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January 26th, 2004
nineveh_rains @ : Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the old Infocom text adventure, Bureaucracy?
December 30th, 2003
fairmontgrue @ : It's Dark...you're likely to be eaten by a Gruuuuue
grue n. [from archaic English verb for `shudder', as with fear] The
grue was originated in the game Zork (Dave Lebling took the name from
Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" fantasies) and used in several other
Infocom games as a hint that you should perhaps look for a lamp, torch
or some type of light source. Wandering into a dark area would cause the
game to prompt you, "It is very dark. If you continue you are likely to
be eaten by a grue." If you failed to locate a light source within the
next couple of moves this would indeed be the case.
The grue, according to scholars of the Great Underground Empire, is a
sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite
diet is either adventurers or enchanters, but its insatiable appetite is
tempered by its extreme fear of light. No grues have ever been seen by
the light of day, and only a few have been observed in their underground
lairs. Of those who have seen grues, few have survived their fearsome
jaws to tell the tale. Grues have sharp claws and fangs, and an
uncontrollable tendency to slaver and gurgle. They are certainly the
most evil-tempered of all creatures; to say they are touchy is a
dangerous understatement. "Sour as a grue" is a common expression, even
among grues themselves.
All this folklore is widely known among hackers.
So yeah. That's me.
I'm new and foundoput that there is a whole community dedicated to the old text-based games of Infocom.
The first Zork game I ever played was Return to Zor, which introduced me to these 'grue'some Grues. At the time I already had a fear of the dark and the though of Grues awaiting me didn't help at all.
But I grew up and realised that hey, the Dark isn't too bad! Infact, I LIKE my dark Basement! I spend a lot of time down there now, paitning and what-not, and Realised that Hey I am a Grue!
So howdy y'all?
Oh, anyone know of any Grue icons? All I have is Capt. Lou Albano as you can see. The only Grue like thing about him is he could probably eat an adventurer too.
Current Mood: weird
Current Music: All Your Base
December 15th, 2003
tishaggis @ : Hi,
Does anyone know if Activision will be re-releasing the collections they had put out in 1995? I have the Adventure, Comedy and Mystery collections. I think there was a Sci-Fi and 2 others. Any news, comments, advice?
Current Mood: amused
July 4th, 2003
missfortune @ : Hello all! I just joined this community today after downloading a copy of frobnitz for my palm and getting back into infocom games. The first one I ever played was hitchikers guide to the galaxy on my apple IIgs, when i was around 10 or 11. I really love text based adventures and muds.
now for the - I have a question...does anyone know how to convert zcode games into pdb files? i have the ztpdb converter but i cant figure it out at all. are there any archives of zcode games already converted?
Current Mood: tired
June 15th, 2003
isquiesque @ : Zork: Nemesis Music
So, the other night I was listening to the soundtrack from Riven and I got to thinking about what a great soundtrack Zork: Nemesis had. I began to wonder if they'd released a soundtrack for it, which it seems they never did, but during my search for a soundtrack I found the most wonderful site: The Zork Library. It has the music from Nemesis, as well as maps, some game files, and a Zorkian font (though not the one I would want the most were I in the market for such a font).
Anyway, this guy Mark Morgan that did the music for Nemesis and other some other Zork games is fantastic. I spent some pretty hard-core Google time trying to find more of his stuff the other night, but he seems to have only done sounds and music in games. If anyone knows of a music CD he's done, or if he has a web site, I'd really like to hear about it. He's really quite good.
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: "To the Asylum" by Mark Morgan
April 18th, 2003
April 14th, 2003
kobold @ : Odd Request
Hi, Everyone. I lurked for quite a while before finally joining. I was wondering if anyone could help.
I'm working on a Zork-related project, and am realizing I don't have a real map of Quendor. I mean, I have the one from Beyond Zork - but that's just the Southlands, right? I'm needing one that has everything, including where Festeron's located in relation to the mainland. Does anyone know where I could find such a Magical thing?
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: "Gloomy Sunday" by Billie Holiday
February 18th, 2003
erebrandir @ : The Most Awesome Style
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Current Mood: excited
February 8th, 2003
immortalsofar @ : Geekiest thing I ever did
You remember that part of Planetfall where there was a radiation suit on the wrong side of the nuclear reactor, several darkenned (deadly) rooms and a torch in the reactor itself where you died of radiation sickness 3 moves after entering?
Back on my old C64, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see what it would look like if I could get hold of the goodies available. This was before I ( This was before I completed the gameCollapse ). I saved the game outside the reactor, went in, got the torch, went out and saved it again to a different file.
A quick disk edit utility quickly narrowed down the differences, showed me which flag indicated that you had sustained a deadly dose of radiation sickness and allowed me to turn it off.
Now I was armed with the torch and able to go back to these places( ...Collapse ).
Not quite as exciting as I had hoped, but it pushed my score above 100%.
Current Music: Sudden swap - let's evolve
January 18th, 2003
frobozzelectric @ : Infocommies!
This Space Intentionally Left Blank...
Anyway, this being my first post, allow me to indulge in a bit of self-history. My first memories of Zork go back to when I was four, in 1993, and we all know what happened in Zork history in 1993. Yes, my first memories of Zork were right at the time of the Zorkian Revolution, which I will not delve into, because it will inevitably end up into a three-page rant against Activision. Well...I finally beat Return to Zork (You knew what game I was talking about, didn't you?) in 1995, and found a curious little CD in the box, called the Zork Anthology. My father warned me that I'd not like it, but I of course loved it. (For those of you who don't know, the Zork Anthology included Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Zork Zero, Beyond Zork, and Planetfall.) I spent perhaps two years on those, and by the time I was finished (a few of which, I'm not finished with) it was time for the newest Zork game, which I got that Christmas: Zork: Grand Inquisitor. Holy shit, I love that game. It's just so funny! It also came with Zork Nemesis, free. Not so funny. But, it was fun; still haven't finished it.
Now that that's through...actually, that was pretty much the whole entry.
Oh, check out my userpictures. Go I!
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: The Masochism Tango-Tom Lehrer