Text-adventure interview with Zork co-creator


23 Responses to “Text-adventure interview with Zork co-creator”

  1. Boundegar says:

    I loved Zork, back in the 80s.  But I don’t think I want to go back and play it again.

  2. David Martin says:

    I thought they’d been eaten by a grue!

  3. Jim says:

    I used to have a “Move The Rug!” bumpersticker. I’m glad this version missed no tricks:

    >move Dave

    >That would be less than courteous.

    These guys should have gotten this award long ago.

  4. benher says:

    So great!! It’s posts like this that hooked me on BB a long time ago; otherwise I’d lose track of all this great stuff.

  5. yupgiboy says:

    Wow, that took me waaaaaaay back. I’m actually proud of myself that I remembered most of the general commands. That was lots of fun. :)

  6. klotz says:

    MLB and Lebling originally wrote it in MDL, which bears a striking resemblance to Clojure.


  7. Henry Pootel says:

    Zork was probably the first “clone” game really.  It’s pretty similar in style and approach to the original Adventure game.  I guess having come into gaming via playing Adventure (XYZZY and all that) on a Teletype terminal, Zork just seemed a copy of an already great game.

  8. noah django says:

    never played zork.  I’m stuck.

  9. SamSam says:

    I’m a little confused as to why I’m in a field West of the house, yet the door to the house is North of me.

    Maybe it’s a really big house?

  10. Wizard_of_Frobozz says:

    Thanks Chris, for spending the time to create this!  I played and completed most of the Infocom text adventures when they were new, and I think I still have the hand-drawn maps that I made to help me through them.  A college friend and I would often buy the same game, then give each other hints on solved puzzles if asked.

    People who haven’t played Zork might want to try typing “xyzzy” and “plugh” for examples of authentic, old-time Infocom humor.

    Thanks, Marc, Dave, and Steve for many hundreds of hours of great fun!

  11. Lobster says:


  12. Hamish Grant says:

    love it.  350/350 would play again

  13. I loved those infocom games and had lots of fun playing with them. And now I feel old.

  14. Ed O'Connor says:

    Although you can play them online, I think you can buy the original versions of Zork on GOG.com.

  15. SKR says:

    bravo, this reminded me of my first computer game, Pyramid 2000. While not Zork, it was a text based adventure and it was on a cassette tape. That’s right kids, once upon a time games came of cassette tapes. Because of games like Zork I ended up ignoring my studies to program MUDs in college. Ahh good times.

  16. raytube says:

    Well done.  even carried over the old 
    ‘XYZZY’  command…

  17. elusis says:

    Aw, I have no tea.

  18. class_enemy says:

    >ask dave about Cornerstone

    There is no reply.

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