The original Infocom Gallery made its online debut in 1997, the brainchild of Julian Linder and David Sinclair, as a response to Activision's disappointing treatment of the documentation contained in the Lost Treasures of Infocom CD collection. By 2003 the site was getting long in the tooth. Josh Larios, unable to contact Julian or David, decided to fork the Gallery and update it, while retaining the original site largely intact. Though initially forthcoming, updates at his site stopped in 2004. Meanwhile, David and Julian's original site had disappeared from the Internet.
In December, 2006, I began making high-resolution scans of my own collection of Infocom games. Wishing to see the Gallery updated, but initially unable to contact Josh, I forked the site, creating Phase III (aka, The (all-new) Infocom Gallery). Then, on January 1, 2007, Josh replied, suggesting I take over the site.
Welcome to The Gallery of Zork. May you find it useful.
-- CNJEC, January, 2007
6 January 2011
Wow! An e-mail from David Sinclair! Or not. Turns out "David Sinclair" was a pseudonym (I won't, of course, reveal his real name) to avoid the possible wrath of Activision back in '98. David had these kind words to say:
I just found your Infocom site and wanted to thank you for continuing this project and doing a great job with it too.... I always wanted The Infocom Gallery to eventually become a faithful archive of everything Infocom.... I'm grateful that the work of archiving and preserving Infocom's treasures has continued.
Now that made my day. Thanks, David.
11 October 2010
Added The Zork Chronicles in PDF format. Thanks to Andy Harrington for sending it (and my apologies for taking so long to put it up).
11 June 2010
10 June 2010
9 June 2010
Complete rewrite of the non-canonical software section. Instead of broken code, you should now actually see (mostly) working links. Still some clean-up to do, but it's mostly there.
Content additions: lots of new images of stuff I already had added to the canonical games, the non-canonical software, and sundry other places. Here's a list of only stuff that's new to the Gallery. All additions courtesy of MOCAGH.ORG:
6 June 2010
Bug fixes galore. First and foremost, thumbnail generation now actually works -- no more falling over memory limits. Not sure, but I think all the graphics stuff is now working -- from auto image scanning to thumbnail creation, even cleaning up of orphaned thumbnails, this site is now all but auto-maintaining. Yeah, again, I'm the only one who cares :-)
Organized The Zork Chronicles and reduced image sizes to something manageable. It's actually quite a pleasant experience reading online now. Give it a try. Eventually, all the online books will be done up the same.
Re-uploaded reference card images (they'd disappeared somewhere)
2 June 2010
Lots more under-the-hood code changes, including code to use a default "no thumb" thumb image should the auto-thumbnail generating code fail. So at least now you'll see a default thumb instead of nothing.
Added Genre and Product Code info to canonical games pages.
17 May 2010
The Infocom Online page is back. I'd removed it during a recent site redesign in favor of adding a "Play Now!" link to
each game's page. But after running across numerous blogs this weekend linking to the old page, I've decided to put it back
As of yet, there is no link to it from the main page. You can access it directly here.
Also added the following, again courtesy of The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History.
16 May 2010
First test of my new code: new content -- and lots of it. Nearly 500 images added today. Under the old code it would've taken me a week or more -- manually creating and uploading thumbs, then manually editing a couple of dozens .php files to handcraft hundreds of html links. Today, just upload the images -- a matter of an hour or two -- and I'm done. Sweet!
All the following is courtesy of The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History.
15 May 2010
As promised, the site now auto-generates missing thumbnail images. You should never again see a missing thumbnail, and site updates should be as easy as uploading a new image to the proper folder. No more mucking about with manual thumbnail generation, or having to manually update HTML files every time I add a new image. Yet another itch scratched..
12 May 2010
Added htaccess mod_rewrites. Can now access the site via URLs like www.accardi-by-the-sea.org/AMFV.
10 May 2010
Added code to sort the image dirs and filenames, so they don't appear in random order. Next up: auto-thumbnail-generating code. At that point, I can't think of any way to make updating and maintenance any easier. Making the only excuse for continued non-updates pure laziness.
8 May 2010
7 May 2010
Rewrote some under-the-hood code. Not that anyone out there is interested. It's only thirteen lines of PHP, but it took me three days to write, therefore I'm adding an entry here. The site now autoscans for images, meaning all I have to do is upload a new image, and the site will find it. I no longer have to manually add links. I know, y'all are not impressed. After getting the code working, I reorged and re-uploaded portions of the site.
8 Mar 2010
Zork - The Forces of Krill added read-online and JPG downloads
Zork - The Cavern of Doom added read-online, JPG, HTML, DOC downloads
Wishbringer added read-online thumbnails
4 Mar 2010
Added download PDFs for three choose-your-own-adventures: The Forces of Krill, Zork - The Malifestro Quest, and Zork - Conquest at Quendor. Rewrote the What's New page.
30 Sep 2009
25 Sep 2009
Phase III - The Reboot complete. Though my to-do list can hardly be said to be growing shorter, coding-related items are becoming scarce, so I've decided to declare the new site (working title: The (all-new) Infocom Gallery - Phase III (Reboot)) ready for business. To mark this milestone -- the most thorough and comprehensive revisioning in the Gallery's history -- I have rechristened the site The Gallery of Zork. Site has been announced in several venues.
With other concerns muscling in, I've left the site half-baked for the past couple of years. Rather than trying to salvage the current site (it was a lot like my junk closet: fine with the door closed, but you don't want to look inside), and having picked up some PHP coding skills in the interim, I've decided to throw the whole thing out and rebuild once again from scratch. I'm dubbing this Phase III - The Reboot.
16 Jan 2007
Completed and uploaded rebuilds. New Zork 2 high-res scans now online. Replaced old scans with higher-res and added new scans: full greybox scans, all browsie pages, disk and sleeve.
15 Jan 2007
14 Jan 2007
Added new main page for Gallery/The Canon. Deleted "all" from the Gallery description on home page: "View images of all Infocom game packaging".
13 Jan 2007
Think I'm getting the hang of JAlbum -- now got the upload feature working.
So here's where we stand to date: all the additions I had made prior to the Minigal Affair were lost. At present, actual content is the same as the old pre-Phase III Gallery, plus 1) addition of Enchanter folio scans from Josh; 2) new higher-res Suspended scans; and, 3) Cavern of Doom and Forces of Krill added to the library.
11 Jan 2007
Adding some eye candy -- animated hover effects on the mainpage, gallery and library pages. In the process, managed to overwrite the library page, so had to recreate it. Also some reorganization of file folders which broke links. Hopefully I've found and fixed them all.
10 Jan 2007
Well, now. What a difference a couple of days makes. I'm now using JAlbum to put together the galleries. While I'm not entirely happy with the result -- at least of the default theme -- I've uploaded the new gallery. Additionally, I've made some cosmetic changes -- reworked the banner and the mainpage, gallery and library page images. I'm tempted to say the site's ready to go live, but I'll play with it another day or two first.
8 Jan 2007
ARGHHH! I'm beginning to think this MiniGal was a mistake. After hours of carefully organizing all the images into folders, labeling everything, it craps all over its own database, and all my careful organization is out the window. Time to leave a nasty note in the Minigal forums, then find some new gallery software.
7 Jan 2007
1) Finally found a download PHP script that installs and works. Unfortunately, it sticks a prefix on every file as an inducement to pay for a license. I'll go with it for now, but probably look for a new script later. 2) Added the following:
6 Jan 2007
1) Replaced the old form mail script on the Contacts Page with a new one that should be more secure from address harvesters.
2) Added a Downloads Page with the three Zorks; installed a download manager script which, however, seems to be broken. Will have to make enquiries. For now, downloads are via direct link.
3) Added a placeholderHelp Us! Page. Content to come later.
4) Added add-a-link script to the Links Page. But like the downloads link, it doesn't quite work yet.
5) Man, I just lo-o-o-ve IFRAME. I've now enclosed the guestbook home page in an IFRAME, which is really slick. Compare the IFRAME experience with just redirecting directly.
6) Added Caverns of Doom PDF version to the Library for download.
5 Jan 2007
New slate theme now site-wide, with the exceptions of the 404 "page not found" page and the image gallery itself. Also, I have changed the site URL from /InfocomGallery/ to /Infocom/Gallery/. This of course had the result of breaking links site-wide, but I'm hopeful I've found and fixed them all. Also updated and reformatted the Links page.
4 Jan 2007
I've made the new slate theme the default site now, but still have to transition some of the sub-pages over to the new theme.
2 Jan 2007
Hold the presses! New feel! New look! New look and feel! Site has been redesigned as a photo gallery using MiniGal 2, an open source PHP-based photo gallery script. I've abandoned the old site design and am rebuilding the site from scratch. New site homepage and image gallery are online, and am in the process of transferring all the old content over. To date the following have been added:
1 Jan 2007
Received a reply today from Josh Larios. He has officially handed the whole site over to me, so this is now THE Infocom Gallery. As soon as I give the word, Josh will redirect his site to mine.
30 Dec 2006
1) Finished running the site through W3C validation; all pages currently validate as HTML 4.01 transitional and sport a logo saying so. Course, that doesn't guarantee I won't break them again in the near future.
2) Added scans of four items to stuffies: "Fill This Out and We'll Fill You In!" warranty card; "Commodore 64 or PLUS/4" system reference card; "Open This When You Really Need a Hint!" InvisiClues offer; "No Human Stands So Tall" poster offer card.
3) Reworked Zork I InvisiClues. All-new high-res scans; many missing pages added.
29 Dec 2006
1) Added new 404 page. As a 404 page it's pretty useless, but I'm kinda proud of it anyway.
2) Have begun running the site through the W3C code validator. Those pages that validate as standards compliant will display the W3C logo at the bottom.
28 Dec 2006
1)Added contact form to contacts page; visitors can now e-mail me directly from the site. 2) Added a guestbook. Will point all guestbook links to it and place a link to the old guestbook on the links page.
27 Dec 2006
1) Lots more code-tweaking, and playing around with site appearance - colors, background, etc. 2) Reorganized index on mainpage. 3) Added Stuffies page, transferred Product Catalogs to it; no further content added yet. 4) Added Credits page. 5) Added Infocomics page, but no content yet. 6) Insert all the changes I've forgotten to remember here.
26 Dec 2006
HTML recoding is reaching a stage I can call finished. Most of the site has been rewritten, with most of the HTML hand-coded, though most of the changes are "under the hood". Much greater user of CSS to allow greater control over style. I should be able to get back to updating content soon.
24 Dec 2006
23 Dec 2006
1)Site-wide rewrite begun. With this rewrite I have four goals: 1) Rewrite all HTML code to make better use of templates and stylesheets, and reorganize the site, to better facilitate future updates. 2) Update the look of the site. 3) Replace current scans with higher-resolution scans. 4) Fill in missing scans. 2) As a sort of proof-of-concept, the revamped Suspect greybox section is now online, featuring the updated look, higher-resolution (200dpi) scans, and a boatload of additions lacking in the old site, notably the addition of scans of the greybox, the floppy disk, and eighteen missing browsie pages. And yes, I know some of the links don't go anywhere yet. 3) Added cover shots and basic information on the four choose-your-own adventure books.
17 Dec 2006
1) Reworked site logo and section headings throughout the site. 2) Reorganized main page into separate Main, Contacts, Links and About pages. 3) Added Status Line page and contents; updated main page. 4) Added Books page (no content yet).
16 Dec 2006
Replaced the Bureaucracy Beezer Card application form scans with higher quality scans from a better original.
12 Dec 2006
With no reply from Josh to my recent enquiries, I have set up a new mirror at Accardi-by-the-Sea. I will begin updating the site shortly.
Date: 14 April 2004Added Bureaucracy Better Beezer form in triplicate.
Date: 8 Mar 2003Re-scanned infocards for seastalker, added new matchbook scans for witness and new sundial scan for trinity.
Date: 9 Feb 2003Added site map and memorial scan to Trinity.
Date: 5 Feb 2003Added Santa Ana Register scans, thanks to Peter Ikin.
Date: 25 Jan 2003Added "peculiar old dame" scans at 150dpi. 300dpi pngs in archive.
Date: 22 Jan 2003Added Our Circuits, Ourselves scans from Brian at guetech.org, made to-do page.
Date: 13 Jan 2003Fixed links in moonmist, mastertronics. Still missing santa ana register scans from witness.
Date: 10 Jan 2003Changed the URL to /gallery/ and removed the crosswinds jscript from all html pages. guetech mirror active.
Date: 9 Jan 2003
Assuming that this mirror of the Gallery is now the primary source, I've decided to start working on it myself. If I can find the original authors, I will offer them accounts here so they can maintain it. In the meantime, I've fixed some missing files, with the kind assistance of Connie Tessier.
Date: 16 June 2001Crosswinds FTP access is finally available again, performed some much-delayde updates and fixes: broken Cutthroats pictures fixed, Scimitar log pages 1-6 uploaded
Date: 1 Jan 2001Added donated Witness scans
Date: 12 Oct 2000Improved versions of many Seastalker and Witness scans. Crosswinds still seem to have major problems with their servers; if you get a broken link, please try re-loading the respective file -- the server may then be able to find it.
Date: 1 Oct 2000Most of the broken links fixed.
Date: 26 Aug 2000Zork Zero blueprint is back!
Date: 13 Aug 2000Spellbreaker InvisiClues page now working, added authorization forms to Stationfall page
Date: 30 July 2000Improved some of the Wishbringer and Moonmist scans (higher res, removed bleed-through), added donated Enchanter's Guild Pin and missing stellar4-5.jpg to Planetfall section.
Date: 29 July 2000Added donated Wishbringer InvisiClues scans.
Date: 25 July 2000Added donated Cutthroats scans.
Date: 23 July 2000Added Sorcerer InvisiClues Section.
Date: 22 July 2000Added Enchanter InvisiClues Section. Completed Suspect InvisiClues. Thanks for the scans!!
Date: 10 June 2000Infidel Map now available in the Infidel Greybox section.
Date: 23 May 2000Most of the stuff on the German server is working again. Please report any broken links! (Currently, the catalogs and the Deadline Mastertronic are still broken; we'll fix this as soon as possible.)
Date: 22 May 2000Since last Sunday (May, 15th), fortunecity.de and fortunecity.fr are having major problems with their servers. The French server seems to be up and running again, the one in Germany, however, is still not functioning properly. Therefore, any part of this site that resides on the German server (everything but the grey boxes page and the main page) is unavailable at the moment.
Date: 31 March 2000Moved all Folios, InvisiClues, Mastertronic releases and product catalogs to a new server, because we were running low on free space on our server in France. This may result in broken links; please report any that you find so we can fix them!
Date: 30 March 2000Added Zork I folio and InvisiClues. After much hassle with the HTML source code, the page now should load correctly with Netscape again. Apologies for any inconveniences during the last couple of days.
Date: 21 March 2000Added Suspect InvisiClues and some additional Starcross scans. Thanks to Mo again for the donation!
Date: 17 March 2000Added Passport to the United Products of Infocom section and scans. Thanks to Frank for the donation!
Date: 10 March 2000Added Deadline Folio section. Fixed a few broken links in the Alphabetical List and cleaned up HTML source code.
Date: 8 March 2000Added donated Zork II browsie, missing page from Zork I browsie, Journey pouch and crystal, Stationfall stellar patrol patch and Moonmist iron-on logo. A big thank you to Mo for providing these scans!
Date: 6 March 2000Added Acrobat Reader (PDF) compatible versions of the Cutthroats manual.
Date: 3 March 2000Added Acrobat Reader (PDF) compatible versions of the Starcross and Wishbringer manuals.
Date: 28 Feb 2000Added Infidel folio section and scans.
Date: 23 Feb 2000Added "Schematic of the Underground Complex" to Suspended section. Added Seastalker section and scans.
Date: 22 Feb 2000Added missing feelies to Infidel and Border Zone sections. Added Sorcerer Mastertronic and Wishbringer Mastertronic sections and scans.
Date: 21 Feb 2000Added Witness browsie, Suspended Mask, Deadline grey box and Hitchhiker's Guide grey box. Also added Deadline, Hollywood Hijinx/Bureaucracy and Hitchhiker's Guide InvisiClues.
Date: 5 Feb 2000Added donated Zork II section & scans.
Date: 31 Jan 2000Added donated Arthur, Border Zone, Deadline Mastertronics Release, Sherlock, Shogun, The Witness, Zork III sections & scans.
Date: 17 Jan 2000Added donated Starcross maps.
Date: 15 Jan 2000Added The Incomplete Works of Infocom, Inc.
Date: 14 Jan 2000Added Zork map.
Date: 13 Jan 2000Added Zork I section and some scans.
Date: 4 Jan 2000There is now an AD-FREE mirror site available at http://matrix.crosswinds.net/~dsinclair/infocom3_.html.
Date: 12 Dec 1999Added Enchanter scroll. Expanded Leather Goddesses section.
Date: 19 Dec 1999Added manual and fifty guinea bill to Plundered Hearts. Also changed the directory structure, so there might be some new broken links.
Date: 18 Dec 1999Added Suspended, The Master Storytellers and Infidel pages. Also added cartoon scans to Nord and Bert and some Wishbringer scans. Thank you to all who have sent me scans.
Date: 14 Dec 1999Finally added Stationfall page.. thanks to Dave for the donation.
Date: 3 Nov 1999To those of you who have sent me scans.. please don't be angry because I haven't added everything yet. I'm busy with school right now, but eventually, there will be another big update. Fixed the filenames of the new AMVF scans.
Date: 23 Oct 1999The new files should now be working. :-) Why can't the stupid fortunecity server accept filenames with spaces? If you find missing files, please send me an e-mail.
Date: 22 Oct 1999Added donated Scans: Lurking Horror Centipede, misc. AMFV & Ballyhoo, Moonmist's visitor's guide to Tresyllian castle.
Date: 21 Oct 1999Finally uploaded missing Zork Zero scans.
Date: 30 Sept 1999Added Zork Zero section and donated scans.
Date: 20 Aug 1999Added more donated scans to Suspect section.
Date: 19 Aug 1999Added Suspect section, donated scans (more to come).
Date: 18 Aug 1999Added "Dakota Online Magazine, April 2031" to AMFV section.
Date: 17 June 1999Added Journey.
Date: 31 May 1999Added Planetfall ID card, new and improved Hollywood Hijinx scans.
Date: 17 May 1999Added Planetfall scans.
Date: 23 April 1999Added Nord &Bert, Planetfall and AMFV sections (not much there yet).
Date: 23 April 1999Cutthroats "True Tales of Adventure" now complete.
Date: 22 April 1999Added Cutthroats section.
Date: 10 March 1999Changed some links to point directly to the jpgs, to facilitate dowloading and circumvent the annoying ads.
Date: 25 Feb 1999PGP key now available for secure communication.
Date: 23 Feb 1999Added donated Lurking Horror id card.
Date: 17 Feb 1999Added Beyond Zork Map "Southland of Quendor", Moonmist letters.
Date: 16 Feb 1999Added Beyond Zork scans.
Date: 15 Feb 1999Spellbreaker cards work, started work on Beyond Zork.
Date: 13 Feb 1999Added Spellbreaker cards.
Date: 5 Feb 1999Added Hollywood Hijinx Scans (thanks to Steven for the donation).
Date: 15 Jan 1999Added Starcross section.
Date: 26 Nov 1998Added Enchanter, Ballyhoo section, Bureaucracy scans.
Date: 25 Nov 1998Added Leather Goddesses section.
Date: 23 Oct 1998More Sorcerer, Bureaucracy, Moonmist scans.
Date: 22 Oct 1998Added Sorcerer scans.
Date: 8 Oct 1998More Wishbringer scans.
Date: 6 Oct 1998Added Sorcerer section.
Date: 5 Oct 1998Added Wishbringer scans.
Date: 4 Oct 1998Added Spellbreaker scans.
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