University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Steve Meretzky Collection, 1982-1999

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Steve Meretzky
Title: Meretzky (Steve) Collection
Dates: 1982-1999
Accession No.: 2010-044
OCLC No.: 958278162
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Steve Meretzky was born in 1957 in Yonkers, New York. After attending MIT and working for several years in construction management, in 1981 Meretzky became a game tester for Infocom games before becoming a game writer and penning successful titles such as Planetfall, The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (with Douglas Adams), Leather Goddesses of Phobos and A Mind Forever Voyaging. Meretzky later produced the successful Spellcasting series for Legend Entertainment and is currently Vice President of social media game developer Playdom.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of software copies of games Meretzky has contributed to, “Invisiclue” books and “What-Do-I-Do-Now” interactive fiction he has written, supplementary game materials and promotional materials.


Access Restrictions

Published games in our UTVGA collections are available for research by appointment only. Please contact Briscoe Center Digital Archivist, Jessica Meyerson, at for more information.

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Meretzky, Steve
Subjects (Organizations)
Legend Entertainment
Boffo Games
Video games
Video games--Authorship
Video games--Collectibles
Video games--Design
Video games--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Video games--History
Video games industry
Video games--social aspects
Video games--Unites States--History
Cambridge (Mass.)

Related Material

Forms part of the UT Videogame Archive

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Steve Meretzky Collection, 1982-1999, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Matthew McKinley, February 2010.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2010-044/1 Zork Zero, 1988.
Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2, 1992.
Space Bar, 1997.
Spellcasting 201: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, 1991.
Spellcasting 301: Spring Break, 1992.
Spellcasting Part Pack 3, 1993.
Hodj 'n' Podj
2 copies.
Hodj 'n' Podj Demo Disc, 1995.
Infocom Reunion CD, 1999.
2010-044/2 Sorcerer, 1984.
Planetfall, 1983.
Science Fiction Classics Collection (includes Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Leather Goddess of Phobos, and Stationfall), 1987.



2010-044/1 What-Do-I-Do-Now Series
Zork: The Forces of Krill, 1983.
Zork: The Manifesto Quest, 1983.
Zork: The Coven of Doom, 1983.
Zork: Conquest at Quendor, 1984.



2010-044/1 Zork: The Great Underground Empire, Part 1, 1982.
Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz, 1982.
Zork III: The Dungeon Master, 1982.
Starcross, 1982.
Leather Goddess of Phobos, 1986.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1984.
Stationfall and the Lurking Horror, 1984.
Sorcerer, 1984.
A Mind Forever Voyaging, 1984.
Planetfall, 1984.


Promotional Material

2010-044/1 Space Bar coasters [9] and napkins [8] in plastic bag
Space Bar matchbooks, pen, ID, badge, ballon in plastic bag
Space Bar shotglasses
Space Bar ash tray
Wishbringer mixed nuts/snake toy


Manuals and Supplementary Materials/"Feelies"

2010-044/2 Prisim Project Facility Class One Security Mode Access Decoder
Zork Postcards
4 postcards.
Planetfall postcards
3 postcards.
Map of Rockvil South Dakota
The Adventures of Lane Mastadon #91: Lane Battles the Shameless Leather Goddesses
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Manual
Lane Mastadon vs. the Blubberman, 1988.
The Flathead Calendar
Zork I map, 1982.
2 copies.
Zork II map, 1981.
2 copies.
Zork III map, 1982.
Deedline Blueprints
Starcross map 1982.