Hi Fred,
THe reason is that the systems in question use different file formats, which 
just need different programs to handle them.  I'd recommend installing both of 
them.  The catalog of Tads games, in particular, is pretty comparable to that 
of Inform games.
Best,
Zack.
On May 9, 2011, at 4:31 AM, fred olver wrote:

> Zach,
> 
> Tads and Adrift  require other programs for what reason? The reason I ask is 
> that I may have both of them in my downloads folder and wonder if I ought to 
> load both of them or just one?
> 
> Fred
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> 
>> Hi Fred,
>> Tads and Adrift require other programs, but Filfer will play both ZCode 
>> and Glulx, I believe.  That last might not be true, as I've not used it 
>> for some time, and can't remember for certain.  The other two mentioned 
>> systems have their own, dedicated interpreters.
>> Best,
>> Zack.
>> On May 8, 2011, at 6:40 PM, fred olver wrote:
>> 
>>> With all these options, does one need all these programs or will just one
>>> do???
>>> 
>>> Fred Olver
>>> 
>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>> From: "Zachary Kline" <zkl...@speedpost.net>
>>> To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
>>> Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2011 9:52 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [Audyssey] ways to play interactive fiction titles on the pc
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Hi Brandon,
>>>> There's another program called Filfer, which you can find on the IF
>>>> Archive.  It'll play Z-Machine and (I believe) Glulx games.  Beyond 
>>>> that,
>>>> I'd look into Tads and Adrift, the other two big interactive fiction
>>>> systems, both screen-reader accessible.
>>>> Enjoy the games,
>>>> Zack.
>>>> On May 7, 2011, at 7:04 PM, Brandon Misch wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Hey i know about winfrots tts but are there other programs that can 
>>>>> play
>>>>> z machine files or other titles of interactive fiction?
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
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