Bring on the grues!

Nothing bike-related, but I figure that some of you are also nerds in your late 20s/30s, and would therefore appreciate hearing about this.

Last night, while stumbling about on the world wide interweb, I found:

The Zoom interpreter
The Interactive Fiction archive
Home of the Underdogs game site

What does this mean?

It means that right now, on my laptop, I can play:

– Zork I
– Zork II
– Zork III
– Beyond Zork
– Enchanter
– Sorcerer
– Spellbreaker

and a whole mess of Scott Adams IF games (Mystery Fun House, Pirate Adventure, ….)

Words cannot say how happy I am. My “Lost Treasures of Infocom” box set was literally the reason that I held off on installing Mac OS X — it only runs in Classic — and now I have my games again!

I can make this marginally bike-related by saying that all of the games plus the interpreter take up a whopping 6MB of space, and can provide hours of entertainment on the ferry or in hotel rooms.

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4 Responses to Bring on the grues!

  1. carolyn says:

    Damn, it took me a full day to beat Zork I. My skills! They are rusty and weak!

  2. xeger says:

    I am amused.
    I, am amused.
    I am amused?
    I am, amused.
    I am amused!

  3. Nathan says:

    What, no Bureaucracy? 🙂
    Did you ever beat that?
    -Nathan, once again in love with the Interweb.

  4. carolyn says:

    No, dammit, thanks — I’d managed to repress Bureaucracy. Ah well; back to therapy for me!
    I never did beat that game. I finally found the hints somewhere online in the late-90s (about 12 years after I *started* playing it), which was the only reason I was able to make it to the airport. After that, frankly, the game started to sorta suck. I think I used the hints to get through the airplane section, but then gave up for good.
    Zork Zero was still the most fun.

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