SiriusHardware
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Text Adventures

Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:29 am

Spin-off from a thread in Programming/Python:-

Does anyone else have fond memories of the old text-adventure genre as typified by the likes of Scott Adams (The Count) and Infocom (Zork, and too many other great games to mention) in the USA, and Artic (Adventure A, B, C, D) Level 9 (Snowball, Lords Of Time) and 'Magnetic Scrolls' (Guild Of Thieves, Jinxter) in the UK?

Are there any decent text-adventures in the repo? I know about Beneath A Steel Sky, Flight Of The Amazon Queen - they are excellent examples of the later 'graphic adventure' genre and I love those as well, but it's text adventures I'm looking for at the moment.

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Re: Text Adventures

Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:42 am

Hi,

for playing, e.g., Zork I have found the post at http://kimondo.co.uk/play-zork-on-the-raspberry-pi/.

The installation is done (as root) with these lines:

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    apt-get install -y frotz
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork1.zip
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork2.zip
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork3.zip
    unzip zork1.zip -n -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork1/
    unzip zork2.zip -n -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork2/
    unzip zork3.zip -n -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork3/
    rm zork1.zip
    rm zork2.zip
    rm zork3.zip
These are actually the installation steps made by the >>RetroPie Setup script<<, which also allows the installation of Frotz with the most recent update ;-).
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Re: Text Adventures

Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:17 pm

The classic Colossal Cave Adventure is included in the bsdgames package.

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sudo apt-get install bsdgames
To start

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adventure
I have fond memories of playing this one as well as the Zork series, Hitchhiker's Guide, Dragonworld, Amazon, The Hobbit, and numerous others. But this one is the first text adventure I ever played and has always stood out.

There's an excellent article about "Adventure" here:
http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vo ... 00009.html

Since it was based on a real location they were able to go there and take pictures of some of the "rooms" featured in the game. Good stuff! :D

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Re: Text Adventures

Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:44 pm

I have Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy available here

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wget -U midori http://www.raspians.com/uploads/hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy.zip
unzip hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy.zip -n -d /home/pi/
There are 2 z files you can run hhgg.z3 and HITCHHIK.DAT not sure what the differences are but worth a try.

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Re: Text Adventures

Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:30 am

All of Scott Adams games are here in .z5 format

http://www.ifarchive.org/indexes/if-arc ... zcode.html

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Re: Text Adventures

Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:10 pm

Have you considered emulators?

I just ordered a Pi specifically to make a dedicated ZX Spectrum emulator, but you should be able to get practically 8-bit machine up and running, and probably 16-bit machines too.

I have spectrum emulators on my Nintendo DS and Xbox, but I'm making a dedicated machine with a Pi specifically to have a compact machine with a keyboard, mostly so I can easily play text adventures.

If you go the emulator route, you will have literally hundreds of text adventures to choose from.

To get started, I recommend pretty much anything by Infocom, and the 'Silicon Dreams' trilogy.

Of course, now that this type of game is 'obsolete', most of them are quite old and have solutions online if you get stuck :D

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Re: Text Adventures

Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:28 pm

a few years later... anyone play Sierra On Line's Kings Quest and Space Quest series with extremely blocky EGA graphics - and of course their infamous relation "Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards" - possibly the best named game EVER
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Re: Text Adventures

Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:50 pm

petrockblog wrote:Hi,

for playing, e.g., Zork I have found the post at http://kimondo.co.uk/play-zork-on-the-raspberry-pi/.

The installation is done (as root) with these lines:

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    apt-get install -y frotz
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork1.zip
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork2.zip
    wget -U firefox http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/zork3.zip
    mkdir -p /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork1/
    mkdir -p /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork2/
    mkdir -p /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork3/
    unzip -n zork1.zip -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork1/     <----------- corrected the position of the -n flag
    unzip -n zork2.zip -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork2/     <----------- corrected the position of the -n flag
    unzip -n zork3.zip -d /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork3/     <----------- corrected the position of the -n flag
    rm zork1.zip
    rm zork2.zip
    rm zork3.zip
then, to play the original Zork

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cd  /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/zmachine/zork1/DATA
frotz ZORK1.DAT
These are actually the installation steps made by the >>RetroPie Setup script<<, which also allows the installation of Frotz with the most recent update ;-).
Tweaked a little to work 'standalone' on my September Wheezy build...

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Re: Text Adventures

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:46 pm

Hey guys,
You're making this much harder than it needs to be.

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$>sudo apt-get install gargoyle-free
... - and you're done! Gargoyle will play most text adventures (all the ones mentioned so far).

Read on if you want moar

The text adventure (now mostly called 'interactive fiction') community is alive and well. Zork is in the database:
http://ifdb.tads.org/
and any of the Infocom, Level 9, Magnetic Scrolls, et al games will run under Gargoyle if you can find them (legally of course), but I suggest trying some of the more recent 'amateur' games (I use speech marks because the best of these are at least as professional as the Infocom / Activision / Magnetic Scrolls games (and much more so than Scot Adams').

Anything 4 stars and up could be considered 'pro.':
http://ifdb.tads.org/search?searchfor=r ... arch+Games

If you need a refresher on how to play / or an introduction for those that aren't 'of a certain age' as Liz put it, then Dreamhold is a friendly tutorial game that holds your hand a bit and gets you started without compromising the gameplay:
http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=3myqnrs64nbtwdaz
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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:23 am

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to answer - there are a lot of options there that I didn't know about. I was rummaging in my loft earlier and found my collection of Infocom games in Atari ST format, some of which I bought while they were still available but never got around to playing properly - 'TRINITY' being one such.

They are all on Atari ST specific format discs (only in later versions of the ST operating system did Atari move to using a DOS-compatible floppy format), but luckily I still have my original, working, mothballed ST that I can use to read the game discs with - if they are still readable after all this time.

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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:31 am

SN wrote:a few years later... anyone play Sierra On Line's Kings Quest and Space Quest series with extremely blocky EGA graphics - and of course their infamous relation "Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards" - possibly the best named game EVER
Certainly the most alliterative. :-)

Off topic a little here because we're now talking about the next genre, the graphic adventure, but...

I was actually never so much a fan of the Sierra Games, with one exception - the original 'Gabriel Knight' game, which I found extremely creepy and atmospheric. The main difference between Sierra games and LucasArts (far more to my liking) was that Sierra games were liable to kill you simply for moving east, west, north or south, without any prior hint or warning - Sierra were much too fond of 'sudden death' traps.

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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:04 pm

You could try a emulator for example for the zx spectrum then download some spectrum text adventure games.

The book in inventwithpython

Has the beginnings of a text adventure

http://inventwithpython.com/
specifically
http://inventwithpython.com/chapter6.html

Which has the scope that as a community we could develop one in python using this as the basis.

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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:11 pm

You could try a emulator for example for the zx spectrum then download some spectrum text adventure games.

The book in inventwithpython

Has the beginnings of a text adventure

http://inventwithpython.com/
specifically
http://inventwithpython.com/chapter6.html

Which has the scope that as a community we could develop one in python using this as the basis.

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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:32 pm

That one is a 'multiple choice' adventure without even the beginnings of a text parser -- really more of a demonstration of functions in Python. This topic is a spin-off of an earlier topic/thread regarding programming a simple text adventure in the Python forum (http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 32&t=18485). Fun idea, though. :)

Here we're discussing how to play / where to find text adventures on the RPi.

While I was trying to see if any modern IF players like Gargoyle support the old Telarium graphic text adventures (seems an emulator may be necessary for those) I found this site:

CASA - The Classic Adventures Solution Archive (http://solutionarchive.com/)

There are no games for download ("apart from a few bug-fixed ones") but it includes maps, hints, and solutions for thousands of text adventures. It's nice how you can list them by company name -- for example I was able to quickly find all the Telarium games: http://solutionarchive.com/list/company%2C13/

And those all have solutions available -- nice if you get stuck somewhere. :mrgreen: I may have to go back and finish them just in case I didn't on the C64 back in the day. I really can't remember ... :oops:

Also it's nice how you can list games created using a particular system. For example, the Infocom games: http://solutionarchive.com/list/system%2C5/

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Re: Text Adventures

Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:44 pm

Just finished playing 'Gun Mute' on my Pi (under gargoyle). Who'd have thought that so much could be possible with (mostly) just the one command ('shoot ...') - awesome game - who can say no to a post-apocalyptic western?
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Re: Text Adventures

Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Noob question. I just got my Pi. Set it up, installed, even managed to grab Gargoyle which runs fine.

Now to the data files. I have a bunch of .z5, .z8 and .DAT files, some of which I wrote myself (I'm on the ifdb.tads.org with two games.)

All info so far shows how to download .zip files from remote web locations. But how do I simply copy my .z* files to my Raspberry Pi, perhaps through the SD card somehow...?

I could access the .z* files online (since I also have the ones I wrote on my web site).

Thanks!

Sean.

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Re: Text Adventures

Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:19 pm

Copy them to a USB stick, insert the USB stick in your RPi, mount it (the Raspbian GUI includes an automounter) and copy them from there.
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