SYNOPSIS

fizmo-ncursesw [ options ] [ storyfile [ blorbfile ] | storytitle | quetzal-save-file ]

DESCRIPTION

fizmo-ncursesw is a frontend for the fizmo Z-Machine interpreter\[em]\[lq]Fimzo interprets Z-machine opcodes\[rq]\[em]based on the ncurses library, and supporting wide characters. It runs most of the interactive fiction games aka text adventures written by Infocom or other games which are based on the Z-Machine. Currently all versions except version 6 are supported. It also supports sound via the SDL media library\[em]see subsection \[lq]Sound Support\[rq]\[em]and implements basic Blorb support.

Starting a new game by providing a filename

This is the most direct way to get a game running. Just give the filename of the story file at the end of the command line.

Starting a new game by providing its title

If the game you want to play is stored in the list of known games, you can simply start it by providing the title instead of the full filename. Example: "fizmo sorcerer" will run the game \[lq]Sorcerer\[rq], no matter if it is stored in the current directory or somewhere else.

Starting a game from the list of story files

Without any filename given, fizmo will display the list of the currently known story files it has indexed so far. Everytime fizmo is started and no story-name is provided, fizmo will update the list of stories by indexing the directories listed in ZCODE_PATH or INFOCOM_PATH.

Restoring a game from the command line

If you give the name of a quetzal save-game file at the end of the command line, fizmo will use its story file list to locate the story file the saved game originates from to directly restore the game.

Sound Support

fizmo-ncursesw supports sound via the SDL multimedia library which is available for most unix flavors and Windows. Sound files are either read from a blorb file, or, old-infocom-style-wise, from separate *.snd files which have to be stored in the same directory as the game file. At the moment, only AIFF sounds can be read from a blorb file. When the game requests a sound, fizmo uses the sound from the current blorb file. If no blorb file is given or the sound cannot be found in it, fizmo tries to locate a file with the format \[lq]GAMFIL00.SND\[rq] where GAMEFIL symbolizes the game filename shortened to a maximum of six characters, the sound number\[em]eventually padded by a leading zero so it has always a length of two characters\[em]and a \[lq].SND\[rq] suffix. Both upper- and lowercase filenames are attempted. That means you can directly use the sounds from the IF-archive at \[lq]/if-archive/infocom/media/sound\[rq].

Story-Metadata / IF Bibliography

fizmo-ncursesw is able to read metadata-files as defined in the \[lq]Treaty of Babel\[rq]. It will try to read the metadata from all files ending in .iFiction which are found in the $HOME/.config/fizmo directory. Fizmo will re-build the story list once the metadata files have been changed. For this purpose, the timestamps for the metadata-files are stored in the file $HOME/.config/fizmo/babel-timestamps. For more information about the treaty, see http://babel.ifarchive.org/.

OPTIONS

-h, --help

Show help message and exit.

-b, --background-color <color-name>

Set background color. Valid color names are black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white.

-dh, --disable-hyphenation

Disable word hyphenation. Useful for languages other than the supported ones.

-ds, --disable-sound

Disable sound alltogether. May be useful when playing on remote machines.

-ec, --enable-colors

Enable colors.

-f, --foreground-color <color-name>

Set foreground color. Valid color names are black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan and white.

-fi, --start-file-input

Start game with input from file.

-if, --input-file

Filename to read commands from.

-l, --set-locale <locale-code>

Set locale name for interpreter messages. Currently valid locale codes are en_US, de_DE and fr_FR.

-lm, --left-margin <width>

Set left margin width, requires a numeric argument.

-nc, --dont-use-colors

Don't use colors.

-nu, --dont-update-story-list

Don't update story-list on startup. Useful in case you've got a large number of story files in your repository.

-nx, --disable-x11-graphics

Disable X11 graphics.

-pr, --predictable

Start with random generator in predictable mode.

-ra, --random

Start with random generator in standard random mode.

-rc, --record-commands

Activate recording of commands as soon as the game starts.

-rf, --record-filename

Filename to record input to.

-rm, --right-margin <width>

Set right margin width, requires a numeric argument.

-rs, --recursively-search <directory-name>

Search a directory recursively, meaning including subdirectories, for Z-Machine files.

-s, --search <directory-name>

Search a single directory for Z-Machine files.

-s8, --force-8bit-sound

Never use 16-bit resolution, always convert to 8bit (some systems may not be capable of 16-bit sound output).

-st, --start-transcript

Start game with scripting already enabled.

-sy, --sync-transcript

When a transcript is active, write data directly into the file as soon as possible.

-t, --set-tandy-flag

Sets the tandy flag, which emulates a game sold by the Tandy Corporation and slightly alters the game behaviour. See http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/infocom/info/tandy_bits.html for detailed information on what the tandy flag does.

-tf, --transcript-filename

Set transcript filename for the current session.

-u, --update-story-list

In case you have disabled automatic updates for your story list, this option will allow you to run the re-indexing manually.

-um, --umem

Use UMem instead of CMem for saving.

-mu, --maximum-undo-steps

Set number of maximum undo steps.

-xi, -enable-x11-inline-graphics

Enable XTerm graphics. This will make fizmo try to display graphics into a X-Terminal. Since this represents a rather ugly hack\[em]and may not work at all for some installations\[em]it is not enabled by default.

-xt, --enable-xterm-title

Use the XTerminal title bar to display the game name.

IN-GAME COMMANDS

/help

Displays the list of available in-game commands.

/info

Displays general version about the interpreter and its status, such as the version number, story release and serial number, stack, memory and random generator status.

/config

Displays current configuration values.

/predictable

Switches the random generator from \[lq]random\[rq] in \[lq]predictable\[rq] state and vice-versa.

/recstart

Records all user input in a command-file.

/recstop

Stop recording user input.

/fileinput

Start reading commands from a file.

ENVIRONMENT

ZCODE_PATH

Default list of path names\[em]separated by colons\[em]to search for Z-Machine games.

INFOCOM_PATH

Alternate list of pathnames which is used when ZCODE_PATH is not set.

ZCODE_ROOT_PATH

List of colon-separated path names which are recursively searched for Z-Machine games.

FILES

List of files

$HOME/.config/fizmo/config

May contain user configuration parameters. In case $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is defined and contains an absolute path, $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/fizmo/config is used, in case of a relative path $HOME/$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/fizmo/confg is read.

($XDG_CONFIG_DIRS)/fizmo/config

$XDG_CONFIG_DIRS may contain a colon separated list of config directories to search. In case $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS is not set or empty /etc/xdg is used instead. Every directory is searched for a subdirectory named fizmo containing a file config, which will be searched for configuration parameters.

/etc/fizmo.conf

Global configuration parameters.

$HOME/.config/fizmo/story-list.txt

Contains the current list of story files known. In case $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is set the path is altered as described above.

$HOME/.config/fizmo/*.iFiction

Fizmo treats all files with a suffix of .iFiction in the $HOME/.config/fizmo directory as sources for story metadata. For more info, see section \[lq]Story-Metadata / IF Bibliography\[rq] above. In case $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is defined, see above.

$HOME/.config/fizmo/babel-timestamps

A list of .iFiction-files and their respective timestamps as they were found when the story list was last built (knowing if the babel info has changed speeds up the update process). $XDG_CONFIG_HOME will alter the directory as described before.

Option names for config files

The following section lists the config-file's equivalents for the command lines options. For a detailed description of these options, see the \[lq]Options\[rq] section. Options have to start at the beginning of the line without any leading whitespace. Comments start with a '#' at the beginning of the line.

background-color = <color-name>

foreground-color = <color-name>

transcript-filename = <filename>

command-filename = <filename>

i18n-search-path = <colon-separated-directory-names>

locale = <language-code>

savegame-path = <directory-name>

random-mode = <random or predictable>

save-text-history-paragraphs = <number of paragraphs to store in savegames>

z-code-path = <colon-separated-directory-names>

z-code-root-path = <colon-separated-directory-names>

disable-sound = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

quetzal-umem = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

set-tandy-flag = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

start-command-recording-when-story-starts = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

start-file-input-when-story-starts = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

start-script-when-story-starts = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

disable-stream-2-hyphenation = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

disable-stream-2-wrap = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

stream-2-line-width = <line-width>

stream-2-left-margin = <margin-size>

sync-transcript = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

left-margin = <number-of-columns>

right-margin = <number-of-columns>

disable-hyphenation = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

disable-color = <any value means yes, empty no>

force-8bit-sound = <any value means yes, empty no>

enable-xterm-title = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

dont-udpate-story-list = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

max-undo-steps = <maximum number of stored undo steps as numerical value>

enable-xterm-graphics = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

display-x11-inline-image = <no value or \[lq]true\[rq] means yes, otherwise no>

MISCELLANEOUS

Scrolling back

You can use the PageUp and PageDown keys (some terminals may require holding down shift) anytime to review text which was scrolled above the current window border.

Refreshing the screen

CTRL-L will refresh the current display.

Redrawing the screen

CTRL-R will redraw the current display. Contrary to CTRL-L, which refreshes the screen based on the current layout, CTRL-R will reconstruct the latest output based on the output history. This will help to display output which is hidden in case a game clears the screen, writes some text into the top line and then turns on the score line which then overlays the topmost line.

Resizing the screen

In general, resizing the screen works best for game versions 3 and before, which is unfortunate since this encompasses only a part of the old Infocom games and none of the modern ones. For all others\[em]including Seastalker\[em]the upper window (which means mostly the status bar) cannot be resized and will remain fixed.

Undocumented Infocom commands

Here is a list of commands that some of Infocom's games seem to support, although I never saw them menitioned in a manual or reference card.

$verify, $ve, $ver

Verifies if the game file is correct (essentially executes the \[lq]verify\[rq] opcode). \[lq]$ve\[rq] works in almost all original Infocom games, \[lq]$ver\[rq] works in AMFV, Beyond Zork, Bureaucracy, Nord and Bert, Sherlock, Trinity and Zork Zero.

$refre

Refreshes the screen. Works in AMFV, Arthur, Bureaucracy, Nord and Bert, Sherlock, Shogun, Trinity and Zork Zero.

$id

The \[lq]$id\[rq] command gives information about the interpreter. Works in Border Zone, Bureaucracy and Trinity.

$credi

Shows a credit screen in Trinity and Beyond Zork.

#comm, #command

This will read your input from a file. Works in AMFV, Ballyhoo, Bureaucracy, Enchanter, Hollywood Hjinx, Leather Goddesses, Lurking Horror, Plundered Hearts, Shogun, Sorcerer, Spellbreaker, Stationfall, Trinity and Zork Zero.

#rand <int>

Seeds the random generator with the given value. May be used in AMFV, Ballyhoo, Border Zone, Bureaucracy, Enchanter, Hollywood Hijinx, Leather Goddesses, Lurking Horror, Plundered Hearts, Shogun, Sorcerer, Spellbreaker, Stationfall and Zork Zero.

#reco, #record

This will record your commands into a file. Works in AMFV, Ballyhoo, Bureaucracy, Enchanter, Hollywood Hjinx, Leather Goddesses, Lurking Horror, Plundered Hearts, Shogun, Sorcerer, Spellbreaker, Stationfall and Zork Zero.

#unre, #unrecord

Stops recording commands into a file. Used in AMFV, Ballyhoo, Bureaucracy, Enchanter, Hollywood Hijinx, Leather Goddesses, Lurking Horror, Plundered Hearts, Shogun, Sorcerer, Spellbreaker, Stationfall and Zork Zero.

CREDITS

ITF \[em] The InfoTaskForce

All the people who drew up the Z-Machine Specification, in alphabetical order: Chris Tham, David Beazley, George Janczuk, Graham Nelson, Mark Howell, Matthias Pfaller, Mike Threepoint, Paul David Doherty, Peter Lisle, Russell Hoare and Stefan Jokisch. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfoTaskForce for more information.

The Frotz authors

When I got stuck I peeked into the frotz source. Thanks to Stefan Jokisch, Galen Hazelwood and David Griffith.

Mark Howell

For the pix2gif code which is used in libdrilbo to parse the infocom .mg1 image files.

People helping with bug fixes, extensions, packaging, translations and more

in alphabetical order: Andrew Plotkin, B. Watson, David Batchelder, David Leverton, Eric Forgeot, irb, Lewis Gentry, Michael Dunlap, Mikko Torvinen, Nikos Chantziaras, Patrick Matthäi, Samuel Verschelde, Zachary Kline and the people at MacPorts.

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AUTHOR

Fizmo was written in 2005\[en]2014 by Christoph Ender.

BUGS

Fizmo is in beta stage and will probably still have some bugs. If you stumble upon one, please send an e-mail to [email protected]