I’m new to the scene, even though I used to play text adventures back when computers were 8bits. I’m glad to find a thriving community, but it’s a bit difficult to understand how to use everything. My first question is the one in the title, but it comes with its own subset of questions.
I want to play Lost Pig, but I don’t know which file to use, the z8 or the zglorb? I’ve read a bit and if I understand correctly, zglorb allows for graphics but not z8? Or can both contain graphics? Both files have different sizes, maybe it’s just because of the format. Is it just a case of picking the one that will play in your favourite Z-machine interpreter?
I want to play the stories on an old computer. For several reasons, one of them being that on my main PC I’m one click away from the Internet and all its distractions. Right now I’ve settled for my Amiga, for which Frotz has a build. It seems to take all the modern formats, but will I miss stuff by limiting my environment?
I want to go further back in the history of computers, and use one with a Z80 in it. Unfortunately it seems no Z-machine interpreted has been written for the Amstrad CPC, even though all the Infocom V3 classics has been ported to it. Or did I just miss it?
In any case, the Z80 seem to feeble to handle anything beyond V3, maybe V5. Infocom sure never ported their V4 and V5 games to it. Are there stories still written for this limited format, or has everyone else moved to V8 and playing in a browser? I still have plenty of classics to play (the CPC has a lot of text / still images adventure games, quite a few being in French and spanish) but I was hoping to keep my options open.