Garry Francis

Sydney, Australia

Member since December 27, 2020
Last visited April 14, 2024
Profile ID (TUID): 15zpa5s29rtptb72

My primary interests are playing, writing and writing about text adventures or parser-based interactive fiction.

The first adventure I bought was Scott Adams' Adventureland on cassette for the Atari 800. It took about 15-20 minutes to load, so I didn't turn the computer off for several days until I'd finished the game. That led to a passion that has stayed with me for many years.

I formed an Adventure Special Interest Group in the Atari Computer Enthusiasts (NSW) and wrote an adventure column for Page 6 in the UK.

I ported many adventures from various dialects of BASIC to various platforms (from mainframe to PC) and translated foreign-language adventures to English, especially type-ins from books and computer magazines. These were mostly for fun and are unpublished.

In 2019, I started using Adventuron and entered games in the first five Adventuron game jams. Nowadays, my authoring language of choice is Inform 6 with the PunyInform library. All my games can be played online or downloaded from my home page at

From 2023, I collaborated with John H Doolitte to port his old Turbo BASIC games to a modern platform. These were enhanced in the process. These games can be played online or downloaded from

Source code, maps and solutions for all my games can be downloaded from my GitHub site at

I'm a contributor to the Classic Adventure Solutions Archive (CASA), several Facebook adventure groups, several Discord interactive fiction servers, and IFDB.

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Interactive Fiction by Garry Francis

Search for the Lost Ark, by Garry Francis (2023)
(7 ratings)
The stories about the Ark of the Covenant are well known, but its current location is a mystery. According to French author Louis Charpentier, the Ark was taken to the Chartres Cathedral by the...

Acid Rain, by Garry Francis (2021)
(9 ratings)
You were driving home from the Second National Conference on Acid Rain when you started getting tired. As it was late at night and you were in the middle of nowhere, you pulled over to the side of...

Alchemist's Gold, by Garry Francis (2022)
(12 ratings)
Of all the forms of alchemy practised throughout the ages, the best known is the quest to turn base metals into gold. Of course, everyone knows this is impossible. Even so, there's a rumour that an...

The Mystery of Winchester High, by Garry Francis (2023)
(7 ratings)
Frederick H Winchester III was a rich man who lived in the city of Dunedin in New Zealand. When he died, his mansion was bequeathed to the city to be turned into a high school. Apart from the...

Captain Cutter's Treasure, by Garry Francis (2021)
(9 ratings)
You wake up in the broom closet of The Red Anchor with a nasty bump on the back of your head. A note is pinned to the wall with a knife. It says, 'Return me treasure by sunset or the girl gets it....

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