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QTads - A multimedia interpreter for Tads games. Written and maintained by Nikos Chantziaras. Based on Mike Roberts' portable reference implementation of Tads. This file contains an overview of QTads. Other documentation files in the distribution include: AUTHORS People who wrote QTads' code. COPYING The GNU General Public License (GPL). QTads is distributed under the terms and conditions of this license. (Note that this file might be missing in the Debian distribution; it can be found at /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2 or in the "Help->About" menu of the program.) HTML_TADS_LICENSE The HTML TADS Freeware Source Code License. QTads can be distributed and modified under the terms of this license if you cannot or don't want to accept the terms of the GPL. INSTALL Installation and usage instructions. NEWS Contains the list of changes between QTads versions. qtads.6.gz Manual page. The newest version of QTads can be downloaded from its homepage at: http://qtads.sourceforge.net Previous versions can be found at the project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtads About Tads and QTads ==================== QTads is a so called "interpreter" for games created with the Text Adventure Development System, or "Tads" for short, a C-like object oriented programming language for authoring Interactive Fiction (similar to the Infocom or Legend Entertainment games, like "Zork"). Yes, we are talking about text adventures here. The Tads compiler creates executables for the Tads Virtual Machine (the "Tads VM"). QTads is an implementation of this Virtual Machine; it runs Tads VM executables. One can also say that QTads is a Tads VM emulator. This is similar to Java; the Java compiler creates JavaVM programs which must be executed with a JavaVM implementation. Both Tads 2 as well as Tads 3 games are supported. QTads is not written from scratch; it uses Mike Roberts' portable reference implementations of the two Tads VMs; the T2 VM (written in C) and T3 VM (written in C++). For more information about Tads, visit its home page: http://www.tads.org On what systems does it run? ============================ Theoretically, it should run on *any* system for which a Qt-port exists (many Unices, including Linux and Mac OSX, Windows, Haiku, even embedded devices like cell phones and PDAs). The systems it is known to run are Linux, Mac OS X 10.5 and newer, MS Windows XP/Vista/7 and Haiku. What's Interactive Fiction? =========================== Well, this is just a poor README file and therefore not the appropriate place for an introduction to Interactive Fiction. For more information about Interactive Fiction (or "IF" for short), just go to the Tads page (see above) and follow some links. Or search for "interactive fiction" in Google; you'll be amazed about how many results you'll get. And you'll be even more amazed about how active the IF community is. At qtads.sourceforge.net you can find further information about online places where the community gathers and where to find games. I don't like QTads. It sucks. ============================== Then help me improve it. Send me suggestions and bug reports, or even code if you know C++ and Qt. Now! Don't be afraid to do it. Thank you. Copyright ========= QTads is Copyright (C) 2013 by Nikos Chantziaras. QTads is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it either under the terms of the HTML TADS Freeware Source Code License as appearing in the file HTML_TADS_LICENSE included in the packaging of this file, or under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation and appearing in the file COPYING included in the packaging of this file; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. QTads is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.