Playing Interactive Fiction
Using Zoom to help beta-test new Interactive Fiction
Zoom has a few features designed to help with testing new interactive
fiction. These are designed to make it easier to submit useful bug reports
In the File menu, you will find three new Save options: Save Recording,
Transcript and Skein. A recording is a list of all the commands you have
entered in the current session. Authors can use this list of commands to
replay the actions that you have taken to reach a particular place in the
The transcript is similar, but also records all of the story's responses
to the commands. This can be used to show the author of a story how it
responded to your commands, or it can be used to help show a walkthrough
of the game.
Saving as a Skein will produce an XML file that combines both the recording
and the transcript. The Inform 7 IDE can import skein files and recordings and
will display the responses you received, as well as allowing the author to
play through the actions that you took.