“Rogue of the Multiverse” by C.E.J. Pacian by Michael Hilborn

C.E.J. Pacian's "Rogue of the Multiverse", a delightful blend of comedy and science-fiction, demonstrates how good writing, endearing characters, and the incorporation of various game genres can help a title overcome what the IF community might normally consider flaws in implementation. Despite fairly linear gameplay and some outright bugs, "Rogue of the Multiverse" took third... Continue Reading →

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Racontons une histoire ensemble: History and Characteristics of French IF (Part 2)

Val Grimm, Editors' note: As part of our coverage of this year’s Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, Emily Short, and many more. This is the second article, the first being Francesco Cordella's... Continue Reading →

Racontons une histoire ensemble: History and Characteristics of French IF (Part 1)

Val Grimm, Editors' note: As part of our coverage of this year’s Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, Emily Short, and many more. This is the second article, the first being Francesco Cordella's... Continue Reading →

Curveship: A new way to write IF

Nick Montfort's overview of Curveship was among the programming associated with the second IF mini-convention at PAX East. We interviewed him about the project."What Curveship does differently is allowing control over the telling, not just the underlying storyworld." How did you first become academically interested in the possibilities of interactive fiction? My interest in interactive... Continue Reading →

History of Italian IF

Val Grimm; Editor's Note: As part of our coverage of this year's Second Annual Interactive Fiction Mini-Convention, we are publishing two articles from Interactive Fiction Theory Reader, a newly released collection of essays including work by Nick Montfort, Andrew Plotkin, Emily Short, and many more. In my view, just as science fiction has continued to... Continue Reading →

Aotearoa by Matt Wigdahl

The winners of the XYZZY awards, the Interactive Fiction community's answer to the Grammys and Oscars, have been announced. A plethora of science fiction and fantasy titles are among the award recipients, chief among them Matt Wigdahl's "Aotearoa", a speculative fiction piece which also won the Interactive Fiction Competition last year.

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