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Adventure is the first fantasy software game, consisting of vivid textual descriptions of the exploration of a cave, dealings with elves and dwarves, and the finding of hidden treasure. The game was originally created by pioneer created by ARPAnet pioneer Will Crowther[1] and later expanded by Stanford researcher Don Woods in 1980 and ran on the DEC System 10.

Xyzzy is a magic word used in Adventure to teleport the player between two rooms in the cave.


  1. He wrote a computer simulation based on the maps, for a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-10 computer, in FORTRAN. A History of 'Adventure'