"Zosia the Pious" was the very first character name I ever used in the world of role playing games. She was a cleric under the old Advanced Dungeons and Dragons system.
In fond recall of that first character, I took this as a user name when I first started riding the modem waves back in 1983--a time when females were so rare that any woman had to disguise her identity to use electronics communication in peace. Later, I used it as a pseudonym to write a variety of text adventure shareware programs for the old Commodore 64 computer. I also used it when I dabbled in "Fendom," the world of Science Fiction Conventions.
Imagine my surprise when I did an AltaVista search on my name and came up with hits for the old guys!
The titles of the interactive fiction works, in order of creation, are:
The Darkwood Stories:
I have found a number of the above converted to a PC emulator format, and recommend the following hosts, should you wish to download and play these works of interactive fiction.
The Squirrel's Nest
8 Bit Adventure World
All the games hosted here may be found from this link. This gentleman hosts Darkwood I-IV, some in the oldest version, some in the newest version, some with "cracker" screens. This site also hosts what I consider the premo emulator, VICE. You'll need an emulator to play the emulator versions of these games, of course.
My games are linked from this spot. C64 Unlimited hosts the best versions of the game; all the last releases, with the "cracker" announcements removed. They host Darkwood 1-4 and Overlord. As soon as I send out the maps, they'll have those up, too. I should warn anyone that wants to try it that Overlord is difficult to play.
Interested in finding what other sites might be connected to these games? Go to Google. So far, the most productive seach string is "tramontane alliance".
I was introduced to Science Fiction Conventions by my long-time signifigant other ("boyfriend" sounds so stupid when I'm talking about the mature man I've been living with these past six years), Michael.
They are fun, but they do tend to get backburnered a lot--there are many things we like to do together, and so Sci-Fi cons tend to be pretty low on our priorities nowadays.
However, watch this section for some of the fun we've had at some of the Con's we've attended.
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