Is there more to Amazing Quest?

So… this game seems extremely, uh, bare bones. But it’s my Nick Montfort, and so I’m expecting a lot more! One thing that we can’t help noticing is that after finishing the game, we end up in a Commodore 64 BASIC environment. Typing RUN will restart the game. Typing LIST shows us the code, which I’ll show below. You could also change the code here, though I’m not sure to what purpose. There may be more you can do here, but my BASIC is rather rusty.

Here’s the code. I couldn’t get the - sign to work, so I had to grab part of it line by line:

AmazingQuest1-3 AmazingQuest4 AmazingQuest5-10

This code is extremely obfuscated! It’s terrible! No one in their right mind would programme like this! So possibly Nick did this in order to hide something? But I personally don’t really see anything suspicious. (I do believe all responses are entirely random, as many people have suspected.)

So, code wizards around here… does anyone have anything enlightening to say about this?

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I don’t know one way or the other, but when I was playing it, the first letter for each line of output frequently came out as “S” and then “A” and then “Y”. And then other lines. And it got that way because it would output something like, “Attacked, a ship lost!”. Which seemed to me to be a way to sort of force the letter A to start a line. I don’t know. Is it trying to say something with the first letter of various lines? I haven’t looked at the source code, but I think the player is supposed to take it on faith that “Y/n” are the only things you can enter. But it lets you type anything there.

(That is a long way to go “I don’t know either,” but I truly do not.) :slight_smile:

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I think any greater meaning is probably found in the introductory text (esp. the last 2-3 paragraphs) and the strategy guide (esp. the first and last paragraph).

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Wow. That’s all it takes to enter IFcomp? A 12 line game that generates random responses? I should have entered something. :sweat_smile:

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Has anyone tried to LOAD"$",8 after the game ends? I cannot seem to be able to conjure the quotes.
Maybe there’s more on the ROM.

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Have you seen this game? https://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=tyuvsh5fa7d5g7x6

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It makes me wonder though: If either of these two games didn’t have big name creators attached to them, how would they have faired? They’re both viewed as art, but if it was by some no-name person, would they have been ridiculed as a waste of time instead?

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Well, there is another game in this comp that is also mostly random generation, and while the author is somewhat known, it’s not as well-known as these two. So we’ll see how it goes!

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Looking at the votes on IFDB, I suspect that Amazing Quest isn’t going to do too well in the competition. :slightly_smiling_face: (And being a big name creator can also mean that your game is held up to higher standards!)

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Not sure how many other newbies there are this year like me, but I have no idea who the hell any of you are and nothing is sacred :smiley_cat:

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I’m a nobody. I just talk too much (and I’ve been working on an engine on the side that nobody uses).

I know a few of the other people here from games I’ve played and articles I’ve read. I don’t really know much of the lore of the community though.

so, i should say here, this is one of the odder aspects of the comp. one would expect that attention aligns itself mostly in descending order, with the “great” games getting lots of attention, the “meh” games getting some attention, and the 12-line joke pieces which clearly intend to waste more of your time than they took to author get none. in practice, though, the very bottom of the stack tends to be another major source of attention, both in the sense that it’s always a different sort of game, and in the sense that we tend to find campy humor in discussing pieces which completely fail.

at the end of it, if he gets last, we can even argue that nick’s doing something nice here, which has a history almost as long as the comp. he gets to do his BASIC irony, and nobody sincere has to lose.

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Yes and no. It’s not an attached disk image but just a program file sitting in a regular Unix-y filesystem being used by the emulator. You could try to browse that filesystem, although actually doing anything with it would take some lengthy and brutal OPEN15,8,15," work:

As for the game: very Nick, such Montfort.

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