End of November Link Assortment

December 1 is the next SF Bay IF Meetup.

December 2 will be the next Seattle area IF Meetup, at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

December 5 is the next date for the upcoming Boston IF Meetup, discussing IFComp winner Alias: The Magpie.

December 5-8 in Dublin is the next ICIDS, an academic conference on interactive digital storytelling. (I have enjoyed this in the past, though it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to attend.)

December 15 will be the next Baltimore/DC IF Meetup, discussing IFComp winner Alias: The Magpie from 3-5 at Mad City Coffee.

December 15 is the submission deadline for SubQ’s Game Jam, for very short pieces that focus on the theme of love.

The Oxford/London IF Meetup does not meet in December, to give everyone a holiday break.

 

New Releases

web408.pngStronghold: A Hero’s Fate, an interactive fantasy novel by Jo Graham and Amy Griswold, has just been published on Choice of Games.

Barcelona-based indie developer Adver2Play has just released the Augmented Reality Escape Room Scriptum.  The game scans the player’s surroundings and works through a smartphone app, and gives the player 15 minutes to solve puzzles and escape.

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It’s been a good year for Serenity Forge and Dim Bulb Games’ Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.  Back in March, the Washington Post profiled the game, calling it an “unexpected gem” that “propels the form forward.”  More recently, they listed the game as one of 2018’s 10 Best Video Games.

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The developers have now followed up the initial release with a free companion game Fireside Chats.  One does not need to have played the original to enjoy Fireside Chats (though it certainly won’t hurt, and this new expansion will give players a free taste of what to expect from the full version.)  Rock Paper Shotgun discusses the add-on here.

(And yes, I contributed to this game. But so did many, many other people, to awesome effect.)

Crowdfunding

Intudia, a new platform for IF, has launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to get up and running.  A recent interview with Gamebook News can be found here.Screen Shot 2018-11-25 at 8.36.15 PM.png

Sentient Play is embarking on a new campaign for their project The Hero of Deathtrap Dungeon, based on the classic fantasy roleplaying gamebooks of the 1980’s.

 

Publishing

Mythaxis is seeking IF to include in its upcoming February 2019 issue; however, it does not pay.

 

 

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