Sunday, July 17, 2011

A test/tease

All right, so, remember me talking about working on something a little different. Well, I'm still not done, but I have enough to work as a bit of a tease, so I thought I'd put it up... Mostly because that might help motivate me to finish it.

What I've been working on is a Choose Your Own Adventure type story, using a program called QML-Edit. I'm sure I can do a lot more with the program than what I have, but I haven't really looked into it too much, honestly, as I'm just trying to do something simple for my first time. Anyway, you shouldn't need to install anything for the game to work - just open the htm file with your browser. I did have problems getting it to work in Chrome, though, so you may need to use something other than that. Internet Explorer worked fine, though I had to tell it to allow blocked content.

As of yet, there's only one "path" open, so you need to choose the top option in the first two screens, though you can also try to escape, if you like. Once you do that, I believe all the options work, though I might have missed one somewhere. All the paths are rather short, but as I mentioned before, I'm mostly just testing stuff out at this point. There are four different endings (but only one good one!) with a couple different ways to get to one or two of them. See if you can find them all!

So, how do you get to this surely fabulous game? Well, it's a very small file, and I don't really want to upload it to a filesharing site and risk it being taken down and having to reupload it, blah, blah, so I'm trying something different with that as well. Below you'll see a picture (which is, at least for now, totally unrelated to the game). Click on it to open it full-sized, then save that to your computer. 

From there, you should be able to open that picture with your file compression software of choice. I use 7-Zip, which is free and quick to download here. If you're having trouble getting it to work, what I do is right click the picture and choose "Open With," then click on "Choose default program" at the bottom of the list. Make sure you don't have the box that says "Always use this program to open this kind of file" checked, and click Browse. Find the 7-Zip folder in your Program Files, or wherever you installed it to (or find whatever other compression program you use) and choose 7zFM.exe, and open it with that, then extract from there. 

It sounds complicated, but it really isn't. And once you've done it once, 7-Zip should show up in the "Open With" list of programs, so any more releases I do this way will be even easier to access. Also note this is just for Windows computers, but I'm sure it's easy enough with Macs as well. If it doesn't work out, I can see about putting the file up elsewhere, but I want to give this a try, anyway.

Enjoy!


12 comments:

  1. Can't get anything but white screen to come up in browser :(

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  2. What browser are you using? Like I said, in Internet Explorer, you need to allow it to run... When I tried to open it in there, I got a little yellow box on the top saying it had blocked the content, and I had to right click that to give it permission.

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  3. Apparently it needs to be Internet Explorer... Couldn't get it to work on Firefox, either. A little annoying, but I guess I wasn't using it for anything else.

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  4. I tried internet explorer, does it have to be 32bit?

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  5. I have no idea, I don't have 64 bit to test on. It has to be Internet Explorer 5+, but I doubt anyone would have a problem with that nowadays... You can check the program's site here (http://questml.com/), but I didn't see any help there on troubleshooting this sort of thing.

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  6. It does use ActiveX controls, so if you have something blocking those, you may need to disable that...

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  7. It took me a minute or two to figger it out but I got it to work great (and found all 4 endings). It is an interesting experiment and I look forward to your next attempt. :-)

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  8. I think it is something to do with 64 bit, I dusted off my laptop just out of curiosity and it worked just find.

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  9. Oh my, I haven't had a chance to run through the story yet, but was the embedding-in-an-image thing your idea?

    I was trying to store JavaScript code in bitmaps for encryption/obfuscation/all around coolness sometime back, and am pretty damn amazed at this.

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  10. It was my idea in that I thought it would be a good way to distribute a relatively small file without having to worry about maintaining an account on a file-hosting site... But how I did it wasn't my idea. I found the instructions here - http://www.wikihow.com/Store-a-Rar-or-Zip-in-an-Image-File

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  11. guessing it's a long shot but has anyone figured out how to get it to work on a 64bit system? i tried running it in 32bit iexplorer, turning off security stuff, allowing active x, just ended up with a blank page. any suggestions?

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  12. I've whipped up a version that should display the story for those of us on Mac and don't feel like running IE: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=02382270404507490556

    I don't have IE installed locally, so I can't confirm that this reproduces it as it was supposed to look, but all of the text and choices are there.

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