Fan Shirt #3: Zork

shirtzork-IOkay, who remembers Zork? A text-based computer game that started back in the 1980’s? Well, it was a fantastically imaginative, sophisticatedly infuriating interactive fiction game that brought you to a whole different world without showing you one graphic. It was all in your mind, just like a book. You can actually play some of the games for free online nowadays, and if I had free time, I would love to play them again… sigh.

I decided that my next shirt needed to indulge this old school game, and I was very ambitious with my first thought – which was to have the entire opening line included on my shirt:

>West of House
You are standing in a field west of a white house with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

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As it turns out, I am terrible with small letters, and there was the small logistical issue of fitting all the text on the shirt where people could actually read it…. The next plan was to just do “West of House”, but again, the lettering was just too small, haha. So finally (third time’s the charm, right?), I landscaped that bad boy and made the letters even larger.


I love the way it came out! It’s short and sweet and simple – and only people who know what the hell Zork is will get it:) That’s the best part about a fan shirt! (You can see me wearing this shirt in Video 3.0 Doctor Who Geeky Cross-Stitch DIY Project on YouTube.)



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