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[BCAB] Text adventures Léonie Watson (29 Dec 2012 14:59 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Tiddy Ogg (29 Dec 2012 16:17 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu (29 Dec 2012 18:19 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Léonie Watson (29 Dec 2012 22:56 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (29 Dec 2012 23:09 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Agent Orange (29 Dec 2012 23:16 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (29 Dec 2012 23:20 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Agent Orange (30 Dec 2012 09:41 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu (30 Dec 2012 11:34 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Andrew Hodgson (30 Dec 2012 12:06 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu (30 Dec 2012 13:15 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Agent Orange (30 Dec 2012 15:09 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (30 Dec 2012 19:27 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Andrew Hodgson (30 Dec 2012 21:41 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu (31 Dec 2012 02:15 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Agent Orange (31 Dec 2012 14:51 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (31 Dec 2012 15:02 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Léonie Watson (31 Dec 2012 16:02 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Graham Page (30 Dec 2012 14:24 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu (30 Dec 2012 14:31 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (30 Dec 2012 19:29 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Agent Orange (31 Dec 2012 14:51 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Barry Toner (31 Dec 2012 09:21 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] Text adventures David Reynolds (29 Dec 2012 20:07 GMT)

Re: [BCAB] Text adventures Ibrahim Gucukoglu 30 Dec 2012 11:34 GMT

Hi.

The thing is, TADS and ZCode are two completely different systems, you cant
play Tads games with WinFrotz or vice versa.  The latest version of the HTML
TADS players kit is completely accessible with JAWS at least, and if you
want an alternative to WinFrotz which I've never been able to get working
with JAWS coincidentally, there's Filfre which is another fine interpreter.

All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message-----
From: Agent Orange
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:41 AM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

Hi David,

Sorry about my misunderstanding - I should have read the thread more
carefully.  Yes, from my own experience, Win Frotz is perhaps preferable to
WinTads in some respects.

Yes, Humbug is one of Graham Cluley's games.  I believe it was his follow up
to Jacaranda Jim (although that is not one I have played), and it's quite an
epic.  Wonderfully well written, and challenging but without the focus being
too much on having to guess the correct syntax or verb, but rather in
solving the puzzles.  It is played through a DOS box type window which is
read using a Windows screen reader such as JAWS.  I recall having some
difficulty installing it but once running it was a joy to play.  I didn't
finish it without the solution, but I got fairly close.

Phil

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Reynolds
Sent: 29 December 2012 23:20
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

Phil,

I'm happily playing the old infocom ones using winfrotz. I was making the
point that they probably wouldn't work in wintads.

What is humbug? Is it one of the Graham Cluley games.

Best,

David.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Agent Orange
Sent: 29 December 2012 23:16
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

Yes you can play Zork and other zcode text adventure games using an
interpreter called Win Frotz.  This uses SAPI voices to voice up text
displayed to the screen within the interpreter.  Plus there's a copy to
clipboard function within Win Frotz which enables you to review all the text
produced within your game session using your native screen reader.  You can
get details and download links from the Audio Games dot net website.  I
played it myself only a couple of months ago this way.

As others have already said, there is a rich world of text adventure games
out there including both the originals from the 1980s, plus much more recent
ones.  Two of my favourites include Worlds Apart and Humbug (these do not
use Win Frotz though).

Phil

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Reynolds
Sent: 29 December 2012 23:09
To: tink@tink.co.uk; 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

I don't think you'll be able to play some of the gems like hitchhiker and
the zork series. I'm glad wintads works well though. I remember writing some
games for it when it ran under dos, extremely versatile.
Best,

David.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Léonie
Watson
Sent: 29 December 2012 22:56
To: 'Ibrahim Gucukoglu'; 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

Thanks Tiddy, Ibrahim and David. I've just spent a very enjoyable afternoon
playing a WinTads game called Babel, and have several others lined up to
try.

Ibrahim, I had no idea people still made text adventures and/or interactive
fiction. I may well take you up on your kind offer of help offlist if I run
out of steam with the WinTads games.

Thanks again.

Léonie.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ibrahim Gucukoglu [mailto:ibrahim_gucukoglu@sent.com]
Sent: 29 December 2012 18:19
To: tink@tink.co.uk; BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Text adventures

Hi Leonie.

Ah, text adventures, my forte.  When you say back in the day, do you mean
the classics from the likes of Infocom or do you mean the modern IF
community created games?  It would probably be a better idea if you reply to
me off list as I don't know whether the BCAB list is meant for discussing
games, accessible or otherwise.

All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message-----
From: Léonie Watson
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2012 2:59 PM
To: bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk
Subject: [BCAB] Text adventures

Good afternoon,

I’d like to play some of the old text adventure style games from back in the
day. If anyone can point me in the direction of a good resource and/or
useful information for screen reader users, I’d really appreciate it.
Thanks.

Léonie.

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