I managed to finish Lost Pig tonight. I did it with the help of a walkthrough, and I don’t think I would have been able to finish it otherwise, as I am still developing my IF skillz.
No pigs were harmed in the making of this game, no need to worry 🙂
I took a LOT of notes when I was playing this game. Not just notes about this game in particular, but about the game of interactive fiction as well. Like… read everything, and pay attention to everything. Don’t disregard descriptions of things as fluff. Although there is a lot of that.. and I suppose that’s the challenge of IF, knowing what’s important and what isn’t. I think that carrots that are dangled so to speak, things that are obfuscated or hidden… are worth investigating. Writing things down definitely helps. This game also used some commands that I didn’t know existed, like WAIT, for example. IF has a language, and I suppose some games have a greater language than others. 9:05 had significantly less vocabulary than Lost Pig.
Here is a great beginners guide to IF from Adame Cadre. It gets into vocabulary and such, verbs that may be useful on your journeys. Adam Cadre has created many gems in the world of IF, including the aforementioned 9:05. I’m sure there are others out there, but I feel like his site, the way he presents his games, makes IF very accessible to a variety of tastes. Definitely recommend his site. Oh, he also did Photopia as well, the first IF I played.
Well I better get some sleep, I have my second day observing tomorrow, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. And again, work at night. Planning on getting together with Michael after that so we can geek out on all this stuff. Happy reading!
Found another potentially useful IF resource: Planet IF