Hunt the Wumpus

Hunt the Wumpus is an early (1972), beloved game designed for Unix.

The Wabash Cannonball got the name Wumpus decades later, and it was years after that that the coincidence was remarked on. Wabash was never pursued with an arrow, as far as any of us knew, and he did not smell from two rooms away. Clearly a different animal.

The Wuggly Ump

The Wuggly Ump is a character from a poem by Edward Gorey. According to the story, "[i]t eats umbrellas, gunny sacks / Brass doorknobs, mud, and carpet tacks." Also a different animal, but "Wuggly Ump" is so fun to say.

In our household, Wuggly Ump was quickly abbreviated to Wump or Wumps. At some point, it gained the extra vowel that caused the confusion above, but that moment is shrouded in mystery.

Hunt the Wumpus Online

The wumpus lives in a cave, and the player hunts him with arrows. If you enter the room where the Wumpus is, he eats you. Sometimes bats carry you to another part of the cave.

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Perl Port

Edward Gorey: Collected

Edward Gorey wrote and illustrated dozens of stories, the majority of which are available in three anthologies.

Atmospheric drawings, creepy subjects, and a very light touch with language make these fascinating stories oddly period yet timeless.

Amphigorey Too
Amphigorey Also


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