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Let's Play ZORK
« on: September 22, 2015, 10:13:02 AM »
Let's Play ZORK

Hello everybody, and welcome to our collective attempts at finishing the trilogy ZORK! ZORK is a trilogy of text-based adventure games made by Infocom, Inc.. The first game, ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire, was made in 1981, and that's the game we'll be playing. When we finish ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire, we'll move on to ZORK II: The Wizard of Frobozz, and after that, we'll be playing ZORK III: The Dungeon Master.

I don't want the usage of any guides here — we are to struggle through this game together. There surely are maps to be found, but we shall be making our own maps instead.

How will this work?
This will work by everyone agreeing to do one thing based on the updates I'll be posting. I myself haven't played the game either, so I shall be both a host and a player! Basically, we'll be collaborating and figuring out how to beat the game together on this one.

List of basic commands
  • [WEST/NORTHWEST/NORTH/NORTHEAST/EAST/SOUTHEAST/SOUTH/SOUTHWEST] — makes us go [WEST/NORTHWEST/NORTH/NORTHEAST/EAST/SOUTHEAST/SOUTH/SOUTHWEST]
  • LOOK — investigates an area
  • LOOK AT [OBJECT] — investigates an [OBJECT]
  • TAKE [OBJECT] — takes an [OBJECT], adding it to our INVENTORY
  • INVENTORY — gives a complete list of items found in our INVENTORY
  • SAVE — saves our adventure to the current save slot
  • RESTORE — restores our adventure from when the game was last saved from our current save slot
  • DIAGNOSIS — lists our current status

Some Recognised Verbs
ANSWER                     FOLLOW              SAY 
ATTACK                       GIVE                     SEARCH 
BLOW                          INFLATE                SHAKE 
BREAK                         JUMP                    SLIDE 
BURN                          KICK                     SMELL 
CLIMB                          KNOCK                STAY 
CLOSE                         LIGHT                    STRIKE 
COUNT                       LISTEN                  SWIM 
CROSS                        LOCK                    TAKE 
CUT                             LOOK                   TELL 
DEFLATE                      LOWER                 THROW 
DIG                              MOVE                   TIE 
DRINK                         OPEN                   TOUCH 
DROP                          POUR                    TURN 
EAT                              PRAY                     UNLOCK 
ENTER                         PULL                      WAKE 
EXAMINE                    PUSH                    WALK 
EXIT                             PUT                       WAVE 
EXTINGUISH               RAISE                    WEAR 
FILL                              READ                    WIND

This is the manual for the first game, ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire.

Every update will be posted with a lovely courier font as to emulate the old-school feeling of playing on a really old system.

Without further ado, let's begin.



ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire
Copyright (c) 1981, 1982, 1983 Infocom, Inc. All rights reserved.
ZORK is a registred trademark of Infocom, Inc.
Revision 88 / Serial number 840726

WEST OF HOUSE
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

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« Last Edit: September 23, 2015, 08:51:13 PM by Pi »

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 10:29:50 AM »
Open the mailbox. :')

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2015, 10:32:43 AM »
I think we're at a such a rudimentary position in the game that we don't really have so many options available to us. I want to open the mailbox too, but I'd like some more input before we do anything here.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2015, 10:40:13 AM »
take the mailbox

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2015, 02:28:44 PM »
eat mailbox
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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 02:31:39 PM »
eat mailbox
I don't think the game is going to recognise this as a valid command, though.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2015, 02:38:49 PM »
fine do what star said
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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2015, 02:46:33 PM »
but we can try it anyway!

These are the three outcomes that came from our commands:


>OPEN MAILBOX
Opening the mailbox reveals a small leaflet.



>TAKE MAILBOX
It is securely anchored.



>EAT MAILBOX
I don't think that the small mailbox would agree with you.


idk to me opening it is wiser, but I'm all ears
« Last Edit: September 22, 2015, 02:48:35 PM by Pi »

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2015, 03:26:18 PM »
Go inside mailbox and wait.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2015, 03:30:30 PM »
Look around the area surrounding this mailbox.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2015, 03:33:01 PM »
Look around for mail.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2015, 03:33:35 PM »
Look around the area surrounding this mailbox.
"LOOK AT MAILBOX" or something like that?

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2015, 03:36:34 PM »
Look around the area surrounding this mailbox.
"LOOK AT MAILBOX" or something like that?
Eh I change my input to "Look at leaflet"

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2015, 03:51:31 PM »
Look around the area surrounding this mailbox.
"LOOK AT MAILBOX" or something like that?
I don't know, the setting was

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an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.

so why not investigate it?

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2015, 03:52:59 PM »
Ah. Yes. Obviously.

Getting the update ready.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2015, 04:01:31 PM »

>ENTER MAILBOX
You hit your head against the small mailbox as you attempt this feat.




>LOOK AT LEAFLET
"WELCOME TO ZORK!

ZORK is a game of adventure, danger, and low cunning. In it you will explore some of the most amazing territory seen my mortals. No computer should be without one!"




>LOOK AT DOOR
The door is closed.

>LOOK AT HOUSE
The house is a beautiful colonial house which is painted white. It is clear that the owners must have been extremely wealthy.



I then tried various combinations of "LOOK AT FIELDS" but...


>LOOK AT FIELDS
I don't know the word "fields".

>LOOK AT FIELD
I don't know the word "field".

>LOOK AT OPEN FIELD
You used the word "open" in a way that I don't understand.



What gives, really?

By the way, there's apparently some score we have. At the moment, we have 0 out of 350 points.

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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2015, 04:42:14 PM »
jump
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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2015, 05:45:32 PM »
>JUMP
Are you enjoying yourself?

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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2015, 05:56:09 PM »
very
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Re: Let's Play ZORK
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2015, 05:57:56 PM »
I think that we should try leaving this screen and return when we find a key that could possibly unlock the door. If we are to move somewhere, where should we go?