March 2, 2006
Leading IF author Emily Short has released two new games, and Graham Nelson, IF author and creator of the widely-used IF system Inform, has a new IF offering, too. Graham’s piece is entitled The Reliques of Tolti-Aph. Emily’s new games are Damnatio Memoriae (set in the Savoir-Faire universe) and Bronze (a “fractured fairy tale” based on the legend of beauty and the beast). They were all coded in the soon-to-be-released Inform 7, and they come with lavish virtual “feelies” such as PDF manuals, a map, and a walkthrough (for the weak). Among these is Emily’s IF Instruction Manual and similar instructions in the Bronze manual, which will prove very useful for IF newcomers.
These three are zcode games, but they come in a new container format, zblorb, which encapsulates metadata and “cover” art. Because of this, Mac users who use Zoom will need the very latest version, Zoom 1.0.5 alpha 1.
I had the pleasure of beta-testing Bronze, a medium-sized IF piece set in an expansive castle, with well-deployed backstory, and with interesting magical machinations. I highly recommend it as an introduction to IF and as an example of some of the interesting new ways in which Inform 7 works. Of course, IF fans will need no urging, but for those who aren’t diehards: Check it out. Whether you have time to complete the piece or just want to explore a bit of the story-laden landscape, Bronze will be rewarding.
You can also check out the original announcement of these three Inform 7 games on rec.games.int-fiction.