Interactive Fiction

“Interactive fiction tells you the beginning of a story. Then it puts you in charge and lets you decide what your character should do.”

 Emily Short

LESSSON 0 – Playing Interactive Fiction

Go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition and play  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for about 2 minutes. Then come back here and read the hints below.

A Few Hints to get you started:

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
1 House – Turn on the light, get up, and get rid of your headache with the analgesic and then get outside and don’t let the bulldozer demolish your house by lying down in front of it.

2 PUB – Go with Ford to the pub and have some beer. You may want to feed the dog a sandwich and Kill Prosser afterwards. And then press the green button on the device Ford drops.

3 VOGON Hold –
You are on your own from this point forward ….

…. or use a walkthrough –> HGTTG – walkthrough <–

 

A map of the game HGTTG

A map of the game HGTTG

map-3

Later on in the game

 

Keep playing HGTTG if you want ….

OR go to http://pot.home.xs4all.nl/infocom/ and play  Zork 1:

A Few Hints to get you started:

Zork 1
1 – Get the Jewel-Encrusted Egg, Glass Bottle, Sword, Lantern (don’t waste its power), and Rope.

2 – There is a suspicious rug in the living room (look under it). Be sure to kill the Troll.
3 – “Save” before fighting (no point walking around wounded) so you can restore if needed. “Diagnose” will tell you your health.

4 – In the Maze you can always recover anything stolen.
5 – Whatever you do, don’t disturb the skeleton. Unless, of course, you want bad things to happen to you.
6 – After getting the coins you can scare the Cyclops away by saying “Ulysses”. Then Go NORTHWEST and DROP COINS (trust me) then go back
SOUTHEAST. Save.

7 – GIVE EGG TO THIEF and immediately go DOWN and NORTHWEST. TAKE COINS, then go SOUTHEAST, EAST, and EAST. OPEN CASE and PUT TREASURE IN CASE.

At this point, you should have one of nineteen treasures in the case: “A leather bag of coins.”
You are on your own from this point forward ….

…. Or use a walkthrough –> zork_I – walkthrough <–

Z1_Above_Ground_original

An above ground map of Zork 1

Z1_GUE_original Z1_Maze_original

 

 Writing your own interactive fiction

INFORM 7
A great program to use to write interactive fiction (often written as just “IF”) is Inform 7.  It is free to use and you can download it from here – http://inform7.com/download/

PLAYFIC
However, you can also use a web based platform to write your IF  the website http://playfic.com  Just create a free account.  If you are new to IF and want to play through a great tutorial check out http://playfic.com/games/cooper/tutorial

GETTING HELP
Before we go much further you should check out two resources (if you haven’t already).
1 – I strongly encourage you to create an account at the intfiction forum – http://www.intfiction.org/forum/

2 – Here is a cheat sheet of commands.  For example you can just use the letter ‘x’ instead of the word examine. – http://pr-if.org/doc/play-if-card/play-if-card.html

3 – Here is a very condensed beginners guide.  It has some great tips (check out 2.2 Understand) – http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beginner%27s_Guide_to_Interactive_Fiction_with_Inform_7/Getting_Started_with_Inform_7

Or go on to LESSON 1 ………

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *