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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:10 am 
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Hi

I'm very glad I found this forum.
I'd like to know the best way to play interactive fiction on Linux Ubuntu.
I've tried installing a few softwares, but have not had much luck. Some of the install criteria and systems are pretty advanced for me.

I'd like a program that allows me to change font, size and also colours for more comfortable reading.

Any suggestions from Linux users in here?

Thanks :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:30 am 
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For zmachine games, I just use frotz in an xterminal. Most have a way to change the font and make it larger.

For Gargoyle (gargoyle-free) under Linux, you can edit ~/.garglkrc and set the font size, scroll bar size, etc. Gargoyle plays ulx, gblorb, and z games.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:29 am 
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Lectrote (https://github.com/erkyrath/lectrote/releases) has a Linux build ready to do, although I'm relying on Electron's binary so I don't know exactly what it's compatibile with. Big clunky app but it has font and color prefs.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:46 am 
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zarf wrote:
Lectrote (https://github.com/erkyrath/lectrote/releases) has a Linux build ready to do, although I'm relying on Electron's binary so I don't know exactly what it's compatibile with. Big clunky app but it has font and color prefs.


Looks like it handles blorb, z-code, glulx, hugo, and ink (however z-code files with .dat extensions are not recognized by file->open so you'll need to rename them to .z5 or .z8 or whatever).

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ztext (z-code text editor) loads but doesn't respond well. I'm thinking ztrek and bureaucracy might also have some issues with their non-standard formatting as well, but I've yet to try those.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:21 pm 
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I always use Gargoyle, it plays most any IF.


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There's a list of interpreters here:

http://ifwiki.org/index.php/Interpreter

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You could also use frotz inside cool-retro-term (https://github.com/Swordfish90/cool-retro-term) to get some old school flavor.

A Youtube video showing off how it looks (I did have to tweak some settings to get more columns by changing the width of the font in edit->settings):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQDNjiYK-TQ

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And a screenshot of frotz in cool-retro-term:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:09 am 
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MysticReverie wrote:
Hi

I'm very glad I found this forum.
I'd like to know the best way to play interactive fiction on Linux Ubuntu.
I've tried installing a few softwares, but have not had much luck. Some of the install criteria and systems are pretty advanced for me.

I'd like a program that allows me to change font, size and also colours for more comfortable reading.

Any suggestions from Linux users in here?

Thanks :)


I do most of my playing and creating on a Raspberry Pi (Mint and LXDE), I use Frotz for playing. On Windows (7) I use Frotz and also Glulx. :)


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I need to dig up one of my serial terminals and take some photos of Frotz displaying to one of those. Loads of fun!

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