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For anyone that's genuinely interested in creating new adventures for the Atari 8-bit, you can certainly use AdventureWriter, but there are more modern alternatives available nowadays. These allow you to create an adventure on your Linux, Mac or Windows PC and deploy to a wide range of 8- and 16-bit platforms, including the Atari 8-bit and Atari ST.

 

First off, there's DAAD. This is a souped up version of PAWS, which is itself a souped up version of The Quill/AdventureWriter. Unfortunately, this only supports Atari ST at the moment. See https://github.com/daad-adventure-writer/daad.

 

Then there's PunyInform. This is a fine-tuned version of the standard Inform 6 library that makes it really easy to create Infocom-like games for a wide range of platforms, including the Atari 8-bit and Atari ST. It does have a steep learning curve, but it's worth the effort. I'm creating my first PunyInform game for PunyJam #1. The jam page has links to the library and there is now a PunyInform Discord server. Even if you're not interested in creating your own game, you may want to keep an eye on the jam for new games to play.

 

If you just want to create adventures to play in a browser, then you should try Adventuron. See this topic for many Adventuron links, see the Adventuron games on my itch.io home page to see the sort of games you can create or play and rate the Text Adventure Literacy Jam submissions.

 

For more on these and many, many other authoring systems, playing hints and tips, reviews, authoring questions and answers, competitions and more, see the intfiction forum.

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Hi Garry

 

I am Seeker of Magic.  I am Outside Cave.  I'm carrying an apple, a dry branch, a sharp knife.  I see an ugly troll scratching its crutch.

 

I'm terrible at these games-- maybe a hint, do I have what I need and am I in the right place?  Also is 'crutch' a misspelling or is that an Australia thing?

 

thank you

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'Crutch' is the correct spelling. Maybe it's an Aussie thing. Do you spell it as 'crotch'?

 

As you have a knife, try cutting the apple.

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14 hours ago, thank you said:

I'm carrying an apple, a dry branch, a sharp knife.

16 minutes ago, Garry said:

As you have a knife, try cutting the apple.

My first thought with the inventory above was to sharpen the branch with the knife. Especially with an itchy troll nearby!

Hmm.  I wonder what that says about me?  😀

 

 

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5 hours ago, StickJock said:

My first thought with the inventory above was to sharpen the branch with the knife. Especially with an itchy troll nearby!

Hmm.  I wonder what that says about me?  😀

 

 

You can actually do that, or at least try, and you'll get a sensible response.

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That's why I'm garbage at these games-- I swear I tried everything.  But I had only done PEEL APPLE and it suggested I shouldn't do that if I was going to eat it, so I ate it.  Then I went and ate 10 more and as luck would have it no giant worms in any of them :)

 

And yes in the US we have crotches...  here a crutch is the thing you stick under your arm so you can get around with a broken foot.  But I'm going to start using crutch your way.

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I just spent a few minutes looking up the difference between crutch and crotch (as in the groin, not the other usage). What fun. It looks like crutch is predominantly UK English, whereas crotch is American. Geez, you learn a lot when you write adventures. My current game in progress has a pirate theme, so I've been researching things like rum, rowboats, sailing ships and lighthouses during the golden age of piracy.

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