The Narrascope games conference is currently taking place in Boston, MA, June 14-16. Both Graham Nelson and I are there and speaking; I’m on a panel about Bandersnatch, and Graham is updating people on the current status of Inform.
NarraScope is also the Boston IF Meetup for the month of June.
July 2-5 will be the ACM IVA Conference, taking place in Paris. IVA 2019’s special topic is “Social Learning with Interactive Agents”.
July 13 will be the next meeting of the Baltimore/DC IF meetup (there is no meeting in June due to NarraScope). The discussion will center around The Missing Ring from the 2019 Spring Thing competition.
July 16-17 is set for the symposium Ludic Literature: The Converging Interests of Writing, Games, and Play. The two-day event is funded by the Scottish Graduate School and takes place in Glasgow, UK.
The SIGIR Conference is taking place in Paris from July 21-25.
DiGRA 2019 is being held August 6-10 in Kyoto.
Back in October, I mentioned that the folks at StoryFix Media were working on a project called The Pulse. That game now has a release date right around the corner, and will be available on June 25 on Google Play.
Electric Sleep, a recent release from a small team including artist Matthew Weekes (Kynseed, Freedom Planet) and Jack Sanderson-Thwaite (theatre writer with Bristol Old Vic) is currently available on Steam.
Announcements, Articles, & Links
This interview with Hannah Powell Smith, on plotting, Choice of Games, and writing about ghosts.
A little more backstory on the development of Return of the Obra Dinn (and how it nearly didn’t happen.)
The possibility of further Black Mirror episodes à la Bandersnatch.
The IF Technology Foundation has published its report on accessibility in IF tools and games, with recommendations for how to make IF experiences work better for more people.