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About the StoryOut of the TextFire "12-pack", this is an April's Fool game "demo" in which you get to play a pawn in a chess game - at the very end. Incorporates a very nifty variation on the status line to show the positions of the chess pieces after each move.
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]
Chess--at least, a few moves of it--implemented for the Z-machine, though it's not really a Z-Abuse as such. The board is represented in a status line of sorts, but you still enter your commands as text. Cleverly done; might be even better if implemented as full-blown chess exercise. This was one of the games in the 1998 April Fool's hoax called Textfire.
-- Duncan Stevens
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An entertaining chess simulation from the textfire 12 pack., June 5, 2017
by MathBrushThe Textfire Demo 12-pack was released on April Fool's in 1998, claiming to be demos of an upcoming commercial studio called Textfire.
In this game, you play a pawn in a chess game. The game shows you the chess board. The storyline is actually pretty entertaining; it's fun being a pawn. This was a joke demo; it actually would be great to do a chess game where you saw inside all the character's heads, their thought process, etc.
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