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5fivefifteen15 @ 08:47 pm: mapping in zork
Does anyone understand how to map in zork? The compass directions just make absolutely no sense. You go east. Then you go west. You should be back where you started, but you're not. You go in the same direction twice and you end up where you started. Sometimes.

The online maps I've viewed look fairly reasonable, but I can't figure out how to navigate from them, since if I try to go south in the game there's only about a 50/50 chance that I will end up going south on the map. Really all it's good for is giving me a general idea of what's around me.

Honestly, I feel like I'm constantly in the room in which my compass stops working. I wish I could just drop my compass to lighten my load. It's not like it does me any good at all.


P.S. I've started a new community, bankofzork -- for all you zork fans, join at bankofzork. I'm pretty sure this is the only community dedicated solely to zork, although I could be wrong...

Current Location: university of chicago dorm
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: the lion sleeps tonight -- beach boys


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Date:February 28th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I wish I could help you on that. I seem to recall that only a few of the online maps were reliable though. I think I've lost all of my saved information on my computer since the last time I played through, but I'll check and see.

And I opened an account at the Bank. :)
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Date:February 28th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I was just using an online map of the maze, and it was just so inaccurate that I've begun to doubt the usefulness of any of the other maps on this website (http://www.lafn.org/webconnect/mentor/zork/zorkText.htm).

And thanks for opening an account! J. Pierpont Flathead appreciates your business.
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