December 1, 2007

Zarf to Punctuate Blurb at MIT on Tuesday

by Nick Montfort · , 9:10 pm

For our last Purple Blurb of the semester, Andrew Plotkin will be joining us at MIT in the Trope Tank (14N-233) at 6pm this Tuesday, December 4, to share some of his work with us.

Andrew, sometimes known as Zarf, is a leading interactive fiction author, having written and programmed A Change in the Weather; So Far; Spider and Web; Hunter, In Darkness; Shade; The Dreamhold and Delightful Wallpaper. He is also a designer of different sorts of computer games (such as System’s Twilight) and games off the computer (such as Capture the Flag with Stuff, a game which draws several hundred CMU students each semester). His work includes a hypertext piece created as a part of large-scale collaborative art project, a Lisp interpreter for Infocom’s virtual machine, a 32-bit portable virtual machine of his own for interactive fiction, called Glulx, and a detailed digital concordance for John M. Ford’s novel The Dragon Waiting.

Thanks to the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Comparative Media Studies, Turbulence, and the Electronic Literature Organization for their sponsorship of Purple Blurb. Purple Blurb will continue in the spring. I hope that those of you who are in the area will be able to join us for this exciting conclusion to our Fall 2007 series on digital writing.

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