Key & Compass presents:
Intro to Jabberwocky
by Gregory Weir

Intro to Jabberwocky is a Z-machine 5 interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2004 by Gregory Weir. It was an entry in IntroComp 2004 where it won 1st place.

In this game, based on the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky", you play as a farmer's child, sent out before brillig to deal with the family's animals. You also find a tablet with a pattern of lines and letters; as you complete your chores, the blank lines of the tablet are replaced with words, forming the first stanza of the poem.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


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Shore of the Wabe

> x tablet. (You take it.)

> x house. x enclosure. x structure. x mist.

> x sun. x grass. listen.

> n.

Borogove Enclosure

> x tablet. (New phrase added: "were the borogoves".)

> x wire. x posts. x sand.

> x paper. take paper. (Not large enough to bother with.)

> x borogoves. x hurt borogove. take it. (Too far.)

> s. s.

Tove Corral

> x tablet. (New: "and the slithy toves")

> take skimmer. x it.

> x toves. (They're having trouble breathing.)

> x mist. (Stained brown under the catwalk.)

> x stain. x catwalk.

> look under catwalk. x scales. (They're sharp.)

> take scales. x tablet. ("Did gyre and gimble")

> open gate. x tablet. ("in the wabe")

> x door. x latch.

> n. n.

Borogove Enclosure

> skim sand. (Boxquote from "The Walrus and the Carpenter".)

> xyzzy. (Boxquote from Alice.)

> take borogove with skimmer. (The net is too small for that.)

> s. e.

In Front of House

> x house. x flowers.

> ne.

North of House

> x pen. x scratches. look in pen.

> x blue rath. (Normally wary, she's panicking.)

> x red rath. (Normally nice, he's panicking.)

> x rope. x hook. x toy.

> open pen. in. x tablet. ("and the mome raths")

> take toy. give toy to red. (He calms down.)

> take hook.

> take blue. (You need a tool.)

> take blue with skimmer. (It's too long.)

> unscrew net.

> take blue with net. (She calms down.)

> x tablet. ("outgrabe")

> out. close pen.

> sw. se.

South of House

> x shed. x weeds. x window. in.

> x tool box. open it.

> x screwdriver. x hammer. x pipe wrench. x file.

> x feed. open it. (You'll need to cut it open.)

> take box. take feed.

> out. nw. w. n.

Borogove Enclosure

> put hook on pole. (Creates a gaff.)

> take hurt with gaff. (It brings it closer, but you'll need something shorter now.)

> cut bag with scales.

> feed borogoves with food.

> take hurt. (Box quote shows completed first stanza of Jabberwocky.)

> x tablet. (Blank lines for the second stanza.)

> s. e. e.

*** To be continued... ***

Unfortunately, this game was not continued. This intro is all that we got.



Note that the box quotes are by the Red Queen, The Walrus and the Carpenter, and Alice.

Also, the end text says that in the full game, you will also meet your father, a cat, a bird, a beast, three aspects of Lewis Carroll, and the Jabberwock.


This game was written in Inform by Gregory Weir. It is my first game, and this intro was released for the 2004 IntroComp.

Thanks to my great beta-testers: Don Weir, Xenia Kramida, Niall Richard Murphy, Robert DeFord, Greg Boettcher, Jessica Knoch, Cedric Knight, Graham Holden, Ross Presser, and Tommy Herbert.

The game is based on the poem "Jabberwocky", by Lewis Carroll, aka Rev. Charles Dodgson. The poem was originally released on its own, and was then incorporated into Through the Looking Glass. In that book, Humpty-Dumpty gave his own interpretation of the poem in that novel, but who's about to listen to an unstable old egg?

A short bibliography:
The Annotated Alice   Gardner, Martin (editor). W.W. Norton & Company, 2000.
Lewis Carroll   Kelly, Richard. G.K. Hall & Co., 1977.
Lewis Carroll: A Portrait With Background   Thomas, Donald. John Murray Ltd., 1996.
Most of the rest of the sources used to create this work can be found at,_Lewis/ .

Please enjoy. To contact the author, write old-email-address-omitted.



There is no score in this story, but the tablet filling up with text from the poem effectively fulfills the same function:

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