Colossal Cave Adventure Nerd-lepoint




Introduction: Colossal Cave Adventure Nerd-lepoint

Need a nostalgic handmade gift for the aging nerd in your life, someone who may have logged a lot of hours on his/her Apple IIe way back in the early 80s? Here's an easy little project you can knock out quicker than you can say 'xyzzy.'

I got everything I needed for this project at Michaels:
  • black cross stitch fabric
  • embroidery floss - DMC Fluorescent Effects E990
  • small frame
I already had:
  • embroidery needle
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors

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Step 1: Getting Ready

To refresh your fading memory (or to study up on your history) go online and find an image of the original Adventure game in all its DOS-prompt glory, so you can accurately replicate the in-game experience. Sketch out your favorite game phrase and cursor as you generally want them to appear, to make sure it will fit in the frame's matte opening.

Next, cut out a square of embroidery fabric just large enough to fit in the embroidery hoop. Thread the needle with two strands of floss.

Step 2: Embroider the Letters

Each letter was formed on a grid of two rows across and four high. Letters within words are separated by one row and between words by three rows. The cursor is created by regular cross stitch.

Step 3: Trim and Frame

Once done with the embroidery, trim down the fabric to fit in the frame, center and tape to the matte board, pop it into place and enjoy! challenge

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Make me feel old!

    XYZZY - a secret code known to all old programmers!

    I can't even remember the year I was playing Adventure on the first Intel software development system, sometimes remotely with a portable teletype and an acoustic modem.

    Perhaps I'll resurrect a copy that still runs on Intel based machines for old times' sake.

    I feel ancient now and need to go to bed!

    Thanks for the blast from the past.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    @ Void Schism - Thank you, thank you, than you! I haven't played Zork in nearly 30 years. Can't wait to play it again :)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    . . . and embroidering the needlepoint letters is only slightly slower than they appeared on the screen via the modem ;¬)