Today has been pretty busy here (eaten by wedding plans, etc), so I don’t have a new post for you. But I do have some great recommendations to check out in the meantime.
IntroComp is going on right now! This interactive fiction competition’s twist is that the … Keep reading
The first roguelike I played was NetHack, one of the oldest and best of its breed. I played NetHack 3.1 in the fall of 1991, back when horses didn’t exist and”elf” was still a class.
For the uninitiated, NetHack looks like this:
Occasionally, the thought crosses my mind: what if I created a game in every existing interactive fiction engine, something tailored to capture its strengths? It would be a whole lot of work, but it would also ensure that I know the strengths of every system out there (an appealing thought!)
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I’m going on vacation for the next week. If you’d like something IF-related to occupy you in the meantime, how about checking out the current and back issues of SPAG?
SPAG Magazine is an old and honorable publication focused on promoting interactive fiction. It’s been around in one form … Keep reading
As I mentioned Monday, I’m backing off from the blog this month so I can focus on my ShuffleComp game. But I hate to leave you emptyhanded, so:
Two articles about how medium affects form
Various world models in IF, by Andrew Plotkin
Fighting Words: Thoughts on Prose … Keep reading
Ferrett Steinmetz’s debut novel Flex is a brilliant, beautiful urban fantasy. I recommend it highly.
I read a lot of brilliant, beautiful things. Most of them don’t get posts here. Flex is the exception, and it earned that exception because it was written for people who love video games. … Keep reading
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Anything else I was going to write about has been derailed. Harmonix just announced Rock Band 4 for 2015.
I’ve … Keep reading
In 2011, Victor Gijsbers held a vote to determine the community-recommended “Interactive Fiction Top 50”. In his words:
The aim is not to decide what the best IF ever is by majority vote — that would be foolish. Rather, the aims of the top 50 are:
“With Those We Love Alive”, a new Twine work by Porpentine, does something I’ve never seen before.
It does this.
i just played ‘with those we love alive’ by @aliendovecote and strongly recommend you do the same pic.twitter.com/zCmJUDGubM
— [nobunaga voice] (@baphomeme) October 18, 2014
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