Here’s my weekend hack:
This script does essentially the same job as the “Release along with an interpreter” option of Inform 7. The differences are:
- You can run this on any Z-code or Glulx game file.
- It generates the playable game page as the primary page, rather than starting with a game information page. (The playable game is at index.html, not play.html.)
This is useful for making Inform 6 games and older games available on a web site. It can also make a playable Glulx file with images, which Inform 7 (as of 6M62) cannot.
File types supported: .z3 through .z8, .ulx, .zblorb, .gblorb
You must install Inform 7 to use this script. (It relies on template files that are distributed as part of Inform 7.) However, you don’t need to run Inform 7.
The simplest way to use this:
python3 ifsitegen.py Game.ulx
This will look for Inform 7 in its default installation location (on your OS). It will use the “Standard” web site template and the “Quixe” or “Parchment” interpreter, depending on the game file type. If you have installed updated templates in your Inform document library, those will be used instead.
The “Standard” template includes the game title and author on the page. You should supply these:
python3 ifsitegen.py --author 'Bob Zod' --title 'Pow!' Game.ulx
If you provide a Blorb file which contains cover art, that will be used on the web page. Otherwise, you can use the
python3 ifsitegen.py --cover my-cover-art.jpeg Game.ulx
If you have installed Inform 7 in a non-standard place, or given it a non-standard name, you must pass this with the
python3 ifsitegen.py -a /Applications/Local/I7.app Game.ulx
Similarly, you can use the
-l argument to refer to your document library directory.
- MacOS: /Applications/Inform.app, ~/Library/Inform
- Windows: C:\Program Files\Inform 7, ~\My Documents\Inform
- Linux: /usr/local/share/inform7, ~/Inform
You can select a different web site template with the
-w option, or a different interpreter template with the
python3 ifsitegen.py -i Vorple -w Classic Game.ulx
-w options can also refer to a directory or a zip file containing a template:
python3 ifsitegen.py -i ~/Downloads/Quixe-220.zip Game.ulx
Finally, if you have a Glulx game with images, pass the
--unpack option to unpack the .gblorb file into separate image files. This is not required! The game will play fine either way. However,
--unpack reduces the processing and memory load on the client browser.