Ad Verbum

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Building
Building
Comedy
Comedy
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IF Comp 2000
4th of 53
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XYZZY Awards 2000
Finalist - Best Individual Puzzle, Best Use of Medium
Ad Verbum
Author(s) Nick Montfort
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 2000
Authoring system Inform 6
Platform(s) Z-code 5
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Multimedia
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Ratings
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How it Begins

You are a seasoned adventurer, hired to aid in the demolition of the Wizard of Wordplay's mansion. You are in the mansion's foyer. The demolition contractor tells you to pick up everything that's not bolted down and throw it into the dumpster, then leaves. You are carrying nothing.

Notable Features

  • Most puzzles are solved by wordplay of various kinds, often playing on IF conventions.
  • Best known for the alliterative rooms, in which every word printed (including parser responses and objects) begins with a single letter. Within the rooms, the parser only accepts commands beginning with that letter; the puzzle lies in thinking up appropriate synonyms for simple actions.

Versions

Competition release

  • Ad Verbum (Nick Montfort; 2000; Z-code 5).
    • Release 1 / Serial number 000925 / Inform v6.21 Library 6/10
    • IFID: ZCODE-1-000925-2BAE
      IFID links: IFDB, IFDB cover
    • IF Comp 2000: 4th place of 53 entries.
    • XYZZY Awards 2000: Winner of Best Puzzles. Finalist for Best Individual Puzzle (the letter rooms) and Best Use of Medium.
    • File: adverbum.z5 (132 KB, download)

Release 11

  • Ad Verbum (Nick Montfort; 2006; Z-code).
    • Release 11 / Serial number 060905 / Inform v6.30 Library 6/10
    • IFID: ZCODE-11-060905-93BD
      IFID links: IFDB, IFDB cover
    • File: adverbum.z5 (135 KB, download)

Online Versions

  • [1] Release 11 on-line on Nick Montfort's site
  • [2] Release 4 on Digital Eel
  • [3] Release 1 on-line at iFiction.org

Spanish translation

Links

General Info

Reviews

See also the IF Comp 2000 Reviews.

Spoilers