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Grotesque is a utility that helps you manage your collection of interactive fiction, or text adventures. It collects bibliographic and other information from story files and presents a convenient interface to build and organize a catalog of your games. It supports all file formats covered by the Treaty of Babel for extracting metadata from story files and for detecting interpreters, but you can define your own formats with their own associated interpreters. You may manually add metadata for any file but the program can also fetch metadata information and cover art from the IFDB. You can easily browse large collections of interactive fiction by quickly filtering by author, group, year of publication, genre, forgiveness or rating. Grotesque also keeps track of which stories you’ve played and which are new. Finally, it displays a story’s metadata and cover art in an attractive GTK-based interface.


Basic documentation is available in the included README file.


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GPLv3orlaterinvergo17 November 2013

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Brandon Invergo maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use pygtk (GTK+ 2) or python-gobject (GTK+ 3)
Weak prerequisite interactive fiction intepreters

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 November 2014.


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