Krypteia. Playing, Studying and Writing Interactive Fiction (Text Adventure Games) Interactive Fiction: Text Adventures. Interactive fiction, also known as the text adventure game genre, has seen a major revival in the last few years.
Between nostalgia for the past reborn on mobile systems and tools like Twine and Inform putting game development in the hands of anyone with a web browser, the time has never been better to find, play, or even develop an interactive fiction game. In this article, we're going to start with an introduction to the genre, examine the tools used to create these kinds of games, consider the best techniques used for their design, and list a few competitions you may like to check out.
A very general definition of interactive fiction might consist of two main ideas. The first of which would be a parser, some code that accepts a type of input and acts on it. And the second would be a world model, some rules that define a simulation and the relationships between objects within it. The Z-code format was the standard for all Infocom games during its run from 1979 to 1989. Do it. How to Host a Dungeon. About How to Host a Dungeon How to Host a Dungeon is a solo game of dungeon creation where you build a dungeon through its history from the dawn of time.
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This desire was spurred by finally getting around to reading through the Mythic Game Master Emulator (GME). I really liked what I've read and it seems like it might be really the only thing I'd need. I am looking forward to trying it out and seeing first hand how it all fits together. That said, reading over some of the examples and sessions I've found online I have a feeling there are going to be some things I might want spelled out for me.
Mythic relies on players to make inferences about the game world through relatively small leaps in logic. Need More Tables (Or Other World Building Aids) for Solo/GM-less Gaming! The Big Model - RPG Talk - The Role-Playing Game (RPG) Wiki. Top 100 Solitaire Games – 2015. So you’ve been asking for a new top 10… How about a top 100?
And my goodness, this was difficult. I’ve pained over the list, it’s been toying with me, each game has been sweetly whispering its secrets to claim its place amongst publishing giants like Fantasy Flight and Days of Wonder. First lets lay the ground rules and see what is not included… The list won’t include multi-player competitive games that people like to solo by playing both sides. White Wolf Publishing. My Top 10 Solo Board Games of All Time - Cardboard Crusader. Editors note: Contest is now closed.
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This has nothing to do with me being smarter than anybody else. It's just the result of a slow accumulation of random information and experience over the course of 20+ years of gaming. (Somehow I only just now realized that this means that there is significantly more time between when I started gaming and now, than there is between when I started gaming and the publication of OD&D in 1974.
Crap, I'm old.) Towards that end, I've decided to start accumulating a variety of gaming lore. A Nomenclature of D&D Editions: A complete summary of all the various editions of D&D from 1974 until the present day. The First Dungeon Adventure: Over Christmas Break in 1970, Dave Arneson's gaming group met in a basement in Minneapolis, MN. Three Clue Rule: For any conclusion you want the PCs to make, include at least three clues.
GM Advice: A Learning Mechanic. I had a reader ask about the mini-game that appears in my D&D campaign.
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In October, 2004, I posted 30 days of world-building exercises to the NaNoWriMo discussion forums. These are short, 15-minute exercises that can help you make crucial decisions about your world, and what you want your story to say about it. These exercises have been edited for general use and re-posted here. Worldbuilding: Versailles 3D inspires. There’s so many cool things about this project, it’s hard to know where to start. Google have teamed up with Versailles in France and developed an interactive website worthy of the Sun King himself. What initially caught our interest was their great video of Versailles through the ages.
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It is a subset of the online role-playing community which caters to both gamers and creative writers. PbP games may be based on other role-playing games, non-game fiction including books, television and movies, or original settings. This activity is closely related to both interactive fiction and collaborative writing. History PbP has its origins on the large computer networks and bulletin board systems of major universities in the United States in the 1980s, and drew heavily upon the traditions of fanzines and off-line role-playing games.
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