June 22, 2006

IF Becomes Book, Book Becomes IF

by Nick Montfort · , 11:31 pm

Two quick notes – I’d like to review these more fully, but since I don’t want to let the URLs languish unposted forever:

Jimmy Maher, the current editor of SPAG (Society for the Promotion of Adventure Games) Newsletter, has book about interactive fiction online: Let’s Tell a Story Together: A History of Interactive Fiction. This looks to provide an easy introduction to IF, tracking through the form’s history and for the most part following the same trail that Twisty Little Passages did.

Voices of Spoon River is an interactive fiction based on Edgar Lee Masters’s classic – and yes, there is more to it besides a simulated graveyard with Masters’s tombstone texts! In its quest to instruct students, it also offers puzzles and a landscape to map and navigate.