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Peter Piers

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IFROTZ NOW PLAYS TADS

I'm very pleased to announce (just as a player and tester) that iFrotz, now out on the Apple store, plays TADS games!

The support is about on par with Gargoyle. No hyperlink support yet, nor any media support - images, sounds, etc. No autocomplete yet either, for those who got used to it (and isn't it a godsend in mobile devices?).

Playing both .gam and .t3 files, this is a major breakthrough! And of course it can only get better. iFrotz may currently be the best mobile interpreter for IF right now.
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Gary Green

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WordPlay London festival is happening at The British Library on Saturday 19th November, & they're looking for game submissions - games with exceptional writing or ones that use writing in an integral way — submissions close at midnight on September 28th.
This year, our festival of writerly games will be happening in London, England, in a no less esteemed place than the British Library. According to the Wikipedia entry, it’s the largest library in the world and included in their collection of 170,000,000 items is the manuscript copy...
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E C Holm

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Has anyone found a way to have two conditions in an if statement?
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OK. I didn't think you could actually use 'and' in the if statement.

That worked. Thanks.

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E C Holm

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I haven't talked to anyone about a gaming engine. What do you guys think on inform 7?

I'm writing an scifi novel and think it would be cool to make an interactive fiction came based on the universe of the novel.
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Actually I've been dabbling in I7 for a couple of years now. I do have a coding background but more in VB than C++. So I do appreciate what I7 brings to the table. I was worried that it was out of date.
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Andrew Plotkin

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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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Hanon Ondricek

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XYZZY Awards transcript, (AKA The Brendan Patrick Hennessy Memorial Ceremony) Abridged
I have captured the actual award bits of the ceremony, bolding categories and winners with some surrounding "crowd noise" for atmosphere, and calling out quotes from award-winners.  I apologize if I missed any particularly enjoyable exchanges or bon mot fro...
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The title cut off - but this is an abridgement of just the award sections if you don't want to scan the whole thing.
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Gary Green

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The Shakespeare themed Bard Jam finished on Saturday. There were 6 entries in the end - all taking the playwright & his works in new directions. https://itch.io/jam/bard-jam/entries
A game jam from 2016-03-31 to 2016-05-01 hosted by garygreen. The 23rd April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. If he'd been around today and was creating interactive stories or inte...
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Arnold Bosman
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Looking for a co-writer and game designer to create in Interactive Educational Narrative about an outbreak investigation I have been involved in. It will be a project 'on the side', zero funding, plenty fun ! Interested?
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+Arnold Bosman Ah, sorry, I use Android and PC. But good luck on the book.
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Blake Mascia

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You awaken in a damp, concrete room, with two doors. Two white, ugly, worn doors. What will you do?
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Namekuseijin Br

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I was playing this delightful IF with strong characterization through the narrator voice. I hardly played it those many years ago because I thought the subject and tone dull - some house rental officer inspecting a new building? no, thanks. Boy was I wrong!

Anyway, once I got the setting, so suddenly changed my perspective of it, and rather than picturing an apathetic guy going through his job duties, I caught me reading it aloud in a tone quite like that of Vincent Price.

Just the other day I was briefly listening to a podcast by Adam Cadre about Slouching Towards Bedlam. The thing that struck me quite as an oddity was his choice for cartoon depicting the work: a very wacky cartoony take on the mad doctor and his faithful robot. It didn't quite match to me the tense drama mood that pervails that IF.

So, how do you picture IF? Do you strip bare all prose and get to the mechanics and verb-noun pairs and exits, effectively playing like a wacky Scott Adams romp? Do you read it aloud like in a campside story? Do you actually picture the surroundings as the words imprint in your mind complete with details, or it's just words that you scan for information? If you picture it, does it look real-life or cartoony? perhaps you picture each room like a screen in a Lucasarts point-n-click? or a continuous 3D geometry?

anyway, just a curiosity. I've heard some people telling me they could only enjoy text adventures with graphics - even lousy ones like Level9 games. I think not being able to have a clear picture from the reading alone hampers a lot of people from appreciating IF.

btw, I always get a clear, and real-life, picture, specially from good, vivid prose. then again, I've always been kind of a book worm... the only exception is the map of my surroundings, which I picture precisely as a 2D map. I know this place is there and I should follow this directions to get there, etc. It's easier to overview rather than view it in-place. though with enough walking around the geometries of physical space eventually get natural enough...
Delightful Wallpaper. About this game · How to play IF · Back to Zarf's IF. Please wait while Parchment loads. This game requires Javascript.
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Namekuseijin Br

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wow, IFComp is certainly sinking to new lows when it essentially gets to be an outlet for betas or demos of commercial software... at least the author has the decency of keeping the beta version free
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Post-comp versions are nothing new. Post-comp commercial versions are new, but then, commercial IF is always a bit of an oddity. It felt really strange when I saw the announcement, but all things considered, the comp version is complete, fun, and quality work.

If I'd felt that the author had skimped on it so as to put her full efforts on the commercial version, then I'd gripe. As it is, like Hanon says, more power to them.

Honestly, when I saw the name of the author and the engine she was using, I was surprised it was a free game. This announcement was just the other shoe dropping.
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OniMike Vision

Education and IF  - 
 
Hey everyone, Im new here so I hope this is ok but I invite everyone to come check out my beginner tutorials for Quest where we learn how to make a survival game as a text adventure. Hope to see you there
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Gamebits

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I had the opportunity to speak with Twine creator Chris Klimas about the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation, a new non-profit that supports the IF community and creations.
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E C Holm

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How would you sell games you make?
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Sub-Q interactive fiction magazine also pays for submissions. https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/
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Andrew Plotkin

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Richard Otter

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A new version of ADRIFT V5 has been released.
 
The latest version of ADRIFT is now available for download. Aside from the usual host of bug fixes, I've focused a little bit on Events, giving them some love. The enhancements in a little more detail are as follows: Time b...
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+Chris Moody Have you managed to get the new version to install yet?
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Blake Mascia

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Congrats, you have been declared leader of...
You may choose from one of these four superpowers: (The governments may be different from the ones right now, it's in the future. Or they might sound different, that's because they may of separated or changed names.)
The United States, Rep. Democracy
Holy Russia, Oligarchy
Great Britain, Absolute Monarchy
Red China, Communist
Every month you get to make a decision for the country and can see a very detailed outcome.

Also, this is Co-optional, up to 2 players.

And obviously you don't get one turn per month.
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Gary Green

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As it's the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April, I thought it would be an idea to run a writing challenge and ask the question... if he'd been around today and was creating interactive stories or interactive plays what would he have written? Full details can be found over at: https://itch.io/jam/bard-jam #BardJam  
A game jam from 2016-03-31 to 2016-04-30 hosted by garygreen. The 23rd April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. If he'd been around today and was creating interactive stories or inte...
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Thanks for sharing. Both are interesting twists on the originals.
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Namekuseijin Br

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talk about overhype...

> large Myst-like island
> no real plot
> yet another amnesic adventurer
> mazes

that outdated Scott Adams design coupled with shiny colorful graphics makes Jonathan Blow a genius, wow

the games industry is so full of BS
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BTW, I've finished it in about 2-3 weeks. There were still quite a lot of puzzles secretly locked away from my grasp, but I've at least managed to activate all laser beams. I've seen the end and the weird credits and nothing is ever told to you. Whatever story you can pickup from your surroundings and mysterious statues and audio tapes is all up to interpretation. The tapes don't directly tell any story, they're quotes from scientists, philosophers, poets and so on.

It's a deeply engaging experience, but yes, I agree it's mostly a puzzlebox, not quite IF. Don't fear the puzzles (which are not of the world manipulation kind), they're fair enough and a language on their own.

can't recommend it enough
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Namekuseijin Br

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You're standing at the usual souless corporate workplace. There's a cubicle labeled with the same name as the one in the driver's license in the wallet you're holding.

what do you do?
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+Brian Slesinsky yes, but it was just a small experiment to see first reaction to such constrained and straightforward situation. It goes on to show why Lost Pig rates so high: most people seem to approach IF by completely dropping common sense in favor of absurdism...
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