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those damn grues

I had planned on doing plenty of blogging, tonight, but I got sidetracked.

See, I was on Google looking for something and suddenly I found myself in the kitchen of a white house, holding a sack that contained a clove of garlic.

There was a passage to the west and a dark staircase to the east. I was daring and tried the staircase.


I've got to fight my way out of a chasm now. Back later.

If I don't get eaten by a grue, that is.

Update for Alex: [Sorry, here's the link to the game]


Boy, does that bring back memories!

holy crap she's a mudder too!


Watch out for the little twisty passages.

Zork is love.

No, Kevin. Zork is God.

Well, and maybe love, too.

Michele, you didn't eat that sandwich already, did you?

Where's the link, dammit?!?!?!?

Michele, for the love of God, DON'T GO UP THE STAIRCASE!!!!

Shades of Advent/Adventure/Colossal Cave, or whatver it was called back then. It always asked when you said "kill thing" with "With what, your bare hands?" Turned out that the answer to that question was YES when facing the green dragon.
"Congratulations, you've just killed a fierce green dragon with your bare hands. Amazing, isn't it?"


"You are inside a building, a well house for a large spring. "

One other thing: XYZZY.

Damn! I read this post before Michele added the link. I didn't know she was talking about an on-line version; I thought she'd just unearthed her old Infocom disks.

The leaflet in the mailbox says that someone translated Zork into Fortran IV. That man is a Geek God.

Hello, Sailor!

The original "adventure" - collossal cave - WAS written in Fortran IV. I use to have a listing of the source code.

You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.

Too bad that was just Zork, and not the REAL original "dungeon" (yeah, it was called that -- though we usually called it dungeo since the system only recognized 6 letters for input) which was broken into pieces and released commercially as Zork.

In response to Brent: the real original dungeo was originally called Zork. We renamed it to dungeon for no good reason, then renamed it back because we liked "Zork" better and the Dungeons and Dragons guy wanted to sue us for trademark infringement.
Boy, none of us ever expected to read about Zork 26 years after we wrote it.

Don't forget your grue repellant!