Wow, that puzzle was brutal.
I’m hoping the author reads this feedback. (turthalion, are you the author?)
[spoiler]I didn’t know that the snow globe was distracting to other people. There are some incidental remarks about being dazzling after shaking the globe at the start, but Crystal said “No one else can hear me,” which implied to me that the globe only disoriented me.
I had no cause to shake the globe again after the starting room, so I never saw any of the NPCs reacting to the globe. Even showing the globe to the crone doesn’t indicate that it can dazzle NPCs.
FYI we had about a half dozen people at the SF Bay Area IF meetup and none of us had any clue what to do with the pterosaur. The puzzle looked like it required the ointment to solve it.
I think we might have figured it out if we’d figured out to “ask crystal FOR help” instead of “ask crystal ABOUT help”? But even then, it wasn’t clear that we could distract the pterosaur without the ointment. And, like all NPCs, the pterosaur doesn’t care about the globe unless you’ve shaken it recently:
>show globe to pterosaur
The pterosaur does not seem terribly impressed.
Even reading craiglocke/MathBrush’s last spoiler, I thought that he was proposing an alternate way of asking Crystal for help, not a way to distract the pterosaur.
I only gave up and tried shaking the globe after revealing all of the hints in this thread, after I tried doing all of the obvious stuff to the pterosaur, to see if Crystal would provide an alternate hint when shaken.[/spoiler]