Text Based CRPG Creator (in Off-topic)

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] March 23 2006 6:46 AM EST

Hi All. Does anyone know of any (preferably free!) text based CRPG creators?

Not in the style of something like CB, but of the old text based games, *look* "You see exits to the north and east".

Something like the old Bards Tale games but without the graphics?


QBJohnnywas March 23 2006 6:49 AM EST

Just get yourself a pen and some paper and write one.....!

After all it worked for Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson.....

Google them if you've never heard of them.....

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] March 23 2006 7:05 AM EST

:P I grew up on the FF books! ;)

I'm in the process of help create a couple of P&P RPGs, but one of the guys I've been working on this stuff with wants to make a little computer based demo (or just use it to mess around with some stuff, see how things work) and I'm not sure I'm able (or have the time!) to try to knock something up in C++ (The only language I have any knowledge of!).

I'm hoping that like RPG Maker (which I think is a little too advanced for what we want to do), there was a more basic text based generator I could mess around with. :/

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] March 23 2006 7:24 AM EST

A little more info.

I need something (or need to create something...) that can store character data, and allow increases. Locations will be fixed descriptions, but encountered at random (with some input from the player).

Combat will also be required (I'm thinking along the lines of a multiple choice entry, 'A' to Attack, 'S' for Spellcasting, that sort of thing), and I'll need to be able to set the mechanics of the combat system up to match those the P&P version runs off.


Sukotto [lookingglas] March 23 2006 10:20 AM EST

If I were going to write old-school interactive fiction, I would use the Frotz Z-Machine interpreter. That's a modern version of the engine used to run Zork, Hitchhikker's Guide, and ... well pretty much all the old text games of the type you describe.

You'll need the popular program "Inform" to compile the game (It's also a good place to start reading on the subject of interactive fiction). This site has some info on using that program and troubleshooting.

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] March 23 2006 10:47 AM EST

If interactive fiction can't retain things like charcater information (want to be able to people to set up stats at the start..) then I'll have to look at a more RPG orientated program.

It will feel like a Leather Goddesses of Phobos type 'interactive fiction', but need aspects of games like Bards Tale.

QBJohnnywas March 23 2006 10:53 AM EST

'Leather Goddesses of Phobos'? Isn't that the dodgy pub near Mile End?

Ariac March 23 2006 1:04 PM EST

Don't call them CRPG's those are called MUD's or multi-user dungeons if you didn't already know. CRPG's are mostly like CB and Darkthrone etc.

[Removed Padding - 25k fine - Vestax]

AdminQBGentlemanLoser [{END}] March 23 2006 1:48 PM EST

Johnny, Nah it was a text adventure where you had to get suger rushes to break bars, and could set the text descriptions to 'lewd'! ;) character gender was decided by which toilet you entered at the start of the game!

Ariac, I thought, being a single user game, it wouldn't be classed as a MUD...
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