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by David Welbourn

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The Dreamhold

by Andrew Plotkin profile


About the Story

The Dreamhold is interactive fiction ó a classic text adventure. No graphics! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens next.

The Dreamhold is designed for people who have never played IF before. It introduces the common commands and mindset of text adventures, one step at a time. Thereís an extensive help system describing standard IF commands, as well as dynamic hints which pop up whenever you seem to be stuck.

Iíve tried to create a game which rewards many species of adventurer: the inexperienced newcomer, the puzzle-hurdler, the casual tourist, the meticulous explorer, the wild experimenter, the seeker after nuances and implications.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 5
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
Baf's Guide ID: 2442
IFID: ZCODE-5-041231-9408
TUID: 3myqnrs64nbtwdaz

Off-Site Reviews

I Had a Dream Which Was Not All a Dream
"For people who like big-machine puzzles, it's got some big machines. For people who don't, well, it still has them. Similarly it caters to both people who like red herrings (a surprisingly large number) and people who like puzzles that require careful exploration and lateral thinking ó but if you spend your careful-exploration energy on a red herring, sucks to be you." (Dan Shiovitz)
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Magic Memories
"Whether you prefer puzzle-solving, reading beautiful prose or searching for hidden meanings, I can recommend visiting the dreamhold. Explore the wizard's house, enjoy the scenery, play around with the machinery, marvel at the magic. You'll find it well worth the trip." (Magnus Olsson)
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"This game is written with people new to the lore of interactive fiction in mind; in fact, there is a "Tutorial Voice" narrator that guides you through your endeavors, helping you with the basic concepts of IF. One thing that distinguishes this game is that all aspects of this game -- not just the ever-helpful Voice -- seem to be written to encourage and bring satisfaction to the player. Rather like a parent, this game guides and directs you. It is not that you are not allowed to fail, but when you make a mistake, you are gently admonished, then shown the right way around an obstacle. As I am fairly new to IF, I found this game both insightful and refreshing. Although I already knew how to travel and manipulate objects with commands, I was delighted to glimpse the sage and kind mind of an interactive-fiction master and the art to which I am an infant." (Paul Lee)
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Jay Is Games
"I enjoyed this game, although the size of the area can be daunting and, due to the fact that you have to try and create a create a map in your mind of all the room locations, navigating your way to certain areas can be tricky." (Wulfo)
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  v.15: 21-Mar-2021 09:01 - Dan Fabulich (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.12: 17-May-2020 20:40 - Lance Campbell
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v.11: 30-Sep-2016 04:16 - David Welbourn
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v.10: 20-Jun-2015 04:26 - David Welbourn
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v.9: 24-Jun-2014 05:05 - Juhana
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v.7: 05-May-2013 09:14 - Edward Lacey
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v.6: 27-Apr-2013 20:40 - Floating Info
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