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August 31st, 2005

teyunde @ 11:42 am: This Is How My Brain Works, Really.
(X-posted to personal journal.)

I spent most of yesterday evening waiting waiting in line at Barnes and Noble to meet Bruce Campbell, who was on tour to promote his new book. (Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my Army of Darkness DVD.) The volume chronicles his efforts to prepare for a supporting role in an A-list film; I had enough time to read the first eighty pages. In an early chapter he describes a visit to Sandusky, Ohio, where he studies with an unlicensed relationship consultant.

"Sandusky, Ohio. Huh, that sounds familiar. Wasn't that where... Oh cool!"

So when my turn came up, rather than shaking his hand and saying "Pleasure to meet you sir, I'm a great admirer of your work. What do you think of Nebraska?", I shook his hand and said "Pleasure to meet you sir, I'm a great admirer of your work. This is going to sound completely random, but have you ever played an extremely old video game called Leather Goddesses of Phobos?"

He looked at me blankly. "No. I'm not much of a gamer," he replied. "Why?"

"Oh, some bits in the first part of your book reminded me of it."

He shot me a Look. "So, in other words, you're accusing me of ripping them off?"

"Uh. No. I would prefer the terms 'homage' or 'in-joke'," I returned, trying not to stammer.

"Well, for the record, the answer is no," he stated flatly, scribbling his autograph inside the cover of my book. "They ripped me off."

Later research via Wikipedia informed me that A) Sandusky is a real place, and B) this sort of thing is actually a sensitive issue (see bottom of article). Oh well.

August 28th, 2005

zinnia_zeroth @ 10:14 am: What to play next?
What do you play when you've played all the Infocom text and graphic adventures? Any recommendations of something a huge Zork fan would like?

Current Music: Big Brother & the Holding Company- Piece of My Heart

August 23rd, 2005

gnatkip @ 10:53 am: 2 Infocom Icons
>look at icons
You can't see any icons here!

>click lj-cut
Clicking the lj-cut reveals one animated Zork icon and one animated Grue icon.Collapse )

December 19th, 2004

emptyonion @ 10:20 pm: Holiday Hellos!
Beign as the holidays are upon us, I'd just like to send out a list of popular Quendor holiday songs as listed in the Encyclopedia Frobozzica:

"Dornbeasts Roasting on an Open Fire"
"Winter Bozbarland"
"Dwaarnyn the Dark Nosed Ur-Grue"---Personal Fave there..
"I'm Dreaming of a Black Cavern"--Another Fave...
"Good King Flathead"

Oh, and a reminder to those of you who open other people's Christmas cards:
Postal Code, section 115:

The GUE Postal Service must preserve and protect the security of all mail from unauthoried opening, inspection, or reading of contents. any person committing any of these unauthorized acts is subjects to penalty. Willful of flagrant disrespect for privacy may be dealt with by the Guardian at an unexpected moment during your game at his discrection and may result in the forfeiture of all or some of your possessions. If you are reading this, we sincerely hope you have saved your game.

September 21st, 2004

emptyonion @ 02:07 pm: Grue....the movie??
I was surfing the Net and found this:

The aliens in this film sound a lot like a certain adventurer-eating monster...

August 23rd, 2004

gittygiggles @ 03:25 pm: hi all! i'm revisiting my zork past and i just bought all 3 newish games. i played gi, and was quite pleased! now i'm trying to play rtz, but having MUCHO issues.

does anyone know how to get that game to work?????

May 6th, 2004

teyunde @ 08:29 am: Okay, here we go.

My prototype game, Sak's Flat, is officially ready for public release. This is just version 1.0, so there'll be a few more details for me to add later on. And remember, it's primarily an academic exercise, so be gentle.

Once I put the finishing touches on it, though, I'll be able to do something a little more daring - like Shadow Kittycats Panic, or perhaps just an Implementation of Shampoo's Quest.

Known Issues / Areas for ImprovementCollapse )

February 28th, 2004

immortalsofar @ 06:00 pm: Anyone interested in working on text adventures TNG?
If you think about it, text adventures are as much fun now as they ever were and the days of limiting vocabulary to a small list of verb-noun pairs and squashing descriptions into miniscule packets of text are long gone.

As part of my current project I'm putting together words and sentence structures into a computer-represented form. Imagine a compu-deck system where everything is represented (or generated) into x, y, z relative co-ordinates and the computer itself generates the description from the same vocabulary you type in. No more "you can see a purple rug on the floor", get rug, "you cannot see a rugged bag with a broken lock here".

For example, Mountain-top Castle (x, y, z, length, width, height, Mountain), throne room (x, y, z, l, w, h, Castle), Bag (x, y, z, l, w, h, throne room), tinderbox (x, y, z, l, w, h, bag).

I find the idea very intreguing but can't afford to get sidetracked (or my money will run out and I'll have to actually get a job!!!!). Once I've done the database, anyone interested in running with the idea?


Current Mood: busy

February 7th, 2004

peglegpogostick @ 03:26 am: Freeze!! Filtch!! . . . . . . aww FUDGE!! **fszzlorp**
Hope you got the reference.... ;)

I've got a question for all you hapless adventurers out there . . . is the Text Adventure Masterpiece collection by Activision incompatible with microsoft xp?

January 27th, 2004

fairmontgrue @ 08:51 pm: What do you think a Grue looks like?
I wanna know
What do YOU think the Grue looks like?
Scarybug thinks they look like the lion-beasts from SNES' 'Out of This World'.
I think they look like Radiohead's very own Googly Minotaur.
title or description
So,what are your oppinions?

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