Some of my earliest games made in good old GW-BASIC were text-based interactive stories; choose-your-own adventures, but a little more complex than the in-print books; not that much more complex, I was only ten years old or so, but being able to use the magic of “variables!!” the story could remember player names and past choices. Unfortunately the games are now lost… so you’ll just have to trust that I was smart enough to do that when I was ten.

The point is, I enjoyed the art of interactive fiction.

So I recently read about an online program called Inklewriter which allows storytellers to quickly and easily write and test interactive fiction. I used it to quickly write a simple dialog story called The Movie Deal.

I’d like to try to write something more serious with it at some point. It looks like they’ve recently announced a contest that I think would be fun to try.

So, go have fun with it. And let me know about your work if you’d like me to check it out!


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