Making Text Adventure Games

As you can know now (or not – if you don’t know me), I took my degree of informatics in 1997, at the Kalman Kando Technical College in Budapest – my chosen theme was text adventure games. My thesis was born as a result of a plentiful half year’s development, and the very most of this work was the the programming of a PC adventure game called A babó („The Hobbit” – that is the Hungarian translation of the title of Tolkien’s classical novel), in Assembly, under DOS. (The game can be downloaded from here, but it is only in Hungarian; sorry; there is no English version, and there already will never be.) I made the written part of the thesis (besides the program) subsequently only in the last few weeks… It is somewhat like a documentation. But I hope that you can also read it as an essay or an article (you can find it in a PDF, too). It contains thirteen chapters, that can be navigated from the right-side menu bar, or the table of contents, see below.

The full title is: Practical Problems of Making Text Adventure Games. It consists of two independent, main parts (altogether 43 pages in the original).

1.) First Part: The General Know-How of Making Adventures

1.1.) Explaining the Idea of Adventure
1.2.) Adventure and Mythology
1.3.) The Computer Learns to Speak
1.4.) From the Words to the Sentences
1.5.) Labyrinth of Places Connected
1.6.) Roaming on the Map
1.7.) Becoming a Decorative Artist
1.8.) How to Find Something
1.9.) „Multiply and Increase”
1.10.) Tied to the Wheel of Time
1.11.) Some Good Advices and Possibilities

2.) Second Part: The Hobbit Camp is Going to the Computer

2.1.) The Description of the Game
2.2.) User Manual

 

Have a good time!

 

Robert Olessak (1997-2011)


  Making Text Adventure Games
08/28/2011
  
My thesis, written at the college, in an article (0.3 MB)
  

  A babó (The Hobbit)
09/01/2011
  
Interactive Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classical novel (1997)
  

  R. O.’s Thesis /1.
  
My diploma work…
  

  R. O.’s Thesis /2.
  
My diploma work…
  

  R. O.’s Thesis /3.
  
My diploma work with comments
  

  R. O.’s Thesis /4.
  
My diploma work with comments
  

  Absolute.hu
  
My former blog on Absolute.hu
  

Next: „Explaining the Idea of Adventure”

 

 

Explaining the Idea of Adventure

Adventure and Mythology

The Computer Learns  to Speak

From the Words to the Sentences

Labyrinth of Places Connected

Roaming on the Map

Becoming a Decorative Artist

How to Find Something

„Multiply and Increase”

Tied to the Wheel of Time

Some Good Advices and Possibilities

The Description of the Game

User Manual