I own a modern Win10 PC.
I downloaded a copy of FROTZ8 through a desire to return to IF. I downloaded it successfully, I dumped my INFOCOM Masterpieces CD-ROM games to it, and I downloaded the game Shade. I played around in the INFOCOM games and Shade to verify it was working. Everything worked fine, I exited out of the program, and upon opening it back up: it just says “Populating library” for several seconds before crashing/closing down.
I then downloaded all of the necessary interpreters from the IFDB (frotz, glulxe, hugo, and TADS). Everything runs great.
What went wrong with FROTZ8? It looks like a great program, but I can not get it to do anything since that first successful time.