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interpreter of Z-code story-files

Frotz interprets Z-code story-files, which are usually text adventure games (although a few arcade-style Z-code games have been written). Examples of such story files include the adventure games published by Infocom, as well as any games produced by compilers to this format, such as Inform. You can find a number of Inform-compiled games up for anonymous FTP at or HTTP at

Frotz complies with the Z Machine specification version 1.0.

Package version:2.43-4


FROTZ V2.43 - An interpreter for all Infocom and other Z-machine games.
Complies with standard 1.0 of Graham Nelson's specification.

Originally written by Stefan Jokisch in 1995-1997.
Ported to Unix by Galen Hazelwood.
Reference code and Unix port currently maintained by David Griffith.

- Compiles and runs on most common flavors of Unix, both open source and not.
- Plays all Z-code games includi


What are all these files for?

AUTHORS		People who've had a hand in making Frotz what it is.
BUGS		A list of known bugs and workarounds (if known).
COPYING		Full text of the GNU General Public License.
ChangeLog	Summary of changes from one version to another.
DUMB		Description of the dumb-interface version of Frotz.
HOW_TO_PLAY	How to play Interactive Fiction.
INSTALL		How to install Frotz.


Frotz for Debian

The Debian version of Frotz creates the directory $HOME/.infocom to place saved
games into. The default name for saved games is $HOME/.infocom/<gamename>.sav,
where <gamename> is the stem of the name of the game file.

The system-wide configuration file for Frotz in Debian is /etc/frotz.conf. The
default zcode_path in /etc/frotz.conf is /usr/share/games/zcode; th


FROTZ(6)                                                    FROTZ(6)

       frotz - interpre


frotz (2.43-4) unstable; urgency=low

  * Update upstream homepage (closes: #650257)
  * Converted t


Summary of changes between Unix Frotz 2.42 and Unix Frotz 2.43:


Rework os_process_arguments() in src/curses/ux_init.c to make Frotz more
convenient to use as a BBS 


Original Frotz reference code:
	Stefan Jokisch <>

Original Unix port:
	Galen H

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