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The REAL Zork...
Authored by: robg on Apr 10, '01 01:29:27AM
After writing this hint, I actually found a much better version for the Mac. There's a program called dungeon, which was written from the original MDL (programming language) source from MIT. When Infocom published the series, they (at least, this is my newly remembered version of what they did!) split the original game into two parts - Zork 1 and 2 (or maybe 1 and 0?). They may have also removed some rooms and puzzles from the game.

The data file you want to get if you want to play the truly original game is dungeon. Luckily, it was pretty easy to find on the web:

ftp://ftp.gmd.de/if-archive/games/zcode/zdungeon.z5

Grab this, put it in with your other data files, and then just 'jzip zdungeon.z5', and you'll be playing the truly original Zork. The data file is nearly twice as large, and if you type 'score', you'll see you can amass 646 points, as opposed to 350 with the ZORK1.DAT file.

Now that's the Zork I remember!

-rob.

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