A Tilli LTD Production Storyline based on works by Tilli, Baron, Lipe, Chico, PattyJudy, Mooch, Satan( no relation), Echoman,
& More.† Delvyn
represents Santoonie Corporationís 3rd
installment of interactive fiction and 1st submission to rec.art.int.fiction competition.† Appreciation: Braxton Bragg, Lunsford Lomax, Peter Lansford, A.P. Hill, FitzLee,
Judson Kilpatrick.† Production of Delvyn, created at Santoonie
Corporation HQ, with multimedia elements combined at Arrow Studios,
Tilli: We present to you Delvyn, a TADS adventure based on a series of adventures from Delvyn, the Grey Elf.† Enjoy this solo exploration with in-depth plots and adventure.
Baron: I was not responsible for spell checking on this game, please do not contact me with ridicule and insults.† Thank you.
Lipe: Go Dogs.
Patty Judy: This game is a great compliment to Amissville and offers some challenging menus.† I really enjoy the scenery of this work and the small
dramas that play out †near the end.
Mooch: No comment.
Satan: No comment
Echoman: Comedy is alive and well, another awesome crafty work from the crazy.
FitzLee: I thoroughly enjoyed this game and some bits and pieces are awesome.† Where do they think this stuff up, I have no idea.† Drugs?
A.P. Hill: Rock on.
You emerge from the manhole cover and find yourself in a nail salon inside
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Southpark Mall.† The manhole cover which was covered with carpet has now been
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† lifted and pushed aside as numerous old ladies look on.† Instantly, one of the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ladies screams!† You are too stunned and dismayed to act quickly, and the dark
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† tunnels have blurred your vision.† Within milliseconds you are swarmed by numerous
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rent-a-Cops, that grab you.†† Unfortunetly, Mall Rent-a-Cops are not adequately
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† trained in high stress situations, and one of them beats you into a coma resulting
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in an untimely death.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† As you continue on your travels, what lies before you cannot be described in
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† simple terms.† The wind has started to pick up around you, swirling as you press on.
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† A homes rooftop jettisons out toward the gloomy sky, its archway ripping sharp angles
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† into perpindicular points that create the house of one Pudy Judy.† A fence in the
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† frontyard fortifies whatever is within.† There are numerous cars parked around the
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† property.† From this distance you see someone on the front porch. There is a sense of
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† despair as you approach closer.† There is a road continueing east and south from this
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† point, and the porch lies to the north.
A small cottage is nestled against an old tree here.† The house planks corroded
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and need of repair.† Next to the front door are glassless windows, covered
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† with linens that blow in the wind.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A typical post with a box for mail decorates the entrance to this establishment
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to the north.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Done. "Ah, A nice lookin' <<sdesc>>, a fair trade.", says
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the barkeep. "Okay, Here we go."† The bartender shuffles a new
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† deck of cards and dishes out two to you and two to him, alternating.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† "You want a card, you just say 'deal', ..you like what you got,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† then stay, sound good?..okay..", the barkeep seems to be glistening
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† at his cards, "So, what?† You wanta' hit?"
You kneel down and test out the root.† It seems sturdy enough, so you
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† descend rather quickly.† Some ten feet down the root starts to extend further
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† from the earth and you use your feet now to help stir your descent.† Your
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† feet walk the sides of the chasm as you descend gracefully.
"Good name.† Say..You seen a baseball around here?" asks Levon.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† You pause for moment, "No, no baseballs," you respond.† "Hopin' you
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† would make my life a bit easier.", he shrugs.† You try to hide a perplexed look.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† "Oh, there's a ballpark through these woods here, and my job is to
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† retrieve foul balls."† He takes a long drag on his pipe and with a
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† smile continues, "Anyway, it's always an epic quest, and as you can
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† see, I am at rest for the moment.
Santoonie: Where did you get the idea behind Delvyn?
Tilli: Delvyn is named after a fond player character of mine back in my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons days.† He was a Grey Elf Ranger.† He started to become an elite adventurer shortly after the release of TSRís Unearthed Arcana, when he was able to specialize in his chosen weaponry, the bow.† He gained notoriety during a campaign known as The Temple of Elemental Evil.† Years later, fond friends would recall the name Delvyn and was often brought up in good light over beer and wings.† He would mark a place in history once again when the internet started to take off.† My first AOL experience in a chat room was under the name Delvyn.† While most people were talking about romance, sports, etc.† Delvyn explained that he was a grey elf, a bowyer.† I fondly remember watching the room empty during my novice chatroom visits.
Delvyn takes place on a farm.† Why such a unusual
actually molded the environment in a novel I completed years ago, that is
unreleased.† The book is a very serious
work for me, and holds a special place in my heart.† The very farm that Delvyn
explores is the same that I explored as a kid, which is actually in
Santoonie: What does the name Delvyn mean?
Well, somewhere along the line in a chatroom,
someone said it was another name for the devil in Scandonivia
or something like that.† I donít know too
much about that, I got the premise of the name from Elric
the albino elf.† Everyone knows, there must be about a million D&D characters named
after the legend, so I sort of made a dim of the name.† Since heís elven, I
opted to add a consonant at the beginning, so I started with A, B, C, then D worked out great.†
I added a Ďyí for the look, then realized it
was a legitimate name.† I imagine if I
had made an orc, his name would have been Dorkish.† Iíve never
been one to suffer with name creating like the vast majority.† I still donít understand what talent I have
in name creation.† I guess the dumbest
name I ever came up with was back in the 80ís, I
reversed Wang Chung, and made an oriental fighter named Chung Wang.† He died, but Chung Wang II became a lord of
his own realm somewhere in Greyhawk,
Santoonie: Do you expect Delvyn to ride the same success as Amissville?
Tilli: (Laughs) Well, nothing will ever be like Amissville again, I donít imagine.† We never anticipated the overwhelming effect Amissville would have on several communities.† We must have brought a hundred lurkers to R.A.I.F over the past year due to Amissville.† A lot of itís fan base are individuals who relish our other Santoonie Products.† As you know, it was based on a true story, and some of the participants of Amissville were debating a return trip.† But I donít believe that will ever happen, we all have jobs now.† Delvyn is so different from Amissville that I think it will stand on itís own feet.
Santoonie: You mention R.A.I.F, one of the communities that despises or so it seems, products related to Santoonie, do you read the negative comments?
Tilli: I think itís all about the bottom line, Do we care what others think?† Of course we do.† Do we intend to try and improve our image not just locally, but on a global market?† Certainly.† I have read a few comments or have seen our name used in ridicule, but who hasnít.† What we set out to do was put a spark in the atmosphere, ignite interest, and release games of entertaining quality.† You have to realize that we now have a firm foundation on which to continuously give to the community.† The success of Amissville has quadrupled our subscriber base, not just in Interactive Fiction, but other Santoonie products as well, our literature, cartoons, movies, and concepts.†
Santoonie:† Who is Santoonie Corporation?† Who is A.P. Hill?
Tilli:† Iíd rather stay on track with discussion of Delvyn, if you donít mind.† A.P. Hill is a contracted programmer from AOV Services, who worked with us on Amissville and now Delvyn.† I can only say, he brings a unique twist to our plots, and we hope that everyoneís contribution, not just his will be enjoyed by all.
Santoonie: How do you anticipate Delvyn will do in the competition?
Thatís a good question.† When we
first came on board, we spent a great deal of time investigating proper
techniques in constructing a successful piece of interactive fiction.† A lot of what we found was against our
premise at Santoonie and in earlier meetings, we all agreed to refrain from competition
entries.† But the following year, we
actually supported itís endeavor, contributing to the
prize list and we found ourselves admiring the competitionís success.† After
Santoonie: Whatís next from Santoonie Corporation?
Tilli:† Well, we have moved a lot of our resources into developing short films, which are due out next summer.† Weíve hosted several RPGís, catered a few camping extravangazas, and started on our 43rd installment of Tilli Toons.†† We probably wonít begin work on another piece of IF until next spring, but you never know.
Santoonie: Thank you Mr. Tilli.
Tilli: No, thank you.