At a recentish Oxford/London IF Meetup, some participants expressed an interest in writing for, and playing with, Seltani.
If you’re not familiar with it, Seltani is Andrew Plotkin’s multiplayer choice-based narrative platform. It lets players explore a shared environment, view each others’ actions, and change the world in ways that will affect others — in some respects like a MUD — but unlike a MUD, it’s navigated through clickable links.
Seltani is themed around the worldbuilding of Myst — hence the names and a lot of the imagery of Seltani’s hub space. But there’s nothing to force you to write your individual contribution to be Myst-related at all, and various experimenters have done Seltani projects with a different focus and feel entirely. Jason McIntosh’s Barbetween, for instance, is an evocative art installation piece about making contact with the emotions of strangers.
So the Meetup is hosting a jam. On September 19, we’ll get together and play some Seltani games together — starting with any new games that have been submitted for our consideration.
If we don’t get a lot of contributions, that’s fine, and we’ll play some of Seltani’s existing content together. But if you’re interested in building a Seltani game and then seeing it actually experienced by a multiplayer crew, this is one way of doing that. (The meetup page will let you sign up for the Zoom call and the other interaction here.)
Below the fold, a little guidance on getting started with a new Seltani writing account, and a few other links.
If you want to build for Seltani, go to seltani.net and make a new account. Initially, you won’t have build permission; to fix that, click on your account name in the upper right corner.
You’ll see a link saying you don’t have build permission. Click this, and you should see this:
Once it grants you build permission, you’ll be allowed to create a new world:
and when you start that, you’ll find that it offers you directions for getting moving:
- IFDB listings of a few other Seltani games
- “Writing for Seltani,” a post I did years ago about my own experiences with the platform
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