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December 2nd, 2010
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Help Kickstart an Interactive Fiction Game
So as you may know, for the past almost 2 years I've been involved in interactive fiction (IF), aka text adventures. I'm the organizer for a monthly meetup (next meeting is Monday, feel free to come if you want to see what this is all about), where we usually get 8-12 people showing up to talk about this topic for a while. We even host a place where you can play some of these games for free online.

In fact, you can play most IF games for free, and many of those online. The IF community that I've recently become a part of has mostly been a hobbyist community for the past 20 years, with people releasing games and creation tools completely for free. One of the most well-known people in this community is Andrew Plotkin, aka Zarf, who has not only made some awesome games but who has contributed a lot to the community in terms of various infrastructure for making and playing IF games. Well, Zarf has decided that he'd like to take a stab at working on IF games and tools full time, so he started a Kickstarter campaign for an iPhone IF game. He met his modest goal of $8000 almost immediately, so he is going to quit his job in a few weeks and start at the beginning of the year as a full-time IF author. He's currently got more than $27,000 pledged, and there is still an opportunity to give more until Monday, December 6. Why give more? Well, for one thing, you get rewards for donating. For $3, you'll get a copy of the game when it comes out (which will cost $5). For $25 you'll get a copy that you can play on your PC/Mac/Linux machine (basically any machine that can run an IF interpreter). And there are other cool rewards for higher levels. Also, the more money he gets, the longer he can continue to give this experiment a try. You can check out the games he's already made, and there's a teaser for his new game up, too.

And finally, if anyone is interested in IF but isn't sure how to get started, I'd be happy to get together in person and play some games (I did it for my father-in-law over the weekend).

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From:mattlistener
Date:December 3rd, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the heads up. Spider and Web is still my favorite IF game of all time. I'll send Zarf some money to help focus that talent!
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From:queue
Date:December 3rd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Awesome.

I tried Spider and Web when I was first getting into IF. I really liked it, but I got stuck on an early gadget puzzle and gave up. I really need to give it a try again soon.
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From:mattlistener
Date:December 3rd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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OMG yes. I recommend doing some "free play" with the gadgets until you're fluent in how they work on one another.
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