Foyle's War
Dennis Wheatley Gone Wild

Calling All Testers

It's the memorial day weekend bug blasting extravaganza for The Z-Machine Matter. It's a long weekend in the US and UK, so why not spend that time firing up a Glulx interpreter, head down to the Blakely Estate in Cabeza Plana and figure out how famous fusion scientist Paul Panks died.  Was it really an accident at the hands of the Z-Machine fusion generator?  Or was the ruthless Alan Hugo involved? What about his lovely daughter Beverley Hugo?  What is Charlie Tads hiding about the family's past?  Where was Dietrich Plotkin at the time?  And what is Emile Long really doing there?  

If you're at all curious, drop me a line and I'll send you a link to the private Alpha test version.  The game is about 28.32% finished and every beta tester who has sent me feedback has helped make things much better.  In addition to fixing many ambiguity errors, here are just a few samples of commands I've recently incorporated based on Alpha tester feedback

> GET BOOZE
> POUR MONICA A DRINK

> ASK SGT DUFFY WHERE WE'RE GOING
> TELL DUFFY ABOUT CASE
> ASK BEV ABOUT PANKS DRINKING

> SEARCH BODY
> ASK CHARLIE HOW PANKS DIED
> CONSULT NOTEBOOK ABOUT AMY'S DEATH
> HELLO DIETRICH
> ASK PLOTKIN ABOUT Z-MACHINE 
> WHERE AM I
> TAKE STAIRCASE UP
> TOPICS
> LISTEN
> SMELL 

All you need to do is play the game for 30 minutes and run a SCRIPT transcript so I can see what kinds of commands you type in.  Who knows, you may win one of several Dennis Wheatley 1930 crime dossier reprints just for helping out.  Heck, you can even have a beer while doing this.  In return, your name will be added to the list of alpha testers in the game. 

This is my last big push before entering into IntroComp next month, so if you're on the fence now is the time to give it a shot.  And if you've previously contacted me about Alpha testing and have not run the game yet, be sure to get the latest version that incorporates recent improvements.

Thanks everyone!  

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I'd be happy to play through and send you a transcript. But don't you live in Santa Cruz? We could meet up downtown or on campus to discuss it, if you wish.

Duncan, yes I'm in Santa Cruz. I'm slammed this weekend but happy to send you links to the game. Shoot me email ZUrlocker via hotmail.
thanks!

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