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The Chzo Mythos GNU/Linux Binaries

What is the Chzo Mythos?

All Games in BlackBox Although he is probably more well known for his satirically negative game review series Zero Punctuation, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw has had another identity for at least the past seventeen years; that of a talented freeware game creator and designer. His works include the amateurish yet still enjoyable Arthur Yahtzee Trilogy, his first publicly released games from which his nickname is based. He would then go on to envision the Rob Blanc Trilogy, the wickedly funny game series which first made his name a household one, well, that is if you were a part of the amateur adventure scene at least. His next project, The Trials of Odysseus Kent, took a step into the lurid which would eventually lead to his most celebrated works and the subject of this website: The Chzo Mythos.

Originally styled after horror slasher films, the games later took on the character of an H.P Lovecraft novel. The first and most celebrated game of the series, 5 Days a Stranger, depicted the events that would later become known as the "Defoe Manor Incident", as seen through the eyes of the eccentric cat burger known only as Trilby. From this modest beginning the series spans hundreds of years and entangles many different characters, from ancient Celtic druids, to freed African slaves, to land use authority investigators, and even starship counsellors. Each game in the series has its own unique setting, and each game offers a different view to of the universe and plot of the games. It is important for them to be played in order for the plot to make any sense however.

What does this have to do with GNU/Linux?

All Games in BlackBox Although all four games, five if you include Trilby: The Art of Theft which serves merely as additional back-story for the Trilby character in the form of a stealth platformer, could be run native on GNU/Linux using the sadly closed source AGS Linux Interpreter, this was often a pain to set up and caused these great gaming gems to be inaccessible to the common user. I myself took up the role of packaging native GNU/Linux binaries of each of the games which were easy to use and enjoyable for anybody on any distribution. After the AGS source code was released I also updated the builds to use a more modern engine built from the AGS GitHub, something which fixed several bugs and improved the user experience even more. Keep in mind these are the Special Editions, so they will include extra features not included in the original freeware releases. It should also be noted that, in the run up to 6 Days, Yahztee also wrote three text adventure games that detail some of the mythos' back-story, entitled Countdown; these were written in the old Z-code language created by Infocom and should be able to run using a GNU/Linux interpreter.

Unfortunately some of his older titles, which are my own personal favourites, are not applicable to be packaged, since the AGS interpreter can not run Rob Blanc or Odysseus Kent since they were constructed with an older DOS-oriented version of Adventure Game Studio. However, I have now also packaged up binaries for both Adventures in A Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment and the 1213 series. Arthur Yahtzee was built using Visual Basic 3 and can be ran through WINE, provided that Vbrun300.dll is placed in "~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system/" for runtime. I also know Rob Blanc and Odysseus Kent run great through Dosbox, making playing those comparatively easy on all modern systems.

Also recommended is the epic horror trilogy by Frictional Games available as The Penumbra Collection.

What exactly are all the games?

The Welder

5 Days A Stranger

A cat burglar breaks into a supposedly deserted country mansion, only to find himself imprisoned along with four strangers by a mysterious force. A nice nasty horror game with some murders and gore.

7 Days A Skeptic

The sequel to 5 Days A Stranger. Four hundred years into the future, the scoutship Mephistopheles and its crew of six discovers something it should have left alone.


Trilby's Notes

Master thief turned paranormal investigator Trilby follows the trail of John DeFoe's soul idol to a small hotel in Wales, where he discovers the dark history of the cursed wood.

6 Days A Sacrifice

Council inspector Theodore Dacabe is sent to investigate the headquarters of a fad religion and finds himself embroiled in the machinations of destiny.

Trilby: The Art of Theft

The eccentric British cat burglar Trilby is at large in an American city, robbing the rich to give to himself, but will his arrogance cause him to bite off more than he can chew?

Download Trilby art as SVG, Welder art as SVG.

5 Days a Stranger 7 Days a Skeptic Trilby's Notes 6 Days a Sacrifice Trilby: The Art of Theft

You can find more information about these and other great games here:


Package Build 3:

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Released: January 19, 2015.
Tested On: Arch i386.

Package Build 2:

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Released: August 26, 2010.
Tested On: Fedora 13.

Package Build 1:

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Released: August 15, 2010.
Tested On: Fedora 12-13, Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit, Arch x86_64, openSUSE 11.2-11.3.

Credits and Thanks

Hamish Paul Wilson for creating the binaries.
Ben Croshaw for making the games.
Mark Lovegrove for making the music for the games.
Chris Jones for creating and releasing AGS.
Maxim Bardin for helping publicize my work.
Malcolm Wilson for creating/converting the website images.
Graham Lawrence Wilson for creating the website.
Shawn Walker for the original AGS Linux Runtime.
Tom Vandepoele for continuing his legacy.
Bernhard Rosenkraenzer for the current Linux work.
Alexander van Kaam for openSUSE information.
Ryan C. Gordon and icculus.org for hosting.
And of course everyone else who has given me feedback or is simply just playing the games.

icculus.org Now!

External links:

1. Chzo Mythos at The Linux Game Tome (Happy Penguin).
2. Chzo Mythos at LGDB (linux game database).
3. Chzo Mythos Wikia (AGS Wiki entries)
4. Old-school Chzo Mythos fan page
5. Chzo Mythos fan art on DeviantArt
6. Yahtzee, Game Creator

In the news...

Winner of the first LGN Contest! 1. "The Chzo Mythos Is Coming to GNU/Linux", Linux Gaming News
2. "An Update On The Chzo Mythos", Linux Gaming News
3. "Classic Rougelike : Dungeons of Dredmor Is Coming to GNU/Linux Soon", Linux Gaming News (Chzo mentioned in breif)
4. "The Chzo Mythos For GNU/Linux Released", Linux Gaming News
5. "The Chzo Mythos comes [to] Linux", LinuxGames
6. "The Chzo Mythos And Other Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw Games Updated For Linux", Gaming on Linux

Choice reviews...

1. The Best of AGS - Rock, Paper, Shotgun
2. Dev Mag reviews the Chzo Mythos
3. Under the Radar: Chzo Mythos
4. The Chzo Mythos - Jay is Games
5. Chzo Mythos - Nerd Bacon Reviews
6. Through the Shattered Lens reviews
7. Chzo Mythos Review - Magpie Den
9. The "Good" Doctor Reviews the Chzo Mythos
10. Deponk of Reality - Chzo Mythos
11. Trilby: The Art of Theft - TIGSource

Website last updated 2/18/2016

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