intfiction.org

The Interactive Fiction Community Forum
It is currently Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:00 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:13 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:45 pm
Posts: 3
This forum is the only place I know of where there's even a slight chance of getting an answer to this.

HAUNT was a strange game from the very early days of text adventures (the author hadn't seen Zork). It was written by John Laird, then a graduate student at CMU, on a PDP-10 in a long-forgotten language called OPS-4.

A page linked by the Wikipedia article has this comment:

Quote:
It was similar to the original Adventure but set in a haunted house. The fun of the game was in the great, weird writing. It was like horror-movie cliches and this amazing sense of humor. The rampaging moose... the cube of LSD... the monster on a slab... the elevator... the bus... the wine cellar that went on forever...

It's not very easy to find a playable version: the only way I know of to play it is to run this PDP-10 emulator. When you finally get it running, you're greeted with a long story about a man whose wife was killed by a rampaging moose, who then built a mansion on the spot, filled it with treasure, and never came out. The mansion is supposedly cursed so that only the man's child (who was, as an afterthought, "stolen by gypsies") will be able to spend the night there without going insane.

You begin in a forest, at a bus stop. You have to wait for a bus to arrive. The bus takes you to a gate in a wall around the haunted property, and you then follow the wall until you come to a place with a speaker and microphone, which allow you to communicate with a crusty fellow who won't let you in until you answer his questions (things like "What will permanently rob Superman of his powers" and "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow").

I bogged down here for a while, but I just managed to answer one of the questions and will try to explore the rest of the game. In the meantime, I wonder if anyone here has played this, or heard about it...?


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:34 pm
Posts: 5252
Location: Burlington, VT
I haven't played it but it looks like Jason Dyer, who plays early adventure games, should be coming up on it sometime--he counts it as a 1980 game and he's working on 1980 right now.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:03 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:45 pm
Posts: 3
matt w wrote:
I haven't played it but it looks like Jason Dyer, who plays early adventure games, should be coming up on it sometime--he counts it as a 1980 game and he's working on 1980 right now.

WOW, that site is fascinating. It looks like a more specialized, and, within that specialization, much more comprehensive version of Jimmy Maher's excellent Digital Antiquarian project. For example, this is the first time I ever heard that there existed a pre-Crowther text parser game. So thanks for the link, and I'll watch to see what he has to say about HAUNT.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:18 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:01 am
Posts: 170
Quote:
So thanks for the link, and I'll watch to see what he has to say about HAUNT.


It shouldn't be too long. I'm going to be getting back to Quarterstaff, then two other 1980 games (one longish, one shortish), and then HAUNT is next after those two, although I've also got a wild card I might toss in depending.


Top
 Profile Send private message  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group