Winter TADS Jam 2022/2023

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Winter TADS Jam 2022/2023
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Event dates
Submissions begin 1 Dec 2022
Voting begins 7 Jan 2023
Voting ends 31 Jan 2023
Results announced 5 Feb 2023
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Winter 2022/2023 TADS Jam

An annual IF/Text Adventure competition with a focus on TADS or Zilf (parser) games. Graphics and audio are allowed, clickable words are allowed, but the core method of control should be a keyboard (or voice if it supports play for those for whom keyboard entry is difficult).


The Text Adventure Development System (TADS) is a mature system for writing text based Interactive Fiction (IF). Adv3 is a detailed “world” environment that can be used to develop very rich and immersive IF games. Adv3Lite is also a very rich “world” environment developed by Eric Eve that is more “author friendly”. It is not just a stripped down version of the Adv3 library. It contains many features similar to those in Inform 7 such as regions and tools to help with non-player character (NPC) conversations and interaction.

Zilf is in active development. It has an original feel that takes up back to the early days of IF.

TADS and Zilf havw reputations that they are difficult to learn. As with any programming language, it requires study and practice.

The TADS Jam’s intent is to showcase new IF developed with TADS or Zilf and to encourage new authors to learn these feature rich languages.