You are sitting in the stands of the ShuffleComp Coliseum. In the arena below, a man with a curly wig and wielding a gavel feeds cards into a machine that towers over him. The contraption smokes, chugs, and whirres. The man loads the last card and bangs the side of the machine with his gavel. A screen pops from its top, and you read: These are the commended games for ShuffleComp: Disc 2 (there are six because of a tie):
There are two tunnels leading from the arena. One leads north to the IF console where a spaceship is waiting to take you to other IF worlds, and the other leads east to the antechamber. You can also make your way through the antechamber to either the reading room, where you'll find Nigel Jayne's games, or Nigel's office, where Nigel is probably working.