Eaten By A Grue: Infocom, Text Adventures, and Interactive Fiction

Eaten By A Grue: Infocom, Text Adventures, and Interactive Fiction
Co-hosted by Kay Savetz and Carrington Vanston

Take All
Aug 29 • 131 min
Kay and Carrington take a victory lap after finishing all of the Infocom text-only adventures. Turn on verbose mode and light the brass lantern, it’s time to take a look back at what they liked best, and least, from these classic games.
The Lurking Horror
Aug 22 • 126 min
A bone chilling blizzard at the window, a reanimated hand on your shoulder, and worst of all a term paper deadline. All the ingredients for a deliciously dreadful day at Boston’s creepiest college, where Kay and Carrington delve deep into the tunnels and…
Jul 31 • 108 min
In Wishbringer, a search for a lost cat leads Kay and Carrington into a dark fantasy land where their greatest concern isn’t the witches, the eldritch tendrils, or even the grue. It’s delivering the mail. Be careful what you wish for.
Jul 15 • 104 min
What do you get when you combine a plucky little robot, an abandoned space station, and Cousin Oliver? To find out, complete form JZ-59-G then listen in as Kay and Carrington discuss Stationfall, Infocom’s comedy horror space adventure mystery.
May 16 • 115 min
The Gruesome Twosome take another vacation from Infocom to play a vintage text adventure written by none other than Kay himself back in the 1980s. From creative spellings to Playboy magazines, it’s old school meets high school in Scavange! (Quack! Hiss!)
Apr 20 • 113 min
Kay and Carrington foray into the future to face the mishaps and misspellings of Planetfall, Infocom’s rib-tickling romp about a boy and his bot. Star Patrol: it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure game.
Beyond Zork
Apr 9 • 156 min
What does it mean when Kay and Carrington discuss a game full of Christmas Tree Monsters and Cruel Puppets for over two hours, never once using the word “wacky” but often using the word “walkthrough”? It means it’s time to load up on long-lasting snacks,…
A Mind Forever Voyaging
Jan 31 • 121 min
It’s turtles all the way down as Kevin and Carrington discuss Infocom’s A Mind Forever Voyaging: a computer simulation about a dystopian future in which a computer simulation finds out it is a computer simulation simulating dystopian futures.
Jan 12 • 71 min
Will the third sleuthing game from Infocom be the caper that finally steals Kevin’s heart? Or will Carrington continue to be the only one who likes bungling through Infocom’s burglary games? Find out as the lads tackle Infocom’s Suspect.
Dec 19, 2019 • 111 min
Kevin and Carrington return to discuss the expert-rated final game in the Enchanter trilogy. Are you happy the lads are back, or is that just an eft in your tarn?
Kevin Interviews Steve Meretzky
Apr 28, 2019 • 78 min
Jetsetter Kevin Savetz flies to the GitHub lair on Skullcrusher Mountain to interview Steve Meretzky about what it was like to make games in the 80s.
Catch A Butterfly
Apr 1, 2019 • 61 min
A butterfly flaps its wings on the other side of the world, and suddenly Kevin and Carrington are discussing an obscure game that isn’t on the usual list of Infocom titles. Also it happens to be April 1st, but that probably doesn’t mean anything.
Nord and Bert Couldn’t Make Head or Tail of It
Feb 2, 2019 • 96 min
Kevin and Carrington throw caution to the wind and spill the beans about Infocom’s idiom-riddled game. Does it cut the mustard, or should you give this one the cold shoulder? To make a long story short, the devil is in the details.
The Witness
Jan 23, 2019 • 96 min
Is playing The Witness a total gasser, or is it a trip for biscuits? Listen in as those hep cats Kevin and Carrington get on the Ameche to bushwa about Infocom’s second gumshoe. If you give this rip-snorter the high hat, you’re all wet.
Leather Goddesses of Phobos
Jan 5, 2019 • 113 min
Kevin and Carrington thrust into adventure (and Cleveland) to solve saucy puzzles and grapple bawdy baddies in spaaaaaaace! Something, possibly this very sentence, tells you things are going to get strange.
Zork III: The Dungeon Master
Dec 17, 2018 • 97 min
Kevin and Carrington delve once again into the dungeons of the Great Underground Empire to complete Infocom’s famous (and famously difficult) trilogy. Can they complete the game without cheating? The answer will not surprise you.
Oct 27, 2018 • 116 min
Brave the baking sun with Kevin and Carrington as they scour the desert for pyramids plunder. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll discover the greatest treasure of all: a macro to type the word ‘hieroglyphs’ for them.
Aug 28, 2018 • 82 min
Set sail for Hardscrabble Island, where sly divers vie for sunken treasure. Can Kevin and Carrington avoid the dangers of the deep long enough to enjoy the game? Don’t hold your breath.
Hollywood Hijinx
Aug 10, 2018 • 92 min
Explore a house filled with traps and trophies in Hollywood Hijinx, the zany (or is it kooky?) treasure hunt from Infocom. And if you listen carefully you can hear Kevin’s home slide out to sea.
Special Episode: Infocom’s Non-Interactive Non-Fiction
Aug 6, 2018 • 37 min
Infocom released several non-IF programs, such a series of digital comics, a board game, and even a corporate database. The company is in the black, you are likely to accrue a Grue.
Special Episode: Adventures in Videoland (Rollercoaster)
Aug 5, 2018 • 41 min
Kevin resurrects the very first video game that used a laserdisc: a type-in text adventure that ran on the Apple II. First you type in the game, then you type in the game!
Jul 18, 2018 • 51 min
Solve a murder, unmask a ghost, and hunt for treasure in Infocom’s multitrack mystery. Can you do what Scooby do? Find out in Moonmist. Viva la diffidence!
Apr 6, 2018 • 101 min
To listen to this episode, fill out form GRU3 using a #2 pencil and send it by postal mail no later than 8AM yesterday. Be sure to submit all forms in triplicate, in person, and in ink.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Mar 4, 2018 • 103 min
Stick out your digital thumb and catch a ride with Kevin, Carrington, and special guest Charles Mangin as they try to answer the great Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything without using InvisiClues.
Plundered Hearts
Jan 19, 2018 • 99 min
Set sail on the seven seas where swords clash, bodices rip, and it’s not always clear who’s rescuing whom. Special guest: Quinn Dunki, pirate queen.
Dec 28, 2017 • 76 min
Venture forth with the middle child of Infocom’s Enchanter series, where food is unnecessary, sleep is unwelcome, and a glass maze can drive you batty.
Nov 25, 2017 • 92 min
Removed from society, frozen in time, and fumbling to interact with the outside world only through remote electronics, Suspended might as well have been called Podcasters.
Zork II
Oct 16, 2017 • 83 min
Delve once more into the underground world of Zork where only things you can count on are your low cunning and your high number of saved games.
Jul 22, 2017 • 43 min
Fooblitzky is a city of secrets where the crosswalks are deadly, a flasher is dropping pianos on people, and the only job is washing dishes. Oh, and everyone is a dog. This is not an April Fool’s episode.
Jul 20, 2017 • 74 min
Two podcasters, both alike in indignity, at KansasFest, where unfair puzzles make unfair games unsolvable. In short, this is no Shakespeare and we are not Starcross lovers.
Thimbleweed Park
May 20, 2017 • 69 min
The Gruesome Twosome take a vacation from Infocom to visit Thimbleweed Park, where they solve a murder, discuss free will, and admire de lo res graphics.
Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels
Apr 26, 2017 • 74 min
It’s 19th Century London, and Crown Jewels are missing! Solving the mystery will take all the skills of the world’s greatest dectective! You are also there.
Mar 24, 2017 • 71 min
Enchanter is filled with magic spells, prophetic dreams, and even a talking turtle. Put on your robe and wizard hat, and prepare for adventure. Accio InvisiClues!
Feb 17, 2017 • 81 min
Infocom’s first mystery: a locked room, six suspects, and a ticking clock. Can a pair of fumbling podcasters solve the murder in time? Probably not.
Border Zone
Jan 17, 2017 • 67 min
Infocom’s only espionage story, Border Zone is filled with intrigue and danger in a constantly moving world that doesn’t wait while the player types. Tune in to see if our heroes achieve success by stealth, or death by typo.
Jan 10, 2017 • 61 min
Ahoy! Kevin and Carrington dive into Seastalker, Infocom’s junior gee-whiz submarine adventure. Set course for adventure, as we raise our sails and lower our expectations.
Jan 8, 2017 • 77 min
Trinity is Infocom’s classic game about the dangers of the Atomic Age, and it’s a blast! Get it? Get it? A blast? Hilarious.
Dec 14, 2016 • 63 min
Welcome to Ballyhoo, Infocom’s circus mystery. Can these johnny tin plates foil the grift and save the circus? Or is the cherry pie just too much for a pair of side-walling lot loafers?
Zork I: The Underground Empire
Dec 2, 2016 • 48 min
Kevin and Carrington discuss Zork I, the first text adventure from Infocom. From the highs of its incredible parser to the lows of its unfair puzzles, it all comes down to one burning question: are you a TAKE person or a GET person?