of the other flipper, nobody can communicate with the penguins, and it is rumoured that even the self-proclaimed/named & cool cat DR. - PENG is unable to do so! So how can we know for sure that we have any thing about them written down that is true, in the slightest? Absolutely not.

But there's more to the NW3P than the penguins that cover every possible inch visible from the sky, or even space. Those gifts have to be wrapped up somewhere - all 128 of them! Who better to do it, than the penguins? Oh! But of course, they are all in managerial positions. Such is deserved of their old nature. We all know every thing capable of true thought naturally leads to an agressive, nasty, brutish, capitalist society.

|1|2|8| |D|A|Y|S| |O|F| |C|H|I|S|T|M|A|S|

Day 1: Get out the lists.
Day 2: Get out the pens.
Day 3: Get the words onto the lists with the pens-
Day 4: Commence shopping.
D-y 5: Continue shopping.
Day 6: Continue slapping.
Day 7: Cantinee Shopping.
Day 65: Contine shoppping.
Day 66: Containe hoppings.
Day 67: Contain+ shoppers.
Day 68: CANDELBRA CANNY begins wrap-ing.
Day 69: Commence wrapping.
Day 70: Continue Wr-pping.
Day 7-: Supervisor Inspection #1.
Day 89: Containment breach
Day 90: Containment broach
Day 91: Supervisor Ins-ection #7.
Day 92- Failure to-contain
Day 93: Failure 22 contain
Day 94: failrrr to contane
Day 105: ffvbaildvvv to bbbccc
Day 106: ff-ailerure conn-vain
Day 1-7: Supervisor Inspection #14.
Day 108: Breach contained. No errors de-ected.
Day 109: Gift wrapping resumes at the Pole.
Day 110: Supervisor Inspection #15.
Day 111: Supervisors #6 through #14 found missing.
Day 112: Hurry up with the wrapping!
Day 113: Hurry up with the wrapping!
-ay 114: Hurry up with the wrap-ing!
Day 120: Supervisor Inspection #16.
Day 121: CANDELBRA CANNY will face demerit for insufficient wrapping.
Day 122: Containment breach.
Da- 128: The tr-e meaning of -histmas is found!

|G|-|F|T| |W|R|A|P|P|I|N|G| |R|E|S|U|L|T|S|

0-1: How did you even wrap this few? How is that possible?
2-10: The ROYAL APPLE FAMILY will be glad to have your gifts. Nobody else is getting any.
12-40: Pretty good, but DR. PENG has made off with most of the GIFTS for himself and his penguin collection!
42-70: Great work! But not great enough! Your pay is being demarked 55% (on top of the 65% paycut for working overtime on holiday hours).
72-100: You're awesome! But not awesome enough! Your pay is being demarked 45% (on top of the 75% paycut for failing an attempt of success).
102-126: Please, don't talk to me. You clearly have aptitude, but you are not enough. Your replacement will be here soon.
128-128: Right on! You did it! You got it, CANNY! How.... - uncanned of you. Yes. How dare you presume you could make it this far... You must do better than that to truly appease such as me.
130+: You got more GIFTS than there were in the whole world in the first place! How did you do that? Why did you do that?? Why have you brought a collapse on the future of the universe upon us with your tampering?

the spirit of chistmas
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Too Many Gifts

Could it be that, when you release more simultaneous CANDELBRA CANNYs into the world from different instances on the time stream, that also there are gifts that come along with them? In a sense, you are not only bringing more CANDELBRA CANNY into the same place, but more of the same GIFT into the same place as well? It is a mystery for which we can only speculate.

And PENGUINS... So many metaphors about in GT games, and this is one of them. PENGUIN: a single living being, iconic and unforgettable in appearance, limited in communication, altogether innocent when considered individually. However, when a group gathers (a flock?) it "gets real" so to speak: their swift swimming capabilities, environmental resistance, their sharp, offensive beaks. A large grouping is terrifying. "...and eventually everything will be only penguins." Indeed.

(Nice job, mno!)

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Oh geeze I totally missed this comment... sorry!

Ah that is a great rumination on the multiverse effects creating extra CANDELBRA CANNYs causes! I would argue that just as each new CANNY comes from /somewhere/, so do these new gifts- and there can only be so many of them, in the end! Woe betide they who finds the limit...

Your knowledge of real terms to describe penguins makes me realize I did not think of real penguins in my story writing: I was concerned only with those of fake, clipart penguins. I'm glad that despite this difference in position, we both agree that "everything will be only penguins."!

Thanks :)

Sneak peak I saw?

Ya. I saw. It was good. One thing I can say is if contemporary christmas tracks were midis that sounded more like this I'd get less tired of it because I spent some time with it and it didn't get tiring. Game's a good top notch holiday hit too.

There's a lot going on in the description I didn't quite grasp. I can't quite find a way to comment on it cuz uhh, my mind is not in that procedural element to quite grasp its meaning. Course I can skim through it and sort of make a procedural definition as i read about:

What would my friend say of it? maybe I should emulate his take on it. Later on I could ask his take:


Stockruel rearranges anagrams to Lock Store. And by that it doesn't. Because it would have to be Stockroel, the first noel that never r'ed it out.

The opposite of dawn of christmas would be sunset/night of memorial day since that's May 25. Unless you're going with J7 to be christmas then it'd be .... J7 still becuase instead of subtracting 6, you'd be adding 6 to make it opposing. I can't think of an opposite of 25. or 7, unless you want the opposite of a prime number as in a number that's divisible which is too variable. so every number between 0-31 but 0/1/2/3/5/7/11/13/17/19/23/25/29 and 31. And for 25 any of those numbers.

I think 128 days is a lot, that's something like 4.2 months. a lot to say that christmas is premeditated and for some people it may as well should be. I think getting in the mindset around september and then tuning out mid-december and then picking it up late december is how I approach it.

Here you're kinda given that chance, as some of the most stressful times of your life of choosing gifts for everyone is just sped up.... those 4.2 months go by seemlessly in a minute and you're just holding a part of a candelebra and getting wall-stuck to a penguin relic and just... hoping for the best. I don't know if the time is spent that fast or just the stressful part about it, but that's up to the other viewers to decide?

It's a fun little getaway, if not fast-paced.. Hopefully fun enough to click back on your browser then forward, then maybe even jotting down something here? I really honestly had no idea what to say about this since I kinda lived it, but if you've got something else on it I'd be cool to like uhh, read it, ya pilgrim? That's where I'm at on the matter.

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Thank you for the review as usual!

"ne thing I can say is if contemporary christmas tracks were midis that sounded more like this I'd get less tired of it because I spent some time with it and it didn't get tiring."
I would be fine with christmas carolers if they all just sounded out midi slap bass effects! I think chistmas music is always noise though.

"I think 128 days is a lot, that's something like 4.2 months. a lot to say that christmas is premeditated and for some people it may as well should be. I think getting in the mindset around september and then tuning out mid-december and then picking it up late december is how I approach it."
Yeah, I just read a story about a future where Chistmas shopping season is like, 8 months of the year. So that was an influence.

"Stockruel rearranges anagrams to Lock Store."
Funnily enoug the actual title is just "Stockrue", no l, and I just slapped one on in the posting for no reason. In two years I'll probably look at this and question myself from the past for this choice, but ah, what can I do about future me?

"I really honestly had no idea what to say about this since I kinda lived it,"
Oh yeah, I probably should've given you a shout out... I will do so here, thanks for the help with that!

PS. Thanks for all the good words I didn't specifically quote :)