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chiventure

chiventure displaying in an old-school terminal

chiventure is a text adventure game engine. In other words, chiventure is not an individual game but, rather, a platform that allows game authors to develop text adventure games using WDL (World Description Language) files.

Building chiventure

chiventure uses CMake. To build, run

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

Dependencies

chiventure depends on JSON-C, Curses, and criterion. CMake will warn if any of these are not installed with an error of the form "Could NOT find <library>"

If you are missing any of the libraries, see docs/dependencies.md for information on how to install them

Running chiventure

To run chiventure with a WDL file, run:

./chiventure <path_to_wdl_file>

To try a sample game, from inside the build directory, run

./chiventure ../tests/wdl/examples/wdl/connected-rooms.wdl

Once inside chiventure, you can type HELP for the list of available commands.

You can also run chiventure without specifying a WDL file:

./chiventure

However, at the moment, it is not possible to load a WDL file from inside chiventure.

Writing a Chiventure Game

To write a game in chiventure, see wdl.md for a specification of the WDL language.

Example games can be found in tests/wdl/examples/, such as test.wdl

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A text adventure game engine developed in UChicago's CMSC 22000 - Introduction to Software Development

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