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27-10-2002 (Gunness)

It's fall already - so it's time to go indoors and boot up a few oldies. Thanks to all contributors for the new solutions. The links and emulator pages have been updated. This update has been on its way quite a bit longer than anticipated, so thanks for being patient! Contributors: Sherwin Robb, terri, Stefano, Kim Stevens

05-08-2002 (Gunness)

I'm just home for a couple of days during my vacation; heading for Tuscany tomorrow. So I don't really have the time for this update, but since I've promised more frequent additions to the site, I thought I'd better keep my promise! Terri Sheehan seems to be on a roll, so here's a couple more solutions from her hand. Until next time (shouldn't be too long!) Contributors: Amby, terri, Marky Boy, Stefano

26-07-2002 (Gunness)

Another small update. The weather is excellent, and nobody seems to be very interested in adventuring at the moment anyway, so I thought I'd wait with the large updates till later! Contributors: Amby, E. Yoong, terri, Marky Boy, Stefano, W. Doherty, Jack Lockerby, john50

06-07-2002 (Gunness)

I'm wondering... for a long time, the number of site visitors was quite stable. Then I started doing more frequent updates, after which that number plummeted. I hope it can be ascribed to summer and the World Cup. Perhaps I should try shutting down entirely to see my counter sky rocket (hehe). Thanks to today's providers. More is on its way. Contributors: E. Yoong, Marky Boy, W. Doherty, Jack Lockerby, swobi, john50

25-06-2002 (Gunness)

Well, I managed to cram in a small update before I leave. But no more until Monday, then! :o) Contributors: swobi

24-06-2002 (Gunness)

Four new manuals are up for grabs this time. I hope you like the format. I realise that the files are larger than with pure text or html, but I think they look a lot nicer, too. I'm leaving for the annual Roskilde music festival on Wednesday, but I'll return next Monday, if anyone wants to get in touch! Contributors: terri

19-06-2002 (Gunness)

Contributors: terri, Stefano

17-06-2002 (Gunness)

New maps: Bestiary (sent by Stefano Lorenzin), Rambo: First Blood Part II (made by SL) Contributors: Stefano

16-06-2002 (Gunness)

Small update: fixed an embarrasing amount of broken links on both mirrors Contributors: TJBAD, Mark, Stefano, Chris Thompson

15-06-2002 (Gunness)

I've returned from my 3 month hiatus. There's a lot of new material coming up, and now I've finally gotten my flatrate connection which should make updating easier and contacting me snappier. I will try to update again very soon. I haven't forgotten anyone who has written. The emulators section has been updated, as has the links page. The pages have been split up to improve the loading. In addition, I've added a new manuals section where I will add original package material. This section will focus on quality over quantity, so don't expect hundreds of text-only files, but rather a few, select pieces with original artwork etc. Check it out here. My age-old review of Rendezvous With Rama triumphantly claimed that a movie was in the works. Well, now it is, but I guess the information was a bit premature at the time of writing since the movie will not open until 2004! Check out the official site for more details. Contributors: Sherwin Robb, TJBAD, Gwyneth Sutton, Stefan Meier, Gunness, Mark, Stefano, David Whyld, Dorothy, Chris Thompson

15-03-2002 (Gunness)

This time the solution count has crossed 600, and the number of maps are at 107 and counting (there used to be more, though). As usual, the update is late, so there's quite a lot of new material this time. In particular: lots of bug fixes thanks to Stefano, two much sough-after solutions for Wonderland, and a really nifty in-your-dreams finale for Castle of Terror! (Thanks to Michael Lambert for the latter - it's been around for quite some time :o) Finally, I've added some links - Stefano's C16/VIC20 deserves more visitors, so please drop by. Next time should see more bug fixes (keep up to good work, Stefano!) and some manuals. Yes, I've been hard at work OCR'ing material. So, until next time... Contributors: B.R. Pell, Sherwin Robb, Ken Hart, Gwyneth Sutton, Stefan Meier, A. Harrison, Gunness, Gregory Quinn, Marky Boy, I. Delafield, Andrew Edney, Stefano, David Whyld, greybeard33, Chris Thompson

05-02-2002 (Gunness)

Just a quick round today - 8 new solutions and some hints. I'll try to update again soon. Thanks to Marky Boy for his scanning efforts! Contributors: B.R. Pell, Ken Hart, Anthony Cleary, Alex, A. Harrison, Gunness, Gregory Quinn, terri, Marky Boy, I. Delafield, Andrew Edney, Dorothy, greybeard33

27-01-2002 (Gunness)

A quick update today - another will follow within a few days. As part of a future port of the site to PHP, I've gone through the entire site, fixing credits, names, spelling etc. As a result, some of the solutions have moved to a new spot, due to the fact that it's been placed under its correct title (e.g. Buckaroo Banzai has become Adventures of BB). The PHP version will include full search capabilities, so please bear with me and the current search "option" (a real joke, I know). The emulators page has been updated. Many of the links were broken, but they should be working again. Instead of offering the actual emulators directly, the links now point to the official download sites, which always carry the latest versions. Contributors: Andrew Harrison, Ken Hart, Duncan Cross, Gregory Quinn, terri, Marky Boy, Stefano, W. Gravelle

05-01-2002 (Gunness)

Happy New Year, everybody! This year kicks off in excellent style - a lot of the "lost" maps are available again, and more are coming soon. In addtion, I have a lot of material to add in the coming months (whoa, this is quite rare!). Today's round of maps are all Infocom, save one. Thanks to all contributors, especially to Marky Boy for doing a lot of work!! I've tried improving the site layout a bit, in particular regarding the index page. Hope you like it! Contributors: Richard Batey, Andrew Harrison, Ken Hart, Duncan Cross, Gregory Quinn, terri, E. Yoong, Marky Boy, Andrew Edney, Stefano, W. Gravelle

Random Game

The Sims - The Text Adventure

Plot

Your real name is Robert Newbie, Bob to your friends (and sometimes enemies). During the early 1990's, you dreamt up a new computer game, a whole new concept that had great potential. You called it, "The Sims", and it was your greatest achievement ever.

Being a big fan of the SimCity series of games, Maxis was your first consideration when looking for a company willing to take your idea on board. Will Wright was one of your influences in the computer game-programming world. So off you went to Walnut Creek with the original plans and drawings of your great new creation. After explaining to a few receptionists and tea-boys at the front desk what your vision was, one of them decided that you should talk to the man himself, Will Wright.

All you remember of this great day in your life was explaining the whole concept of the game to Will Wright and showing him the detailed drawings you had. Wright was impressed, that was easy to see. He made you coffee which you sat and drank just as soon as you had explained every last shred of detail about the game that you had created in your mind. And that's it... That's all you remember.

You woke up 2 days later in a prison cell, managed by ignorant guards who though not brutal, were seriously lacking compassion. No telephone calls, no explanations: nothing. A small handful of other prisoners were held there and one or two others came and went, but your life was now a prison cell. No explanation has ever been given to you, but among the other prisoners, you have worked out between yourselves the ugly truth behind this outrageous situation.

The people in these cells all came to Maxis with great ideas for Simulation games. They have all suffered the same fate. Ideas and plans stolen from them by Maxis and imprisoned to maintain silence while they develop and publish the games under their own name, and for their own profit.

You have now been in this prison for 5 years. YOUR game is a best seller and your will to prove the truth has grown strong enough to give you the motivation you need to escape from this place, and find all the evidence you need to prove the terrible things that Maxis have been guilty of for years. The truth must be told, and Bob Newbie is the man to do it!

You learned from one of the other inmates, a trustee, that today is Thursday and all the Maxis staff are out at some launch party for another expansion pack for The Sims. If you're going upstairs, today is a one in a million chance of getting there without being caught.

Let the adventure begin!

Notes

An unofficial fan project based on The Sims computer game series.

Coded originally using CAT and later converted to TAB.

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