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#1  Edited By jakeyjake

Hi guys -- longtime member but never really had the urge to post. I was reading Patrick's recent article about interactive fiction and remembered a desire to learn more about Inform7.

I decided to make my first project a high-flying adventure with the Giant Bomb Flight Club, featuring Vinny, Drew, Dave and a rapidly decending A-10 Warthog.

Try it out here:

http://iplayif.com/?story=https%3A//dl.dropbox.com/s/dqnmxlry48vy97o/Giant%2520Bomb%2520Flight%2520Club.zblorb

If you have any feedback, feel free to send along. If you'd like to see the source and maybe add to it, I'm happy to pass it along.

EDIT -- cooking up a new version with a "help" menu and more, should be available in the next few days. Thanks to everyone who has tried out the first version!

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#2  Edited By TyCobb

Your link scares me.

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#3  Edited By jakeyjake

zblorb is the format used for Inform7 text adventure output. I can understand the link being scary, but it's not a download -- it plays in the browser.

Read more about the format here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blorb

Apologies if that keeps anyone away from playing -- I don't have a better method of serving it (but open to suggestions).

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#4  Edited By bed

i tried killing Dave but it didn't let me, so this game gets a pass. i'ma mess around with it a little, but neat idea! i'll check back in when i'm done

edit: i'm kinda stuck, but y'all should try ejecting. it's pretty awesome

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#5  Edited By JJOR64

This is pretty neat. Trying it right now.

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#6  Edited By Xeirus

@jakeyjake: It's fun, but it reminds me why I hate text adventures.

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Cool but I"m bad at text adventures

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#8  Edited By jakeyjake

@AjayRaz: It's funny how tunnel-vision affects you when you make this kind of game -- killing these guys (at least, not in a plane crash) never occurred to me. Back to the code!

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#9  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

@jakeyjake said:

@AjayRaz: It's funny how tunnel-vision affects you when you make this kind of game -- killing these guys (at least, not in a plane crash) never occurred to me. Back to the code!

I messed around for a while, got the radio messed up, and then tried to punch Dave and take the wheel. About to give it another shot.

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#10  Edited By Sin4profit
>apply flaps
That's not a verb I recognise.

...well this game is broken.

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#11  Edited By RedRocketWestie

I gave Dave the HOTAS and now he won't give it back! Argh!

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#12  Edited By Brenderous

Pretty neat, although I tried a bunch of verbs for the eject switch before I realized you have to type "eject" only.

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#13  Edited By jakeyjake

@Sin4profit: Flaps! Damn, I missed including those. New version coming soon.

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#14  Edited By defe

I did it! Goodness, all of Vinny's talk about the fuel mixture threw me off. That was pretty funny. Good job!

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#15  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

This was my attempt. I think it went pretty poorly. I suck at text adventures. It is like 15+ years since I've played one:

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#16  Edited By chilibean_3

Pretty cool thing to put together, duder. I played with it a bit but I'll have to mess around with it when I have more time later.

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#17  Edited By SexyToad

I'm lost...

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#18  Edited By rpgee

For its basic functionality, it's pretty amusing. It may need a little bit more work, though.

Better textures, perhaps.

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#19  Edited By SexyToad

Well I crashed. The game was awesome though, nice job.

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#20  Edited By drewbert

Awesome! This is just the kind of ridiculous I can get behind.

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#21  Edited By Dagbiker

@TyCobb said:

Your link scares me.

If you click it, you will likely be eaten by a grue.

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#22  Edited By TheFakePsychic

YEAH! I survived!

It took glancing at the log MattyFTM posted to realize I could talk to Vinny/Drew/Dave, but then I figured it out! That was really clever, A+.

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#23  Edited By Phatmac

i was eaten by a grue :(

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#24  Edited By Dagbiker

@Phatmac said:

i was eaten by a grue :(

search the house for the lamp, always the first thing you need to do.

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#25  Edited By MyaSharona

Boy Drew, Vinny, and Dave are pretty uncooperative people. Remind me never to fly with them. =p

Also: great idea.very cool!

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#26  Edited By jakeyjake

@drewbert: Thanks for checking it out! Lots of great feedback in the thread -- I'm going to take another stab at it (adding a list of verbs per

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#27  Edited By SexyToad

Help should be a typable command.

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#28  Edited By Dagbiker

@jakeyjake said:

@drewbert: Thanks for checking it out! Lots of great feedback in the thread -- I'm going to take another stab at it (adding a list of verbs per

XYZZY

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#29  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

@jakeyjake said:

@drewbert: Thanks for checking it out! Lots of great feedback in the thread -- I'm going to take another stab at it (adding a list of verbs per

Don't take my comment about the lack of a help command personally. That was just me melodramatically dicking about in a text adventure. A help command would be useful, though.

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#30  Edited By cooljammer00

Yeah, not having a help list is pretty bad.

Not to mention you can't tell Vinny not to buy a racing wheel.

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#31  Edited By Dagbiker

@cooljammer00 said:

Yeah, not having a help list is pretty bad.

Not to mention you can't tell Vinny not to buy a racing wheel.

Planetfall never had a help list. infact it told you to buy the guide if you used help.

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#32  Edited By ArbitraryWater

Well this was pretty fantastic. I did figure it out on my second try though.

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#33  Edited By Darson

> wait for death 
I only understood you as far as wanting to wait.

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#34  Edited By Von

I ended up with the control panel, the altimeter and the eject switch in my inventory. Either that's part of this goofy game or someone needs to place them as scenery with the inform7 code.

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#35  Edited By falconpunch

My first text adventure!!!

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Eh, most common things like "use throttle" and "ask Vinny about Driver: San Fransisco" wont work.

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The first thing I typed: eject.

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#38  Edited By meaninoflife42

I survived (kind of.)

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#39  Edited By Getz

so is the point that you can't win?

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#40  Edited By Bourbon_Warrior

@MattyFTM: Haha I did that straight away without even trying

>turn on switch

(the eject switch) You flip the eject switch, blasting the cockpit hatch open and sending you, Dave, Vinny, and Drew flying out into the atmosphere. As you each stare at the ground quickly coming up from below, a new A-10 Warthog appears under you and you land in the middle of the open cockpit! Vinny is frantically flipping levers and switches.

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#41  Edited By defe

@Getz said:

so is the point that you can't win?

It's winnable. Just fairly oblique. Pay attention to the things the game mentions as time passes. Most of them, like the stuff about a racing wheel, is meaningless, but trying commands with that stuff is how I eventually found the solution.

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#43  Edited By zeushbien

@jakeyjake:

Can I ask how long it took you to make? Seems like a fun thing to try.

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#44  Edited By 1momosauky

>ask Whom do you want to ask?

>drew

What do you want to ask Drew for?

>what he is wearing

You can't see any such thing.

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#45  Edited By jakeyjake

@Twinsun: Maybe 10 hours off and on? The hardest part is guessing at what people will type in and trying to find an end state that isn't so obscure no one will get there.

I'm happy to share the source of the game if you (or anyone) is interested.

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#46  Edited By Liquidsolidus

I am completely clueless! My ideas are either to get the hatch open, somehow, or flip the switches in some sort of order, but I haven't been able to do either. I'll come back to it later on probably, and have a Benopause and get it first try.

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#47  Edited By BBAlpert

I'm completely stumped, as I feel like I've done as much as I can with everything that the game has told me about. All I can think of in terms of possible solutions is that maybe there's some other object that isn't specifically mentioned, and that you just need to know is there. Or maybe I just overlooked something that's been sitting right in front of me the whole time.

Process of elimination, things I have tried that yield results other than the default "you can't do that" messages:

  • Ask Drew/Dave/Vinny about hatch
  • Ask Drew/Dave about Dave/Drew
  • Flip switch on HOTAS
  • Flip fuel, battery, and inverter switches on control panel (in various sequences)
  • Flip switch on ejector
  • Eject
  • Examine Dave, Drew, Vinny, self, track IR, altimeter, control panel, hatch, ejector
  • Take control panel, altimeter, ejector switch
  • Give control panel, altimeter, ejector switch, HOTAS to Dave/Drew/Vinny

I can't think of anything else, really. Am I at least on the right track with any of that?

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#48  Edited By Dtat

I just wish any command did anything. great idea though! I'm terrible at playing text games. I imagine designing them would be nearly impossible.

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#49  Edited By defe

@BBAlpert said:

I'm completely stumped, as I feel like I've done as much as I can with everything that the game has told me about. All I can think of in terms of possible solutions is that maybe there's some other object that isn't specifically mentioned, and that you just need to know is there. Or maybe I just overlooked something that's been sitting right in front of me the whole time.

Process of elimination, things I have tried that yield results other than the default "you can't do that" messages:

  • Ask Drew/Dave/Vinny about hatch
  • Ask Drew/Dave about Dave/Drew
  • Flip switch on HOTAS
  • Flip fuel, battery, and inverter switches on control panel (in various sequences)
  • Flip switch on ejector
  • Eject
  • Examine Dave, Drew, Vinny, self, track IR, altimeter, control panel, hatch, ejector
  • Take control panel, altimeter, ejector switch
  • Give control panel, altimeter, ejector switch, HOTAS to Dave/Drew/Vinny

I can't think of anything else, really. Am I at least on the right track with any of that?

The important things are all in there except for one. There's one more thing you have to ask Dave about once you've made the necessary preparations.

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#50  Edited By Liquidsolidus

The only other real thing that sticks out to me is Vinny going on about the fuel mixture, but I haven't been able to work any commands regarding it :(