Trivia - Origin of the Wumpus!

Discussion in 'General CPA Stuff' started by Nyx, Feb 15, 2001.

  1. Nyx New Member

    Unless someone finds an earlier reference, check out what I lucked into while researching old video games for an editorial:

    I knew there had to be a story behind a name as cool as the Wumpus. Now I've got to track down someone who's actually played the game to see if it thrashes. Hehe.
  2. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    I seem to remember Wumpus came from a Lewis Carrol poem or book... but I'm 93% NOT positive about that... :)
  3. olwen New Member

  4. Zadok001 CPA Founder, Greater Good

    "but I'm 93% NOT positive about that..."

    It took me almost a minute to fully rationalize the meaning of that statement, Spidey. :)
  5. Sammy Dead-O wasting away again

    I think I read in InQuest that R&D named Hunted Wumpus after that game. It would stand to reason, then, that Thrashing Wumpus could come up as a relative to the hunted variety.
  6. Spiderman CPA Man in Tights, Dopey Administrative Assistant

    Zadok: I but live to confuse! :)

    Hey, Sammy Dead-O makes sense, but I'm wondering did the game get ITS inspiration from somewhere or did they make it up right then? Hmm...
  7. Sammy Dead-O wasting away again

    I guess I sorta skirted around the real question here. I don't know where it came from originally, but searching for it around the net brings up some interesting stuff.
  8. Sidar Jabari CPA BritBoy

    There is a very good Interactive fiction game about Wumpus Hunting, written by Andrew Plotkin.

    It's pretty hard to explain how to get into interactive fiction, well, given the amount of time I have to type this so I'll just point you in the direction of the site that got me started.

    http://www.wurb.com/if/index.html

    I'll give you a brief idea of how to get started.

    1) Get Winfrotz. There will probably be a link to it in the introduction section of Baf's guide. It's the interpreter that lets you play the *.z5 or *.z8 adventure game files. Most of the good games are in this format.

    2) Search by author, on Baf's guide, for Andrew Plotkin. You will find Hunter, in Darkness (his wumpus game) and loads of other cool stuff. Download all the games you find here.

    3) If you like what you've seen so far, go to the ***** star section of Baf's reviews and play all of those. I especially recommend Christminster.

    Enjoy!
  9. SwingMage New Member

    Yeah, I-F Rules!

    have to get back into that someday. . .

    That Andrew Plotkin game was pretty good, if i remember correctly, didn't beat it tho.

    i think the original game maker just made up that name, and the Lewis Carol thinggie. . . i think that was a Jabberwocky

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