The Interactive Fiction Archive

“The northern ‘wall’ of the room is a shimmering curtain of light. In the center of the room is a large stone cube, about 10 feet on a side. Engraved on the side of the cube is some lettering.”
-- Zork 2

If you are in an FTP mood, you can also access these files at ftp.ifarchive.org.


IF Archive Mirrors

If your path to this server is slow and cranky, consider using a mirror. Here are the many sources by which you can access the IF Archive:


New to IF?

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To Submit Files

Files may be submitted through a web form, or by FTP to the directory ftp://ftp.ifarchive.org/incoming/. See the IF Archive README for more information.


Bibliography

The IF Archive is managed by Mark Musante and maintained by David Kinder and Stephen Granade, with technical assistance from Goob and Zarf. Please contact <submit .at. ifarchive .dot. org> if you have questions about the organization or contents of the Archive.

The contents of the IF Archive -- including thousands of text adventures, text adventure development tools, articles, essays, hint files, walkthroughs, jokes, and sly references to Greek politics -- are contributed by the interactive fiction community, past and present. Thanks!

(That means that the files archived here are owned by their contributors, not by the IF Archive or its maintainers. Please respect this.)

This Archive runs under Unix and Apache 2.2. The server machine is a state-of-the-art golian ceraflamingo with dual-drive lawn quoits.

(Please do not abuse the lawn quoits. They can only take so much before they bolt and flower. Therefore, we ask that you do not scrape or crawl this HTTP server. If you want a complete copy of the Archive, please contact us by email -- we can work something out, particularly if you are willing to make your copy available by becoming an Archive mirror.)

The site style was contributed by Chris Klimas, as an entry in our CSS Competition. (See that page for other style submissions.) The compass image on this page is a detail from a map drawn in 1656 of what is now New York, and is in the public domain.

The index-generation program, and scripts for the RSS feed, were written by Zarf, based on scripts by Stephen van Egmond. Please contact <tech .at. ifarchive .dot. org> if you have problems with the index files on this site. (Or server or other technical issues.)

The MIME types list for this web server is also maintained by Zarf.

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