Addventure Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ is no replacement for the
beginners user manual or the
addvanced users manual.
If you continue to have questions that I don't address here, feel
free to send me email at
Is this a MUD or an RPG or what?
I like to think of it as a "shared story". It has many features that are
similar to MUDs and RPGs - but it doesn't have to. MUDs and RPGs are
both "first person" stories - you're the one that is in the story, while
Addventure can be written in first person, but can also be a "third
person" story - where you, the narrator, control the fates of the
people in the story.
How can I run my own Addventure?
Source code for the previous version of Addventure is available
at http://www.addventure.com. To run
your own game, you need access to an HTTP (or WWW) server that will allow
you to run CGI scripts.
I started writing a episode, and then my browser died. How can I finish it?
You can't. Addventure does, however, clean up episodes that were not finished.
Most games do this cleanup every 24 hours or so for episodes that are over
24 hours old.
How can I put spaces in between paragraphs I write?
You need to learn how to write in HTML. The basic way, however, is to put
<P> wherever you want to separate paragraphs. Putting more than one
<P> together will not give you any more space.
I just wrote a episode, but when I go to view it its gone!
Many browsers try to be smart and save a copy of the page when it
originally retrieves it, and never goes to check to see if the page
has been updated. You can usually force an update by reloading the
How can I "sidelink" to sibling episodes?
Ok... lets make sure we understand the question. Given a parent episode P
and children episodes A, B, and C you want A to link to B and C, B to link
to A and C, and C to link to A and B. (See diagram.)
(If that isn't an ugly diagram, I don't know what is.)
The answer is: "you can't". It's not possible to link to rooms that
haven't been created yet, and no matter which room you try to link
to first, the other rooms won't exist yet.
The way around this is to create intermediate episodes, let's call them
D, E, and F, that are children of the respective episodes. Each one of these
lead to the other two base episodes. So: D links to B and C, E links to
A and C, and F links to A and B. (See diagram.)
(Well... there's an uglier one.)
This works because A, B, and C will all be created first as rooms that
may be linked to. When you create D, E, and F you can link to A, B, or
C since they have linking enabled..
How can I end a game?
It always bothered me that people seemed to want to end a game more than
they wanted to continue it. I pretty firmly beleive that most stories
are still good if you talk about what happens after "happily ever after".
If you're insistent on wanting to end the game, you can always backlink
to another room (if the game allows it) which will essentially start the