Author Guest Post, “IF in pop culture and back again” by Andrew Plotkin

June 26th, 2018 by

I just noticed an amusing synchrony. In the late 1970s, when Crowther and then Woods were writing the first parser game, a New Wave SF writer named George R. R. Martin was writing short stories about far-future humanity among the Thousand Worlds. I, very young, was a fan of both. (Nightflyers, 1980, is still a […]


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Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home by Andrew Plotkin

Hoist Sail for the Heliopause and Home

June 19th, 2018
Story by Andrew Plotkin
Art by Andrew Plotkin
Interactivity by Andrew Plotkin

When you weary of everything in the world...

Making Interactive Fiction: Narrative Design for Writers (part 1)

June 12th, 2018 by

This is part one of a two-part series about narrative design aimed at traditional-media writers and IF authors. First things first: What is narrative design? The real answer is that the role of “narrative designer” is relatively new in the games industry and has something of a fluid or even vague meaning. Different teams will […]



June 2018 – Table of Contents

June 5th, 2018 by

As an author and avid reader of prose fiction as well as the interactive kind, I often wonder what it is about the two media that makes them so engrossing. For me, at least, one of the key elements of interactive fiction is how it involves the reader in the tale it’s telling. The best […]


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