I'm a java programmer writing a half graphical half text rpg. For the moment I read my data from text files, e.g.
and so forth. However, I want to make it a little more clear to handle, as in a database format. I can work with MySQL, but I want all the data to be on the end-user's computer, so without having to connect to the server database.
The only other thing I can think of is Excel, but I'm wondering if there aren't any other alternatives. If you know how real games used to do it, it would be really helpful.