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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.

/rant.

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...

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From:5fivefifteen15
Date:February 28th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
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But the compass directions make no sense. How can you take notes on that, meticulous or otherwise?

Is there something I'm missing here? I always thought that going north and then going south again was supposed to get you back to your original location, but not in Zork-verse.
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From:staticengine
Date:February 28th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
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It's clever, see, in that insidious geek way. "Ohh... a normal person knows to go north then south, but us... we're smarter than that! Lots of one way passages we'll have! Things only we can figure out!"

I went to an engineering college, and I'm a software developer by trade. I'm well versed in people who hold this mentality.
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From:5fivefifteen15
Date:February 28th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, guess so. This whole one-way passage thing just frustrates me because I'm somewhat spatially challenged as it is (like, I can't visualize -- can't see pictures in my had *at all*), so this added monkey wrench makes things damned near impossible. The whole one-way passage thing didn't even really occur to me, and honestly, I still don't get how exactly a one way passage works, except that it doesn't work like anything I've ever encountered IRL.
From:reluctance
Date:February 28th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)

I still don't get how exactly a one way passage works

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My general understanding is that it may take a few twists and turns along its route before depositing you at the other end -- go north into a corridor that veers slightly to the right and you end up entering the next room from the west.

I don't think Zork rooms have been modeled according to that rationale, but it did inform one-way exit layouts of many of the early "cave games".
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From:5fivefifteen15
Date:March 1st, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)

Re: I still don't get how exactly a one way passage works

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Makes sense...but gah, so confusing...
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