Text Adventures on the Next?

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JoeZX
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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby JoeZX » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:29 pm

Stupidget wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:23 pm
The 128 Hobbit remake is excellent. I'd love to play some of the Rainbird adventures but now with great graphics:

http://www.crashonline.org.uk/51/guild.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnLqcyUXRGU
yup .. something like this .. and wait for dat snowman.

Stupidget
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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Stupidget » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:39 pm

I suppose I'd better think about getting a Next before I get all excited about playing games on it :-)

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Alcoholics Anonymous » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:00 pm

JoeZX wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:29 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnLqcyUXRGU
yup .. something like this .. and wait for dat snowman.
.. and so easy to do on the next.

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby JoeZX » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:19 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:00 pm
.. and so easy to do on the next.
so trivial with 256 colors per pixel - choose any source, handmand paints, photos or this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl-34kvA5uo&t=2m22s

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby catventure » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:00 pm

Hi,
I'm a big fan of text adventure games too. I understand "Professional Adventure Writer" *may* be being developed for the Spectrum Next which is great news!
As an homage to the Gilsoft creators a while back I made a retro text adventure for creator for Windows only that works on similar principles to the popular 80's adventure writers: Quill/PAW/STAC or GAC utilities.
There are also a couple of manually converted Spectrum Text Adventures now that work on it as well.
Anybody interested can see more info (download; demo vids; manual/guide) at:
http://tab.thinbasic.com
Currently I am enjoying revisiting some classic oldies ZX text adventures via the Spectrum Next Emulator on my PC.

Regards,
catventure.
Author of "T.A.B.": a retro text adventure maker for Windows similar to 80's 8-bit adventure utilities like GAC, PAW or QUILL - Go To TAB Page

Celebaglar
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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Celebaglar » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:31 pm

One obvious thing to do would be to port/develop some of the interpreters available for most platforms to play the various game formats (TADS, Z-code, Magnetic Scrolls, Level 9 etc.). The vast majority of these are open source and can be either ported or used as inspiration for NEXT versions.

Aside from the old commercial games from the likes of L9, Infocom and MS, there have been many text adventures (or Interactive Fiction titles) produced since the 80's, some of superlative quality and the vast majority available for free.

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Stupidget » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:43 am

catventure wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:00 pm
Hi,
I'm a big fan of text adventure games too. I understand "Professional Adventure Writer" *may* be being developed for the Spectrum Next which is great news!
As an homage to the Gilsoft creators a while back I made a retro text adventure for creator for Windows only that works on similar principles to the popular 80's adventure writers: Quill/PAW/STAC or GAC utilities.
There are also a couple of manually converted Spectrum Text Adventures now that work on it as well.
Anybody interested can see more info (download; demo vids; manual/guide) at:
http://tab.thinbasic.com
Currently I am enjoying revisiting some classic oldies ZX text adventures via the Spectrum Next Emulator on my PC.

Regards,
catventure.
Loving this App CatVenture. very easy to use. Do you think that we would be able to integrate images made in Illustrator (for example) into Tab and then have the entire Adventure exported and working in Next? I know it quite a lot to ask :-)

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby catventure » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:22 am

Glad you like it! If you can capture the images, resize them and convert into a format acceptable to TAB (.bmp, .png, .jpg or .gif) I do not see why not.

TAB might be of interest to those Spectrum enthusiasts/authors who would enjoy the challenge of writing text adventures, particularly those who are familar to using the Spectrum PAW/Quill makers and/or who may be seeking a medium to convert, rewrite or extend existing Spectrum adventures to run on Windows - without use of an emulator.

When you have the UNPAW'ed/UNQuilled game sources, and with a little work, many of these sorts of homegrown text masterpieces can be "transferred" to work with TAB for the PC without too much trouble - since the coding language cond/acts are quite similar...

However, I think it may appeal more to 'home-brewed' adventure makers esp. those who dabbled with Spectrum utilities like the Quill, PAW or GAC in the eighties. With some thought, games made with those could be converted to run under TAB fairly easily.

The fun part would be in embellishing the story, adding more user friendly inputs, including extra details, expanding the text, more responses, possibly adding some atmospheric sound effects, background music etc... etc...

Export - no. The TAB has similar conditions and actions to Quill/PAW that do the same thing as you will have found, but there are many, many more new ones too.
The programs are not compatible in a few other areas as well.

However, since you can print out all the adventure data lists, and with some thought, you could probably re-code a game manually into the new PAW for the Next if or when it becomes available because of the similarity of the 'condacts' - so that is a distinct probability. Although, as said above, I think it 'easier' the other way round; to convert or remake an existing Quill/PAW adventure into TAB.
Author of "T.A.B.": a retro text adventure maker for Windows similar to 80's 8-bit adventure utilities like GAC, PAW or QUILL - Go To TAB Page

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Mezek-CZ » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:55 am

Text adventures were my favorite, however back then I wasn't fluent in english, so I played czech games like Indiana Jones I-III from Fuxoft or Exoter.
Now I don't have any handicap and can play english games as well, can anyone recommend me some?

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Re: Text Adventures on the Next?

Postby Stupidget » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:43 am

Mezek-CZ wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:55 am
Text adventures were my favorite, however back then I wasn't fluent in english, so I played czech games like Indiana Jones I-III from Fuxoft or Exoter.
Now I don't have any handicap and can play english games as well, can anyone recommend me some?
The Hobbit is an all time classic and Lord of The Rings is great. LoTR was painfully slow on the original speccy but can be sped up when played on modern emulators. For modern Adventure Games you could download some from Zenobi Software who have 100's of great adventures:

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... i+Software$

Other great adventures are:

Sherlock
Any Level 9 Adventure
Rainbird Adventures, but, these are text only
Terrors of Trantos
Valhalla
Oracles Cave

Here is list of ALL Text Adventure on World of Spectrum with a score higher than 7:

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... loadpics=0

Happy Adventuring :-)


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