Computer Club: Playing Adam Cadre’s ‘Endless Nameless’

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Not sure what computer club is? Think of it like a book club, but instead we’re playing text adventures. Every month, the game we’re playing will be introduced in a short post. Bookmark the post so you can return to it during the month. I’ll give a small introduction, but the meat of the post will take place in the comment section as we discuss the game, pass each other hints, and share maps. If you want to join along, read the first post, which discusses what you’ll need including downloading a free interpreter such as Frotz and setting up a free account with the Interactive Fiction Database (IFDB).

Okay, so calling this club meeting to order. The first game we’re playing is Adam Cadre’s Endless Nameless. If you don’t have it yet, you can download the game (for free) from the Interactive Fiction Database (IFDB).

I chose this game because I was immediately struck by its nod to the early text adventures, especially bringing in the sense of humor that permeated games such as Zork. I also realized on my first play-through that the map was very very easy to draw. This isn’t always the case. As someone who has been spoiled by Infocom’s maps, being able to draw the map easily is very important to me.

So, the game starts out in a bar. Once you leave the bar, there’s a town to explore. And then… well… the way Cadre handles the above ground/below ground homage to Zork is very clever. I’ll leave it at that. Just know that death isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this game.

So get your legs with this game and start to play. Feel free to start over a few times. And then jump into the discussion section and let’s start talking about it.

Side note: the comment thread may contain information that you could accidentally read before you’re ready, such as a hint. To try to limit this, please lead off any information you’re giving about the game (such as how to solve a section of the puzzle) with this heading at the top of your comment — SPOILER: about bar… That way, if someone doesn’t want to read anything about the bar, they’ll know to skip over that comment.

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