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Developer Michael J. Roberts
Format TADS 3
Interaction style Parser
Systems Windows, macOS, Linux
System details
Latest version 3.1.3 / 7 March 2016
Status Stable
Uses interpreter
Multimedia support Color, Graphics, Sound
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TADS 3 is the current version of TADS, also created by Michael J. Roberts. TADS 2 is still in use by authors, but it is no longer being developed. Version 3 of TADS (The Adventure Development System) pushes the boundaries of IF development and world design in a number of areas, including full sense-passing, areas which are composed of a number of sub-rooms, and NPC interaction with the world. The first beta release was on September 12, 2004. The first general release, TADS 3 version 3.0.12, was released on September 15, 2006.

The release of version 3.0.15 coincided with the release of a greatly enhanced version of the Workbench IDE for Windows. The 3.0.16 release (April 2008) includes a number of library enhancements and significantly expanded documentation.

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XYZZY Awards 2011
TADS 3.1: Best Technological Development

TADS 3.1, which introduces language-level networking support, online play and dynamic compilation, won Best Technological Development at the 2011 XYZZY Awards.


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