Eamon micro adventure contest

Some of you love competitions. Here’s a novel one - The Eamon Micro-Adventure Contest: (note - I have no involvement with the organisation of this contest. I just saw it on planet IF):

eamon-guild.blogspot.com.au/2013 … ntest.html

A few observations from me: To write 10 or fewer rooms of Eamon using only the stock system is a different (and mostly easier) task than writing 10 rooms of regular IF off your own back, mostly because you don’t have to define any commands. In fact in this comp, you’re not allowed to define any new commands. So all the commands and types of things are already programmed. You just have to enter the data for your locations, the objects and NPCs. Having only 238 characters to describe each thing (at least on the Apple II) is an interesting discipline, though. Also, you’re writing the rooms to be part of a bigger unseen adventure, so you don’t need overaching puzzles or plot or purpose, etc. Just to create a small area.

There’s no source code to deal with. You run a Dungeon Designer program and choose commands from a menu, then fill in the details. EG ‘Add room’ - ‘enter short name’ - ‘enter description’. Though to know what some of the stats and things are, you may need to play an Eamon first to see how it works, and/or look at the designer docs. But there’s no programming language to learn.

  • Wade

Could that be the severed hand of Leadlight that posted this?

Note: If you used Eamon Deluxe to write your entry, there is no limit on the length of descriptions. (See the EDX Designer manual section 2.2.2 about chaining text descriptions: eamonag.org/manuals/EamonDX- … manual.htm)

Also, there is an extra option available (via the Eamon Deluxe designer) that lets you create immortal non-enemy monsters with static personalities (no killing grandma or having meant-to-be-neutral monsters being turned into tag along friends).

When I start a rock band I’m totally calling it “immortal non-enemy monsters with static personalities”.

I can play a mean kazoo if required.

EamonDeluxe, would you happen to be the developer of Eamon Deluxe? If so, I tried to ask you a question on your blog, but I guess you haven’t seen it, can I PM you it?

(sorry for the atrocious grammar on the last three words. Bit of a hurry)