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Robin Johnson

Scotland

Member since December 1, 2015
Last visited March 26, 2017
Profile ID (TUID): b892su1a96b4p7ts

I write browser-based IF using my own Javascript engines - so far I've written the parser games Hamlet, Aunts and Butlers, Portcullis and The Xylophoniad, and a parser-choice-hybrid thing, Draculaland.

I also make theatre, music and tweets.

I'm not the Robin Johnson who wrote Alice in Wonderland.

I've also written, as far as I know, the only playable Inform 7 meta-sonnet:

Will's Study is a room. The desk is here.
A hastily handwritten note is on it.
Description is "It's from your friend Shakespeare:
'I've gone to lunch. You'll have to write the sonnet.'"
Composing is an action applying to nothing.
The quill is a thing that is in the study.
Understand "write sonnet" as composing.
Description of the quill is "Old and cruddy".
Instead of composing when the player
does not have the quill, say "You've no quill."
Instead of composing, say "And... done. 'Heya',
says Will, returning. You say, 'Hello, Will!'
Says Shakespeare, 'Thank you for the time you've taken!
You really are a pal, Sir Francis Bacon.'"

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Interactive Fiction by Robin Johnson

Aunts and Butlers, by Robin Johnson (2006)
(35 ratings)
It's 1920, you're a minor aristocrat fallen on hard times, and your wretched Aunt Cedilla is on the warpath. A Wodehousean comedy of manners, manors, mysterious butlers and unfriendly poodles.

Detectiveland, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(22 ratings)
New Losago, 1929 - a town full of creeps, clowns, mobsters and, if you know where to look, the occasional honest citizen. Guide private investigator Lanson Rose through a series of puzzling cases:...

Draculaland, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(14 ratings)
A terse, comic horror puzzle game based loosely on Dracula, faithfully reimagining several characters and ignoring most of the original plot. Guide Jonathan Harker on a trip through Transylvania,...

Hamlet -- The Text Adventure, by Robin Johnson (2003)
(11 ratings)
Who really killed Hamlet's dad? Can the Prince ever 'get' Gertrude, or is that just wrong? What does Richard III want with a horse anyway? And where did the gravedigger get that gorgeous pink...

Portcullis, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(11 ratings)
Your home town, Portcullis, has been taken over by an evil sorcerer (because that's what evil sorcerers do) and a party of adventurers has arrived to overthrow him (because that's what adventurers...

The Xylophoniad, by Robin Johnson (2016)
(10 ratings)
The King of Anachronopolis has ordered you to end the Trojan War, slay the dreaded Bicyclops, and rescue a couple of inmates from Hades. A comic adventure set in Greek mythology.

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Inside the Facility, by Arthur DiBianca   November 16, 2016
"The only commands this game accepts are NORTH, EAST, SOUTH, WEST, WAIT, LOOK and STATUS, with actions like picking things up and giving..." - See the full review

Sisyphus, by Theo Koutz   May 19, 2016
"A one-room, unwinnable joke game. With a few more easter eggs and some typos ironed out, there could be an amusing small game here, but..." - See the full review

Pirate Adventure, by Scott Adams and Alexis Adams   April 28, 2016
"This is the best of the Adams adventures, and worth playing to see what can be done under extremely constrained writing and programming..." - See the full review

The Golden Voyage, by Scott Adams and William Demas   April 27, 2016
"Even for a Scott Adams game, unwarned deathtraps and unwinnable states crop up almost everywhere in this game. Most new players will die..." - See the full review

The Veeder, by Christopher Brent   March 18, 2016
"Very well written, atmospheric short story about a weird ritual and a harrowing underworld. It gives the impression of having been made..." - See the full review

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