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About Improbable Island
Improbable Island is a browser-based multiplayer text adventure game that doesn't take itself too seriously.
Admin CavemanJoe tells you: "One day, I decided that I'd like to build a text-based adventure game, having built many other games in the past for many different platforms, from ZX Spectrum to JAMMA arcade machine. I'm a writer too, so a text-based game would give me a whole new experience of writing in a non-linear way. I looked around and found several pre-built game engines that could provide a good starting point for making my own game. Legend of the Green Dragon was the best of all of them, and allowed me to put in a lot more plot than I could with other engines.
LOGD is Creative Commons licensed, so there's also a good community of folks ready to help when I come across a PHP problem that I can't solve. Improbable Island wouldn't exist without Legend of the Green Dragon, so here's the original About page, from the creators of this fine engine:
Legend of the Green Dragon
By Eric Stevens & JT Traub
LoGD version 1.1.1 Dragonprime EditionMightyE tells you, "Legend of the Green Dragon is a remake of and homage to the classic BBS Door game, Legend of the Red Dragon (aka LoRD) by Seth Able Robinson."
"LoRD is now owned by Gameport (http://www.gameport.com/bbs/lord.html), and they retain exclusive rights to the LoRD name and game. That's why all content in Legend of the Green Dragon is new, with only a very few nods to the original game, such as the buxom barmaid, Violet, and the handsome bard, Seth."
"Although serious effort was made to preserve the original feel of the game, numerous departures were taken from the original game to enhance playability, and to adapt it to the web."
"LoGD (after version 0.9.7) is released under a Creative Commons License, which essentially means that the source code to the game, and all derivatives of the game must remain open and available upon request.Version 0.9.7 and before are still available under the GNU General Public License though 0.9.7 will be the last release under that license.To use any of the new features requires using the 1.0.0 code. You may explicitly not place code from versions after 0.9.7 into 0.9.7 and release the combined derivative work under the GPL."
"You may download the latest official version of LoGD at DragonPrime and you can play the Classic version at http://lotgd.net."
You should attempt to use this code only if you are comfortable with PHP and MySQL and willing to manually keep your code up to date."
"Additionally, there is an active modder community located at DragonPrime which may help you find additional features which you may wish to add to your game.For these additional features you will find active support within the DragonPrime community."
"LoGD is programmed in PHP with a MySQL backend.It is known to run on Windows and Linux with appropriate setups.The core code has been actively written by Eric Stevens and JT Traub, with some pieces by other authors (denoted in the source at these locations), and the code has been released under a Creative Commons License.Users of the source are bound to the terms therein.
The DragonPrime Development Team took over responsibility for code development on January 1st, 2006 and continues to maintain and add to features of the core code."
"Users of the source are free to view and modify the source, but original copyright information, and original text from the about page must be preserved, though they may be added to."
"We hope you enjoy the game!"