Lantern started out as a utility program I wrote to create a text-adventure for the TRS-80 Color Computer. As it became more user-friendly, I decided to try using it as the basis for an "adventure game" unit in the game design program I teach at the Technology Center of DuPage in Addison, IL. This required the program to have a real name, so I chose Lantern as homage to Jason Scott's amazing text-adventure documentary, Get Lamp.
I would like to extend my profuse gratitude to Kansas Fest and its tradition of the garage give-away. The Apple //e computer, monitor, and disk drives I was able to bring home are now back in a high school helping students unlock their creativity. Without the vintage hardware to run the students' games, their experience would just not be the same.
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