Dungeon Map

Dungeon (Zork) Map

1st September 2014 // By Patrick // Portfolio

The glowing blue/white phosphor of my uncle's terminal read:

You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door.

There is a small mailbox here.

I noticed that my [apparently] eagle-eyed cousin spotted the canonical dungeon map on a TV show.

Thought I'd throw in my 2¢ worth on the Dungeon map...

Back in 1981, my uncle set dad up with a DEC PDP-11/03 minicomputer.  My uncle introduced me to a game called Dungeon a couple years prior,  so I was very excited to have this game on our very own PDP-11.  Around this time, a company called Infocom was formed by former MIT students.  Their primary business model revolved around text adventures starting with Zork I which was a trimmed version of Dungeon designed to run on microcomputers such as Apple IIs, Ataris, IBM PCs, and others.  They later released Zork II, and Zork III which, together, contained all of the original Dungeon program along with added content to fill out the three parts.  Infocom also marketed buttons, t-shirts, posters, and other paraphernalia.  One of these items was a Dungeon Map in poster size that was based on the 1981 version of the game.  The Fortran source (of which I have a hardcopy of somewhere) of the version I used was modified by various people over the years.   Well I saved my nickels and bought the poster-sized map along with a button that stated "Hello Sailor!  Nothing happens here..."  

Here is Steven Roy's 1982 (partially cleaned-up) map that was also published by Infocom as a poster.  Wish I still had it...  The DEC Professional magazine of November 1982 had a size reduced version of Steven's map.  I based my map on the magazine version.

 

dungeon-map

I started working on my version of this map around 2001 by cleaning up the faded lines of Steven Roy's map in Photoshop.  In 2008 I revisited the map and ended up with version at the top of this article.  I tried to keep most of Steven's layout but added some more rooms (from Zork version 3.1) and the endgame.  The full version of my map has a resolution of 5800 x 4400 pixels (or big enough to make a poster from).  No, I haven't as of yet made a poster from the image.  If you would like a copy of my large map, let me know.

Update:  Now you can play Dungeon (Zork) in your browser over here.

Patrick

World famous cat herder from the greater Goleta area.  

"Sometimes I design electronic circuits.  I love my family.  It's that simple.

Nuff said."

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