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Eaten By A Grue: Infocom, Text Adventures, and Interactive Fiction

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Kay Savetz and Carrington Vanston discuss and review classic Infocom games, text adventures, and interactive fiction.
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Take All

Take All

2020-08-2902:11:50

Kay and Carrington take a victory lap after finishing all of the Infocom text-only adventures. Turn on verbose mode and light the brass lantern, it's time to take a look back at what they liked best, and least, from these classic games.
The Lurking Horror

The Lurking Horror

2020-08-2202:06:11

A bone chilling blizzard at the window, a reanimated hand on your shoulder, and worst of all a term paper deadline. All the ingredients for a deliciously dreadful day at Boston's creepiest college, where Kay and Carrington delve deep into the tunnels and tombs of The Lurking Horror.
Wishbringer

Wishbringer

2020-07-3101:48:59

In Wishbringer, a search for a lost cat leads Kay and Carrington into a dark fantasy land where their greatest concern isn't the witches, the eldritch tendrils, or even the grue. It's delivering the mail. Be careful what you wish for.
Stationfall

Stationfall

2020-07-1501:44:20

What do you get when you combine a plucky little robot, an abandoned space station, and Cousin Oliver? To find out, complete form JZ-59-G then listen in as Kay and Carrington discuss Stationfall, Infocom's comedy horror space adventure mystery.
Scavange!

Scavange!

2020-05-1601:55:401

The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it's old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!)
Planetfall

Planetfall

2020-04-2001:53:44

Kay and Carrington foray into the future to face the mishaps and misspellings of Planetfall, Infocom's rib-tickling romp about a boy and his bot. Star Patrol: it's not just a job, it's an adventure game.
Beyond Zork

Beyond Zork

2020-04-0902:36:35

What does it mean when Kay and Carrington discuss a game full of Christmas Tree Monsters and Cruel Puppets for over two hours, never once using the word "wacky" but often using the word "walkthrough"? It means it's time to load up on long-lasting snacks, and brace yourself for Beyond Zork.
A Mind Forever Voyaging

A Mind Forever Voyaging

2020-01-3102:01:01

It's turtles all the way down as Kevin and Carrington discuss Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging: a computer simulation about a dystopian future in which a computer simulation finds out it is a computer simulation simulating dystopian futures.
Suspect

Suspect

2020-01-1201:11:20

Will the third sleuthing game from Infocom be the caper that finally steals Kevin's heart? Or will Carrington continue to be the only one who likes bungling through Infocom's burglary games? Find out as the lads tackle Infocom's Suspect.
Spellbreaker

Spellbreaker

2019-12-1901:51:20

Kevin and Carrington return to discuss the expert-rated final game in the Enchanter trilogy. Are you happy the lads are back, or is that just an eft in your tarn?
Jetsetter Kevin Savetz flies to the GitHub lair on Skullcrusher Mountain to interview Steve Meretzky about what it was like to make games in the 80s.
Catch A Butterfly

Catch A Butterfly

2019-04-0101:01:51

A butterfly flaps its wings on the other side of the world, and suddenly Kevin and Carrington are discussing an obscure game that isn't on the usual list of Infocom titles. Also it happens to be April 1st, but that probably doesn't mean anything.
Kevin and Carrington throw caution to the wind and spill the beans about Infocom's idiom-riddled game. Does it cut the mustard, or should you give this one the cold shoulder? To make a long story short, the devil is in the details.
The Witness

The Witness

2019-01-2301:36:54

Is playing The Witness a total gasser, or is it a trip for biscuits? Listen in as those hep cats Kevin and Carrington get on the Ameche to bushwa about Infocom's second gumshoe. If you give this rip-snorter the high hat, you're all wet.
Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Leather Goddesses of Phobos

2019-01-0501:53:561

Kevin and Carrington thrust into adventure (and Cleveland) to solve saucy puzzles and grapple bawdy baddies in spaaaaaaace! Something, possibly this very sentence, tells you things are going to get strange.
Kevin and Carrington delve once again into the dungeons of the Great Underground Empire to complete Infocom's famous (and famously difficult) trilogy. Can they complete the game without cheating? The answer will not surprise you.
Infidel

Infidel

2018-10-2701:56:15

Brave the baking sun with Kevin and Carrington as they scour the desert for pyramids plunder. And maybe, just maybe, they'll discover the greatest treasure of all: a macro to type the word 'hieroglyphs' for them.
Cutthroats

Cutthroats

2018-08-2801:22:11

Set sail for Hardscrabble Island, where sly divers vie for sunken treasure. Can Kevin and Carrington avoid the dangers of the deep long enough to enjoy the game? Don't hold your breath.
Hollywood Hijinx

Hollywood Hijinx

2018-08-1001:32:22

Explore a house filled with traps and trophies in Hollywood Hijinx, the zany (or is it kooky?) treasure hunt from Infocom. And if you listen carefully you can hear Kevin's home slide out to sea.
Infocom released several non-IF programs, such a series of digital comics, a board game, and even a corporate database. The company is in the black, you are likely to accrue a Grue.
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Carl0

Really enjoying this ep!

Aug 29th
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Jeff Simkowski

Keep it going guys! I'm sure plenty of us would love to help out where needed!

Oct 28th
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