VariTale (DOS)

VariTale DOS Setting up a new copy.


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VariTale is an early BBS door implementation of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure hypertext, allowing users to read through and extend up to three stories per installation (15 in the registered version!) via an oldschool command-line interface. Unconventionally, the author of a given chapter is not given the option of dictating which options follow their passage: that choice is given instead to the writers of the future chapters.

Comes bundled with two sample adventures, The Secret of the Broken Sword and Space Terror! The latter is more nominal than the former, but both exhibit the vaguely cheeky insouciance that characterises Pinnacle's humorous writing.


VariTale DOS A motivating speech for reluctant writers
VariTale DOS My masterpiece stands before us!  Who wants to continue it?
VariTale DOS Reaching the end of a story thread.
VariTale DOS Listing of top-level commands

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The author of VariTale does not appear to be tremendously proud of the sample games included: in the user manual, under discussion of the BURN command (to eliminate stories from the collection, so as to clear up room for new ones), he notes:
VariTale comes with two dreadful sample stories named "The Secret of the Broken Sword" and "Space Terror!". Feel free to use them to test the BURN command.

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  • Download VariTale! (Free, legal download of the unregistered shareware version of VariTale! (look for VARITALE.ZIP))
Pseudo_Intellectual (45140) added VariTale (DOS) on Jan 12, 2007