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February 2019 Issue
From the Editor
February 1st, 2019 by Stewart C Baker
This month’s issue is all about LOVE.
First up, though: heads up. We’re doing something differently with early access for our Patreon supporters and on-site subscribers. We’re committed to paying our authors for their work, and we’re hoping this helps us do that more sustainably.
If you’re not currently a subscriber and can’t afford to be, don’t sweat it: you’ll still be able to access the full issue (for free) on February 14th. (In fact, you can read our author interviews now!)
Now, on to the fun stuff. This month we’re publishing seven different games with seven very different takes on our favourite four-letter word—from the familial to the romantic and the complicated to the wistful.
Fill the Void
Rituals, Cheating, and The Dream of Possibility
by Sharang Biswas
We interact differently with different kind of texts. What kind of rituals do interactive fiction require?
Rat Chaos and the Preservation of Early Twine Games
by Anya Johanna DeNiro
What happens when early Twine games disappear? How can we prevent it?
Room Descriptions, Place, and Interiority
by Bruno Dias
A story’s setting can be much more than window dressing. How can you make the most use of it?
Cheaper than Therapy
by Cass Khaw & James Persaud
A young woman is sorting through her deceased mother’s personal computer and finds an AI in her way.
Pretend You Love Each Other
by Olivia C Dunlap
We entered into the Affection Connection game show on Loth for the cash. One problem was we weren’t actually married, so the boss had to forge us some new identities. Another was that the other team was actually in love.
[play game] – [read interview]