Garry FrancisSydney, Australia
Member since December 27, 2020
My primary interests are playing, writing and writing about text adventures or, if you prefer, 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 it. 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 have 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 These were mostly for fun and are unpublished.
Nowadays, my adventure authoring language of choice is Inform 6 compiled for Z-code or Glulx interpreters. In 2019, I started dabbling with Adventuron and entered games in the first five Adventuron game jams. I am now starting to publish some of my Inform 6 games written using PunyInform or the Inform 6 standard library. All these games can be played or downloaded from my home page at https://warrigal.itch.io/.
I'm a contributor to the Classic Adventure Solutions Archive (CASA), several Facebook adventure groups, intfiction.org and (to a lesser extent) IFDB.
|Acid Rain, by Garry Francis (2021)|
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...
|Captain Cutter's Treasure, by Garry Francis (2021)|
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....
|Alchemist's Gold, by Garry Francis (2022)|
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...
|Carpathian Vampire, by Garry Francis (2022)|
Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, the Romanian villagers tell tales of the strigoi. The strigoi are said to be troubled spirits that have risen from the grave. They are attributed with the...
|Charlie the Chimp, by Garry Francis (2020)|
It's a beautiful day in the gorilla enclosure at Sydney's famous Taronga Park Zoo. There's only one problem. You're not a gorilla, you're a chimpanzee named Charlie. Some idiot zookeeper has...