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I helped jury the Narrative Award of the IGF. This involved playing a lot of games, and then writing them up. Now that the nominees have been announced, I'm posting some of the writeups.

http://gameshelf.jmac.org/2017/01/2017-igf-nominees-my-comments/


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PR-IF is pleased to announce an interactive fiction reading series for MIT’s IAP (January).

http://pr-if.org/2016/12/january-if-readings-at-mit/

We will get together to play one IF game each week. We’ll play group-style: one player will read the story as it unfolds, but the group will decide what to do every turn. Each session will be 90 minutes of play time and 30 minutes for discussion.

We will play the top four entries of the recent Interactive Fiction competition. Two fantasy stories and two mysteries, each in a different IF format.

- Wed, Jan 11, 2pm-4pm: Stone Harbor (Liza Daly) — an urban fantasy story constructed as hypertext.

- Wed, Jan 18, 2pm-4pm: Cactus Blue Motel (Astrid Dalmady) — a Twine-based ghost story on the road.

- Wed, Jan 25, 2pm-4pm: Color the Truth (Brian Rushton) — a parser-based police procedural.

- Wed, Feb 1, 2pm-4pm: Detectiveland (Robin Johnson) — a noir detective story built in a parser-like point-and-click interface.

These readings are free and open to the public. The location is MIT building 14 (Hayden Library), east wing, room 14E-310. (Note: building 14E is not the same as building E14! That’s the Media Lab. Different place entirely.)

Hadean Lands is on sale this week! 35% off through the 29th.

http://gameshelf.jmac.org/2016/11/hadean-lands-on-sale-this-week/

I'm taking part in the Steam Thanksgiving sale. And not to leave anybody out, it's also discounted on Itch.IO, the Humble Store, and the iOS App Store.


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The annual Interactive Fiction competition has begun.

http://blog.ifcomp.org/post/151202729499/ifcomp-2016-is-open-for-judging

The list of games: https://ifcomp.org/ballot


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Someone asked me whether it's possible to build a pole-to-pole arch on a tiny planetoid. I didn't see any answers online, so I made a simple model. Works the same as a catenary arch on flat ground, except not flat.

http://eblong.com/zarf/essays/little-arch/

(Yes, I am ignoring rotation. Sorry.)


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Hadean Lands is now up for sale on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376240

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Hadean Lands is launching on Steam on June 20th!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376240

Please pass this around because a poor indie developer needs to buy a new computer. Possibly two.

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Hadean Lands is launching on Steam on June 20th!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376240

Please pass this around because a poor indie developer needs to buy a new computer. Possibly two.
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