Infocom games, text adventures, and interactive fiction.
Cypher is an interactive text adventure updated for the twenty-first century. In addition to a Zork-style "type what you want me to do" interface, the game includes detailed full color graphics, sound, and background soundtrack that add to ambience. If you buy the full version you get feelies - stuff in the box that adds to the game and gives you additional clues about what's going on and what you can do.
The text adventure version of the movie The Dark Crystal is now playable online.
Twine is a tool for building interactive, nonlinear stories that are implemented as web pages. It uses a combination of a graphical editor (which lets you create discrete passages and hook them together (it also generates flowchart-like graphs of passages to help you keep track of the structure)) and an HTML compiler on the back end. Includes a simple scripting language to add state and conditionality to the story. If you can write a couple of pages, you can build interactive fiction that you can play in a web browser with this tool. Uses Tiddlywiki-like markup syntax.
The People's Republic of Interactive Fiction is a club-slash-group in Boston for and by afficionados of interactive fiction - text adventures, in other words. If you fondly remember playing Zork, Suspended, Wishbringer, or any other text adventure way back when, and you're near Boston, this group might be for you.
A framework written in python for writing a MUD or interactivefiction. Can run as a console app or with a simple GUI that uses tkInter. Even has a webapp. Has a re-implementation of LPC-MUD's soul.c parser. Seems to be very complete insofar as IF is concerned, maybe the soul module will give me some hints for writing a parser.
Github repo: https://github.com/irmen/Tale
A system for writing interactive fiction that models the discourse and dialogue as well as the world in such a way that it can drift slowly over time (i.e., as players interact with it). Allows for different narrative systems (flashbacks, intercutting, out of order). Requires some knowledge of narrative theory, IF, and python to really use. Useful to people researching computational intelligence and development systems. Seems like it's for use on top of other text-based systems instead of implementing a full one.
Jason Scott of textfiles.com is at it again - this time he's making a documentary about interactive fiction - text-based adventures, in other words, like Zork.
Just what it says on the tin. Implements Z-code with cheat commands so you can play Infocom games on whatever system you have Perl installed on. Supports multiple front-end interfaces.
A blog about classic games and science fiction, with a fair amount of interactive fiction stuff thrown in.
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