May 3, 2006


by Michael Mateas · , 12:50 pm

The latest version of Chris Crawford’s elusive Erasmatron — renamed the Storytron — is out. Here’s his announcement of the pre-alpha version of their Story World Authoring Tool (Swat):

At last, after years of work and rivers of hype, our first version of Swat is available for download! It’s not even an alpha version — not all the features are in place, and there are plenty of bugs. But it’s good enough for you to start learning about our technology and how it all works. We would very much like to hear your comments on Swat. Yes, it’s far from complete — this is version 0.51, because we figure it’s only half-finished. And if you’re leery of being a lab rat, you might want to wait a month or two for a more complete version. But if you’re the kind of pioneering soul we seek, then you can exert a lot of influence over the development of the technology by getting in at this early stage.

You can find everything you need to start using Swat.
We’d love to hear your comments and reactions at our blog (soon to become a bulletin board):

[Andrew sez: for a great introduction to Chris’ latest efforts, check out WRT’s great podcast interview with Chris.]

One Response to “Erasmatastic”

  1. chrisf Says:

    it’s pretty confusing.
    I enjoyed messing with it sans tutorial for a while and I’ve gotta say that Chris has done it again.

    He has a knack for creating the most elaborate, dense, and confusing interfaces that make you feel like even though you won’t break anything, the results of your efforts will have absolutely nothing to do with the intentions you had while you were making them.
    Lots of fun, though. Especially when you have to enter a numerical constant.

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