Origins and Content of the Encyclopedia
Nino Ruffini, compiler of the Encyclopedia Frobozzica (966 GUE edition), merged the encyclopedia entries from Sorcerer and Zork Zero with text from some of the other Infocom games' box contents and a few of his own entries. The original version of the Encyclopedia was circulated around Delphi and the rest of the Internet until Activision came across it and asked Ruffini for permission to use it in Return to Zork so they wouldn't have to recompile everything themselves.
This explains why the Encyclopedia does not contain information from Return to Zork itself, nor information from the other later Zork games (Zork: Nemesis, Zork Grand Inquisitor, and Zork: The Undiscovered Underground).
- On the Web:
- Encyclopedia Frobozzica - Web Version 2.0, the "Abridged forth edition 1072-1074 GUE" edition of the Encyclopedia, with many updates by Sheldon Sprague including events from Zork: Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor. Maintained by Eric Perel. (WARNING: This version includes many non-canonical fabrications and additions, and also seeks to fill in gaps in the storyline with non-canonical fabricated material.)
- Encyclopedia Frobozzica - Web Version 1.0 maintained by John Holder. The abridged second edition of the Encyclopedia Frobozzica edited by Nino Ruffini (966 GUE).
- The Zork Compendium (includes updated and expanded Encyclopedia Frobozzica) maintained by Andrew Harrington.
- As a Zcode file ported to the Inform format by Digby McWiggle (really, John Kean):
- As a PDF file of the Encyclopedia Frobozzica - (PDF Version 1.0) typeset by John Holder. The abridged second edition of the Encyclopedia Frobozzica edited by Nino Ruffini (966 GUE).:
- Original text file of the Encyclopedia Frobozzica, revised final abridged edition, edited by Nino Ruffini: