April 1 is the opening of registration for ParserComp 2021. If you’d like to build a new parser-style IF game using tools such as Inform, TADS, ALAN, Dialog, or your own system, this is a great place to do that.
I will also be speaking April 1 at the invitation of Northeastern University, about game narrative and AI; the event is free and on Zoom.
April 3 is the next meeting of the SF/Bay Area IF Meetup.
April 7 is the newly-extended submission deadline for the Text Adventure Literacy Jam.
April 17-18 will be the Flights of Foundry conference (online, so attendees can join from anywhere).
April 18 will be the next virtual meetup of the Seattle/Tacoma IF group. The group will take a look at several different entries in the Spring Thing festival.
Also, this is some time from now, but June 21 I will be presenting to the VOLUPTAS summer school, which is working on playable experiences to teach architecture. Game designers interested in the crossover with architectural pedagogy might find this an interesting project.
Game Jams & Competitions
The fourth annual Rayula de Arena jam starts on May 1 (last year the jam was in April). The jam welcomes Spanish-language narrative games, including IF of any type. Submissions are open from May 1-30.
Rayula’s itch.io page also contains several forums and links that will serve as useful resources for those who are looking to get into creating IF.
Links & Articles
Aaron Reed has just published a new roleplaying sourcebook featuring ten intriguing destinations for a fantastical underworld. Ten Down: Underworld Places for Downcrawl or any Subterranean Campaign is designed to work with his game Downcrawl, but can be adapted to other systems as well.
The Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives has posted a call for papers for the ICIDS November 2021 Conference.
“The theme for the conference this year is Interconnectedness and Social Impact. We encourage authors to consider possible connections to this theme in their papers, but we emphasize that there is no requirement that papers reflect the theme, either implicitly or explicitly. The theme is meant as inspiration, and is not intended to act as a constraint.”
More information is available on the site; the main submission deadline is June 25.