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I've seen some IRC activity lately, and had an idea for how to make it more interesting. We are a game making community, and RMXP isn't the only tool around to make RPG's.

Way back over fifteen years ago, some of the most popular RPG's were completely text based. You would be in a command line operating system, and you would interact with the game world by entering commands (for an example, see this web-based version of a classic). This interface could translate well into IRC.

Using something like PircBot, it can be fairly simple to create an interactive robot that could serve to play a game with. The best part is that the required skillset is fairly small: You need to be able to do some simple programming (assuming you can get a text parser, which is much harder to program), and you need to be able to write.

If there is enough interest, I could look into building a basic framework for IRC robots that could interpret a set of text files. Sort of an RPG Maker IRC if you will.

Maybe this will become a new thing. Maybe it won't. It's up to you. Text-based RPG's can be simple and rewarding.

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I'm kind of confused by what you mean. Confused

You mean something like wolfhunt, but in the IRC? Or, I dunno, that zork website made no sense, it kept saying "I don't understand"

But I'm up for any online games you have in mind :D

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double posted Frown

Still readin the tutorial thing, maybe by the end of it, I'll having a bot game thingy Sticking Out Tongue

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This looks like something I could pick up on. We never studied Java in our Web Programming class last year since we couldn't do so in time, but it can't be as hard as c++! Sticking Out Tongue

<_> I'll study into this happy little being....PIRCBOT Angry

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Pirc java step by step guide is a blatant lie, it makes no sense what so ever.

Ok **** it, I've been at this for an hour, the 5 minute step by step is terrible, and makes no sense, so I will have to live forever without knowing what or how it works Crying

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Coding is not for the sane my good man.

<_> If you ever understand code, you will either go insane or lose a lotta soul.

Or you may turn out completely normal. >_>

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It doesn't have to be that one IRC bot software. You could find anything to do it. The Pony bot on IRC is a simple implementation of PircBot.

And to play Zork, you enter commands like "open mailbox" and "read letter".

Are you interested in the idea, though?

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Yes! Laugh

I did manage to get zork working (swearing at it doesn't help... Undecided )

But, it is really fun when you get into it Laugh

And yeah meu, I'll try some other ones Grin

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Or "throw sword at troll". Don't use that one, though, as it got me killed.

I used to play a Star Wars MUD (like an MMORPG crossed with a text adventure) a while ago. Not sure why, as I'm not even a Star Wars fan, but I found it quite entertaining. Personally I really like the idea of MUDs and Interactive Fiction, despite adventure games and RPGs having since discovered...well...graphics. I've always liked the idea of RPing and forum-based adventure games, though the amounts of rules, lore and not knowing the 'procedure', so to speak, always put me off. With something like this those anxieties wouldn't be a concern. I'd be hopeless on the coding side no doubt but am intrigued to see what could be.

As for other text adventures, I rather enjoyed The Hobbit (that one has graphics, too!). You can borrow my strategy guide if you like. A tip: don't type "kill Gandalf". You'll die. Also, if you're interested in the origins of Sierra (the company responsible for King's Quest and Space Quest, and the main 'rival' to Lucasarts) you might want to look into Mystery House, the first text adventure with graphics (teehee) or....ahem....Softporn Adventure (but only if you're old enough!!!!!!).

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CSC, I had no idea that you had  such risqué tastes.  I'm shocked at you!  But, yeah, I'm totally going to play Softporn Adventure now.  Its wankin' time!

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4. ALL meaning is arbitrary and relative. Life is ultimately meaningless.

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I would be willing to revise the text for any grammatical errors. Beyond that I am relatively useless.

Don't tease the octopus kids!

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(I thank you for helping me on that last comment XD)


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