Interactive fiction in Python ?

I’ve just been researching Interactive Fiction (aka text adventure) systems written in Python. I’ve always wanted to make an interactive fiction, but never quite got around to it. I even started learning the Inform language a few years back, which can be compiled to run on the Infocom Z-machine interpreters (like Frotz, among many others). Of course, I’d rather write it in Python since there’s more chance I could add some custom features to the game.

As tempting as is it to reinvent the wheel and write my own IF interpretor in Python, I figured it was likely that others had already done this grunt work for me. After a bit of Googling, so far Python Universe Builder (PUB) looks like the best option. Hopefully this will save me from the grue.

3 Responses to “Interactive fiction in Python ?”

  1. Actually after writing this, I’ve started playing with Inform again. Inform 7 seems pretty slick … it now comes with it’s own clean and simple IDE, including great online documentation. I’m going to give Inform a “red hot go” before fiddling with other IF systems at the moment.

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  2. I took a quick look at the PAWS documentation … it certainly does look well documented, and being written in Python means it shouldn’t be too tough to integrate a PAWS interactive fiction game as a component of some other larger graphical Pygame creation. The downside is that it appears much more verbose when compared with Inform to do simple things … but I get your point … doing very tricky things in Inform would turn out really painful, if not impossible. I think I’ll check it out PAWS properly before embarking on any serious IF project. Cheers !

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