West of House . . .

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

Last weekend, whilst exploring a particularly isolated, almost two-lane country road, we were cruising at three-quarters when brother Joe brought the car to an abrupt all-stop in front of this beautiful backwater boondock, and we just stared.

They’re getting rare, but every now and then you come across one: A Zork house.

Some of you know what I’m talking about. You climbed through that window, got locked in the pitch black cellar (time and again), and were likely eaten by a grue. You cursed the Thief and the twisty little passages, admired the view from atop Flood Control Dam #3, and your blood ran cold at the Entrance to Hades…

“The bell suddenly becomes red hot and falls to the ground. The wraiths, as if paralyzed, stop their jeering and slowly turn to face you. On their ashen faces, the expression of a long-forgotten terror takes shape.”


There are volumes of Zork lore and trivia out there on the internets, and this would normally be the paragraph that would sum it all up, but I hear in the distance the chirping of a sound bird, so …

Zork – Wikipedia article
The “Zork Library” – cool media/maps/pics
Zork source text
Play Zork (and other Infocom games) online (Java)
An interesting PHP implemntation of “Dungeon” (Zork)

5 Responses to “Zork”

  1. OMG I loved Zork when I was a kid. Thanks for the blast from the past! You should have went in and looked for the elven sword.

  2. And possibly encounter a Troll? Or the sheriff? Heh … I’m getting too old for that kind of adventuring. :)

  3. Waaaaaay back, someone gave me a pirated copy of Zork II. Since it was pirated, I never could get past a certain point in the game. But I remember the round room and eight doors… :)

  4. Played that on my Apple ll with floppy disks. I was horrible at it, but kept picking up that old lantern.

  5. Ours was a C64. Dad duck taped a “Norelco Clean Air Machine”, upside down, over the top vent on the 1541 disk drive. Any little whirring fan still makes me nostalgic.