Total Waste of Time

February 18, 2003

Back in the day, when I was first exposed to computers, I played a text game called 'Star Trek' for hours. While my buddy (whose father had brought home from work the thermal paper terminal we were playing on) was enthralled with the game, I wanted to know how it worked. I had found my niche in life, and now, some 27 years later I discovered that the venerable 'emacs' editor included in most Unix distributions has several games embedded.

One of these is an adventure game called 'dunnet'. To play just open a terminal window and type (without the quotes) "emacs -batch -l dunnet" That's a dash el in the middle.

Don't blame me if your productivity goes to zero for the next few hours as you try not to get eaten by a grue.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.