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by Richard Bos
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: The Twelve Days Of Christmas by Zenobi Software ..
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: The Twelve Days Of Christmas by Zenobi Software ..

As Dave is saying, it's not too complicated to extract a list of all locations (including how they're connected), items, verbs, nouns etc., and if you wee so inclined, you could probably sit down and code the game in BASIC if you're fairly proficient in that language. But I think it would be a lot ...
by Richard Bos
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Infocom adventure game run on PC using Windows FRONZ
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Re: Infocom adventure game run on PC using Windows FRONZ

Also, there are at least two versions of Windows Frotz, one of which is called WinFrotz. I think they're separate ports of the original Frotz code to Windows, not branches of the same project, but I could be mistaken. And then, of course, there are all the other Windows ZMachines. Filfre and Nitfol ...
by Richard Bos
Sun May 29, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: It's all fun and games
Topic: Adventure Challenge
Replies: 461
Views: 29757

Re: Adventure Challenge

Mr Creosote wrote:Since things have been turning a little complicated lately (normal effect in such a game), I'll try to tune it down a little. This hint translates pretty much directly into the title you're looking for!
Wot, "Greeting Bird"?
by Richard Bos
Thu May 12, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: It's all fun and games
Topic: Adventure Challenge
Replies: 461
Views: 29757

Re: Adventure Challenge

impomatic wrote:Here you go :)
Witches' Cauldron?
by Richard Bos
Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: It's all fun and games
Topic: Adventure Challenge
Replies: 461
Views: 29757

Re: Adventure Challenge

Alex wrote:it sounds like:
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What, "insufficient material"?
by Richard Bos
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Classics
Topic: Searching for Adventure Game
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: Searching for Adventure Game

DominateMind wrote:This was a text only adventure with no graphics as far as I remember and no other characters were present. It takes place in a house or mansion. So far the obvious house/mansion games have not been the one I'm seeking.
Any idea which system this ran on?
by Richard Bos
Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2081

Re: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers

Oh, Giant Killer looks like an excellent suggestion - never tried it, so would make for an ideal teamwork project. Thanks! Note that it comes with manuals for both student and teacher, the latter containing some pretty clear hints on the way forwards and how to solve the problems. I don't recall wh...
by Richard Bos
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2081

Re: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers

What's my best bet if I'd like a game with brief descriptions but a good vocab and parser . You're Danish, right? I don't know how appropriate the language is for your daughter (I find such matters hard to judge), but this one was aimed partly at English children and she should at least recognise t...
by Richard Bos
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers
Replies: 14
Views: 2081

Re: Best beginner's game in English for non-native speakers

What about a multiple choice game like Danger Mouse in Black forest Chateau . It's not needed to understand every word and it is easier to solve because one can choose a command rather than having to write it oneself. Even without understanding every word you get a general idea of what you are doin...
by Richard Bos
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 2399

Re: My Adventure-Writing Self-Challenge

pippa wrote:OK. But I should warn you, it'll be the same plotless treasure hunt I tried to write in the eighties.
So... how's it going? Is it going at all? Does it need testing? I'll be happy to tear into it... or heap praise on it, as may be!
by Richard Bos
Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Pirate by Chalksoft
Replies: 2
Views: 1130

Re: Pirate by Chalksoft

In the synopsis for Pirate it mentions 'using the red function keys to enter your instructions.' I can see how you can do this on a BBC but how do you do it on a Spectrum? A short attempt at the Spectrum version indicates that you steer the ship using the cursor keys. Well, that's what you're told ...
by Richard Bos
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Phipps/Toms system
Replies: 15
Views: 3022

Re: Phipps/Toms system

Gunness wrote:Aye, 'tis a sorry state of affairs indeed!
But fear not, for a message to the site's owner has been dispatched forthwith :)
The Timeline link is still AWOL. If you've lost the file, a TZX version is available from WoS - though they call it Time-Line, with a hyphen.
by Richard Bos
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Phipps/Toms system
Replies: 15
Views: 3022

Re: Phipps/Toms system

I don't think this system directly inspired the Quill; AFAICT it and the Quill got their inspiration from the same article by Ken Reed in Practical Computing, August 1980. They are, therefore, brothers or cousins rather than parent and child. Mind you, I've never seen that article. (There's a link ...
by Richard Bos
Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Phipps/Toms system
Replies: 15
Views: 3022

Re: Phipps/Toms system

By the way, I'm a bit puzzled by Greedy Gulch. According to the packaging, it was written "with a machine coded English command line scanner for fast word recognition". But Toms' system was written in BASIC, right? Yes, odd, that. It does load as if it were machine code, but it loads that code file...
by Richard Bos
Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Site feedback & announcements
Topic: Phipps/Toms system
Replies: 15
Views: 3022

Re: Phipps/Toms system

Richard, I reckon that anything that inspired The Quill is worthy of consideration. Do you know the name of the book? I don't think this system directly inspired the Quill; AFAICT it and the Quill got their inspiration from the same article by Ken Reed in Practical Computing, August 1980. They are,...