I’ve been teasing this in other threads, but it’s now solid enough to post a beta.
Lectrote is a new end-user interpreter app for Glulx games.
In fact it’s Quixe wrapped up as an app! Quixe is usually used as a web-server component – either iplayif.com or an Inform-generated web site. But it turns out it’s possible to distribute it as an app, using electron.atom.io . (Basically it’s the Chromium browser packaged up with stuff.)
This is a preliminary release. The menus probably need some adjustment. But it runs and it plays games.
Lectrote is really stage one in a project to let authors release individual games as standalone apps. (A.k.a. “why isn’t Hadean Lands on Steam already?”) That will require more work, however; Lectrote will have to support auto-save, so that IF-newbie players can close the game and relaunch it later without knowing the SAVE command. I can implement that – I’ve implemented it for iOS – but it will take a bit more time.
In the meantime, please try the new terp and tell me how it goes.
(Also, if anybody knows how to replace the icon resource in a Windows .exe file… I tried the tool at resedit.net but couldn’t figure out how to paste a new image in.)