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12-03-2018 (Gunness)

On the surface this might be one of our smaller updates, but behind the scenes there's been a lot going on. Some of you might have come across images that looked distorted. I thought only a few were affected, but as it turned out, there were hundreds of'em that needed updating. While we were at it, we also fixed a few hundred file names and replaced some of the less stellar images. It's an ongoing process, but we're slowly improving. A huge thanks to Alastair for assisting.

Unsurprisingly the database isn't growing as fast any longer when it comes to "new" games, but people are hard at work with updating the descriptions and credits. A particular nod to Sudders in that respect. Personally I've been plowing through old magazines to find more data on various lost games. I doubt we'll ever get to a 100% correct or complete database, but it's certainly a fascinating goal to work towards.

Contributors: auraes, Garry, leenew, Dorothy, Geoff, fuzzel, iamaran, terri, FredrikR, impomatic, Alex, Sylvester, Alastair, Porkbelly, Gunness, Richard Bos, DannieGeeko, Vicko Vitasovic, Juan, dave, Sudders, Strident

03-01-2018 (Gunness)

For any number of reasons, the final update of 2017 instead became the first update of 2018. But I would be remiss if I didn't thank all of you users and my co-editors for keeping us running. There have been a lot of material added throughout the year, and it wouldn't have happened without so many people lending a hand. So happy New Year, one and all!

In the great world of the Internet, various things are cooking as well. I've always been a fan of Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal, which led to a text adventure by Sierra. Now the game has been made available to play in a browser. Neat.

Gareth Pitchford, who is an adventure author in his own right, has written Twilight Inventory, a book on the "forgotten text adventure games from the 1990s". Gareth reviews a mouthwatering number of homegrown titles from the likes of Zenobi, The Guild and Tartan, and there's plenty to dig into. Of course you're welcome to think "Forgotten! Bah! Not at all", but please keep in mind that the world as such don't necessarily share our educated view on classic text games! The book is available in print form or, for the time being, a free pdf version - however, you're encouraged to donate a bit of money and I think you'll find it money well spent.

Finally, a nod to Stuart Williams' new blog, Eight Bit Adventurer which started recently but sounds very promising indeed.

All in all, it seems like the text adventure community is thriving. Let's make 2018 a good year for the genre.

Contributors: Alex, impomatic, Gunness, Alastair, Dorothy, iamaran

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