Wednesday, May 15, 2013
As a kid, I loved Infocom games. For me, like many, the Zork trilogy was my introduction to interactive computer fiction. I first played Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz at the California University of Pennsylvania computer lab in February1982. I was there for a boy scout banquet and I started talking to one of the lab techs. It turned out that he was a Dungeons & Dragons player like myself, and he asked me if I'd ever played any of the Zork games. I said, "No", so he loaded Zork II on an Apple IIe to show me. I was hooked. I bought all three for my Commodore 64 and had hours and hours of fun. No graphics, just my imagination. I fought the wiley thief. I died flying in the balloon. I travelled in time. And of course, I got eaten by a Grue many, many times. I played almost every game Infocom published. Fun times. Now, I can write my own Interactive fiction using Inform. I need to get moving on that.