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Aaron Reed
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The 2014 Spring Thing competition for interactive fiction is now live! Check out ten games in seven design languages.

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In honor of GDC and IGF next week, my storymaking iPad app "18 Cadence" (which garnered an IGF Nuovo Honorable Mention, a Kirkus "Best Book App" of 2013 nod, and appeared ina number of annual best-of lists for interactive narrative) is on sale on the app store for 99 cents all week.  #indiegames   #IGF

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Anyone have a summer gig for someone with deep interactive story credentials? (Yes, me.) Say hi! Internships, contract work, misc schemes welcome.

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Reminder: the intent-to-enter deadline for the Spring Thing annual competition for interactive fiction is March 1st! 

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The Spring Thing is an annual interactive fiction competition (no, not that one!) with a focus on longer, more polished projects. There are typically lots of cash prizes and relatively few entrants, something which helped inspired me to first release some of my games there, including Whom the Telling Changed (I won!) and Blue Lacuna (I lost!). After nine years of heroic work managing the comp, Greg Boettcher is stepping down, and I'm taking over as organizer. Entries aren't due until spring 2014 (or fall 2014, if you're in the southern hemisphere) but if you've got a work in progress, consider entering it in the Thing, and if you don't, prize donations of all sorts are always welcome.

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Umm, excuse me? There's a version of Treasure Island with Eddie Izzard playing Long John Silver? That also has Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood? Yes Netflix I shall watch that thank you.

Years ago, I got disgusted with banks and switched to a credit union, to keep my money in the community and out of the hands of people who wanted to profit off my misfortune. I wonder if we need a credit union movement for online data. Rather than entrusting our e-mails, blogs, photos, and maps to some of the biggest companies in the world, perhaps we should divest into smaller, community built and driven sites. We need mom and pop photo sharing services. We need more community-built databases like OpenStreetMap. We need open standards for social networking, not monolithic and incompatible alternatives. It won't be easy, it won't always been convenient, and it might not be free. But we should start building it today.

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Crowdsourced prototype challenge: study this map that tells an (implied) story. Now, post one thing you would change about the items on the map to make a different story: put your change (a moved, removed, or renamed item) and your new story (no longer than a sentence). Go!
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In which I survey the sudden profusion of indie games about nothing but exploration.
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