Heroic fantasy

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A subgenre of fantasy typified by medieval-level technology, magic and roving adventurer PCs. Other common features include:

Classic Examples


Perhaps because IF is not ideally suited to the conventions of heroic fantasy, parodies or less-than-serious examples of the genre are almost as common (and often better-received) than straight interpretations. Early cave crawls such as Adventure and Zork, which employed elements of heroic fantasy combined with irreverent jokes and out-of-place modern objects, can arguably be construed as parodies. Other examples include: